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Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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: 7,127
Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear brown colored ale with a small brown colored head that doesn't last.

Quite aromatic. Toffee and molasses with caramel and faint smoke. Scent of sage and licorice with a fair scent of pepper in the ethanol fumes.

Starts out malty and sweet with smoke and caramel being the strongest flavors. Melon flavor and a little alcohol sting. Taste of chocolate and coconut. Taste of oak and a green spice flavor that is closest to Cardamom. Trace of smoke but really it is just an accent.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a very tasty beer and a good example of the style.

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Photo of HillbillyBlood
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Some years back I had this in a Founders variety case. A friend and I, being somewhat new to the craft scene would try a couple of new beers every Saturday after work. We loved the other three (Centennial, Red's Rye and the Porter) but after this one I made the comment "three out of four ain't bad." He suggested that we wait a week and try it again. After my second one I made the comment, "I don't like it but I think I'm just not there yet." That left two beers out of the six pack. Less than a week later I had my third and I would compare it to a kid getting over his fear of marijuana. I was hooked. Yesterday I purchased a case of cans in Pittsburg and I'll give you one guess what's got me running my mouth right now. This is a fabulous Scotch Style American Ale.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very complex flavor. SO balanced. A nice malty flavor on the front end that is beautifully balanced with some bite from hops. Some smoky flavor can be detected as well. Right at the end you get a hint of scotch-like flavor at the end. This beer ROCKS

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Photo of ccg
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into my Bruery snifter, it has a full inch-and-a-half of head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The smell is as malty as you would expect, but it also has some citrusy and peppery notes that I'm having trouble naming specifically. The taste has some of the malty sweetness I'd expect from a scotch ale, but it's surprisingly bitter on the finish. A little harsh even. It has more personality than the average scotch ale. It's fairly smooth but just a bit on the thin side. I wish I still had a bottle of Backwoods Bastard so I could do a side-by-side comparison. Where BB was cloyingly sweet and tooth-coatingly sugary, DB is bitey and aggressive. They're both interesting and enjoyable in their own ways, but I think the perfect scotch ale would be somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dirty Bastard pours a dark deep brown color, with a small but lacing head. Aroma is earthy, oak notes and finishes very sharp. Flavor has some earth and oak, taste slightly boozy, with a sharp aftertaste. Nice flavors, good body. Overall, sharp beer that is good to sip.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wife bout me a six pack and said the name fit......hmmmm.

Beautiful ruby/burgundy/brown colored ale with a nice sized beige head and light lacing.

Aroma is light scotch, BIG red cherry, caramel, boozed soak dark fruits and sour apple. Nice whiffs of this with each sip.

Taste is malty with a big dose of scotch, butterscotch and sweet malt. Just a great blend happening here.

A touch of spicy hops on each sip....well carbonated.

Overall this is a fantastic beer to try for this style. The alcohol is present, but the abundance of flavors overwhelm the senses and create an amazing beer-drinking experience. Appreciate it for the style it is and you will not be disappointed.

P.S. Love that word called "distribution". Overjoyed to see Founders finally make it out to Cali.

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 9.16.16)
Consumed: 1.7.16

A: 4.5 Pours a dark, reddish-brown with a small, light tan head. Head lasts about a minute and doesn’t leave much lace behind.

S: 4 Nice, but pretty mild aromas. Bready malt, caramel, raisins, and a bit of roast.

T: 4.25 Flavors are more bold than the nose suggested. Starts off a little sweet with toffee, vanilla, and raisins before some mild bitterness and roast kick in with the bitterness lingering on the finish.

M: 4.25 Very nice body and carbonation but still feels a bit slick.

O: 4.25 Another solid beer from Founders. Not earth shattering, but a tasty beer that goes down easy and a good example of the style.

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Photo of MACrist
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/05/15.
LOOKS: Poured into a snifter, leaves a half finger of quickly dissipating tan head. Great, tight bubbles when rocking the glass from side to side. Very dark woody amber/mahogany. Not much lacing down glass, some alcohol legs linger.
AROMA: Floral, Maraschino cherry, woody, and lots of rich dark dried fruit. Sweet and sherry like. No annoying rubbing alcohol smell. Malty for days.
TASTE: Exactly like aroma, can't do much better than that. Dark fruit fest!!
MOUHFEEL: Just enough carbonation, not huge like some Belgian beers, for example. Creamy texture, dry, at the very back end.
OVERALL: Sip and savor it. Malt City!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 10/16/15. Pours clear amber with a medium-large sized tan head. Smells of caramel and malt. The taste follows closely with caramel, malt, hops, and some dark fruit; good intensity. Some mild sweetness and strong dryness. Average carbonation and above average body. Overall, Founders does it again with another beer staying true to its style.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 8/30/2015. Served in a snifter glass 1/5/2016.

Pours a dark, opaque reddish brown body, one finger thick, latte-like foamy offwhite head, good retention, fair bit of lacing. Smells of unabashed toffee, caramel, a bit of molasses, a bit of earth, some tapioca. This description sounds sickly sweet, but it really isn't. Flavour is balanced toffee, caramel, earth, a bit of zest, minerals, a mild bit of umami (a bit like seaweed). Pretty tasty, balanced, sweet but not too sweet. On the malty side in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, balanced with mild earth and umami on the backend. Overall- surprised I haven't sat down to review this in a long time, but this is a classic big scotch ale that's executed very well.

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Photo of sasquatch136
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers in the world. Drinkability off the chart. Strength is there. I will give the haters a nod. A little to hoppy. At the same time, not to peaty. I'm german and my favorite beer is a wee heavy.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a nice tan creamy foamy head. This disapated into a thin ring like lace that had some stickiness.
The aromas were pleasantly sweet and malt forard; caramel, tofee and chocolate.
The initial taste matched the aroma. Sweet on the tongue and the finish, malt dominated, a hint of alcohol and dark fruit. Then, lots of the hops bittering and flavor took over mud palate. There was some citrus zest and the finish turned more bitter and dry. Towards the end of the drink, some of the sweetness returned and some alcohol warmth took over.
The feel was also dynamic. Softly carbonated, creamy, smooth and nearly viscous at first. Then, as the hops kicked in there was a nice citrusy tang in the mouth. Very drinkable.
Overall I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. Perfect beer to drink by a fire on a cold winter night, or on any night, really. It's really smooth, really flavorful, and very well balanced. I would recommend this to anyone who likes things that taste good.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color. Real quiet; slight head.

The obligatory malts are present upfront along with alcohol warmth, and a bitter finish accompanied by taste of figs and dates

Well built and solid entry in the scotch ale space albeit a bit americanized with hops

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/30/15

Pours a dark red, slightly amber-brown color, with a creamy beige foam head. Smells malty like caramel and butterscotch, with a little smoke and light fruit aromas. Tastes slightly fruity, almost like watermelon, with a caramely sweet butterscotch malty taste, light smoke, and a light herbal, piney hop finish. Feels smooth with light-medium body. Overall a delicious and malty scotch ale.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

great example of the wee heavy style. right amount of scotch on the nose and the palate. well balanced. easy drinking on a chilly autumn evening. my go to to start change of season from summer into colder months. especially before transitioning to Backwoods bastard in winter!!!

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Photo of ravenskana
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A personal favorite of mine and one that got me looking for better beers. Strong and sweet, dark and malty. I compare all other Scotch Ales to this. So happy this is available year round from Founders.

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Photo of Icedog
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The overall feel of a heavy brew going down like this bastard is refreshing; knowing that your body will be healthy after the nutrient content is absorbed makes it gratifyingly desirable.
The dirt flavor of the peat is overcome with the sweet malts and balanced with the reassuring hopfullness; leaving me with the quest for another pint to re-assure myself. Yes it's very good and deserves far better than a score of 90...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Founders, but Scotch Ales/Wee Heavy beers are generally not my thing. I say this to account for my not having reviewed this beer before now. What is the impetus for today's review? They finally listened to me and CANned the Dirty Bastard! The excitement of adding this beer to The CANQuest (tm) is immeasurable! Hell, I might follow this up with a Backwoods Bastard just because.

From the CAN: "Brewed for us."; "So good it's almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a bright hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain't for the wee lads."; "Drink responsibly. They don't serve Founders in the clink."; "Enjoy fresh. Keep refrigerated."; "Crack it. Pour it. Love it."

The Crack! revealed an appropriately filled craft CAN, right to the brim and producing a squirt! I performed an inverted Glug since it was extremely fresh (dtd 11/05/15) and this netted two fingers of pillowy, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retnetion that left beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Gorgeous! Nose was really malty sweet, almost fruity. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was full and silky smooth. I stand by what I said about the nose - the taste had a mixed berry-like flavor, which was both unexpected and very welcome since I was expecting a malt bomb. Actually, this rendered it kind of dangerous at 8.5% since it was half gone before I realized it and now I was half gone! Phew. Drink at your own risk. Finish was semi-sweet, not full-on sweet as I was so afraid that it might be.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Hoping to enjoy yet another great Founders beer.

Appearance - very aggressive pour yielded a dark ruby coloured beer with two fingers of ivory coloured head. The head is also frothy with plenty of bubbles contained in the whipped goodness. Clear with minimal carbonation.

Smell - caramel and butterscotch, a slight smoked aspect and some earthy peat notes. There's also a small element of plums and cherries mixed in.

Taste - caramel and molasses, this is a malt heavy beer. Smoked goodness is there but only in passing. Bitterness is forthright compared to many scotch ales.

Mouthfeel - smooth with decent carbonation and a frothy whipped characteristic that is unique to this scotch ale. Booze is noticeable but doesn't really work it's way into the mouthfeel which is good.

Overall - very solid beer for the style, rich, decadent, malty with just enough going on be interesting, a little mysterious and just another damn well crafted beer. The more I try from Founders, the more I truly realize that they don't make mediocre beers, even their less enjoyable beers are very good and their best beers are phenomenal. As a result, I'm looking g forward to enjoying the remainder of this 4 pack.

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Photo of Chandango
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, it came out a bit darker and thicker than expected, but then, I haven't got much experience with scotch ales. Mahogany colored with very little head that just barely clings on throughout. Expectations are raised with the first whiff, which was filled with roasted malts, caramel, and a bit of citrus and dark fruits in the background. And it tastes just like it smells, starting off with rich roasted malts, some caramel sweetness that quickly gives way to a hoppy bitterness, with notes of citrus and those dark fruits again. It feels full, carbonated and a bit sticky, and is overall delicious and well balanced. Thanks for reading!

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark cloudy amber; Not much head

Smell: Yeasty bread, alcohol;

Taste: Bourbon-esque booze and sweetness upfront: Some bitterness--perhaps more
coffee-like as opposed to citrus--in the close.

Feel: Full mouthfeel: somewhat creamy

Overall: Certainly a big beer at 8.5%; As someone who's not much of a whiskey
fan, I wasn't enthralled with the hard liquor note being so prevalent in the foreground.
Sustained bitterness at the close also a little overwhelming. An interesting pour, but
prefer Bellhaven's Wee hands-down.

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Photo of Vogie
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the best easy to find scotch ales around. Great taste of sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, and a slight hoppy finish.

This is the beer that put Founders on the map. I can see why.

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Photo of WonderNerd15
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown, minimal light brown head

S: Can smell some hops, but there is a sweet, malt like smell as well

T: Very smooth. Not as hoppy as the smell. Has a sweet note to it

F: Very crisp, doesn't linger around

O: Pretty good. Light enough to drink more than one in a sitting, but heavy enough to have a satisfying taste and good flavor.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not a pro on scotch ale but here goes: a dark brown/ruby color with great head and lacing to follow, smell was sweet and hints of caramel, taste was strong for alcohol and more sweet, malty caramel spice, feel was rich and heavy with great carbonation. will try more of this and style for winter

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