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

I'm biased, you can see this is my favorite style of beer

Pours nice and rich brown. Leaves little head, just a slight ring that sticks to the glass.

Smells nice and sweet and malty.

Tastes good 'n rich. Malty malty malty. Some coffee. Nice refreshing hop cleans the pallet - somewhat dry, what a wonderful balance! I feel the high alcohol content is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is good 'n creamy.

Finish is clean, somewhat dry, and a bit of coffee bitter.

This has a good rich body, too.

I love American brewed Scotch Ale styles, even more than most of the true Scottish brewed. This is one more reason why. Now I'm going to have to follow this up with a Robert the Bruce for a direct compairison!

If you see this, give it a try! It is truly exceptional.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark slightly ruby brown. i coudn't coax too much of a head out of this. malty aromas prevail with toffee and buttery ripe dark fruits raisin mostly. at times i pick up a pumpernickel smell. some caramel as it warms. juicy malt and toffee dominate the taste a fruitiness sort of like apple cider. a faint spiced flavor goes a long with it. there is a little bit of a peaty flavor to be found here, but it is covered up a lot by some of the rich malt flavors. some bitterness balances things out some. caramel and chocolate come out in the taste with some warmth. full rich mouthfeel lends itself well to the flavors. good drinkability for relatively high alcohol. a good sipping beer and a solid scotch ale. i'd like to see some more peat in here though.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice beer from Founders. Poured out to a amber / burnt red color with low carbonation and a short lived head. Minute traces of lace were noted. Scent is slighly roasted malt, with a touch of sweetness. This brew is all in the flavor. First sip, and you are pummled with an array of flavors; malt, sweetness, a touch of caramel and a smoke like finish. Quite impressive. The mouthfeel is slightly overly sticky and syrupy for me, and seeming quite thick. Finished with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Somewhat reminded me of a grand cru. Recommended for fans of the Scotch Ale style.

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

Pours a brown mahogany with red showing thru with a one finger tan head that laces well.

Aroma is big and malty molasses and caramel some toffee thrown in on the side along with a dash of citrus hops and a smidgen of spice.

Taste is big and malty also caramel and molasses mixed with dark fruit plums and raisins. Finishes with a touch of hops that peak with bitterness and blend with the spice and lingering fruit. Light alcohol also in the finish warms the body and leaves lingering alcohol bite on the tounge but it enhances instead of distract from the experience in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is almost full nice full of flavor and body very nice Wee Heavy.

Drinkability is very good one of the better Scotch Ales I have had, even if my score doesn't indicate it. Love the guys at Founders most of the stuff from them has been very nice indeed. Wish I could buy this stuff locally man I could spend $500 and 12 hours to road trip just to buy Founders stuff. Want to thank merlin48 yet again for another great sample.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single bottle from Piccadilly in Champaign. Interesting labeling, with the same cartoonish swarthy Scotsman on the cover. No born on or freshness dating. However, after seeing the octane, I won't be needing any.
Pours a tawny brownish red. Quick receding tan head, but leaves excellent lacing from a sticky ring. No visible carbonation within the brew itself.
Aroma of sticky roasted malts and alcohol esters.
Full bodied brew with a delectable mix of roasted caramelized malts, smokey wood, alcohol and peat. Very tasty.
Finishes warm and sticky. Drinkable as a sippin brew, very similar to a liquor or scotch.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown with a pretty thin off-white head,big bold aromas of butter and brown sugar with some whiskey notes in there as well the alcohol is very prevelant.Flavors of dark fruit and alcohol are big here with some caramel just adding to the sweetness but this is fine for the style a big malt bomb for sure here.A warmer a sipping beer alcohol makes itself known for sure I have to stop now or I wont see the ending of Revenge of the Sith.

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

I picked up a six pask of this American made Scotch Ale at Sam's Wine on Butterfiled in Downers Grove. Right off the bat the smell from the bottle is rich. The first thing that comes to mind when the first taste is computed by my brain is COFFEE, with a quickly depleting toffee aftertaste. One rule of thumb I apply to moutfeel is its chugability. Not implying that I chug every beer I try, but to get an idea if this beer is something that lends itself to be guzzled easily. This beer is not condusive to chugging. The name Beer Advocate gives as an alternate name for Scotch Ale, Wee Heavy. Which fits this beer very well. A strong coffee like taste covers up any hint of alcohol. But since its flavor is so heavy, you can only drink a couple of them before you get full of this great American made Scotch ale.

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

Really getting into this brewery. After trying their Black Rye I've been trying to get my hands on their other stuff. This is another solid offering. Pours a deep but clear brown color with ruby highlights and a pretty good head that sticks aroudn for a while. A real strong bourbon smell coming from this one. Nice. It's present in the taste as well, but it isn't overwhelming, as it mixes nicely with all the sweet flavors this beer has to offer. Nice toffee malts and a bit of chocolate, as well as some raisins and a slight (very slight) smoked feel. Very warming, this is great right now (May) but would be even better on a cold winter evening when you're snowed in. Slick and slightly chewy mouthfeel, but still pretty drinkable at %8.3. An interesting brew from a company that tends to produce some pretty unique stuff.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer first because of the name... THEN I noted the style, and was interested in another American interpretation.

The beer was a deep red clear liquid with a half finger head. It left nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was of deep malt, raisins, and was slightly sweet.

The taste was slightly roasted malt, and very smooth, with a hint of alcohol that was more prominent with larger swallows. But not as flavorful as I expected.

Mouthfeel was OK, but drinkability is rated lower, because it just didn't meet my image of a scotch ale as much, so I wouldn't go back to it as readily as, say, a Sam Adams scotch ale.

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

13oz tulip shaped glass at Sunset Grill & Tap
It pours a dark and heavy cola color with a firm mocha head on top.
A hearty whiff of brown bread with molasses jumps out at first, followed by smells of coffee, chocolate and sweet, extra roasted barley.
A big taste of sweet dark finely milled malt and a bit of toffee lasts throughout the glass. A nice taste of coffee with cream is noticed in the background.
Citrus and peppery spicy hops hold their own at first when matched to the big sweet malty body. The hoppiness fades slightly, but remains a factor.
A light taste of burnt wood and peat mingle with a bourbony alcoholic kick.
The body is heavy and rich, with a nice velvety texture.
Nice Brew!

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Photo of oracle
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a chalice (the closest thing I have to a thistle glass)

The beer poured a reddish copper with a half-inch crown of foam that showed little staying power, although this may have been due to pouring too soon after coming out of the frigde. This beer really needs served at slightly chilled, not cold temperatures for the flavors to fully develop.

Smell was slightly sweet and slightly spicy. Faint traces of hops. there was no dectectable alcohol in the nose, which I find unusual in a 8.3% beer.

Taste was simply marvelous, leaning heavily towards carmelized malts and hints of toffee and a very mild fruitiness to round out the flavors. Sweet finish but so much that it gets cloying. Goes down very smooth. and easy. You get a ton of flavor in every sip with this one. Many beers this flavorful seem to deaden the tastebuds after a while, so that each sip is less intense than the last one. That didn't happen with this beer.

Would never guess that it's a 8.3% abv beer from the taste Drinks much easier.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

A real delight and very much recommended

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,790 ratings