Dirty Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #20
Ranked #3,954
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: 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 right 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. Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).

50 IBU
Reviews: 2,048 | Ratings: 8,009 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Viaduck
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Pleasant aroma, dominated with the sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar, malted grains & hints of complex bundle of various hops. Taste is not quite as sweet as implied with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Flavor is as promised by its aroma. Medium thick with adequate carbonation & no sign of alcohol present. A pint of Dirty Bastard & you’ll be dancing around in your kilt.

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Viaduck from California, Saturday at 08:24 PM
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany appearance with a small. beige head and nice lacing. Earthy, malty aroma dotted with toffee and ripe fruit. Moderately sweet flavor with notes of caramel and dark fruit and an evolving complexity. Alcohol adds warmth to the aftertaste as a modest amount of spicy, floral hops add balance. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.

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Photo of BeerBaronBear
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this one! There aren't too many scotch ales of note out there - if you like that style, this is one to try! The smell for me is the highlight - I literally spent more time smelling the beer than drinking it. It's fruity, leathery, peaty - super-interesting and enticing. Tons of flavor in every sip - potent so it's worth savoring every one. Nice smooth taste - the 8.5% ABV comes through a bit, but it's still very quaffable. And the price point is great - I picked this one up as part of an $11 mixed pack from my grocery store. I'd definitely buy more of this! I enjoyed this more than the KBS and CBS varieties I've tried so far from Founders, honestly.

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Photo of just1cho
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a snifter glass at 50F from a 12oz bottle*

This Scottish Ale poured a comforting root beer/cola brown, also reminiscent of dark leather. There was about a 2 in. thick head of light brown foam with a good diversity of micro and rocky bubbles. The color of the head reminds me of the crema of a freshly poured espresso shot.

Nosing the ale, I got a pungent smell of grapes (reminiscent of Cabernet), apples, plum, pears, and a hint of cinnamon spiciness.

As expected, a very malt forward beer as I got swept up with tastes of sweet malty flavors such as raisins, Asian plum wine, in addition to some peat and other earthy mineral notes.

With a dry finish and a medium to light body, this was very drinkable for the alcohol content as I found that the flavors of the alcohol was hidden relatively well under the fruity and earthy taste. This had a slight bitter finish, however, it doesn't linger very long. I paired this with a rib-eye steak and I found this ale to complement and cleanse my palate of the fattiness of the steak quite well.

Overall, this was a very drinkable beer, filled with robust earthy and malty sweet fruity aromas/flavors with a dry finish and very smooth drink-ability for the alcohol content.

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just1cho from California, Apr 14, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Reddish brown with a slight haze. Medium hard pour yields a thin tan head with minimal lacing
S - A hint of whiskey is the most predominant...nothing else really stands out.
T - Balanced malt and whiskey flavors sit on the back of the tongue and stay there. Slight burn going down.
F - Little to no carbonation. Full bodied and warming.
O - Not sure how I feel about this one. It is well put together and thought out but maybe its just not my cup of tea. Probably wouldn't get this one again but I can see how people could really get behind this one. Just not for me. At least I got it in a "pick 6" pack so there's a plus!

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HarryPotHead from Maryland, Apr 03, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown producing dark, thick, lacy head with great head retention. I detect a slight haze. Taste great, my kind of beer, sweet, malty, balanced with enough bitterness and alcohol that it’s not cloying.

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Gordono from Nevada, Mar 15, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle: Bottled on: 11/20/19 02322. ABV 8.5%. 50 IBUs. Fridge to tulip glass. Aggressive pour to a center.
Look - cloudy dark brown almost not transparent to a light, yellowish BIG head with little bobbles settle slowly, minimal lacing.
Smell - not strong (beer is cold) some kinda sweet berries - raisins!? yeast bread.
Taste - slightly bitter rye bread dark wooden zergan-beery.
Feel - warmth smooth pleasant.
Very light drinking beer. I like it. When my wife is watching Outlander - I'm drinking Ales.

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Argail from Louisiana, Feb 27, 2020
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5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I learned to drink real beer in Dunfirmline, Scotland some 30+ years ago and I’ve sought a beer replicating a beer from there I should remember but can’t. Pete’s Wicked Ale came close 20 years ago but Dirty Bastard now epitomizes everything I look for in a beer. Understandably, it’s not for everyone but it’s to me the closest thing to beer perfection. I’m on a constant quest to fine a better beer and as of yet only come close.

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Photo of BigWheelz
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from Founders that does not disappoint. Nice full boded dark scotch ale with a nice alcoholic kick. You really shouldn't drink this beer quickly, but that's tough to do because it tastes so awesome. I can get this for $10/6 pack which easily beats all other dark beers in the cooler at this price point. I'm looking to score some of the Backwoods Bastard next.

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Photo of paging12
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Rich, thick foamy brown head. Dissipates into a nice thin lacing. Sweet, bready, toffee aroma. Rich, thick, coats the mouth with a bit of sparkle. Taste matches the aroma, with some raisin. Reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale. Is that a fair, apt comparison? Good beer. Rich, thick, boozy without being hot.

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paging12 from Virginia, Feb 02, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours about the color of a strong iced tea. Nice frothy light tan head which, to an extent, sticks around for awhile. It's a pretty beer! The aroma is not overly pronounced, but what's there is a nice malty aspect. An interesting flavor profile. Certainly a notch or two more bitter than other Scottish Ales I've had. It's got hints of roastiness and malts but not to the degree of a Porter or some Stouts... which, of course, makes sense since it's a Scottish Ale. I almost get a "woody" note which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Maybe I'm just picturing myself quaffing this down in a horse barn... somewhere in Scotland... near a lovely Scottish gal grooming her steed.... but I digress... in a decidedly good way...!!

Tried this a different time and wrote this review: About the color of a dark Root Beer. Tan frothy head. Lot of complex aroma. This is not a thin beer - nearly gives you something to chew on! Thick, malty... smoky, roasty. 4.5 / 4.75 / 4.5 / 4.75 / 4.5 = 4.6

Basically, I averaged my two experiences in the score above.

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Trailboss76 from Virginia, Jan 29, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sunless mahogany, tinged with maple red. Proffers a light khaki head that dissipates rapidly. Spotty lacing with webbed retention.

Fragrant bourbon, buttery caramel, newly sanded oak, and a willowy whisper of cherry wood.

Luxuriant caramel and creamy malts pervade. Follows with rustic oak and finishes with mild sweetness in the form of mellow, bourbon-kissed cherries. Well balanced overall with a comforting finish.

A pillowy, medium-body with a champagne sparkle of carbonation. Mostly smooth, but with a pugnacious, Scottish edge.

The type of ale you want while lounging in a cozy chair by a fireplace. No surprises, just a solid scotch ale.

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PathofChaos from Maryland, Jan 06, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Based on review notes from 2013. Had this on draft.
A: pours brown body with tan head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, caramel and toffee smell with some earthy notes
T: sweet, caramel and fruity taste with a subtle, earthy and alcohol aftertaste
M: full bodied and smooth; velvet on the tongue
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty good drinking beer

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maddogruss from New Jersey, Dec 31, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick ruby reddish brown color with a thick consistency. Malted flavor and a slight smell and peat balance the ale out nicely, and add a little bit of chocolate taste on the back end. This ale is heavy, but enjoyable to sit down with one after a long day, or early in the afternoon while smoking a medium bodied cigar. They pair up well together. Overall taste is delicately balance and rich.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: 4 a brilliant dark Ruby when exposed to light. Light tan head with compact carbonation
S: 4.25 Complex. A myriad of malts, fruitiness and chocolate.
T: 4. Bitter. Super malty with hops on the back end.
F: 3.25 a slow drinker, although nicely carbonated.
O: 4. Been wanting to try this and it doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of Anders91
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark amber, looks brown out of the light, but amber with the light shining through.

Smell: light bourbon smell, some smoke too

Taste: very rich, some chocolate, some smoke, some bourbon, very deep complex overall flavor.

Feel: think, envelops the mouth.

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Anders91 from California, Dec 22, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I invited this bastard over, but he was nicer than I remember. Like other reviewers mention, this is perfect Scotch ale. Surprisingly smooth, no harshness, not overly boozy at all. Gorgeous dark red color. Just heavy enough. With Founders pretty much sold out now, this gives me comfort knowing it was born from a simpler time when the brewery was earning their stellar reputation. This is vintage Founders, a must try.

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HopDagger from Michigan, Dec 22, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty good beer. If someone asked me to give them a beer that tastes like a good ole regular scotch ale, this would be it. Not mind blowing, but a good beer and I would say it is a good standard for a scotch ale.

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Photo of DavetotheB
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle dated 11/6/19 into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, not quite opaque but pretty darn close, with about a finger of light brown had. Small amount of retention and a fair amount of lacing. Smell is of sweet bread with a little alcohol in the background. Taste is bready as well with some alcohol on the back end. The alcohol taste is more noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but smooth. Overall, my first Scotch Ale ever (keep that in mind with this review) and it's a style I think I'd like to try a few more of.

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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania, Dec 04, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of a boozy, Scottish wee heavy ale. From the ruby red color, the heavy malts with nice hop bite at the finish...simply outstanding. One of my all time favorites for the style

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tzbel013 from Tennessee, Nov 23, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very deep red/crimson color, one finger beige head, excellent thin lacing, light carbonation.

S: Hops, malts, alcohol.

T: Hops, malts, alcohol, creamy. Nice.

F: Full bodied, full flavored.

O: Nice, full, creamy ale.

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rex_4539 from Greece, Nov 22, 2019
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4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's hard to imagine a more perfect brew.
Indescribably well-balanced in flavor. A+
An "Outstanding" score of 91 is a slap in the face of this World Class brew.
I would LOVE to find a beer that's EXACTLY like this in flavor, but at half the ABV. I would drink it all day long.

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EvershineDan from Michigan, Oct 13, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Now that the temperatures are getting colder, a bigger beer tastes so good. Higher in alcohol, however, keeps me from pounding a bunch of them.

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Steins_68 from Illinois, Oct 12, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Deep mahogany with slight haze. One finger of foamy off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Strong toasted malt, citrusy hops, bourbon-soaked cherries and nuts, and some alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malt backed by a swoosh of hop bitterness and mild hop flavor, with a covering of booze. Gentle cherry notes on the back.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and well-carbonated.

Overall: A strong, bold beer. It does tip a bit far into the bitterness and needs more flavor to balance.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Oct 11, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious. It has the richness of a bourbon ale, but it goes down smoother than the proper bourbon barrel ales. Pours reddish-black with a creamy head.

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marcablanc96 from Missouri, Aug 31, 2019
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