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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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Frozensoul327, thanks!

Good Scotch Ale, pours a lovely redish brown with small head.

Smells of malt, heavy plums and ripe fruit. Good taste in mouth, easier to swallow than I was expecting

Not a lasting aftertaste to note, but the ABV packs a velvet punch with the swallow. A nice beer that I'll have to repeat in the Fall.

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

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, some carbonation, tiny head, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, citrus, and caramel.

T - The taste is slightly sweet, and tangy. There is a hint of alcohol as well. Nice warm feeling going down.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Founders brew, pretty tasty, would recommend.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this wee heavy pours a dark amber/brown color with a finger thick of caramel colored head, too hazy to note any carbonation

S - mmm, i love the smell of a good wee heavy, that great sweet smell of dark fruits like dates or raisins with that darker molasses/brown sugar sweetness mixed in, there also seems to be a vanilla hint was well, all atop the subtle hops that are not carelessly drowned out

T - the taste is far more balance than the aroma, the hop bitterness and the amalgamation of sweets are artfully interwoven, both characteristics persist throughout the taste and to the aftertaste

M - the sweetness lends this beer to a smooth mouthfeel with no intrusive sharpness or offensive traits

D - all this rsults in a high drinkability, a great wee heavy, Founder's got it right, only the above average ABV holds it back

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark amber color with a plumous off white head. Amazing tracing. Aromas of roasted grains, sweet licorice, fusels, just overall a really rich impression. A full mouthfeel fills you with flavors of raisins, fruity hops, dark bitter chocolate, a malt lovers dream. I imagine this is a hoppier beast that your average scotch ale, but it delivers a delicious beverage. A wonderful beer at just above room temp served in a snifter. I wish I picked up more than the single, but it will do to make a nice end to my day.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptive dark brown that reveals ruby highlights under light. Head of yellow cream dissipates to a soft ring. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, and smoked peat. Taste is initially soft, with caramel malts and Belgian sweet malts. The smoke hits briefly, and is then subsumed under a fairly powerful alcohol burn. Very silky mouthfeel, like a thick oatmeal stout. Quite a good scotch ale overall, although the burn does distract a bit.

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Photo of nyjets1248
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Scotch Ale. When you pour this Beer you are instantly taken by the dark black with a hint of ruby coloring. Virtually no head to speak of. The Beer clings to the glass as you drink. The aroma is strong toasted grains and malt. With the first drink you get the toasted malt that you expected as well as a bitter dark chocolate flavor. This is quickly followed by the strong ABV coming through in the aftertaste, with a thick mouthfeel. All in all it was not an unenjoyable experience, but I may have realized that I am not a Scotch Ale drinker.

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Photo of thelagerheads
2.43/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This Scottish style ale pours with a head like Einstein and the brain of a Speak-N-Spell. I'm mumbling to myself right now with a bowl of salty tortilla chips next to me trying to keep the burn from my throat and the hot tremors from the rest of my body. Three parts propane and one part shark liver this is sure to rip your intestines to shreds like the flag on a paddle boat in a noreaster. I kind of enjoyed the first two or three sips but in a similar way that one of my old childhood friends did when he got an Egyptian eye tattooed on the side of his head, "It hurts but it's a good kind of pain." Needless to say he was an idiot and time has caught up and taught me a few lessons about practicality. Get a fire extinguisher and some Rolaids because the whole town is going to burn down inside your body.

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

Pours deep reddish mohogany with a thick tan head that leaves generous lacing.

Smell is toasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. Hints of peaty smokiness.

Taste is full of dark fruit brandylike character. Strong roasted malt backbone, toffee, and caramel. Herbal hops and peat smokiness blend well to create a dry woody quality. Caramel smokiness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and chewy. Very pleasant.

This beer has flavor that is bigger and more aggressive than many other scottish ale's I have had. Another great beer from founders.

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Photo of hero27
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Deep auburn.. small ring of tan foam. Big caramel & toffee malt aroma with some dark fruits on display also. Great finishing hop flavors with a very tasty (and huge) malt profile. Dark chocolate, sweet brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, burnt oak, and a hint of smoke...complex and delicious. The rich flavors are really quite incredible..each one adds to the unique taste. The 8.3% abv is very well masked, which makes the drinkability insane also. A winner from Founders, and one of the best scotch ales I've had.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head gets just thick enough to cover the beer and then disappears, leaving just a ring around the glass. Beer is an exceptionally dark brown, lets just enough light through my glass to get nice reddish tints around the edges.

Smoky, jammy malt smell. A little margarine in there.

Full, sweet flavor tilting toward strawberries and carmel and then clearing out for a buttery, sophisticated bitterness like the back end of a sip of good coffee or tea. Tang of alcohol early and then warming the mouth and stomach late. More sharp edges than I expected, though.

Fills the mouth effortlessly and smoothly. Lack of head fools you into expecting next to no carbonation, but it's there in proper (fairly weak) proportion. So glad I have a couple more of these in the cupboard. I'll want more.

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Photo of badbeer
2.84/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby red color with a cream colored head leaving spotty lacing around the glass. Toffee, brown sugar, malted milk balls in the nose. Malted milk balls up front followed by toffee in the finish, only a bit of hop presence. Average carbonation and medium bodied. Wasn't very drinkable, split the bottle. Perhaps I will try it again to see if I got a bad bottle or if I will like it better.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer in a small amount at a tasting and liked it enough to buy a full bottle to review. Quite brown in color, with not really much of a head. Looks about right for a scotch ale. Nose is earthy and malty...not very strong. Nice flavor, large ABV is obvious but blended in well with the chocolatey malts and caramel consistency. A good example of the style by Founders and i enjoyed it even though its not my favorite type of beer.

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Photo of nicksta
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The appearance is beautiful. At one moment it is brown in the middle with ruby highlights. If you move it a little bit it can turn gold or red. There is plenty carbonation sticking to the glass, however the head is only a small tan pancake that shows up late at dies quickly.

S: The biggest smell is burnt sugars, but when it is really cold you can pick up on a very sweet fruit smells, I am guessing melons.

T: The taste is very heavy on the burnt sugars. Thankfully, the alcohol doesn't show itself with the typical burn, but with more of a minty burn. Everything is very forward. Other taste include bitter hops, some fruits like cherries and melons, and caramel.

M: The mouthfeel is great.

D: The beer is very bitter, so this brew is reduced to a sipper.

There is a weird chewy spot that collects on the top of the beer after a while. At first I thought one of my friends had spit into my beer, but I was glad too see the same thing in the second one because I drank the first one anyway.

It is overall a good session beer. It is also fairly easy to get drunk off of the well hidden 8.3% abv.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Head magically conjured out of nowhere. At the beginning of the pour it didn't look like this beer had carbonation. A small remnant of a dark hay colored head remains. Unfiltered body, rootbeer mixed with pomegranite juice tone.

S: Multidimensional nose of roasted malts, raisin, alcohol and a bit of peet.

T: Oh very nice...very nice indeed. Lets begin from the top. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains dominate the forefront. Strawberry sweetness flows downstream to a solid friendly bitterness. Finishes to a very ash like taste but in a good way. And as it warm, the alcohol esters increase.

M: Body is a bit thin for the style, I could use it to be a bit chewier.

D: Not bad, I would have actually liked it to have been smokier. But I really enjoyed to strawberry alcohol esters it created.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice wee heavy, just too much heavy for me. Tough to drink, has a lofty alcohol kickback. Nice caramel taste to this very heavy bodied wee. Is extremely smooth, til the backlash of alcohol kicks in. I don't know, maybe it's the style I'm no accustomed to, but I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby twist top purchased at Village Corner in Ann Arbor and poured into a pint glass. No dates on the bottle.

Small yellowish tan head hat slowly fizzles to a thin ring with almost no lace.

The nose is all sweet and musty malts. Butterscotch liqeur and powdered sugar that reminds me of Pixie Stix candy.

Sweet malts again dominate the taste with rich caramel, toffee and a touch of butterscotch. Some wood flavors blend in through the middle into a malt flavored finish that suggests chocolate.

Medium full in the body with just the right amount of carbonation to wash everything clean. One of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ugh. Just far too medicinal. Reminds me of the gnarly cough syrup my Mom used to make me take asa kid. Poured a brick-reddish brown in color. Thin head that all but dissolved. Nose is malts and a putrid/rotten peat aroma.

Rather like cherry cough syrup. Kind of tingles too. Black licorice. The peat tastes like it has turned. Slightly slick mouthfeel that tries to cling to my teeth. Full body though. Jut not so sure about this beer.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, deep brown with reddish highlights. 1-2 fingers of creamy reddish-tan head.

Nose is caramel malt. A litle bit of almost whiskey smokiness, too.

Wow! This is really a malt-bomb. Serious levels of smoky, peaty malt dominate every sip. A light snap at the finish lets me know that there are some hops involved. Really a great-tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, bordering on chewy.

Drinkability is very good. So rich, and yet easy to drink.

Overall, the best Scottish Ale I have had since Robert the Bruce, maybe even better. I need a side by side tasting to decide. Try it!

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Photo of nmyers
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from Founders and is one of there flagship beers. This is a great Scotch Ale and it is fun to order "Give me a Dirty Bastard” Like it I said it is fun to say.

With a dark ruby color and little head it has a nice appearance.

The blend of hops, whisky, dark citrus fruits, and a touch of carmel the aroma of the bastard is great.

This beer has a complex taste, with hints of the dark citrus, and a little touch of piney hops.

This is a great beer and is very easy to drink, but watch out for the 8.3% ABV.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brown/slight ruby body with a tan head that died rather quickly.

Nose has a very sweet big malt smell with touches of caramel and even some dark fruits. There's a sting of alcohol giving the indication of a big beer.

Medium to full bodied with a very water type mouth feel at first that ends with a bit more girth in the finish. Dark roasted malts and even some dark coffee like bitterness. Full caramel malts, touches of peat moss (without the smoke), dark ripe fruits, prunes, raisins and definitely alcohol. Hops don't jump out at you but there are some leafy and even citrus flavors that give the malt a nice contrast. Bitterness is on the down low here but as with the hop taste gives just enough to balance.

One of the best non brewpub scotch ales I've had. For such a big beer it's surprisingly watery, but beyond that all the flavors are there and in your face. A fantastic scotch ale.

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Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one a long time ago. I drink this all the time. It pours a deep reddish/brown garnet color with a small head if poured with a little aggression. There is a little bit of lacing going on.

The aroma is malty sweet with scotch and dark fruits in the mix. Caramel notes are there as well.

The flavor is of dark fruits, caramel, scotch, sweet malt...maybe just a touch medicinal.

The mouth feel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a beer that I come back to time and time again. I say it is very drinkable.

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

Pours up pretty nice, takes a bit of vigor to get a nice head but once it is there this beer looks great. Head is composed of nice frothy small bubles that trap in large pockets of air. This one places a ring for every notch down the glass. The head just sticks there...Very interesting I like what I see.

The smell is sweet, of dark fruits, carmel, chocolate and some toasty malts. The taste is quite complex. There is a nice malty sweetness on the middle of the tongue, while there is more of a biting tartness on the sides....interesting to yield to two flavors at the same junction. There is also some burnt notes in the flavor, rosted grains...the mouthfeel is full and inviting. Overall the drinkability is good....I think the alcohol sneeks in a bit in the finish this hurts the beer's overall character.

Damn nice....go get it.

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Photo of bignick
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a pint glass.

Mmm, yummy. I think Founders did a really nice job with this one. While the body is a bit thin for the style, it is very drinkable and enjoyable. It pours a very clear brown with minimal carbonation and a small head. It taste of roasty malt with caramel and toffee undertones. For such a malt monster, the coffee and chocolate flavors are minimal. On the whole, I would say that it is spot on for the style.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Samuel Smith oversized pint glass. No freshness dating.

A - Cloudy ruby brown with a 1 finger light tan head that falls quickly but stays whispy. Minimal lacing effect.

S - Roasted malt begins as most prominent, but as it warms the earthy caramelized sugar scent dominates.

T - Nice roasted malt with a roasted spiciness kick as it finishes. Nicely sweet. Definitely has the "tea-like bitterness" listed on the style page.

M - Not very carbonated. Smooth and full bodied with a bitter finish.

D - No taste of alcohol, but I can feel it after a pint.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong malt, caramel and a light touch of smoke. Taste is also dominated by the strong malt presence with sweet caramel with a subtle touch of peat. Body is quite full and carbonation is low. Very interesting take on the style.

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,808 ratings