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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

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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Photo of Caveworm
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company, courtesy of @nicholas2121. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this head on this brew is two fingers thick and light tan, with lateral lacing, and a clear profoundly dark reddish brown body.

I smell a fair bit of scotch boozieness, along with approporiately accomodating notes such as hints of oak, vanilla, freshly cleaned leather, and a tad bit of candied dates and raisins.

Tastes like a malty, yet smooth adaptation of the scent I've described. Nothing is too sharp or harsh, especially as it warms. I'm also noticing a pinch of black licorice/anise that make me wonder how well this would blend with Jagermeister. I digress...

Mouthfeel is just slightly above medium with mild carbonation. Alcohol warmth is mellow and inviting.

Overall, I'll give Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company a 4.5. A more viscous offering that will liven up a dull, dreary late fall/early winter's eve with zero effort. This would be a good "old world tavern" brew for a night of total nerdiness i.e. LOTR/GOT/"Vikings" viewing, fantasy RPG's, and pagan/folk black metal. SKÅL!

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice deep copper with thin head, drinks like a Belgium strong dark with an infusion of scotch and mild sweatiness. Very good beer, but not as great as other Founders like their stout and porter.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, muddy hazel with reddish hues. Head is a thin frothy tan with significant lacing.
Lacking on the nose, the smell does not indicte the rich complex flavor inside. Smells of sweet malt and caramel, faint smokiness, undertones of dark chocolate.
This tastes amazing! This is the big time stout. Front is boozy, a little bitter, and warming- this is an 8.5% ABV and burns like it. Hints of peat and roasted malt. Aftertaste is unexpected and truly phenomenal, strong sweet caramel persists with a boozy taste and little peat-bitterness.
Definitely a good winter beer- a little over carbonated, and I would encourage drinking this closer to cellar temperature. This is a strong beer and you can feel it. Warms you right up on a cold Midwestern evening.
Overall a top-tier winter stout. Definitely recommended. A lot of unexpected flavor in this beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founders Dirty Bastard brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.50% This Scotch Ale pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The color of Dirty Bastard looks like cola, not saying that is a bad thing. You pick up on roasted grians and malts in the smell of this brew. Also you pick up on some nice earthly hop notes and some sweetness in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of Founders Dirty Bastard is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is rich, but bold with flavors. There is a lot of roasted grians and malts in this brew. Then you pick up a nice bit of hops. I really like how heavy and how complex this brew is. Founders Dirty Bastard has a real super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel of Dirty Bastard is Bold, Rich, Smooth, Heavy, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this Scotch Ale a 4.75 out of 5. I will definitely buy this brew again. Founders Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this one. If you like roasted brews look this brew up.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark amber with very nice head and lacing. Smells of molasses, chocolate, hops, and dry fruit (plum/raisin). Taste has a hit of alcohol up front with a mix of sweet, notes of chocolate and fruit round out this beer nicely. Overall a bite to finish, I can taste a lot of alcohol in this beer which is ok but would be better if less present. I may need more of these to really get a final view, good beer but it had a lot of bite to me.

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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 lwcreasy
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Inch of creamy, tan head rests on top of an opaque ruby-brown brew. Foamy head collapses fairly quickly to a beige film concealing the beer's nature from bird's eye view.

Lots of subtle treats for the nose. Shortbread, lady fingers, malt balls; and then later- a bit of cherry or almond, and strawberry. The strawberry note, in particular, I find increasing as the beer warms. Mostly, though, it is rich malt on display. An assortment of sweet cakes and breads, with a touch of nuttiness. It's all there. Small note of floral hop has a time announcing itself, but shows up on occasion.

A nice, clean, and rich malt character is the first impression; overlaid with a smokey and tart EtOH character. Toffee and shortbread all day long, with those fruit characters (cherry, strawberry) playing light players. Hint of smoke may come from the booze or somewhere else, but adds ever-so-subtly to the beer's overall impression- which is that of deft balance. Epitomizes what I love about the style- the strong malty notes, alcohol warmth, and depth create a comforting, corner-of-the-bakery climate inside the drinker.

Mid-full body, creamy, and mouth-filling. Absolutely wonderful and well-matched to the flavors on display. Hell of a sipper, with the perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol sharpness.

Tremendous, tremendous beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

-pours a dark brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,beige head
-cooked potatoes,herbal,plums,figs,raisins,caramel,chocolate,licorice,syrup
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
This is pretty great.sweet ale with a strong English Hop Presence.

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Photo of Fee
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich deep brown with a good head. This smell of this beer prepares you for the maltiness of this scotch ale. Tart aftertaste indicates just the right level of hops. This is a well balanced scotch ale.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. not my first time having it. Did not live up to what I remember. Mouthfeel is very light. Flavor is a bit on the thin side. Bottle was approximately 9 months old off the store shelf...perhaps too much light exposure?

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark black, with a creamy head, but dissipated quickly.
Taste: quite hoppy for a scotch ale, and one could taste the hop bitterness quite clear. It is also very malty, full of nuttiness and roasted malt.

I felt that the hoppiness was too powerful, which did not left such a great aftertaste in my mouth. It was a great brew, nevertheless.

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Photo of Auitania
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark tan with a slight reddish hit. Off white head that fades leaving a cloudy mist on the surface.

Smell: Slight hint of molasses or dark sugar with a hint of chocolate. Slight fruitiness comes through as well.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate and maple maltiness. Slight nutty toffee notes with a hint of pine. Hops adds slight bitterness towards the end but is not overpowering.

Feel: Creamy with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of MikeLikes
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. My first review. I'm really not sure what the I'm doing but this is good stuff! This beer has taken the game to a whole new level. I was tired of just drinking beer and adding the excess while sometimes never even getting a buzz. Its dark brown color is a big change for me. It's very malty is smell, almost creamy and with 8.5 alc. volume it really sneaks up on you. The flavor also is outstanding. Can't wait to find other beers that compare or perhaps be even better.

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Photo of ChrisD62
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown-opaque. Nice two finger head if you don't side pour - plenty of lacing.
Not much smell as far as I can tell but I don't have a good sense.
nice malty flavor, low hoppiness if any, which I prefer, I don't like hoppy
I feel great after I drink one, 8.5%, not the strongest scotch ale but a good kick
I give it 4 1/2's across the board. I have had this beer several times.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle cellared 1 year poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours deep reddish brown mahogany with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Dried fruit, fig, plum, toasty bready malt, toffee, dark sugar, almost bourbon like, faint chocolate, earthy, and a hint of smoke.

T: Dark fruit, fig, plum, cherry, toffee and brown sugar, a touch of chocolate, toasted bready malt, sourdough, peppery spice, woody, a bit earthy, and a little smoke on the finish.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty much my standard for this style. Wonderful beer!

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a Snifter glass. Paid £3.10 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, very dark brown chestnut body, that transform to a bright beautiful ruby when held to the light. Plenty of fine streaming carbonation is visible below a dense, foamy, one-finger in height, light tan coloured head that slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind excellent amounts of sticky, soapy lace.

Predominantly malt forward; the nose is led by an abundance of rich and sticky sweet toasted malts. Notes of caramel and toffee are faintly perceptible underneath, along with hints of dark fruit, ripe black cherry and some obvious alcohol on the end. Taste roughly follows suit, leading upfront with sweet, heavily toasty malts, caramel and toffee profiles. Mid palate, sticky dried figs and dates join fleshy dark cherry and tart berry sweetness before hop bitterness and a drier roast profile builds towards the finish. Medium to full-bodied with a low to moderate amount of soft carbonation, the mouth-feel starts rich, slick and smooth before drying slightly as hints of earth, smoke, spice and bitter hop profiles overtake initial malt sweetness. After the swallow, assertive resinous hop bitterness makes the beers 50 IBU’s known; lingering on the palate with mild astringency while a large alcohol bite provides notable warmth.

Overall this is a decent beer. Rich, toasty and reasonably complex, its seven-strong malt profile starts well, but is later let down by both a slightly out of place and overzealous hop bitterness, and obvious alcohol, ultimately detracting from taste and drinkability.

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Photo of Maharaja_IPA
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brownish red
Taste: Sweet caramel with strong alcohol flavor and some bitter hops to balance it out
Feel: Not too much carbonation and very smooth
Overall one of my favorite Scotch Ales.

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Photo of jageraholic
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/16/2015 poured into a tulip

L: rich mahogany body with a dark tan head. Looks inviting and warming

S: sweet bread, doughy. Vanilla and some peat.

T: follows the aroma. Starts sweet with dark doughy vanilla, mild earthy hop in the middle, and a smooth sweet caramel finish.

F: coats the mouth with a full intense wave of flavor. Pretty carbonated to keep from getting overwhelming. Long lasting finish, unlike my typical performance

O:. Delicious rich malty beer with just enough balance from keeping it being too much. This is you classic malt bomb in ale form. Where's the fire, would be excellent with smores . Excellent showcase for the style.

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Photo of rickenclacker
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with some tan. Good head that lasts for minutes.(and who does not like that).

The alchohol taste and feel is strong with this one, lacks the peatiness of other scotch ales, but has enough hop bitterness.
I do not agree with the fruit taste or smell...do they put plums in this? I dont see it, has more of a coffee after taste.

Founders is up there with the best in overall quality, and this ol dirty bastard likes it.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the beer that got me into craft beer. Showed me that beer wasn't just thin yellow fizzy water. Beer could be manly as eff.

Look: Dark brown, when held to the light definitely has a reddish tint to it as well.
Smell: Malllty, not much hop aroma (though this was an older bottle), maybe even some notes of vanilla and wood
Taste: intense malt flavor, almost a bourbony aftertaste, combined with a pleasant bitterness from the IBUs to balance out the malt intensity
Feel: Smooth, and leaves a wood aged spirit flavor in the back of your mouth

This beer is a beast, always one I introduce to scotch and bourbon drinkers who say they "don't like beer".

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Photo of zshaft
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours nice dark reddish brown with nice one finger head and good lacing and retention. nose is toffee and caramel with some nuttyness in there as well. taste is smooth light hop prescence followed by caramel with toffee and some nutty flavors subdued. finishes really smooth with no lingering aftertaste. this is a delight to drink. alcohol is well hidden and the flavors all balace out rather well. easily available and worth the price.

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Photo of vinicole
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber. Thick and very tight tan head.
Very fruity aroma. Sweet rum and raisin. Hints of toffee and vanilla.
Taste reflects the aroma with the addition of roasted malt. Bitter finish.
Close to an old ale. Boozy.

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Photo of TH28
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown with ruby red highlights and minimal off white foam cap. Aroma is rich, peat and smoked malt. Taste is rich caramel and roast malt, with hints of whiskey and vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight creaminess, low carbonation, and hint of alcohol warmth. Finishes a little dry and sticky on the tongue with a bit of roasted malt

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost red, dark brown hue with a one finger beige colored head.
On the nose, big aromas of Tennessee mountain fudge, chocolate covered raisins, gourmet Italian chocolate ice, dates, sugarplums and mild vanilla.

This is a chocolate bomb. Tastes of Swiss milk chocolate, mildly dry and bitter roasted chocolate malt, heavy cream, custard, cacao nibs and vanilla beans.

Feel is smooth yet slightly boozy. Light in body with light carbonation - silky and luscious. Sessionability is low however since it's quite sweet and chocolaty.

While I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these in a single sitting since it is quite a strong and intense- this is an absolute delight to drink. This is the type of beer you have as a nightcap, at the end of a long night of drinking or as a desert after a nice big meal. Come to think of it I don't see what's stopping you for having this for breakfast in the morning either :)

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Photo of 3foot1
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a good looking Scotch ale and it pours nicely, with a good smooth head that lingers. Unfortunately the smell is sharp with alcohol, and the taste has a dark hint of oil. Mouthfeel is okay, but you don't want to savor it by keeping it in your mouth for long. Aftertaste has a too much tang and too much taste of alcohol rather just the warming feel of it. Other Scotch ales just as high in alcohol, including wee heavies, don't have nearly the sharp taste that this one has. A disappointment, not nearly as sweet and tasty as Belhaven's Wee Heavy or McEwans. Still looking for a top-notch U.S. brewed Scotch/Wee.

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