Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 01-03-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A -poured with vigor to get a one finger tan cream head. Color is a deep cloudy brown with burnt orange highlights when held to the light. Head is thick and creamy leaving a creamy lace when pitched from side to side. There is no lacing left behind but the creamy texture of the head leaves it's mark each time I take a sip, making up for it and really helping the appearance seem above average to me.

S - strong raisin and candied fruit smell, alcohol, sweet, Carmel, slight peat.

T- Smells carry over well to the taste, more balanced though with a greater peat taste. The favors marry well from the malt, yeast, and hop, into a smooth but complex fruity peaty flavor. the taste is sweet but by no means cloying. The finish is definitely a balance betweent the sweet malts and hop bitterness. The 50 IBUs as advertised aren't really noticeable. Very well balanced.

M- thick and slow sipping. This beer has a deep complex flavor accented by the heavy mouth feel that makes you enjoy and contemplate each sip.

O- I would say the best scotch style ale I've had, but only really had the Sam Adams variant though so I guess I can't really judge the style as much. For a beer overall though this is some good stuff, very complex taste, the fruity character is reminiscent of a Belgian ale, but the slight smokey peat taste sets it apart. Not bad for the price per six pack, will definitely purchase again. Thanks Founders, you have yet to let me down.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a brown/red color with virtually no head and almost no lacing.

The smell is earthy, there is is the smell of peat, cherries, nuts and wood.

The taste tries to follow the nose but falls short. There is the taste of cherry, some peat mild hop bitterness on the backend roasted and sweet malts dominate throughout.

The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, strong carbonation. There is a little bit of a cracker feel.

Overall this brew is good on the nose but the taste does not follow the nose as well as it should. Not a bad Scotch Ale but it would be better if all of the smells were present in the taste.

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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark copper with minimal head. Aroma is mostly caramel and some citrus hops. Also, a good bit of dark fermented fruit, oak and some boozieness. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Lots of caramel and citrus hops with dark fruit and oak. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- A beautiful deep reddish brown color with about a finger of tan head on top. No lacing to speak of.

S- Notes of cocoa and coffee come forward. Also a hint of malts and alcohol.

T- Sweet taste with a balance of hops. Nice robust coffee flavor that is prominent and has notes of chocolate as well. Alcohol at 8% abv is very well covered with sweetness and hops.

M- Full bodied, medium in carbonation. Smooth finish.

O- Another great beer by founders. I am a bit of a hophead, but I think it could use a little bit more hops. Overall, it was delicious and I know that I will be having it again.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,531 ratings.
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