Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 7,842 |  Reviews: 1,999
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish barleywine appearance. Aroma whaffing of alcohol, also barleywineish and some spice and roast. Taste well balanced though followed by tongue numbness. Hops at finish with roast. Very well malted, some sweet rather than bitter chocolate, and cinammon, and a touch of smoke. and an easy drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great example of this style here, and it drinks dangerously easy for how strong it is. caramel in color, clear copper shine, with an inch of airy head without much to it, fades out rather quickly. the nose is a complex mix of sweet grains, with toffee and butterscotch notes, molasses too, with its earthy spice. the flavor is just as sweet and malt driven as the nose, only the layers of grain sort of come in waves. i get some wheat malt in here, a ton of pale and and caramel malts, maybe some chocolate malt too. finish is sweet, i couldnt drink too much of this, but its a smooth feeling beer with quite a lot of body and it hides its strength well. its a good winter drinker but for the sweeter beer drinker. i also should mention that this burps real well, i was tasting it for a long time after drinking it, and it was pleasant the entire time. another solid offering from founders.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger head on a brown and light amber cloudy body. Lots of lacing.Not much head retention. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, dark fruit and booze. Flavor is more of the same, with caramel and cocoa initially and a nice musty dark fruit finish. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Very flavorful scotch ale. One of my least favorite genres but this one is actually pretty good.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brownish red with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A little bit of ring lacing forms on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits like raisins, malts, and alcohol. Maybe some light caramel aromas. Taste is of some malt flavors up front with some caramel and raisin like flavors on the finish. A bit of roasted malt bitterness after each sip. Mild carbonation makes for a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this a a good beer all around. I think this is the first beer of this style I have tried. Not one of my favorite styles but I would try others in the category in the future.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking brownish red color. The head is thin and it creamy looking. It leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a really nice sweet caramel aromas along with some earthy aromas too. The taste is very nice on this one. The sweetness was really nice and finished with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel of this beer was very smooth with a really nice carbonation to it. Overall it's a damn good beer, Founder's strikes again with yet another really tasty beverage.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with very little head.
S: Smells of malt and chocolate fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, the taste is malty and chocolaty, with a bit of sweetness, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels medium bodied on the palate and the finish is a bit warming. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's rather drinkable and the alcohol was well hidden.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - cheers!

This beer pours a hazy dark orange brick hue, with one finger of creamy/foamy beige head, which leaves a sea-level iceberg profile of painted lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells (since I first cracked the cap) of sweet butterscotch toffee, molasses, mild peaty smoke, treacle, vanilla cream, and subtly bitter leafy, piney hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, some more lightly boozy vanilla, and moderately bitter grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body a solid medium, maybe punching a bit above its weight class, deadly smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes still sweet - with a restraint that I can't help but admire - and adequately balanced by the stoic 50 IBUs of bitter weedy goodness.

Not too sweet, not too syrupy, not too thin, not too hopped up - this wee heavy is juuust right! Wow, from the first whiff, this offering has proven to be a study in restrained plaid-clad fury - and tasty as fish and chips in seaside Aberdeenshire...

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/15/2012. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, molasses, plum, biscuit, toast, toffee, and light herbal. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, prune, biscuit, raisin, peat, molasses, light chocolate, toffee, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, peat, toasted biscuit, light chocolate, and herbal spiciness for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy, lush, and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a great scotch ale. Nice flavor balance, with a good amount of robustness and complexity; and very smooth to sip on.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. No best before or bottling date.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger light khaki head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention for the 8.5% ABV. Colour is a nontransparent murky dark caramel-ruby. Dull but appealing. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible. Not unique or special.

Sm: Butterscotch, caramel, tea leaves, toasted malt, cream, and light hopping (but actually fairly heavy for a Scotch Ale). No yeast or alcohol comes through. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nice malt layering. Too much tea leaf character. Overly hoppy for the style, with bitterness and even vague citrusy notes emerging. This throws off the balance and ruins the build. The caramelized and toasted malts are nice but weak. Far too hoppy. Not complex or subtle. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Slightly astringent. Too thick for the lack of body. Overcarbonated.

Dr: One of Founders' worse offerings based on the four I've tried. A poor example of the style; I think they were experimenting with the borders of the style and failed. I don't care for it much, but it's not awful. Outside of style restrictions, it's an average brew. Drinkable but not worth getting again - especially at the exorbitant price charged for it here in Los Angeles (I purchased it at Ramirez Liquor). I'll be sticking to Oskar Blues Old Chub for my future Wee Heavy needs.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, the lable boasts 50 IBU's! I don't think Scotland has used an accumulative 50 IBU's in all of their beers... ever. Let's see how this Scottish IPA goes.

The appearance bring a deep amber, ruby color with good clarity. A short, yet firm head forms on the beer and retains for quite some time though reducing to a trace mid-way through the session. Fair lacing. It's a decent look.

Malty sweet aromas of barley, caramelized sugars, brown sugar, and molassas. Fruity with figs, dates, grapes, and berries. The hops show a light grassy, piney note but not reflective of 50 IBU's. Earthy phenols come in as the beer warms and gives a pungent, earthy, dirty note.

Flavors of deeply caramelized malts give a complexion of Dopplebocks. Richly sweet, bready, and fruity with the figs, dates, and berries. The phenols give a light smokey note but not nearly as pungent as traditional Scottish versions. The hops begin to show their leaves with a stronger flavor of grass and pine than the nose reveals.

At first, the malty sweetness of the barley takes hold.... There's the 50 IBU's, basically all surpressed into the bitterness and dominates the beer from mid-palate on. Bitterness chases the beer into a sweetly, long linger on the tongue and throat. Odd to see such bitterness in this style.

The hop bitternes obviously chase this beer beyond what is expected of the style. But it's not all bad, it begins to take on an Arrogant Bastard demeanor, but with less aggression and balance. The beer does edge on cola-like flavors at times, but ultimately stay with the malty, bready, toasty, melanoidin-rich character albeit very bitter.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Steve for the single. Notched aug-sept.

Deep reddish brown body, hazy with sediment. Short puffy cap of foam, sort of imploded on itself. Decent retention. Malty, nutty, almost smoky aroma. Very smooth, caramel and peat smoke dominate. Lingering bitterness with bready rye and shortbread notes. Ultimately very drinkable. Worth a repeat buy for sure, try to find it fresh!

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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