Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 6,585
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
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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 bfr1992t
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft pour in to a DFH snifter, 45-50F,

A - dark honey with a reddish hue
S - Buttery brown sugar with the slight twinge of alcohol in the nose
T - Buttery caramel malt, toffee, hints of vanilla leading slowly to a hops finish
M - Smooth and lightly creamy
D - While I feel it's a very good example of the style it's not a favorite of mine. I would buy it again as a single for variety in my collection. (403 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually when I buy the Brewmaster's Collection from Samuel Adams, the Scotch Ale is typically left until near the end of the pack, bringing up the rear and getting an extra-long chill in the refrigerator. Dirty Bastard just might get me to reconsider this practice by default.

Dirty Bastard pours a rich, muddy-brown body with ruby highlights, topped by a finger of mocha head, really impressive; decent lacing on the glass doesn't hurt, either. The nose is fine, with lots of malt, some chocolate, coffee and caramel, and an understated but nonetheless present roasted aroma--good.

The taste is excellent--lots of flavors mentioned above, but very smooth, and better as it warms a little here by the laptop at the table. There is also some fruit detectable, perhaps some apple or pear. Excellent taste. I was hoping for a little more carbonation to allow for more felicitous access to the flavors, but this isn't bad. The smooth texture does much to convey the flavor, while also minimizing the high ABV (8.3%) to make this heavy gem all the more accessible.

This made a believer out of me, and there's not much like being refracted in one's opinion because of the willingness to try a beer or style. Such is the case with Dirty Bastard, as it was thankfully due to my friend Captain Pat's intervention with the Southern Tier IPA. Good show, Founders! (1,356 characters)

Photo of cameraman
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber color, with a beige head that dissolves away quickly to a film on top. The scent of sweet malt hits the nose immediately, there is a twinge in alchol in the middle of the aroma. That does not last long, and soon the sweet fragrance of dried fruit comes out, mostly of currants. The malt dominates the flavor at the front, then the fruity flavors of currants and cherries blends on to the palate. A slight bit of bitterness at the end, nothing to strong, mostly mild citrus flavor to balance out the malt. A heavy feel and the weight stays consistant all the way through. Feels very slick and a tad oily, but is very smooth. This is a cold weather beer, it warms you all the way down. You should sipp this slowly, with its strong flavor and aroma, plus a hearty feel. It should keep you warm on those cold winter nights, or make you want to put on a kilt and play some bagpipes. (890 characters)

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heck Yes. Bottle 2007, Draught too actually. An awesome Scotch style ale. Dark amber, moderate carbonation, rich flavs. I prefer sipping this beer slower than most, as the 8%+ is evident (but not obnoxious). The caramelness and molassesness is in yo face on this one, so if you dig that you'll love this one. (308 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Map Room. Poured black with ruby highlights and a thin head that settles to a ring and leaves some okay lacing. Smells roasty, slightly fruity, and with some juicyfruit gum aromas. Some spicy malt as well. Tastes slightly sweet and with a fruity cherry/citrus/prune topnote and a base of pecan pie. Slightly piney finish. Unusual and delicious, and not as sweet as it sounds. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sweet, and the beer overall is quite rich. Nice, now if I could just find some Backwoods Bastard. (524 characters)

Photo of Drewcifer
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. The head was fairly short but thick, a tannish color. The head settles down in to a slight bit of lacing.

The smell is a bit weak, consisting mostly that of smoky, roasted malts, with a slight caramel and chocolate backing.

This beer is well balanced, full of a variety of flavors. Caramel/brown sugar, chocolate, earthy malts, finishing with a little bit of a hops kick on the backend. There are some other flavors not readily identifiable as well, but it all comes together to be a very welcome, well-balanced taste without the normal sweetness expected from Scotch Ale.

A very smooth, medium-to-heavy body with light carbonation makes this go down easy which, but it comes up a little dry afterwards.

Overall, this beer is pretty damn good, a nice example of Scotch Ale. A very easy drinker, which is both a good and bad thing – I’m tempted to drink a sixer of it, but I know that I’d be a very dirty bastard by the end of it. Great for one or two, not good for a session. (1,036 characters)

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dirty, dark brown with hints of red. A one finger head of foam lingers for but a moment and fades. Not much lacing.

S: Malty goodness. Some wood, caramel, and toffee present.

T: Damn, this is good. Lots of flavor in this one - wood, caramel, toffee, a bit vanilla. Very well balanced. A nice warm bit of alcohol is present too.

M: Smooth and almost creamy. Very good consistency.

D: This is a damn fine Scotch Ale. Props to Founders for another great brew! (472 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen kids. Do as I say and not as I do. Do not pour firmly with this one unless you want a six inch head.

Pours dark brown with a tan head that is massive from way too firm a pour. Nose is a mass of complexity. Definite malts here. Caramel, wood tones, and just a good amount of things to take in. Flavor is pretty meaty with a consistent wood character going on. Thick caramel sweetness is there as well. Nice and robust. It seems like I am getting a small amount of alcohol on the flavor though. Feel has a decent carbonation and a smooth liquid feel. Overall pretty good. Nice and hearty and pretty rustic. I can't say it is really lacking, but I can't say it is the smoothest of the style I have ever had. (713 characters)

Photo of NitroGen
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack that my daughter brought back from school in Ann Arbor as park of my x-mas present!

P: Slightly hazy dark brown with some reddish tints, a ½ finger of foam that quicly settled to a scant cover and carbonation.

S: Crisp malts and a bit of grain with some liquor alcohol fumes for the nose.

T: Surprisingly thick sweet dark brown sugar, malt and huge liquor/alcohol taste for the sinuses and palette that cuts the sweetness a lot.

M: The sweet malt blossoms in the mouth and stays throughout but is cut by the liquor/alcohol fumes.

D: While I like the taste, the alcohol fumes are a bit much for a number of these in one sitting. On a cold night/day this will really get the fire going on the inside. (720 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pimpp for the sample. (I think)

Pours a nice big head with a thick reddist brown color. Retention is great.

Smell is a little bit too weak but is complex. Caramel malts, chocolate malts, hell several malts going on here with a little bit of alcohol astringency Apple phenol comes out.

Taste is nicely complex and the malts work well together. Upfront is a caramel malt sweetness witha slight chocolate malt sweetness to balance. This is followed by a balancing hop bitterness and alcohol astringency. I would like a little less booziness on this beer.

Slight creaminess is ruined by too much alcohol astringency.

This beer is good, but it is a little bit too boozy to be very drinkable. (701 characters)

Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my fellow BAer, bozebus17, for throwing this beer my way!

Pours a cloudy dark brownish copper with a hint of orange at the very bottom of the glass. There is about a finger sized head that quickly disappears on you with no lacing whatsoever. I didn't notice any carbonation bubbles either.

The first impression I got when I took a long deep breathe in the the glass was sweet malt and chocolate, oh my god, chocolate! It seems as though I was sniffing a fresh glass of dark chocolate milk. It just smells creamy and smooth.

The taste was roasted malt and grains combined with the chocolate. Not so much that it overpowers the drink but just enough to keep you sipping. Followed by a somewhat hoppy aftertaste.

Very smooth and creamy but for some reason I was expecting creamier.

This is definitely a great beer to drink during the winter (I know its not a seasonal!) while sitting next to a fire. I just might take my own advice very soon! (954 characters)

Photo of Slynger
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy hazelnut in color with some amber around the edges and a dirty off-white head.
Smells sweetly of caramel and roasted malts with molasses.
Tastes sweet of caramel and molasses with a roasted malt dryness and an earthy tea-like bitterness that lingers along with the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is full and creamy without missing out on some good carbonation.
Definitely one of the best of this style that I've tried, and for certain the best American version I've had. (476 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 12oz bottle poured a deep smoky reddish brown, with a short creamy head that dissipated to almost nothing very quickly.

I really like the smell of this beer, with a lot of caramel and toasted malt. There was some astringency to the smell.

The flavor is really the highlight of this beer. It boasts a very rich flavor that was not too sweet, even a little dry and dark. Roasted malt and grains are very bold along with a syrupy caramel. There is a very distinct fullness of flavor, with a lot of tastes that resemble a very darkly toasted slice of homemade grainy wheat bread. Finish with a smooth chocolate taste that is a little dry, but not too much so.

I think this is a very drinkable beer with a good overall taste and feel. The biggest drawbacks for me are the slight dryness and astringency. I think this beer really benefits from a good balance of toasted flavors along with very smooth caramel on the nose and in taste. It is sweet without being too much so, and dark without being overly earthy. (1,013 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque walnut brown with amber edges. Head dissipates quickly leaving a uniform ring around the glass.

Malt sweetness leads with undercurrents of honey, prunes and a soft tangerine hop scent. However, it's shocking how many specialty grains come through on the nose; chocolate, caramel and biscuit malt all shine through in a department where only one usually makes itself known. A sneakily smoky finish is hampered only by a touch of alcohol, which keeps this one from being perfect.

Mmm, candy! Luscious fruit (raisins) sweetness is carried along by an almost nutty supporting flavor. Roasted bitterness tempers the sweetness and an astonishing hop bitterness finishes the job, leaving only hints of burnt and caramel notes. Oddly, the excellent hop quality cost this a higher score; it tastes awesome, just not right for a wee heavy.

Mouthfeel is coating but not syrupy. Supple with a biting bitterness to sever any lingering thickness. Outstanding in this area. Still, this is a big, flavorful beer with big alcohol to boot. Very drinkable for the style but only suitable for the shortest of sessions. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Thanby
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, cloudy mahogany with very little tan head that dies quickly. Slow carbonation is barely visible. Hardly any lacing.

Smells of strong, rich, syrupy malt, grains and a bit of cloves. Slightly estery. Strong alcohol nose.

Rich roasted caramel malt is the dominant flavor. A little estery again. Strong scotch aftertaste. A little on the dry side.

Full body, a little spicy from the carbonation, biter and dry in a warming, pleasant way. Very thick and full, just like a scotch ale is supposed to be. Very strong alcohol presence. The aftertaste is satisfying, despite the esters. Smooth and drinkable if strong ales are your thing. (645 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a rich dark mahogany hue. Pours with a 2 finger creamy tan head that eventually tapers off into a thick collar and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is translucent and lots of particles can be seen floating throughout.

S-Deep, rich, and syrupy with chocolate malt dominating. Caramel malt and alcohol also make a strong presence.

T- Flavor pretty consistent throughout. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts are the main characters here and they make a strong presence throughout. The taste sweetens for the finish but a big roasted bitterness lingers along with a medium alcohol burn.

M- Big, thick, syrupy mouthfeel characteristic for the style. Carbonation is medium and does not get in the way of the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D- I've only sampled a few from this style and this seems to be a solid example. ABV is normal for the style and alcohol presence plays a big role in this brew. Sweet caramel and roasted bitter chocolate mix well and leave behind a nice warmth. Decent overall-but I am confident I can find other examples of this style I enjoy more. (1,096 characters)

Photo of foxmul924
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass...

Color: Reddish-Brown Hue with a Thin, Off-White Head which Dissipates

Aroma: Brown Sugary/Sweet Hops

Mouth Feel: VERY Smooth, Medium-Bodied, Not Too Carbonated,
Velvety Texture that Caresses Tongue

Taste: Sweet and 'Sugary'/Smoky Chocolate, Dark Fruit Aftertaste with
Slight Tinge of Alcohol

Drinkability: THUMBS UP! Two/Three Might be the Limit

Other Comments: WOULD GO GREAT WITH A SIDE OF HAGGIS! (455 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Merchants in Dearborn, MI. Though mahogany in the glass, this was a very rusty-orange as it poured. Tan head settled quickly leaving a ring, some lacing, fleeting carbonation. There was a strong odour of whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, taffy, alcohol. I did not smell fruit as many others here did. Though I'm not fond of this style of beer, I found the taste surprizingly milder than the smell suggested and quite enjoyable with a bit of molasses presence. I thought the whisky punch remained front and centre. Warm mouthfeel, some lingering heat but not bad at all, the hops and malt are nicely balanced. I'd say this was the first Wee Heavy I really liked, wouldn't mind trying it again. (701 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 12-1-07

A vigorous pour yields a dark brown color, with a clingy tan head that leaves huge lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is lots of dark fruit, with a hint of peaty earthiness. Very sweet and malty with a nutty, caramel quality.

Taste is very much like the smell, with alot more peat character. Flavors of raisin combine with burnt sugar and a very subtle hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good, very tart carbonation adds a different feel.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. (536 characters)

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

thanks to DIM for this via trade!

A - rich dark brown / red color with a solid off white head.
S - sweet rich caramel malts dominate with a hint of floral hop
T - similar to the nose but with a more pronounced hop effect.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a wamring effect.
D - went down all too easy.

a touch hoppier than I prefer in a SA but tasty! I'd drink another one of these. (401 characters)

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

a: Dark brown with some ruby highlights, Slightly hazy and translucent. A vigorous pour produces a huge light tan head that is long lasting and leaves lots of lacing behind

s: Earthy candied fruit malts are the most noticeable aromas. Some vanilla alcohol and a hint of hops also detected.

t: The malts, of course, dominate here in a smokey, earthy, peat form. There is a bit of sweetness in the form of vanilla. The alcohol is very faint. An excellent example of the style.

m: Silky smooth with long lasting carbonation. Pleasantly dries the mouth a bit.

d: Certainly a sessionable beer given the well masked alcohol. I'll certainly buy this again. (653 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones on 11.10.2007.
Served in a 10.5 oz snifter.

Pours a clean, muddy molasses in color beneath a creamy, off-white head with nice, delicate retention. Thin layers of ringed lacing. Aromas of light toffee, molasses, semi-sweet brown sugar, and mild alcohol whaffs. Notes of dark, aged fruit: plum, date, raisin. A warm, semi-sweet malt sweetness with notes of toffee and hazlenut. Almost full in body; velvety smooth and creamy. Not overpowering on the palate. A pleasant tasting Scotch Ale. The flavors and textures are balanced; light enough in abv and intensity to have a few glasses. (602 characters)

Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i grabbed a sixer in a rush not really paying attention to what i got. it was just something i hadn't tried. i am glad i did! poured a nice med brown. nice head, lacing and carbonation. smell was rich with hint of roast chocalate.

the taste was very good. on a cool fall day 2 or 5 of these will warm the bod.

good choice. suckem up and movem out!

giblet (358 characters)

Photo of LeftonJackman
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this after enjoying Founders Red's Rye. Great labeling! Be sure to read the neck band.

I poured my bottle into a pint glass before dinner, sat back and enjoyed:

A: Poured a deep amber, with glints of red. Nice nutty head about a finger and a half.

S: After a two quick sniffs I found the aroma a little understated. Bitter chocolate and woodsy. I picked up some of the roast.

T: A slight sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Again, scotch, chocolate, coffee and a roasted/burnt malts. The bitterness of the chocolate tops off the great flavor profile I have come to love about scotch ales.

M: Medium bodied with alcohol and water in the mouth. Not quite chewy.

D: Went great with the cheese in my meal, a sharper cheddar next time. Good beer to have with a meal, but not the paramount scotch ale. One per sitting. (846 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was bottled in September 2007 according to the label notch system as outlined on the Founders Brewery page here on BA. Poured from the stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. I barely produced a 1/4" of light beige head.... so I gave it a hefty swirl and was gratified with a full 1". The beer is a deep brown with ruby highlights. WOW!... the lace is very pronounced!

The smell: Rather subdued but lot's of roasted malt.

Taste: Now... THAT's what I'm talkin' about!... very nice! I can taste a woodsy/malty chocolate. A smokey taste and just the hint of a bitter aftertaste. This stuff is GOOD!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy.... perfect carbonation.... rich and robust. Everything I like in a beer.... so, I gotta give it a 5!

Drinkability: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. One of my favorite beers. Definately in the top ten.... Go get some of this. With 8.3% abv.... proceed with caution. It could sneak up on you. (919 characters)

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