Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
BA SCORE
86%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 7,543 ratings
Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,589
Reviews:
1,930
Ratings:
7,543
Liked:
6,484
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
10.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
326
Gots:
2,182
Trade:
20
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,543 |  Reviews: 1,930
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a semi-dark rugged amber to brown color with a two finger white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some soft sweet caramel/toffee malts up front, subtle smoke, sly amount of grassy to herbal hops. Ended with some light cocoa powder and a settling dose of coffee sweetness, somewhat clean.
The flavor was rich and malty with the peat coming about to enrich as it should for the style. Aftertaste was rich and malty.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable smooth aspect about it. Carbonation was nice and low as expected. ABV felt right on par as the brewer suggested. Malts are smooth and do not cling, nice and mobile along my tongue.
Overall, exactly what a Scotch ale should taste like. Stellar job at Founders!

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a great deal on a 12 pack of cans of this a while back and forgot to rate it. I still remember how rich and malty the flavor was overall....with a nice hops taste on the back side that creeps in there with each sip. GREAT stuff!

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toti1972
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acmurphy696
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful looking beer with an appealing aroma. There's is a definite punch of cocoa or coffee right on the tongue. It goes down well without lingering too much but it does linger a bit.

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Photo of mjgsilva
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy auburn body, half finger of light tan head with a gentle pour, some legs and good sticky lacing.
Smells like figs, cherry, pie crust, raisin, lots of caramels, with a little bit of earthy and piney hops, chocolate, and tiny bit of smoke and dirty leather.
The upfront flavors are a jumble of caramel grains, figgy pudding, honey biscuits, walnut, and dried black cherries. A smidgen of cola and coffee, smoked caramels, charred blueberry. There's noticeable hoppy flavor and bitterness towards the finish, more than usual for a Wee Heavy, in a good way, with lingering toffee, caramel, grapefruit pith bitterness, and roast. Some alcohol presence, with more alcohol warmth, smoke, leather, earth, and dried fruit flavors as it warms.
Chewy mouthfeel indeed. Full but not sticky or sickly, sweet overall with a semi-dry finish.

Dirty Bastard is very good on its own and even better on a cool day on the mountainside with a big slice of fresh cherry pie, I can see why it's so popular. Speaking of, I enjoyed this a little more after drinking it alongside gooey pie that brought out woody tobacco, roast and smoke flavors and more hops for me while taking away some of the regular, plain malty sweetness.

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Photo of lic217
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Great reddish brown color with tan head. Nice smoky, malty, roasted flavors, with a touch of alcohol. A real nice sipper. Smooth drinking and complex for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of lemming202
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Papa_johnp
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Rufus1
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured easy into an American pint glass. Mahogany and nearly opaque except for the reddish highlights. Beautiful dense caramel head that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings to the end. Hints of apple on the nose followed by lots of sweet malt. Taste follows the nose except the apple does not appear in tasting. Starts with tons of delicious malt flavors evenly tempered by the faint hop bitterness. Touch boozy. Amazingly smooth and drinkable despite its 50 IBU. Very well balanced with excellent carbonation which leads to a full bodied mouth feel that hits the mark. A wonderful Scotch Ale that has won a permanent place in my beer refrigerator.

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Photo of tjcrain
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dubnation
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwilt
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacobdunne
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The feel is incredible! Delicious!

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Photo of Chipotle
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmd88
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dddyyy1223
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BMorgan3
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Scotch ale. The color is exactly the deep reddish brown that you'd expect it from a proper Scotch Ale. The smell is smooth and malty. The flavor is excellent with the rich malts dominating. The hops are in nigh unnoticeable as they should be. Great ale.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 7,543 ratings
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