Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Gritsak
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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 hckyfn9999
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Decent retention. Aroma is rum soaked fruit, a touch of brown sugar, and toasted and roasted malt. Taste is very malty. The malt is pretty roasted with some hints of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Finish is bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-full, pretty smooth. Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of leviathan85
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review, so bear with me.

A: Darkish brown with some red undertones. Head was a dirty white with good retention.

S: Did not care for the smell too much, overwhelmed by a certain fruitiness.

T: Complex. Starts smoky and alcoholic, then moves to dark fruits, and finishes smoky again.

M: No complaints here.

D: A little alcoholic, but i enjoy that for Scotch ales, so no complaint here.

Overall a very nice beer. I have to be in the right mood for scotch ales but I'd definitely go back to this one.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. Bottle conditioned.
Poured a hazy reddish copper. Not a lot of carbonation. Slight fine bubbled head. Not a lot of aroma to start. As it warmed, there was some malt and burnt sugar.
Big malt flavor with some molasses. Hoppier than a traditional Scotch style.
There seems to be some alcohol there. Nice dry malt finish.

This is an interesting American twist on the Scottish style. Lots of malty goodness with a dose of American hops.

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

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a transparent brown color, some off white head, no retention. Looks slick and glassy to the appearance. Smell- toffee, butterscotch, Pretty two-dimensional...Taste- toffee, caramel, butterscotch. there is a bitterness on the end from the hops. Mouthfeel- carbonation is here, and its needed to take away from the sweetness. Drinkability- the booze is pretty detectable here...this is a sipper.

Admittedly, this is not one of my favorite styles, but it is a good rendition of it.

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is brown with soem visible carbonation. Some lcaing is noted. Opaque and settled quickly.

S - Scents of caramel and a belgian yeast immediately were noticed. After a little while there was some fruit notes (apricot).

T - Caramel malt made this sweet from the get-go. I could feel a bit of acidic burn at the end of each sip.

M - Very drinkable scotch ale. Felt lighter than it was, and was easy to drink. Left the taste buds with a mild bite.

O - A very good beer, but not the best of the style.

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, rich, no foam to speak of. Woodsy nose. Caramel malt too. Taste is a peat/earthy with a whiskey back. Clingy finish. Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall decent, good take on the style, but quite earthy. To be fair, I am not the biggest fan of this style.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/chestnut color with a small head which dissipates quickly. Not particularly pretty but it does have some nice lacing.
Smells of caramel malt and bready yeast. Not overly complex.
Roasted grains are the primary taste with some malt sweetness followed by a touch of bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation.
A titch thick but drinkability is still high. Maybe just a couple in a session though- I don't think I could go anywhere beyond that.
Notes- Overall, a decent brew, not my favorite Wee Heavy by any means but I wouldn't turn it down if offered one.

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

Review from Tasting Notes at Taco Mac

Bottle poured into Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: Dark Amber, almost like a very dark purple. No head at all; it disappeared pretty quickly.

Smell: sweet to the nose, caramel, liquorice, and a hint of dark fruits like plums.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma. It's fairly sweet and malty, caramel-like, taste reminds me of liquorice candy with dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet malty finish.

Overall: This is a great Scotch Ale. It has a fairly complex taste and it's pretty sweet and malty, but well balanced. I would definitely order this again if I am in the mood; although, this beer is not necessarily my favorite style.

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

Pours a dark brown with a tiny head that quickly dissipates. No real noticable lacing at all.

Smells delicious, lots of dark malts, caramel malt and some booze.

Taste is more dark malts, not too much warming booze present. Alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV. Very good.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker end, with a little lingering sticky malt. Nice. Very enjoyable from one sip to the next.

Overall a nice beer on a winter night, and a great introduction to the style. As usual, Founders delivers. I don't enjoy it as much as some of their other offerings, but it certainly holds its own and would be perfect after a long day of skiing.

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

Pretty strange brew, has big roasted malts but also has a weird Belgian yeast type smell/flavor..

Starts off sweet then a little peaty/Smokey bitterness hits you .

Drinkable but a little too much peat for me ..

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

Poured into a snifter from a 12-oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep, almost opaque brown with faint amber highlights when held up to the light. Yields a finger of light tan head that fades to a thin film over the top of the beer. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Big and malty! Lots of caramel and milk chocolate up front. Hints of coffee, raisin and molasses intermingle as well.

T - Strong dark chocolate, raisins and black currants. A bitterness hits toward the middle that is not entirely hop-like. It's almost more of a black coffee-like bitterness. I also get some vanilla and caramel as it warms. The malt body of this beer wasn't quite as sweet or potent as I was hoping it would be judging by the smell.

M - Medium body. Has a slightly dry finish, but the malt sticks around well after, leaving the mouth sticky.

Overall, not a bad brew. I think it just didn't quite live up to it's potential. I think it could be better by lowering the attenuation (i.e. lowering the alcohol, but increasing the sugars left in the beer).

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

Pours brown with virtually no head. Aroma of caramel, malt and a slight smokiness. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Rich sweetened malt flavor on the front. Caramel, toffee, the tiniest hint of chocolate. Nice hop snap as it rolls over the tongue, just before the finish starts. Enough bitterness to balance the malt. Finish lingers with hints of smoke and more caramel. Alcohol is masked wonderfully for its 8%. I couldn't detect it; in aroma or taste.

This has a nice overall body for a scotch ale, but lacks something. I think I was looking for a greater malt flavor. Something a little deeper; fuller. Dirty Bastard is a litlte hoppier than I expected too. If I was in the mood, I'd probably seek this out again.

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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 TBoneJones
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe my first scotch ale ever to try, so what better than to start with this brewery.
Pours a dark cherrywood body, nice carbonation, great tan head.
Smells of malt. Some bland bread. Not much. Hmm.
Tastes earthy and rich, immediately I note the slick oily feel, smooth. Slight molasses, non-descript dark fruit, rye, and just when i think the flavor apex is going to lend itself to the satisfying profile akin to a quaddrupel, a woody burn and a dry aspect creeps in at the end. Different to me, then again my first try of the style. Not my favorite style for sure I can say, but I can also tell this is well-crafted for what it is, due especially to the superb mouthfeel.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pimpp for the sample. (I think)

Pours a nice big head with a thick reddist brown color. Retention is great.

Smell is a little bit too weak but is complex. Caramel malts, chocolate malts, hell several malts going on here with a little bit of alcohol astringency Apple phenol comes out.

Taste is nicely complex and the malts work well together. Upfront is a caramel malt sweetness witha slight chocolate malt sweetness to balance. This is followed by a balancing hop bitterness and alcohol astringency. I would like a little less booziness on this beer.

Slight creaminess is ruined by too much alcohol astringency.

This beer is good, but it is a little bit too boozy to be very drinkable.

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Photo of littlelorib
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with copper highlights in the glass with only a thin film of cream colored head. Smell seems muted to me. It contains hints of alcohol and mostly caramell-y malts. Taste is of rich malts with hints of alcohol, just like the smell, only better.

Overall, a nice beer, and in the end a good example of the style.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a beer in a week after my wisdom teeth taken out. Has a dark color to it, up to the light it looks a bit more amber, has a small head but not much. Smell is very malty with some chocolate aroma too, I smells pretty good. Taste is good, it's quite strong from an alcohol stand point, has a pretty strong coffee taste to it, I wish I wasn't in pain I'd probably enjoy this more

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Photo of WonderNerd15
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown, minimal light brown head

S: Can smell some hops, but there is a sweet, malt like smell as well

T: Very smooth. Not as hoppy as the smell. Has a sweet note to it

F: Very crisp, doesn't linger around

O: Pretty good. Light enough to drink more than one in a sitting, but heavy enough to have a satisfying taste and good flavor.

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Photo of BitterBrian
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep scarlet with thin white head. Smells of nice medium bready malts. Tasted of bread and slight fruits. I can only compare it to a Two-Hearted without as much of a hop presence. Still an enjoyable drink. Another good Founders brew.

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Photo of Pahn
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stag's Head, NYC. Pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch fluffy tan head that sticks around a long time and (like the beer itself) leaves walls of lacing. Pours an opaque light amber brown.

Smell: At first, a singular, cake-like note like sugary caramel and toffee. As it warms, a malty smell reminiscent of Harp Lager emerges, and dominates.

Taste: First sip is very bitter and very creamy, with a smooth cake-like maltiness in the end. Some alcohol warmth pops up in the aftertaste, and sticks around for the rest of the beer. Large amount of bitterness either from roasted malt or hops, but not much flavor to it. Tastes a tiny bit smokey. The bland, malty commercial (Harp) lager aspect from the nose sets in, but thankfully isn't as dominant. The taste gets bigger, creamier, and rougher as the beer warms, with the alcohol getting hotter and the malt flavors more discernibly roasted and smokey.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation, and rather dry. The dryness, intense bitterness, alcohol heat, and creaminess play off each other somewhat interestingly, but ultimately it's not a particularly good feel.

Drinkability: Despite the 10 imported malts used, the flavor isn't really deep enough to justify this level of harshness in flavor and feel. Also, that weird, bland note that dominates the smell and is present in the flavor does not help. All that said, it's a decent Scotch ale, and might hit the spot if that's what you're up for.

I guess Sappy Slappy Bastard got my hopes up too high for Dirty Bastard. All told I think this beer is pretty unremarkable. Maybe it's better from the bottle.

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Photo of mattster
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce 2007 Bottle at Beer Tasting with NitroGen & Tayner; Poured into snifter.

Pours a brown tea colored brew with no head, some lacing. Smell is very meaty/savory. Taste is on the earthy side with some sweet notes. Finish is somewhat hoppy, Carbonation is nice and low. Not a bad brew, but nothing that makes me want more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/05/12

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany in color with a finger tall light beige head. The head on this beer reduces to a thin ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is mostly roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, and slight hints of alcohol. Overall the smell of this beer is rather sweet.

T: The flavors of this beer are roasted malts, caramel, and some sweetness followed by a fair amount of alcohol (more than the 8.5% ABV would suggest). There is a slight hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall a nice flavor profile.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink for the style and the alcohol is not as upfront in the taste and smell as you sometimes get. Also, this beer is not as cloyingly sweet as other examples of the style. Definitely more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of MSR129
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red, almost black. Rusty hints at the edges. Thin tan head leaving lacings on the glass.

S - Smoky nose with sweet overtones. Hints of caramel.

T - Boozy, but at 8.5% ABV, what did you expect? Peaty, lingering aftertaste. Hints of coffee

M - Thick. There is more carbonation than you'd expect from the thin head.

O - A solid Scotch Ale. Hits the basic criteria of a Scotch (high ABV, smoky, strong taste). However, it's not as good as Arcadia's Loch Down. The Dirty Bastard is a bit thicker without a corresponding stronger taste. The taste could be clearer and bigger for the body around it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a cloudy deep copper brown color. thin white head that whisps away. decent lacing.

sugary boozy aroma. sweet malty taste. flavors of butterscotch and brown sugar.

thick and syrupy mouthfeel. heavy, coats the mouth.

the sweetness brings down the drinkability if you're drinking by itself. but I had a bottle the other night with a dinner of pork chops and potatoes and it paired excellently.

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