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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 AndySR15
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown amberish color, almost like looking through the empty bottle held up to a light. Minimal head.

S: Malty with slight fruit notes.

T: Very malty and a bit of fruit up front, had a nice tea like aftertaste which I would attribute to the hops.

M. For as malty and strong of a beer it is it's not too heavy and nicely corbonated..

D: Great, I will definately try and trade for a few more. Well worth trying.

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Photo of srobertson59
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from tap (from Chappys Tap Room - Dayton, OH):

A - Dark chestnut brown with vibrant ruby highlights. A small head formed that lasted nearly the entire glass; leaving lacing throughout.

S - Very inviting! Malts are definitely up front with some sweet molasses, and then I got a hint of a smoky wood like burning leaves that was surprising and pleasant.

T - Caramel and toasted malts cover the tongue with just enough sweetness. The smoky/leafy aroma is still there in taste, but seems to get covered by the slight bittering of the hops. Very clean finish!

M - Smooth and slippery with just enough carbonation to tickle.

D - I could see having a few of these in a row. Nothing ever overpowered the palate.

This is a malt lover's dream. Really well balanced and never becomes too sweet even as it warmed. I'm going to have to investigate more of the Scotch Wee Heavy's. I've only had this and the Moylan's Kilt Lifter. Both have been really tasty!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and allowed to warm for a few minutes before being poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very hazy and murky looking dark hazelnut brown with a small amount of sediment floating around in the bottle of the glass. Just a small touch of light peaking through the sides and the bottom, lightening it up a bit and giving off just the slightest bit of a reddish hue around it. A somewhat small off white colored head rose up above the glass perhaps one inch high, before settling down and just becoming more of a film across the top that lasted throughout the session. Very nice residual side glass lace did remain though which was very good to see and this left a good amount of streaking down the inside.

S - The aroma was a classic scotch ale all the way. Very big deep malty notes dominated over everything else insight giving it a very sugary and earthy overall presence. Lots of bready tones in the background and a deep sense of caramel right up in front. There was a slight touch of some residual hoppiness in there, maybe some grass or a light smattering of fruit trying to lighten it up, but overall this one had a very heavy and sweet aroma to it.

T - The flavor was fantastic. This is a style I have been trying to get back into, as there are just not enough good examples of it around, however now that I get to try things like this it really makes me want to seek some out again. The first note to hit the tongue was a tingly sensation of spiciness. Some caramel, nutmeg, or cinnamon with a hint of vanilla, all very raw and earthy though with lots of grain mixed in as well. The overall taste was very raw, and unfinished, but in a good way. Lots of sugary notes coming onto it now as it really get going. This was a lot sweeter then I thought it would be for sure. Some dark fruit like hints in there perhaps, maybe raisins or plums, or it could just be the spice, but either way very nice. The finish was strong, with only the tiniest amount of bitterness coming though and the malty backbone really holding its own, and doing what it could to drag the taste on and bring you back for some more.

M - Very rich and creamy, this was easily a medium bodied ale, which at times bordered on being full. The consistency at times again almost felt chewy it was so big, with tons of sugar and grains. Very nice carbonation profile as it never got flat or dull throughout the entire session and really kept up its own throughout.

D - Absolutely fantastic for a session beer. The flavors were so full and rich, with really no let down at all. I am not sure what the ABV is on this one, but it did not taste very big, but it was no where near light either. Very rich and an ideal beer to have with dinner or sit and watch the game. A little filling but really not that bad at all.

Overall I thought this was very good. I have been lucky that I have a lot of the Founder's brews that I still have to try, or have tried recently, and I have to admit, this one is easily one of the best. A very well done representation of the style that really focused on keeping it raw and earthy, and unrefined. I would love to pick up a case of this one and have one all the time. Really a great representation and a classic beer. Have to recommend this one.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber with lots of red shining through, with an off-white head and good lacing.

S: Earthy sweetness and some caramel.

T: Smooth sweet malts of caramel and toffee with slight bitterness that reminde me of good coffee without the coffe flavor and some mild dark chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy with a long sweet malty finish.

D: This is a great example of a Wee Heavy. It is easy to drink and not too sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a dark ruby, with a small head that dissipated quickly. It smelled sweet: caramel; butterscocth; chocolote tones; and malts to top it off. It tasted very good, with many of the tastes I smelled coming also warmed as it went down. It went down pretty smoothly, not too carbonated. This was a good scotch ale and lived up to its wee heavy name. Its not my favorite, but definitely not my least...

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark reddish amber w/decent head that dissipates slowly.

S-Sweet malts w/hint coffee.

T-Coffee and toasted barley w/tobacco tones. Not too sweet for style, and a pleasant aftertaste. I can't sense any hop presence.

M-Drinks quite smooth w/good body.

D-Quite good and worth a try, but not my cup of tea.

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

Poured an attractive dark ruby color that was very inviting. Had a good head that lasted a while. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Flavor was of malt, caramel, peat and brown sugar. Nicely balanced with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Lacing was really good and the mouthfeel was pleasant. Hid the 8.3% abv very well. Good stuff.

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

Poured amber-brown, with lots of red hues to it. That should have been the first clue that the effing Badgers were going to beat my beloved Spartans that night. Moving on...

Smell was very toasty, with some bitterness like that found in coffee and chocolate.

Taste started with some toasted grains before exploding in various other flavors. I'm not sure I caught all of them, even after two beers. Lets see, toast, dark chocolate, rich caramel, various nuts, some of whatever that creamy stuff is in a snickers bar, a splash of citrus, and then some bittersweet flavors to wrap it all up.

Mouthfeel is perfectly matched with the style of brew. Just right. Creamy, with just enough crispness.

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Photo of thartman
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, perfect foamy head, deep dark brownish head color,... it looks thick and chewy, not much carbonation.

Big maltly, smoky nose, some bready yeast and a little alcohol smell.

Very rich and flavorful, malty, smoked caramel, chewy, some bitterness, especially on the finish.I can definitely tast some alocohol on the finish.

Moutheel is full-bodied.... I could make a meal of this one!

Quite frankly, this style beer is not one of my favorites, but I can definitely say this is the best Scottish-style ale that I have ever had!!

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

biegaman shared this one with me. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 17/08 while watching the NBA all-star game.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with a tiny very fine tan head. the head disappears fast and leaves a bit of lace.

aroma is good. big malty nose. caramel. biscuit and bread. bit of toffee. light alcohol. some dark fruit too.

taste is good. light alcohol. huge malt again. caramel. biscuit and bread. bit of toffee. nice dark fruit too - date and fig. medium-low bitterness level. earthy. just a touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body. nice and smooth.

drinkability is great. well balanced, hiding the alcohol very well. bitterness is a touch higher than i'd expect for the style, but not overwhelming. love the nice big malts in this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thin head that slowly vanishes, leaving little in the way of lacing.

The smell is of caramel, toffee - some dark fruitiness - this is a malty one alright.

The taste is of a wonderfully deep and rich toffeeish maltiness with some dark fruits and just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. The alcohol presence is subdued, but grows. I expected more smokiness, as per style, but not complaining, as the maltiness is delicious and the dark fruitiness gives a nice balance and enough of it is there to add a subtle touch. Tasty to say the least.

Velvety smooth. By taste and feel, this one is very drinkable, though the alcohol does catch up with it and it is quite sweet. A wonderful malty brew.

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

Founders does this one right. The appearance is a healthy brown, with red undertones. Not much lacing. The carbonation is right, not too much like many of this style.

The nose is interesting and complex, with malt, cola, cocoa, a hint of dried espresso, a bit of tonka, burnt caramel, alcohol. Nice!

Taste is similar to nose, but some hops come through also. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but it's not at all.

Mouthfeel is good and it's very enjoyable to drink. I liked it more and more until it was gone.

Careful about the sediment.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from jdoncbus ... 2 bottles received in trade.. My trading partner is taking his home ... mine is in my New Belgium snifter.. Big thanks.

Aggressive pour left a 1" lite tan head... and little lacing.. slightly hazy light walnut brew with chesnut highlites when held to a light.

Deep dark malts with significant caramel ... lite dark fruits and lighter chocolate... very toasty as it warms.

Big body and lite whiffs of alcohol.. very creamy .. caramel with vanilly (bourbon?) notes.. dark caramel and more rich toasty malts... no hops are present ... but some yeasty fruitiness could easily be mistaken for hops. Semi sweet for the style with a lingering dried fruit finish... yummy.

I only remember having this brew one time before and feel lucky that I've been able to try it again... very very good Scotch Ale ... I normally don't appreciate them, but for some reason I always really enjoy one that is well made. Another big cheers to jdoncbus. John's a great trader.. recommended.

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

Pours a very dark amber color with a good sized tan, creamy head. Great retention and sticks to the glass with each sip. Aroma is sweet, citrusy, hops, tropical punch. Taste is full of depth and character. Very sweet malts, very earthy flavors, burnt caramel, ripe fruits, raisins, grassy, strong hop bitter finish. Alcohol is also apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly heavy bodied. Decent carbonation, smooth in the mouth. Dry finish. Extremely tasty and enjoyable brew as always from Founders.

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

Poured from bottle brought back from recent Michigan trip into a 16 oz pilsner.

Dark brown, almost tea colored. Quarter inch head dissapated in a minute or so.

Nose is noticeably but not overwhelmingly sweet, caramelly, slight fruit and hops.

First taste is slightly malty, but full caramel and slightly sugary, some coffee and citrus. This is a very flavorful beer.

Very drinkable, could easily down 2, but I think I'll ration out the other five over the next few months.

Founders hits the mark again. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a rich brown, darker in the middle. Thin head that gives great retention.

Smells of toffee, chocolate, and aged whiskey. Aroma is very warming. Taste is impressive, malts upfront that give a toffee, chocolate, caramel, and whiskey taste that is just fun to drink.
Feels good, low CO2, clean finish makes me wish I had another one.

This is a damn good beer. Hard to believe that this has a high ABV. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into the proper thistle, cloudy deep garnet red like a pomegranate or a red grape with highlights leaning on the orange side of the spectrum when held up to the light. i wish i had my hue separator.(R.I.P. hue separator). warm creamy 1in beige-caramel-butter pecan head that looks like melting ice cream. very nice retention, thick curtains of lace, it's just a great lookin brew from all angles. and if i look close i can see particles, rising bubbles, and chunks yeast floating around in there.

S- earthy and almost tart caramel and roasted malt and old used whisky barrels dominate with mild cocoa and toffee, and peat like i use in my garden. very complex malt aroma, they use a combo of ten different malts. soooo i guess this is a blend and not a single malt. AHahAHhahahaha. floral herbal hops also make a cameo.

T- first sip is tropical fruits coated in milk chocolate and then rolled in roasted walnuts and peat smoked just a little. a ton of fruit flavors come to mind, probably because of the huge malt bill but one could say a number of things like orange, grape, watermelon, red apple, guava, sweet wood sap, nectarine, apricot, fig, but what really stands out in this mish mash is black plum skin, and it's great. big vanilla, old wood, and whiskey dipped cigars come out near the end with a sharp bitter finish that stimulates the taste buds.

MF- rich and creamy with perfect carbonation, this FEELS like there's alcohol in it. it feels a wee-heavy. heh. .feels narcotic, medicinal, and substantial.

D- looks, tastes, and smells so good that it's easy to drink faster than you may have planned but be warned laddy-- too many of these and you'll wind up like that song about the scotsman who fell asleep in the grass...

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Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for letting me try this beer, split with my roommate tonight

Poured into my Dogifsh Head snifter with a nice deep brown color, a 3/4 inch vanilla colored head that stuck around a minute or so, some rention but not much lacing

Smell had maple syrup, butter, cream, tons of different sweet malts, toffe, caramel, a hint of dark fruit, a tiny amount of hoppiness, mostly candy-like scents that lured you in

Taste was smooth and easy to drink for a scotch ale, tried to pace myself but drank it pretty fast anyways, everything in the aroma is present in its flavor, sweet malt all the way through with a little boozy character thrown in there, vanilla and sugar really stick out, some nice toffee and caramel accents, mild hoppy presence provides some balance, a lot sweeter than I expected overall but was certainly not a bad thing

Body was fairly thick for this beer style with a limited amount of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel that had a long lasting taste that kept me wanting more

Could not drink too much of this solely because of its heaviness and high alcohol percentage, very smooth for how sweet it is, alcohol is hidden pretty well and there is no single overwhelming flavor, a couple bottles would do the trick with this one

Another good beer from Founders to add to their list of many, wanted to try this one before I popped open its barrel aged version, Backwoods, in a few weeks or so, highly recommended and a damn good beer for its price, think it is available year round to boot, would definitely drink again in the future if I got the opportunity

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Photo of billybob
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark brown with a very small beige head that quickly fades to the beer with very little lace. smell is much better fruity with roasted malts, coffee, figs, raisins, hint of alcohol. taste is very sweet and complex with all of the above and with some caramel and a bitter tea that lingers after the finish. mouthfeel is light to medium but carbonation is weak. alcohol is a little prohibitive otherwise nice tasting beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Aroma: Deep malty toffee, rich Hershey’s chocolate syrup ribbon, and a mild whiskey barrel note.

Appearance: Deep brown with some clear edges in strong light. Scant cover of tan with a firm collar that gives lace.

Flavor: Rich flavor that doesn’t cut any corners. Full malt and chocolate flavor is lightened by a faint west coast hop in the finish. Toffee notes, some caramel, and just a hint of whiskey give the beer some complexity, but the total package is clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, slightly heavy body with a tiny chew and clean finish encourage deep draughts.

Overall Impression: Impressive. Solid stocky malt beer. The American hops in the finish seem to be off style, but very tasty. I could drink a lot of this.
Strongly Recommended!

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy dark copper with a little off white head and nice thin lacing.
Smell is sweet and creamy, lots of caramel, dark malt, and a slight boubon nose.
Taste is much like the smell. Nicely sweet with lots of creamy malts, just a little hop presence, very mild bourbon notes and a little chocolate/cocoa in the finish.
Feels a little thin, smooth and creamy.
Very easy to sip on a really damn cold winter night.

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

First off- not my fav style, but I have to try it since it is from Founder's. Rich mahogany color with thin head that disappears quickly. Malty, alcohol hits the nose right away. First sip is very smooth, major league malts. You can taste the 8% alcohol in this one. I drink it slow, but there is not much carbonation. Good beer overall, not in a ruch to drink again, though.

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

Pours with a minor league head that dissipates rather quickly to a sparse lacing. Big malt nose with hints of fig. Taste is bold and malty with just the right amount of sweetness. A bit of fig like flavor follows through in the taste as well. Lovely mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. This is a nice brew, I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of bfr1992t
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft pour in to a DFH snifter, 45-50F,

A - dark honey with a reddish hue
S - Buttery brown sugar with the slight twinge of alcohol in the nose
T - Buttery caramel malt, toffee, hints of vanilla leading slowly to a hops finish
M - Smooth and lightly creamy
D - While I feel it's a very good example of the style it's not a favorite of mine. I would buy it again as a single for variety in my collection.

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

Usually when I buy the Brewmaster's Collection from Samuel Adams, the Scotch Ale is typically left until near the end of the pack, bringing up the rear and getting an extra-long chill in the refrigerator. Dirty Bastard just might get me to reconsider this practice by default.

Dirty Bastard pours a rich, muddy-brown body with ruby highlights, topped by a finger of mocha head, really impressive; decent lacing on the glass doesn't hurt, either. The nose is fine, with lots of malt, some chocolate, coffee and caramel, and an understated but nonetheless present roasted aroma--good.

The taste is excellent--lots of flavors mentioned above, but very smooth, and better as it warms a little here by the laptop at the table. There is also some fruit detectable, perhaps some apple or pear. Excellent taste. I was hoping for a little more carbonation to allow for more felicitous access to the flavors, but this isn't bad. The smooth texture does much to convey the flavor, while also minimizing the high ABV (8.3%) to make this heavy gem all the more accessible.

This made a believer out of me, and there's not much like being refracted in one's opinion because of the willingness to try a beer or style. Such is the case with Dirty Bastard, as it was thankfully due to my friend Captain Pat's intervention with the Southern Tier IPA. Good show, Founders!

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