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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

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

Ok, I know I rated this as perfection but I really have not met a Founders beer I don't love! They do their beers proper and Dirty Bastard is one of my favorites. I have had it both on tap and in the bottle and loved it equally. I am planning a trip to Founders soon, looking forward to having it fresh!

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

I am not one for sweet, malty beers but this is outstanding! TRUELY OUTSTANDING!!!

A PERFECT balance of sweet and bitter. An earthy nose and a long unfolding on the palate that starts out with a fruity molasses-esque quality and slowly evolves into a pleasingly semi-bitter finish that lasts... Full-bodied for sure but not too heavy... Not-at-all.

The head consists of tight, tiny bubbles that hold for a few minutes but then break to reveal the deep caramel colors that are just as dark as the brown bottle it came in.

At 8.5% this is a warmer, for sure. Perfect on a brisk afternoon to wash down some grilled brats and some of Wisconsin's finest queso's.

This little BASTARD will always be welcomed with open lips into my belly.

After one bottle, rest assured, you ain't gonna be driving ANYWHERE for a good long while. =-) ENJOY!

(side note- I poured this into a glass mug for the first tasting. Then I used a basic REIDEL wine glass. Finally I tried it in a tulip. In all three the flavor profile did not change enough to matter. Even straight out of the bottle this beer opened well onto the palate.)

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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 AleEvangelist
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Am amazingly solid strong Scotch Ale! Heavy on the malt, cut perfectly by the alcohol. Rich mouthfeel, and gorgeous flavors of toffee and butterscotch!

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

A - Heavy carmel with light lacing

S - Heavenly nose of alcohol mixed with smooth oaky character

T - OMG - this is the ultimate balance of alcohol, hops and malts. The taste is smooth with a tangy finish with warm alcohol flush to the face.

M - perfection. creamy and chewy yet not too thick. Chuggable but at 8.5% ABV and such wonderful flavor it is not advisable.

D - A stapel beer in any stable. This is the best stuff made.

So good that you need to wear a condom when you drink it. Seriously. This is proof that perfection is just out of reach.

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

One of the most delicious beers I've ever had and continue to but and will continue to give Founders credit for being one of the greatest beer companies in the world. Helps yeah Michigan!
Poured into a goblet the color is a dark red velvet with a bubbly head that soon turns pitch black with a stained foam glass and a very thin white lining head. The texture is velvety, malty, and sizzling.
Taste is of dark sweet malts, chocolate, oak, Christmas, scotch, licorice, vanilla, raisins, and nuts. Almost tastes like a barley fermented Brandy. Strong alcohol notes but smooth for an 8.5 abv. Perfect for a winter's day.

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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 nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours ruby red with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer.

Citrus hops dominate the nose. A hint of cinnamon and smoky chocolate. Nicely hopped for a scotch ale.

Slightly sweet up front, it's all hops from there on out. Beautiful, refreshing hops.

Medium bodied and very drinkable. Is it fair to judge this against other scotch ales? No. Am I complaining? No.

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Photo of Sdesenberg
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of bottle at the local grocery store for 9.99. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium dark brown with a half inch of thick sticky head. Stick your nose in the glass and you are greeted with a wonderfully complex medley of smells. Biscuity malt and earthy peat are balanced with vanilla. The flavor is equally complex, and frankly, wonderful. It starts with the maltiness, but finishes with the smoky peat and alcohol of good scotch. The smokiness lingers. Overall, an exceptional complex standout. Definately worth picking up!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that almost immediately dissolved away into a just an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and toffee and dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes. Delicious aromas.

Taste: Delicious! Like the aroma, there is tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and toffee-like sweetness, flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, finished by some well balanced, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and nicely effervescent, as there is some good carbonation. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is just a touch of a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a fantastic Scotch-style ale. Malty, sweet, a little fruity, earthy. As a 2012 vintage, this beer aged very well.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having this to celebrate the completion of my first rotation of 3rd year medical school.

Beautiful deep maple, exceptionally clear, with radiant copper hues in the light. A very nicely lacing beige head keeps its integrity the entire time. Incredibly clean nose with notes of caramel, toffee, carob, brandy, and dates. Flavor is unsurpassed in balance, intensity, complexity, and the long lasting finish. All the flavors of malts, dark fruits, treacle, and a hint of spice from the alcohol melds perfectly on my palate. Touch of roast in the finish too, an unexpected surprise. Prickly carbonation with this heavy bodied hitter. I would prefer slightly less carbonation. Overall, this is quite the dirty bastard with whom to drink. Cheers!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is awsome poured out of a bottle in a sniffer let warm for 15min s: chocolate banana bread slight light roast coffe T: same as smell With slight im mean slight alcohol finish F Creamy goodness O: this to me seems more like a stout well done why isn't this rated higher this will be a go to for me

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of espresso foam colored foamy head, which has decent retention, and leaves a little spotty lacing. Body is a medium brown. This is very beautiful to behold.

Smell - aroma of roasted malt, and some malt bread baked with that roasted malt having dark crusts. And apples, figs, raisins, some plums, butterscotch, hint of caramel, and spicy, medicinal alcohol. Very mouthwatering.

Taste - it's every bit as promised by the nose, and as every bit delicious. There is roasted malt with dark dried friuts, accented by butterscotch, and apples. Dark crusted malt bread swirled with a paste made of raisins, dates, figs, plums, caramel, and spicy, medicinal alcohol. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, somewhat slick from the hop oils ( even though the hops have no presence in the nose or on the palate ) , and some occasional puffed grain fluffiness ( like when eating puffed grain breakfast cereal ) .

Drinkability - this is delicious and mouthwatering, I think it's excellent, and only the high abv prevents it from being sessionable. But do, by all means, have the second serving ( i.e. 12 oz. ), and if one excersises due caution, the third.

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Photo of burkyburk
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma was very pleasing. I got dark choc/burnt caramel notes.
The smells came out in the taste as well. Chocolatey with the perfect amount of alcohol to blend it all together.
Felt so great on my tongue, so much going on flavor-wise. I enjoyed every sip.
I had heard a lot of hype for this beer and the rumors were true. It was amazing.

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Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an exceptionally ruby hue with a thin head into my glass. The hue is perfect for the style.

Smoky peat textures jump out in the nose with a heady dose of alcohol heat that's nowhere near overwhelming.

The mouth follows the nose and not surprisingly, discovers a drinkable mix of peat malt and alcohol heat. Keep in mind, this is 8.5% and it packs quite a punch.

Luckily for me, it's mellowed out enough to where the alcohol stays in its' place, allowing the malt to shine.

This is one of the more complex wee heavies I've had in a while. Generally, I don't drink a lot of this style but I believe it fits well with my current look and feel of things.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Darker amber brown, some good lace, some small head working into a haze over. Very small amount of some dirty'ness sediments.

S - Wheat and oats, mixed with some frsh brew bay malts. Some slight scotch. Slighly sweet but not much at all. Pretty smelly stuff.

T - Taste is great! Starts off with some very nice maltyness, very rich, Works into some great hop stuff but not bitter. Has that red ale taste mixed with some slight raisin like with a smoky finish. Very nice alcohol burn mixed with some caramel, toffee, and maybe some butterscotch candy.

M - Lower to medium caronation, larger bubbles, no prickly stuff going on with the carbs. Very good after taste/bite.

O - Overall... I like this, gotta get more. This has some very nice characteristics going on that I really like. I could drink this like eating candy, can never get enough! THUMBS UP! Thanks Dave!

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Photo of Frothboss
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance has a dark bronze full bodied look. Cant see through the glass. No head and nice laceing. Smells chocolaty and rich, hints of bread and malt. Tastes just as good as it smells, rich, chocolaty and bready also has a good nice finish. Tastes very good. This is a great beer. I really like this one will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First founders. Pours deep mahagoney into a snifter with creamy head nice malty smells. Taste is fabulous with flavor to a peaty whiskey aged in sherry barrels . I tend to struggles with scotch ales from Scotland being overly sweet and malty but this is balanced with 50 IBUs of hops brings and is a really great "wee heavy" American beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark mahogany liquid with slight off-white head.

Aroma of bourbon, red wine and raisins.

Flavor is rich and satisfying. Raisins, liquor and malt. A tinge of caramel and vanilla. Lots of toastyness. Some apple. A little bit of hops.

Excellent smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, I really like this beer. I will look for it in the future.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into the proper thistle, cloudy deep garnet red like a pomegranate or a red grape with highlights leaning on the orange side of the spectrum when held up to the light. i wish i had my hue separator.(R.I.P. hue separator). warm creamy 1in beige-caramel-butter pecan head that looks like melting ice cream. very nice retention, thick curtains of lace, it's just a great lookin brew from all angles. and if i look close i can see particles, rising bubbles, and chunks yeast floating around in there.

S- earthy and almost tart caramel and roasted malt and old used whisky barrels dominate with mild cocoa and toffee, and peat like i use in my garden. very complex malt aroma, they use a combo of ten different malts. soooo i guess this is a blend and not a single malt. AHahAHhahahaha. floral herbal hops also make a cameo.

T- first sip is tropical fruits coated in milk chocolate and then rolled in roasted walnuts and peat smoked just a little. a ton of fruit flavors come to mind, probably because of the huge malt bill but one could say a number of things like orange, grape, watermelon, red apple, guava, sweet wood sap, nectarine, apricot, fig, but what really stands out in this mish mash is black plum skin, and it's great. big vanilla, old wood, and whiskey dipped cigars come out near the end with a sharp bitter finish that stimulates the taste buds.

MF- rich and creamy with perfect carbonation, this FEELS like there's alcohol in it. it feels a wee-heavy. heh. .feels narcotic, medicinal, and substantial.

D- looks, tastes, and smells so good that it's easy to drink faster than you may have planned but be warned laddy-- too many of these and you'll wind up like that song about the scotsman who fell asleep in the grass...

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this on tap at the south philly tap room. Am I wrong to say malted milk in a glasss? So so so malty. Beautiful silky clear mahagony color. Great glass lacing and nice malt aroma. beer has as very long smooth finish. Malts malts and more malts. Absolutely the most complex scotch ale that I have ever had. A cutting edge version of the style. the taste deepens, tantilates and lingers. very, very smooth. My first and I hope not my last from a brewery I have heard lots about. hope to have more of this and others too! YUMMY!

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Photo of 29mikoyan
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very malty beer. My second favorite wee heavy scotch ale after Belhaven. It has a beautiful chocolately aroma. The flavor is more in line with roasted chocolate and peated malt.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh man, this was really good... thanks, joshd, for the bottle

appearance: pours dark brown with a brown head that quickly laces the side of the glass. an orange hue breaks through at the bottom of the glass, and as i drink the color goes more towards amber.

smell: the malts come through in full force in the smell providing an appetizing sweetness. there is also a hint of flowers in the smell that i appreciate.

taste: i find this to be very nicely balanced although it's very sweet. the malts take control of this brew while the hops provide subtle and welcome backup. as the beer warms i think i can pull out a buttery taste.

mouthfeel: great texture and the perfect consistency. it's not too syrupy nor too thinly bodied. i find this to suit my palate perfectly.

drinkability: yes... all day long...

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Photo of liquidnoise
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark with a dark head.

Smelled like barley, alcohol, and a little coffee maybe.

Tasted strong and bitter, with a little warmth from the chocolate/coffee flavor. The best from Founder's often overrated selection I have had thus far, (although it is a little pricier than their already expensive selection.) Beware the high alcohol content.

I often think Founder's brews are a tad bit overrated. This is the exception. Definately worth a try.

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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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