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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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Reviews: 1,861 | Ratings: 7,307
Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy caramel/chocolate brown. Minimal head, no retention or lacing.

A sweet and malty nose, with notes of gingerbread.

Major malts. Primarily Brown sugar, some caramel, a little yeast. Some dark fruits.

Bittering finish, fairly smoothe throughout. Decent, but not up to the standards of other Founder's stuff I've had, or other Scotch Ales I've had. Check it, but don't rush out to get it.

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Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with barely a half finger head. No head retention and just a thin ring is left around the top of the beer.

Aroma of dark caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. A little bit of roasted malt and a touch of smoke, but caramel really dominates.

The flavor is very much like the aroma. Tons of caramel and molasses with some yeasty fruit flavors coming through as well. I don't really pick up on much smoke but there is a nice roast underneath that barely peeks its head out. Bitterness is quite light with sweet malt taking hold throughout. Finish is on the sticky side.

Overall, I found this beer to be a little bit one dimensional. The caramel maltiness is excellent but I would've liked a little more complexity. The sweetness is a little much for me as well. Backwoods Bastard is ten times better than the Dirty.

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Photo of tewaris
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with illegible bottling date poured into a New Belgium snifter on 16/12/2010. Judging by how aggressive this particular beer was, and because it's one of Founders flagship beers, I would guess that it wasn't too old.

Appearance 3/5
Molten copper and rusty hued with a medium tan head. Medium retention and lacing, and lots of disgusting chunks!

Aroma 4/5
A very delicious aroma comprising of caramel, toast, perfumy alcohol, dessert. Much like Scotch whisky, with bready beerness to it.

Taste 4/5
Flavorful and aromatic with the same notes that were present in the aroma, but a tad too bitter and astringent from roasted barley/malts, I am assuming. Fairly roasty and cleansing finish but some sweetness manages to linger. Fruity flavors in the after breath that are akin to Scotch. Quite astringent towards the end, but without the wood.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Low carbonation, which is proper; the body is thinner than what I'd like. A stronger body and sweetness are terribly needed in my opinion.

Drinkability 3.5/5
Not bad, but the malt complexity wavers, faced with strong, one-dimensional roastiness.

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Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a murky ruby with a one-finger off-white head that sticks around a bit.

Aroma: Smells of caramel, plum, dark fruits, yeast and malt.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with a good degree of booze kick.

Mouthfeel: Nice and sturdy.

Overall: Decent big-ish beer. Teeters on the edge of cloying but stays on the right side of the line.

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Photo of Epicedion
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark red with a thin but persistent head.

S: Lots of alcohol in this one. A little bit of hops.

T: I'm giving this a score higher than I probably should, because I'm not entirely sure I like this style of beer. It's thick and sweet, characteristics I'm not overly fond of. But it's got a nice hop spice to it and a very nice finish. But right up front it's very sweet. Sipped slowly, it can be pleasant, it has some nice complex undertones, and it's probably the best of this style I've had to date. Maybe by the end of the six pack...

M: Full and smooth, but not syrupy. Probably the best feature of this beer.

D: It's a heavy beer, and for all that I don't like its sweetness I haven't had to pour one out, and I've never had to struggle to finish one. That said, this is definitely a beer to drink as a single nightcap, or to follow up with something lighter and more balanced.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly cloud auburn with a sizeable creamy off-white head. Leaves tons of lacing.

S: Starts out with nice gentle caramel malts. Slightly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Also has a lingering bitterness that doesn't feel like hops. Quite nice, though rather subtle for a robust beer like a scotch ale.

T: Taste is good, balanced, though again more subtle than I was expecting. Gentle medium-roasted caramel malts up front, a bit of earthy flavor in the middle, and a good warming alcohol finish with none of the sharp bit that some high-ABV beers have.

M: Mouthfeel on this is just weird. Hard to describe - it doesn't really feel like liquid in the mouth. More like drinking thick foam. Kinda oily, very buoyant, and adhesive (which explains the heavy lacing). I can't decide whether I like it or not, but it's definitely unique.

D: Drinkability improved as I moved down the glass. Started out feeling a bit discordant, but as it warmed up a bit, the flavors smoothed out, the peaks and valleys evened, and it went down quite nicely. Recommend letting it warm to ~50-55 degrees before drinking.

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Photo of jt31914
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber Ale color; slightly darker though. The beer is a darker ale, which makes it promising.

S: Smells strongly of scotch - the scotch dominates the other odors

T: The taste is better than the smell. Scotch is still very present, but doesn't overpower the beer. Slight bitterness is a good surprise in the finish of the beer

M: Malty, smooth and warm; however, it is slightly harsh in the mouth.

D: Not very drinkable - this is a good tasting beer, but it would be hard to have more than one at a time.

Overall Founder's has impressed again. Solid brew.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz at the Teeter. Madhouse today.

A- Dark, cloudy brown, with ruby mixed in. Thin head that quickly disappears. Little to no lace.

S - Not much of a smell, slight whiff of dark fruit, but most of the nose is alcohol.

T - Starts off malty, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol on the finish. Scotch makes an appearance as the beer warms.

M- Very smooth, slight carbonation gives a faint pricklieness on the top of the tongue

O - Good beer. Strangely lacking in the smell department, but in all other facets it is solid. Goes down fast for an 8.5er.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Dark coffee brown/close to black. Has a very slight ruby tint to it. Mininal head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Chocolate, caramel, and plum hints.

Taste- Has a sweet maly flavor, followed up by big hints of chocolate. Dark fruit notes suck as plum linger about. There is also a roasted coffee-like quality to the finish, which finishes on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel- Quite thick to the palate, heavy in body.

Overall- This is my first review of a Scothc Ale, and noticed this style is very close to a porter. The flavor is good, and although thick in body, this is a great sipping ale. Well suited for Winter since it has a warming quality to it. Very good.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Sly Fox pint glass. Appears a deep ruby brown with an inch of tan colored foam. Smells of pineapple, caramel, molasses and has a sharp alcohol aroma. Taste is of sweet prune, raisin, brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side with medium carbonation. I would drink this ale again, but probably not more than two at a time. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 4/23/14. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark golden-brown in color with a good 1-finger off-white head that settles down to the top and sides of the glass. Some sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Lots going on with the aroma with a hint of caramel, dark fruits, malt and 'boozy'. The taste has a lot going on as well with dark fruit (plum and maybe fig), caramel and roasted malts with a light hint of licorice. Perfect carbonation. The finish is a bit hoppy and dry. Wasn't bad but different.

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Photo of JayNH
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a foamy two-finger head. Solid retention and lacing.

S- A slight caramely and fruity sweetness.

T- Thick and sweet. Kind of fruity, plenty of cocoa chocolate flavor. I swear I'm tasting chocolate covered cherries. A mild tea-like bitterness that finishes grassy.

M- Smooth and a bit creamy. Carbonation is just right.Plenty of body to the brew.

D- A solid brew that is well within the style, but... Not my favorite scotch ale but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Bottled on date of 8/8/13 printed on the neck of the glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head with excellent retention and lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and a hint of dark fruits.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with a good dose of sweetness and a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and oh so smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid scotch ale that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

founders Dirty Bastard ABV: 8.5

A: Amber to a brown color. Poured a minimal head that quickly fell to a unnoticable head... Dark color.

S: Smells of a sweet aroma. Kind of like a chocatlote, coffee smell. Very bitter in the nose and malty at the same time.

T: Taste of chocalote, coffee, caramel, hops, and very malty. Great combination! The aftertaste is relatively bitter. Has sort of a floral hops that kind of works its way in during the taste explosion.

M-D: Smooth on the tongue. However, kind of rough on the way down... hint hint, the alcohol (8.5%). Would I drink again??? Sure, but this would be a sipping beer.

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Photo of Savan
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A descent rendition of a scotch ale, not hoppy (which is good thing for this style) Poured a deep burgundy nearly black. I did not notice anything especial in the nose with this, had expected more there. Has a average mouth feel nothing to right home about there, as for taste It is true to the style and has good malt complexity and a suble sweet maybe caramel taste, cherry , coffee, and pine nut. A good scotch ale.

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Photo of a10t2
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-top stubby with no freshness date.

A: Deep reddish brown, pours with a thin tan head that hangs around forever without leaving any lacing to speak of. Plenty of CO2 bubbles that fuel the head and stir up some brown sediment. This one is obviously unfiltered, and more power to them.

S: Sweet malty aroma with a faint hint of chocolate and roasted barley.

T: Malty with a Belgian-esque sugar character, maybe the hops could be better balanced but that's coming from a confirmed hophead. Smoky chocolate and peat. Definite Scottish alcohol aftertaste.

M: Thick and syrupy going down, but the carbonation balances it perfectly. Slight carbonation tingle combined with the alcohol warming on the roof of the mouth; really unique.

D: This is too thick and sweet to be a session beer, but it's well-balanced enough that the bottle went quicker than I would have expected. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with color that is dark red with a bit of a haze, and a very nice tan head, that falls to a little bit of lacing.

Definite aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Which you would expect with a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy.

The taste has a bit of a malt. You can surely taste the alcohol notes up front, with some cocoa and bit toffee coming in the finish. Making it bitter and crisp.

Mouthful is very good as well, some scotch ales over play the alcohol, or they compeletly forget to put it in. This brew is pretty good by Founders. Its a heavy/strong brew that is easy to drink. I picked this up in a Founders Variety pack...would definitly pick it up again.

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Photo of infi
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Corsendonk tulip.

A dark, burnt, caramel/copper red body with a settling, tan cap and minimal lacing on glass. Smells of lots and lots of sweetness, possibly from all the varieties of malt used in brewing. There's a nice amount of caramel sweetness resonating from the glass too. For the amount of malt used, however, there was not much of a breadiness found. Not really much hop character in the beer either. Mostly sweet overall.

Taste has sort of a salty quality in the flavor profile, with a decently sized malt complex, seasoned by some dark, fruity sweetness and alcoholic booze. Slim amount of smokiness underneath the beer too, as well as a thin, sugar-coated, nutty-like essence.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Drank pretty well.. personally, I liked it. Haven't had many Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales, besides DdC Equinoxe du Printemps, so it's a delightful, new style for me. I hope to experience more in the near future.

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Photo of ADZA
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I love the fact I get to review this thank you founders great name too and pours a very deep tawny red hue with a creamy one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is creamy vanilla,ripe fruit and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated maybe a little too much and has tastes of vanilla,caramel,toffee malts,candied plums and finishes with a nutty,biscuity bittersweetness and overall it's very drinkable for the style but not sensational cheers.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A vigorous pour yields a deep, nearly black body with reddish undertones and a tan two-finger head of mixed bubble sizes - creamy on the bottom, frothy on the top. Average retention and light lacing. Solid.

S: Big, sweet and malty. Lots of dark fruits, chocolate, nougat, marshmallow, and faint butterscotch. Complex and beautiful.

T: More generically malty than the complex nose, with some booze and bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting.

M: Somewhat sticky body with perfectly abundant carbonation.

D: Tasty, but a little too hot to go down easily.

Notes: I'd been sitting on this one for over six months, so I was a bit surprised and disappointed by its harsh alcoholic finish, but otherwise it was a thoroughly decent Scotch ale. The aroma is particularly enjoyable. I'll be on the lookout for the barrel aged version of this one, but probably won't go for the regular one again.


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Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a deep, dark brown with absolutely no head. Smell is sweet, perhaps caramel with a hint of raisin. Taste is not as bold as I'd like; sweet caramel malt with again a hint of raisin. I even detect a soapy, creamy taste in the finish. As the beer warms the alcohol comes through nicely to warm the finish. Little if any carbonation, medium bodied.

I've had this beer before and never had the soapy experience I had this night. I will try this beer again, probably from a bottle, as Founder's rarely disappoints.

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Photo of wingman14
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish red with a tan head that lingers around as you sip. The smell is inviting, roasted malts, fruit, some sweet notes. The taste is big and bold (as with most founders beers) and starts off with the roasted malt, a hint of smoke, and some hops thrown in the mix. The alcohol flavor dominates this beer especially as it warms, like you actually are drinking scotch. Very potent but brings out a nice flavor for an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a very enjoyable and well balanced feel. This one isn't the easiest drink, not for weak, I wouldn't suggest this for starters, but an amazing scotch ale. Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep, deep red, so dark the core appears black- very cool. Good visibility of the rising streams of bubbles. Slight light red head.

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, a good malt base that could be described as musky. Some sniffs even smell like baking cookies. Overall pleasant, but a little faint.

T: Earthy, dark malts, toffee flavor contributing a tiny amount of sweetness, a touch of booze. Occasional chocolate. Finish has a burnt sugar flavor. I get much more bitterness than sweetness from it.

M: Surprisingly light for the deepness of the color, refreshing even. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O: A strong representative of the style. Very intriguing as well- dark yet refreshing, smells of toffee yet has barely any sweetness, strong flavors yet muted aromas. A good brew, not quite up my alley but I'll still enjoy it if I find one in my hand.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard founders stubby brown bottle poured into a pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of amber. When held to the light, it looks to have more of an orange-red through the body with lighter orange to yellow around the thinner edges. A finger of creamy yellowish stained head appears across the top and holds very well. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface and creates finger-like patterns of lace that stick.

The smell of this brew is sweet caramelized sugars. Very malty almost toasty grain with a floral hop inclusion and slight citrus notes. A light amount of metallic character is mixed through smelling somewhat like a hand full of loose change. Ackward actually but not all that bad.

The taste is quite toasty with an initial surge of residual sweetness like caramel malt. There is a modest hoppy bitterness present keeping the sweet nature of this brew in check. The hops are herbal and a bit floral. A mineral to metallic flavor is throughout the body. The alcohol hits with a fairly aggressive fusel flavor and increases in character as the brew warms. Once the brew warms up, a light smoked aspect to the grain comes out that is quite enjoyable and not overdone.

The is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. This is quite a bold brew but fittingly so for the style. If the mineral flavors were worked out of this I would have enjoyed it much more. Overall not bad with that 8.5% hitting fairly hard. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Founders snifter.

Thin tan head did not last too long, dispersed into pretty much nothing; looks flat. Color is super dark red and brown, almost rusty. smell is just ok, nothing spectacular. Hints of vanilla, some caramel, even smoke, maybe some dark fruit aromas, and minimal hops. taste is similar, but very smooth and light. Not a ton of bite in this. Overall this is just ok. I prefer other of Founders offerings to this. Not bad, but just does not compare to others I've had.

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