Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads. Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).

50 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 2,020 | Ratings: 7,927
Photo of Hanglow
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby with pinkish tinged head. Clear beer with vast amounts of swirling chunks.

Apple aroma, touch of toffee and caramel.

Taste adds burnt, bitter sugar, . Full body, well carbed, alcohol present.

The acrid bitterness is amiss, unfortunately.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label has bottled on date as '06.05.18'.
Deep amber colored body, with ruby red highlights when back lit. One finger off white head sticks around as creamy cap. Leaves behind a scattered pattern of lacing spots.
Aroma of roasted malts and caramel/toffee. Whiffs of dark fruit, smoke, peat, and hops.
Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt, with the additions of smoke, prune, peat. Has some floral hops floating in the background. No bitterness, no char.
Fuller mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Yummy beer for in front of the fireplace, but it is sweet. Good enjoyment in the mouth, and brings up images of wind swept Scottish islands.

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Photo of Buglover83
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! Mix it with Breakfast Stout for "Dirty Oats" and you will be amazed! Soooo good! This beer is dark, has a chocolate and coffee flavor, high percent, tastes great! Only possible problem is it is a filling beer but with the high percent you don't need to drink much!

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Photo of PMakowski
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark amber reddish brown with a thick tan head. Decent glass lacing.
Smell - Gotta say i expected more from this, just lacking any real aroma. Not smoky or scotch-like at all but it smells like any average strong malty ale
Taste - I had expected this to be real smoky but adjusting my expectations, this is a real good beer. Flavor is quite sweet but with the bitterness taking over to finish it nicely. Very malty and medium-full bodied. Can't really detect the alcohol. Carbonation is only medium-low. There's not one flavor that takes over, very well balanced.

Overall, this packs a punch. Nothing really scotch-like about it but it's my first scotch style ale so i didn't know what i would be getting. Regardless, I like it a lot. It's filling but its enjoyable. Grade is an A

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like under the kilt way better than I do this beer, at least it is good to have a back up made by another Michigan made brewery. It can be a good starter of finisher if you want to put it in your fridge and space out your drinking but this is a middle of the road wee heavy.

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Photo of Jeffgosia6
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't decide if I wanted a cold seltzer to quench my thirst or a glass of scotch...I reached for one of these that had been sitting in the back of my fridge for well over a year. Great beer. Packed full of flavor.

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Photo of npolachek
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer / dark ruby color with a strong malt taste coupled with bitterness. It’s definately a decent beer, but I prefer many of the other offering from Foudners more like KBS, and Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head that quickly reduces to a solid rim. Sweet, porter-like aromas of malt, chocolate, caramel, cherry. Caramel especially shines through in the flavor, accompanied by a substantial sweetness. It's mildly earthy, smoky, and peaty. There's a moderate amount of alcohol flavor coming through. The sweetness is pretty well balanced by a fairly heavy dose of bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Smooth and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of RonHK
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1st Founders beer I tasted some years back while on fly fishing trip to Michigan. Tried 6 pack after very hot humid day on the Au Sable and it hit the spot. Try Scottish ales when I see them but have not found one better. Will keep looking. Scottish spey casters visiting the Golden Gate Angling Club were overjoyed to find they could get it in the bay area to take back to Scotland where it has a following.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - generous head of khaki over a body of deep red/brown; nice web of lace

S - brown sugar, dark fruits

T - caramel and brown sugar, dark fruits, touch of earthy bitterness, hint of peat, semi-dry finish

M - light/medium carbonation, smooth and chewy medium body

O - a very nice Scotch ale

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Photo of GuitChick
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel brown with little head straight from fridge. This feels like a beer that would shine better at a warmer temperature. Very boozy from the start but as it warmed, flavors of peat and dates come through. At the finish the glass definitely smells of scotch whiskey and oak. Not sure if it's growing on me or if the high ABV is kicking in! Another interesting brew from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a khaki head, excellent lacing.
Nose is toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Taste matches the nose with just a hint of alcohol. It's been awhile since I've had one, forgot good it is. Now I need to dig out a Backwoods Bastard.

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Photo of jonb5
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, poured into Stone snifter.
A: Dark mahogany, opaque, an initial tanned head made a quick getaway, left a moderate amount lacing.
S: Cherry, caramel , toffee, molasses.
T: Followed the nose, made a good job of hiding the booze.
M: Not much in the way of carbonation, creamy texture, light body for the high abv.
O: Nice beer for the colder weather, Stone Arrogant Bastard on steroids.

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Photo of jkblr
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 6/5/18 (72 days ago) poured into a thistle glass at fridge temp 8.5% ABV 50 IBU. The beer pours bright medium brown with ruby highlights. The head is light brown and quickly falls to a few bubbles. The aroma is strong with malt (burnt sugar, earth, toffee). The taste is semisweet caramel with an earthy, medium bitterness. There are hints of peat and alcohol that poke through as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Certainly a first place for value. Recommended.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour out dark brown with red hues. Head is khaki colored with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal but even around the glass.

The nose is sweet and malty. Picking up raisins, cinnamon, licorice, caramel, cotton candy, molasses and lightly toasted grains similar to toasted wheat bread. There is also a hint of booze. This beer is extremely aromatic.

Sweet and a bit boozy up front. Getting the raisins, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Vanilla is present through the middle and continues through the finish. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Feels a bit slick. Carbonation feels nice. Not too bubbly.

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Photo of Gregg03
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great brew. Heavy enough for the Porter lovers, but not too aggressive. Great match with burger or red sauce, steak, summer or winter. Well-brewed.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite scotch type ale. Not overly sweet, slightly boozy, looks great in the glass, smooth taste and finish. Very enjoyable to sit back with this one plus its easy to find and cheap. Can't beat it at $9 for a six pack. Try it!

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Photo of Wildbill0351
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the second year I've had this beer. This year it was much more smoky than last. Very similar to Oskar Blues Old Chub. Still a solid and tasty brew.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to this one. Pours a brown color that turns almost mahogany in the light, with a good two finger off white head that slipped away pretty steadily. Some pretty good lacing is left behind, and a fingernail or two of a ring is settled on the top. Smells of some deep wood and smoke, lots of malty goodness though not as strong of an aroma as anticipated. Taste follows with a strong smoky and malty flavor, a bit of raisins and caramel come through and a hop undertone that keeps things balanced and well in check. Zero burn, finishes very dry and the lingering taste of a barrel stick with ya. Haven't tried Backwoods Bastard yet but this could only get better with some bourbon in the mix.

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Photo of nsarafolean
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Scotch style ale! Really incredible aroma and a great look when gently poured into a glass. Decent lacing. Taste is earthy, smoky, and reminiscent of aged wood. Surprisingly hoppy. Feel is a little abrasive, but overall good. Well worth a try, as it's widely available in many areas of the Midwest.

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Photo of Crimson-RV
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours an opaque black smells of bourbon molasses and a bit of smoke. substancial roasted malt tastewith a burnt and dry finish. the driness remains for quite some time, mouth feel is very carbonated i haven't had many beers of this style but it is the second best behind backwoods bastard that i have had and the finish is its strongest point

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Photo of beersampler6
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice, smooth scotch ale. Nice dark brown color with small amount of tan head that fades. Minimal lingering lacing. Smells faintly of scotch and raisin. Tastes of raisin, plum, scotch, caramel and malt. Mild alcohol taste throughout, quite well hidden. Smooth, mild mouthfeel with no bitter aftertaste. Maybe a tad sweet but still great when paired with dinner.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK:Dark brown with the slightest maroonish hue. Healthy off white head, fades to a small lasting head. Great retention.
AROMA: grape, barley, touch of wood and/or smoke.
TASTE: Raisin, plum, brandy, bread, fruitcake.
FEEL: Medium to full bodied. Creamy and very smooth.

One of the better scotch ales I've had.


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Photo of singletary
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is great, it pours a dark amber but still able to see through it. The smell is of dark fruits, raisin manly to me. The taste is of fig, raisin and a good blend of malts. Somewhat thick to drink but not unpleasant. Overall much better than I had expected.

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Photo of bl00
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, head dissipates quickly. Some floaty chunks.
Nose is apple, apricot, raisin, plum.
Taste is toffee, raisin, apple, cranberry, maybe some coffee at the end.
Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, nice bubbles and moderate thickness.
Overall, very enjoyable. Thankful for an opportunity to try a style that I don't seek out very often.

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,927 ratings