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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4678
Reviews: 1568
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%

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:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003)
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Photo of MickeyD


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass

A: very dark golden brown when held to the light, Head two finger width but fades quickly.

S: licorice and caramel, strong alcohol smell typical of the style

T: sweet licorice and alcohol in a good way. A nice spicy hop but not bitter at all. Hint of clove.

M: Thick and heavy, coats the mouth in a sweet warming spice.

O: Very good variation of the style strong but doesn't turn the stomach. Great beer for the price. 6 pack instead of a 4 which is typical for this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:49:17 | More by MickeyD
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, dark brown/deep copper color medium/large toffee colored head
fruits, malt and roast
Rich, slight hop kick to go with the robust malt flavors , toffee, caramel, sugary hints like candy balance out the richness
This beer is great! It really impressed me! I will certainly be drinking this one again!


Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 14:00:21 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of msquared36


3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Molasses brown with a thin tan head. Decent lacing.

Smells of chocolate with a hint of smokiness.

Sweet and malty with a dry finish. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and plum.

Nice carbonation. Keeps the thick beer from being too sticky.

Bigger hop profile than other scotch ales. Cuts through the sweetness setting it apart from the typical style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:25:07 | More by msquared36
Photo of Tenor


4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Color is somewhere between brown and amber, leaning towards the brown. Holding it up to the light reveals a ruby delight! Quarter of a finger of head that disappeared the minute I took my eyes off the glass. Some light lacing. Straw highlights.

S- Opening the bottle and sweetness is there. Once I pour it there is noticeable presence of alcohol. I smell some caramel, which makes sense for a scotch/wee heavy. Some toast too.

T- Very balanced. No noticeable hops. Mostly sweet caramel. Some coffee on the finish. A flutter of dark fruit.

M- chewy and viscous. Little carbonation.

O- My first scotch ale and I would call this a keeper. I have yet to have anything from Founder's that I dislike. They make quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 04:15:44 | More by Tenor
Photo of drdiesel9483


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a snifter

Look - bee dark reddish brown. Slight head but went away quick
Smell - very malty and sweat
Taste - sweat and bitter that lingers for a few seconds
Feel - light carbonation and surprisingly think tasting
Overall - all Scotch ales are unique. I like it a lot but can't say it stands out. At first I thought the beer was fantastic but the more I drank it the more blah it tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:58:34 | More by drdiesel9483
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New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a top notch scotch ale. I have had it both on tap and from the bottle.
It pours a rich redish brown with a thin head that laces well. The aroma is malt- malt- malt with hints of fruit and vanilla, toffee.
The first taste is satisfyingly sweet with a bitter end that calls for another.
Love this beer and this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:19:19 | More by MightyMonk
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This scotch ale pours a deep brownish mahogany hue with a very slight off white head that leaves a thin film and substantial lacing. The aroma is deep, rich, and sweet. Lots of burnt sugar caramel and toffee notes plus a little vanilla and alcohol. It is definitely a thicker side of medium bodied beer with lots of coating sweetness. The flavor is amazing. Lots of rich malts following the profile set up by the nose. There is a little bitterness on the tail that just makes one want to dive back in for another sip of the awesome caramely malts on the front end. This is a great example of this style and always a favorite from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 04:00:49 | More by lochef81
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: it's a pretty deep auburn color with a transient, thin white head and little lacing

S: sweet malts, slightly nutty, fragrant fruits like cherries, perhaps candi sugar?

T: really liked the taste here, it's a balanced sweetness with slight hops in the after taste. I was hoping for a bit more peat flavor or nose, but I'm not disappointed. Lots of sweet malts and fruits.

M: slightly effervescent but a good complement to the sweetness

O: a really good beer. I could have a few of these in an evening. Good for dessert in the springtime

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:11:40 | More by MaillardRx
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby red with a tan small head.

S: Peat moss, raisins, and malt.

T: Strong scotch character, raisins, plums, dates, cinnamon, peat, and a nice hop kick in the back.

M: Medium heavy and creamy. The mouth feel is good on this one especially for the style!

O: An awesome beer! Reminds me of Old Scotch a lot akin to the flavor profile with some slight deviations. Awesome brew by Founders.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:28:07 | More by titty_mcbitty
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses. This beer pours a semi hazy/cloudy deep amber/copper color with a tan head about an inch thick when poured. Head eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much foam on the surface of the beer or lacing on the inside of the glass though. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness along with hints of spice and a lot of dark fruits such as raisins, plums, dates, etc. Alcohol and even a bit of toffee too. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell, being that it too consists of some toasted caramel malt sweetness and fruit flavors of raisin, plum, dates, alcohol, some subtle spices, and toffee that is all rounded out with just a slight touch of hops on the back end. Great mix and balance of flavors. Much more dark fruit than I am used to in a beer of this style, but incorporated very well here! I feel that the fruit profile helps this to stand out in a good way from most other beers of this style. Has a crisp and prickly, yet smooth and frothy, bready, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very good drinkability, especially considering the fact that the 8.5% ABV is not well masked at all IMO.


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:40:28 | More by neenerzig
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4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a dark-reddish color with a nice head. Very nice!

Smell is some spices and sweetness.

Taste is very complex. dark fruits, carmel, scotch, semi smokiness, nice toasty malt, and toffee. So very good!

Mouthfeel is silkyness and medium-full bodied. A great sipper and a slight warmth going down.

Overall, this is a lovely scotch ale! So good and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:54:35 | More by gangstafaceclay
Photo of BradC


4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red, thin head with a little lacing

Smells of dark fruits, burnt raisins and a little peat

Tastes of plum, raisin, malty sweetness with just enough hops to keep it balanced.

Heavy body,moderate carbonation but still drinkable. Alcohol is fairly subdued.

Overall, a great scotch ale, a lot of complex flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:22:05 | More by BradC
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber with a nice thick head. The first sip is magical. Nice sweetness and lots of flavor. I get hints of raisin, plumbs and prunes. You can taste and feel the alcohol at the end. A fantastic beer and one that I could drink a few bottles at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:02:38 | More by Richardbeerlover
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New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a strong dark red. The color is attractive. The smell is a little spicy and sweet. The taste is awesome. Somehow the alcohol content is hidden in a sip, even though a full glass will knock me over. I have never had a red like this before and I beg everyone to try this one. I someday hope to find this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 20:32:42 | More by buhanan
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4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
8.5% ABV, 50 IBUs, Bottled 01/21/14

A - The sexy and deep ruby-hued mahogany color pours with clarity, glugging into the glass to form some brief carbonation cascading, which builds the dense cream-filled coffee colored head. Stupendous retention eventually gives way to sheets of lace left clutching the glass.

S - Caramelization of the malts opens up a deep complexity of sweetness. Semi-melted caramel cube and brittle toffee fills in the gaps left by the profound toastiness that overruns the lightly grassy hop nuances.

T - Offset slightly by earthy hoppiness and dry roasted qualities, the sweet malt comprised toffee slivers bobbing in melted caramel also brings a drizzle of chocolate over thick sliced, lightly toasted, soft rye bread.

M - Dirty Bastard has a super smooth, almost creamy medium-full bodied feel that lingers with balanced sweetness, never becoming cloying. It's alcohol level impressively glides by almost fully unnoticed save for the gentle warming finish.

O - One of the most quintessential stateside Scotch Ales, Founders' Dirty Bastard is full-flavored and nearly full-bodied but isn't 'intense' as most of the style reflect. Instead, the sweet caramelized wort opens up nuanced complexity of sweets and bread, carefully balanced by hops and alcohol dryness for a smooth beer that can quickly sneak up on you!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 23:35:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark mahogany, crimson against the light and very hazy. Half a finger of toasted marshmallow head with average retention and nice waves of lacing.

Deep caramel and toffee, well integrated malt with nuances of chocolate, light spice and finished with medicinal hops and alcohol.

Malt is barelywine strength, caramel sweetness, chocolate and toffee, notes of bourbon soaked dark fruit and nutmeg. Hops are balancing this one out nicely with herbal bitterness that sticks around. Sweetness takes away from any true peat smokiness or scotch flavors. Otherwise darn great.

Slick and creamy, heavier decadent body with enough carbonation. Dries nicely though the alcohol comes off as medicinal when cold.

Well crafted Wee Heavy that really could pass as a barleywine, highlights the complex malt packed into it. The flavor is bold and complex with whiskey, sweetness and fruit features and is easily the best part of this beer. Founder's is always solid this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 05:03:34 | More by rawfish
Photo of Flounder57


4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson color with a little bit of clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice off white lacing down the glass ad the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, bready, a little toasty, a little chocolate, a little roasted, and some grassy hops.

Taste: Caramel and toffee up front, a little chewy, mild tingly hops, some roasted notes, a little bitter chocolate, and some slight booze.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, a little chewy, malty, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Overall: Pretty solid scotch ale on the wee heavy side. Enjoyed a lot over the years.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:27:55 | More by Flounder57
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New York

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a porter glass. Very dark amber brown with a 1/2" pure white head.

Smell - malt, slight hard minerals. , faint fresh hop, not overly complex.

Taste - Mild biscuit, medium maltiness, not sweet, slightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - medium high carbonation from the bottle. thick enough for this style. creamy and bitter with a slight alcohol drying but leaving the mouth with a subtly sweet coffee aftertaste and wanting more.

Overall - Very enjoyable Scottish Ale with a different slightly richer porter like take on the style. Would like to see this aged in an whisky cask to really make it perfect. A great beer to enjoy on a cold winter evening (which seems to be never ending in 2013-2014). Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:32:29 | More by Realbeer1542
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. strong taste, probably too strong for most. Tasted like a porter to me, the high ABV really gives it a kick, I was buzzing hard before I even knew it.. The smell was almost of chocolate which I like because it didn't taste like chocolate... Some of the best whiskeys also smell like chocolate. Im assuming its because its a "scotch style ale". If you like strong beers of good quality try this.. but as their saying goes. Its not for the wee lads.. so be prepared!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:50:20 | More by Warmonster
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass from a bottle dated 11/12/13

Look: Clearish brown/red color with nice head that sticks around minutes after pouring

Smell: Candied sugar, sweet, bready

Taste: This is a heavy hitter. Plenty of hoppy bitterness mixed in with dark fruits, caramel and candy up front with lingering bitterness on the back end. Really enjoyable balance of hops and malts, definitely meant to be enjoyed after it has warmed up a bit. Noticeable booziness, but not overwhelming.

Overall: Rated this a 4/5, but I really like this one. If you are a fan of American style scotch ales, this is definitely a beer I would recommend. Second time having this beer and just as enjoyable as I remember.

Also, this is my first full review on the site and am really happy Dirty Bastard was my first.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:34:08 | More by mjanderson
Photo of DougT


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A Dark hazy brown with a 1 finger light tan head that dissipates leaving a nice layer of foam and decent lacing.

Aroma is carmel, hops, dark fruit, wood and winter spices. Complex and inviting.

Taste is very well balanced. 50IBU but contrasted against the malt sweetness and alcohol. There is a little alcohol bite but plenty of rich beer flavors with dark fruits, malts, and the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium body. There is enough sparkle to keep the drink interesting. Feels a little slippery, but easy to drink.

Overall an outstanding Scotch ale that leaves a warm glow and a desire for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:58:36 | More by DougT
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Deep ruby colour with one finger brown head. Good carbonaiton, no lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice malty aroma. Some hops were there with toffee as well. Well integrated aromas. Some booze.

T - Sweet, but the hops are also there. Dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Intense flavours.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body, sweet finish.

O/D - Very drinkable. Good scotch ale. Powerful and flavourful, while not exactly blowing you away. A bit too sweet and a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:23:51 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark ruby colour with relatively thin off white head. Strong fruity malt aroma, hints of raisin and apple. Quite a varied palate, very sweet with strong flavours of molasses, apple and toffee. A very Christmasy beer. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel but still rather syrupy in the finish. Balance is a little too sweet - while the hop presence is there, it comes up only around the finish while the syrupy, fruity malts dominate at the start. Still, a very drinkable yet flavourful beer. Great as an aperatif.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:14:29 | More by dreamchaser


2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste_- its a little heavy for me. It's a stout so it's as it seems over powered. It's like sucking down a semi. Lots of caramel and malt and a slight rye. It's about a C+ taste to me.

Odor- ^#^-Oates , caramel and malt. No spicy Rye notes and the finish suggests. It's probably to over powered by the other odors.

Manifestation- ^@^-tastes the same threw and threw not really interesting per say. If you like guineas give it a try if not I wouldn't waste your money.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 07:10:47 | More by UKTOMCAT
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United Kingdom (England)

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased from Trembling Madness in York a while back. Should have drunk it sooner - D'oh! Hopefully the 8.5% ABV will have preserved it....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue with plentiful fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of dried fruit, brown sugar, nuttiness, mild roasted grain, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a twinge of vanilla. A touch of booze in the background. Nicely rounded but perhaps slightly two-dimensional.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Notes of fruity malt, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, mild roasted grain, a hint of vanilla, stewed hops, faint pine and earthy yeast. Quite sweet, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body. Vaguely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity caramel malt, stewed hops and earthy yeast.

Pretty good - a big, malty brew. Looks alright, with an aroma and flavour dominated by sweet, fruity malt and yeast. Nice body. It does seem a shade too bitter for the style, but perhaps that's just the US take on things. A solid effort that bludgeons the senses with alcohol. Worth a punt if you stumble across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:57:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,678 ratings.