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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 bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a thick, deep amber/caramel brown; no head whatsoever and a very thin skim floating in the middle of the surface; not much light is coming through; appears a little cloudy with minimal carbonation; on the swirl there is an oily residue clinging to the side; when I get closer to the bottom there is some thick residue/sediment sitting there.

Smell: Sweet caramel maltiness, a hint of burnt sugar and a mild yet pleasant scent of alcohol hiding in there as well.

Taste: Much like the smell, strong presence of the long boiled malts for the caramel and the burnt sugar -- however, it's nicely balanced by a slight bitterness from hops; also a very mild backing of alcohol -- an outstanding and well balanced set of flavors.

Mouthfeel: It's a little syrupy, yet not overly done and there's a nice mild stickiness to it in the coating; carbonation is a little more present in the mouth than what appears in the glass.

Drinkability: Moderately high -- this is a great Scotch Ale, probably the second best that I've had (next to FFF Robert The Bruce). It's a fun beer to drink that is well balanced in the three primary flavors that I picked up on, but the ABV is a little higher than I thought and it packs a bit of a punch. While Scotch Ales aren't necessarily my favorite style, it's growing on me and this is a great beer that does the style justice.

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Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another founders try for me, I am excited.

beer pours with a grand sudsy tan head over the cloudy amber brown beer.

appley, malty scent. hints of caramel and nutmeg.

the flavor is really alcohol laden. the hops are well prominent. an orchard fruit taste, grapey and appley. slightly acrid/astringent thing going on. not as strong a flavor as you might think, and alcohol takes over the flavor.

filling, creamy feel.

not bad, probably not my style. very strong alcohol flavor, not hid very well.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulips.

Edit: this is bottle conditioned. Just, be warned before you pour.

A- dark, nearly opaque reddish brown, with a slight tan head. Head pours very slight, and manages to fall even more to nearly nothing.

S- peat and cherries, malt and spices. The malt provides chocolaty notes, while the spice and peat aromas are the most subdued. The effect brings a cherry cordial to mind, but is indeed quite different.

T- sugary, malty sweetness, backed by a roasty bitterness. Cherries, so prevalent in the nose, are hard to find, and no real chocolate notes are present. Swallow is bitter and dry, into a dark-chocolate-bitter aftertaste. In my opinion, the flavors are good, but they suffer from being so defined and so separated, leaving little to no unity through the flavor-stages; the result is four separate flavors, rather than one, changing flavor.

M- fairly generous carbonation keeps the heavy malt light in the mouth. Body isn't watery or thin, but it is closer to that than to thick, certainly.

D- the flavors are good, and the over-all impression is good, but this tastes more like a desert beer than anything. I doubt I could put away more than one in a night.

Notes- this isn't a bad beer, by any stretch, and much more in keeping with the style than I was afraid it might be. But it also didn't knock my socks off, and I think it has some significant weaknesses.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black body with a one-finger tan head that sticks around for awhile. A rich malt smell, roasted, some toated or burnt malt/woody notes, caramel, bitter chocolate are all in there. This is one the smoothest and creamiest wee heavys I've had, but it is not overly slick. Even has a smooth, semi-sweet finish. Taste is comprised of a balance of roasted, caramel, possibly coffee, and some bready flavors (which lead to a mild chewiness). Also a slightly drying/warming sensation on the tongue as beer goes down thanks to the high ABC. Even a little sticky and some minor fruit flavors from hops.

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Photo of Dalem
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky reddish brown in color with nary a head to speak after a few seconds save for a thin layer that crowds around the edges of the glass. Butterscotch and smokey caramel are the main aromas. Smells all rich and inviting-not something that seems to want to beat ya up.
The flavor on this brew is HUGE! Big smokey malts are the first thing to great you as they take on the caramel and butterscotch characteristics that we're first detected in the scent. The brew itself is quite full bodied but with just the right amount of carbonation. The more you sip the more the flavors deepen.
As the brew warms up it's hop profile brings out a whole 'nother level of complexities.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, burnt red tinted body with a slightly off-white head, medium sized, that reduced quickly.

Smells of boozy, caramel malts with some roast. Sweet dough as well, with a small hint of hoppy bitterness and earthy undertones. Very sweet smelling.

Taste is dominated by sweet caramel and roasted malts. Alcohol coated dark fruits, with that earthy undertone, and a tiny bit of hops. Some smoke also.

Mouthfeel is smooth as anything, full bodied, with all the flavors attacking. Coating. Boozyness is a good aspect of this brew.

Drinks better as it warms - becomes a little bit more complex. Yet another great beer from Founders.

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

A- Pours a nice ruddy brown with red highlights. A decent one-two finger, rocky, off white head with a dirty yellow hue which settles quickly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Whoa, big whiffs of malt and rummy alcohol. Malt is tons of roasted caramel and vanilla. There's also a nice petey, smokey aroma as well. A bit of dark fruit, raisins maybe.

T- A big hit of smokey, toasted grains up front along with a bit of alcohol spiciness. The malt flavors definitely play the lead and guide the palate throughout without being overpowering. Followed by notes of vanilla, raisins and a bit of chocolate. A tinge of herbal hop bite in the end with the grainy smokiness coming back around to finish.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and pleasing on the palate.

D- Fantastic beer. I could definitely put a few of these down before they put me down.

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Photo of YesFest
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hard-poured into a wider-than-usual pilsener glass, a brilliant head maybe a shade darker than off-white expands in the middle, pushing down a beautiful cascade underneath, and pushing up a pillow of clouds up above. Foam hangs around, leaving a mess of lacing. Beer color is a dark auburn, I think I'm in love.

Smells, somewhat subdued by the glassware I'm using, but still strong malts and a graham-cracker crust.

A delicate mix of malts and oak, with a moderate-to-mild noble-esque hop finish.

Really smooth for a scotch-ale, combines those oak-y scotch tones subtly, with Marzen-y sweetness and no real bitterness until the finish/aftertaste.

The taste left on the tounge is all oak-barrel, nothing real malty or any significant hops to grapple with. For me, this decreases it's mouthfeel score, but increases it's drinkability score, since I want to keep the fore-taste in my mouth continually.

Over all, outstanding. Was even better fresh on tap at the Sidecar during Philly Beer Week.

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Photo of leif86
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The head prevents itself like once white walls now yellowed by years of smoking. I assure you it more appetizing than that description leads one to believe. The body is a dark and hazy ruby-orange color.

S: The nose is spicy and meets caramelized sugar. A strong whiff yields the notes bourbon and vanilla.

T: A delightful kick to the teeth in the form of a boozy and malty beverage balanced with vanilla and spice before a pleasing hop bitterness comes in at the end and pleases one self for nearly a minute.

M: Perfect carbonation. Just plain pleasing.

D: Goes down very easy for a wee heavy. If it wasn't for the price I'd be looking for it a lot more often.

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Photo of grayburn
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice example of a scottish wee heavy. Light on the carbonation, heavy on the malt. This beer is perfect when served around 50-55.
Pours a crude brown with some reddish tints, a small but dense head goes away a little faster than I would have liked it to.
The smell is smokey sweet, a little bit of chocolate, and all malt. There might be some hops in there somewhere, but I have not been able to find them.
The taste is quintessential scotch ale, smooth, deliciously sweet, simply decadent. A bit smokey to beef it up. The alcohol is there, but it isn't in the front seat.
The mouth is smooth, not strong carbonation, lightly bitter.
I couldn't drink too many of these, but one is hard to pass up.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark amber waning to ruby with a very thin tan head that dissipates immediately.

Aroma is of caramel malt and alcohol. Very boozey on the nose. Smallish smells of peat and sweet rum and fruitcake.

Flavor is huge malt on the front. Peaty, grainy and huge. Immediately following the malt is a HUGE hit of alcohol. Fusel alcohol is warming. Chocolate and spiced rum with raisins and dates toward the finish. Peat makes another appearance as do some light bittering flavors. Faint smoke flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and seems to be slightly thin for a beer this big. Carbonation is a little over, drying the beer out a bit.

Overall a very good scotch ale. I enjoyed the flavors although I wish the sweetness of the grain came through a little more as this was quite a dry beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very murky brown, nice original head reduces quickly to ring. Sudsy lacing and cascading side bubbles.

S - Very subdued, a sharp herbal tone married to sweet caramel malt.

T - Caramel bitter hops and the undefinable herbal note from the smell is present in taste too. Maybe moss?

M - Solid medium body, nice caramel core balanced well with the hops and the herbal X. Good carb.

D - Over the top. Would not drink more that one at a time if there were other options. Good beer, though!

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

12oz bottle poured into a Flying Fish pint glass. Have not had this in some time.

A- Dirty bastard looks dirty coming out of the bottle. Once all the liquid is settled it has a dirty brown murky mahogany color. A semi medium pour yielded a thick tan/beige head that was at least two fingas. A frothy cap was left after it died leaving minimal lace.

S- Getting some caramel from the malt as well as roasted malts. Getting a faint bitter sense from the hops along with a slight doughy smell. Some candi essence. This bastard is mostly sweet smelling.

T- As with the smell this bastard is also sweet in taste with mucho caramel and alot of malt presense. Some hops try to break the palette but are overshadowed by the sweet aspect of this. Some dark fruit with warming as well as some yeastiness throughout. A bit of alcohol in the end as well.

M- A nice coating of the palette with an overall sweetness and a very minimal bittering quality. This one is one step above medium bodied and carbonation is apparent on the tounge. Very smooth and drinkable.

D- Not a session beer at all but two and threw for me. This would go great with some steak and potatoes. Would like to try on tap to see any differences. Founder's can do no wrong in my eyes, they really have the dark beer styles down pact. Scotch ales are not really my thing but this is an exception.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with very little head and minimal lacing. Smells of strawberries, cherries, some banana, caramel malt, and hints of alcohol. Wonderful scent!

Very smooth and creamy brew. It coats my palate ever so softly. Drinks very well. Taste is of roasted caramel, hints of smokiness, slight fruitiness, and finishes just slightly bitter. No lingering bite, just enough bitterness to know it's there. It's a heavy brew in my mind. I wouldn't see myself drinking more than 1 or 2 at a time. Well done. Recommend.

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Photo of gatornation
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark red/brown color with almost no head and good lacing... the smell is ok its kind of mettalic, sour, and bitter not inviting... the taste makes up for the latter.. it is strong bitter hops with an earthy murky oily hop taste that i like ... it gets more complex and taste better as it warms... the mouthfeel is full and robust it coates the tongue and stomach with a malt hoppines and a smooth alcohol burn.... this is another great offering from founders one i will imbibe once a week or so.. its a great scotch ale and a little different not for the faint.. but for those who want to try a different brew..

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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 one....like 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 Minnesota...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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