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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

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Ratings: 4683
Reviews: 1568
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%

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 gangstafaceclay


4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a dark-reddish color with a nice head. Very nice!

Smell is some spices and sweetness.

Taste is very complex. dark fruits, carmel, scotch, semi smokiness, nice toasty malt, and toffee. So very good!

Mouthfeel is silkyness and medium-full bodied. A great sipper and a slight warmth going down.

Overall, this is a lovely scotch ale! So good and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:54:35 | More by gangstafaceclay
Photo of BradC


4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red, thin head with a little lacing

Smells of dark fruits, burnt raisins and a little peat

Tastes of plum, raisin, malty sweetness with just enough hops to keep it balanced.

Heavy body,moderate carbonation but still drinkable. Alcohol is fairly subdued.

Overall, a great scotch ale, a lot of complex flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:22:05 | More by BradC
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber with a nice thick head. The first sip is magical. Nice sweetness and lots of flavor. I get hints of raisin, plumbs and prunes. You can taste and feel the alcohol at the end. A fantastic beer and one that I could drink a few bottles at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:02:38 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of buhanan

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a strong dark red. The color is attractive. The smell is a little spicy and sweet. The taste is awesome. Somehow the alcohol content is hidden in a sip, even though a full glass will knock me over. I have never had a red like this before and I beg everyone to try this one. I someday hope to find this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 20:32:42 | More by buhanan
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
8.5% ABV, 50 IBUs, Bottled 01/21/14

A - The sexy and deep ruby-hued mahogany color pours with clarity, glugging into the glass to form some brief carbonation cascading, which builds the dense cream-filled coffee colored head. Stupendous retention eventually gives way to sheets of lace left clutching the glass.

S - Caramelization of the malts opens up a deep complexity of sweetness. Semi-melted caramel cube and brittle toffee fills in the gaps left by the profound toastiness that overruns the lightly grassy hop nuances.

T - Offset slightly by earthy hoppiness and dry roasted qualities, the sweet malt comprised toffee slivers bobbing in melted caramel also brings a drizzle of chocolate over thick sliced, lightly toasted, soft rye bread.

M - Dirty Bastard has a super smooth, almost creamy medium-full bodied feel that lingers with balanced sweetness, never becoming cloying. It's alcohol level impressively glides by almost fully unnoticed save for the gentle warming finish.

O - One of the most quintessential stateside Scotch Ales, Founders' Dirty Bastard is full-flavored and nearly full-bodied but isn't 'intense' as most of the style reflect. Instead, the sweet caramelized wort opens up nuanced complexity of sweets and bread, carefully balanced by hops and alcohol dryness for a smooth beer that can quickly sneak up on you!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 23:35:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of rawfish


3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark mahogany, crimson against the light and very hazy. Half a finger of toasted marshmallow head with average retention and nice waves of lacing.

Deep caramel and toffee, well integrated malt with nuances of chocolate, light spice and finished with medicinal hops and alcohol.

Malt is barelywine strength, caramel sweetness, chocolate and toffee, notes of bourbon soaked dark fruit and nutmeg. Hops are balancing this one out nicely with herbal bitterness that sticks around. Sweetness takes away from any true peat smokiness or scotch flavors. Otherwise darn great.

Slick and creamy, heavier decadent body with enough carbonation. Dries nicely though the alcohol comes off as medicinal when cold.

Well crafted Wee Heavy that really could pass as a barleywine, highlights the complex malt packed into it. The flavor is bold and complex with whiskey, sweetness and fruit features and is easily the best part of this beer. Founder's is always solid this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 05:03:34 | More by rawfish
Photo of Flounder57


4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson color with a little bit of clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice off white lacing down the glass ad the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, bready, a little toasty, a little chocolate, a little roasted, and some grassy hops.

Taste: Caramel and toffee up front, a little chewy, mild tingly hops, some roasted notes, a little bitter chocolate, and some slight booze.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, a little chewy, malty, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Overall: Pretty solid scotch ale on the wee heavy side. Enjoyed a lot over the years.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:27:55 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Realbeer1542

New York

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a porter glass. Very dark amber brown with a 1/2" pure white head.

Smell - malt, slight hard minerals. , faint fresh hop, not overly complex.

Taste - Mild biscuit, medium maltiness, not sweet, slightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - medium high carbonation from the bottle. thick enough for this style. creamy and bitter with a slight alcohol drying but leaving the mouth with a subtly sweet coffee aftertaste and wanting more.

Overall - Very enjoyable Scottish Ale with a different slightly richer porter like take on the style. Would like to see this aged in an whisky cask to really make it perfect. A great beer to enjoy on a cold winter evening (which seems to be never ending in 2013-2014). Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:32:29 | More by Realbeer1542
Photo of Warmonster


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. strong taste, probably too strong for most. Tasted like a porter to me, the high ABV really gives it a kick, I was buzzing hard before I even knew it.. The smell was almost of chocolate which I like because it didn't taste like chocolate... Some of the best whiskeys also smell like chocolate. Im assuming its because its a "scotch style ale". If you like strong beers of good quality try this.. but as their saying goes. Its not for the wee lads.. so be prepared!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:50:20 | More by Warmonster
Photo of mjanderson


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass from a bottle dated 11/12/13

Look: Clearish brown/red color with nice head that sticks around minutes after pouring

Smell: Candied sugar, sweet, bready

Taste: This is a heavy hitter. Plenty of hoppy bitterness mixed in with dark fruits, caramel and candy up front with lingering bitterness on the back end. Really enjoyable balance of hops and malts, definitely meant to be enjoyed after it has warmed up a bit. Noticeable booziness, but not overwhelming.

Overall: Rated this a 4/5, but I really like this one. If you are a fan of American style scotch ales, this is definitely a beer I would recommend. Second time having this beer and just as enjoyable as I remember.

Also, this is my first full review on the site and am really happy Dirty Bastard was my first.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:34:08 | More by mjanderson
Photo of DougT


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A Dark hazy brown with a 1 finger light tan head that dissipates leaving a nice layer of foam and decent lacing.

Aroma is carmel, hops, dark fruit, wood and winter spices. Complex and inviting.

Taste is very well balanced. 50IBU but contrasted against the malt sweetness and alcohol. There is a little alcohol bite but plenty of rich beer flavors with dark fruits, malts, and the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium body. There is enough sparkle to keep the drink interesting. Feels a little slippery, but easy to drink.

Overall an outstanding Scotch ale that leaves a warm glow and a desire for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:58:36 | More by DougT
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Deep ruby colour with one finger brown head. Good carbonaiton, no lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice malty aroma. Some hops were there with toffee as well. Well integrated aromas. Some booze.

T - Sweet, but the hops are also there. Dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Intense flavours.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body, sweet finish.

O/D - Very drinkable. Good scotch ale. Powerful and flavourful, while not exactly blowing you away. A bit too sweet and a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:23:51 | More by tbeckett
Photo of dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark ruby colour with relatively thin off white head. Strong fruity malt aroma, hints of raisin and apple. Quite a varied palate, very sweet with strong flavours of molasses, apple and toffee. A very Christmasy beer. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel but still rather syrupy in the finish. Balance is a little too sweet - while the hop presence is there, it comes up only around the finish while the syrupy, fruity malts dominate at the start. Still, a very drinkable yet flavourful beer. Great as an aperatif.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:14:29 | More by dreamchaser


2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste_- its a little heavy for me. It's a stout so it's as it seems over powered. It's like sucking down a semi. Lots of caramel and malt and a slight rye. It's about a C+ taste to me.

Odor- ^#^-Oates , caramel and malt. No spicy Rye notes and the finish suggests. It's probably to over powered by the other odors.

Manifestation- ^@^-tastes the same threw and threw not really interesting per say. If you like guineas give it a try if not I wouldn't waste your money.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 07:10:47 | More by UKTOMCAT
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased from Trembling Madness in York a while back. Should have drunk it sooner - D'oh! Hopefully the 8.5% ABV will have preserved it....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue with plentiful fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of dried fruit, brown sugar, nuttiness, mild roasted grain, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a twinge of vanilla. A touch of booze in the background. Nicely rounded but perhaps slightly two-dimensional.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Notes of fruity malt, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, mild roasted grain, a hint of vanilla, stewed hops, faint pine and earthy yeast. Quite sweet, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body. Vaguely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity caramel malt, stewed hops and earthy yeast.

Pretty good - a big, malty brew. Looks alright, with an aroma and flavour dominated by sweet, fruity malt and yeast. Nice body. It does seem a shade too bitter for the style, but perhaps that's just the US take on things. A solid effort that bludgeons the senses with alcohol. Worth a punt if you stumble across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:57:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Bastard doesn't exactly look 'clean' but its name may be a little harsh; though dark and hazy, it's not entirely opaque and displays a lovely chestnut honey colour. Its head, however, has a tarnished off-white tone; it's looks like beige buffed leather. Fetching but not easy to describe.

The aroma, however, is a little easier to place - sweet notes of caramel, toffee brittle and dried fruits abound. This example has the requisite wisp of smoke and trace of peat but also a hoppiness that conjures thoughts of dewy grass and mossy rocks. Great so far.

The palate continues right where the bouquet leaves off, showcasing hints of smoke, peat, dried fruits, and lots of caramel and nut brittle sweetness. That hoppy earthiness is compounded by a pungent, long-lasting bitterness that smacks of a leafy, woody, strongly-steeped Darjeeling tea (mixed with a big spoonful of honey, mind you).

There seems to be no shortage of malt, but 8.5% is nothing to scoff at; esters of plum, apple and raisin overrun the sticky dark caramel on many sips (and almost exclusively steer the aftertaste). The alcohol itself is fairly well concealed, however, and the beer drinks without any issue; malts provide plenty of gooeyness and there's a pleasant hint of peat.

It's rare that anyone drink any beer from Founders and be left anything but pleased - Dirty Bastard is unlikely to disappoint. It is a rich and deliciously malty ale with layers of flavour that amidst all the requisite nutty, smoky and fruity notes also includes a great deal of hoppiness (which is rare for the style, hops not being native to Scotland). A nice interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:40:52 | More by biegaman
Photo of StuyBeerGuy

New York

3.89/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:25:19 | More by StuyBeerGuy
Photo of chefhatt


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer, it has a ruby color body with no head. The smell has a malty, dark fruit aroma to it. The taste is dark fruit, malty with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and over all a good version of the style, just not one of my favorites styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:52:25 | More by chefhatt
Photo of elNopalero


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a ruby crimson-amber in color. It has a mellow, malty aroma. I get a caramelly flavor coming through from the malt bill. It’s sweet, not sharp and not harsh. Not syrupy although it could easily be if there wasn’t just the right balance to this. Nice, without being a big destroyer, but strong enough to sip and enjoy on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:54:19 | More by elNopalero
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 11.27.13

Atleast a year old, date is rubbed off.

A - Pours a murky dark brown with a small tan head that is quickly fading to the edges.

S - Ripe dark fruit, caramel, oxidized.

T - Caramel and ozidized, wood.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - No date, but at least a year or two old, and way past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:07:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of arc3636


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - bit cloudy light red in color, 1 finger of head with good lacing

S - I'm not getting much... but I do hae a bit of a cold

T - caramel, butterscotch, raisins... lots of sweetness

M - somewhat heavy, high carbonation

O - very enjoyable, began to feel the 8% alcohold during the last 1/3. Excited Founders will soon be available in Kansas

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:30:55 | More by arc3636
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color forming a medium thin bubbled tan head. Load retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass. A very thin layer remains on the top for a long time

S: Sweet and roasted. Strong notes, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and oak. Caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits like grapes and raisins. Flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee and caramel. Notes of oak, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, dark fruits. The sweetness is short and in the very beginning. Quickly, it becomes quite dry and malty. Some earthiness and some citrus hops can be felt too in the end

M: Medium body and medium to low carbonation. Very smooth and slightly molasses in the mouth. Malty, toffee and woody aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Another Founders masterpiece. It sounds like they can't make a mistake...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 18:00:11 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky red brown color with a small off white/light khaki colored head that dissipates to a thin ring. Body is very hazy but with quite a bit of visible sediment.

Smell: Basically a malt bomb. Caramel, various dark fruits, toffee, slight milk chocolate and leather.

Taste: Sweet malt, raisins, fig, chocolate, peat smoked malt, caramel and a bit of earthiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation on the higher side of medium with a somewhat aggressive feel.

Overall: Another good one from Founders. This is probably a bit under appreciated considering it's available year round, but this is absolutely a beer that's worth a repeat purchase

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 07:01:22 | More by Jonada
Photo of Joshpu


3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a pretty hazy dark brown with a ruby tinge with almost no head.

S: Toffee, root beer, bready malts, some alcohol. Maybe some citrus hops.

T: Toffee, bready malts, some chocolate, some alcohol on the end. Maybe some citrus hops as well.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty easily drinkable. Sweet aftertaste. Slightly above average carbonation. Some alcohol burn.

Overall a good beer but probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Better when it is warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 07:05:03 | More by Joshpu
Photo of ISmith87


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Dark murky brown beer, with a finger of tan head that dissipates down to a thick film. Nice lacing
S - 4.25 - caramel, peat, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, whiskey
T - 4.25 - caramel, whiskey, chocolate, boozy, cream
M - 4.25 - has a nice creamy/whiskey/vanilla aftertaste, medium-heavy mouthfeel, alcohol present but appropriate
O - 4.25 - Great wee heavy. I'd love to compare it to Old Chub and see how they stand up next to each other.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:55:38 | More by ISmith87
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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