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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 Mateo2699
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark Amber pour, tight off-white bubbled head with great lacing on the glass. Aroma to me is kind of mute, slight hints of tabacco, toasted malts and wood. Some hints of sweet yeasty character as well, reminiscent of bananas and caramel. Taste is an overall malt bomb. Sweet malt compliments that dark fruit and Belgian yeast-like flavors that come through. Some hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel as well. Mouthfeel is medium carbonated with a little oily characteristic going. Overall a malt bomb with just enough bitterness and complexity to not be overly sweet.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this beer. Lots of people seem to like it, so I gave it a try. This is overall a nice beer. It reminded me a lot of a Porter with the smell and the taste. Lots of Chocolate and carmel notes that jump out at you with this beer. It's not as hoppy as most Ale's I have tried. Very easy drinking for a higher ABV beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone and I will be buying it again.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured intro a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 12oz can

A - A completely opaque muddy brown/red, half finger tan head and some serious sugar legs/lacing

S - Vanilla, anise, booze, wood, dark chocolate dipped berries, sweet tobacco, red wine, banana (yeast), rich/toasted/roasted/sweet malt grains, tons of green and brown earth, Marciano cherries and smells so creamy

T - Huge malt (Toasted, Roasted and Sweet), anise, cracker and Belgian like yeast, dark chocolate, ripe dark berries, very earthy hop booze, wood and soil.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a malty sweet ride.

D/O - This is one big beer. I liken this and old scotch ale to the porters in density and flavor. Not an everyday beer and the sweetness is delicious but thirst quenching it is not. Huge flavors but nothing over the top which is nice and the balance of sweet and bitter is gravy.

Final thoughts - At 8.5% ABV and around $20 a 12 pack this one is for sharing and parties. Also, aging one of six of these isn't a bad idea either. Enjoyed it out of the can more than the bottle.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This Dirty Bastard has full rich caramel and malt tastes but these quickly layer into a distinct quinine finish. (For those not familiar, "quinine" is a traditional drug to treat malaria, but is taste is bitter and not hops-like.) This is a really interesting brew. But it's not an all-night-long beverage or an everyday fair.

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Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A beautiful dark amber brown with a fluffy light brown head with good lacing. A sweet and earthy smell. The taste is sweet with caramel and vanilla, malty. Great with cheese and crackers!

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Photo of SCproUA
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the first time poprobyval beer of this style, and after tasting were the most positive emotions, is very pleased with the taste: full-bodied, with a light sweetness and strong alcohol aftertaste, smell, too, will not leave anyone ravnodyshnym, generally cool beer of the brewery !!!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Thick and syrupy like consistency, with a fizzy head. Head settles to nearly nothing. Very dark amber in color.

Smell: If caramel could ferment... can it? Light alcohol aroma with hints of caramel malts. Brown sugar. Almost a hint of pumpkin or nutmeg or something.

Taste: Very sweet up front. Against, caramel, and brown sugar primarily. as a bit of a dry finish.

Feel: Full bodied, but dry in feel.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I poured this into a clear teardrop glass. It poured a dark brown with a thin white head, one finger. I just taste alcohol and bitterness. I don't taste anything here that I really appreciate in beer. I don't taste malt or sweetness. Apparently, I just have a problem with this style of beer.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a beautiful ruby red/brown color with a one finger tan head that lingers.

S- Sweet malty aromas, caramel, vanilla.

T- Very sweet caramel tastes right up front with some unexpected hints of coffee and an alcohol kick on the finish.

F- Surprisingly full body, syrupy almost.

O- Simply delicious beer. This is an absolute malt bomb, so if that's your thing, then you will love this beer just like I do. If you're looking for hops, look elsewhere.

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Photo of tjlee22
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very heavy Scotch Ale, great color!!! Good smoothness and not to much bite. High alcohol content (8.5%) so nt sure if that's the bite or if its hops... I can drink one or two but no more in one setting

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Photo of plumberman63
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Nice color and aroma but flavor not to my liking, not tasting the sweetness everyone else is. Drank it , but wouldn't get again. A little to bitter for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE: April 15, 2016... OCCASION: a LONG week PARCC testing ends with a good beer to recharge me... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... APPEARANCE: dark velvet body holds a single-finger near-brown head that is creamy and resilient... lacing is spread in smears... love the half-finger head that remains throughout the drinking... AROMA: nice peat, smoke and leathery earthiness, combined with pear, raisin, cinnamon and ... PALATE: dry, bourbon-like draw with a subtly BIG, chewy strength... long, lingering finish... warming and surprisingly crunchy, suggesting hoppiness... TASTE: I just told my wife that this beer is "sinfully good"... and that is no lie, with its scotch approximation that brings raisin, grapes, peat and subtle smoke... a rich, complex,., sippable beer that is the pleasant accompaniment to an actual scotch... OVERALL: a fantastic, big, slowly draining beer that resonates with a malt-heavy finish...two bottles in, and the effects are staggering... strong, solid and another feather in Founders' cap...

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Photo of Bleer
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer. It's not a great beer. Pours almost black with a mostly white head. Very little nose. Was very glad to find that it has a boozy bite which I love. I love all things founders and I am not a huge ale fan to begin with so let's not worry about my opinion too much on this one!

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Photo of Kdubzz
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Ruby-brownish color with an inch of khaki head. This is definitely one that you need to let warm quite a bit. As it sits, the flavors and olfactory notes start coming out more and more. It's got a very woody characteristic on both the nose and the tongue, quite malty and sweet, maybe some prune or currant notes in there. A small amount of bitterness lingers at the end, but it's more from the woodiness than any hop flavor. I'm just starting to get into Scotch Ales in general, but this one is just a bit underwhelming. An interesting flavor, but not too much going on smell or mouthfeel wise.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brownish cranberry color, very slight vanilla colored head. Aroma has a caramel and vanilla note. Taste is malty, chocolatey, big and bold. Feels sticky and dense on the tongue. Finish is a little sweet, like toffee and leaves an aftertaste you won't soon forget. This is a bold beer and I really like it.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured mine itno a pilsner glass, because I can.
Pours a dark coffee and caramel colour, very thin foam head which lasts seemingly indefinitely since I am taking my time with this.
Smells dark, almost chocolaty like a stout.
Tastes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate mix.
Feels great though, I don't much care for the stout like chocolaty taste, but it has a nice feel to it, bold flavor. You could almost say the strong taste would hint at its strong ABV.

While not my favorite, I do think this is a good one for what it is, even if it isn't of my preferred tastes.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. No head. Color is chocolatey brown. Mild, yeasty smell. Well carbonated. Initial feel is almost stout, which had me expecting a similar flavor, but not. Does have hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice malt, and not sweet. 8.5% abc is well hidden. Nice beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
Pours a medium to light amber color with one finger of tiny bubble head.
Aromas are sticky caramel, vanilla some mellow floral notes.
Flavors are beautiful beautiful caramel and toffee oak.
Mouthfeel is excellent, slightly sticky.
Overall this beer is so full of flavor and perfectly executed.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date 1/6/16, chilled to 40 degrees, allowed to sit at room temp for 5-10 minutes, poured into oversize wine glass.

Look: Dark red amber color, slight haze. 1/2 inch light tan foamy head that dissipated to a thin foam that held up to the end. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Intense caramel and citrus aromas, roasted grains

Taste: Coffee and caramel, roasted malt, slightly boozy

Mouthfeel: Creamy with modest carbonation, full body

Overall: I checked the style attributes after I took my own tasting notes and feel that what I experienced matches well with what I read about Wee Heavy/Scotch ales. A very enjoyable drink that first put me in mind of a Porter but with more sweetness. A solid sturdy drink for after work, after dinner or whenever but with the 8.5% ABV more than a couple will settle me down in a hurry.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle poured into a Anchor Steam glass Smell is maybe cherries ,brown sugar.Taste is sweet.Caramel with slight cherry taste.Overall not a bad brew.Nice kick with a ABV of 8.5.I like it.Give it a try.

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

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Nearly opaque dark brown, next to no head, very little lacing
S-Faint hints of raisins, prunes & toffee.
As it warmed then clear notes of grape juice emerged.

T-Charred oak barrel, sweet malts caramel, toffee, dried fruits,
alcohol, slight cherry. Taste is more complex than smell by far.

M-Good creaminess, some carbonation.
O-Very nice choice.

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Photo of MichaelT86
2.52/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

I might just not like Scotch Ales, the one I had might have been skunked and I not known but my impression of this beer is largely that it tasted like what would happen if you let a malty ale sit in a used work boot then bottled it from there. I just did not like it, might just be a case of poorly aligned preferences though judging from the beer's high rating.

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Photo of johnamo
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

One of my go-to favorites.

Smell and taste is a malty, sweet, flavor that reminds of me fresh wort with a bit of a tang. However, this packs a deeper, dark caramel flavor with a punch of alcohol that makes it an all-too-easily drinkable scotch ale. An excellent overall beer.

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Photo of Zack_Hinkley
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Siren's Song in Eureka, CA. Deep maroon/amber with creamy head and good lacing. Sweet candy, cooked down berries, malt, and maple on the nose. Sweet and filling without being cloying. Pretty darn sweet though. Caramelly. Creamy, but again not cloying. Just a swell scotch ale.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Dark copper with slight ruby look. Decent head which disipated quickly. No lacing.
S - Seemed like cherries. Definite malt.
F - Hit the roof of my mouth and stayed there. Smooth overall, though.
T - Difficult for me to describe. Alcohol taste comes to mind but not in a bad way.
O - Not much experience with this style, but this was an enjoyable beer to drink. (Not sure why I think this, but this style may be better suited in the fall season for me).

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