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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,346
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 174
Gots: 607 | FT: 22
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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:
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 klipper


4/5  rDev -1%

11-14-2011 07:26:30 | More by klipper
Photo of tbeq00


5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 06:58:19 | More by tbeq00
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

A really rich looking dark brown/amber with some mild particulates and a pale, yellow head. The head falls flat with minimal lacing, but the beer is still well carbonated.

Not overwhelming, in fact this may be one of the first founder's beers I've had that didn't have a pungent nose. However, there is still something mouthwatering about the beer. It's got some scotch, spice, and sweetness all well balanced.

Whoa, banging flavors! Sweet sugar with some scotch and sightly bitter spice. This is a pretty damn tasty beer, it's right in line with the other Founder beers I've had thus far. As far as scotch ales go, this is definitely one of the best I've had. Not too boozy and not too watered down.

Heavy malt with a slightly stinging alcohol after exhaling. The beer is medium bodied, but is generously carbonated.

This was an unexpected addition from a trade gone awesome from tburk and I'm super thrilled to try it. There isn't much wrong with the beer, not that I'm an expert on scotch ales, but I'd definitely get this beer again.

11-13-2011 05:36:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of TK5150


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottled June 2011.

A- Pours amber/ruby with a two finger beige head. The beer leaves great lacing. Excellent appearance.

S- Spiciness, caramel, hay, hints of apple.

T- Crystal malts, spicy fruity esters (cherries), bitter finish from the hops.

M- Smooth; appropriate carbonation. A kick at the finish.

O- A good wee heavy, but the yeasty esters in the taste are a bit out of balance for me. I prefer the Backwoods Bastard to this.

11-12-2011 23:09:39 | More by TK5150
Photo of JustinMatthew


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours very dark umber in color with a thin white head into a ordinary pint glass. Smell is light but of caramel malts, raisins, and alcohol. Tastes of caramel malts, raisins, a little smokey, and some evident barley. Alcohol taste is there in the end and exists through the after taste, along with some raisins and barley. A bit drying and an overall decent beer.

11-10-2011 19:42:01 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of tobelerone


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

I've had this one a bunch and it always seems to reveal something different. An excellent complex brew that needs to be tried for sure.

Lovely semi-opaque, sort of dark-apricot colored beer with a large cream colored head. Sinks to a thin band quickly; lacing is intricate and attractive with good cling.

The aroma is particularly strong but reveals a good malt character plus fruit, alcohol, and creamy caramel notes.

The taste is much bigger, with very rich maltiness, fairly aggressive and bitter hops, noticeable booze, dark, fruity sweetness, and undertones of peat smoke and caramel. Hops are more forward than a traditional Scotch ale.

Medium body and carbonation with a sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Very long, bitter and boozy finish. The carbonation cuts the stickiness down a bit and gives the beer some life on the tongue.

Complex and powerful; a deep beer. Might rate it even higher if I were a bigger fan of the style but this is clearly an extremely well made and highly nuanced brew. A potent blend of malt goodness, hot booziness, and lasting bitterness.

11-10-2011 15:29:07 | More by tobelerone
Photo of DrewZ926

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

a- deep copper body with a thin head

s- blast of malt, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, prune, some banana too

t- a bit boozy, very similar to the smell, nice sharp attack with ample malt, finishes very full with a dash of hoppy bitterness

m- thicker than expected

o- first time having a scotch ale, pretty satisfied and feel it is a great example, personally too malt forward, though I'm sure that is indicative of the style

11-10-2011 01:44:02 | More by DrewZ926
Photo of taigor

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark mahogany color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts, toffee, caramel and cherries.

T - Sweet malts to start that gradually turn to cherry, caramel, butterscotch and some dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good malty brew that I would highly recommend.

11-09-2011 15:22:06 | More by taigor
Photo of HotHands


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A - pours a dark brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing.

S - dark fruits and cooked fruits, kinda like a cooked cherry.

T - Tastes of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and cocoa, with maybe a bit of smokiness. Lots of malt. Some mild spicy notes and a fair amount of yeasty flavors. Almost no bitterness. I think there are a lot of similarities between this type of scotch ales and doppelbocks, with the yeasty flavors being the main difference.

M - good body, low carbonation (expected from the style), and a good creamy feeling.

Overall - a very nice Scotch ale. This was my first Founders beer and it's a solid one for sure. I'd like to try more from them, especially their stouts, because they've proven that they can do a good job balancing malt, sweetness, and other flavors.

11-09-2011 03:26:37 | More by HotHands
Photo of kmatlack


4.08/5  rDev +1%

Received this as an extra in a package a few months ago, letting it sit a while longer. Tonight the mood struck me. Bottle date 03/23/10, poured into my Boulevard tulip glass.

A- Huge gas release when i opened the bottle and thought for a second that it was going to be a gusher. Careful pour into the tulip renders a HUGE caramel colored, pillowy, head that bursts out of the top of the glass. Sits on top of the beer like a cloud. Beer is a dark brown murky color with a few hints of red. Lots of bubbles down the side of the glass.

S- Smells overwhelmingly of dark fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, spices, a little boozy, yeasty.

T- Taste is sweet on the tongue, the fruits really shine here. Mid palate there is strong yeast and spice notes. On the back end there is a lingering bready flavor with sweet fruits. Tastes like i just had a mouth full of raisins. I wish all beers had the depth of this guy.

M- A little over carbonated for my liking. Could be due to the aging but what can you do? A little too thin as well.

O- The 20 months this beer has been aging has definitely improved it. This is substantially better than when it was on tap a few weeks ago at a local bar. A fine example of a wee heavy, and completely worthy of the above average rating im giving it.

11-08-2011 02:18:08 | More by kmatlack
Photo of jmarsh123


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Pours a murky brown with a small tan head. Little lacing.

Lots of sweet malt. Some toffee and a little vanilla and even licorice in the nose.

Starts off pretty malty. Some chocolate and oak and finishes with some dark fruits and a bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good.

Far from my favorite from Founders, but a solid brew.

11-06-2011 20:19:58 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Excited to try my first scotch ale from one of my favorite breweries in the US.

A: Pours a beautiful and completely opaque reddish brown color with a minimal yellowish head of fair retention for the alcohol content. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: The nose is full or rich sweet malts, molasses, chocolate and some smoky notes in the background. Smells delicious, and the alcohol doesn't come through at all.

T: As expected from the smell, tons of rich malt character up front. However, this gives way to some nice bitter notes and a smoky finish, which keeps this one nicely balanced.

M: Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel that stands up well to the flavors.

D: Although this one is definitely on the heavy side in terms of body and flavor, the alcohol doesn't come through whatsoever. This is a great brew for the colder seasons.

11-06-2011 04:28:39 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of jtingue

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle dated 8/31/11. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Reddish brown in color. Quite murky for a while after the pour, though it eventually clears out a bit. A half finger of head dissipates to a nice ring around the glass with nice lacing to boot. It's ugliness only makes me like it more.

Smell. A mix of dark fruits, apple, and yeasty esters. Sweet oak tannin laced maltiness with subtle hints of smokiness way in the background.

Taste. Sweet up front with the same types of fruits picked up in the nose. A slight bitterness builds as does alcohol strength. The bitterness coincides with some oaky tannins and a pleasant dryness. There is a subtle alcohol bite throughout. The finish is sweet and fruity which lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body with a low amount of carbonation. Really does a good job of coating the palate and remains there for a while to help those wonderful flavors linger.

One of my first scotch ales, and the first I have reviewed. Cant wait to try its oak ages counterpart...

11-04-2011 02:47:44 | More by jtingue
Photo of rudolphjacksonm


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Served again on-tap at Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille in Richmond, VA on 11/2/11.

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a hint of red when held up to light. Pours a very smell head that quickly dissipates and does not cling to the glass. Very little carbonation. Overall, it has the appearance of flat coca-cola, but this beer makes up for its appearance through its excellent taste. 3.5

S - Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and malt. Somewhat faint but a pleasing scent. 3.5

T - Heavy malt flavor that is slightly sweet with some tingle from the carbonation at the end. Also has a bitter, tea-like flavor at the back of the tongue. Hints of molasses, caramelized sugar, (possibly) chocolate, scotch, and butterscotch glide over the palate. The taste is hard to describe, but it's truly delicious. 4.5

M - Little carbonation and has a slightly thick consistency one might expect from an ale. Slight tingle at the end from the little carbonation present. Combined with the taste, this beer actually feels quite good. 4.0

O - Founders' Dirty Bastard has one thing completely right: taste. While the appearance and smell are somewhat lacking, the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer are far and above others that may strive harder just to have a better appearance and smell. If you are lucky enough to have Dirty Bastard on tap at a pub/bar near you, I highly recommend giving it a try. 4.0

11-03-2011 23:01:43 | More by rudolphjacksonm
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance - dark red/mahogany with very little white head

smell - cherry, malts, toffee, caramel

taste - scotch, cherry, caramel, malt, butterscotch

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, leaning towards a full body, slightly sweet upfront, boozy, bitter finish

overall - decent example of the style that I am glad I tried, my only problem was that the finish could be a bit more refined/balanced and less boozy

11-03-2011 17:19:49 | More by keithmurray
Photo of barleyroad


2.58/5  rDev -36.1%

Appearance is DARK and clear. Smell is hoppy and very nice. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and heavy. The taste is better up front and in the back of the mouth. Bitter start with a slight sweet finish. Overall this is a strong beer in flavor and in ABV. This beer will go well with anything HOT..

11-02-2011 23:57:56 | More by barleyroad
Photo of jwhancher


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Bought a Founders variety pack a couple of months back. Poured a bottle into a snifter for review.

A: Pours a dark hued amber, almost ruby red, with head that fades away quickly. Carbonation seems nonexistent.

S: Smells very malty with hints of raisin, fig, candi sugar, brown sugar, slight roast, subtle notes of coffee, bubble gum, maybe some vanilla notes. This one has it going on in the malt department with 7 varieties being used in this brew.

T: Brown sugar, maple syrup, sweet caramel dipped in sugar. Slight cocoa notes, maybe a little espresso-like roast.

M: Tastes pretty sweet but not cloying. Hops due a nice job of balancing out the malts while still allowing them to shine through. Tastes a little on the heavy side. A great winter beer, or for dessert after dinner.

O: A great tasting beer overall. If I want some great malt character, I'd come back to this one in a heartbeat. Founders did an excellent job on this one.

11-02-2011 01:04:02 | More by jwhancher
Photo of jmich24


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Duvel Tulip
Aged almost 6 months

A: Rich mahogany, deep red edges. one finger tan head. Sporadic sitcky lacing.
S: Malty goodness. Sweet dark fruits.
T: Sweet dark fruits. Carmel malt. Touch of bitterness towards the finish.
M: Huge mouthfeel, creamy smooth, light bitter finish. Wet on your tongue.
O: This is the beer I want on cold wet fall day in Michigan. Gets my malt fix for me every time.

11-01-2011 00:43:18 | More by jmich24
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

No bottling date

A: Warm murky dark ruby amber brown with a creamy light tan skim of a head.

S: Sweet molasses, a little smokiness, a decent yeast aspect - slightly belgian in character, only a faint whisper of alcohol

T: Sweet but strong, a well balanced assortment of dark fruits - figs, plums, raisins, etc. Even less of a tiny dark candy aspect. Smooth with very minimal alcohol. A lil spice kick on the finish

M: low-moderate carbonation (fitting). Leaves nothing afterwards. A little weaker than most in the style surprisingly

O: Solid brew.

10-29-2011 01:05:37 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of quirkzoo


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Thank to HopDiggityDawg for a great locals for locals trade.

Pours a really nice amber with minimal head that recedes quickly. Smell is heavily malty, really caramel with significant sweetness and a touch of booze. Some sweet dark fruits hide on the nose behind the malt and booze with just a touch of citrus hops. Taste is very malt forward, with a touch of roastiness balanced with just enough bitterness. Plenty of sweet dark fruits as the flavor sticks around in your mouth. Carbonation is pretty low which works for this style. It drinks smooth with getting prickly or cloying. Overall a really nice brew, definitely worth checking it out but it won't blow your mind in any particular way.

10-28-2011 05:23:10 | More by quirkzoo
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

A-Pours dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Slightly hazy. Head is nearly nothing. Light lacing

S-Deep maltiness. Molasses, burnt caramel, sugar. Lightly roasty. Not really detecting much of a hop presence in the nose. Light, yet attractive Scotch presence too which I enjoy. Smells like a dumbed down Backwoods Bastard.

T-A nique take on the Wee Heavy. Sweet and malty. Has a cola like flavor at one point. Scotch and smoke is very minimal but may be my favorite aspect of the beer. Not a very powerful taste. I usually don't love the style but this one taste pretty decent.

M-Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat drying. Leaves the cheeks hot.

O/D-Not one of my favorite Founders brews, but their company is so good that this one still is above average. One of the better Wee Heavys I have had. Good, not great. Alcohol masked well and while it is sweet, its not too sweet (like many others in the style).

10-28-2011 03:12:12 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured a thin collar of head from a bottle into a pint glass, deep ruby brown color with fine lacing. Some fine lacing.

Smell is peat and whiskey, caramel and dark fruit.

Taste is boozy scotch whiskey with dark fruit (raisin), caramel malt, nutty, and a chocolate note. Taste of whiskey is definitely not as prominent as the scent.

This is a medium bodied brew with some carbonation. Somewhat bitter with alcohol burn in the throat. The ABV is definitely unmasked.

Overall, a nice wee heavy although I prefer the Innis Gunn to this brew for the style.

10-25-2011 02:33:27 | More by Stocean1
Photo of Duff27


4/5  rDev -1%

Bottled 07/26/11

A- Thin tan head on a dark brown body. Minimal head retention with a very small amount of lacing.

S- Dark fruits dominate with peaty malts.

T- Major caramel malts. More dark fruits with a hint of chocolate notes. Ghost of a smoked sensation with some bready flavor going on. Booziness fits the description.

M- Low carbonation. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel.

D/O- Perhaps the easiest to attain wee heavy around, at least in the Midwest, this is many craft newbies first of the style. Thankfully it is a solid representation from Founders

10-25-2011 02:33:26 | More by Duff27
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a flute from 12 oz. bottle, this beer is a tough review because I find the tap little more fulfilling.

Appearance: Dark Brown with an 1/8 light brown head. Semi-opaque with cloudiness to when poured into the right lighting.

Smell: What a horrible word, I would say this beer has aroma...if i could describe it in any away it would be part barley wine meets espresso. You can inhale this beer and get the buzz, its like a premonition of the good to come.

Taste: Chocolatey, but bitter which is incredible oxymoron for beer.Sweet caramel feel offsets everything else. I do try all different types of beer and I simply just love this beer.

Mouth: Very full with medium carbonation, taste is super sticky...you finish a glass and taste is still there. It hints of chocolate/coffee and maybe a dash of grapefruit and wine. I used this before and will use it again the flavor just "hug your cheeks".

Overall: Incredibly finished beer I loved it beginning to end. You will get almost everything with this beer, lacking maybe appearance which isn't much since it's going to end up in your stomach. Best of all you can get it year round, this beer is definitely top of my A list and should be on top of yours. Salud!

10-25-2011 01:15:39 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a brownish red, with a half inch of off white head, a little lacing. Smell is of brown sugar, dark fruits, peat, and some hops. Taste is that, very easy drinking, and the balance is wonderful. Really impressed, this is not a style that I seek out, but Founders never let's me down. Nice carbonation and a perfect mouthfeel. Really like this beer, didn't want it to end.

10-24-2011 22:53:47 | More by SawDog505
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,346 ratings.