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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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Reviews: 1,850 | Ratings: 7,269
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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Photo of Redrover
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting an old favorite. Poured into an imperial pint, the beer is dark brown with a thick and creamy light brown head. It has really nice lacing.

It has an aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts.

It is sweet and a bit nutty. There is lots of raisins, a bit of char from the malts and molasses.

The mouth is slick and bit thick.

Always a nice beer to spend some time with.

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Photo of moodenba
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Dirty bastard Scotch style bottled on 12/22/15; tasted 3/14/16 at about 50F.

Beer with a very deep amber color, otherwise clear, and cream-colored head. Aroma of malt and possibly a hint of yeast. Very little lacing.

Extremely full malt flavor, with just enough hoppy bitterness (I don't sense the stated 50 IBU). The label promises smoke and peat, but there is little in the initial flavor. The label says 8.5% alcohol, but it is just perceptible through the malt body. The aftertaste is a malt flashback, with maybe a hint of smoke.

In the age of overwhelming hops, this is a rare example of a beer that gives a malty experience. I think this is true to the strong Scotch ale style.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A: Clear brown.
S: Mildly citrus. Slightly toasty.
T: Medium caramel malty. Toffee. Moderate bitterness. Moderate sweetness. I also got butter and coconut when warmed. Dry and bitter finish.
M: Moderate body. Medium carbonation.
O: Solid malty flavor.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A true scottish ale. heavy on the malt, light on the hops. mouth feel is a bit viscous in a good way. A beer to be savored as it slides down your gullet and warms your insides. Do I smell peat or is it that I am being transported to Scotland? A very strong finish that almost feels like scotch (whiskey). Overall I would highly recommend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This beer has a dark maroon color with an inch of sturdy head. I smell prunes, esters, and a pinch of smoke and caramel. Full flavored and sweet with some earthiness flavors, toffee pudding, dry earth, and dried fruits make much of the delicious flavor of this beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Swimming in a creamy and smooth body, the Dirty Bastard isn't so dirty after all.

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Photo of twage04
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby, dark mahogony. Taste is very dark fruitish/caramelly without being cloyingly sweet. Lots of specialty malts in this one, as the beer's description confirms. Despite the deep maltiness and caramel, it is easy to drink, albeit with some alcohol heat that makes this a sipper. An enjoyable beer but I prefer the package of smoke and hints of roast you get with ol chub.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from a single almost two years old into a cervoise. pours a slightly hazy dark burnished reddish sienna, very little head that subsides quickly and no lacing. nose is great: brown sugar, cherries, caramel, and a touch of leather...promise of some whiskey. taste follows the nose, but sweeter and smoother on the back end than I was expecting, even if it also has a little bitterness and dries out quite a bit too. mouthful is pretty great, with a ton of body but not overpowering or too much.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale is something of an exercise in taste intelligence for me.
Six years ago when I certainly was more hop-intolerant than I am today, I surprised myself by liking this ale. The hi-content hops did not overwhelm what seemed like well-blended malts.
I have had a couple a year since then and the hops increasingly started to bother me. But while this was happening, I curiously was becoming more tolerant of hoppier styles such as American IPAs.
What I discovered was that as I tasted more of the style, I came to recognize that Dirty Bastard does, in fact, have too many hops for the general way in which Scots blend malts and balance their beers. The malts of a Scotch ale should not have to contest with the hops... which is what happens here. The taste buds get some sweet malt and salivate and, then, the hops appear.

Not to start anything.... But, has anyone suggested that there be a style called an American Scotch Ale? I know, it sounds funny. But, there is an American rendition of other revivals.

reviewed and slightly revised 4/26/16

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Photo of jmd1978
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is malty with a bit of smoke and cherry. Nice lacing throughout. The color was deep red like a cherry Coke. Taste is malty with notes of smoke, caramel, roast and a bit of cherry. The finish is hearty with nice warming feel. I don't usually get scotch ales but this is a top find!

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Photo of m_hall
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle(dated 7/8/15, been cellaring a bit) into a tulip. Deep garnet red in color, dark but also crystal clear... I did pour this one carefully to avoid disturbing the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Topped by a dense two-fingers tall tan head. Copious sticky lacing. This is a pretty one, indeed.

The nose on this beer is rich, with sweet brown sugar-ish malts intertwined with big earthy, smoky notes, and a touch of leather. Just a hint of whiskey-like alcohol hovers in the background.

On the palate this beer comes in with a one-two punch of sweetness (dark fruits, dried cherries, raisins) followed soon by bittering notes from the heavily caramelized malts. These seem to meld and transition into tones of semisweet chocolate leading into a drying, smoky finish that lingers but doesn't overstay it's welcome.

Feel is big, rich, and creamy, with fairly low carbonation. Alcohol is there, but very disguised, just slightly warming... this one drinks pretty quickly for an 8.5% ABV beer.

An impressive scotch ale that hits the style squarely. Big enough in body to make a nice evening sip on it's own, but the controlled alcohol and balanced flavors would pair this one nicely with a fine meal. A great choice for when one wants a 'big' beer, but a stout might be too much.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and rich ruby color with a thin, fizzy head (expected for a higher ABV beer). Looks a little like Cherry Coke, actually. Smell has some faint cherry, smokiness, and earthiness. Taste continues with those notes, plus some caramel maltiness that develops throughout the palate. I got a lot of alcohol out of this, with intense warming sensations. It's not unpleasant and the alcohol feel and flavor balances well with the other flavors going on. Kind of reminds me of a less sweet Jack and coke...with a lot of Jack. Surprisingly easy to drink, although it was a lengthy sipper.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one is the cream of the crop of the style I've had. For the style, this is better IMHO the barrel aged version. The 4 months in the bottle was good to this. A bit roasty, some chocolate, that peat that you'd expect from the style and a wee bit of that Irish Red characteristic underlying the previously mentioned notes and soft malt.

No booze whatsoever for the ABV. The mouthfeel is so soft and creamy. Everything I look for in a malt heavy beer. Near perfect beer for me at least. Very well executed and extremely highly recommended. A steal for the price and format.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bastard poured a dark ruby color with about a 1/2 finger of light brown foamy head.

The smell was a bit scary. There is a lot going on here.Smells of raisins, figs and something like smoky peaty malts. The smell told me I was in for a big malt bomb of goodness.

The taste was a great richness filled with the sweet taste of raisins and roasted malts. There was also a bit of a smoky, musty taste pulling through.

The mouth feel is definitely medium with some alcohol warming going down. There is a nice balance of the hops in here that help this huge malt bomb balance out very nicely.

Overall seven varieties of imported malts makes for a delicious malt bomb that just tastes great. While not quite a sipper like an imperial stout this one sure comes close for me.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date 1-6-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark brown color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until just a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel and roasted malt.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then a roasted note, the 8.5% ABV is well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good scotch ale, it's not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - deep cloudy amber color good sized tan head that sticks around for a bit excellent lacing that coats the glass.

Smell - Heavy malts sweet caramel notes earthy nutty nose as well.

Taste - I get the malts some dark fruit and sweet caramel little bit of bitterness as well.

Feel - Medium body slightly dry finish

Overall - A really good beer I would have again.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good beer like most from founders. To me it is over cherry. The nose is great, Alc vol is great but they should have named this Cherry Bastard. Really cool label and name but just to much cherry for me.

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Photo of bound4er
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. Pours to a muddy, dark amber appearance with a light tan head of two fingers. Laces very nicely. Smells of caramel malt, brown sugar and almond. Taste follows nose with caramel malt and brown sugar. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with good carbonation. This is a solid, tasty Scotch Ale that would I would rate higher if it had a bit more caramel malt lingering on the finish.

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Photo of The_Meme_Lord
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I signed up to give props to this beer. Rarely find something in the $9.99 range for a six pack that is amazing from start to finish. Sweet caramelly smell and taste, sprinkle of fruitiness, hint of roast. Almost zero bitter aftertaste, which is amazing considering its 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of Whiteturtle
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pour into sam smith pint glass (first time drinking DB from a can)

Eyes: Pours a mahogany amberish colour. 1 1/2 finger head. After a few minutes the head recedes towards the glass, with a wisp of carbonation residue settling in the middle.

Nose: Caramel sweetness, firewood, butterscotch, nutty (hazlenut/pecan). Pumpernickel bread comes through as well.

Tongue: Malty goodness, and smooth creamy toffee notes. Rummy raisins, and caramelized cherries that have been rubbed in brown sugar (that was a bit much wasn't it??). You really should let this get closer to room temperature. Many flavors unlock with warmth.

Body: Not to heavy for the style. A surprisingly effervescent and hoppy mouthfeel accompany the sweetness this beer exudes. Feels more like a 7% than 8+. A hanging woodsy taste sticks around.

Overall: A really well done beer, I'm glad this is available in cans now. You would be hard pressed to find a better scotch style ale at a cheaper price. *I got a 12 pack for $18 in Jersey*. I recommend this indubitably.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm ruby brown with very little head or lacing. Aroma features some burnt toffee, caramel malt and a bit of spicey phenol. Obviously there is a tremendous malt flavor given the style, starts out with burnt torte flavor with some roasted nut & hefty malt. There is certainly some phenol alchohol / scotch / booze flavor in it, but nothing astringenI or "hot". Feel is just a little sticky but coats nicely.m

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