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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 schellsbeer
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to edit my original post....since Founders is now in Minnesota!!! YES!!!

Changing my drinkability to a 4.5 from a 3.5 since I can get it now.

Also, this brew that I am sampling is only 3 weeks old. Can you say FRESH!!! Amazing.

The rest is my original post!

3rd beer sent to me from my college buddy redboot who now lives in Michigan. Thanks Karl.

A - When they say "Dirty Bastard" they mean dirty beer. This ale pours a nice dark red brown color with loads of "stuff" in it. Can't wait to try it. No head to speak of but that is ok. Cloudy but light does get through. I have never had a beer pour out like this coffee grounds came out of the bottle even after it had sat for some time before pouring. YES?!?! We will see.

S - No much there for smell. Some small....something....I just can't figure out what it is. A little malt and barley...maybe. Some hops....a little. Just waiting for the taste. That's what counts in my book and here it goes.

T - Oh yeah....what this beer doesn't have for a smell, it has for taste. It is loaded with flavor. Bitter. Sweet. And big on SOUR. I like it!! This s a great example of a Scotch Ale. Brau Brothers...please take note how a good Scotch ale is suppose to taste. (And this just written after the first sip.) Yeah...just as good the second time as the first. Very nice. Bites the tongue and the nose.

M - A heavy beer that takes notice. Very thick. Coats the mouth...the throat...and the stomach. This is not a "lite" beer for the little "girls" out there but a BIG beer. Calling all Bastards...this is for you.

D - Lower because of the 8.5% ABV plus I can't get it around here. Get with it is time for you to get on Founder's list. I mean, only the beer capital separates our two states....Wisconsin. Hello.

The name says it all....Dirty Bastard. Excellent!

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dirty brown with minimal head and little lacing. Nose hints of hops and a faint winy quality that grows into the familiar bitter tea nose of scotch ales.

Hit the tongue sour and finishes even more so. Not as peaty, earthy as the Backwoods, but has that good mix of hops and malt that are the sign of a good scotch.

A little bitter for a scotch ale, but very good indeed.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours murky dark red-brown, with a thin, soapy off-white head.

Nose is caramel, a bit of cocoa, big hit of fruity esters.

Taste is caramel, some toasty malt, bit of molasses; lots of fruity esters, almost to the point of dominating the flavor. Buttery diacetyl comes out as well, stronger after a few sips. Light, earthy bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, with a full, slick body.

Disappointing effort by a great brewery. Esters are over the top, and the diacetyl that pokes through just adds to the distraction.

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Photo of lamarr04
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass mug

A: deep amber brown with thin quickly dissipating head

S: sweet carmely malts, vanilla, alcohol. i'm also getting an interesting damp grass like smell

T: sweet malts lend a carmel flavor that is quickly balanced by a firmer bitterness then i was expecting. finishes with some bite from the alcohol

M: medium to full slick body with mild carbonation. finishes with a lingering sweetness on the tongue and some heat from the alcohol.

D: definitely noticeable alcohol and some heft to the body but a nice sipper.

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Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce twist off bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Tan head. Clear ruby red body with good carbonation.

Smell: The smell is alcohol and a bunch of dark malts.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Has a bit of an alcohol bite to it.

The alcohol has a bigger presence than I like in Scotch Ales but it's still a really good sipping beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep and slightly foggy shade of reddish brown. Like pomegranate or raspberry. Not a lot of head, and what is there dissipates quickly..

S: Very fragrant! Something sweet in there, like cookie dough, smells of vegetation, maybe a pine forest.. Hops and yeast..

T: Definitely a little different that the smell, Starts bitter with plenty of hops coming to the front.. It progresses into a deeper malty flavor. Roasted coffee and hops in the aftertaste.

M: Good flavors, not too thick or watery, good carbonation.

D: Over-all a good beer.. Something new and interesting..

"That's right, this baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan!"

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a foamy, tan head that dissipates after a while and leaves no lacing. Nose is sweet and loaded with malts and caramel scents. Very candied.

Tastes sweet as well- with a black tea kind of undertone to it. It's not overpowering, but it is definitely present. The caramel is a little less pronounced. Getting some raisiny aftertaste. A little too sweet for my taste, but it fits the style just right.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too shabby. Kind of tea-like as well, actually, with suds. Overall not the mooost drinkable brew unless you have a sweet tooth, but as I said before- for the style? It works. And come on, what a name for a beer.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Very dark and cloudy amber with an off-white head which leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: A lot of malt with a hoppy background. Overall pretty tame.

Taste: Very sweet, with a lot of fruit. Hops are present but not the focal point. There is a nice warming presence on this one as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium but more towards the mediumish spectrum.

Drickability: Good, goes down smooth and finishes great.

Notes: One of the better Wee Heavies out there. Founders never disappoints.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the name and the label (who wouldn't, really?) but I surmise that booth the generic "Scotsman" sketch and the quote on the neck label "back to the loch with you, Nessie!" seem like blatant ripoffs of my favorite Scotsman, Groundskeeper Willie.

The Bastard pours a murky brown that is much darker on the top half than the bottom. The cream colored head leaves thick ribbons of lace in its wake as it crawls down. The nose is quite doughy and biscuit-like in nature with heavy wisps of peat and smoke over the general maltiness.

The smoke and peat give way to gentle dark fruits as the beer sidles down my throat and into the aftertaste. Plenty of malt here, and a healthy alcohol tinge considering it's only 8.3 on the booze-o-meter. Still, it slides down easy and definitely tends toward the drinkable side of the aisle. A likable beer with an amusing name. Check and mate.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 darklordlager
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this beer after being in Scotland for five months drinking Skullsplitter and Traquair House Ale on a regular basis.

Served 50 degrees, or perhaps even a bit warmer into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber with a light brown 1/2" head that left great lacing as it went down the glass.

The smell erupts with a big biscuity aroma, with some peat, a little boozy with some dark fruits evident..Bigger biscuity aroma than Skullsplitter, a bit less dark fruit.

Taste is smooth, oh so smooth. Comes on with the biscuity flavours a bit of caramel, moving on to some peat and darker fruits and fading into a slight alcohol warming...this beer is delicious! ...the peat really takes over after it warms a bit though.

Mouthfeel is great! I've had a few wee heavies that have been slightly overcarbonated, giving it too effervescent a mouthfeel. This one was great, right where it should be to give it an unbelievable smoothness.

Drinkability- Dangerous drinkable. The 8.5% ABV is hardly identifiable besides a very slight (and enjoyable) warming feeling. The perfect carbonation makes it incredibly smooth.

I've got to say, I was ready to rip this beer apart after having wee heavies in Glasgow. However, this was just not the case. Well balanced, flavourful, smooth. Chalk it up as another great offering from Founders.

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Photo of MillySox
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a white head. Looks thick and feels heavy on the pallet. Extrodinarily smooth for such a high abv beer. Displays the quentessential Scotch complex flavor.

I am normally not a Scotch ale drinker but this beer might have turned me on to the style. Very flavorful and easy-drinking.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a redish/brown with a small head, even on a hard pour.

S: Smells like a great Scotch Ale. Malty sweet, with a touch of peat and seemingly a little brown sugar to add to the sweetness?

T: Too sweet for me. It's good but I think the sweetness is a bit too much for me to dig through the rest. The alcohol is certainly hidden quite well.

M: A very smooth drinker, no harshness at all. The sweetness is better on the tongue after a few moments.

D: If it wasn't as sweet I could drink a bunch of these. I could see revisiting this beer after a bit to see if it changes or my senses change a bit.

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Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some filminess deepens the chocolate brown colored base, dusky yellow rims with a touch of zinc orange. The head is on the thinnish side, evaporates quick enough, lacing more persistent. Restrained nose of orange/lemon citrus, apricot pits, round malts alongside non-intrusive hops, pine resin, bread and a slight infusion of dried flowers. Medium-bodied, smooth with enough carbonation to keep a steady forward pacing. Semi-sweet with baking spices, orange peel, honey glazed bread, pine, none of these have the depth nor tenacity to overshadow the hops component. Never bitter, maltiness persists. Pleasing tightening through the finish. Unassuming complexity, no sense in not enjoying the natural fluidity.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a nonic pint.

A- Reddish-brown body with a 1/2-1 finger tan head that had some lasting quality and left some decent sticky spots on the glass.

S- A bit on the subtle side, becoming stronger with warmth. Definite peat smoke and traditional Scotch aromas.

T- It had a sweet flavor with more of the Scotch features suggested by the aroma.

M- Very smooth feel with medium carbonation.

D- It's easy to put back even with the higher ABV%.

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Photo of damienblack
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rusty brown with a thin, light brown head. A rush of carbonation to the top, leaves a bit but not a ton of lacing. Smells like an amalgamation of sweet malt, and something like spice, but not quite.

First impression: rich, full-bodied and earthy. Starts out sweet, malts dominate with a very coating, wet mouthfeel. Transitions into dark fruit and coffee/roasted,with some dark chocolate, finishes up with a big earthy hop presence. Huge beer, big bready/biscuity presence, very complex with a myriad of flavors, I really am not doing a good job at picking them out. Lively mouthfeel makes for a comfortable, easy drink. Hoppiness is at first disconcerting, but overall helps out the experience by adding balance. A solid wee heavy, not my favorite beer but a very interesting change of pace.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty red with a nice thick tan head on it. Aroma becomes sweeter as it warms, mostly brown sugar and some alcohol. Tasty is malty and smooth, very easy drinking for the strength, which is nowhere to be found, so be warned. You almost drink it too quick. Taste is dark chocolate, some cherries and bourbon, very chewy and big. A nice bitterness at the end keeps it from being cloying.

A really good brew from a great brewery, and lovers of this style should seek it out.

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Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rusty brown liquid with light tan head. Decent thickness, great retention, lots of lace. Lots of murk so you can't see anything going on.

Smell is rich with the many blended malts in this one. Caramel and toasted pumpernickel. Roasted grains. Sweet dark malts and yeasty fruit esters. A touch of bourbon.

Taste is sweet and dark malty grains. Caramel and bourbon or should I say Scotch wiskey. Raisin tinged fruitiness. Finish is light toasted biscuity flavors with a lingering faint touch of alcohol. Mild hoppy bitterness dries the mouth.

Mouthfeel is velvety and cream at the same time. Medium weight and somewhat thick the microfine carbonation breaks it up into a quenching and warming brew for a cold and damp night. Like tonight.

Drinkability is excellent. Abv is well hidden and this stuff just flows into your mouth, down your throat, and into your heart

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Pours a nice dark brown black mix. Almost no head that quickly retreated to the rim of the glass.

S: Tons of malt. Some hints of raisins thrown in as well. Wonder if that came from the yeast or just the insane amount of malt used in this. A little hint of nuts thrown in the back.

T: Really nice solid malt based taste. Just not too sweet. Hints of raisins again. Super well balanced with nothing too angular at this point. Tastes like it has a few years on it fresh.

M: Light carbonation. Very smooth. Feels like it came off a tap.

D: I am not the biggest fan of scotch ales but damn this is good. Zero hint of the ABV. I drank a bit of this over vacation with no idea about the ABV. Another good beer from Founders.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very rich brown with some dark red hues. Little head but what head it does have retains well.

S: Very pleasant malt sweetness with some roastiness and nuttiness thrown in.

T: Very gentle on the palate, but yet still very enjoyable. Nice sweetness from the malt with a touch of what tastes like a bourbon and cocoa type combination.

M: Medium almost full bodied. Creamy which puts it almost over the line of full bodied. I could use a little more personally but I think it is fine just how it is.

D: Very good. The 8.3% ABV will catch up to you sooner or later but until then I will keep drinking this brew! I would make this my go to readily available Scotch Ale!

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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 largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy ruby red with an inch of solid tan head.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, tobacco, a bit of leather and earth. Rich caramel sweetness beneath.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet toffee and bitter resin. Medium-light in body, sweet yet crisp on the palate. Firmly hoppy with a very pleasant lingering bittersweet finish.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 10 08
Dark mahogany color, with a thin light tan head. Sweet woody,earthy aroma.Taste changes as it warmes,Caramel,smoke,sweet fruit "like peeches" and a hint of grain. Smooth mouthfeel,nice lacing, sometimes I get a little boozy hint on the finish,but in a good way. Very Solid.

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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 bigkahunas4
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, brew came out an intriguing cloudy cider. There was literally no head, but there was a paw print of carbonation at the surface. A little bit of suddy lacing. Nose is full of sweet caramel, maybe some notes of honey. Very full, rich, and tasty.

The flavor profile on this is intense. The beginning opens up with a bitter kick to the nose, grapefruit rind. But then the brew settles to the fronts of the mouth and a big malt profile appears. Notes of dark fruit fruits, breadiness, and fig emerge. I'm definitely missing some others - as it's quite complex - really a joy to drink. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, and leaves a rough stickiness on the tongue - begging you to drink more.

Really an awesome brew here, which completely reverses the typical malt to hop drink. I'm a huge fan!

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