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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,465
Reviews: 1,739
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 251
Gots: 1,349 | FT: 24
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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: 6,465 | Reviews: 1,739
Photo of gmossii
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you have not had a Scottish Ale, then you have not been living. Adding rye to the mix adds a new flavor dynamic. It is also a nice bridge for you hops heads out there who think life begins and ends with IPA's. This is my favorite entry in this category to date. It has a nice mix between bitter and mellow sweet. It is also surprisingly smooth for something that is 8.5 APV, plus it is reasonably priced. Well worth the $10 entry price and even better on tap.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10 months ago (7/13/2014).

Pours to a dark beige head and hazy brown color. Aroma is malty with brown sugar, molasses, whiskey barrels, vanilla and aged hops. Flavor is very much a rich, sweet malt bomb with a earthy woody finish much like a good single malt Scotch. Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Overall a very satisfying malt oriented brew.

Photo of Optimus203
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pretty amazing brew - especially for bourbon lovers.

Photo of CAC329
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

full of flavor, full body, very happy, Founders continues to be my fave!

Photo of E-McFarden
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown and red with a small haze. Brown sugar and caramel smells with deep raisins. Deep fruity bittering hops With a wettish finish.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pub pint. Had a go round with this bastard a few times, from the tap at pub, to a plastic cup at Comerica Park. Fantastic in any setting. Aroma is malty, maple, toffee, vanilla goodness which translates to a malty, plum/raisin bread, bourbon, smoky flavor with roasted coffee/chocolate undertones. This bastard is dark, earthy, and smooth. Silkier than expected, full.

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

Beautiful ruby gold color, very strong coffee and chocolate taste. Good in general.

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

Look: dark ruby brown
Smell: heavy, chocolate/espresso, heavier fruits, malty
Taste: intense woody, smokey, chocolate/espresso, heavy malt flavor
Aftertaste: stays with you, this will definitely put hair on your chest!
Overall: not a fan of beers like this but had to try it. really intense flavors, if you're into heavy malted beers this is definitely worth the try

Photo of stompilator
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark, coppery, opaque red. Dark, frothy head.

S - Caramel and tons of grain.Peat and smoke.

T - Very smoky and almost crunchy malt notes that fade into a caramelly, buttery sweetness, with noticeable alcohol bite in between. Hops come in a little near the end to provide contrast to the super-sweet malts.

M - Medium-full body, with pretty light carbonation.

O - My exposures to scotch ales are few, but the fantastic complexity in the malts of this is undeniable.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer a few months back, gave it a more non favorable review. Tried it again today just for shits and giggles and boy was I wrong... oh my how our tastes change lol. Pours a nice dark dark amber colour with a generous tan, medium brown head. Minimal lacing. Smells of oak maybe light hints of bourbon. Taste is waaay better than last time... nice even bodied mix of light scotch and light boozy flavour that lingers for a bit. Not heavy at all nice and smooth baby. Nice light ale after taste. Das ist güt ya?!

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.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,465 ratings.