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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 6,594
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 259
Gots: 1,443 | FT: 24
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish barleywine appearance. Aroma whaffing of alcohol, also barleywineish and some spice and roast. Taste well balanced though followed by tongue numbness. Hops at finish with roast. Very well malted, some sweet rather than bitter chocolate, and cinammon, and a touch of smoke. and an easy drink. (300 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brownish red with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A little bit of ring lacing forms on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits like raisins, malts, and alcohol. Maybe some light caramel aromas. Taste is of some malt flavors up front with some caramel and raisin like flavors on the finish. A bit of roasted malt bitterness after each sip. Mild carbonation makes for a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this a a good beer all around. I think this is the first beer of this style I have tried. Not one of my favorite styles but I would try others in the category in the future. (688 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger head on a brown and light amber cloudy body. Lots of lacing.Not much head retention. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, dark fruit and booze. Flavor is more of the same, with caramel and cocoa initially and a nice musty dark fruit finish. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Very flavorful scotch ale. One of my least favorite genres but this one is actually pretty good. (394 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with very little head.
S: Smells of malt and chocolate fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, the taste is malty and chocolaty, with a bit of sweetness, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels medium bodied on the palate and the finish is a bit warming. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's rather drinkable and the alcohol was well hidden. (377 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico in September 2009.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The smell is quite enticing with overpowering roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a little bit of wood and vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. The taste is all the same with the malts dominating. Medium-bodied and smooth, this one was very, very drinkable. (388 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear cola brown color with a bountiful head that hangs around for the full term, leaving plenty of lacing behind as a momento

Smell: Complex combination of bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, peat and dark fruit

Taste: Starts out with deep chocolate malt flavors, bursting with leather and smoky peat nuances; mid-palate, a restrained hop flavor kicks in to balance the malts; long, satisfying finish of complex malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous with moderate carbonation; some warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: A very good Wee Heavy, though the mouthfeel is a bit thick (615 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great example of this style here, and it drinks dangerously easy for how strong it is. caramel in color, clear copper shine, with an inch of airy head without much to it, fades out rather quickly. the nose is a complex mix of sweet grains, with toffee and butterscotch notes, molasses too, with its earthy spice. the flavor is just as sweet and malt driven as the nose, only the layers of grain sort of come in waves. i get some wheat malt in here, a ton of pale and and caramel malts, maybe some chocolate malt too. finish is sweet, i couldnt drink too much of this, but its a smooth feeling beer with quite a lot of body and it hides its strength well. its a good winter drinker but for the sweeter beer drinker. i also should mention that this burps real well, i was tasting it for a long time after drinking it, and it was pleasant the entire time. another solid offering from founders. (892 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, the lable boasts 50 IBU's! I don't think Scotland has used an accumulative 50 IBU's in all of their beers... ever. Let's see how this Scottish IPA goes.

The appearance bring a deep amber, ruby color with good clarity. A short, yet firm head forms on the beer and retains for quite some time though reducing to a trace mid-way through the session. Fair lacing. It's a decent look.

Malty sweet aromas of barley, caramelized sugars, brown sugar, and molassas. Fruity with figs, dates, grapes, and berries. The hops show a light grassy, piney note but not reflective of 50 IBU's. Earthy phenols come in as the beer warms and gives a pungent, earthy, dirty note.

Flavors of deeply caramelized malts give a complexion of Dopplebocks. Richly sweet, bready, and fruity with the figs, dates, and berries. The phenols give a light smokey note but not nearly as pungent as traditional Scottish versions. The hops begin to show their leaves with a stronger flavor of grass and pine than the nose reveals.

At first, the malty sweetness of the barley takes hold.... There's the 50 IBU's, basically all surpressed into the bitterness and dominates the beer from mid-palate on. Bitterness chases the beer into a sweetly, long linger on the tongue and throat. Odd to see such bitterness in this style.

The hop bitternes obviously chase this beer beyond what is expected of the style. But it's not all bad, it begins to take on an Arrogant Bastard demeanor, but with less aggression and balance. The beer does edge on cola-like flavors at times, but ultimately stay with the malty, bready, toasty, melanoidin-rich character albeit very bitter. (1,640 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking brownish red color. The head is thin and it creamy looking. It leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a really nice sweet caramel aromas along with some earthy aromas too. The taste is very nice on this one. The sweetness was really nice and finished with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel of this beer was very smooth with a really nice carbonation to it. Overall it's a damn good beer, Founder's strikes again with yet another really tasty beverage. (516 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong malt, caramel and a light touch of smoke. Taste is also dominated by the strong malt presence with sweet caramel with a subtle touch of peat. Body is quite full and carbonation is low. Very interesting take on the style. (332 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy ruby red with an inch of solid tan head.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, tobacco, a bit of leather and earth. Rich caramel sweetness beneath.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet toffee and bitter resin. Medium-light in body, sweet yet crisp on the palate. Firmly hoppy with a very pleasant lingering bittersweet finish. (319 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Auch! Yeh've nary had such a bonny taste of heav'n since pullin' yer mouth off yer mammy's teet. With more highland bitties and flavours than yer grandmammy's haggis, Dirty Bastard Ale ain't fer the wee lads. And if it's too strong fer yer silk-wearin', poodle-walkin' arse, then it's back to the loch with you, nessy!"

--Dirty Bastard neck label

Turbid dark iced tea brown infused with a generous quantity of crushed raspberries (visually speaking) and topped with an almond-colored crown that is as densely creamy as any you're likely to see. Thick sheets of lace are clinging voraciously to the glass. Dirty Bastard looks like no other beer; amazing since I've seen hundreds in the past year or so.

The nose is heavily toasted malty with undercurrents of chocolate and dark, dried fruits. I'm a little disappointed that there are no obvious smoky or peaty elements to the aroma. Perhaps they're buried in the beer itself and will make an appearance on the palate.

Great stuff! This is one seriously creamy, almost chewy, flavor bomb of a beer. There's a lot going on here: sweet dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon-soaked figs and toasted black walnuts are all members of the flavor profile. I truly love hops, but these sweet, malty Scottish/Scotch ales are growing on me in a big way.

The finish is long and malty with the barest hint of alcohol. I don't mind a bit since it's so well-integrated that it's just another facet of this multi-faceted jewel. The body is medium-full at least and the mouthfeel is reminiscent of heavy cream.

Founders has quickly become one of my favorite breweries and Dirty Bastard has done nothing but move them farther up the list. If you like Scotch ales or just like big, rich, interesting, delicious beer, then you have to seek this one out. (1,798 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - cheers!

This beer pours a hazy dark orange brick hue, with one finger of creamy/foamy beige head, which leaves a sea-level iceberg profile of painted lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells (since I first cracked the cap) of sweet butterscotch toffee, molasses, mild peaty smoke, treacle, vanilla cream, and subtly bitter leafy, piney hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, some more lightly boozy vanilla, and moderately bitter grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body a solid medium, maybe punching a bit above its weight class, deadly smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes still sweet - with a restraint that I can't help but admire - and adequately balanced by the stoic 50 IBUs of bitter weedy goodness.

Not too sweet, not too syrupy, not too thin, not too hopped up - this wee heavy is juuust right! Wow, from the first whiff, this offering has proven to be a study in restrained plaid-clad fury - and tasty as fish and chips in seaside Aberdeenshire... (1,069 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Steve for the single. Notched aug-sept.

Deep reddish brown body, hazy with sediment. Short puffy cap of foam, sort of imploded on itself. Decent retention. Malty, nutty, almost smoky aroma. Very smooth, caramel and peat smoke dominate. Lingering bitterness with bready rye and shortbread notes. Ultimately very drinkable. Worth a repeat buy for sure, try to find it fresh! (382 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and allowed to warm for a few minutes before being poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very hazy and murky looking dark hazelnut brown with a small amount of sediment floating around in the bottle of the glass. Just a small touch of light peaking through the sides and the bottom, lightening it up a bit and giving off just the slightest bit of a reddish hue around it. A somewhat small off white colored head rose up above the glass perhaps one inch high, before settling down and just becoming more of a film across the top that lasted throughout the session. Very nice residual side glass lace did remain though which was very good to see and this left a good amount of streaking down the inside.

S - The aroma was a classic scotch ale all the way. Very big deep malty notes dominated over everything else insight giving it a very sugary and earthy overall presence. Lots of bready tones in the background and a deep sense of caramel right up in front. There was a slight touch of some residual hoppiness in there, maybe some grass or a light smattering of fruit trying to lighten it up, but overall this one had a very heavy and sweet aroma to it.

T - The flavor was fantastic. This is a style I have been trying to get back into, as there are just not enough good examples of it around, however now that I get to try things like this it really makes me want to seek some out again. The first note to hit the tongue was a tingly sensation of spiciness. Some caramel, nutmeg, or cinnamon with a hint of vanilla, all very raw and earthy though with lots of grain mixed in as well. The overall taste was very raw, and unfinished, but in a good way. Lots of sugary notes coming onto it now as it really get going. This was a lot sweeter then I thought it would be for sure. Some dark fruit like hints in there perhaps, maybe raisins or plums, or it could just be the spice, but either way very nice. The finish was strong, with only the tiniest amount of bitterness coming though and the malty backbone really holding its own, and doing what it could to drag the taste on and bring you back for some more.

M - Very rich and creamy, this was easily a medium bodied ale, which at times bordered on being full. The consistency at times again almost felt chewy it was so big, with tons of sugar and grains. Very nice carbonation profile as it never got flat or dull throughout the entire session and really kept up its own throughout.

D - Absolutely fantastic for a session beer. The flavors were so full and rich, with really no let down at all. I am not sure what the ABV is on this one, but it did not taste very big, but it was no where near light either. Very rich and an ideal beer to have with dinner or sit and watch the game. A little filling but really not that bad at all.

Overall I thought this was very good. I have been lucky that I have a lot of the Founder's brews that I still have to try, or have tried recently, and I have to admit, this one is easily one of the best. A very well done representation of the style that really focused on keeping it raw and earthy, and unrefined. I would love to pick up a case of this one and have one all the time. Really a great representation and a classic beer. Have to recommend this one. (3,292 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, maroonish-brown color with a small, off-white head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grasses and pine.

T - It was quite sweet with a great toasty malt taste. Also, some hoppiness that added a little spice.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer. It was sweet but not overpowering. (366 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a pretty thin off-white head,big bold aromas of butter and brown sugar with some whiskey notes in there as well the alcohol is very prevelant.Flavors of dark fruit and alcohol are big here with some caramel just adding to the sweetness but this is fine for the style a big malt bomb for sure here.A warmer a sipping beer alcohol makes itself known for sure I have to stop now or I wont see the ending of Revenge of the Sith. (456 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a creamy khaki colored head.

S: Quite a bit more fruity than many other Scotch ales. Sweet toffee and caramel with some toasted bread and malt aromas. Just a little bit of peat and smoke.

T: Sweet malt and bread with lots of peat. A bit of caramel and toffee and a maybe a weird savory and salty flavor, almost like seaweed. There's a bit of a strange bitterness, too.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: One of the few Founders beers I've had that didn't do much for me. (556 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light mahogany color with a light beige head. No doubt, its one of the prettiest hues of the Beer Rainbow.

Smell: Mild nutty aroma charged with a heaping helping of berries and other various dried fruits.

Taste: Light toasted grains and caramel sweetness with just a slight bitterness that comes across as dull and unimaginative. I'm not picking up any smoke or peat flavors either - just those bizarre fruity undertones. Sour cherries, figs, and more berries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Is it me, or is this the fruitiness non-fruit beer to date? (648 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a dark brown body with some very clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Rich, deep caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, and some plum.

T - Dark, sugary flavors dominate up front with lots of caramel, dark brown sugar, and some cola notes. Darker caramel in the middle with some burnt notes and a bit of alcoholic warmth creeping up. More of the same dark, sugary character as the beer finishes with a bit of malt bitterness and some herbal hop character.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish with some spicy alcohol.

D - Not too bad, there is a lot of complex sugar character and the aroma is really very nice. Some of the dark sugar in the flavor profile is accompanied by a musty note that may be diacetyl or possibly even cardboard. In addition to that slightly unpleasant note it has a touch of alcoholic warmth that is, perhaps, understandable considering the strength but kind of messes with the smoothness that I would really like to see in this sort of beer. Overall it is a pretty good beer, but falls a bit below the average for Founders and I have a hard time seeing myself drinking it again. (1,258 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gordon Highlands thistle goblet.

I relish any opportunity to employ my thistle goblet. *sigh* Anyway, this guy pours a slightly hazy garnet brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, walnuts, caramel, brown sugar, earth, and a small garland of flowers. The taste follows, focusing on the maple syrup and brown sugar, adding some molasses, vanilla extract, and a touch of cocoa powder. A distinctly sharp sweet bitterness (yeah, you read that right) comes in at the end. (Okay, maybe bitterness was the wrong word...just a bittery sharp twang o' sweet.) The body is a firm medium, with a light carbonation and a dryish, grainy feel. A nice, solid wee heav', as expected from the people up at Founders. (746 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Dirty Bastard pours a mostly clear, very deep chestnut color with a rich crimson cast. The creamy tan head holds fairly well and leaves wide swatches of large spots and splashes about the glass.

In the nose it's pretty focused into one aroma that's a combination of gently sweet dark-caramel malt and yeasty fruitiness with a light whiff of alcohol and perhaps some leafy hops. But as noted, it really comes off as almost one note, and the specific characteristics (other than the malt) don't really stand out on their own - which is actually pretty damned characteristic of Scottish ales in general.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a gently crisp bristle of carbonation and a touch of warming alcohol.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, perhaps held back by its solid bitterness, a spritz of alcohol that cuts through the malt, and a bit of dark-malt acidity. It does express the dark, burnt-sugar-like caramel found in the nose, and there's a light bit of apple-like fruitiness to it as well - and there are, indeed, some leafy hops in the background (meaning they fall somewhere between earthy and herbal, and grassy and maybe even floral) - but again, it remains a very focused brew. It finishes dry, and lingering, clearly expressing a bit of peat-smoked malt that dwindles but remains just enough to carry you into the next sip.

Overall it's a decent beer, but I'd call it Scottish-style over Scotch-style ale. It doesn't have the body, or the sweetness (perhaps because of a little bit too much bitterness) for the style, and the hops are overdone by a bit. The alcohol level is right, but there's just not enough malt to back it. Dirty Bastard? Well, a bastard of the style is right at least. (1,728 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is brown with a reddish tint and a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The robust smell is of vanilla, dark chocolate, caramelized malts and a hint of dark fruits.

T: There’s an initial burst of sweetness when you first taste it. Then you get the taste of the malt, dark chocolate, vanilla & fruit, which quickly followed by a short warmth of alcohol.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish leaves just a bit of stickiness.

D: This one’s very tasty and the type of beer that makes you crave the next sip. The only thing keeping me from giving this beer a 5 in this category is that it’s kind of filling; however it’s an excellent representation of the style. (810 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly. It's a hazy dark dirty brown color with a little ruby red.

N: Lots of dark malts with some creamy malt aromas, some rich porter even. A little smoke with that, and a hint of earthy bitter hops. A little brown sugar and hint of caramelization. Not big on the nose.

T: Starts semi sweet with lots of creamy porter like flavors. More dark malts with lots of crystal, some smoked malt, and hints of roast. Some sweetness with a little molasses and maple but not really brown sugar anymore. The roast adds a touch of coffee and porter flavors. A slight bitterness from a little earthy hop and some roasted malt bitterness.

M: Medium body but on the heavier side of medium, with decent carbonation.

F: A little alcohol spicy feel hits at first with a touch of warming booze, then more sweet syrupy flavors with some molasses and maple, a little brown sugar now, lots of dark malts. More smoke as well. THen some earthy bitterness comes out more than before on the finish but still not too heavy. Bitterness also comes from the roasted malt flavors. A slight sticky sweetness but not as much as I expected from how heavy and sweet the beer is. Another nice tasty concoction from Founders as usual. (1,250 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool into my Corsendonk tulip
A - Decants a deep brown w/ about an inch of fluffy sand colored head. Generous lace hugs the glass as the tightly formed bubbles decrease.

S - Deep malty tones w/ a light woody earthiness. A whiff of alcohol in the deep roasted nose.

M - Slick, smooth sweet w/ an ample amount of bitter hop and malt texture w/ light carbonation and heavy body - very dense.

T - A rich blend of roasted and dark malt w/ a sugary tip and pungent spiced pine hop flavors. There is an almost smoky flavor w/ salty woody qualities. A creaminess and smoothness of oats makes for a good foundation w/ an allotment of hop flavor and bitterness. that is high for a Scottish ale, but not unpleasant in the least. There is a very good balance and this intense brew keeps reminding you w/ a lingering sweetness.

D - A big Scottish style brew, I couldn't drink this all the time, but every now and then a big malty brew is enjoyable. I found it to be a ting harsh the first time I drank this, but on repeated tastes found it to be well made and better than average. (1,078 characters)

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.