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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 | website

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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Reviews: 1,815 | Ratings: 7,128
Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This beer has a dark maroon color with an inch of sturdy head. I smell prunes, esters, and a pinch of smoke and caramel. Full flavored and sweet with some earthiness flavors, toffee pudding, dry earth, and dried fruits make much of the delicious flavor of this beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Swimming in a creamy and smooth body, the Dirty Bastard isn't so dirty after all.

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Photo of twage04
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby, dark mahogony. Taste is very dark fruitish/caramelly without being cloyingly sweet. Lots of specialty malts in this one, as the beer's description confirms. Despite the deep maltiness and caramel, it is easy to drink, albeit with some alcohol heat that makes this a sipper. An enjoyable beer but I prefer the package of smoke and hints of roast you get with ol chub.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from a single almost two years old into a cervoise. pours a slightly hazy dark burnished reddish sienna, very little head that subsides quickly and no lacing. nose is great: brown sugar, cherries, caramel, and a touch of leather...promise of some whiskey. taste follows the nose, but sweeter and smoother on the back end than I was expecting, even if it also has a little bitterness and dries out quite a bit too. mouthful is pretty great, with a ton of body but not overpowering or too much.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale is something of an exercise in taste intelligence for me.
Six years ago when I certainly was more hop-intolerant than I am today, I surprised myself by liking this ale. The hi-content hops did not overwhelm what seemed like well-blended malts.
I have had a couple a year since then and the hops increasingly started to bother me. But while this was happening, I curiously was becoming more tolerant of hoppier styles such as American IPAs.
What I discovered was that as I tasted more of the style, I came to recognize that Dirty Bastard does, in fact, have too many hops for the general way in which Scots blend malts and balance their beers. The malts of a Scotch ale should not have to contest with the hops... which is what happens here. The taste buds get some sweet malt and salivate and, then, the hops appear.

Not to start anything.... But, has anyone suggested that there be a style called an American Scotch Ale? I know, it sounds funny. But, there is an American rendition of other revivals.

reviewed and slightly revised 4/26/16

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Photo of jmd1978
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is malty with a bit of smoke and cherry. Nice lacing throughout. The color was deep red like a cherry Coke. Taste is malty with notes of smoke, caramel, roast and a bit of cherry. The finish is hearty with nice warming feel. I don't usually get scotch ales but this is a top find!

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Photo of m_hall
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle(dated 7/8/15, been cellaring a bit) into a tulip. Deep garnet red in color, dark but also crystal clear... I did pour this one carefully to avoid disturbing the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Topped by a dense two-fingers tall tan head. Copious sticky lacing. This is a pretty one, indeed.

The nose on this beer is rich, with sweet brown sugar-ish malts intertwined with big earthy, smoky notes, and a touch of leather. Just a hint of whiskey-like alcohol hovers in the background.

On the palate this beer comes in with a one-two punch of sweetness (dark fruits, dried cherries, raisins) followed soon by bittering notes from the heavily caramelized malts. These seem to meld and transition into tones of semisweet chocolate leading into a drying, smoky finish that lingers but doesn't overstay it's welcome.

Feel is big, rich, and creamy, with fairly low carbonation. Alcohol is there, but very disguised, just slightly warming... this one drinks pretty quickly for an 8.5% ABV beer.

An impressive scotch ale that hits the style squarely. Big enough in body to make a nice evening sip on it's own, but the controlled alcohol and balanced flavors would pair this one nicely with a fine meal. A great choice for when one wants a 'big' beer, but a stout might be too much.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and rich ruby color with a thin, fizzy head (expected for a higher ABV beer). Looks a little like Cherry Coke, actually. Smell has some faint cherry, smokiness, and earthiness. Taste continues with those notes, plus some caramel maltiness that develops throughout the palate. I got a lot of alcohol out of this, with intense warming sensations. It's not unpleasant and the alcohol feel and flavor balances well with the other flavors going on. Kind of reminds me of a less sweet Jack and coke...with a lot of Jack. Surprisingly easy to drink, although it was a lengthy sipper.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one is the cream of the crop of the style I've had. For the style, this is better IMHO the barrel aged version. The 4 months in the bottle was good to this. A bit roasty, some chocolate, that peat that you'd expect from the style and a wee bit of that Irish Red characteristic underlying the previously mentioned notes and soft malt.

No booze whatsoever for the ABV. The mouthfeel is so soft and creamy. Everything I look for in a malt heavy beer. Near perfect beer for me at least. Very well executed and extremely highly recommended. A steal for the price and format.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bastard poured a dark ruby color with about a 1/2 finger of light brown foamy head.

The smell was a bit scary. There is a lot going on here.Smells of raisins, figs and something like smoky peaty malts. The smell told me I was in for a big malt bomb of goodness.

The taste was a great richness filled with the sweet taste of raisins and roasted malts. There was also a bit of a smoky, musty taste pulling through.

The mouth feel is definitely medium with some alcohol warming going down. There is a nice balance of the hops in here that help this huge malt bomb balance out very nicely.

Overall seven varieties of imported malts makes for a delicious malt bomb that just tastes great. While not quite a sipper like an imperial stout this one sure comes close for me.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date 1-6-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark brown color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until just a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel and roasted malt.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then a roasted note, the 8.5% ABV is well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good scotch ale, it's not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - deep cloudy amber color good sized tan head that sticks around for a bit excellent lacing that coats the glass.

Smell - Heavy malts sweet caramel notes earthy nutty nose as well.

Taste - I get the malts some dark fruit and sweet caramel little bit of bitterness as well.

Feel - Medium body slightly dry finish

Overall - A really good beer I would have again.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good beer like most from founders. To me it is over cherry. The nose is great, Alc vol is great but they should have named this Cherry Bastard. Really cool label and name but just to much cherry for me.

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Photo of bound4er
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. Pours to a muddy, dark amber appearance with a light tan head of two fingers. Laces very nicely. Smells of caramel malt, brown sugar and almond. Taste follows nose with caramel malt and brown sugar. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with good carbonation. This is a solid, tasty Scotch Ale that would I would rate higher if it had a bit more caramel malt lingering on the finish.

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Photo of The_Meme_Lord
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I signed up to give props to this beer. Rarely find something in the $9.99 range for a six pack that is amazing from start to finish. Sweet caramelly smell and taste, sprinkle of fruitiness, hint of roast. Almost zero bitter aftertaste, which is amazing considering its 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of Whiteturtle
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pour into sam smith pint glass (first time drinking DB from a can)

Eyes: Pours a mahogany amberish colour. 1 1/2 finger head. After a few minutes the head recedes towards the glass, with a wisp of carbonation residue settling in the middle.

Nose: Caramel sweetness, firewood, butterscotch, nutty (hazlenut/pecan). Pumpernickel bread comes through as well.

Tongue: Malty goodness, and smooth creamy toffee notes. Rummy raisins, and caramelized cherries that have been rubbed in brown sugar (that was a bit much wasn't it??). You really should let this get closer to room temperature. Many flavors unlock with warmth.

Body: Not to heavy for the style. A surprisingly effervescent and hoppy mouthfeel accompany the sweetness this beer exudes. Feels more like a 7% than 8+. A hanging woodsy taste sticks around.

Overall: A really well done beer, I'm glad this is available in cans now. You would be hard pressed to find a better scotch style ale at a cheaper price. *I got a 12 pack for $18 in Jersey*. I recommend this indubitably.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm ruby brown with very little head or lacing. Aroma features some burnt toffee, caramel malt and a bit of spicey phenol. Obviously there is a tremendous malt flavor given the style, starts out with burnt torte flavor with some roasted nut & hefty malt. There is certainly some phenol alchohol / scotch / booze flavor in it, but nothing astringenI or "hot". Feel is just a little sticky but coats nicely.m

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured a reddish copper with a half-inch crown of foam that showed little staying power, although this may have been due to pouring too soon after coming out of the frigde. This beer really needs served at slightly chilled, not cold temperatures for the flavors to fully develop.

Smell was slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Faint traces of hops. there was no dectectable alcohol in the nose, which I find unusual in a 8.3% beer.

Taste was simply marvelous, leaning heavily towards carmelized malts and hints of toffee and a very mild fruitiness to round out the flavors. Sweet finish but so much that it gets cloying. Goes down very smooth. and easy. You get a ton of flavor in every sip with this one. Many beers this flavorful seem to deaden the tastebuds after a while, so that each sip is less intense than the last one. That didn't happen with this beer.

Would never guess that it's a 8.3%The beer poured a reddish copper with a half-inch crown of foam that showed little staying power, although this may have been due to pouring too soon after coming out of the frigde. This beer really needs served at slightly chilled, not cold temperatures for the flavors to fully develop.

Smell was slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Faint traces of hops. there was no dectectable alcohol in the nose, which I find unusual in a 8.3% beer.

Taste was simply marvelous, leaning heavily towards carmelized malts and hints of toffee and a very mild fruitiness to round out the flavors. Sweet finish but so much that it gets cloying. Goes down very smooth. and easy. You get a ton of flavor in every sip with this one. Many beers this flavorful seem to deaden the tastebuds after a while, so that each sip is less intense than the last one. That didn't happen with this beer.

Would never guess that it's a 8.5% abv beer from the taste Drinks much easier.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

A real delight and very much recommended abv beer from the taste Drinks much easier.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

A real delight and very much recommended

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

35cl bottle. Clear dark ruby pour with a very small tan lacing. Smells of caramel and bourbon. Super smooth mouthfeel. Tastes like bourbon, caramel, toffee, very well balanced. An excellent scotch ale.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark brown with red highlights, great aroma, rich body with a caramely sweetness, balanced with just enough bitterness, and backed by a touch of smoke. Outstanding Wee Heavy at a great price and six pack format. Cheers!

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark brown, which lets a little light permeate it when you hold your glass up to a light. A top this dark beer is a khaki colored, foamy head, which leaves behind light signs of lacing. Aroma is a mix of malts, toffee, and raisins. Taste opens up with sweet malts, raisins, and toffee before fading with a slight dark cherry taste. Mouth feel is sublime. It opens up nicely, but feels smooth the whole time. Overall, this is a great beer. Welcome change from most standard sweet ales or beers, without being too sweet.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma - Smooth raisin, dried black cherry, dark caramel malt, lightly toasted cracker.

Taste - follows the aroma with hints of chocolate malt. Pleasant malt / hop balance. The hops are soft, but provide a long and pleasant finish. Not too sweet for the style.

Overall - a very good Scotch ale made in 'murrica. Fairly priced. Righteously potent. Great malty beer!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours dark brown with a tan colored head, not much head retention, a good amount of lacing, not much carbonation, looks solid.

A: Roasted malts, toffee, caramel, sweet, touch of smoke.

T: Very smooth, creamy, not as roasted as the nose, caramel, toffee, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry, aftertaste has hints of dark fruits but more on the dry side than sweet side, very good.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish, very creamy and smooth.

O: This is a pretty solid beer, mouthfeel is amazingly creamy and smooth, nice balance of sweet notes and hints of roasted malts on the flavor and aroma, very tasty.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When i poured it i thought it was reddish/brown but it appears to be black.

Definitely smells malty but i smell caramel the most.
I smell alcohol as well.

Malts/bitterness on the initial taste. Some caramel again.
And wood, maybe oak.

Not my thing.

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Photo of NJBeerJudge
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Dark, Heavy, and thick looking. Brownish/Amber color with a yellowish head.

Smell- Malty, and rich. A slight hint of smoke that rounds into a sweet smell.

Taste- Malty, and Creamy with just the right amount of hops to keep your mouth jumping and the alcohal content high at %8.5, (meanwhile) not as bitter as most IPA's.

Feel- Nice light hoppy kick on the taste buds during the taste period , then goes down heavy, but smooth on the swallow.

Overall- This is a nicely/carefully brewed beer for the craft lover. Definitely not overly expensive as I was able to pick up a 6-Pack for $9.99 at my local store. At %8.5 it is an affordable/high quality tasting beer with a great kick. In other words, Enjoy!

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Photo of hespectbeer
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very heavy hop presence on the back end which seems out of place for the style. Compared to other popular scotch ales like Old Chub or Claymore it really doesn't fit the bill. The hoppy character was reminiscent of Lagunitas Brown Shugga more so than any scotch ale I've ever had. Not a bad beer just not what I was expecting.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.