Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

Rated 3.744 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Style:  Scottish Ale

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Founders flagship beer. Dirty Bastard is an absolute beautiful beer to behold. Dark ruby in color and brewed with ten varieties of imported malts this beer continuously lives up to its reputation as a bold and powerful ale. Dirty Bastard is complex in the finish with hints of smoke and peat paired with a malty richness, finalized with a good bit of hop attitude. This beer ain't fer the wee lads.

ID: 8954 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank802
Overall Percentile98.5
Style Rank12 of 680
Style Percentile98.2
Lowest Score1.8
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.783
Weighted Score3.744
Standard Deviation0.457

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  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Clear dark ruby, tanned lacing lasting foam head. Sweet hoppy barley aroma, quite nice. Bittersweet taste, lots of fruit tones, leving smoky bitter aftertaste. (Cleveland 201510)

  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a deep dark red colored body and a low, bubbly, beige head that laced well. Sweet aromas of honey and dried fruits. Jammy fruits and nutty flavors. Prolonged dried fruity ending. Well bodied and well masked alcohol. Medium to full bodied.

  • GPILAFAS 267 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Copper pour with a medium thin off white head. Fair amount of lace. Burnt grass aroma with chocolate in the background. Malty sweetness with a little hop bitterness in the finish. Nice.

  • CHOPZ 7233 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    6-pack from the LCBO. Pours a dark brown copper with deep amber colour highlights. Big frothy yellow-beige cap with good retention and some creamy foam lace. Aromas of sweet malts (caramel, butterscotch) with heavy fruits (plums, dates) and some burnt sugars. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Yes, the dark fruits are there, but milder with the malts, but some decent bitterness from the hops come in and adds some dryness to the finish. This makes this an interesting Scotch Ale, but not one I would seek again.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 1.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 2

    Just took my first drink & YUK big bitter hoppy taste. No where on the label did it mention IPA. On the bight side it is very dark brown and pours a very light head. But even before I drank it I could smell the hops.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 2.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Was looking for another beer, picked up a Scot instead. Murky reddish brown, practically headless. Smells of dried fruit sugar, brown bread, something almost like cola, but surprisingly little molasses. The bite immediately notifies me the flavor is off. It's like a Scottish ale buried underneath orange peel and smoke, as if someone dumped in some IPA and porter to finish it. I can understand why people might like this beer, which is the only reason I'm not rating it lower, but this is just not what I want when I reach for a Scot. Sure, it feels right: velvety and heavy with faint carbonation. But good mouthfeel won't make up the difference. doulos31 had this pegged years ago: "for style, this was a stinker.... If you are hankering for a scottish ale, this isn't your beer."

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    The cream of the crop from Michigan has arrived at the LCBO, and this is one of those brews I could drink all day every day until I die. Dark amber, slightly hazed, and a generous off-white cap. Sweet malty aroma with hints of molasses, figs, and smoke. Sweetness in the flavour is nicely balanced with some herbally hoppy bitterness. Great beer.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    355ml bottle
    8.5% ABV
    King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    January 16, 2014
    Part of the Founders feature at the LCBO (Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout, Dirty Bastard, Pale Ale, Porter). The beer pours a dark copper colour with a thin ring for a head. The aroma is dark fruits and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. The flavour is sweet malt, molasses, some smokiness, and fruit. Not the best Scotch Ale in my opinion, but one of the better ones I've tried.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is quality like all the other from Founders that I tried. Smooth caramel flavor with a good flatter/low carbonation feel. A medium to darker brown appearance with mocha colored head. Only sampled a couple ounces in a flight, but this will be on my list to grab a 4-pack of.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I had this beer at "The Pit" in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was a nice heavy beer and paired well with the plate of ribs, brisket, and NC-Style pulled pork. The only problem I had with this beer was that it wasn't quite "beefy/bloody" enough for me. I would've liked a heavier, maltier - more soy flavored Scottish Ale with this meal. Overall, very good - especially considering this is not my favorite style of beer - strictly for the paring.

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