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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,229
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 167
Gots: 549 | FT: 22
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 dfillius


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields minimal head with zero retention. Hazy reddish brown liquid. No sound when uncapped also - maybe due to twist off? More head please.
S: Sweet caramel toffee, some chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Some cooked squash is the only negative. MALTY! Tiny bit of alcohol.
T: Smoky, a tad roasty. Sweet with a slight lactic sourness. Tasty nut not terrific.
M: Warm, creamy, flat?
D: Good, but not great. I would not order another or buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 23:05:04 | More by dfillius
Photo of doctorjoeyboey


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brown like a dark, hazy, undercarbonated root beer. The smell is sweet and like a weak version of the Sam Adams Triple Bock, scaring me immediately! The taste is actually pretty good compared to what the aroma prepares you for. It has a tomoto taste on the front palatte and a chocolate taste on the back. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and the beer is quite drinkable. This is a decent beer and definitely the most drinkable beer with “bastard” in the name that I have come across... it is also quite drinkable for it's high alcohol content. At the same time, I probably won't buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 00:19:25 | More by doctorjoeyboey
Photo of jackorain


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

Picked up a growler at TDR Springhouse

A-brown, clear with a two finger rocky head that seems to stay around for a while. Once it drops though, it is gone expect for a slight ring.

S-malty, mollasses, dried fruit (figs, raisins, prunes). Caramel, a little roastred malt, some peat like aroma as well. Hops show themselves a little.

T-Malt bomb, all the flavors from the nose and more, the claimed 50 IBUs hides well as this is not that bitter. These is some earthy and green hops to be found in the middle. Big solvent like alcohol is really prominent.

M-creamy full bodied, a wee bit heavy ;). slick light carbonation, prickly alcohol shows here too.

Drinkability- The fumy alcohol lowers this one a bit for me.

Overall-a nice change of pace, but I shared this a BBQ with some newer craft people and that left me with half a growler to get through. It was tough.

Serving type: growler

07-07-2007 20:09:54 | More by jackorain
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

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

On tap at hop devil grill. Goblet arrives with half finger of foam, deep red maroon color. Aroma is malty sweet with a bit of raisiny aroma.

This is a very malty up front, heavy on crystal malts punctuated by a sharp bittir finish. Bordering on barleywine in style. A bit boozy.

Overall pretty good. Nice beer to open the night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 00:17:10 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of IPAescotch


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and crystal malts. Roasted scent. Some earthy hoppiness

Tastes like bitter roasted coffee some definite whiskey characteristics.

Thin and light bodied yet obvious malt impact. The bitterness really caries through on the aftertaste. Expected more heftiness in the flavor.

Highly drinkable for such a strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 05:22:02 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Pours dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Slightly hazy. Head is nearly nothing. Light lacing

S-Deep maltiness. Molasses, burnt caramel, sugar. Lightly roasty. Not really detecting much of a hop presence in the nose. Light, yet attractive Scotch presence too which I enjoy. Smells like a dumbed down Backwoods Bastard.

T-A nique take on the Wee Heavy. Sweet and malty. Has a cola like flavor at one point. Scotch and smoke is very minimal but may be my favorite aspect of the beer. Not a very powerful taste. I usually don't love the style but this one taste pretty decent.

M-Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat drying. Leaves the cheeks hot.

O/D-Not one of my favorite Founders brews, but their company is so good that this one still is above average. One of the better Wee Heavys I have had. Good, not great. Alcohol masked well and while it is sweet, its not too sweet (like many others in the style).

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:12:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a dark amber color with the slightest bit of red tint. Pretty much completely opaque. Not ver much head on the pour and just the slightest bit sticks to the edge of the glass.

Ar- First I smell roasted malts and alcohol. For 8.5% the alcohol seems almost overpowering. Caramel and Scotch smells too.

T- Roasty malts are prevalent in this one. They hit first followed by some caramel flavors and a hint of alcohol. Much less alcohol flavor than the nose suggested. A bit of sweetness too. Has the teeniest amount of hop flavor at the very end.

M- Good carbonation for the style, medium bodied, a little sticky. The alcohol warms the mouth just a bit on the hold.

O- Solid beer from Founder. I haven't had many Wee Heavies so not a lot to compare too but solid nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:25:44 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of xnicknj


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

on tap in pint glass at devils den in philly

Pours a deep brown with some orange glow towards the bottom. A frothy head retains well with nice toffee lacing around the glass.

Roasted caramel malt, faint booze, and earthiness in the nose.

Begins slightly sweet with dark chocolate and molasses. Dark fruit such as dates and figs slink in alongside some candied sweetness. Multi-layered malt profile enhances the overall character. Finishes with roasty warm flavor and booze.

Medium to full body, sticky, dry and chewy. More drinkable than it should be, very tasty but not really shocking. Perhaps my standards for Founders are too high, but I usually expect a little more excitement from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 16:32:49 | More by xnicknj
Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly transparent brown. Very modest tan head recedes quite quickly. My previous experience with the style caused me to expect a more opaque and rather smoky brew. This one didn't meet either one of those qualities. Pronounced sweet malt flavor fades as alcohol heat shows its bite. Finishes with tanin like flavors. Much lighter than I anticipated but still quite drinkable. Could used have used a bit more smokey bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:48:45 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of woosterbill


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A vigorous pour yields a deep, nearly black body with reddish undertones and a tan two-finger head of mixed bubble sizes - creamy on the bottom, frothy on the top. Average retention and light lacing. Solid.

S: Big, sweet and malty. Lots of dark fruits, chocolate, nougat, marshmallow, and faint butterscotch. Complex and beautiful.

T: More generically malty than the complex nose, with some booze and bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting.

M: Somewhat sticky body with perfectly abundant carbonation.

D: Tasty, but a little too hot to go down easily.

Notes: I'd been sitting on this one for over six months, so I was a bit surprised and disappointed by its harsh alcoholic finish, but otherwise it was a thoroughly decent Scotch ale. The aroma is particularly enjoyable. I'll be on the lookout for the barrel aged version of this one, but probably won't go for the regular one again.


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:04:29 | More by woosterbill
Photo of jrallen34


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

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... As it pours into the glass it looks like a bright copper, but this settles a deep mahogany. A light tan head rises a few fingers at first then settles to full finger cap. I'm skeptical of this retention as the head looks very watery and light, not full enough for me. Very light lacing... The aroma is really too light, toffee on the front mostly, some light scotch notes on the back, not much going on. As it warms lots of peat comes through. Actually, this needs to warm quite bit out the fridge, really starts to open up and is very pleasant...The taste is a bit of let down for me. There is a scotch backbone that really dominates, too spirit like. Very chewy. Malt characters is gone.

This is so-so, get if you're a scotch ale fan, but I'd pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:12:27 | More by jrallen34
Photo of TonyReaves


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Stocked up on beers I can't get in Maine, and realized that sometimes I do forget how a beer tasted after awhile. so I'm doing a lot more reviews for my own benefit.

Pours a foamy head with great lacing. Doesn't foam up too much as to require two pours, which is a plus.

Smells boozy with dark caramelized and maybe eveb German malts. Going into this blind I might have guessed it was a Doppelbock.

Taste: No, definitely not a doppelbock. That was dumb.

Sweet, but not sweet enough to hide the alcohol. That's fine- sometimes I like when a beer is honest with me. This is probably the booziest, harshest Scottish ale I've ever had. That's not a bad thing, but it means this is a sipper if there ever was one.

Medium bodied despite all the sweetness. I bet I could drink 2 of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 06:23:22 | More by TonyReaves
Photo of Smurf2055


3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours darker brownish red, almost tea colored. Minimal head.

Smells sweet malty, toffee caramel, like a less bitter english barleywine.

Taste pretty sweet, caramel, bit of a bitterness to it, sticky.

Very drinkable though bigger bodied. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:07:25 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of burnerfinger


3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet:

no had to speak of on the pour - lacing is slim to nonexistent. color is just a tad lighter than a cola - deep red when viewed against a light (LOTS of clarity)

S a bit of sweet caramel - and a ABV backbone.

T tongue follows the nose: caramelly booziness

M - thin, a bit watery and lacking of body

D: HIGHLY drinkable (pun INtended) at 8.5 this will do you right.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 03:09:05 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown like root beer in color. Produces a tiny white top that thins out to almost nothing but it is present for the rest of the drinking. There is also some delicate lacing that forms.

S: Something like Hard Apple cider smell early. As it warms I am getting banana bread and other bread smells.

T: The booze is not hidden - it hits early but is not overpowering or out of place. There is a sweetness and a slight breadiness. I am really having a hard time nailing down the exact flavors.

M: Clean and crisp with a slight coating sweetness.

O: Not at all bitter. Nice balance of flavors with the bold alcohol flavor out front. The other flavors work well and the solid mouth feel makes this easy to drink but I couldn't put back more than 1-2 at one time. This is my first Wee Heavy and I will investigate the style further!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 01:35:26 | More by fscottkey
Photo of Franziskaner


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic dark reddish brown in color. Not a lot of light gets through this one. A half inch layer of foam rests on top. I get some caramel malt and honestly not a whole lot of aroma. The flavor is caramelized malt and it hits hard and quick on the front of the palate. Mouthfeel is bit thick and substantial. You get a nice malt fade at the back of the palate with a warming from the alcohol in your throat.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:42:51 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of hopsbreath


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBU's and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:45:30 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of DrewZ926

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- deep copper body with a thin head

s- blast of malt, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, prune, some banana too

t- a bit boozy, very similar to the smell, nice sharp attack with ample malt, finishes very full with a dash of hoppy bitterness

m- thicker than expected

o- first time having a scotch ale, pretty satisfied and feel it is a great example, personally too malt forward, though I'm sure that is indicative of the style

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:44:02 | More by DrewZ926
Photo of Gump


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep red and moderately bubbly pour. Nicely carbonated.
Red licorice, toffee and roasted malt aroma. Sweet carmel flavors to compliment the aroma.
This is like a strong Irish Red, which makes it worthy!
Sweet malt flavor weighs down the palette, but the drinkability makes up for it.
A very faint grain harshness in the aftertaste.
re-review 2010-01-07:

Into a pint glass, after hours at the office.
The aroma brings me right in. Toasty, bready, scotch and a faint hop smell.
The half-inch head is nearly gone in a few minutes.
With the lack of hops in the aroma I was surprised to find a very good hop presence in the flavor. It starts chocolatly, and malty, but the hops come in and take over along with great carbonation.

It's a terrific balance in my opinion, but then again, I like hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 00:05:28 | More by Gump
Photo of MSR129


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red, almost black. Rusty hints at the edges. Thin tan head leaving lacings on the glass.

S - Smoky nose with sweet overtones. Hints of caramel.

T - Boozy, but at 8.5% ABV, what did you expect? Peaty, lingering aftertaste. Hints of coffee

M - Thick. There is more carbonation than you'd expect from the thin head.

O - A solid Scotch Ale. Hits the basic criteria of a Scotch (high ABV, smoky, strong taste). However, it's not as good as Arcadia's Loch Down. The Dirty Bastard is a bit thicker without a corresponding stronger taste. The taste could be clearer and bigger for the body around it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:23:05 | More by MSR129
Photo of Ryan011235


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/30/09

A - Deep crimson in color. Poured a negligible head that dispersed to the inner perimeter of the glass leaving small patches on top. Swirling revives & assists with thin retention. Spotty lacing; it's ok though.

S - Sweetish malt aroma of caramel & bread. Hints of dark fruits - raisins & prunes. Notes of dark sugars. Maybe some peat. Undertones of faint booze.

T - Caramel malt body upfront accentuated by a brief & subtle hop twang. Earthy hop character does build throughout, though. Dark fruits akin to the nose. Hints of peat & wisps of smoke.

M - Fairly full bodied though it's kind of thin around the edges. Modest carbonation adds some even-keeled prickliness. Small amount of alcohol heat on the finish.

D - A solid drinker. While I'll likely seldom return to it, it's not at all bad. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:16:29 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of notchucknorris


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruddy brownish color with a thin sandy colored head.

S: Pretty nice aroma. Very malty with a lot of caramel, toffee, bread, brown sugar, date and earth.

T: Follows the smell pretty well. Very malty with some caramel, raisin skin, earthy malt, faint pine resin and a peaty aftertaste that leaves a dryness on the tongue. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:19:01 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of JMforman


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best in its price range. Great example of the style as well.

A- Beautiful deep red with a great white head and great retention.

S- Leather, booze, burnt sugar, cherry

T- Burnt sugar, cherry, molasses, booze. Very strong. I'm not used to beers that are bitter on the malt end instead of the hops. Very interesting.

M- Medium to full with nice burn at the end

O- Like I said, a great beer for it's price.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:36:21 | More by JMforman
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney.

Pleasantly deep brown hue, ruby red when held to the light, with a very fine and fairly persistent film of yellow-beige. Lacing forms in spots, and the body is very rich indeed, holding fine rivulets of carbonation as its tilted. Looks pretty heavy and good.

Nose is rich and malty, with plenty of roast notes and a medicinal overtone. Slight smoky aromas permeate a little as it warms, along with a mineral sharpness. Booze inveigles itself as well, giving a heady boost of intoxication to the mix. Nice stuff.

Taste is initially big and sweet, but strangely enough it gets sharper as it warms, substituting a fine mineral, slightly medicinal tone for the broad sweetness at the start. There's still a burnt toffee character persisting, and more suggestions of smoke and booze. Aftertaste is quite blunt: without much lingering sweetness it drops off rather suddenly.

Feel is good, smooth throughout, and allowing some permeation of the sweetness even when it's a little lacking on the back.

It's a big beer, missing a little complexity (or maybe suffering a little from transportation), but with plenty to offer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 06:00:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of kawilliams81


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark caramel with a two finger head and a lot of lacing.

S- Not a lot in the nose. Caramel malt and roastiness. Pick up on some candy sugar and some other sweet additive.

T- Roasted malts, caramel, spices, a hint of coffee. Nice balance of bitterness to round this beer off.

M- Medium bodied, a little oily in texture with a nice mellow smooth finish.

O- Not a huge scotch ale guy, but this is a good one. The blend of sweet, roast, spice, and hops make this a very well balanced beer. You would never know this is 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:23:29 | More by kawilliams81
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,229 ratings.