Dirty Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #20
Ranked #4,379
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: 2,082 | Ratings: 8,092 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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backblast from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a nice light tan head.

Taste the rich malts up front with hints of raisins and caramel. A nice hop bitter finish to cut the sweet just about right with a bit of a boozy backdrop. Nice body and mouthfeel, a scotch ale that is nicely done.

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filamaso from Oregon

4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Founders rarely drops the ball, and this is no exception. I stumbled onto it after having purchased many of their other beers, and now it's a must-have in my beer fridge. It's smooth and rich in flavor and drinks like a thick porter or a light stout, as many maltier scotch ales do. The hops are directly center of other scotch ales, in my experience -- not too pronounced, but not a full-on malt experience. The ABV does it a kindness, as well, since the alcohol satisfyingly pierces through the thickness of the drinking experience.

Overall, a fantastic beer that is affordable, relatively easy to get, and a solid go-to beer for dark beer drinkers.

Apr 05, 2021
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Scottagremm from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly my favorite tasting beer of all time. I am just getting back into the craft beer game after a long domestic hiatus but I honestly cannot remember ever having a more delicious beer.

Apr 04, 2021
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Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice one, but I think it was on the rich side for me. I still haven't had enough to really compare within the style, but I can tell it's a great beer, though not to my particular taste.

Apr 02, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%, 50 IBUs. Dark reddish brown colour, big to moderate beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, peat smoke and over-ripe red berries, also vinous notes with hints of oak. The flavour has loads of malty sweetness and caramel, peat and oak, with a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mar 23, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

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

L- Nice creamy light tan head with lots of lace. Beer is a dark amber or mid brown with lots of tiny particulate.

N- Roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, some vegetal hop notes.

T- Wonderful malty sweetness offset by woody and light hop notes. A caramel like sweetness is balanced beautifully by a clean and light dry hop. The roast is perfect without a strong coffee taste nor a burn taste. No fruit or pine in the hops just a touch of neutral bitterness to offset the malt.

M- Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel. Not cloying nor thin it is just right.

O- Fantastic beer and my absolute favorite Scottish style right now.

Mar 21, 2021
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, clear ruby red with a thin head with staying power. The smell is malty and sweet with a touch of smoke. The taste follows the smell. Complex maltiness with a slight smoky flavour. Overall a great beer for a chilly evening.

Mar 16, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a cloudy amber color with some lazy bubbles coming up inside. Head is light tan, frothy, 2 fingers with a few minutes of retention.

S: A surprising fruity note comes through over earthy, toasty, caramel malt. Almost like cherries oddly. Brown sugar, and a hint of bourbon underneath.

T: All malt, all the time. Sweet caramel and toffee, toast, and a light roastiness. Butterscotch and vanilla, bread. Finishes with a little bit of booze and more bready malt.

Overall: A great beer that gets a little cloying as time goes on since there isn't much bitterness, more of a boozy character. A solid Scotch Ale, and interesting to see the base of the much better Backwoods Bastard.

Jan 21, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/28/20

So, I thought Backwoods Bastard, the BA version of this beer, was absolutely incredible. I’ll be happy if this is almost as good as that was, and I have no doubt it will live up to expectations because it’s Founders

Pours a hazy reddish brown with finger of light tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing

The nose here is definitely sweet, but there’s a nice balance to it. I pick up on notes of rich caramel, figs, earthy hops, dark bread, and a lightly nutty malt

Up front, this beer strikes a nice balance, bringing forth flavors of dark fruit, oily resinous hops, and smooth caramel. The swallow is a bit mire earthy and raw, with a toasted dark bread note that counteracts the sweet caramel malt and vanilla

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation for a smooth and balanced beer. Finishes mostly dry and bittersweet

This was good, but it doesn’t touch the greatness of Backwoods Bastard. Still, it offers a nice balance for a big sweet beer

Jan 08, 2021
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Beerboe from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've had much better scotch ales. In fact I'm not sure I'd identify this beer as such; it's more like a strong ale or something else. It doesn't taste good to me. Some have said acrid and I'd agree. It's a pretty good value though, especially considering the ABV, if you like its taste.

Dec 28, 2020
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Andrew_NYC from New York

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with hints of red when held up to the light. Fluffy white head with nice lacing.

Heavy malt on the nose with that peculiar, unique smell that just smells like Scotch ale.

Taste is strong, bitter and malty. With hints of raisins and a nice, boozy backdrop that I associate with this style.

It's not mind-blowing but it's a great, solid example of the style. Dependable and tasty for a chilly winter night.

Dec 28, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with hints of red and orange. The bottle calls it ruby red, that's certainly apt. It has a tan and porous 1 finger head on top that sticks around for a while. Rich sweet caramel and bready notes from the nose with a touch of smoke. The flavor follows the nose with soft and inviting caramel notes, warm brown bread and a touch of smoke. The peat also comes in, mostly detectable for me in the aftertaste. It doesn't bash your head in with the smoked flavor, it just comes in enough to round out richly malted flavors and give it just a little more character. A kiss of booze is noticeable as it warms up. It finishes dry and almost crisp, leaving just enough in the aftertaste to make you want to go back for another sip. This hits the spot when you are in the mood for a big malty beer but still want that drinkability to be there.

Dec 27, 2020
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Sippinonsomedunkel from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Super overrated in my humble inexperienced opinion. Don’t care for bottle art. Picked this as number 5/6 of my pick 6 pack. Was shocked after I opened BA and saw it is rated a 91. It’s not bad but following up a couple very nice recent beers this doesn’t break 90 for me. Beer itself looks very nice great head but the taste isn’t my favorite. Very strong bitterness right up front which makes it really hard to get past. After that it’s almost non existent in flavor. 84/100

Dec 09, 2020
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 1" tan head settles slowly with mild lacing. Color is color. Aroma of coffee, rich roasted malt, yeast rolls, hops. Mouthfeel is heavy with a slowly drying finish. Flavors of smoky, earthy malt, coffee, raisin, strong hop presence in middle and finish. Overall: excellent.

Dec 08, 2020
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine coppery red color, somewhat dulled by potentially tasty particulate haziness. A one inch head with lasting laciness. A light, caramel bouquet gives no clue to the ensuing tastiness.. but ye canna fool a canny Scot. There's a delicate but substantive taste of Scotch Whiskey overlapping a sweet, heady ale. The robust 9% alcohol is masked by the surprising complexity of this carefully crafted brew. Careful! It'll sneak up on ye, Laddie.. but if it does, you'll enjoy it!

Dec 08, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this guy at a local bar/ pub
look- pours brown with nice head
smell -sugar, whisky/scotch caramel
Taste-: Carmel, Toffee whisky/scotch slight bitter
nice smooth lightly carbonated beer this is a very nice beer

Dec 04, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark ruby in color. Chunky ring of tan foam. Sloooooow bubbles.
Smell: Fruitcake, honey, caraway, black tea.
Taste: Best at room temp. Molasses, raisins, banana bread, light bitterness. You can taste a bit of the alcohol but for the most part it's hidden in the back like a ghost.
Feel: What robitussin wishes it felt like.
Overall: Not super complex. Flavorful and easy to drink considering the strength. Good shit.

Nov 25, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, born on 5/6/20, poured into a ubiquitous glass at approx 42 degrees F:
L - dark dark brown with a hazelnut head that lingered....
S - a bit boozy, notes of vanilla, cinnamon, slight bread smell
T - very malty with a tinge of sweetness, also notes of coffee, molasses which morphs to caramel as the beer warms
F - thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation, slight boozy flavor
O - very nice wee heavy, one of the best I've tasted

Nov 24, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent dark reddish brown with a small short lived tan head.

Smells of malt, caramel and a bit of bourbon. Tastes of sweet roasted malt with a bit of raisins and a slightly bitter and boozy finish.

Medium body and light carbonation. Lush syrupy mouthfeel.

It's like a liqueur version of a stout. A great sipper!

Nov 17, 2020
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gavagai from California

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

nose. freshly baked bread, chocolate, plum, peat
taste. caramel and stonefruit. leather and smoked peat. pine bitterness dries the finish. bready and raisin notes come out as it warms.

Oct 21, 2020
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DarkAllDay from California

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. I was expecting something very heavy and complex, but I got something with a lot of sweet flavor and refreshing palate feel. This is an excellent brew clearly created by a group of people that love beer.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, floats on the tongue

Flavor: Malty with a slight refreshing fruitiness. Finished off with a minor hoppy bite.

Appearance: DARK dark brown. Really pleasant color. Short creamy head.

Oct 04, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful copper with a 1/2 inch tan head. Light lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma is toasty, caramel, toffee, peaty smoke.

Taste is malty, peat, smoke, toffee.

Medium to full bodied, light carbonation. Dry, toasty finish.

Another outstanding beer from Founders.

Oct 01, 2020
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DCH from New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is opaque dark ruby with a khaki tan head that leaves much lacing behind as you drink. Smell is malt, raisin and roasted caramel, taste follows the nose with a slight bitter bite towards the end. Highly complex brew with an amazing malt profile - at $8.99 for a sixer, you really can’t go wrong.

Sep 18, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like cold coffee coming out of the bottle into the pint glass, super thin beige head. Smells like coffee to, hints of caramel, roasted malts, & earth. Taste pretty much follows the nose, finishes with a nice bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. Moderately high in carbonation, medium weight.

Sep 04, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look pours brown with nice head
smell sugar, whisky/scotch caramel
Taste: Carmel, Toffee whisky/scotch slight bitter
nice smooth lightly carbonated beer

Sep 03, 2020
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