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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4671
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 roughboyrob


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Heavy carmel with light lacing

S - Heavenly nose of alcohol mixed with smooth oaky character

T - OMG - this is the ultimate balance of alcohol, hops and malts. The taste is smooth with a tangy finish with warm alcohol flush to the face.

M - perfection. creamy and chewy yet not too thick. Chuggable but at 8.5% ABV and such wonderful flavor it is not advisable.

D - A stapel beer in any stable. This is the best stuff made.

So good that you need to wear a condom when you drink it. Seriously. This is proof that perfection is just out of reach.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:10:16 | More by roughboyrob
Photo of lindsaylandeen


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I know I rated this as perfection but I really have not met a Founders beer I don't love! They do their beers proper and Dirty Bastard is one of my favorites. I have had it both on tap and in the bottle and loved it equally. I am planning a trip to Founders soon, looking forward to having it fresh!

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 16:06:58 | More by lindsaylandeen
Photo of Karl_M


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not one for sweet, malty beers but this is outstanding! TRUELY OUTSTANDING!!!

A PERFECT balance of sweet and bitter. An earthy nose and a long unfolding on the palate that starts out with a fruity molasses-esque quality and slowly evolves into a pleasingly semi-bitter finish that lasts... Full-bodied for sure but not too heavy... Not-at-all.

The head consists of tight, tiny bubbles that hold for a few minutes but then break to reveal the deep caramel colors that are just as dark as the brown bottle it came in.

At 8.5% this is a warmer, for sure. Perfect on a brisk afternoon to wash down some grilled brats and some of Wisconsin's finest queso's.

This little BASTARD will always be welcomed with open lips into my belly.

After one bottle, rest assured, you ain't gonna be driving ANYWHERE for a good long while. =-) ENJOY!

(side note- I poured this into a glass mug for the first tasting. Then I used a basic REIDEL wine glass. Finally I tried it in a tulip. In all three the flavor profile did not change enough to matter. Even straight out of the bottle this beer opened well onto the palate.)

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 16:49:26 | More by Karl_M
Photo of nortmand


4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours ruby red with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer.

Citrus hops dominate the nose. A hint of cinnamon and smoky chocolate. Nicely hopped for a scotch ale.

Slightly sweet up front, it's all hops from there on out. Beautiful, refreshing hops.

Medium bodied and very drinkable. Is it fair to judge this against other scotch ales? No. Am I complaining? No.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:00:24 | More by nortmand
Photo of Sdesenberg


4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of bottle at the local grocery store for 9.99. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium dark brown with a half inch of thick sticky head. Stick your nose in the glass and you are greeted with a wonderfully complex medley of smells. Biscuity malt and earthy peat are balanced with vanilla. The flavor is equally complex, and frankly, wonderful. It starts with the maltiness, but finishes with the smoky peat and alcohol of good scotch. The smokiness lingers. Overall, an exceptional complex standout. Definately worth picking up!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:16:56 | More by Sdesenberg
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having this to celebrate the completion of my first rotation of 3rd year medical school.

Beautiful deep maple, exceptionally clear, with radiant copper hues in the light. A very nicely lacing beige head keeps its integrity the entire time. Incredibly clean nose with notes of caramel, toffee, carob, brandy, and dates. Flavor is unsurpassed in balance, intensity, complexity, and the long lasting finish. All the flavors of malts, dark fruits, treacle, and a hint of spice from the alcohol melds perfectly on my palate. Touch of roast in the finish too, an unexpected surprise. Prickly carbonation with this heavy bodied hitter. I would prefer slightly less carbonation. Overall, this is quite the dirty bastard with whom to drink. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 03:08:09 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of espresso foam colored foamy head, which has decent retention, and leaves a little spotty lacing. Body is a medium brown. This is very beautiful to behold.

Smell - aroma of roasted malt, and some malt bread baked with that roasted malt having dark crusts. And apples, figs, raisins, some plums, butterscotch, hint of caramel, and spicy, medicinal alcohol. Very mouthwatering.

Taste - it's every bit as promised by the nose, and as every bit delicious. There is roasted malt with dark dried friuts, accented by butterscotch, and apples. Dark crusted malt bread swirled with a paste made of raisins, dates, figs, plums, caramel, and spicy, medicinal alcohol. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, somewhat slick from the hop oils ( even though the hops have no presence in the nose or on the palate ) , and some occasional puffed grain fluffiness ( like when eating puffed grain breakfast cereal ) .

Drinkability - this is delicious and mouthwatering, I think it's excellent, and only the high abv prevents it from being sessionable. But do, by all means, have the second serving ( i.e. 12 oz. ), and if one excersises due caution, the third.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 21:26:44 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of burkyburk


4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma was very pleasing. I got dark choc/burnt caramel notes.
The smells came out in the taste as well. Chocolatey with the perfect amount of alcohol to blend it all together.
Felt so great on my tongue, so much going on flavor-wise. I enjoyed every sip.
I had heard a lot of hype for this beer and the rumors were true. It was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 20:34:20 | More by burkyburk
Photo of SDtastentune


4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Darker amber brown, some good lace, some small head working into a haze over. Very small amount of some dirty'ness sediments.

S - Wheat and oats, mixed with some frsh brew bay malts. Some slight scotch. Slighly sweet but not much at all. Pretty smelly stuff.

T - Taste is great! Starts off with some very nice maltyness, very rich, Works into some great hop stuff but not bitter. Has that red ale taste mixed with some slight raisin like with a smoky finish. Very nice alcohol burn mixed with some caramel, toffee, and maybe some butterscotch candy.

M - Lower to medium caronation, larger bubbles, no prickly stuff going on with the carbs. Very good after taste/bite.

O - Overall... I like this, gotta get more. This has some very nice characteristics going on that I really like. I could drink this like eating candy, can never get enough! THUMBS UP! Thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:56:34 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of Brad007


4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an exceptionally ruby hue with a thin head into my glass. The hue is perfect for the style.

Smoky peat textures jump out in the nose with a heady dose of alcohol heat that's nowhere near overwhelming.

The mouth follows the nose and not surprisingly, discovers a drinkable mix of peat malt and alcohol heat. Keep in mind, this is 8.5% and it packs quite a punch.

Luckily for me, it's mellowed out enough to where the alcohol stays in its' place, allowing the malt to shine.

This is one of the more complex wee heavies I've had in a while. Generally, I don't drink a lot of this style but I believe it fits well with my current look and feel of things.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 01:06:20 | More by Brad007
Photo of sublimesipping


4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this on tap at the south philly tap room. Am I wrong to say malted milk in a glasss? So so so malty. Beautiful silky clear mahagony color. Great glass lacing and nice malt aroma. beer has as very long smooth finish. Malts malts and more malts. Absolutely the most complex scotch ale that I have ever had. A cutting edge version of the style. the taste deepens, tantilates and lingers. very, very smooth. My first and I hope not my last from a brewery I have heard lots about. hope to have more of this and others too! YUMMY!

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 02:56:25 | More by sublimesipping
Photo of Frothboss


4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance has a dark bronze full bodied look. Cant see through the glass. No head and nice laceing. Smells chocolaty and rich, hints of bread and malt. Tastes just as good as it smells, rich, chocolaty and bready also has a good nice finish. Tastes very good. This is a great beer. I really like this one will definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 19:59:29 | More by Frothboss
Photo of dbalsock


4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh man, this was really good... thanks, joshd, for the bottle

appearance: pours dark brown with a brown head that quickly laces the side of the glass. an orange hue breaks through at the bottom of the glass, and as i drink the color goes more towards amber.

smell: the malts come through in full force in the smell providing an appetizing sweetness. there is also a hint of flowers in the smell that i appreciate.

taste: i find this to be very nicely balanced although it's very sweet. the malts take control of this brew while the hops provide subtle and welcome backup. as the beer warms i think i can pull out a buttery taste.

mouthfeel: great texture and the perfect consistency. it's not too syrupy nor too thinly bodied. i find this to suit my palate perfectly.

drinkability: yes... all day long...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 16:12:43 | More by dbalsock
Photo of hustlesworth


4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into the proper thistle, cloudy deep garnet red like a pomegranate or a red grape with highlights leaning on the orange side of the spectrum when held up to the light. i wish i had my hue separator.(R.I.P. hue separator). warm creamy 1in beige-caramel-butter pecan head that looks like melting ice cream. very nice retention, thick curtains of lace, it's just a great lookin brew from all angles. and if i look close i can see particles, rising bubbles, and chunks yeast floating around in there.

S- earthy and almost tart caramel and roasted malt and old used whisky barrels dominate with mild cocoa and toffee, and peat like i use in my garden. very complex malt aroma, they use a combo of ten different malts. soooo i guess this is a blend and not a single malt. AHahAHhahahaha. floral herbal hops also make a cameo.

T- first sip is tropical fruits coated in milk chocolate and then rolled in roasted walnuts and peat smoked just a little. a ton of fruit flavors come to mind, probably because of the huge malt bill but one could say a number of things like orange, grape, watermelon, red apple, guava, sweet wood sap, nectarine, apricot, fig, but what really stands out in this mish mash is black plum skin, and it's great. big vanilla, old wood, and whiskey dipped cigars come out near the end with a sharp bitter finish that stimulates the taste buds.

MF- rich and creamy with perfect carbonation, this FEELS like there's alcohol in it. it feels a wee-heavy. heh. .feels narcotic, medicinal, and substantial.

D- looks, tastes, and smells so good that it's easy to drink faster than you may have planned but be warned laddy-- too many of these and you'll wind up like that song about the scotsman who fell asleep in the grass...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 07:53:11 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of liquidnoise


4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark with a dark head.

Smelled like barley, alcohol, and a little coffee maybe.

Tasted strong and bitter, with a little warmth from the chocolate/coffee flavor. The best from Founder's often overrated selection I have had thus far, (although it is a little pricier than their already expensive selection.) Beware the high alcohol content.

I often think Founder's brews are a tad bit overrated. This is the exception. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 20:27:16 | More by liquidnoise
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - Nice dark brown color with a creamy tan head, and nice lace.

smell - Nice sweet and roasted malt smell.

taste - Has a caramel malt taste to it, real nice scotch hint.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Nice balance, not too malty, enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 20:31:38 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Hondo3


4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What more can you say? This could be considered "A freaking good beer"! A beautiful deep amber color. Small 1/4" head that dissipates rather quickly. Pretty much a perfect balance between malt/hops. Just the right amount of carbonation. One of my top 5 all time favorites! The only downside to this beer is that I don't live closer to the brewery and its Utopian taps.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:07:54 | More by Hondo3
Photo of ndawg42031

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great coffee notes on this extremely flaverfull full bodied ale. Lots of layers of malt balanced with just the right amount of hops. It seems as if there is another flavor picked up with your first five to ten sips. Is that chocolate? A little caramel? Some coffee? Delicious, Go Beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 04:35:01 | More by ndawg42031
Photo of mckemp

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brick red color, finger of off white head.

S - Butterscotch, sweet syrupy smell.

T - Caramel, light cherry taste, with traditional scotch ale "alcohol" taste, finishing with lingering bitterness.

M - Thick and sticky.

O - Absolutely the best scotch ale I've had. I've never been disappointed by Founders. I ate some M&Ms while drinking the dirty bastard; it was a great pairing!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:52:23 | More by mckemp
Photo of jjboesen


4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another Founders beer to add to my list. It is truly a find since we have one of my favorite styles in cahoots with one of my favorite brewers. And, incidentally, this was quaffed at Rustico Ballston (Virginia), a favorite venue. Happy Happy Drinking Games! Now raise your goblets ….

The Dirty Bastard has a foreboding copper body protected on top by a shimmering cloud of foam that is, eventually, encrusts the glass with thick slabs of crusty lacing. The Dirty Bastard will punch your nose with a heavy fist of pine, molasses and almond and leave you reeling. As you continue to inhale this Highland miasma (where is the aroma of heather and wet wool one whiffs in Scotland?), the palate is trapped in a boggy blanket of plum, toffee and the aforementioned molasses.

The mouthfeel is superb as there is a subtle blend of toasted malt and dried fruit. The Dirty Bastard makes an exquisite quaff for any lad and lassie willing to experience a complex concoction of a style that is truly hard to get right. Founders really got this Dirty Bastard right and gave us an example of a wonderful Scottish beer that will bring out the Braveheart in all of us. Freedom!

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 23:44:53 | More by jjboesen
Photo of pmcadamis


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dirty brown with a small tan head and some nice tan lace on the side of the pint glass. I had this out at Buffalo Wildwings after work, and I must say that a standard pint glass is really my least favorite thing to dring beer out of...it just doesn't do a good brew justice.

S - Rich toasty malt. Dirty and earthy notes along with a bunch of toffee and caramel.

T - Big caramel and toffee malts first, then more delicate flavors of burning leaves, brown sugar, toast, and peaty scotch. The alcohol is detectable, but it only adds to the complexity of this tasty brew. Hops are definitely second fiddle, but they are wonderful in their supporting role...just enough leafy bite to balance the loads of malt. The leafy hops add to the autumnal flavor of this beer.

M - Full bodied with some nice fine carbonation. Creamy, but tingly and playful too. Alcohol level is slightly warming, but if I didn't know the alcohol content of this beer, I might guess that it was around six percent. The alc. is present but never brash or intrusive.

D - Excellent. I could drink this all night, but you have to sip slowly and enjoy....never gulp down something so outstanding. This is one of my all time favorite beers! I must say that I slightly prefer the bottled version, but that may be just because I can serve it the way I want ....at cellar temp in a nice big chalice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2007 06:14:18 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of jbails007


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this a mere 2 hours ago, and I felt the need to review it right away!

Color is very dark. Not pitch black, but close. This beer had absolute phenomenal lacing! The best lacing I've ever seen. A medium head with excellent retention.

Smell is fantastic, it's kind of hard to put a finger on what it is. this is the first Scotch-style ale I've had. I definitely detected some caramel and some toffee.

The taste was absolutely exceptional. It is bitter, and there is alcohol present, but not in an overwhelming way. There is some underlying malt sweetness. It has a bold, full mouthfeel. This is a more "extreme" beer, but it totally works. It is unbelievably drinkable and balanced for as flavorful as it is.

This is the 2nd best beer I've ever had, behind Hopslam. This is a bold, in-your-face beer that is easy to drink and packs a punch. Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 03:43:46 | More by jbails007
Photo of kevinjosephlee


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark color with intense ruby red color when held to the light. A tan head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with caramel notes. Alcohol is apparent. Nutty aromas as well (although I could not pick out which nut precisely).

T: A roasted malt flavor dominates the first taste. Some diacetyl which leads to a buttery experience; however, this may be the complexities of 'caramel' in the beer that I am confusing for diacetyl. A moderate amount of sweetness, but never over-bearing.

M: Full bodied with a chewy viscosity. A balanced bitterness (predominantly from the malt and not hops) that remains pleasantly briefly. A creamy flavor. Dry finish.

Notes: Charlie from Five Points Bottle Shop told me that Founders was one of the top 3 breweries in the country right now. After experiencing this Scotch Ale, I am inclined to agree. I have been searching for a brew that I could enjoy on a regular basis. And if only they had a version of this that was about half the ABV, I would have found my brew. This is a great beer, one of my favorites. I am stoked that I have 5 more in this pack to enjoy. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 23:17:31 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of COBeerBuff


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received during our summer beer exchange at work... This was my pick so let's get to reviewing!

Appearance: Pours into a tulip with a beautiful rich mahogany ruby color and about 2 fingers of tan head that recedes way too quickly. It definitely sounds carbonated from two feet away, and the color of this beer is frickin' fantastic!

Smell: This beer smells delicious. Right off the bat, I pick up notes of raisins, grapes, cherries, oats, and a bit of biscuity malts and a wee bit of peat as well. There are some caramel and vanilla notes as well, but as you'll notice from my first three scents, this is a very sweet smelling brew. Not cloyingly so, but it smells like a scotch ale should and that gets good marks in my book.

Taste: This is beer provides for a very interesting mélange of flavors. Definitely picking up the sweeter notes from the cherries and raisins. Can get a lot more of the biscuit and toasted malts that were in the nose. And I also get a little bit more of the peat that I picked up at the beginning. It's not enough to make me think of any comparisons to Scottish whiskeys, but it's enough that I can see the influence.

Mouthfeel: A past reviewer described this beer as chewy, and I can't think of a more apt descriptor than that. The first few sips almost coat the tongue, and invite the imbiber to gnaw on the different flavors offered up therein. The aftertaste is almost as good if not better than the start because of how smoothly this brew makes its way down to your stomach. It's like molasses syrup that just begs you to take another sip.

Drinkability: The higher ABV of this brew is certainly present, but this is more than made up for by the overall mouthfeel and drinkability of this concoction. Founders has done a remarkable job capturing the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy style, and I will most assuredly be drinking more of this from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:31:11 | More by COBeerBuff
Photo of Mellonius


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a small bottle into a tulip. Paired with some roasted cashew nuts.
The color is dark cola and it delivers a nice 1-inch beige head that lingers quite long. Smell is very pleasing, caramel-driven. Good body and carbonation, the high ABV can barely be felt. Crispy aftertaste courtesy of the well balanced hoppiness. The dominant flavor I found was that of prunes, intermixed with caramel malt and some light roasted notes. Very enjoyable. I wish I had more bottles in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:10:47 | More by Mellonius
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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.