Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,535
Reviews: 1,760
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 256
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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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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 JTuomi
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle (bb 05/04/2015) into a tulip glass. Pours an amber brown body, small tan head, ok lacing and retention.

Smell has roasted malt, raisin, brown sugar, chocolate. The taste begins with sweet malt and builds up a roasted taste with chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, ending with a dry grassy hop and coffee-like bitterness. The aftertaste lingers long in the mouth with chocolate and coffee.

Medium body, medium-low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a complex and flavorful sipping beer with pleasant smooth roasted taste to it.

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 Cannibalgasm
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep blood red molasses color with one finger of creamy light tan head.

S: Molasses, caramel, sweet malts, coffee, vanilla, light citrus, dark fruits, barely, oak, subtle smokiness, bourbon???, a unique earthiness. Wow there is a lot of good things going on in this beer.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, molasses, barley, hints of coffee and vanilla bean, raisin, slight citrus, clove, oak, and a earthy hop spiciness.

M: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a nice slight alcohol burn on the finish.

O: An incredible Scotch Ale. Founders did a great job on this one. An absolute must try. This is a frequent flier in my year-round rotation.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown with a pretty thin off-white head,big bold aromas of butter and brown sugar with some whiskey notes in there as well the alcohol is very prevelant.Flavors of dark fruit and alcohol are big here with some caramel just adding to the sweetness but this is fine for the style a big malt bomb for sure here.A warmer a sipping beer alcohol makes itself known for sure I have to stop now or I wont see the ending of Revenge of the Sith.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer itself is nice, a dark brown in color, but the head is absolutely magnificent. It’s moderate in size with the most luscious copper tone that I’ve ever seen in a head.

Smell – The scotch aroma is light and not boozy in the least. Too many of these efforts have that vanilla-like boozy smell but this is a pure Scottish malt character. There’s some light sugary cane as well. It nicely complements the malt.

Taste – The mating of beer and scotch flavors is right on for my tastes. The scotch flavor lingers at the finish making this a long, wonderful drag. It’s a powerful flavor yet somehow light in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – This is maybe medium-bodied with some surprising bitterness. The carbs are in the background but just enough to make this a fun drinker.

Drinkability – The bitterness might scare away a novice drinker but any fans of the style, and especially any lovers of fine scotch, will thoroughly enjoy this effort from Founders.

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with mild clarity and a decent amount of light shining through. Creamy, tan colored head on a somewhat aggressive pour; beer appears pretty thick and syrupy. Has a pretty basic, sweet and malty aroma, slightly boozy and full of dark fruity. Taste hits first with a bit of that alcoholic warmth, right alongside a handful of fruity, dark esters. Bourbon-soaked raisins are the first thing that come to mind. Some caramel sweetness leads into almost a slight tartness that takes on a white grape type of flavor. Heavy yeast was noticeable in the aftertaste as the beer fades, leaving your mouth tasting like bread soaked with booze - not bad. Body is medium - slightly thinner than the pour and appearance would have you think, mild creaminess and overall low carbonation.

This is a very nice wee heavy that I've been fortunate enough to have available year-round in most stores. Definitely a slow-drinker with a strong 8.5% ABV profile, but very inviting and flavorful all the way down.

Photo of ricke
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a small off-white head that settles fast. Minimal lacings.

S: The smell is malty with notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla. Quite a lot of fruity notes reminiscent of fruit candy.

T: The taste is very balanced. It's not very complex, but it's rich and round in character. Malts dominate with notes of caramel and dark bread. Lots of fruit aromas. It's fairly sweet, but nowhere near cloying. Notes of leafy hops and vanilla. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of leafy hops, malts and subtle alcohol.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

D: A balanced and tasty beer. Despite the sweet and malty character, it's very easy to drink. I like the subtle complementary hop notes and how they add a little something to the overall character.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep ruby brown with small tan head leaves lace, Dirty Bastard improves tremendously after it breathes and warms. Worth the wait and the drinkability is vastly improved.

Dark caramel brown sugar roasted barley and alcohol aromas. More complex aromatics rise with the temperature. Maple and roasted grain with some earthy peat flavor mellowed by dark sweet (never cloying) caramel.

Mouthfeel was creamy with full body and modest carbonation withdrew had a slick feel. Whiskey soaked plums and butterscotch and lingering caramel malt flavors in finish. Little going on with hops.

Not really my style but it was quite enjoyable.

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

Russet in color with a creamy tan head.

Powerful nose of rum soaked raisin, candied red delicious apples. Malt driven with subtle red fruit.

Full bodied with toasty malts, raisin, and a dry hoppy finish. The alcohol shows enough to let you know it's there.

Really unique, though I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. A nice cold weather sipper that I should have poured into a snifter rather than a pint glass.

Photo of weatherdog
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter. Bottle dated 6/24/09

It pours a Chestnut brown with deep ruby highlights. A creamy tan head capped the beer.

It smells deeply of a medium to high lovibond crystal malt without much body with a noticeable alcohol burn. A fairly boring and uninteresting nose.

The taste improves on the nose just a little bit. The sweet crystal malt is coupled with just a little bitterness. The finish is on the sweet side which fits with this style. I'm thinking this bottle is just touch oxidized as well. The body is also on the fuller side which I feel masks a lot of the alcohol that is present in the nose. Even though the nose and taste are just about average for me, it is very drinkable for a 8.5% beer.

Photo of tbryan5
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Holmes698 for sending this brittle to me in a recent trade.

Poured from bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Pours a very dark red color with a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- I get sweet, dark fruit very faintly. After a quick swirling, I can really get some pretty noticeable alcohol notes. Not overbearing though. It is pretty pleasant and meshes nicely IMO.

T-Same as the smell. Not overly complex. Great for the style. The alcohol is a little more pronounced here.

M- There is medium carbonation with a body to match. It coats the mouth but is not "thick" like some others of the style.

O- This is a nice scotch ale that is not available to me here in Louisiana. I am glad I got to try it once. Wish I could get more Founders brews here. I enjoyed it and would have another if I had a second bottle.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Founder's pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Dark reddish-brown with a relatively thin light-brown foam head of perhaps a finger or so. Likes pretty typical of the style as presented in the glass.

The aromas give the first hints of the complexities of this brew by releasing some fantastic malty richness. It's one of those brews that you put your nose in and can just tell it's going to taste great! Alongside the malts are some smells of dark fruit, a little of that earthy peat smell, and the slightest indication of earthy hops.

A multiple malt marathon balanced incredibly well without being sweet. The malts come in waves, with some sweetness, some smoky peat, some caramel, and more. The balance comes in with some kind of hops that match well with the earthiness of the malt. Some warming reminds you of the gravity of this beer, but there isn't a hard hit of alcohol. Finish smooth and malty.

With as much going on in this brew, it's great how it all comes together with a smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. the whole package is incredibly enjoyable and easy to drink. Fantastic brew!!

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet body. Initially had a one finger light tan head. Finished as a thin layer.

Mainly a sweet caramel smell which blends nicely with a good dose of alcohol. Some raisin sweetness rounds it out. Taste definately has its sweet side but has a toasted nuttiness as well. Finishes with some tea characteristics. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. Has a touch of bitterness in the end.

Nice smooth full body, but not much carbonation. Overall a nice aroma and flavor with a smooth mouthfeel make this a drinkable brew.

Photo of nickadams2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Leaves a nice ring. Decent lacing.

S_Not a whole lot in the smell. Malt,brown sugar,little bit of alcohol.

T_Malt,dark fruits, brown sugar,and alcohol. Slight touch of bitter hops. Nicely balanced.

M_Thick and creamy. Enjoyed every sip.

D_Great session beer although ABV is a bit high. Good go to beer.

Photo of JasonA
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a recent trade

Pours a deep tranlucent carmel with a solid finger of aleish head. Not much lacing, but enough to not scrare me.

Sweet med malt. Some ABV with some sweet sugar type dark island rum.

Awesome medium sweet malt. No hop preence. Tastes like an sweet island rum (w/o the 80 proof) flavor wise.

Sits well for a scotch ale, notcontaiminating ABV.

Real nice drinker. Feels much under the 8.3. Solid beer I would love to see on tap, but more than likely not one I would trade for.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a murky brown color with some red highlights. It had a small tan head.

Mostly a caramel malt aroma. There was a bit of fruit and a hint of some earthy hops.

Caramel, toffee taste. Some sweet fruit, maybe cherry. A little hops late in the taste.

This was a little more assertive than I'm used to seeing in a Scotch ale.


Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a very slight tan head and some nice lacing.
The aroma is fairly complex: cracker, sweet dough, fruit, and a hint of booze.
The taste is caramel and booze right up front with a lingering, sweet, dry and bitter finish. As it warms a bit, I get hints of tobacco, brown sugar and dark fruits.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.
A few of these could knock you flat. Seems spot on for a wee heavy.

Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper brown with a fizzy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film.

Its aroma is sweet and slightly smokey molasses with some figgy fruitiness and a little chocolate.

The flavor is sweet caramel/toffee malts, a little chocolate, some dark fruits, a touch of smoke, and a dry bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is very full, smooth and creamy.

Not my favorite style and a little too sweet for me, but this is a nice, well made beer.

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Light reddish brown in color with a light beige head. I noticed a lot of floaters making this dirty bastard truly one dirty bastard.

Smell: The first smell I get is very nutty and bready then a hint of fruityness. A pretty nice smell that has some definite character.

Taste: Starts out with that malty bread taste, somewhat sweet almost caramel in taste. Then I get a berry flavor that is a little smokey. The alcohol is nice and has somewhat of a warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: The floaters, the fruityness and all that make this beer a little on the non-drinkable side for me. I did enjoy it but one or two is where I would draw the line with this offering. I remember liking it a whole lot more at the extreme beerfest maybe my tastes were out of whack or this bottle was not a good representation of the beer.

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 Doomcifer
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a good sized tan, creamy head. Great retention and sticks to the glass with each sip. Aroma is sweet, citrusy, hops, tropical punch. Taste is full of depth and character. Very sweet malts, very earthy flavors, burnt caramel, ripe fruits, raisins, grassy, strong hop bitter finish. Alcohol is also apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly heavy bodied. Decent carbonation, smooth in the mouth. Dry finish. Extremely tasty and enjoyable brew as always from Founders.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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