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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mgironta
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured with a half a finger of thick, tan head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a hint of a crown on top of the body, yet no lacing. The body was a dark mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible and a huge amount of "floaties." The nose presented with smoke, roasted nuts, rich caramel and even a hint of dark fruit. A very robust nose to say the least. The taste had a lot going on. I got nuttiness, caramel malt, brown sugar and then smoke. There was also a bit of fruit in the background as well. The booze made a quick appearance at the end of the sip. The body was bigger than I'm used to seeing for the style with lower than expected carbonation. The finish was long with nuttiness and smoke. This could be one of the best beers of this style that I've had. All of the flavors worked with each other and it was a great sipping beer. I would definitely have this beer again. This is the beer I'm using as a benchmark for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of RussBecker1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A-A rich ruby/mahogany, darker than expected which does give the beer a nice visual character. Very little fizzy head that dissipates to nothing within seconds, the color of the beer however makes up for the lack thereof.

S-Very distinct Scotch Ale. The malts are the most apparent note of the beer as rich caramel and roasted grain are very apparent, but the appearance of deep fruits balance out the nose very well. I got a slight hit of citrus, more mild than say orange or lemon, perhaps pear? Plum is there with maybe a touch of raisin as well. The nose is ended with a touch of alcohol that wraps up the flavors nicely.

M-Thick enough to give a good painting of flavors, but carbonated just enough to cut the flavors before they become overpowering.

T- Again a very nice blending of fruits and malts. The alcohol is bigger in the taste than in the nose which greatly differentiates this from say a deep red or brown ale.

O-A good benchmark for those looking for characteristics of a Scotch ale. Bigger than expected however, so maybe not the best intro to an uninformed palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

12oz bottle poured into a horny goat pint glass.

Appearance- Mahogany in color with very little off white head that dissipates into almost nothing. The very little head that is left behind has a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell- I get sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts and some faint alcohol.

Taste- Caramel, roasted malts, nuts, smoke, fruity hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a silkyness. No real carbonation but it works with the smokey and nutty flavors.

Overall- A very good Scotch Ale, probably my 2nd favorite after old chub. Well balanced smoke and sweet with a fruity hop that all balances well together.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy caramel/chocolate brown. Minimal head, no retention or lacing.

A sweet and malty nose, with notes of gingerbread.

Major malts. Primarily Brown sugar, some caramel, a little yeast. Some dark fruits.

Bittering finish, fairly smoothe throughout. Decent, but not up to the standards of other Founder's stuff I've had, or other Scotch Ales I've had. Check it, but don't rush out to get it.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp

Pours a deep pretty much opaque red color, somewhat brown. Light tan head that fades to a lasting ring, spotty lace. Some nice tight head is revived from a quick swirl.

Sweet malt with some fruity esters. Earthy aromas with some brown sugar, molasses and toffee. Sweet fruity esters most noticeable however.

A bit more complexity in the taste. Lots of sweet malt and not so much fruity esters as the aroma. Caramel, toffee, molasses, some light brown sugar, plum and grape like dark fruits and dark breads. Just a booziness makes for a nice backbone. Maybe even hints of cocoa.

Kind of a thicker medium to heavy in body, appropriate carbonation.

A pretty solid scotch ale, but it's definatly not one of my favorite styles. But it's an amazing beer barrel aged, crazy how much better it makes it.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,495 ratings.
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