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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,710
Hads: 6,624
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,480 | 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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Reviews: 1,710 | Hads: 6,624
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman shared this one with me. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 17/08 while watching the NBA all-star game.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with a tiny very fine tan head. the head disappears fast and leaves a bit of lace.

aroma is good. big malty nose. caramel. biscuit and bread. bit of toffee. light alcohol. some dark fruit too.

taste is good. light alcohol. huge malt again. caramel. biscuit and bread. bit of toffee. nice dark fruit too - date and fig. medium-low bitterness level. earthy. just a touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body. nice and smooth.

drinkability is great. well balanced, hiding the alcohol very well. bitterness is a touch higher than i'd expect for the style, but not overwhelming. love the nice big malts in this one. (805 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thin head that slowly vanishes, leaving little in the way of lacing.

The smell is of caramel, toffee - some dark fruitiness - this is a malty one alright.

The taste is of a wonderfully deep and rich toffeeish maltiness with some dark fruits and just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. The alcohol presence is subdued, but grows. I expected more smokiness, as per style, but not complaining, as the maltiness is delicious and the dark fruitiness gives a nice balance and enough of it is there to add a subtle touch. Tasty to say the least.

Velvety smooth. By taste and feel, this one is very drinkable, though the alcohol does catch up with it and it is quite sweet. A wonderful malty brew. (736 characters)

Photo of boogles
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders does this one right. The appearance is a healthy brown, with red undertones. Not much lacing. The carbonation is right, not too much like many of this style.

The nose is interesting and complex, with malt, cola, cocoa, a hint of dried espresso, a bit of tonka, burnt caramel, alcohol. Nice!

Taste is similar to nose, but some hops come through also. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but it's not at all.

Mouthfeel is good and it's very enjoyable to drink. I liked it more and more until it was gone.

Careful about the sediment. (543 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from jdoncbus ... 2 bottles received in trade.. My trading partner is taking his home ... mine is in my New Belgium snifter.. Big thanks.

Aggressive pour left a 1" lite tan head... and little lacing.. slightly hazy light walnut brew with chesnut highlites when held to a light.

Deep dark malts with significant caramel ... lite dark fruits and lighter chocolate... very toasty as it warms.

Big body and lite whiffs of alcohol.. very creamy .. caramel with vanilly (bourbon?) notes.. dark caramel and more rich toasty malts... no hops are present ... but some yeasty fruitiness could easily be mistaken for hops. Semi sweet for the style with a lingering dried fruit finish... yummy.

I only remember having this brew one time before and feel lucky that I've been able to try it again... very very good Scotch Ale ... I normally don't appreciate them, but for some reason I always really enjoy one that is well made. Another big cheers to jdoncbus. John's a great trader.. recommended. (993 characters)

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

Pours a very dark amber color with a good sized tan, creamy head. Great retention and sticks to the glass with each sip. Aroma is sweet, citrusy, hops, tropical punch. Taste is full of depth and character. Very sweet malts, very earthy flavors, burnt caramel, ripe fruits, raisins, grassy, strong hop bitter finish. Alcohol is also apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly heavy bodied. Decent carbonation, smooth in the mouth. Dry finish. Extremely tasty and enjoyable brew as always from Founders. (513 characters)

Photo of ConanDan
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle brought back from recent Michigan trip into a 16 oz pilsner.

Dark brown, almost tea colored. Quarter inch head dissapated in a minute or so.

Nose is noticeably but not overwhelmingly sweet, caramelly, slight fruit and hops.

First taste is slightly malty, but full caramel and slightly sugary, some coffee and citrus. This is a very flavorful beer.

Very drinkable, could easily down 2, but I think I'll ration out the other five over the next few months.

Founders hits the mark again. Definitely worth a try. (531 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown, darker in the middle. Thin head that gives great retention.

Smells of toffee, chocolate, and aged whiskey. Aroma is very warming. Taste is impressive, malts upfront that give a toffee, chocolate, caramel, and whiskey taste that is just fun to drink.
Feels good, low CO2, clean finish makes me wish I had another one.

This is a damn good beer. Hard to believe that this has a high ABV. I would recommend this to anyone. (440 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into the proper thistle, cloudy deep garnet red like a pomegranate or a red grape with highlights leaning on the orange side of the spectrum when held up to the light. i wish i had my hue separator.(R.I.P. hue separator). warm creamy 1in beige-caramel-butter pecan head that looks like melting ice cream. very nice retention, thick curtains of lace, it's just a great lookin brew from all angles. and if i look close i can see particles, rising bubbles, and chunks yeast floating around in there.

S- earthy and almost tart caramel and roasted malt and old used whisky barrels dominate with mild cocoa and toffee, and peat like i use in my garden. very complex malt aroma, they use a combo of ten different malts. soooo i guess this is a blend and not a single malt. AHahAHhahahaha. floral herbal hops also make a cameo.

T- first sip is tropical fruits coated in milk chocolate and then rolled in roasted walnuts and peat smoked just a little. a ton of fruit flavors come to mind, probably because of the huge malt bill but one could say a number of things like orange, grape, watermelon, red apple, guava, sweet wood sap, nectarine, apricot, fig, but what really stands out in this mish mash is black plum skin, and it's great. big vanilla, old wood, and whiskey dipped cigars come out near the end with a sharp bitter finish that stimulates the taste buds.

MF- rich and creamy with perfect carbonation, this FEELS like there's alcohol in it. it feels a wee-heavy. heh. .feels narcotic, medicinal, and substantial.

D- looks, tastes, and smells so good that it's easy to drink faster than you may have planned but be warned laddy-- too many of these and you'll wind up like that song about the scotsman who fell asleep in the grass... (1,749 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for letting me try this beer, split with my roommate tonight

Poured into my Dogifsh Head snifter with a nice deep brown color, a 3/4 inch vanilla colored head that stuck around a minute or so, some rention but not much lacing

Smell had maple syrup, butter, cream, tons of different sweet malts, toffe, caramel, a hint of dark fruit, a tiny amount of hoppiness, mostly candy-like scents that lured you in

Taste was smooth and easy to drink for a scotch ale, tried to pace myself but drank it pretty fast anyways, everything in the aroma is present in its flavor, sweet malt all the way through with a little boozy character thrown in there, vanilla and sugar really stick out, some nice toffee and caramel accents, mild hoppy presence provides some balance, a lot sweeter than I expected overall but was certainly not a bad thing

Body was fairly thick for this beer style with a limited amount of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel that had a long lasting taste that kept me wanting more

Could not drink too much of this solely because of its heaviness and high alcohol percentage, very smooth for how sweet it is, alcohol is hidden pretty well and there is no single overwhelming flavor, a couple bottles would do the trick with this one

Another good beer from Founders to add to their list of many, wanted to try this one before I popped open its barrel aged version, Backwoods, in a few weeks or so, highly recommended and a damn good beer for its price, think it is available year round to boot, would definitely drink again in the future if I got the opportunity (1,622 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark brown with a very small beige head that quickly fades to the beer with very little lace. smell is much better fruity with roasted malts, coffee, figs, raisins, hint of alcohol. taste is very sweet and complex with all of the above and with some caramel and a bitter tea that lingers after the finish. mouthfeel is light to medium but carbonation is weak. alcohol is a little prohibitive otherwise nice tasting beer. (435 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: No useful information

Aroma: Deep malty toffee, rich Hershey’s chocolate syrup ribbon, and a mild whiskey barrel note.

Appearance: Deep brown with some clear edges in strong light. Scant cover of tan with a firm collar that gives lace.

Flavor: Rich flavor that doesn’t cut any corners. Full malt and chocolate flavor is lightened by a faint west coast hop in the finish. Toffee notes, some caramel, and just a hint of whiskey give the beer some complexity, but the total package is clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, slightly heavy body with a tiny chew and clean finish encourage deep draughts.

Overall Impression: Impressive. Solid stocky malt beer. The American hops in the finish seem to be off style, but very tasty. I could drink a lot of this.
Strongly Recommended! (811 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy dark copper with a little off white head and nice thin lacing.
Smell is sweet and creamy, lots of caramel, dark malt, and a slight boubon nose.
Taste is much like the smell. Nicely sweet with lots of creamy malts, just a little hop presence, very mild bourbon notes and a little chocolate/cocoa in the finish.
Feels a little thin, smooth and creamy.
Very easy to sip on a really damn cold winter night. (416 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off- not my fav style, but I have to try it since it is from Founder's. Rich mahogany color with thin head that disappears quickly. Malty, alcohol hits the nose right away. First sip is very smooth, major league malts. You can taste the 8% alcohol in this one. I drink it slow, but there is not much carbonation. Good beer overall, not in a ruch to drink again, though. (375 characters)

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

Pours with a minor league head that dissipates rather quickly to a sparse lacing. Big malt nose with hints of fig. Taste is bold and malty with just the right amount of sweetness. A bit of fig like flavor follows through in the taste as well. Lovely mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. This is a nice brew, I would definitely buy it again. (340 characters)

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)

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,710 ratings.