Brewer: Founders Brewing
Style: Scotch Ale
Dirty Bastard is brewed to the style strong Scotch ale style, also called "Wee Heavy." The first thing you have to understand about beers like this is that there's really nothing wee about them — they're high alcohol with a robust malt flavor. Michigan's Founders Brewing gets it right with Dirty Bastard, which comes on with an explosion of pure malt flavor that packs in notes of caramel, dark fruits, and peat smoke. It packs a heavy punch at 8.5-percent and keeps from being syrupy or cloying despite its big malty heft.