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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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: 1,850 | Ratings: 7,269
Photo of Auitania
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark tan with a slight reddish hit. Off white head that fades leaving a cloudy mist on the surface.

Smell: Slight hint of molasses or dark sugar with a hint of chocolate. Slight fruitiness comes through as well.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate and maple maltiness. Slight nutty toffee notes with a hint of pine. Hops adds slight bitterness towards the end but is not overpowering.

Feel: Creamy with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

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

Wow. My first review. I'm really not sure what the I'm doing but this is good stuff! This beer has taken the game to a whole new level. I was tired of just drinking beer and adding the excess while sometimes never even getting a buzz. Its dark brown color is a big change for me. It's very malty is smell, almost creamy and with 8.5 alc. volume it really sneaks up on you. The flavor also is outstanding. Can't wait to find other beers that compare or perhaps be even better.

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Photo of ChrisD62
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown-opaque. Nice two finger head if you don't side pour - plenty of lacing.
Not much smell as far as I can tell but I don't have a good sense.
nice malty flavor, low hoppiness if any, which I prefer, I don't like hoppy
I feel great after I drink one, 8.5%, not the strongest scotch ale but a good kick
I give it 4 1/2's across the board. I have had this beer several times.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle cellared 1 year poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours deep reddish brown mahogany with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Dried fruit, fig, plum, toasty bready malt, toffee, dark sugar, almost bourbon like, faint chocolate, earthy, and a hint of smoke.

T: Dark fruit, fig, plum, cherry, toffee and brown sugar, a touch of chocolate, toasted bready malt, sourdough, peppery spice, woody, a bit earthy, and a little smoke on the finish.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty much my standard for this style. Wonderful beer!

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a Snifter glass. Paid £3.10 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, very dark brown chestnut body, that transform to a bright beautiful ruby when held to the light. Plenty of fine streaming carbonation is visible below a dense, foamy, one-finger in height, light tan coloured head that slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind excellent amounts of sticky, soapy lace.

Predominantly malt forward; the nose is led by an abundance of rich and sticky sweet toasted malts. Notes of caramel and toffee are faintly perceptible underneath, along with hints of dark fruit, ripe black cherry and some obvious alcohol on the end. Taste roughly follows suit, leading upfront with sweet, heavily toasty malts, caramel and toffee profiles. Mid palate, sticky dried figs and dates join fleshy dark cherry and tart berry sweetness before hop bitterness and a drier roast profile builds towards the finish. Medium to full-bodied with a low to moderate amount of soft carbonation, the mouth-feel starts rich, slick and smooth before drying slightly as hints of earth, smoke, spice and bitter hop profiles overtake initial malt sweetness. After the swallow, assertive resinous hop bitterness makes the beers 50 IBU’s known; lingering on the palate with mild astringency while a large alcohol bite provides notable warmth.

Overall this is a decent beer. Rich, toasty and reasonably complex, its seven-strong malt profile starts well, but is later let down by both a slightly out of place and overzealous hop bitterness, and obvious alcohol, ultimately detracting from taste and drinkability.

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Photo of Maharaja_IPA
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brownish red
Taste: Sweet caramel with strong alcohol flavor and some bitter hops to balance it out
Feel: Not too much carbonation and very smooth
Overall one of my favorite Scotch Ales.

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Photo of jageraholic
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/16/2015 poured into a tulip

L: rich mahogany body with a dark tan head. Looks inviting and warming

S: sweet bread, doughy. Vanilla and some peat.

T: follows the aroma. Starts sweet with dark doughy vanilla, mild earthy hop in the middle, and a smooth sweet caramel finish.

F: coats the mouth with a full intense wave of flavor. Pretty carbonated to keep from getting overwhelming. Long lasting finish, unlike my typical performance

O:. Delicious rich malty beer with just enough balance from keeping it being too much. This is you classic malt bomb in ale form. Where's the fire, would be excellent with smores . Excellent showcase for the style.

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Photo of rickenclacker
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with some tan. Good head that lasts for minutes.(and who does not like that).

The alchohol taste and feel is strong with this one, lacks the peatiness of other scotch ales, but has enough hop bitterness.
I do not agree with the fruit taste or smell...do they put plums in this? I dont see it, has more of a coffee after taste.

Founders is up there with the best in overall quality, and this ol dirty bastard likes it.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the beer that got me into craft beer. Showed me that beer wasn't just thin yellow fizzy water. Beer could be manly as eff.

Look: Dark brown, when held to the light definitely has a reddish tint to it as well.
Smell: Malllty, not much hop aroma (though this was an older bottle), maybe even some notes of vanilla and wood
Taste: intense malt flavor, almost a bourbony aftertaste, combined with a pleasant bitterness from the IBUs to balance out the malt intensity
Feel: Smooth, and leaves a wood aged spirit flavor in the back of your mouth

This beer is a beast, always one I introduce to scotch and bourbon drinkers who say they "don't like beer".

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Photo of zshaft
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours nice dark reddish brown with nice one finger head and good lacing and retention. nose is toffee and caramel with some nuttyness in there as well. taste is smooth light hop prescence followed by caramel with toffee and some nutty flavors subdued. finishes really smooth with no lingering aftertaste. this is a delight to drink. alcohol is well hidden and the flavors all balace out rather well. easily available and worth the price.

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

Dark amber. Thick and very tight tan head.
Very fruity aroma. Sweet rum and raisin. Hints of toffee and vanilla.
Taste reflects the aroma with the addition of roasted malt. Bitter finish.
Close to an old ale. Boozy.

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Photo of TH28
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown with ruby red highlights and minimal off white foam cap. Aroma is rich, peat and smoked malt. Taste is rich caramel and roast malt, with hints of whiskey and vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight creaminess, low carbonation, and hint of alcohol warmth. Finishes a little dry and sticky on the tongue with a bit of roasted malt

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost red, dark brown hue with a one finger beige colored head.
On the nose, big aromas of Tennessee mountain fudge, chocolate covered raisins, gourmet Italian chocolate ice, dates, sugarplums and mild vanilla.

This is a chocolate bomb. Tastes of Swiss milk chocolate, mildly dry and bitter roasted chocolate malt, heavy cream, custard, cacao nibs and vanilla beans.

Feel is smooth yet slightly boozy. Light in body with light carbonation - silky and luscious. Sessionability is low however since it's quite sweet and chocolaty.

While I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these in a single sitting since it is quite a strong and intense- this is an absolute delight to drink. This is the type of beer you have as a nightcap, at the end of a long night of drinking or as a desert after a nice big meal. Come to think of it I don't see what's stopping you for having this for breakfast in the morning either :)

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Photo of 3foot1
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a good looking Scotch ale and it pours nicely, with a good smooth head that lingers. Unfortunately the smell is sharp with alcohol, and the taste has a dark hint of oil. Mouthfeel is okay, but you don't want to savor it by keeping it in your mouth for long. Aftertaste has a too much tang and too much taste of alcohol rather just the warming feel of it. Other Scotch ales just as high in alcohol, including wee heavies, don't have nearly the sharp taste that this one has. A disappointment, not nearly as sweet and tasty as Belhaven's Wee Heavy or McEwans. Still looking for a top-notch U.S. brewed Scotch/Wee.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into libbey tulip
bottled on 1/8/16 seven and a half months old
L- hazy brown with thin disappearing head
S- rich malty aroma
T- sweet rich bold caramel malt laced with smokiness, with slight bitter finish
F- medium bodied, chewy feel, don't feel the 8.5% ABV at all
O- real nice Scotch Ale, actually really enjoying just drinking

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Photo of josanguapo
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Playing Grim Fandango Remastered. Standard interpretation of the style. Nothing bad in it but there are better, cheaper and more easily accessible interpretations of that style, like the Gordon's one

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark, like a porter, but upon holding it up to the light, it looks like wine.

Obvious alcohol taste and strong yeast that overpowers any subtleties.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head and very low carbonation.
I couldn't sense a very complex aroma, maybe due to the alcohol content and the roasted malt that are very upfront.
Decent, but nothing really special in my opinion.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany beer with excelllent tan head, bastardly good retention.
Smell - sweet, caramel, peat, vanilla, wood, alcohol.
Taste follows the smell, unexpectedly lots of hops.
Low carbonation, full body.
Rich and flavourful.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 04/06/16) poured into a pint glass sports a dark gold colored body floating a 1/2in tan head.
Aromas are malt focused and some stone fruit,citrus and plum.
Flavors match including molasses and stone fruit.
So smooth, creamy, medium feel.

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Photo of gonger
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice brew. Good experiment from Founders. Pours good, looks good, tastes pretty good, feels good. But alcohol overpowers in front, the middle and all the way through making other flavors barely noticeable. Experimentation with serving temps doesn't add complexity to flavor. At 10 bucks a sixer, It's a reasonable interpretation of a mediocre Scotch house ale if you've never had a real one. Nothing special. Not bad at all. Just not an interesting brew. Might be worth aging for a year or two.
Edit: At approx 60°F, other flavors shine through. Plum, raisin, apple, earth, more buttery. Where on this site do we talk about aged beers? I will put a few of these away for a year or two. Report back then.

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Photo of laketang
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. can pkgd 4-19-16

nice deep copper, fluffy tan head
sweet malty nose, bready
bread, rich, bold and malty, malt forward, big
mouthfeel, chewy.warming.

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Photo of James954
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 3 months from bottling

L: Hazey Brown and raisin
S: rich sweet malt and dark fruits
T: a PUNCH IN THE FACE of molasses, raisins, and plums!
F: solid carbonation with a syrupy character

Overall: not my thing but it is SO IMPRESSIVE! For the style they were going for, near perfection. The more you drink it, the flavor gets more tame and manageable. The sweet dark fruit and molasses stays in the flavor the whole way through.

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Photo of R_N_Roop
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quickly becoming nag one of my favorite beers, and I always have it in my cooler. I enjoy the thick mild sweetness of this beer, true to many Scotish ales I've had in Scotland.

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Photo of MNAle
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark fruit aroma with a bit of spice, roasty and sweet. Dark brown / ruby color, with some haziness. Visible carbonation. Tall tan creamy head, receding slowly. Nice lacing down the glass. Thick and smooth feel. Initial taste follows the aroma... lots of malty complexity, a little sweet, with dark fruits. The finish has the bittering hops assert themselves into the aftertaste, which seem a bit overdone or overhopped for a scotch ale.

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