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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,710
Hads: 6,627
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,482 | FT: 24
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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 Calvinistic
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at Corner Taco in Jacksonville, FL. A near perfect beer, IMHO.

L - dark brown with a half inch foamy head
S - did not really notice anything other than a nice molasses-like aroma
T - yum! A perfect balance, slightly sweet with great dark beer qualities
M - wonderfully average, not too much carbonation, just right
O - this was my second time drinking this on draft. It is exactly everything I want in a beer, but I am a fan of porters, stouts and scotch ales. I did not find this overly hoppy as other reviewers have. It is delightfully balanced and easy to drink. Less sweet than Old Chub and more balanced in flavor than most of the stouts I have tried. Actually it is fairly similar to Dark Truth stout, which is one of my all time favs. In short, the best scotch ale I have had, and maybe one of the best beers period. I am a fan! (854 characters)

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark amber, with a caramel-colored head; great aroma, with some booze; light mouth-feel; great flavor, can definitely taste the scotch. This is a great beer, and one I could happily drink anytime. (214 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : A deep scarlet purple color with almost 100% opacity. The head is small but solid, measuring at 2 fingers and khaki in color. Hilly lace leaves its mark as it recedes to a mossy ring on top of the bold body.

S : Lots of traditional wee heavy aromas - sweet and roasted plum, tons of caramel drizzled malts, some green lettuce leaf, and fig. Very nice and traditional nose for this beer.

T : A sting of hops out front, with some prunes and dates lying slightly underneath. The amount of hops in this Scotch Ale are almost overwhelming. The alcohol is apparent with a sting and burn drying out the palate as the beer disappears.

F : Heavily carbonated, parched and dry like sandpaper, yet still wet enough to whet the palate, and ends tart.

O : This beer is okay but doesn't even touch Moylan's Kilt Lifter. A little hoppy for a Scotch in my personal opinion though. (875 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A smooth scotch/brown ale with a nice mix of vanilla, nut, butter, toffee and caramel. Even with all of those flavors it balances nicely, with an aftertaste that sort of reminds me of a Werther's candy. This is my 2nd Founders after the incredible Breakfast Stout, will definitely be on the lookout for more of their offerings. (329 characters)

Photo of Savan
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A descent rendition of a scotch ale, not hoppy (which is good thing for this style) Poured a deep burgundy nearly black. I did not notice anything especial in the nose with this, had expected more there. Has a average mouth feel nothing to right home about there, as for taste It is true to the style and has good malt complexity and a suble sweet maybe caramel taste, cherry , coffee, and pine nut. A good scotch ale. (418 characters)

Photo of lilmissbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like this beer is really well balanced. It's not cloyingly sweet as some others of similar style can be. The sweetness is toned down by the other flavor elements and the carbonation, and it definitely is hiding the 8.5 abv well. If you like this I would recommend Troegs' Troegenator Doublebock which brings a lot of similar aspects to the table. Cheers! (361 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look:
There were ample amounts of khaki colored foam after the pour from a 12oz bottle. This beer is a very dark reddish brown in color, but still lets a bit of light through. When the foam dies down, there is nice lacing that continues and leaves a nice foam ring around the glass.

Smell:
First smells are of rich caramel and chocolate. Some aroma of alcohol is present in this 8.5%'er.

Taste:
Quite a bit of hop bitterness up front, but then strong smokey caramel, tobacco, and chocolate notes take turns on your taste buds. Then soon after, a strong shot of alcohol breaks through. There is a slight sour flavor that fades, dryly, into bitter chocolate notes.

Feel:
This is a very full bodied beer that feels thick, rich, and almost chewy.

Overall:
This is a GREAT Scotch Ale... one of the better ones that I have had. The fading flavor is a bit drier than I would like and it seems a bit hoppier than the style guidelines, but very good. (951 characters)

Photo of Bm1
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel feel feel that it's good, but it was just another brew. I don't know maybe not into scotch ales. Or maybe the other beers I had right before it was better. Their porter was really good, and their triple IPA hid the abv well. Idk, it wasn't one of their better beers. (273 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very balanced scotch ale, especially or its abv, but unfortunately I had their porter right before it which blew it out of the water. Not bad though, would buy again. (168 characters)

Photo of furballkazoo
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Though I am not a huge fan of Scotch ales, I decided to give this one a try because of all the good things I have heard about it; and I have got to say, it is truly a fantastic beer. Nice dark and rich color, with a thick (if a bit small) head gives this beer a lovely appearance. Taste wise, it is very heavy and rich with flavor. Though it does nicely capture the essence of a Scotch ale very well, the strong taste may turn off those with softer pallets. Overall, however, if you are prepared for a strong and rich Scotch ale, this beer should definitely be on your list. (578 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Founder's score at a recently rediscovered liquor store that seems to have all that TW doesn't have. Bottled 5/11/15 so this is a mere pup at 3 months of age. Let's give it a whirl! Popping the top I get a luxurious waft of red and black licorice and and caramel with a hint of roasted malts. On the pour this brew is a deep red and rootbeer brown with a multi sized bubble head that recedes slowly and laces. On the taste this brew is classically butterscotch sweet up front then has a robust balance of roasted malts with a bear claw like hop bitterness that clings and then fades to a sweet yet flatly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is spectacular with a thicker syrupy feel up front building to a zestiness in the finish. A weener without a doubt. (761 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark ruby tea like colour much as you get in a well brewed cup of Assam. Thick foam head that really locks in the flavour very well! The head really reminded me of McEwans Champion Ale which to my mind is a cracking example of the style so this one is up there too.

Smell - Deeply fruity. Personally I was getting a lot of Raisins, prune, sweet caramel, fudge and liquorice. The armoa is best described as very complex with a lightly boozy end.

Taste - Sweet up front with an abundance of caramel/fudge and raisins. This initial sweet malty front develops into more bread and pastry notes like blueberry muffin. Finally the liquorice comes in towards the end with the bitter hop. Reasonable boozy tones ride through the whole rink but it is never over powering or out of balance!

Mouth feel - Full and creamy with a lovely finish that is perfectly warming, spicy, drying and mouth watering all at the same time. Could this be the best mouth feel I have ever come across? It might just be and I cannot justify giving it any less than the full 5 on this point.

Overall - All I can say to sum up is this is up there as one of the best I have had in the style and being an Ulster Scot I'm a big fan of this style. Well done Founders. I only wish the price tag in the UK was not so high but I guess you get what you pay for and I certainly got one hell of a good beer here! (1,385 characters)

Photo of slusk
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a dark, and slightly hazy red with a thin short lived tan head.

S: A big malt aroma with a bit of oak. Some woody, earthy notes with a little bit of raisin in the background. Nice breadcrust and toast comes through. Very little hop aroma.

T: Big, bright malt flavor with some woody earth notes... a bit of oak as well. A bit of graham cracker. Starts out sweet on the palate but finishes dry. There's a tiny bit of raisin hidden in there as well. Bitter aftertaste in the dry finish.

F: Leans more towards a fuller body. Medium carbonation.

O: I love this beer. The alcohol warms but isn't overpowering. Great balance with a nice bitterness balancing the big malt flavor. Late in the finish, you can actually pick out a nutty flavor from the malts used. Complex and flavorful. One of my favorite scotch ales. (822 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Loved the color on this one. Nice dark, clear, red amber color.

Smell: You get that scotch right up front with a little bit of hoppiness. Malty.

Taste: You get the scotch up front and little sweetness. This probably ages better it was already only a few months old but 6 months to a year and I think it would be better.

Feel: Light but not too heavy.

Overall: Decent beer. Was expecting more kinda felt like a barrel aged beer but without that POW. It still is a big beer and would love to get more of this to age it. (539 characters)

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather heavy-handed on hops, this lacked the malt characteristics I usually seek in a Scotch ale. At the very least, the malt characteristics were attenuated. (159 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark red color with a pale off white head.

Mild smell, perfectly good and appropriate, malty.

Beautiful, rich, malty taste, hints of fruit and raisiny sweetness, but not enough to be offputting.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, very nice carbonation, enough not too much.

Very long, well-integrated finish, tastes just like the rest of the beer. (350 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most intense scotch ales out there. There is no holding back on flavour with this one and it's extremely boozy, while maintaining a smooth and creamy mouth feel. (172 characters)

Photo of mikescherrer8
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance (Look): A nice caramel/amber color. Foamy caramel head. Great appearance.

Smell: Smells very good, a strong malt, smoky and also very piney.

Taste: Super kick in the ass strong. Really good flavors. Tastes sort of like toffee. The aftertaste if what I love. Yeasty/toffee/caramel/reminds me of something sweet and buttery.

Mouth-Feel: Smooth as hell, lightly carbonated, it's just rather strong but it's a fantastic beer.

Overall: Taste was great, after taste was great/it's a real packing the punch beer, I enjoyed the experience of it. (556 characters)

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

medium pour yields a 3/4 finger tan, slightly rocky head, that dissipated quite quickly, leaving some big bubbles behind and a bit of a creamy ring around the edges. Pours a mostly opaque ruby-cola color.

Big notes of sweet, dark-caramelly malt and some dark fruit - fig, raisin, etc. Fairly boozy.

A thick, full mouthfeel yields an exploding combination of dark, chewy, caramelly malt, dark fruit, a bit of butterscotch, a bit of roasty smoke and plenty...i mean plenty...of booze. I get a bit of citrus at the end too - perhaps some hops coming through? Mostly the hops are non-prevalent. The big malt notes dominate here, and it is surprisingly less complex than the nose might lead on, but really intense in its malt character.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. Looking forward to sipping one on a cold Duluth winter evening. Really love the intensity of flavor here, even if it's a bit one-dimensional. The smoke and faint hint of citrus really do add, though, and make it one of the better scotch ales (not a huge fan of the style, generally), I've had.

Overall, (1,079 characters)

Photo of Godfatherbob
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer. Admittedly my first scotch, but I can see where the style gets its name from! It is very subtle, but the after taste and feel are definitively reminiscent of whiskey.

Smell is fantastic. Full of subtleties, very malty and sugary but has so many distinct notes--coffee, vanilla, dried fruit, and a slight citrus.

Taste is very good, but not quite as sophisticated as the smell would have one believe. The maltiness is a bit overwhelming and masks some of the complexity. Of course I'm being hyper critical, and what you're going to notice is a delicious blend of caramel and earthy fruits.

Overall this is a medium-heavy beer with lots of flavor and much more alcohol than its feel would have you believe. Prepare for a complex taste and a fleeting sense that you're somehow in some way drinking whiskey. A- for sure. (839 characters)

Photo of Caj1
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great deep copper brown that turns ruby when held to light. Clear and has mild carbonation. A finger of tan head that doesn't last too long and has almost zero lacing.

Smells very sweet with loads of malty caramel and butterscotch. I also detect hints of toast and it has that bready ale smell that smacks of malted barley. Hops are an afterthought. Also a whiff of alcohol.

First off, MORE CARAMEL! Nutty flavors balance on the palate and there is also a nice almost toast or coffee-like taste as if this was roasted grain. A little bit of bitterness under the malt and also a tiny bit of spice like maybe some cloves or cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is first sticky and remains heavy, almost like bread in a bottle. Alcohol dries the palate some but it really only helps cancel out the oily and sticky textures. This finishes warm and with a nice bite.

This is very complex and is a lot more than the sum of its parts. It strikes an incredible balance between heavy porter qualities and lighter ale body and really feels more like a cold wearher drink. Great beer, however, and one I intend to get again. I will wait until fall before I grab another six pack, though. For now it's pale ales and pilseners for me. But please don't get me wrong. This is great stuff.

To good health and good beer. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown caramel color.

Overall: Has so many tastes of sweet malts, caramel, molasses, barley, hints of coffee and vanilla bean, raisin, slight citrus, clove, oak, and a earthy hop spiciness. A phenomenal Scotch Ale with a unique taste of a barley wine and beer. Must Try! (306 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | 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. (712 characters)

Photo of twosheds
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel in color

Smells malty with caramel and molasses

Very malty with a dry nutty finish. Little rough around the edges with a bit of an alcohol tinge. I mean that in a good way. (187 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a little dark red when held up to the light. Pours a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet, malty, Carmel smell. Taste of nut, malt, Carmel, with a hop coming in the end to say hello. A definite scotch boozy presence. A very smooth beer with a medium to heavy body. I'm not big on the Scotch Ales, but I like this one. (369 characters)

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