Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,012
Reviews:
1,972
Ratings:
7,736
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 7,736 |  Reviews: 1,972
Photo of dhd1491
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick head of tan froth. Dark and coppery, clear. Really nice, butterscotch aroma. Coffee flavor is pronounced. Some smoke. A little sharp bite, might be the alcohol. Mouthfeel is a little oily. Overall good drinkability for a higher abv, and good flavor.

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Photo of LonesomeTraveler
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krusader
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bexx_fig
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of justincourts
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey98
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chocosushi
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz->Žatec Glass

A ~ Deep, deep red with a half inch of pale camel head. Spotty lacing with a lingering ring throughout the beer. Looks like a Scotch Ale.

S ~ Kilned Barley, Bittersweet Chocolate shavings, Pitted Cherries, & Burnt Caramel w/ a linger of mulched grass.

T ~ Kilned barley & various malts follow through in a major way...Cherries & Figs mid-palette w/ a hefty hop undertone that really cuts through that rigid malt structure going on. Burnt caramel lingers.

M ~ Sweet, Roasty, & Vibrant malt flavors. . . Hops coat the tounge & Relieve you of the malt attack & peppers on down to the throat. Really spot on.

D ~ Not a chugger, but so Vibrant for a Wee Heavy. If you like HEAVY Scotch Ales check this one out. A lot of character here that sets it apart from others.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Mahogany brown pour with neat tan head. Slightly alcohol aroma. Predominantly like prune juice with butterscotch notes. Rich peaty flavor of dark fruits with bitter chocolate (was not expecting that) and anise notes. Snappy mouthfeel. Lively on the tongue, but heavy on the lips. Warms the belly like a good Scotch ale should. This is a very smooth ale. I was a little surprised by the chocolate in the taste, but it really blended the other flavors beautifully. The finish was much more traditional and good. A very nice beer. My first from Founders. Must have more.

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Photo of Wingnut93
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle Poured Into 13oz Tulip
Bottled — 11/29/14
Tasted — 09/26/15

A — Pours a really deep and rich looking brownish leathery hue into the glass, there are some real nice ruby reddish tinges around the edges as well. There is a thin khaki colored head that tried to stick around but failed, leaving minimalist lacing.

S — This smells extremely Scotch like as soon as the cap is popped off the bottle, smells reminiscent of Glenlivet and Glenfiddich Speside malts, just delicious. As it warms up there are notes of leather, chocolate, raisins.

T — Taste is of rich malt, with layers of flavors, nice notes of bitter bakers chocolate, some bourbony raisin character as well. Big hit of scotch again, almost like a Single Malt.

M — Medium bodied, rich and warming

O — Very nice overall, this is almost a bit sweet, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Lanoke12
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of utahgiebs
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date on neck, but the label was glued over top of it.

Pours a cloudy brick-red. Nice, unique caramel/toffee-colored head/ring. Smell is all sweet caramel. Taste is a ton of toffee with a bit of mineral. Clean & lightly nutty. Sort of like peanut brittle as beer. Enough bitters to satisfy. Dry finish. Very clean brew. Good!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On rare occasions I find a beer that has as its major attribute the aroma that it provides. Such is the case with Dirty Bastard, a lovely strong ale that provides volumes of rich malty aroma with a faint whiff of the hops presence. A lovely brew to look at as well, its hazy red hues are quite warming to behold. The flavor is of the malt richness, but it also provides a surprising level of hop bitterness. I was at once surprised and delighted by the beer after having my palate set up by two hoppy offering just before it. The fullness of this malty brew countered their light bodiedness quite well. The feel is rich and smooth and the drinkability is hampered rather more by the fullness of its body than by its high ABV.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany colored brew with a decent off-white head and similar lacing. The aroma is a beautiful charcoal malt with a hint of buttery licorice. The taste buds detect more charcoal and butterscotch but licorice remains a key ingredient. This stuff is carbonated with fine tingly bubbles that keep this very lively in feel with a solid medium body and some resinous qualities for sure. There is also some booziness present but overall this is a very satisfying scotch ale sort of brew and in true keeping with Founders’ reputation.

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Photo of JazziJeff88
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of That_Turtle
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pdonovan16
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birchbeater
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jorg2619
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders delivers yet another great beer. A pour of dirty bastard is thick and dark, I was encouraged by the unpolished look of the beer and how quickly the head died down to a thin skim of bubbles. The aroma was malt, with a hint of malt. The taste is of course malty... but a complex malty that eludes to a complex grain bill and a careful fermentation. The mouth feel is a little syrupy but this is a strong scotch ale. I will be buying it again but only one bottle at a time due to potency.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen kids. Do as I say and not as I do. Do not pour firmly with this one unless you want a six inch head.

Pours dark brown with a tan head that is massive from way too firm a pour. Nose is a mass of complexity. Definite malts here. Caramel, wood tones, and just a good amount of things to take in. Flavor is pretty meaty with a consistent wood character going on. Thick caramel sweetness is there as well. Nice and robust. It seems like I am getting a small amount of alcohol on the flavor though. Feel has a decent carbonation and a smooth liquid feel. Overall pretty good. Nice and hearty and pretty rustic. I can't say it is really lacking, but I can't say it is the smoothest of the style I have ever had.

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Photo of Sti555
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donteatpoop
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap thanks to Vinatage in Boardman, Ohio.

A deep chestnut brown with a nice tan head, the lace clinging to the glass as it was consumed.

Smelled of coffe and toasted malts.

Tasted of the toasted malts and coffee, as well as some hops.

Great carbonation level, not to much or too little, smooth going down with no negative after taste.

Went down smooth, a very drinkable brew that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,736 ratings