Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 6,594
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.73%
Wants: 258
Gots: 1,445 | 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: 1,696 | Hads: 6,594
Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Carmel and toffee come through strong in the smell and taste. Smooth going down. Malt heavy with a bitter aftertaste. Poured from a bottle, would like to try to tap. (177 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L (4.25) - Nice dark color and dark tan head. Not overly fluffy, but enough.
S (4) - Not a lot of aroma here, but a little bit of malt. A little yeasty too.
T (3.75) - Not of a lot of taste here. I mean, it's 'ok' but nothing great. I like this style a lot, and there's a lot of room for improvement here.
F (3.75) - Decent enough mouthfeel. Not very heavily carbonated, or anything else.
O (3.75) - This beer is alright. I'd drink it again, but probably not buy again. A lot of Founders beers are like this for me. There's much better options out there. (562 characters)

Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with ruby notes, small light brown head, great retention. Smell - very malty, some toffee, burnt caramel, hint of dark fruits. Taste - rasiny and malty upfront, then chocolate and caramel followed by hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel - alcohol is well present, though it's smooth, slightly off balance. Complex, strong this beer has some character. Very solid brew from Founders! (388 characters)

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Does Founders brew anything that doesn't taste exceptional? I don't think so. Nothing like an endorsement from an Ohioan for a Michigan product. Just call 'em like I taste 'em. Keep it up, Founders! You guys are tops! (222 characters)

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

I've had this beer many times and I am just now getting around to reviewing it. This is one of the best, readily available Scottish beers on the market.

A - Dark amber, almost brown color. Very clear with light khaki head with some staying power. Light lacing.

S - Rich malt aroma with caramel and toffee tones. There are also some ale esters and a graininess that lets you know there is a lot of different malts that go into this one.

T - Lots of malty goodness that hits the palate. There is a rich caramel, soft toffee, and a bready grain character that is throughout this one. There is some soft herbal-hop bitterness on the finish to help balance the sweetness but overall not too sweet. There is no alcohol character and with the soft finish this beer is very tasty.

M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light to moderate carbonation. There is less body than some other wee heavies which makes it more drinkable but with lots of flavor and no alcohol burn this beer is almost perfect.

Overall, this is the quintessential wee heavy to me. Some others of the style may have more flavor, more alcohol, or more body but the balance, taste, and drinkability make this a champion. This is definitely still a malt bomb but with layers of flavor I would suggest this beer to go with your beef-stew or haggis everytime.

Glass- Shaker Pint (1,338 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy ruby-brown with nice thick tan head with decent retention. yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle
Smell: Caramel, fruity
Taste: Big caramelly maltiness with some fruity acidity and a moderate herbal hops presence. Approaches barleywine in terms of maltiness.
Feel: Full bodied, thick and smooth

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but right from the pour I was impressed by the color and head. It drinks like a light english barleywine, with its deep maltiness and full body. the perfect amount of hop balance to let the malt shine. Delicious. (583 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great thick scotch ale. one of the better bottled founders flavors. (say that three times fast)
heavy alc. and malty mouthfeel make this an intolerable brew for some, but an adventure for others. like most other founders brews, I will be going after this one on tap & pack soon enough. Founders love. (301 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had on tap quite frequently and from a bottle in a thistle glass.
A: Brilliant chestnut with a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass providing exotic sheets of lace.
S: Kettle sugars, grain, light earthy hops.
T: Malty caramel, darker sugars, darker fruit, sweet, earthy, faint banana, boozy, fruity, medium hop accent provides balance.
F: Chewy body, medium low carbonation, creamy, smooth and clean.
O: A little more hops and esters than some of the traditional interpretations but very nice. The tap versions work a little better than the bottled ones. (602 characters)

Photo of shillzor
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger, vanishing tan head.

Aroma: Malt and dark fruits, with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich, fruity malt with bitter hops coming through on the finish. There is a pleasant, lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not my preferred style, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. I'd opt for one of my favorite quads if given the choice, but wouldn't mind drinking one of these again. (447 characters)

Photo of chopp02
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I have to say that I love the color of this beer! It is one of the most unique I've seen: a light chocolate color and the texture of this beer is phenomenal! I absolutely love the Scotch flavor in this rich, dark beer. If you like your dark beers with a liquor taste, then give this one a try, you won't be disappointed. (328 characters)

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

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a deep red-brown. In bright light you can see it's actually a deep red. About half a finger of tan head, which dissipates down quickly to just a ring around the top of the beer. Quite clear. Can see an average amount of carbonation in the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Fruity slightly sweet malts, a hint of alcohol, hops, and roastiness

Taste - 4/5
A rich malt taste - slightly fruity, slightly sweet, slightly alcoholic. The flavor is actually not that strong, and there is little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium-full in body. Smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - 4.5/5
It's really hard to describe why I like this beer, but I really like it a lot. (681 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Dark brown body with a tan head. Nothing to shout about in the head/lacing/retention department.

Smell: Smells overhelmingly of chocolate, with a considerable side-order of bananas and dark, roasted malts. More than a hint of sweetness, too. It certainly doesn't smell like an 8.5% beer - in fact, alcohol is one of the things that is notably absent in the nose.

Taste: Follows the smell, more or less. In additional to the chocolate and banana/yeast smells you start to get a hint of alcohol. It's not particularly in-yer-face boozy, but it's definitely there. It's well disguised though, and subtle enough to add a certain degree of interest to proceedings.

Feel: Medium bodied, fairly easy on the carbonation front with a lovely, chocolate cream mouthfeel. Eminently drinkable.

Overall: I wouldn't say that I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales in general but this one might well have me converted. It's definitely a beer to savour, unless you want to get completely trashed in short order, and savouring it will undoubtedly yield good results. Top brew from Founders - love it. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is awsome poured out of a bottle in a sniffer let warm for 15min s: chocolate banana bread slight light roast coffe T: same as smell With slight im mean slight alcohol finish F Creamy goodness O: this to me seems more like a stout well done why isn't this rated higher this will be a go to for me (301 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large, cream colored head. Dark red in color. Has a lot of particles floating throughout the beer and some even settled on the bottom of the glass. Pedominantly fruity aromas from hops with a slight aroma of roasted malts are present. Initial taste is fruity and hoppy. A pleasant bitterness combined with roasted malts follows and overtakes the initial taste with a caramel flavor coming in last. A wonderful scotch ale. (434 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours brown with a mahogony tent when put up to the light, and a two finger tan head. Awesome looking beer

Smell: A ton of sweet bready malt, slight dark fruit, a touch of heat from the alcohol

Taste: That sweet malt character with subtle dark fruits upfront then slowly fades in to a rye bread type finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; Silky smooth going down with a slightly bitter finish

Overall: What an awesome malt bomb this is. I get a whole range of aromas from the malts. The taste is a little less satisfying, but still very good. Iv had my fair share of scotch ales, and this is easily the best one to date. Founders is my personal favorite brewery, and this beer is another reason why. Cheers! (722 characters)

Photo of hopmashian
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, ruby red. Poured into a sam adams glass it produces a small head that doesn't last.Smell and taste are similarly thick and sweet. Taste is complex with bitterness prevailing over a sweet dark sherry. Mouth is heavy, almost syrupy. I won't try this again as it is too thick for me. (291 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking this for over a decade. It's my go-to Scotch ale. It's rich in smell, complicated in flavor and a wee heavy. My only fault with it is the mouthfeel, which is a bit sticky. It's sufficiently boozy that this doesn't matter much. (249 characters)

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz snifter. Pours a dark mahogany with minimal head and lacing. Smell is lightly hopped, heavy malt, and yeast. Taste is heavy at first from the malt. Finish is relatively smooth and refreshing. (210 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany pour with thin, clingy white head. Aromas of fruit, yeast, and bread with some wine-like quality. Flavors are many - prune, toast, cooked sugar. So smooth and malty. This is just great. (199 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look. Murky, unfiltered (?) honey brown with a medium small, light brown head.
Smell. Yeasty, even toned, possible hint of chocolate.
Taste. Pretty strong hop front, richness of grain, low sugar sweetness, somewhat dry finish, bit of caramel poking through, timidly.
Mouthfeel. Heavy body, chewy, oily grains. Pretty robust.
Overall. Good twang of hops, mild grains except in the mouthfeel. Better complexity in the mouthfeel than in the taste. A nice scotch ale, leaning toward the barley wine neighborhood. (512 characters)

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

The beer pours a light tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a bit on the top of the beer. The beer itself is a deep ruby color that is a little bit clear such that you can see a shadow of things through it.

The beer smell is deeply malty. The malt notes mainly consist of a very strong caramel smell with a little bit of toffee as well. The beer has a sweet smell due to the heavy malt.

The beer taste is similar to the smell. The taste mainly consists of a strong caramel note with a bit of toffee to it. The taste also has a slight bitterness to it but it is mainly sweet. Regardless, the bitterness is a nice note to finish on because of its contrast to the usually sweet notes.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The beer is heavy bodied with a light carbonation to give it a little bit of texture.

Overall, a pretty decent wee heavy and one that I recommend getting. The beer is pretty good for a year round beer and worth getting. (964 characters)

Photo of JoelG21
2.04/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Having read a few previous reviews, I think that people might be misrepresenting the taste of this beer. Simply put, the flavor was completely off-putting. Had almost no beer flavor, just a very alcohol-flavored kick. (217 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beautiful looking beer with a tremendous alcoholic bite to my taste. That bite seems to cover up some of the flavors for me. Also it is much more than a wee heavy. Maybe a little too heavy for me. (196 characters)

Photo of FreshEsh
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't make the mistake of drinking this too cold. I liked it best when it was closest to room temp. All the flavors really came out. Almost has the appearance of a top notch scotch, which I love. Drink more than one, and you'll feel like you've been sipping on scotch as well. If you don't like this beer, you just can't appreciate it. (340 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer filled the glass with a beautiful dark brown liquid that display ruby highlights under a tan frothy head. Rich caramelization in the nose and in the taste. A healthy dose of hops ad a different flair to this beer compared to other Wee Heavy beers. Medium body and a finish that is balanced not deeply malty. Overall a delicious beer and a great offering from Founders! (378 characters)

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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