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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,255
Reviews: 1,690
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 1,139 | FT: 23
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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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Photo of KenOath73
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopswagger
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: A frothy ice cream float crown resting on a body of dark hazelnut brown.

S: Dirty wet socks, moldy grain, sweet roasted caramel, dark fruits, crystallized sugar, subtle brown sugar and melted milk chocolate.

T/M: Burnt sugar, roasty caramel, molasses malt and booze. Spicy and earthy hops cut thought the sweet malt and finishes with lingering bitter apple peels. Rich milky feel with prickly carbonation and a gritty end.

O: A great take on the style. Earthy, dirty rich with a surprising spiciness. There is a lot more hops than I expected. I definitely recommend trying this.

Photo of Bonis
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brownish red. Look sort of reminds me of a brown ale. Half finger of head hangs for a while and dissolves to a thing ring, not a lot of lace.

S - This one smells awesome. Heavily malted, lots of burnt caramel and molasses, a hint of scotch somewhere in there, but overall a sweet smelling brew. Almost smells like a candy. I'm getting a lot of fruit in the nose as well, sort of smells like a quad or possibly a barley wine.

T - Taste follows the smell to a point. I don't get the caramel or molasses, but a blast of dark fruit flavors. You could lump this brew into a different category I'd say. A touch of warmth comes in at the end, but actually a very delicious brew at 8.5%. Well balanced, didn't get too much malt or too much bitterness. Good taste overall and surprisingly different than what I expected.

M - This is a big thick beer with a big mouthfeel. Not too carbonated, but the warmth in the mouth reminds you of the type of beer you're drinking. Not really smooth, but the sweetness makes it a little easier to swallow.

D - I could see myself having possibly 3 of these in a night at max. It's a fairly easy drink at 8.5%, so I wouldn't suggest downing a whole sixer, you may regret it.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A - Deep brown with garnet and a khaki head that looks nice but fades to a thin stack with almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malt (malt bomb?) and some modest floral hops; maybe some burnt caramel, too.

T - Delicious! Nice malt sweetness up front with some wet leather and peat accents.

M - Splendid mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and creamy silk.

D - Despite the high ABV, one scarecly notices it until the ale is half way finished.

Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since Scotch Ale is probably my fav beer of all time, when I see one, I try it. This one didn't disappoint. I thought it had just a tad too much hops than most Scotch Ales I've had. Other than that though, it was a decent brew. I would have liked to have seen more use of strong malt taste. Then again, everyone seems to like it the way it is, so I guess Founder's knows what it's doing.

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

A - Very murky brown, nice original head reduces quickly to ring. Sudsy lacing and cascading side bubbles.

S - Very subdued, a sharp herbal tone married to sweet caramel malt.

T - Caramel bitter hops and the undefinable herbal note from the smell is present in taste too. Maybe moss?

M - Solid medium body, nice caramel core balanced well with the hops and the herbal X. Good carb.

D - Over the top. Would not drink more that one at a time if there were other options. Good beer, though!

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

This is a nice wee heavy, just too much heavy for me. Tough to drink, has a lofty alcohol kickback. Nice caramel taste to this very heavy bodied wee. Is extremely smooth, til the backlash of alcohol kicks in. I don't know, maybe it's the style I'm no accustomed to, but I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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

Split a bottle with my brother in a head-to-head competition with McEwan's Scotch Ale. McEwan's won by a little bit. Onward:

Deciphering Founders' cryptic dating system, it seems that this was bottled in May. Poured into a regular wine glass, it came out reddish brown color with a little head. The aroma was sweet, slightly fruity and alcoholic. The taste was, again, malty and sweet, with a notable bitter finish and aftertaste. The alcohol here was apparent in the burn at the end. Overall, it felt smooth. Mostly, it was good, but felt potent, and I couldn't pack in much more than a bottle of this.

Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great winter beer and was purchased to go along with a solid winter meal (corned beef) and did not dissapoint.

Pour - into a standard pint glass and had a foamy white head with respectable retention and enough lacing that one could say that there is lacing.

Look - looks like a solid black scotch ale.

Taste - tastes great

I would recomend this beer.

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

A: Ruddy, reddish-brown color. Poured <1 finger off-wite head theat dissipated quickly to ring around the edges. LAced in thin, even rings.

S: Earthy peat and burnt caramel. Alcohol.

T: Mush like the nose. Sharply bitter in the finish for some balance. A bit hot.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Full flavor lingers a bit through the bitter.

D: ABV a little sharp to be too drinkable. Flovorful and pretty well balanced.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear but slightly hazy dark ruby brown with a big frothy tan head that holds shape with you dip ya finger in it. Lots of spotty lacing already forming.

Smells wonderful. Hints of dark fruit,banana, bubblegum, malt, caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes like a scotch ale! This is pretty sweet and malty. Nice caramel flavor. Close to being overly sweet(most scotch ales are too sweet)but the bitterness is enough to keep things in check.

Slick smooth but not thick in feel. Slight tingle of carbonation, could use more.

Good stuff.

Photo of GregSVT
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is big on sweet caramel and toffee with a slight peat aroma in the background. Can definitely tell this is the backbone for Backwoods.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice flavors of caramel malt and slight toffee with a peat and slightly hoppy finish. Interesting that there is a decent hop presence on the finish I've never detected in Backwoods.

M: Feel is slightly creamy and medium bodied...a bit too bubbly on the finish for me.

O: I can definitely tell the greatness of Backwoods is right here. This is a few notches below that beer but still pretty tasty.

Photo of stonermouse
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Nice look to this. It's clean amber color, with a surprisingly poofy head that remains throughout.

The aroma is boozy first and clearly reminiscent of scotch. If you really get into it, there's a hint of fruity sweetness, but for the first impression, this one is going to be potent.

The taste is big all-around, and unique. The nose is confirmed; the flavor is scotch and booze primarily, with strong earth notes. Not as much peat as I had hoped, and it has a bit of a dry, metallic flavor that runs throughout. I can taste a distinct similarity to Backwoods Bastard, but it doesn't have the same sweetness and richness of that brew. Still, a nice brew with a ton of flavor.

Has a great, creamy mouthfeel that belies the occasionally harsh booze bite. Still, they are compatible and interesting together.

Founders has another winner here. Not as interesting of a brew as it's Mr. Hyde, Backwoods Bastard, but still solid and readily available. I imagine this one is nice on a cool, crisp fall night.

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

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Appearance is a dark, near-black body with a thin veil of light khaki head. Good retention, but not much lacing left behind on the pint glass. A nicely crafted aroma brings notes of peaty malts, sour milk chocolate, and a kiss of hoppiness.

The taste is also above par for the style, with some caramel & toffee added to the chocolatey goodness. Some malty peat notes pair with a semi-bitter, floral hoppiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, with a velvety-smooth finish and a delicate sourness. All in all, a good brew -recommended- that I'm likely to try again.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" tan head which took a while to dissipate to 1/8". Dark clear burnt umber brown color. Smell is caramel. Rich taste has hints of coffee, malt, and a medium body. Really very easy drinking with nothing to offend. My only complaint is I'm not sure what makes this a "dirty bastard", it is not strong or harsh or unusual enough to match the name. But good beer.

Photo of NeubTube
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky brown with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: caramel malts and vanilla with some sweet bready notes underneath. The aromas are quite subdued though and require a lot of agitation to get to.

T: caramel malts, caramelized sugar, and hearty wheat bread dominate with vanilla notes coming through before a slight alcohol warmth.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer has just enough carbonation to avoid being watery while not being sticky sweet either.

O: a solid Scotch ale overall that really only falls short on a subdued aroma. It's tasty and drinkable without being overly sweet.

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first gift from the Founders brewery.

A: A very dark brown pour with a yellowish head. I found it's head very unusual for a scotch ale. Saw some sediment like yeast in homebrew bottles, which I found strange.

S: A sweet caramel smell with burnished notes throughout. Reminiscent of porter notes.

T: A complex ride from sweet to pleasingly burnt. Tones of high liquor heat also come through like a very high percent beer.

M: A full, almost sappy/sticky mouthfeel. Another unusual trait for the style that I am glad to have experienced for the first time.

O: This is a great beer overall. Complex, intriguing and not quite like any other scotch I've had.

Photo of Jamstone714
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sopor
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep mahogany with just alittle light showing through at the edges. If you hold the glass up to the light, it is a nice dark-red color. The head developed about 1 finger high and tan colored. You can see that the beer has lots of "floaties" in it that are not affected at all by the very little amount of bubbles.

Again I say this beer is beautiful!

The guys at Founders must like coffee; many of their beers have smelled/tasted like coffee to me. I can add the smell of bakers chocolate and syrup to this one.

A strong malt flavor of burnt syrup and fruit (a little like grape jelly...) with, again, burnt coffee, but much less coffee flavor than the nose led on to.

Dirty Bastard is the kind of beer you can almost chew, and seems to overall have a very low carbonation presence. However there was enough carbonation to satisfy.

Another outstaninding offering from the Founders folks! Definately need to stop over at the tap-rom and try this draught. But not too many, I'll never be able to make it home!

Photo of mudboneINla
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ffejherb
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into goblet on 6/23/09.

A - Poured a gritty reddish brown body with a slim beige head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and spotty lace. Lots of sediment and particulates are suspended throughout the body.

S - First whiff reveals an apparent sweet caramel and toffee malt presence combined with brown sugar and maple syrup. However, some mild earthy, tea-like hops and slight alcohol notes soon emerge along with a very subtle cinnamon and spicy character in the back.

T - Sweet and malty flavor profile with caramel, toffee and brown sugar notes. Hops are more pronounced in the backend and last through the finish, bringing an earthy quality to the table. Alcohol presence remains subdued despite the fairly high ABV of this bastard.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and quite a bit of effervescence for the style. Finishes with a decent amount of earthy hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Solid Scotch style Wee Heavy, but not one of my favorites from Founders in the grand scheme of things. However, it does drink quite well for a beer in the 8% region. I'd definitely like to try this on tap or cask in the future.

Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with copper highlights. A decent amount of lace considering the higher abv. Smells of sweet malt aromas with a little bit of the alcohol coming through. Not a whole lot on the nose here but what's there is pleasant. Rich flavor dominated by malty flavors of chocolate, molasses, caramel, and a dry bitter licorice flavor on the finish. Feels thick and mouth-coating in a pleasant way. It's definitely a heavy beer in many ways. It's full of hearty roasted flavors backed by a high abv punch, but none of it is overwhelming. A nice beer for sure. Good on a cold, blustery evening.

Photo of dfclav
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - beautiful dark red with active carbonation and a nice 1 1/2 finger head. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass while a few swirls of the glass coats the sits with oily residue. This is one heavy beer.

S - really heavy malts and caramel, followed by undertones of very sweet dark fruits. A surprising about of chocolate notes come about as the beer warms.

T - as expected, this is one heavy beer. First sip I am hit with a huge amount of malt, cocoa, and caramel. This is a pretty American take on the style as the peat/smoke elements don't really come into play. Still, they are there on the backend leaving a dry finish that invites you all too quickly for another sip.

M - good use of hops here, very nice carbonation. Medium bodied brew that does a good job of leaving a dry finish. Not even close to cloying compared to others in the category. It works well with the bill though, I think.

O - another job well done by founders. Not a bad choice for a wee-heavy session because it doesn't wear you out but it can definitely sneak up on you if you reach for another.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,255 ratings.