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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

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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 argock
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Deep leather brown with soft 1-finger oatmeal colored head with below-average retention but decent scattered lacing.

S: Slightly smoky but big-time malty with some roasted and lightly toasted sweet malt aromas. Not bready as there is not a hint of yeast, but very fulfilling. hops are minimal and herbal.

T: The maltiness is very nice, but the alcohol is a bit too forward. The malt accents are varied and include dark fruit, sweet caramel, and chocolate. Hops provide a light counterpoint of mostly nutty, woody character.

M: Feel is lively but not fizzy which leaves a creamy overall texture. Aftertaste is long and musty malt. Alcohol is pretty easy to detect.

D: Easy to drink due to the creamy feel, but the alcohol is a bit hefty. I personally like Oskar Blues Old Chub a lot more, but this is a good beer.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Garnet with a thin head that quickly fades.

S: Yikes. Overwhelming solventy alcohol. Like one of DFH's stronger offerings. Underlying hints of cherries and dark fruits.

T: Again, alcohol heat initially dominates. Fortunately, it eventually settles down and lets the cherries and dark fruits from the nose to come forth. Honestly, it's more like a BSDA than a scotch ale.

M: Thick body with little carbonation.

D: Not quite sure what to make of this one. It was way too harsh for me initially, but it eventually kind of grew on me. I don't think I'd seek this one out, though.

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

Good looking beer, nice chestnut color, with a decent head.
Definitely smelling that this beer will have a kick to it, the alcohol is there in the nose, along with rich malt.

First impression when it hits my tongue: Dirty, just like the name. Then the flavors start to sort themselves out: good bit of fruitiness, surprisingly. Good bit of malt plays in the mouth as well. Here now the bitterness of the hops comes through to finish, with, yes, even a spot of chocolate back there.

Very interesting beer. Looking forward to trying more Founders now that they are available in Virginia.

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

Beer pours a deep copper color with some ruby highlights. A nice 1 finger head is present which fades quickly, decent lacing left in glass. Smell is of toasted malt and dark fruit with some hints of cocoa. Taste is of dark toasted malt with a slight smoke flavor perhaps due to some peated malt. Slight dark fruit and cocoa that warms as beer is swallowed, alcohol is well hidden. Mouth feel is good, not too much carbonation.

Nice scotch style ale, nothing fancy but very, very solid for an American offering. Nice complexity of flavors will have me enjoying more of these.

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

12oz twist-off bottle into nonic.

It's been a while since I had a Scotch Ale. It has also been a while since while since I had one that was from a twist-off bottle. I believe it has also been a while since I had a name with the word "Bastard" in the name.

Deep mahogany hue with a thin tan cap that settles to nothing.

Lots of caramel aromas with a bit of highly toasted grain. The alcohol shows up to add a little bit of sweet spiciness.

Smooth caramel flavors along with a little bit of alcohol that shows up, adding a warming feeling. A touch of molasses is in the background. Full bodied.

A solid Scotch Ale, but a little drier than I've had in the past. Worth a try.

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Photo of storksonm
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass

Poured a nice thick head and gradually declined. Smells quite strong as far as alchohol content. Bit of a robust barley in it. Tastes like butterscotch flavors. But wow is this beer a kick. It's a nice strong scotch ale thats light on the stomach but a smack in the face. Yeah thats right you're drunk. Very nice scotch I find it to be right up there with warped speed scotch ale.

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Photo of ajr24
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When Principal Skinner says that Scotchtoberfest doesn't exist, he obviously hasn't drank a Dirty Bastard. This highlander of a beer screams "alba gu bra!" from atop the hills (yeah, so it's not even from Scotland, whatever). Instead of painting itself blue and white, this beer pours a burnt copper with a dark core. Cream colored head comes rests on top with an authoritative thickness. It doesn't really care for lacing though; it prefers keeping itself together. Like a highlander, it doesn't leave any behind.
Smells much like I'd imagine a Scotsman's kilt; smoky, warm, caramel/toffee in the nose for the most part. Slight alcohol if you look for it.
Hearty notes of smoky malts, caramel and toffee make up the majority of this one. The noble hops whisper through the thick malt profile.
Woo, this is one thick bastard. Definitely a chewy mouthfeel.
If you're hungry, drink Founders Dirty Bastard.

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

Yum... This is a tasty brew!

Pours a dark hazy copper. Nice off white head that leaves spotty lacing the entire way down.

Nose of complex, smokey malts. Carmel malts dominate, with the smoke being very prominant.

Taste is like the nose would suggest, but better. Subtle bittering hops with a complex malt bill. There is some spices in this one that are great complements to the smokiness. There is also some sweetness that goes well.

This is a nice creamy beer as it sits in your mouth. Drinks really smoothly.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A relatively new beer on the NJ scene... I'll serve this in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Hazy and deep caramel, this beer has a viscous look and supports a light beige three-finger crown. After five minutes, it's still a substantial cap that just sits there, not even breaking down. Stalwart and stately... it's got attitude.

Smell- Baked goods, like cookies spiced with rum or a fruitcake. There's some dark fruits like fig and date as well, and even some chocolate truffles... a huge malty profile steals the show here.

Taste- Something seems just a bit off, as the aftertaste carries with it a suggestion of oversteeped tea and phenols... the date of 8329 is lasered at the bottom, so it's not too old of an example. The malts and rich fruity character is there, it's just masked a little bit by the aforementioned flavors and a remarkable bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is quiet and reserved, yet slick and foamy enough to be enjoyable. Due to a less-than-stellar showing in the taste department, I'd choose something else when the craving for a Wee Heavy presents itself. My least favorite so far from Founders' impressive lineup.

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Photo of beerman207
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this one and after a pretty tiring day this was just the right elixor to crack open

A - Looks like very light coffee with a little head and nice lacing in the glass

S - Sweet and caramel like - some pine perhaps?

T - Really full bodied - bitter definately coming through and lingering

M -Very smooth and rich

D - Very high - I could sit with several of these. Once again, Founders does not dissapoint with this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Dirty Bastard pours a mostly clear, very deep chestnut color with a rich crimson cast. The creamy tan head holds fairly well and leaves wide swatches of large spots and splashes about the glass.

In the nose it's pretty focused into one aroma that's a combination of gently sweet dark-caramel malt and yeasty fruitiness with a light whiff of alcohol and perhaps some leafy hops. But as noted, it really comes off as almost one note, and the specific characteristics (other than the malt) don't really stand out on their own - which is actually pretty damned characteristic of Scottish ales in general.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a gently crisp bristle of carbonation and a touch of warming alcohol.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, perhaps held back by its solid bitterness, a spritz of alcohol that cuts through the malt, and a bit of dark-malt acidity. It does express the dark, burnt-sugar-like caramel found in the nose, and there's a light bit of apple-like fruitiness to it as well - and there are, indeed, some leafy hops in the background (meaning they fall somewhere between earthy and herbal, and grassy and maybe even floral) - but again, it remains a very focused brew. It finishes dry, and lingering, clearly expressing a bit of peat-smoked malt that dwindles but remains just enough to carry you into the next sip.

Overall it's a decent beer, but I'd call it Scottish-style over Scotch-style ale. It doesn't have the body, or the sweetness (perhaps because of a little bit too much bitterness) for the style, and the hops are overdone by a bit. The alcohol level is right, but there's just not enough malt to back it. Dirty Bastard? Well, a bastard of the style is right at least.

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Photo of JayNH
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a foamy two-finger head. Solid retention and lacing.

S- A slight caramely and fruity sweetness.

T- Thick and sweet. Kind of fruity, plenty of cocoa chocolate flavor. I swear I'm tasting chocolate covered cherries. A mild tea-like bitterness that finishes grassy.

M- Smooth and a bit creamy. Carbonation is just right.Plenty of body to the brew.

D- A solid brew that is well within the style, but... Not my favorite scotch ale but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Strix
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky swampwater brown with decent head.

Smells absolutely delicous. Malt, cocoa, toffee, hazelnut, and pine.

Flavor is rich. Toasted malt, spices, piney hops, and a hint of cocoa/chocolate in the taste. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

Medium-thick mouthfeel and carbonation, fits well with the taste.

Despite strong flavors, this is very drinkable.

I've never really thought much either way about scotch ales, but this was quite nice. Founders is really impressing me.

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

The following review is based on a pint of Dirty B that I happily consumed today, April 11, 2009 at Founders tap room.

Was served to me in my brand new 2009 mug club mug (this was this mug's inaugural beer). Half an inch to an inch of off-white, carmelly colored head, which provides mild lacing. The liquid is a very dark brown, but with gorgeous caramel and reddish highlights.

The nose and taste are pretty much identical: strong caramel influence, toffee, musty/earthy tones, and a little bit of an alcohol presence, which is actually nice; not overwhelming. There is a nice bitter edge to it, too. The mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high up there. I actually know of quite a few people who "don't like beer" or don't like craft beer, but enjoy this brew.

I've had many pints of this brew in my day. It's not necessarily one of my favorite Founders beers, but that's only because they have so many amazing beers in their line-up. Dirty B would easily defeat almost any beer from another brewery in my mind. In other words, I think it's an amazing beer, period... but not in my top 5 Founders beers.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a creamy tan head that dissipated quickly. Its very dense looking and hazy.

S-Caramel, sweet alcohol aroma, with a touch of almond.

T-Rich, hoppy with a nice malt backbone. There is also a touch of caramel.

M-Thick and slightly carbonated.

D-Very drinkable, even though its 8.3% alcohol one could drink a couple in one sitting with no problem.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. I would highly recommend any beer from Founders.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep dark red with a 1 finger head that sticks around for quite a while.

S: Malty Caramel and sweetness. Alcohol notes are present as well.

T: A sharp bitterness at first that lingers, but ends up mellowing into almost a smooth sweet fruity flavor.

M: Low carbonation, pretty smooth and full with an alcohol presence

D: For me this brew is more of a beer to sit and sip on for a while. Goes down a lot smoother than I thought it would considering its ABV.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a hazy brown with a moderate white head. The aroma is sweet with heavy alcohol notes. The taste has a whiskey like kick up front that mellows out sweet in the finish, there is even a little "alcohol burn" in the middle. The brew is medium bodied and very smooth. I liked this one.

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

Gorgeous display of a Scot interpretation. A thick as hell head floats above a dark, ruby blood amber bod. Sweet dark fruit rise above the beige crown. Spicy figs, sweet dark malt, molasses, and hints of rum gently rub the nose. A soft, creamy body gives way to grape, chocolate covered cherries, dates, burnt sugar, caramel and wood. Warming at the end with booze peaking then retreating. A long, wet finish ties together one of the best renditions of the island. Bravo.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 45 degrees, poured into a pint glass.
Bottled date is 2/3/09.
A: Deep copper in color with slight head after aggressive pour. Darker than I anticipated
S: Smeels sweet and carmel like
T: Sweet moving to bitter on the tongue. Lingers on the bitter side.
M: Rich and smooth
D: Very drinkable, I would for sure have another
Overall, I really liked this beer.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours a very deep amber/brown, which is essentially opaque with ruby highlights. Just shy of 1 finger of tan head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin cap. Minimal lacing noted.

S- Fair pronounced amount of malty caramel sweetness. A bit of earthy notes and alcohol as well.

T- Lots of roasty, caramel maltiness. Touch of alcohol presence. Bitterness on the finish is moderate.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Fairly full feeling, and quite smooth. Hint of alcohol presence.

D- Quite good. Very easy drink considering it's ABV

Future outlook: Rock solid across the board. Another winner from Founders that will be perfect for when I want something malty and slightly sweet, and perhaps for pairing with some deserts.

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Photo of william5586
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown rusty color.

S- Sweet caramel and malt.

T- Sweet taste. Caramel. Lightly roasted malt. Ends with a touch of alcohol and an earthy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

M- Decently carbonated. Medium to full bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

D- Goes down great, but you have to watch out for the ABV.

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Photo of Epicedion
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark red with a thin but persistent head.

S: Lots of alcohol in this one. A little bit of hops.

T: I'm giving this a score higher than I probably should, because I'm not entirely sure I like this style of beer. It's thick and sweet, characteristics I'm not overly fond of. But it's got a nice hop spice to it and a very nice finish. But right up front it's very sweet. Sipped slowly, it can be pleasant, it has some nice complex undertones, and it's probably the best of this style I've had to date. Maybe by the end of the six pack...

M: Full and smooth, but not syrupy. Probably the best feature of this beer.

D: It's a heavy beer, and for all that I don't like its sweetness I haven't had to pour one out, and I've never had to struggle to finish one. That said, this is definitely a beer to drink as a single nightcap, or to follow up with something lighter and more balanced.

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

Dark amber, almost brown body with giant ice cream head. Aroma of slight spice, alcohol, footprints of cinnamon, some grass. Thick mouthfeel like a oil. Tastes of toffee, malt, echoes of alcohol, medicinal undertones, and hops from center to finish. A slick oily aftertaste with some spice qualities. Highly drinkable, especially as a warmer.

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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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4.03 out of 5 based on 7,410 ratings.
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