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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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1,740 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,740
Hads: 6,798
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,608 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,740 | Hads: 6,798
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a little dark red when held up to the light. Pours a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet, malty, Carmel smell. Taste of nut, malt, Carmel, with a hop coming in the end to say hello. A definite scotch boozy presence. A very smooth beer with a medium to heavy body. I'm not big on the Scotch Ales, but I like this one.

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

12 oz bottle purchased from a local deli and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. I'm an avid Scotch drinker and, given all the high ratings , thought I would like this way more than I did. Thought it was OK. Too syrupy sweet for me and could use more carbonation, in my opinion. Could maybe see ordering in a bar occasionally as a change of pace, but definitely not a beer I will be drinking consistently.

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Photo of Prasm
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium expressive nose of caramel and coffee, creamy mouth-feel, caramel up front with a little bitterness in the back-end which balances this out nicely. This is my current daily drinker, readily available at $9 per 6.

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Photo of Karma_is_flawed
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Dark, foamy head that is also brown in color; small volume of bubbles going all the time.
Smell - Sweet, crisp, almond
Taste - Strong aftertaste, reminds me of a cigar;
Feel - Light for this style, smooth, but nothing special.
Overall - A little strong on the back-end, a very good beer but it'll take me forever to finish this first bottle.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-dark but clear amber in color, almost no head, but there are bubbles visible in the beer itself.
Smell-English toffee, Dates, clover honey.
Taste- similar to smell, toffee flavor upfront, without being particularly sweet, followed by dates,figs, honey, and a hint of booze.
Feel-Carbonation is very light, the beer is heavy but not quite viscous like other's of the style.
Overall- Great beer, warming, satisfying and tasty but doesn't weigh you down the way you other wee heavy's tend to. Definitely recommend trying it.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug down side finishing with center pour. Left roughly a finger of thick frothy head with a beautiful light tan color which dissipated quickly. Body was heavy in appearance with a dark mahogany & slightly amber color that light could barely penetrate.

SMELL: Complex, lots of smells accompany this beer. Sweet & malty aroma. Roasted coffee/chocolate & somewhat smokey. Had a bit of a raisin/fruitiness to it that seemed to blend together with an alcohol smell.

TASTE: A bit sweeter than it smelled. Very malty with a strong fruitiness to it that seemed to me to be almost exclusively a strong raisin flavor on the back of the palate. The sweetness was up front & the fruitiness kinda blended with the alcohol. Impressed with how the alcohol flavor worked with the other flavors. A nice but slight bitterness accompanied the finish for a nice balance. I really enjoyed this beer & it has spurred my curiosity to delve further into Scottish Style Ales.

FEEL: Nice almost syrupy/heaviness to this beer. The carbonation was enough to balance out the heaviness of it without making it hard. I really enjoyed every aspect of this beer & the mouth feel perfectly matched the flavor profile. Very impressed.

OVERALL: First Scotch Style Ale I've ever rated, but I assure you, it won't be the last. If this is what Scottish Style Ale is supposed to taste like, I'm all in beecause this particular beer was great. Never tasted a beer quite like this, quite an eye opener.

I hope you enjoyed the review...CHEERS

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/19/15 into pint glass. Pours a rich, cloudy molasses amber-brown, with a thin tan head. Initial impression is of dark, sweet caramel-molasses maltiness, with smoky scotch overtones. Very little bitterness. Smooth and quite easy to drink, for 8.5%. Slight residual bitterness, but that just encourages you to take the next sweet sip. One of the very best offerings from Founders, which is one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In fitting companionship to the drug-addled Ol' Dirty Bastard for whom this beer might well be named, Founders' Dirty Bastard would easily make a beer addict out of me if I weren't damn near close to one already.

A sweet, lightly wooded, and piney smell at first with remarkably flavorful yet constrained use of hops, Dirty also works in a hint of molasses and caramel from the large variety of malts thrown into the mix and a waft of a good smokey whiskey with barely a hint of vanilla. There's a surprising amount of diversity in the nose and the more I smell it, the more I discover. Is that citrus or strawberry that gives this beer its lightly fruity nose? Whatever it is, it's so mesmerizing, I could smell it all day - but I won't because that's only part of the fun.

The first taste is malt heaven, with far less emphasis of the hoppy flavor coming through overtly, but rather as a balance that tempers what might otherwise be too syrupy and rich. But this bastard of a beer is just right. Even the 50 IBUs it claims seem a bit of a stretch. I can only really get a hint of bitterness as the thin but frothy head folds over my tongue like a wool blanket, and it's mostly manifested in the taste of resin, wood, and musk.

It's strong, rich, and a bit on the pricier side, so this isn't a beer I'd drink all day, but one I could enjoy drinking almost any day.

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Photo of gmossii
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you have not had a Scottish Ale, then you have not been living. Adding rye to the mix adds a new flavor dynamic. It is also a nice bridge for you hops heads out there who think life begins and ends with IPA's. This is my favorite entry in this category to date. It has a nice mix between bitter and mellow sweet. It is also surprisingly smooth for something that is 8.5 APV, plus it is reasonably priced. Well worth the $10 entry price and even better on tap.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only scotch ale I've had to date, so I may be biased, but WOW! Pours a deep rich opaque reddish brown and meant to be sipped slowly and savored.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10 months ago (7/13/2014).

Pours to a dark beige head and hazy brown color. Aroma is malty with brown sugar, molasses, whiskey barrels, vanilla and aged hops. Flavor is very much a rich, sweet malt bomb with a earthy woody finish much like a good single malt Scotch. Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Overall a very satisfying malt oriented brew.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pub pint. Had a go round with this bastard a few times, from the tap at pub, to a plastic cup at Comerica Park. Fantastic in any setting. Aroma is malty, maple, toffee, vanilla goodness which translates to a malty, plum/raisin bread, bourbon, smoky flavor with roasted coffee/chocolate undertones. This bastard is dark, earthy, and smooth. Silkier than expected, full.

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

Look: dark ruby brown
Smell: heavy, chocolate/espresso, heavier fruits, malty
Taste: intense woody, smokey, chocolate/espresso, heavy malt flavor
Aftertaste: stays with you, this will definitely put hair on your chest!
Overall: not a fan of beers like this but had to try it. really intense flavors, if you're into heavy malted beers this is definitely worth the try

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

A - Poured a very dark, coppery, opaque red. Dark, frothy head.

S - Caramel and tons of grain.Peat and smoke.

T - Very smoky and almost crunchy malt notes that fade into a caramelly, buttery sweetness, with noticeable alcohol bite in between. Hops come in a little near the end to provide contrast to the super-sweet malts.

M - Medium-full body, with pretty light carbonation.

O - My exposures to scotch ales are few, but the fantastic complexity in the malts of this is undeniable.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer a few months back, gave it a more non favorable review. Tried it again today just for shits and giggles and boy was I wrong... oh my how our tastes change lol. Pours a nice dark dark amber colour with a generous tan, medium brown head. Minimal lacing. Smells of oak maybe light hints of bourbon. Taste is waaay better than last time... nice even bodied mix of light scotch and light boozy flavour that lingers for a bit. Not heavy at all nice and smooth baby. Nice light ale after taste. Das ist güt ya?!

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Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark ruby with only a thin skirt of off-white lacing on top. It dissipates quickly into a spotty lacing. Smells of roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, caramel, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is quite thick and syrupy. I was expecting more flavor up front, but this beer is actually quite subtle and elegant in its delivery. Toasty malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and toffee/chocolate are the main flavors I get. Sweet & sticky finish with roasty notes on the aftertaste.

Overall, very enjoyable. I was expecting this beer to be a malt & syrup bomb, but it actually surprised me, in a good way. I might even be inclined to call this one sessionable, in the sense of having 3 or so over the course of a couple hours. Definitely better as it warms up, but most of these bigger beers are, in my opinion. Drink this one fresh, if you ask me. I don't really see how cellaring could make this particular beer any better.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Carmel and toffee come through strong in the smell and taste. Smooth going down. Malt heavy with a bitter aftertaste. Poured from a bottle, would like to try to tap.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L (4.25) - Nice dark color and dark tan head. Not overly fluffy, but enough.
S (4) - Not a lot of aroma here, but a little bit of malt. A little yeasty too.
T (3.75) - Not of a lot of taste here. I mean, it's 'ok' but nothing great. I like this style a lot, and there's a lot of room for improvement here.
F (3.75) - Decent enough mouthfeel. Not very heavily carbonated, or anything else.
O (3.75) - This beer is alright. I'd drink it again, but probably not buy again. A lot of Founders beers are like this for me. There's much better options out there.

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Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with ruby notes, small light brown head, great retention. Smell - very malty, some toffee, burnt caramel, hint of dark fruits. Taste - rasiny and malty upfront, then chocolate and caramel followed by hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel - alcohol is well present, though it's smooth, slightly off balance. Complex, strong this beer has some character. Very solid brew from Founders!

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Does Founders brew anything that doesn't taste exceptional? I don't think so. Nothing like an endorsement from an Ohioan for a Michigan product. Just call 'em like I taste 'em. Keep it up, Founders! You guys are tops!

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Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and I am just now getting around to reviewing it. This is one of the best, readily available Scottish beers on the market.

A - Dark amber, almost brown color. Very clear with light khaki head with some staying power. Light lacing.

S - Rich malt aroma with caramel and toffee tones. There are also some ale esters and a graininess that lets you know there is a lot of different malts that go into this one.

T - Lots of malty goodness that hits the palate. There is a rich caramel, soft toffee, and a bready grain character that is throughout this one. There is some soft herbal-hop bitterness on the finish to help balance the sweetness but overall not too sweet. There is no alcohol character and with the soft finish this beer is very tasty.

M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light to moderate carbonation. There is less body than some other wee heavies which makes it more drinkable but with lots of flavor and no alcohol burn this beer is almost perfect.

Overall, this is the quintessential wee heavy to me. Some others of the style may have more flavor, more alcohol, or more body but the balance, taste, and drinkability make this a champion. This is definitely still a malt bomb but with layers of flavor I would suggest this beer to go with your beef-stew or haggis everytime.

Glass- Shaker Pint

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Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy ruby-brown with nice thick tan head with decent retention. yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle
Smell: Caramel, fruity
Taste: Big caramelly maltiness with some fruity acidity and a moderate herbal hops presence. Approaches barleywine in terms of maltiness.
Feel: Full bodied, thick and smooth

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but right from the pour I was impressed by the color and head. It drinks like a light english barleywine, with its deep maltiness and full body. the perfect amount of hop balance to let the malt shine. Delicious.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great thick scotch ale. one of the better bottled founders flavors. (say that three times fast)
heavy alc. and malty mouthfeel make this an intolerable brew for some, but an adventure for others. like most other founders brews, I will be going after this one on tap & pack soon enough. Founders love.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had on tap quite frequently and from a bottle in a thistle glass.
A: Brilliant chestnut with a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass providing exotic sheets of lace.
S: Kettle sugars, grain, light earthy hops.
T: Malty caramel, darker sugars, darker fruit, sweet, earthy, faint banana, boozy, fruity, medium hop accent provides balance.
F: Chewy body, medium low carbonation, creamy, smooth and clean.
O: A little more hops and esters than some of the traditional interpretations but very nice. The tap versions work a little better than the bottled ones.

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Photo of shillzor
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger, vanishing tan head.

Aroma: Malt and dark fruits, with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich, fruity malt with bitter hops coming through on the finish. There is a pleasant, lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not my preferred style, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. I'd opt for one of my favorite quads if given the choice, but wouldn't mind drinking one of these again.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.