Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
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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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Ratings: 7,542 |  Reviews: 1,930
Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 10 08
Dark mahogany color, with a thin light tan head. Sweet woody,earthy aroma.Taste changes as it warmes,Caramel,smoke,sweet fruit "like peeches" and a hint of grain. Smooth mouthfeel,nice lacing, sometimes I get a little boozy hint on the finish,but in a good way. Very Solid.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding SCOTCH ALE; dark; caramel; toffee; malt: don't think thickness, sugary, or sweetness. Rather, this is a perfectly brewed and delivered balance of brewing. Complex, yet delivers an easy-drinking for 8.5% ABV. Leaves to finish a beautiful lacing that hints to its complexity. This is a beer that should be appreciated for its mastery in every way.

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Photo of EPseja
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you do yelterdow for hooking me up with this bottle not only for my birthday, but also for my 300th review.

Served from a 12 oz bottle in my SABL glass at cellar temperature.

A - Pours medium brown with crimson highlights and a definite viscosity that can be felt through the bottle. The sandy tan head rises to an inch with audible bubbling, and then settles in -- bubbles packing tightly into a foamy pillow. Lacing remains light and sporadic, and head retention is spotty.

S - Big malty forefront with notes of dark, caramel covered candied fruit. Trace notes of unassuming hoppiness (that's lying in wait...).

T - Right off the bat I can tell you that it's nice to have a Scotch Ale that's not so overly sweet up front that it's like a candy. This beer definitely packs the malt punch, but it's got a fantastic hop profile and a nice yeasty tartness that offsets it in the finish, making seem like you just took a hit of an IPA. Also of note is the very light, very interesting and alluring English Stilton cheese saltiness that I've tasted in other Scotch Ales. Hmm. Might be the yeast strain used? The finish is quite dry and very bitter, bringing this taste profile to a very uncharacteristic but well rounded close for the style.

M - Very very nice. Substantial and chewy with good tingly frothing in the mouth. Doesn't get gassy, but gives you a nice creamy swallow that reaches every nook and cranny.

D - At 8.3%, this beer is ridiculously drinkable, largely in part due to the really great hop profile that keeps the alcohol from burning; replacing it with a crispness and dry bitterness. Although this isn't at the top of my Scotch Ale list, it's two thumbs up for me. If only it had a touch of smoke or peat in the malt, it would really add a masterful dimension.

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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 HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Urge.

A: Dark brown with a deep red hue. I need to beef up my color vocabulary. Pillowy beige head.

S: Nutty and earthy with faint orange notes and pervasive kettle caramelization. Lightly smoky with some apple blending with esters that suggest plum, raisin, and date.

T: Earthy and rich with substantial kettle caramelization. Lightly nutty with notes of plum, grape, and raisin. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only warming giving indication of the ABV. Low earthy bitterness.

M: Upper medium body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Strong Scotch Ale.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Murky, chocolate-brown overall color with shades of burnt orange. Minimal tan head.

Smell- Sweet, candy-like malt aromas. In the back, estery alcohol merges with slight hop scents to create a somewhat fruity aroma. A pleasantly sweet overall smell.

Taste- Heavy mouthfeel, very viscous. The alcohol is recognizable up front, but the toffee-like malt provides most of the flavor. A slight, wheat-like dryness cuts off the sweetness in the finish.

Verdict- Auch, laddie! Okay, the label is pretty cheesy, with the caricature of a Scotsman on it and the ScotchTalk ("It ain't fer the wee lads...") on the neck, but I like this beer. It's a tasty, hefty brew.

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

Aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Color is a cloudy dark red with a nice tan head. A really nice looking beer. Taste is very malty and complex with alcohol noted up front, with cocoa and toffee coming in the finish. A dense palate with a heavy body. Very nice long finish that keeps changing. This is a very nice, complex brew. Outstanding.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. From a trade with sincereNc. Thanks Ian!

A: Pours a clear amber body with very thin, short-lived head. It has slightly better retention than its cousin, Backwoods-last-name-Bastard, which I shared side by side with this one.

S: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some earth / floral hops, and brown sugar. By far on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

T: Same: mostly caramel and toffee up front. It's buttery, but not in overwhelming, bad-diacetyl ways. It works well for the style. Brown sugar near the finish. An undercurrent of earthy hops keep this balanced, and a perfumey bitterness at the end reminds me there is a floral presence. It's more sweet than balanced, but by no means is it a sugar-bomb.

M: Body is slightly above medium. Carbonation is just a hair shy of medium. Well disguised ABV.

D: Really tasty! At first I felt this was better than its bourbon-dominated cousin, but I came to realize that the bourbon works VERY well for this beer. Not to knock D.B. in any way; Founders did a great job with both.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, earthy molasses, but a super-clean finish. My only gripe is an apparent lack of carbonation. I drank two bottles and both were very flat. The bubbles appear to stick around in the center of the glass instead of floating up. It's actually quite bizarre.

It's another outstanding offering from Founders. A great beer.

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Photo of srobertson59
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from tap (from Chappys Tap Room - Dayton, OH):

A - Dark chestnut brown with vibrant ruby highlights. A small head formed that lasted nearly the entire glass; leaving lacing throughout.

S - Very inviting! Malts are definitely up front with some sweet molasses, and then I got a hint of a smoky wood like burning leaves that was surprising and pleasant.

T - Caramel and toasted malts cover the tongue with just enough sweetness. The smoky/leafy aroma is still there in taste, but seems to get covered by the slight bittering of the hops. Very clean finish!

M - Smooth and slippery with just enough carbonation to tickle.

D - I could see having a few of these in a row. Nothing ever overpowered the palate.

This is a malt lover's dream. Really well balanced and never becomes too sweet even as it warmed. I'm going to have to investigate more of the Scotch Wee Heavy's. I've only had this and the Moylan's Kilt Lifter. Both have been really tasty!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice deep brown color with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates quickly and has a very fine foam. leaves a small amount of lacing, pours very hazy
S: dark fruits and a slight underlying scotch note, overall very pleasing on the nose
T: great taste for the style, scotch, woody notes and a slight sweetness like dark chocolate
M: medium carbonation, very thick on the palate, smooth, leaves the mouth salivating which is awesome
O: a great representation of the style, really needs to be allowed to warm up before all of the great flavors come out and it really hits the palate right

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Photo of ACon204
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights. Think dark cherry wood / dark mahogany. 1.5" caramel head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Rich caramel, toffee, chocolate aromas. Slight booziness in the background.

Taste: Caramel hits you up front with dark fruits (raisin, plum) following in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy. Fuller than many porters/stouts that I have had.

Overall: This was the first wee-heavy/scotch ale (whatever you want to call it). Although I like to have a few beers of the same style prior to passing judgement, I have to say that I would highly recommend the beer. It certainly follows the BJCP guidelines (not so important) and definitely passes my personal deliciousness test (very important).

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

appearance: cloudy dark mess

smell: heavy rich malt flavor

taste: malt bomb, nice heavt caramel and roasted malt sweetness, not over loaded at all though. had a nice bitterss to counter

mouthfeel: full bodied but not chalky like I get from some import scotch ales, slow drinking

drinkability: not a fan of the style but this was nice

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Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some filminess deepens the chocolate brown colored base, dusky yellow rims with a touch of zinc orange. The head is on the thinnish side, evaporates quick enough, lacing more persistent. Restrained nose of orange/lemon citrus, apricot pits, round malts alongside non-intrusive hops, pine resin, bread and a slight infusion of dried flowers. Medium-bodied, smooth with enough carbonation to keep a steady forward pacing. Semi-sweet with baking spices, orange peel, honey glazed bread, pine, none of these have the depth nor tenacity to overshadow the hops component. Never bitter, maltiness persists. Pleasing tightening through the finish. Unassuming complexity, no sense in not enjoying the natural fluidity.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated 2/19/10 poured into a snifter

A- A very dark ruby/brown color with a small off-white head.

S- Dark fruits/cherries, spicy and sweet malt notes.

T- Close to the smell, fruits are not as big, roasted malts come out, and finishes with well balanced hop bitterness.

M- Smooth, could be heavier, but still has a nice medium body.

D- Just a great beer that is unique and leaves you wanting more. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden, so make sure you don't drink too much.

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

Pours a deep brown hue, that appears black at first but when put to the light reveals a reddish brown color not far short of black. Nose is oaky with hints of cherry and sweet maltiness. Roasted coffee and chocolate can be detected as well. A very complex and robust scent profile. Taste is quite rounded with a malty sweetness. Coffee, cherry, nut and flavors come through. Reall has scotch tastes to it: a smoky and woody profile fit for the harsh terroir of scotland. A medium-to-full bodied ale that has a long malty finish. Drinkable but a bit heavy and not something that can be consumed readily despite the great smell and taste.

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Photo of Kurkb76
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snilsen13
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking this for over a decade. It's my go-to Scotch ale. It's rich in smell, complicated in flavor and a wee heavy. My only fault with it is the mouthfeel, which is a bit sticky. It's sufficiently boozy that this doesn't matter much.

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

A - Brown body with white head doesnt last, but gives a very good lacing.
S - Great vanilla spice and ripe fruity aroma
T - Brown sugar, very malty, spicy molasses. Although slightly sweet at the start, the finish is bitter with no sweetness.
M - Fine but aggressive carbonation.
D - Delightful and complex

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Photo of OpaqueBrew
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donaldgarner
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

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

A-pours an amber brown with a half inch foam head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-the smell is really nice, malty, sweet, raisins, and a bit of alcohol warming all mixed together

T-similar to the smell, very malty, the sweetness comes out in the middle but is not overbearing, and there is a bit of a hop finish in the end to add to the complexities of this beer

M-full body, medium carbonation, very rich

D-excellent beer, I could drink this again and again

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color. An aggressive pour gives a 1 finger tan head with little retention and a thin lace on the glass. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruit. The taste matches the smell as expected. Has a sweet flavor and slight bitter aftertaste. Rich and full bodied and well carbonated, this is a very drinkable beer, and the 8.3% alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of kinger
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Killer Scotch Ale, plenty of bite coupled with a great smoothness. Heavy malt aroma, bitter-sweet. Solid pour, good head and lacing but too many floaties detract from the overall visuals. Smooth on the palate with a calm alcohol burn, just how I like it. Impressive flavor with lots of sweet malts, molasses & brown sugar mixed with a slight bitterness. Powerful and inviting, oh my this is a nice cool weather brew.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Scotch Heavy pours a dark brown to chestnut with ruby hues and what head exists is thin and tan leaving next to no lacing behind.

Giant aromas of caramel and earthy malt dance from the glass with other deep, sweet notes resembling dark fruit, maple, and vanilla.

Big flavors of sweet malt, dark fruits such as raisins, more vanilla, and much more noticeable earthy hops that grab the back of the palate are all present. Other flavors include caramel and even dark woodnotes.

Medium in body with only a slight chewiness, medium carbonation, tons of flavor and aromas to stimulate the senses.

This is one heck of a beer! Perhaps my favorite Wee Heavy. Tons of character to offer, big aroma and flavor, extremely easy to drink, and all around amazing.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 7,542 ratings
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