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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 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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Photo of SaucyA
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review 187. What's more appropriate than a Dirty Bastard? If only it were Old...

A - Sniftered, srsly. Pours a deep, rusty brown with Venetian red highlights. The head, a tan wisp, is here for a few seconds on the pour, and quickly fades to a ring around the glass. Carbonation isn't visible in it's fairly opaque body. No lacing. Actually has decent legs.

S - Caramel malts, and not a whole lot else. Fruity yeast, alcohol, light cherry syrup is all I'm pulling out. Nothing very smokey at all.

T - Here's where this beer shines. After being graced with a few Scotch Ales recently, this one really hits the spot. Starts off quite sweet on the tongue with lots of sugary-sweet malts and fruit-soaked-in-booze notes. Transforms into a dry, bitter backend where smokey earthiness really balances out the sweetness.

M - Creamy and smooth. A tad syrupy.

D - This is a big brew, in both taste and noticeable abv. I'm fine with one... then I'll move onto its big bro :)

Notes: When I first had this a couple years ago, I wasn't much of a fan. It's fun to revisit beers only to discover how much you like them.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice hazy dark red color. The head is very not much there. I'm guessing based on the pour that this will be somewhat thick.

S- Sweet malty goodness, with a great smell of darker fruits. I'm also getting a slight bourbon smell as well. Brown sugar/molasses are here to play as well.

T- Great flavor here, good malts, mixed with lots of complex flavors. The fruits and brown sugar for starters, I'm also getting a slight bit of that bourbon I smelled. It is very very faint though. The ABV is well hidden. This is a very tasty and well put together beer. It almost reminds me of an English Barleywine.

M- Great mouth feel very solid...a bit more carbination would have been nice though.

D- Very drinkable, solid beer.

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

Deep mahogany, reddish hues when held to light. Thick and chunky, its weighty character visibly evident with the suspended yeast. Thin tan head recedes quickly, very spotty lacing.

Strong boozy nose, blends with sweet maltiness. A hint of roasted grains. Later some date like notes. Sweetness more noticeable as glass empties. I've been noticing this with alot of beers, and I think it's the sugars sticking to the glass.

Not the sweet malt bomb I was expecting. Interesting start. Some sweet malt and roasted, almost burnt tasting grains balance each other nicely. Boozy flavors come in thru the middle and some mild bitterness in the finish. Interesting and complex. Noticing more sweetness, less booze, and more bitterness in the finish at end of (warmer) sample.

Nicely effervescent, creamy texture and coating, full bodied. Nicely done. Dryish bitter finish.

Going, going, gone way too soon. For a big beer, this goes down pretty smooth and easy. Certainly not a session beer, but not intended to be either.

Very nice brew! Not cloying like many scotch ales. It does the style proud.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, a big thanks to DrDogbeer for this one. Pours a solid caramel brown, almost opaque, with some light caramel at the edges. reminds me of Kahlua. A bronze gold thin head of fairly good sized bubbles grows at the top before leaving a solid collar and sticky, gummy lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, toasty and nutty. Cocoa and chocolate mixed with scotch. Hints of artificial sweetener mixed with paint thinner... not necessarily a bad thing though. hints of rum come through nicely.

Taste is beautiful, incorporating the aroma and taking it further. Sweet malt, caramel, cocoa, and hints of bourbon up front. spiced with some cocoa and bittersweet coffee notes. A touch peaty, full and earthy. Pretty complex on the whole. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Full and thick without being even close to cloying... not syrupy or bitter. Smooth, full, and rich. just enough carbonation to prevent it from nearing the realm of liqueur.

Wow. wish I had a few more... this is a beautiful and rich scotch ale, robust and full of flavor. warming alcohol and a beautiful flavor profile makes this one really drinkable, without seeming overly boozy. Definitely seek it out should you get the chance.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From da notebook. On tap @ Earth Bread + Brewery.
13oz pour. Deep caramel in color. Opaque even when held to the lights above. Topped with a tidy, sandy head. Plenty of thick lace wrapping the tulip. Giddyup this is a beer talkin to me.

Disappointed a bit in the nose, aka I'm not smelling much. breath deep real deep and I pick up something... lemony, coffee and biscuits. Lots less than i expected.

Taste is another story. Bright and ballsy. the hairy stuff. slight orange/citrus up front. Some nutmeg, chocolate, dulce de leche. Hops and chocolate open up when swirled on my lengua, while the alcohol taste is zippy background music. Hops linger on the top of my mouth. Still has some nutty and strawberry flavor camped out. damn I liked that a lot.

Warming in the mouth. Creamy and relaxing in a profound way (not sure what that means exactly but the kid stays in the show).

An experience to savor. Yea I thirst for more, but one of these and its kaputz. Break one of these out when you're ready for a cerveza especial.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Flying Pig in Malvern yesterday to help celebrate the 75th anniversary to the end of prohibition.

Poured into a tulip glass - color was a deep, opaque brown, with just a faint head.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a presence of bourbon, caramel, and roasted malts in the flavor - quite tasty.

Drinkability is high, with a lot of character and ABV.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the South Philly Taproom.

Pours a nice dark brown color with a thin, foamy beige head. Hints of malt, alcohol, and hops in the aroma. Has a very earthy taste in which the hops nicley balance out the roasted chocolate maltiness. Nice beer!

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