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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,515
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 685 | 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 gfreed
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chestnutty-walnutty-mahogany color, exactly the color of my piano, that glistened in a thistle under a narrow tan head. The aroma was strictly fruit and malt, dominated by nectarines and apricots and a line of caramel that was powerful but in a polite way. Plenty of the same fruit in the taste plus raisins and graham crackers, and just a little too much bitterness from the hops at the end. Still, an exceptional wee heavy that rises near the top of the pile. The 8.5% ABV has plenty of burn; keep away from lawn mowers and roto-tillers. A perfect autumn beer.

gfreed, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of tgorgz
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark carmel colour, not many bubbles. It started off with a two-finger head, and then dissipated into a half-finger with lingering lacing.
S: Not as malty as I expected, but with an abundance of caramel.
T:At the beginning, it's sweet-but not overpoweringly so. The middle is filled with caramel and toffee, but more so on the caramel. This is promptly followed by the appearance of the oaken flavours found in Scotch whiskey, and the beer finishes in this way.
M: Pleasantly thick and quite chewy. It moves well throughout the mouth, and the taste of oak definitely lingers on your palate. At 8.5%, I would have expecting more of a boozy taste than I got- not that I mind not having it.
D: Very drinkable, but I wouldn't put this one down too quickly. Definitely quite enjoyable

tgorgz, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of facundoCNB
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown/mahogany pour with a finger o head which dissipated into a slim ring of bubbles. Smells of chocolate, oak, vanilla, raisins, rum and bourbon.
The flavor is bourbon up front with dates/figs, charred oak and dark chocolate, sweet candy sugary taste, vanilla.. This is just fantastic.
Lighter medium in body with quite a bit of carbonation for the style.. A nice boozy bourbon bite.
This is a fantastic beer both fresh and aged. The bottle I'm having now is from 2911 and is honestly one of the best off the shelf beers to age.

facundoCNB, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A fun shade of light brownish red.
S: Hoppy with some alcohol. For such a high abv beer the smell was quite pleasant.
T: I don't know how they did it, but the blend of aspects in this beer has an amazing execution. Super smooth hops, not overwhelming. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. I think the two flavors work in synergy amazingly well.
M: Sits perfect, which again because of the ABV is something to be really proud of. My note says it actually sits light.

Overall an amazing beer. And the thing that really stood out to me is that as the beer warmed the flavors retained their synergy which left me astounded. Another great beer from founders.

Jamesthebrit, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jjchristiano
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a tall flute at a new gastropub in NJ.
Place is getting great reviews because they have a simple but gourmet menu and a long list of craft beers in bottles and on tap. I decided on the Founder's Dirty Bastard.
It was the perfect compliment to my streak with Bourbon sauce and root vegetables.
Even though there was an extensive selection of beers, I was enjoying the Dirty Bastard so much I just stuck with a couple of them before coffee and dessert. I like the high ABV darker malt beers and this was a good one.

jjchristiano, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - cheers!

This beer pours a hazy dark orange brick hue, with one finger of creamy/foamy beige head, which leaves a sea-level iceberg profile of painted lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells (since I first cracked the cap) of sweet butterscotch toffee, molasses, mild peaty smoke, treacle, vanilla cream, and subtly bitter leafy, piney hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, some more lightly boozy vanilla, and moderately bitter grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body a solid medium, maybe punching a bit above its weight class, deadly smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes still sweet - with a restraint that I can't help but admire - and adequately balanced by the stoic 50 IBUs of bitter weedy goodness.

Not too sweet, not too syrupy, not too thin, not too hopped up - this wee heavy is juuust right! Wow, from the first whiff, this offering has proven to be a study in restrained plaid-clad fury - and tasty as fish and chips in seaside Aberdeenshire...

biboergosum, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of king75
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a amber brown color, with a hazelnut quickly dissipating head.

smell is of malt, some hazelnut, and a little bit of coffee.

Taste is great, malty and complex, can taste a toffee and vanilla amongst many other flavors. A very sweet full bodied beer, very refreshing to the palate, almost chewy in it's consistency.

Drinkability is amazing. I could drink the night away with this beer no problem... only if it was a little more affordable.

king75, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel-brown -- cloudy and murky. Thick, tan head and beautiful lace.

Aroma is strong, hearty...rich and earthy with a little ripe fruit.

Taste is malty and heavy, thick and chewy with a slight hoppy bite near the finish and a definite sting of alcohol. I get some burnt malts, and some fruit in there.

This one is complex, strong, and beautiful. A powerhouse ale, both unique and delicious.

secondtooth, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Lupe
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour a clear mahogany with a thin light brown head. Not much retention and very little lace, but the color is very nice.

Malty aroma with some sweetness, toffee, a bit nutty, and a faint smokiness. The alcohol starts to peak in as the beer warms.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - sweet & toasted malts, toffee, nuts, and chocolate. Smoke is more faint in the flavor than aroma and leaves me wanting more. Alcohol character builds towards the end but never gets in the way. Finishes dry with a light lingering roast and distant smoke. Nice and sturdy flavors that had me craving some more peat.

On the light side of full bodied, silky smooth,, and creamy. Carbonation is on the low side and perfect for this beer. The sweetness was held nicely in check while remaining malty and satisfying. Awesome and possibly lethal drinkability.

My only complaint is that I wanted more smoke, but this is an excellent beer.

Lupe, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt sienna--fairly opaque with a taupe-colored head a 1/2 inch at the start, but settling to an 1/8 inch that persists and leaves good cling. It has a rich toasted malt nose with notes of caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Barley and some flashes of hop zest coming across, as well. Smooth and sweet toasted malts--flashes of caramel and dark chocolate, predominantly--are the first flavors to register. This moves quickly to nice hop bitterness, mingled with smoke and coffee flavors at the back. Great balance on this one. Smooth, creamy, and medium-bodied feel. There's a bit of a syrupy quality, but it has a surprisingly clean finish.

This is an extremely flavorful brew, with nice balance and real assertiveness in all sensory respects. It surprised me with its creamy sweetness, and then it surprised me with its smokey bitterness. What's great is that it moves so effortlessly between its flavors. Definitely a well-crafted ale that's worth a purchase.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of chromemittenman
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of many times I've had this beer, tonight in a bottle, but many times on tap. It is the best wee heavy I have had to date, I love as it warms up, the booziness creeps out ever so slightly, but just as smooth as can be at the same time. If you think Dirty Bastard is good, you have to try its big brother Backwoods Bastard.

chromemittenman, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Flying Pig in Malvern yesterday to help celebrate the 75th anniversary to the end of prohibition.

Poured into a tulip glass - color was a deep, opaque brown, with just a faint head.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a presence of bourbon, caramel, and roasted malts in the flavor - quite tasty.

Drinkability is high, with a lot of character and ABV.

BeerImmediately, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Dansting
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a cloudy purplish-brown color with a medium light-brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma is very malty with a sweet fruitiness to it. Very nice mouthfeel. Flavor is very strong, with malt, alcohol, caramel, and an almost smoke flavor to it. Interesting and tasty beer. Strong Scottish Ale for fans of the style.

Dansting, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of Twerp28
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours like beer, looks like beer, and smells like beer. . .

Starts off with rich, sweet caramel and chocolate malts. It's chased down by deep fruit flavors, raisin and plum. The beer finishes with a wonderful sour apple flavor, and leaves a hoppy, bitter, alcoholic fug on the back of the tongue.

Very complex, another Founder's winner.

Twerp28, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6-pack of this today (20AUG11) at Harringtons ($12.95 plus dep) after being intrigued by the description on the carrier...

Poured a couple of bottles into an imperial pint glass.... It was a clear, deep, striking mahogany color. I could not make out what the carbo situation was, but the head was a creamy, frothy, beige/mocha layer of about 1/4", lasting well and leaving a bit o' lace. Aroma had lots of "come hither"... Malty sweetness, with mocha and semi-sweet choco, and quite robust at that! Body? Medium-plus with a hint of chewiness, and silky smooth over the tongue. Real nice!!

Flavor, like the nose, has solid sweetness, with mocha and subtle toffee hitting the palate. Some peaty smokiness blends in, for a fine combo of tastes. Surprisingly, a strong floral hop bite shows up at the finish, leaving a lingering bitterness, though not in a bad way. Damn, this really hit the spot! Glad I got a six-pack; 4 more bottles to enjoy!!


4.47 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bierman9, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Duane Reade on 72nd street of all places... The world is a changin' . Not sure how I feel about buying Craft Beer at "Wal-Mart" but it was freaking 7.99 for a 64 ounce pour of Founders!. I paid 13.99 or 14.99 at Whole Foods a few months back for the same pour...

A:Nice deep red almost opaque, somewhat translucent. Thin head, no lacing. Looks inviting and intense. Am I ready? I think so.

S: There is actually a fruity hop scent to this with the IBU at 50, no surprise. Also, toasted malts. There is almost sherry-like smell to this. Very nice, complex and inviting smelling.

T: This is a delicious and utterly drinkable beer. You can taste the Americanization of the style through the strong hop presence, but that's not a problem in any sense! It is a brilliant creation and ode to a style. It tastes wonderful. It is sweet and slightly syrupy , but also has a nice bitter roasted malt and hoppy flavor at the end to keep it honest. I am a big fan of this beer. It has balls and isn't afraid to be sweet at the same time. This is a macho, yet sensitive, beer.

M: Very slight carbonation, rounded smooth feel, almost syrupy but not in a bad way. The ending is even a bit thinning in presence , which is nice seeing how heavy bodied this beer is.

O: Overall this beer is excellent and a treat. I don't often find it out here in NYC and every time it is available for growler I jump on the opportunity for a 64 OZ pour! Even if my GF won't help me, I should have no problem finishing this off over the next 2 days ;)

Bravo Founder's!!

Avantyawn, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I remember not liking this beer, but I had it recently after my palate changed from craft brews.

It pours in a black dark color with a little head.

It smells of breadiness and sweet malt. There's some woody and earthy notes in the aroma. Burnt raisin.

The flavor is deep, earthy, and dark fruit. There are big rich flavors in there. It's a true "bastard" with the alcohol, resin, wood qualities. There arThere's a bitter end.

The mouthfeel is like a porter. It's surpsingly easy to drink despite the ABV.

dar482, Mar 25, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%

Alanwood1985, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby brown color with a 1-finger tan head that persists for a while and eventually dissipates into a tan film that lasts throughout. No lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Tons of malts with toffee, caramel, molasses, and earthy aromas. Esters lend a subtle plum-like scent as well. Smells like this is going to be a rich, malty treat.

T – Follows the nose to a tee. Starts sweet and stays sweet throughout with lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruit flavors. A smooth, earthy bitterness and smokiness appears toward the finish. There are signs of alcohol here as well. This is delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a rich, creamy, and velvet-smooth mouthfeel, and an earthy and dry finish. Malty caramel sweetness lingers for a little while along with earthy and smoky bitterness. These aftertastes complement the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This beer is terrific. There is so much malty goodness in the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. Perfect example of a Scotch ale/wee heavy. I wish Founders’ brewery was in my backyard so I could just drink all of their beer all the time. They kill it every single time.

BlackBelt5112203, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of dpianka
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/13/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Dirty Bastard
type: Ale
style: Scotch Ale
brewery: Founders
glass: Mug
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: butterscotch in color, hazy. Beautiful creamy head that wouldn’t go away, it looked and felt like a melted marshmallow

Smell: werther’s original, grass, rich hops (which I guess is just an awesome marriage with the malt),

Taste: like werther’s original was melted in the sun and someone added a few hops and dried prunes. I’m thinking it’s like the Amarone of the beer world. (or is Amarone the Scotch ale of the wine world?)

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth, like a melted marshmallow.

Overall Impression: Awesome beer. I love the caramelized prune flavor. With the rich creaminess and the carbonation that rips right through it’s a perfect balance. Being the dirty bastard that I am, this is absolutely something I would drink many times again.

Food Pairing: I find myself drawn to a briskit sandwich with some jus to dip into. I could also get into some orange ginger chicken. I’d love to try this also with some Mutton stew. For dessert: pineapple upside down cake.

dpianka, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Abbbp
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders is here, Founders is here TX... Man I tell you this brewery has good stuff, and the first guy I tried came thru. After a long beautiful hike and Rockledge I was craving and made my way to the Meddlesome Moth and order this beauty.

Gorgeous old dark leather wallet color, deep brown with transparency and hints of red. The mouthfeel was very smooth easy feeling, with a nice crisp taste. All and all very satisfied I'd give this sucker a solid 93.

Abbbp, May 09, 2013
Photo of ktblue22
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass - ...
A - beautiful cocoa-black brown with a quarter inch frothy head. Blood red linings when held up to the light
S - wonderful smokey sweet smell - very hard to pinpoint a descriptor. Almost like baker's dark chocolate.
T - I get Caramel and maple syrup from the malts, slight hop bitterness that leaves your tongue tingling on the finish. Very well balanced with a pronounced caramel hop. Slightly alcoholic on the aftertaste as well but its masked well with the hops.
M - smooth and the hoppy, medium to heavy bodied. Its a moderately attenuated beer at 8.5%, which does hit you before you finish the beer. The caramel malts lace your mouth and lips for a luxurious drinking experience.

Wee heavys are one of my favorite styles and I think Founders really did a good job with this one!

ktblue22, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of blueberriesforsal
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%

blueberriesforsal, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

DuckDodgers, Aug 19, 2014
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,515 ratings.