Dirty Bastard

Scottish Ale Founders Brewing Co.


Dirty Bastard, a Scottish-style Ale by Founders Brewing Co.

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Dirty Bastard is a Scottish-style Ale brewed by Founders Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle. This Scotch Ale was aged one year prior to serving.


The ale pours a somewhat clear chestnut brown that shows ruby highlights when set against the light. It’s topped by a thick cap of dense, pock-marked cream-colored foam that shows great retention. A soapy collar and streaks of residue round the glass.


The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, and a hint of flowery hops. Buttered biscuit appears as the beer warms.


The palate is predominantly malty, beginning with flavors of toasted bread and caramel. The finish is complex and mildly bitter with notes of earthy woods, peat, and floral hops. That bitterness is balanced by an undercurrent of sweet chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits mixed with buttery biscuit.


Its feel is velvety smooth and chewy with a full body and low carbonation.


Presents nicely and has a lovely aroma. Age lends a lovely balance to this brew that’s enhanced further by its decadent feel. Its high ABV isn’t even noticeable at all. If you store a Dirty Bastard in your fridge for a while, you’ll have a mellow and tasty easy-drinker.

From Failure to Success

Watch the video below from the co-founders of Founders Brewing as they talk about how the Dirty Bastard Scottish Ale helped turn around their flagging brewery.

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About the Scottish Ale

Scottish Ales (also known as Scotch Ales) are often enjoyed during the winter. Their flavors are rich and malty with sweet notes of caramel and toffee.

Historically, the Scottish Ale encompasses the four sub-styles Scottish Light, Scottish Heavy, Scottish Export, and Wee Heavy. Their names were indicative of the beer’s gravity and its expected cost for a barrel of beer.