Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#2,750
Reviews:
1,952
Ratings:
7,647
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
2,242
Trade:
20
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3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter glass: dark brown, with thin half-inch head that vanishes in a matter of a minute. Some bubbles along the side. Little thin, bubbly traces of lacing.

Scents of chocolate, light roasted malts, toffee. All very faint.

Taste is same, with a fairly thick body, medium carbonation. Umm, pretty good, but very light on the flavors.

Could be better.

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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Deep mahogany brown with a slight haze in the glass, a quick pour gives a thin head of tiny bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. The smell is of all malt and just what a scotch ale should be. Caramels dominate with a bit of chocolate and bready notes in there as well. A sugary sweetness and touch of alcohol are also present. The taste is similar to the smell with the strong caramel maltiness as the base. Surprisingly this beer is not as sweet as I would have expected given the smell and the style as there is a significant amount of bitterness, with little in the way of hop flavor to balance the malt. Beyond the caramel there is a bit of dark fruit and earthy yeast character that add to the complexity of this beer, alcohol is also present but it is restrained and seems just right for this style. This is a big, rich and creamy beer that floats along the tongue leaving a tingle and slight alcohol numbing character. Overall this is a very solid example of the style, I personally would have liked tit to be a bit sweeter throughout but that is a small complaint as this is still a good beer.

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a dark red almost brown color with a creamy off white head, excellent retention and lacing. Smell is nice, some roasted malt and caramel notes. Slight earthy notes. Taste is good, slightly alcoholic flavor, roasted bitterness, and slight earthy characteristic notes. Wonderful, creamy smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation and medium body. Overall, a very good beer, good example of the style. I would recommend giving it a try if you can find it.

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Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark but clear brown and dark amber with a thin light brown head. Doesn't leave much stick down the glass.

Wonderful aroma: caramel and toffee, tobacco, some simple dark fruits, and accompanying chocolate. My favorite aspect of this beer. Complete, rich, and sweet. A perfect dessert aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, though doesn't seem quite as complex. Sweet malts, a touch of citrus and a little bit of chocolate, and big notes of caramel, toffee, and tobacco combine nicely.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Very, very good.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,647 ratings
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