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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,136
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,026 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with slight crimson hues at the very edges. A thick foamy head dissipates slowly and leaves a few random chunks behind. Smells of malts and caramel with spicy and sugary undertones. Very complex to the nose, and some sweet cherry notes rise after a bit. Goes down airy and open with more caramel notes, toasted grain, a very distant cherry tartness, slight hops and some subtle earthy notes. Very well-carbonated and medium to full-bodied. Alcohol is well integrated, with no heat to speak of. I have to be in a certain mood for this style, but when I get ahold of a good one, it's hard to beat. Loving this one.

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

My first beer from Founders..

A: Dark brown with hints of ruby color, small head that goes away quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Robust coffee smell. Also can smell the alcohol

T: Gets a good punch of the alcohol on the tongue, but a nice butter coffee flavor

M: Kind of bites your tongue with the alcohol

D: Could definitely drink a couple of the these in a sitting but not much more

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

Copper in color with a white head. Looks thick and feels heavy on the pallet. Extrodinarily smooth for such a high abv beer. Displays the quentessential Scotch complex flavor.

I am normally not a Scotch ale drinker but this beer might have turned me on to the style. Very flavorful and easy-drinking.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy deep red-orange brown with a one finger cream colored head that leaves minimal lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma expectedly malty with caramel dominating but I do notice some fruity aromas as well, particularly figs and apple. a slight hoppiness in the background.

Flavors of caramel, rum, and a very light smokiness. I think I also slightly get the apple again here too. A very light alcohol presence can also be detected. Finishes nicely with a hop presence that lingers in the back of the throat.

Medium-full body, with light carbonation makes it very smooth drinking.

This was quite good, though maybe not exactly what I expected from a Wee Heavy. In any case, it is a very drinkable brew and it was a good deal. $8.73 for a six pack is a bargain these days.

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

Bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance - dark red/mahogany with very little white head

smell - cherry, malts, toffee, caramel

taste - scotch, cherry, caramel, malt, butterscotch

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, leaning towards a full body, slightly sweet upfront, boozy, bitter finish

overall - decent example of the style that I am glad I tried, my only problem was that the finish could be a bit more refined/balanced and less boozy

Photo of aforbes10
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer in a small amount at a tasting and liked it enough to buy a full bottle to review. Quite brown in color, with not really much of a head. Looks about right for a scotch ale. Nose is earthy and malty...not very strong. Nice flavor, large ABV is obvious but blended in well with the chocolatey malts and caramel consistency. A good example of the style by Founders and i enjoyed it even though its not my favorite type of beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown in color with a finger or so of light tan head, that reduces itself to a rim around the glass. There is a bit of lacing, but not a lot.

S: Heavy aroma of roasted malts livened up by the notable presence of alcohol.

T & M: Again roasted malts make a strong presence, though there is the flavor of dark (almost burnt) caramel and the dirty smokiness of peat. Finishes with a strong alcohol burn on the tongue that actually seems to cleanse the palate of the sticky malt. Medium carbonation.

D: A good beer from a reputable brewery. A little on the pungent side for my personal taste, though I think I'd like to give this one another shot in the winter months.

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

A: dark red-brown with ample head; inert carbonation; good lacing
S: malt dominates the aroma, with bubblegum and grapefruit overtones
T: burly scotch ale, strong on the bass notes; not bitter, but strong hop profile

This is a very solid scotch ale with maturity and complexity. I'm looking forward to aging this beer!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a medium bodied brown with a hint of amber within it. It had a thin off white head after an aggressive pour. Plenty of nice lacing was left on the glass and seems there was quite a bit of carbonation. Smelled of dark fruit/raisins. with plenty of roasted caramel malt and spice present, and a slight abv warmth on the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of bitter dark fruit, followed by plenty of extremely noticeable sweet, abundant malt. Finished fairly dry with lingering spice and hop bitterness.

Drinkability:Pretty drinkable brew. Definitely a unique one which gained a bit of needed complexity as it warmed. Had plenty of heavy noticeable malt, spice, and amber ale qualitys. I'd have no problem enjoying this again some night.

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

poured into a snifter with minimal head and a deep brown color. a reddish hue when held to light.

Smells richly of malt and a scotch with a hop bite in the background. Sweet sugary malt and currants.

Taste is huge. big upfront malt sweetness but bitters in the end with a scotch finish. Sweet then bitter. Really nice and not complicated. This is a straightforward, solid brew from founders. They haven't let me down yet.

Photo of Byrnej77
3.84/5  rDev -5%

Photo of srrn
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very deep garnet red with little foam after a vigorous pour. The head quickly reduces but leaves some nice lace.

Smell is weak, some malts and a bit of grassy hops are all I can detect.

Taste is much better, a complex mixing of sweet malts, a bit of earth and then a very IPA like bitterness of piney hops.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect, creamy with a bit of oil coating to the mouth.

Closer to a Brown IPA than a Wee Heavy, but a good tasting interesting brew.

Photo of MIbeerfan
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark red brownish appearance with creamy head poured from bottle. Malty bready boozy aroma. Head dissipated quickly and no lacing. Rich malty and toasty flavors with a slight boozy finish. Slight smoky hint but not too much to overshadow the rich malts.

Photo of JEdmund
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-tinged maroon; could not get a head to form

All sweets here: caramel, fruit, hint of banana; hard to pin down attributes

Taste & Mouthfeel
Sweet and thick, with flavors of molasses, maple syrup, and slight nuttiness; smooth and creamy texture, full bodied, and low carbonation; finishes clean, helping the drinkability

Dirty Bastard is a big, thick, sweet beer, but it manages to avoid being cloying.

Photo of primaldiscord
3.84/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Sambo4
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet malty caramel smell. Slight fruity maybe prune aroma.

T - Malty molasses sweetness but not as much as I expected. slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Smooth and fairly light body with medium carbonation.

O - A very good beer. Probably my 2nd favorite of the style.

Photo of LoganMc
3.84/5  rDev -5%

Photo of RAC81
3.84/5  rDev -5%

Photo of l4ci3
3.84/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce twist off bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Tan head. Clear ruby red body with good carbonation.

Smell: The smell is alcohol and a bunch of dark malts.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Has a bit of an alcohol bite to it.

The alcohol has a bigger presence than I like in Scotch Ales but it's still a really good sipping beer.

Photo of troysoy2
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A mean, dark bronze with ruby highlights. An aggressive pour yielded a finger of frothy, light tan head with decent retention, and a tendency to stick to the glass.

The smell is initially of raisins, brandy, and a crazy mess of malts. Sadly, a bit of oxidized, metallic odor slowly crept in as well.

The taste is not bad though. Malt all around. Raisin is prevalent, some bitter cocoa as well. Caramel through and through. On the finish, alcohol sits on the tongue in a very impressively tasty kind of way. The mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, though, I'd say. Creamy, almost chewy. But never cloying or sticky.

A decent brew, and I can understand why a lot of people would like it. Perhaps it's silly to say that I expected a little more refinement from a beer called "Dirty Bastard". But I just went there. Yep.

Photo of kels
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap with bamadog at The Cock & Bull in Mainstrasse.

Appearance: Pours a hazy coffee brown with reddish highlights. A slight skim of white foam fades immediately and leaves behind the slightest traces of lace.

Smell: Very light toast and caramel malt with a hint of pint. It's not a strong as I expected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is really nice and matches with style. It is richly chewy and malty, with slight raisin sweetness and earthy, oaky peat. Alcohol is slightly harsh in the aftertaste. Feel is somewhat creamy with a little bit of brightness from the carbonation. Almost falls flat.

Drinkability: Pretty high. The taste is very rich and full while still being pretty light and smooth.

Photo of cmq103
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a 6-pack for $9.99 from Canals in the Hamilton Marketplace (NJ).

Appearance: A moderately aggressive pour got me a 1/4" beige head that reduced to a thin ring. Nice cascading lacing when I tilt my glass, but it fades quickly once brought upright. A medium brown color with a tad bit of murkiness to it.

Smell: Sweet caramel, malts, brown sugar with a mild boozy finish. This is my first Scotch Ale so I'm not sure what to expect. So far the nose is pretty darn enticing. I also sense some dark fruit similar to an Abbey Dubbel.

Taste: Sweet caramel, along with bready malts, chocolate, and a nice warming alcohol presence. Mild bittering hops are present, but not overwhelming, in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, buttery texture on the tongue with moderate carbonation. I know it's suppose to be a "Wee Heavy" but I think Founders did a very good job with making you forget it is a 8.5%'er and I would put it at a medium body style. All of the flavors blend extremely well.

Overall: A very tasty beer but the Scotch Ale style is not my thing so I probably wouldn't seek it out again. With that said, it was a very easy drinking beer. I still want to try the Backwoods Bastard so I will revisit the style again.

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks again to HardTarget for the trade.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby red highlights around the edges. A large beige head of over two fingers rises with great retention. As the foam gently recedes, tons of lace is left behind.
S: Sweet caramel and toffee at first. A great fruity aroma as well. Ripe apples, cherries, grapes. This is nice, though not nearly as much smoke and peat as I would want for the style.
T: Sweet and syrupy caramel and toffee. Almost to sweet. Very light oak, smoke, and fruits again that follow the nose.
M/D: This is thick, full bodied, and very low on carbonation. A syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Not much alcohol burn. A really good beer to sip on, but the thickness makes this a one bottle sipper.

Review# 500! Man, I need to get a life. Oh well, this is a very tasty beer. Needs a little more smoky flavors for me though. I still enjoy this very much. Something I would recommend.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,136 ratings.