Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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 Kshep
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danno48
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow she is a pretty beer. The head on this beast is like a little memory foam pillow I want to lay my head on instead of doing my chores! And the smell is just the bees knees... Kinda like wood that has been soaking in caramel and then lit on fire and then finally put out after all the onlookers confusion died down.
I think if she was oaked it would be like a perfect scotch ale... Everything you need is right there. Sweet, high abv., woodsy maltiness.... The only downer is that you can taste the boozyness a little too much. But hey!!! Don't be troubled! This is a b*tchin beer to have any time. Brothers graduation/ Alien invasion/ Wednesday brunch.

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Photo of Chandango
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, it came out a bit darker and thicker than expected, but then, I haven't got much experience with scotch ales. Mahogany colored with very little head that just barely clings on throughout. Expectations are raised with the first whiff, which was filled with roasted malts, caramel, and a bit of citrus and dark fruits in the background. And it tastes just like it smells, starting off with rich roasted malts, some caramel sweetness that quickly gives way to a hoppy bitterness, with notes of citrus and those dark fruits again. It feels full, carbonated and a bit sticky, and is overall delicious and well balanced. Thanks for reading!

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look. Murky, unfiltered (?) honey brown with a medium small, light brown head.
Smell. Yeasty, even toned, possible hint of chocolate.
Taste. Pretty strong hop front, richness of grain, low sugar sweetness, somewhat dry finish, bit of caramel poking through, timidly.
Mouthfeel. Heavy body, chewy, oily grains. Pretty robust.
Overall. Good twang of hops, mild grains except in the mouthfeel. Better complexity in the mouthfeel than in the taste. A nice scotch ale, leaning toward the barley wine neighborhood.

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Photo of aratcliffe
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Risser09
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Very dark brown, with a tinge of cranberry color beaming through the beer. Small but vigorous head only climbs to less than an inch and subsides quickly. The head is tan with a small bit of lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Single malt all the way. As soon as I opened the bottle and poured there was an attack of whisky on my nose. mmm. Other aromas are leather, tobacco, toasted malt, and way overripe plums and apples.

Taste: Malty and great. Smoky Tobacco and toasted malts are way up front, with oaked bourbon next and some espresso coming in late. Lots of complexity and strong flavors. Toffee, coffee and cola are in there too. This is how a Scotch Ale should taste.

Mouthfeel: Dense and heavy. Very smoothe and creamy with a smoky aftertaste. There is quite a bit of bitterness there in the end too, or maybe that's the alcohol rearing its head. Warming feeling in the belly. Can't beat it.

Drinkability: Very good for this style. Not overly smoky like some (charcoal briquette anyone?) and plenty of sweet malt to keep you coming back. Also, some beers of this style aren't complex enough to keep someone's interest, but I will seek this out again. Surely, this is a sipper and more appropriate for winter but it tastes just as great in the summer. One question, why a twist off? (head shake).

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Photo of bwbetts
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scotchboy
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from an awesome BA, poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip...

A: Dark brown/prune colored body with mahogany hues...minimal head.

S: Big sugary/sweeter malt notes; the backbone and body of this beer are the caramel and slight toffee notes, but underneath there are definitely notes of darker sticky fruits and smoked malt...peat as well.

T: Smooth, sugary malt with traces of toffee and caramel but not overly sweet; notes of woody smoke here too, earthy peat, and a touch of a vinous dark fruit in a faint suggestion of alcohol presence.

MF: Smooth and creamy, medium-to-full body with appropriate carbonation.

O: A really nice Scotch - the peat and smoke are pretty subtle, which I like. Also, not overly sweet or sugary.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Federal, Durham, NC. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy, ruddy brown with a gorgeous one-finger head with absolutely fantastic lacing. A definite improvement over the bottled version, which is probably the result of fresher ...

Aroma: Hops! Way more hops in this version than the bottled version, and much fresher smelling on the whole. That being said, it's unfortunately pretty faint overall. Toasty, with coffee, light chocolate, butterscotch, faint alcohol, and the aforementioned hops. Kick it up a notch!

Taste: Still fresher, hoppier. Malty, of course - roasty, toffee, French toast, maple syrup, butterscotch. Some heavier malts, as well - chocolate, light, springy coffee. About a dozen or so other light fruity esters lend a nice complex ethereal quality to it. Other grassy and light citrus notes. It's very well balanced, really. Pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, medium-to-big bodied, with tons of milky notes.

Drinkability: The abv% is a little up there, but not really for the style, so that's fine. A step up over the bottled version, in my opinion, as the hops really add a lot to this one. The great maltyness of the bottled version is still there though - definitely a winner from Founders. Recommended.

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Photo of Kingcurio
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of petewheeler
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hagbergl
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wee Heavies aren't a very popular style among American brewers, but I personally think more should try their hand at them. Seems to be a lot of potential for complexity. Anyway, I picked up a six-pack of Founders Dirty Bastard ale at Kimbark Liquors in Hyde Park several weeks ago. Enjoyed a bottle of this recently from my Firestone Walker tulip glass. Bottling date printed on the lower part of the neck reads 12/20/12. Good enough. Let's go.

Appearance (4.25/5): Dirty Bastard pours a gorgeous dark ruby/reddish-brown color. Only a little bit of head on this one‚Äďabout one or one-and-a-half fingers' worth bubbles up and is light tan. Nevertheless, this is a quality looking beer with great color. I also would like to note: another great bottle design by Founders.

Smell (4/5): Malty and sweet on the nose. Lots of dark fruit and lightly boozy, it has a little bit of the rum-soaked raisin thing going on. Some light hop bitterness and caramel lurk in the mix, too. You can tell this one is going to be hearty and strong.

Taste (4.25/5): Sweet, nice balance from the hops, mild bitterness. Barely any alcohol flavor despite its strength. Caramel and sugars. Black cherry, raisins; wonderful fruitiness going on. A little smoke and peatiness. Very faint clean, warming alcohol comes on late in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Smooth and slightly sticky, chewy even. Light bitterness leads to small stabs of bitter dryness on the palate. Medium heavy and medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel really fits the style and flavor profile of this beer.

Overall (4.25/5): Founders Dirty Bastard is quite the Scotch Ale. It is rich and packed with all sorts of caramel, dark fruit, light hops, and peaty flavors. Quite complex and just the right amount of decadence to be an excellent after-dinner beer. Would go great with a traditional Bavarian meal...It's too early to be having these thoughts...Go out and buy a sixer. Great value.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. My second Founder's after their mind-blowing Breakfast Stout.

Pours a beautiful amber/garnet red with a half inch creamy tan head that dies quickly. Nose is rich: scotchy alcohol, caramel and chocolate malts. Heady stuff. Taste is almost identical to Lake Louie's Warped Speed Scotch Ale which is a good thing. Rich caramel malts and pungent scotch which explodes into the sinuses as you exhale. This stuff packs a punch at 8.3% and you can tell. The alcohol is woody and aged like scotch, so it's not off-putting at all. This is a sipper that's creamy and smooth in the mouth and goes down with a nice bite. A treat for the nose and the mouth equally.

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Photo of bashiba
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy shade of mahogony brown with a thin tan head.

Smell contains hints of maple, raisons, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste is everything that the smell indicates plus more, a very heavy maltyness with all those great flavors including a bit of alcohol in the taste. Very complex and layered.

Mouthfeel is very full and just a touch hot.

A good beer to sit down and really enjoy, but not for a session.

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Photo of Thur123
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep brownish red color that reminds me of Smithwick in color. The head I got from the beer was about one finger that faded quickly when poured into my Thistle tulip. The smell is sugary sweet malt with a slightly herbal hop edge. Also in the malt I detect brown sugar, caramel and a slightly smoky kind of smell.

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The flavor is big malt with a lean and complimentary hop bite that only improves the beer. The smokiness in the malt shows up more but is well blended with the sweeter flavor and that makes this a pretty complex and totally drinkable beer. The mouth feel is good and full and delivers the flavors well. Cheers!

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Photo of Fusion7777
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbudner
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a ruby, light brown color with a tremendous 3-finger off-white head. Head dissipates leaving spotty, but thick lacing and head becomes tremendously rocky as it evaporates in pockets.

S- Sweet, rich, smokey malts. Earthy, like dirt almost (and I see others have described this as moss or peat.) I get some woodiness as well though I am fairly sure this has not come into any contact with any wood at any part of the process.

T- Very smokey, nowhere near a Rauchbier, but the smokiness associated with a good single malt scotch. I scotch booziness on the back of my palate followed up by some hops bitterness (unexpected considering the big, malty flavors and 50 IBUs listed on the bottleneck.) Vanilla, caramel. A lot going on in this one, especially after an hour out of the fridge.

M- One downside is that it feels a little thin especially considering the big flavors listed above...makes you want something a little thicker in the mouthfeel department.

D- Drinks like a complex session beer. Obviously, the scotch characteristics (namely the peat) and slight amount of booze make it apparent that this is not in the 5-6% range, but it sure goes down like it could be. I think I just may go grab another

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Photo of yossarian14
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep rich mahogany. This beer looks very serious. The thick tannish head and thick lacing are very impressive. Fantastic looking. Smells of roasted caramel malt, strongly. It is malt from start to finish. A long malty finish. Sweet dried fruit and caramel. The body is full and oh so creamy. I wouldn't drink this all day, I don't even think I'd drink two 12 0z bottles on the same night, but it is heavenly while your sipping on the one wee heavy of the night.

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Photo of davey101
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date is smudged but it appears to be 04/28/12. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature alongside a Backwoods Bastard.

A - Pours a deep, dark red that appears brown when not under direct light. A decent bit of floaties and crud swimming around. Two fingers of dense and creamy light tan foam. Really sticky lacing with long lasting retention.

S - Toffee, tons of dark fruits, caramel, molasses and a touch of smoke. So much fruitier and sharper than its barrel aged counterpart. Has a strong finish of booze and peat.

T - Toffee malts and raisins. Sweet caramel, vanilla butterscotch and a light smokey finish. Smoother than the aroma led me to believe. Despite being very flavorful and sweet, the finish is nothing but clean with just a lasting touch of peat. Excellent.

M - Thick and creamy with low carbonation. Frighteningly drinkable.

O - A very tasty and well made scotch ale. It's almost night and day when compared to Backwoods though. Backwoods really loses quite a bit of the dark fruits. As a year round, sub-$10 six pack this is pretty damn awesome.

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Photo of Mojo
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the color was a deep reddish brown and exhibited no head and no lacing. Smell was roasted malt and some alcohol. Taste is sweet upfront with notes of toffee and caramel. The finish is grapefruity and sort of warm due to a higher than usual ABV. I enjoyed this one. We finally got it in Alabama a month or so ago. Previously it had been banned due to the name. Go figger.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did a side by side of a bottle of Dirty B from March of 2007 and the 07 Backwoods B along with Chris towards the end of the first night of our epic tasting.

A: Crimson with ruby highlights. Thin , light brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving some patchy foam

S: Rich, sweet and complex. A year and a half in the cellar has allowed for some marvelous oxidation with some sherry and the faintest hint of cardboard-like aromas that meld incredibly well with the richness and the nuttiness of the malts. Mellow and wonderful

T: Pleasant oxidation up front with rich caramel malt flavors. Rich, rum-like with dark brown sugar and treacle-like bittersweetness. Mild fruitiness with some raising character appearing before a semi-sweet moderately drying finish with some bitterness

M: Great carb, great medium-light body with a pleasing finish

D: Very enjoyable, I'm saving my last bottle from this case for another year or so

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Photo of sluggermatt15
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber color. Orangish when held up to the light. The only thing I didn't like was during the pour, a large foam head formed and it took a few minutes to lessen. Overall, above average.

S- Malts, some sweetness present. A pleasant smell. Can't really sense the alcohol by smelling this one, which is a good thing.

T- Malts, fruits, sweets. Not strong and not too alcoholy. Great taste here. Just a touch of wateryness prevents it from being a 5.

M- Small carbonation and a little bitterness. Nothing really deterring.

D- Nice drinkability. Could have a few, but not a pound it down type of beer.

This was my first Scottish Ale style beer and I overly enjoyed it. Definitely a different style than I've had. This one sort of reminds me of Yuengling, but not as watery, and it has a better taste.

Being a craft beer fan, I had to try this one.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,463 ratings.
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