Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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 +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Just enjoyed a draft at Bully's Pub in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Excellent!
Smooth, hint of choc. and robust! I loved it. I have had other scottish ales and this was as good as any I have had. The most recent 'dirty bastard' that I have had was at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach...a draft from Highland Brewery in Asheville, NC. The Founders was much better in taste and was definitely smoother(which I enjoy...I am not a major hops fan, I prefer smoother taste AND aftertaste).

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into FFF Teku glass

Appearance: This beer shows itself in the glass as a dark, dark mahogany to brown color with about a finger size off white head. When this is held directly up to the light it is an awesome blood red color. Pretty cool actually! Moderate amount of lacing shows.

Smell: Lots of caramel up front with toffee, toasted malts, some molasses and an earthy scent. This is an in your face rich, malty beer in the smell.

Taste: Sweet at the front of the tongue and actually throughout. There is caramel, toffee, molasses and a little dark fruit present. This is followed by an earthy, malty bitterness that cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a sticky, sweet palate coating velvety smoothness. This goes down easily and I don't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall: This is a perfect example of the style. I'm not a huge fan of this style but I know when Founders does a beer, they usually hit the mark and this is no exception!

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3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have you ever eaten a super-sweet raisin the size of a plum?

The nose is dominated by ripe fruits and molasses. Brown sugar. Butter.

Molasses. Creamy, a tad, but not super creamy in body. Raisin. Prune juice. NO, plum sauce! Soy sauce and plum puree. Earthy. Did they intentionally make this out to be a tidbit scotch-like? ;)

I like it. I'll come back to review again if I ever get on a Scotch/Wee Heavy kick. I love founders.

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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received from liamt07. Thanks BAmate.

Color: brown, opaque
Head: beige, small bubbles. Disappear quickly.
Aroma: caramel, sugar, dark small fruits, roasted malts...
Taste: caramel, malty, sugars. This one is delicious.
Mouthfeel: full bodied beer. Warmer. A sipper.

Overall: a pretty good beer... A must have! If you love big beers.

A true sipper.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a written review done over the summer

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Easily pours with a two finger off-white/yellowish, somewhat rocky head, composed of small and larger bubbles. Rich mahogany color with lighter highlights. When held up to the light, it is actually a brilliant ruby color with varnish brown tinges. Some lacing to be had.

S: Dark fruits (mostly raisons) with a diverse malt profile. Also holds an earthy hop presence and a hard to describe sweetness that doesn't seem to be caremely or sugary.

T: Rich maltiness on the front end supplemented by an initial presence of dark raisons. Earthy hop bitterness breaks up the sweetness throughout. The raison flavor and hops don't allow it to get sweet in any way. No trace of alcohol save for a slight warming in the mouth.

M: Medium full body with a light syrup feel accentuated by very lightly tingling carbonation.

O: Interesting note: After not having this beer in some time, the first bottle of the six pack comes across fairly heavy on the dark fruits. However, my taste buds seem to adapt for subsequent bottles in the following days, masking most of the raison flavor and allowing the sweeter malts to shine and making the beer more enjoyable.

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,668 ratings