Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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 Kevin55
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.72/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ABabbidge
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, lets a little light through. Good 2 finger head. Smells sweet with notes of caramel and chocolate. Tastes very sweet as well, without being cloying. It has the same caramel/chocolate notes as the nose, but finishes with some more fruity flavors, like plum or raisins. Moderate body with a slightly dry bitterness in the finish. Excellent beer that would make a great dessert.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a white head, a very nice deep maltiness with a little bit of hops thrown in to provide a nice amount of bitterness, a little bit more than I hav tasted in this style of beer before, but it does not really seem out of place. Nice caramelly maltiness, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown, darker in the middle. Thin head that gives great retention.

Smells of toffee, chocolate, and aged whiskey. Aroma is very warming. Taste is impressive, malts upfront that give a toffee, chocolate, caramel, and whiskey taste that is just fun to drink.
Feels good, low CO2, clean finish makes me wish I had another one.

This is a damn good beer. Hard to believe that this has a high ABV. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly mahogany with a 2-finger soft khaki head with good retention.

S- Sweet caramel, toffee, mollasses, and candied sugar.

T- Sweet caramel, toffee, sugar and a slight burn.

MF- Full bodied with a silky and creamy feel.

O- A good beer overall, but being from CT, I'd gladly take Wet Willy over this, but would buy it again if I see it out of state.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It poured a deep amber with a red hue. There was not much head formation but it had a strong lacing.

This had a really nice aroma. I first picked up some hops and roasted malt.

This had a good balance of malt and hops, dry and sweet, etc. It had a dry roasted malt flavor at times, but towards the end a caramel taste came up. There was a hoppy bite at the end of each drink.

M/F: for the most part it had a dry nature, sometimes bitter. It produced a malty aftertaste that lingered - which was not a bad thing.

D: this drank like an everyday type beer. This is something I wouldn't mind having in my frig.

With a name like Dirty Bastard, I was expecting a more aggressive flavor. The flavor was great. It did have subtle complex flavors, but I wanted something more nitty gritty.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A great daily drinker for a lad like me.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sopor
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep mahogany with just alittle light showing through at the edges. If you hold the glass up to the light, it is a nice dark-red color. The head developed about 1 finger high and tan colored. You can see that the beer has lots of "floaties" in it that are not affected at all by the very little amount of bubbles.

Again I say this beer is beautiful!

The guys at Founders must like coffee; many of their beers have smelled/tasted like coffee to me. I can add the smell of bakers chocolate and syrup to this one.

A strong malt flavor of burnt syrup and fruit (a little like grape jelly...) with, again, burnt coffee, but much less coffee flavor than the nose led on to.

Dirty Bastard is the kind of beer you can almost chew, and seems to overall have a very low carbonation presence. However there was enough carbonation to satisfy.

Another outstaninding offering from the Founders folks! Definately need to stop over at the tap-rom and try this draught. But not too many, I'll never be able to make it home!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell of nuts, dark cherry, malts, caramel...maybe booze...not very impressive.

Taste-definitely tasting the malts and a bit of caramel. A little hoppy but not too much. A bit smokey, not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Much better than I remember. Very nice. An excellent beer. Doesn't taste boozy at all, considering the 8%+...

Tried this years ago and wasn't very impressed. Oh how we change over the years.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of StephenRich
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dirty Bastard is a big Scotch Ale, also known as a Wee Heavy. It is one of Founders Brewing's year round, and flagship beers. Founders has been brewing since 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan - very close to several other great American Craft Breweries. And I've always been impressed with their beers, especially the bigger ones. But so what it a big Scotch Ale? Well its 8.5% abv, 50 IBUs (which is higher than the normal style, but typical in the US), and malt focused. Scottish Ales show a big, sweet, malty center with classic toffee, caramel and roasted malt sensations. They are thick and rich in both mouthfeel and flavor, and are best served at cellar temperature.

So given the style, and my experience with Founders, I was expecting a good beer. Scotch Ales are some of my favorite, so I was definitely excited to try this Dirty Bastard. But really you never know what you are going to get from a classic style brewed by the Americans. Will be it over hopped, too rich, unbalanced, or hugely alcoholic? It could be sublime, soft, balanced and elegant on the other hand too. It really doesn't matter where on the spectrum it lies, because the key is that wherever it is, I can almost guarantee that it is well done.

The Dirty Bastard comes in a short 355ml bottle, and as mentioned is 8.5% abv, pretty much right in the mid range for this style of beer. I do like them more as they edge towards 10%, I find the malts, if done well really shine at that strength. But its just a preference.

I opened the Scotch Ale at cellar temperature around 14C (57F) and poured it into a snifter. The pour was oily and slick building a smooth and creamy balance of richly brown beer and dense light brown foam. As the pour continued the beer rumbled with life and excitement eventually building up just over half the glass, the rest was 2 and a half inches of soft, cream-like head. The beer was richly brown with deep mahogany shades, ambers, and dark copper. The head stood there with great retention shining a nutty shade of light brown and showing dense, but random carbonation towards the bottom, and larger, more airy carbonation towards the top.

The nose wide and round with soft toast, roasted chocolate, lush malts, dried fruits and sugary-sweet toffee. Hints of molasses, cocoa powder, almonds and stewed plums come out a bit more, but no hops seem to be in the nose. It is malt focused, and appropriately so.

The first sip was all head; a thick, smooth and creamy lush head. But once you get beyond it the Bastard brings wide malt sensations that flow softly across your palate. Actually, much softer than I thought it would. Big dried fruits come though in a gooey range of dates, prunes, raisins, and apples. Ranges of roast float in, but are not as powerful as I expected from the nose, but also bring earthy and herbal hops lightly to the back adding some bittering balance.

It has gentle smoke, touches of toast, the softness of bitter bakers chocolate and a smooth wave of molasses. As your palate opens up, a more malty flavor of caramel and toffee becomes more apparent and then eventually take over. Fruit moves to the background, and more savory malts build in power. A hint of wood and maybe even bourbon finishes in at the end, but again, gently.

The overall mouthfeel is soft and caressing. It gliiiddeess over your palate with an oily smooth texture gently washing the flavors over you. I would have liked it to be a bit bigger to be honest, the smoothness almost worked against it. It was lush and malty, but not MALTY, which is what I wanted from an American Scotch Ale. So maybe they hit it right then? Its all in the eye of the beholder. I did enjoy the Dirty Bastard, but would have enjoyed it more if it smacked me in the face, rather than just gave me a warning tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,711 ratings