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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,408 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,408
Reviews: 1,730
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 249
Gots: 1,294 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
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Ratings: 6,408 | Reviews: 1,730
Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark ruby with only a thin skirt of off-white lacing on top. It dissipates quickly into a spotty lacing. Smells of roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, caramel, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is quite thick and syrupy. I was expecting more flavor up front, but this beer is actually quite subtle and elegant in its delivery. Toasty malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and toffee/chocolate are the main flavors I get. Sweet & sticky finish with roasty notes on the aftertaste.

Overall, very enjoyable. I was expecting this beer to be a malt & syrup bomb, but it actually surprised me, in a good way. I might even be inclined to call this one sessionable, in the sense of having 3 or so over the course of a couple hours. Definitely better as it warms up, but most of these bigger beers are, in my opinion. Drink this one fresh, if you ask me. I don't really see how cellaring could make this particular beer any better.

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Carmel and toffee come through strong in the smell and taste. Smooth going down. Malt heavy with a bitter aftertaste. Poured from a bottle, would like to try to tap.

Photo of Rexxius
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness...what a dirty bastard...

Photo of bakkerman1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.5 yup;-)caramellow that is it.

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L (4.25) - Nice dark color and dark tan head. Not overly fluffy, but enough.
S (4) - Not a lot of aroma here, but a little bit of malt. A little yeasty too.
T (3.75) - Not of a lot of taste here. I mean, it's 'ok' but nothing great. I like this style a lot, and there's a lot of room for improvement here.
F (3.75) - Decent enough mouthfeel. Not very heavily carbonated, or anything else.
O (3.75) - This beer is alright. I'd drink it again, but probably not buy again. A lot of Founders beers are like this for me. There's much better options out there.

Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with ruby notes, small light brown head, great retention. Smell - very malty, some toffee, burnt caramel, hint of dark fruits. Taste - rasiny and malty upfront, then chocolate and caramel followed by hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel - alcohol is well present, though it's smooth, slightly off balance. Complex, strong this beer has some character. Very solid brew from Founders!

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Does Founders brew anything that doesn't taste exceptional? I don't think so. Nothing like an endorsement from an Ohioan for a Michigan product. Just call 'em like I taste 'em. Keep it up, Founders! You guys are tops!

Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like founders. It's delicious. Done.

Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and I am just now getting around to reviewing it. This is one of the best, readily available Scottish beers on the market.

A - Dark amber, almost brown color. Very clear with light khaki head with some staying power. Light lacing.

S - Rich malt aroma with caramel and toffee tones. There are also some ale esters and a graininess that lets you know there is a lot of different malts that go into this one.

T - Lots of malty goodness that hits the palate. There is a rich caramel, soft toffee, and a bready grain character that is throughout this one. There is some soft herbal-hop bitterness on the finish to help balance the sweetness but overall not too sweet. There is no alcohol character and with the soft finish this beer is very tasty.

M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light to moderate carbonation. There is less body than some other wee heavies which makes it more drinkable but with lots of flavor and no alcohol burn this beer is almost perfect.

Overall, this is the quintessential wee heavy to me. Some others of the style may have more flavor, more alcohol, or more body but the balance, taste, and drinkability make this a champion. This is definitely still a malt bomb but with layers of flavor I would suggest this beer to go with your beef-stew or haggis everytime.

Glass- Shaker Pint

Photo of Pockitz
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall pretty tasty, first sip is a bit deceiving, but smooths out nicely perfect beer for sipping or socializing

Photo of Sonofcur
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressed with this Scotch Style Ale. I was hoping for better. Maybe I should drink another for one more chance though.

Photo of Austin32
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable scotch ale, not overpowering on any single flavor but smooth and delicious.

Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy ruby-brown with nice thick tan head with decent retention. yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle
Smell: Caramel, fruity
Taste: Big caramelly maltiness with some fruity acidity and a moderate herbal hops presence. Approaches barleywine in terms of maltiness.
Feel: Full bodied, thick and smooth

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but right from the pour I was impressed by the color and head. It drinks like a light english barleywine, with its deep maltiness and full body. the perfect amount of hop balance to let the malt shine. Delicious.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great thick scotch ale. one of the better bottled founders flavors. (say that three times fast)
heavy alc. and malty mouthfeel make this an intolerable brew for some, but an adventure for others. like most other founders brews, I will be going after this one on tap & pack soon enough. Founders love.

Photo of ariel444
1/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't like it; too strong, bitter after taste.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had on tap quite frequently and from a bottle in a thistle glass.
A: Brilliant chestnut with a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass providing exotic sheets of lace.
S: Kettle sugars, grain, light earthy hops.
T: Malty caramel, darker sugars, darker fruit, sweet, earthy, faint banana, boozy, fruity, medium hop accent provides balance.
F: Chewy body, medium low carbonation, creamy, smooth and clean.
O: A little more hops and esters than some of the traditional interpretations but very nice. The tap versions work a little better than the bottled ones.

Photo of keithnemt
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Naaaaa. Reminds me of a red ale.

Photo of shillzor
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger, vanishing tan head.

Aroma: Malt and dark fruits, with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich, fruity malt with bitter hops coming through on the finish. There is a pleasant, lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not my preferred style, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. I'd opt for one of my favorite quads if given the choice, but wouldn't mind drinking one of these again.

Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty heavy beer with a full flavor and some bfoen sugar sweetness. Got a bit boozy as it warmed up.

Photo of Paul432_1
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best Scottish Ale I've ever tasted. @ over 8 % abv you cannot go wrong

Photo of chopp02
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I have to say that I love the color of this beer! It is one of the most unique I've seen: a light chocolate color and the texture of this beer is phenomenal! I absolutely love the Scotch flavor in this rich, dark beer. If you like your dark beers with a liquor taste, then give this one a try, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a deep red-brown. In bright light you can see it's actually a deep red. About half a finger of tan head, which dissipates down quickly to just a ring around the top of the beer. Quite clear. Can see an average amount of carbonation in the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Fruity slightly sweet malts, a hint of alcohol, hops, and roastiness

Taste - 4/5
A rich malt taste - slightly fruity, slightly sweet, slightly alcoholic. The flavor is actually not that strong, and there is little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium-full in body. Smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - 4.5/5
It's really hard to describe why I like this beer, but I really like it a lot.

Photo of Beerma
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer. Best one I tried today! Strong couldn't drink more then one! Its getting warmer and I seem to be preferring lighter beers of late.

Photo of mickyge
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than expected some what bitter but nice

Photo of founddrama
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boozy malty up front; fades away slow. A big flavor. Almost like wine? Doesn't really taste like a beer. Heavy, indeed.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,408 ratings.