Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 7,751 |  Reviews: 1,973
Photo of deejaydan
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown in my glass. Moderate head that vanishes quickly. Not a ton of aroma, some carmel notes there though. Taste is earthy and smoky, a nice blend. Nice body, lightly carbonated enough, but not overpowering. This is a pretty good representation of the style. Not great, but pretty good.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer pours a dark mahogany brown with some red shining though. Very light head that dissapates quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

S- Rum, brown bread, and raisens

T- This beer has a huge taste and lots of complexity. Just like the smell there is rum, brown bread, fruit like raisens and figs, and some warming alcohol.

M- A little chewy in a good way. Satisfying.

D- I could definitely drink more than one of these

Overall a very good wee heavy. Tons of flavors and complexity. I have to wonder why I haven't bought more Founders brews in the past when I have had the chance. I won't pass them up in the future after this one.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brewery just blows me away with every beer I try from them. A very heavy beer, almost porter-like. Very chewy, like a piece of moist beef jerky. Deep scarlet and blood brown tone. Great lacing, head fizzled quickly though. Is it supposed to do that?

S&T When I popped the topped I felt like I was at a campfire, very smoky, birch bark dissipation. Generally when a "fruity" aspect is brought in to the equation you're talking citrus, hot with this one. Black cherries all the way

Alcohol is nicely disguised, but it's definitely there. Beer is so good it could turn in to one of those "session" beer that not supposed to be a session beer.


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Photo of jp32
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a very deep brownish-black color with a nice sized tan head. Nice lacings.

The nose is quite sweet and malty. I also smell raisins and some over-ripe fruits.

The taste is heavy and sweet. The strong malty presence almost consumes the taste at first, with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's very rich and malty, even for it's style.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. It goes down smooth and is a little warm, which I gladly welcome, yet still considerably mild considering the 8.3%. Great drinkability. Great showcase of this style of beer.

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Photo of macpapi
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always been intrigued by this beer. Have heard mixed reviews of it, but finaly have gotten around to trying it myself.

Pours a dark brown, murky color with a slight tannish head. It is really too dark to see any bubble action in the glass. Pretty nice lacing.

Smells very nice. There is a strong roasted malt presence. This initial aroma is followed by sweet caramel and toffee hints. Overall, very sweet full and pleasant.

Tastes bold and flavorful. Roasted malt, with a slight bitterness. Caramel and toffee sweetness is also nice. It is sharp and substantial on the tongue. While there is not a ton of bitterness, what's there makes it substantial. Alcohol is noticeable, but not in any detrimental way.

Overall, this is a very nice Scotch Ale. The high abv is certainly noted, but I think on the whole it gives the beer a very good sipping quality. This is not a brew to drink all night, but a couple suffice nicely.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a yet to be completed trade with warriorsoul...darned bocce tournament or some such. Thanks, Tom, for this fine brew.

Cloudy dishwater murk, alternately a muddy brown and a tawny red...complexity in the appearance...hell yeah. Big foamy head in the snifter and carbonation rivalling a dry Irish stout. Nose is rum soaked butterscotch and caramel--you must let this beer warm to bring out the true nose and flavors. Taste is malty sweet up front, with more of the caramel coating giving it a fuller mouthfeel. There is a bit of a hop bite on the end to tell you that this is American...again, this comes out after it warms a bit. Too drinkable to be 8.3% Another excellent American take on the Scotch Ale.

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Photo of rousee
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first beer I have tried by Founders that I do not particularly care for. Its okay but only a tad above average in most categories. The color is a good brownish amber. No head, no lace. Slightly flat. Smell is malty and there are some woody hop essences. All the smells are present on the tongue too but when you compare this against a Robert the Bruce as an example, there is no comparison. This one is a minor leaguer.

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Photo of ejquin
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Rusty brown with a thick brown head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Heavy mollases and caramel. Alcohol tinge as well with some slight hops and phenols as it opens up.

Taste: Very heavy on the malt, caramel, and alcohol. Finishes with more of the same. The alcohol lingers, and almost a scotchy aftertaste. Strong and good.

Mouth: Maybe a bit thinner than I'd like but smooth. Carb maybe a touch high.

Drink: You can feel every bit of the 8.3% in this one

Overall: This beer is loud and in your face, but I like it. Good for when your looking for something to punch you around a bit.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark hazy red with lots of sediment from the bottle conditioning floating around. thin tan head.

S- nice roasted smell with a hint of sweet alcohol.

T- lots of roasted flavor and malt. finish leads to a little sweetness. alcohol is hidden well.

M- body is not as heavy as i would have imagined, but it does have some thick creamy charactar to it.

D- pretty easy to drink, but wouldnt put down more then a couple in a sitting.

overall- pretty nice beer. balanced flavors with smooth feeling and roasted malt taste. nice change from what ive been drinking lately.

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Photo of alewarrior
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown from growler, thin head with lace, malt, alcohol and a chocolate nose. Taste is a mix of malty chocolate, toffie, and a hint of smoke mixed with alcohol, my guess is wyeast 1728 for the yeast. a bit thin feeling at first with a malty thick finish. This is a great example of a scottishwee heavy in my opinion. one of the better scottish heavys I have sampled here in michigan overall. My hats off to Nate and the staff at Founders, you have a winner here.

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

Wine notes when pouring, no small beads of beer on the top, and smelled very tasty. I didn't know what to make of this style , but here goes. The other initial smell said "scotch" to me, might be a suggestion of the style. It was dark, it poured dark orange and looked very dark in the glass with little light. It was thin in the mouth but had a fuller finish and well, the flavor was great. Hard to compare, but I'd have to say Sam Adams (blue bottle) was the speed. Hint of raisin, roasted malts, hoppy and biting, licorace, alchohol and even a very slight note of spanish olives!!! That was a new taste for a beer, and well, best described as complex. Very nice.

This would be a beer to have again as a sipping beverage, like wine or liquor, after dinner, in 6oz glasses. Nice. Of course, I'd prefer a stout or porter, but man...

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Photo of bashiba
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy shade of mahogony brown with a thin tan head.

Smell contains hints of maple, raisons, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste is everything that the smell indicates plus more, a very heavy maltyness with all those great flavors including a bit of alcohol in the taste. Very complex and layered.

Mouthfeel is very full and just a touch hot.

A good beer to sit down and really enjoy, but not for a session.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beer temp is around 50 degrees...

Wonderfully deep, dark brown... hints of amber at the edges...

Has a decent head. Stays around nicely. Grabs the inside of the glass.

Smell is chocolatey. A bit of caramel. Some honey and slight alcohol. Raisiny.

Taste is nice and even. I'm finding all Founders beers to be very well-balanced and very smooth on the palate. I taste some chocolate and maple. Malt.

Founders hasn't let me down yet!


So I submitted my review and still had the taste of the Dirty Bastard on my tongue when I took a hit of Advair for my asthma. (Advair is a powdery inhalant that I take daily) Holy crap, yuck. Something didn't react well. It was horrible. I've never had that before... so for future reference: Don't pair Dirty Bastard with Advair.
Thank you, good night and always get the cheese course.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a big tan head the recedes quickly. The aroma is strong and relaxing. Huge roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol peaking through. The taste is malty, chocolatey, buttery, and huge all around. The mouthfeel is slightly more than medium bodied, but not as smooth as a scotch ale can be. Overall, the is a damn good brew. Recomended to all.

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

appearance: dark dark ruby/mahogany mix, thin dark cream head that fades quickly...pretty funny label, make sure and read the neck

smell: raisins, dark fruit, caramel, slight alcohol

taste: raisins and dark fruit up front, alcohol tingle hidden behind, plum in the aftertaste, figs and walnuts buried as well

mouthfeel: somewhat chewy, medium/heavy

drinkability: alcohol fairly well hidden

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Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby red that lets only a little light through. The head is thick, fluffy and light brown. It fades very slowly, leaving very thick laces. This beer had a malty aroma. I can slightly detect an alcohol aroma. It also smells of caramel. This beer has a strong malty flavor. The alcohol makes an appearence in the flavor, slightly warming my throat as it goes down. It has a slight caramel taste. The hops also make an appearence in the taste. The hop flavor is very subtle. The roasted malts are the most noticable flavor. This beer goes down smooth. It is full bodied. The carbonation is just right. This beer might not make the best session beer. It is slightly high in alcohol, so you might not be able to drink many bottles. The flavor, however, is not all that aggressive, so you might be able to enjoy a few bottles. I think this is a great beer. I would probably keep at least one or two of there in my refrigerator if I could get this beer in San Diego. Thank you karst for, as usual, sending me a winner.

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

ahhh, a kick in yer face from a dirty bastard...

Nice, maple syrup colored body. Nice ruby underglow. The cream head disapated quickly and looked more like a flat rootbeer, but I expected that with this style. The taste is filled with a diacetyl, butterlicious smoothness. A toffee, carmelized element fills the mouth wonderfully. There is massive malt presence with barely any hop presence.

The beer is remarkable smooth and slides down the throat with a sense of heaviness that is not too intense. The high abv is hidden very well. Its only presence is in the warmth of the tummy. This is a great wee heavy that hits the spot.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown colour, mostly clear. Very light brown head that sticks around. Very malty aroma with a moderate hoppiness. Lots of caramel and toffee, nearing the level of a barleywine. There's really not a lot of complexity in the flavour. Malty sweetness with plenty of caramel and toffee. Moderate bitterness with a malty finish. Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth texture and slightly drying from the grain. This is a really good beer, highly drinkable with plenty of high quality malt and hops. Another winner from Founders.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. My second Founder's after their mind-blowing Breakfast Stout.

Pours a beautiful amber/garnet red with a half inch creamy tan head that dies quickly. Nose is rich: scotchy alcohol, caramel and chocolate malts. Heady stuff. Taste is almost identical to Lake Louie's Warped Speed Scotch Ale which is a good thing. Rich caramel malts and pungent scotch which explodes into the sinuses as you exhale. This stuff packs a punch at 8.3% and you can tell. The alcohol is woody and aged like scotch, so it's not off-putting at all. This is a sipper that's creamy and smooth in the mouth and goes down with a nice bite. A treat for the nose and the mouth equally.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red/brown, nice head that goes quick and lots of lace. Smell is very basic, hops and malt! Not complex but very balanced and smells great. The malt smells really deep. Taste is sweet malt up front, burnt bread , some floral hops and a bitter finish. Very smooth, mouthfeel is perfect, excellent beer. Thanks DrJay.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, OH, on tap and served in a tulip glass...

It came with a very nice short, but steady and well retained head that left lacing as I sipped my way to the bottom of the glass. The beer itself was a deep brown with a reddish tinge. I smelled sweet and roasty malts with this one. Dirty Bastard tasted like strong malts that smoothly transition to a dry hopiness that finishes off the palat with a little bit of the alcohol poking through at the finish, but not merely as much as I expected with this high of an ABV. The mouthfeel was on the heavy side, but this is a great beer to drink and something that I'ld pick up some other time when the weather gets colder.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Limits in Providence RI.

As it turns out, I myself am a dirty bastard so drinking this beer on my birthday only seems right.

Being such a special night I am drinking this brew out of my Dogfish Head Rasion D'Etrre glass that I aquired in a somewhat shady manner. As they say, all's fair in love and war and I do indeed love my beer.

No head to speak of atop this beautiful brown bitch. Smells of nothing but sweet malty bliss and tastes even better.

I am offically old now, as I have forsaken carnal pleasures with my fiance on my birthday in favor of a series of malty beers.

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Photo of battlekow
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a porter or a stout, very dark with a modicum of carbonation that leads to a small, appropriately dirty head. Smells of burnt/roasted coffee and chocolate. There's a nice dark chocolate smell and taste to this beer. Tastes pretty bitter and alcoholic, but not unpleasantly so. The mouthfeel takes a hit from the burn of the alcohol, which isn't hidden especially well. A good companion to the Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of sopor
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep mahogany with just alittle light showing through at the edges. If you hold the glass up to the light, it is a nice dark-red color. The head developed about 1 finger high and tan colored. You can see that the beer has lots of "floaties" in it that are not affected at all by the very little amount of bubbles.

Again I say this beer is beautiful!

The guys at Founders must like coffee; many of their beers have smelled/tasted like coffee to me. I can add the smell of bakers chocolate and syrup to this one.

A strong malt flavor of burnt syrup and fruit (a little like grape jelly...) with, again, burnt coffee, but much less coffee flavor than the nose led on to.

Dirty Bastard is the kind of beer you can almost chew, and seems to overall have a very low carbonation presence. However there was enough carbonation to satisfy.

Another outstaninding offering from the Founders folks! Definately need to stop over at the tap-rom and try this draught. But not too many, I'll never be able to make it home!

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

A deep ruby brown with small tan head leaves lace, Dirty Bastard improves tremendously after it breathes and warms. Worth the wait and the drinkability is vastly improved.

Dark caramel brown sugar roasted barley and alcohol aromas. More complex aromatics rise with the temperature. Maple and roasted grain with some earthy peat flavor mellowed by dark sweet (never cloying) caramel.

Mouthfeel was creamy with full body and modest carbonation withdrew had a slick feel. Whiskey soaked plums and butterscotch and lingering caramel malt flavors in finish. Little going on with hops.

I did a complete reversal on drinkability finding this most enjoyable after some initial shock.

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,751 ratings