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:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 01-03-2003

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy red/brown with a thin, white head. Smell is sweet with a big alcohol presence. It's not very strong, and not exactly pleasant. Let's just say the smell alone would probably turn me off. Taste is sweet and malty with a slight sting and bitterness. The alcohol aftertaste lingers. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. A lot of carbonation that dissipates over time. Overall, this is an alright brew. I don't think I'd go out of my way to get it again though. I guess I'm just not much of a Scotch Ale fan.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a deep, reddish brown color with a a large 4 finger head that eventually settles down to about a half ring. Carbonation is not too plentiful, but still great enough considering the high ABV. Lacing is decent, as well as the strong viscosity the beer maintains throughout consumption. Looks like a classic take on the style, except with a far deeper flavor to keep things different.

Definitely very different from your average Scotch ale at the aroma! Rather than an enormous smoked, peated flavor, there's a colossal range of malt varieties that pop out here. There's an initial toasted sweetness followed by a bittered bready character, and soon afterwards by a caramelized, toffee/caramel combo that stings the senses with the extra alcohol. Cardamom, pepper, and dried leaves soon follow. There's a grassy, almost herbal hop profile that goes with this, but the focus is clearly on all of the malts, that range to many different flavors in a way that is really experimental yet unique and different.

While I expected a malt bomb based off of the aroma, I instead got something more along the lines of how a DIPA tastes less bitter than a standard IPA - in this case, a malt-focused Scotch ale that tastes less malty than a standard amber ale or something. To be clearer, keep in mind that Founders' always strong hop backbone is working here, but the malts are really what make this so flavorful in the end! The front consists of syrupy, bready caramel goodness, combined with red apples, honey, maybe a little bit of grapes... Yet soon after the flavor changes into a caramelized brown sugary flavor combined with a deep, rich, near rye like breadiness. The caramel profile seems to last a while, too. Very rich in the way a top doppelbock is - especially with all the spices that follow such as clove, and also with the alcoholic, juicy malty notes. The syrupy flavor makes this a thickened experience, and while the alcohol makes itself noticeable, it's never distracting. Very tasty, especially according to style!

Wow, Founders really knows how to get styles and turn them upside down to the point where they're stylistically innovative and super flavorful as well! This is probably my new favorite malt-focused beer of its kind. Great stuff!

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,667 ratings