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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,510
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 684 | FT: 22
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 blackcompg
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the "dirty bastard" logo on the 12oz bottle. Popped the cap off and...

Appearance - Poured into a 12oz beer glass, about a 1 finger tan colored head, dissipated to a tan cap in less than a minute. Beer has a thick, hazy reddish brown appearance, looks very nice. Sips leave some traces of lacing.

Smell - When first opening the bottle, I got molasses, raisin bread, and a little booze. Once in the glass it is more of the same, a little heavier on the raisin bread now.

Taste - I love this! Starts with molasses and raisins, sweet malts, then raisin bread..that's been dipped in malted bourbon..then the hops begin to assert themselves, and the sweetness dissipates and dries to a wonderful hopped bitterness with semisweet malt undertones which warms with oaked bourbon..nice! The remaining tastes after the sip are bitter hops on the back of the tongue, with traces of semi-sweet malt and molasses, and a wonderful bourbon warmth, not overly boozy at all. These flavors are bold and balanced, and beg the next sip...

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy during the sip, then a slight carbonation tingle, finishing in a slightly dry hop bitterness. This progression happens with every sip.

Overall - This has been one of my go-to beers recently (especially in the colder months), while I typically gravitate to IPA's and bolder Hefeweizens in the warmer ones. I really enjoy this beer alot, very satisfying for those who like the flavor of dark fruits, molasses and malts, and still some hop gratification at the end of the sip - really a great, complex beer with a wonderful progression of flavors and nuances in every sip. I definitely recommend this beer. At 8.5% ABV it may not be very sessionable, but 2 of these is a really nice way to end an evening.

blackcompg, May 21, 2011
Photo of bshanly
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff. Haven't seen much Founder's out here and picked this up at my local. NOt a scottish ale expert by any means so it take for a grain of salt (note: other than Middle Ages Kilt Tilter and Duke of Winship I've never bought a scottish ale twice...until this one).
Appearance: Dark reddish brown, light tan head that lingers.
Smell: Sweet, malts, caramels
Taste: Delicious? Sweet, a little sugary, can't pick up too much hops but also not expecting to.
Mouthfeel: Wow. Best part of the beer hands down. Medium bodied but clean and crisp with a nice finish. Velvety and creamy.

Overall a really great beer.

bshanly, May 21, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited when I saw that the Chumley's in Broadripple, IN had a rotating tap of Founders seasonal. However, when I heard it was Dirty Bastard, I was a bit disappointed. I bought a six-pack once, right after I got into craft, and I didn't think it was that great. I decided to give it another chance, though. I've never had a draft Founders, so what the hell, right?

Served in a chalice/oversized wine glass.

A: Very little head. The body looks just like a cider: thick, rich, brownish-orange. The color reminds of a caramel apple, actually. It churns in the glass menacingly, even minutes after it has been poured.

S: Smells a bit like a caramel apple, too. Sweet and sticky, with hints of raisins and cinnamon.

T: Very boozy. Wow, this is completely different on-tap. The alcohol is intoxicating: woody bourbon that kicks your ass with every sip. Some cider elements that were evident in the nose come full force, adding caramel/toffee sweetness across the palate. This is definitely a man's drink, showcasing an intensely heavy, aged taste that will put hair on your chest.

M: Perfect feel for the style. A hidden carb contrasts very nicely with the slow burn of the whiskey.

O: There is certainly a good and bad way to sample this beer. In the bottle, you'll find a funny-tasting dark ale; on-tap, you will get a brew that yells at you in a crazy Scottish accent, picks a fight with your senses, then pummels you to the ground. In other words, it's just what you expect from Founders: bold flavor.

BarryMFBurton, May 20, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Date stamp on bottle is unreadable.

A: Translucent mahogany with a sand colored head that dissipates and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, and fruits in the background. A bit of alcohol peeps through.

T: Sweet caramel, biscuit, and roasted malt up front with a nice transition to an earthy coffee flavor. Fruity notes with a snap of alcohol and hops bitterness on the back end. A tad of tea flavor.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Sticks to the tongue a bit, and just a bit of dryness at the finish.

O: My first wee heavy, but I enjoy this beer quite a bit. Matches the style notes quite well, and would be a great beer during the winter months.

tito42, May 19, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a murky mahogany with a 1-inch bone-colored head that recedes to a wispy haze and thin ring.
S - Obviously malt-forward, with notes of caramel, toffee, a bit of chocolate, and some candied orange peel.
T - Similar to the nose, I am detecting quite a bit more chocolate in the taste, specifically cocoa powder. Not overly sweet, a very nice and balanced example of the style.
M - Slick, slightly sticky, with a medium body and medium-low carbonation.
O - An excellent Scotch Ale, probably the best when availability and price are factored in. Another great Founders offering!

jsanford, May 17, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very creamy red beer. Gorgeous ruby in color with superb head and lacing. Very malty smell. Sugary, raisin and malty flavor that mix very smooth. Nice creamy texture with a bitter bite. A nice complex and balanced brew. Will try it on a crisp cool autumn day.

sweett3k, May 17, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an orange tint. Carbonation is quite low. The head takes a little prodding to come about and develops quite slowly. I don't get much of a nose. Some pine and raisins.

This beer has a rich malty flavor with a slight touch of booziness in the background. There's a nice creamy mouthfeel as you get malt, nuts, and some spice. There's a nice, lightly hopped finish.

I don't have a lot of experience with Scotch Ales, but I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again.

deadonhisfeet, May 15, 2011
Photo of mizzouguy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beUtiful copper color with a small head. The smell is heavy caramel, and other sweet fruits. The taste hits strong with the caramel up front, then gives way to some hoppy bitterness. The beer is medium bodied and it's a joy in your mouth. Was my first wee heavy but love the style now, this still may be my favorite.

mizzouguy, May 15, 2011
Photo of colts9016
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a recent trade, thank you for the beer E. Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees

Appearance: A monster two finger head that has really good retention. The head is light tan in color that is foamy and bubbly. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a copper red color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubbles. There is some yeast floaties in the beer, overall it looks great.

Nose: A very malt biscuit and toasty and caramel notes. There notes of earth, peat, alcohol, light roasty notes, and some phenol.

Taste: A very malty beer with biscuit, toasty. light roast and caramelize notes. Other flavors are peat, earth, alcohol, phenols, and some fruity notes.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is chewy, carbonated, warming, and coating. The body of the beer is thick and the finish is medium full. This is a really good scotch ale has a lot of character well made. I would however like to see the beer have some more peat to to and a bit chewier.

colts9016, May 12, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at yogi's a semi opaque deep amber brown to a standard pint with a hint of a head that's gone before it hits my coaster. spotty ring of lace after each sip.

extremely subtle sweet malty aroma. brown sugars.

brown sugars, molasses, hints of scotch whiskey, dried cherries, raisins.

big bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with no bitter presence.

drinkable - yep, but it's sneaky.

overall - great example of style - 2nd only to NEBCO wet willy.

robwestcott, May 10, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish with ruby hues; mild tan head recedes quickly. Zero lace.

S: roasty malts, sweet caramel, booze, dark fruit of some sort.

T: very smoky with smoked/roasted malts front and center. Touch of caramel sweetness in the middle before the hops turn it squarely bitter. Taste is overwhelmingly of smokey malt & hops, and while I can appreciate a well-crafted brew, this direction of flavors really isn't my thing.

M: nice creamy body & appropriately carbonated. Good drinkability too.

O: a decent brew that I'm sure many others will swoon over. I'm always willing to sample a Founders brew -- even of styles I don't particularly love -- and Dirty Bastard is a great example why.

brystmar, May 10, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle,

A - Dark coppery in color, very little head and very little retention.

S - Getting carmel malts and maybe some dried fruit.

T - Very nice, gobs of malty carmel on the front end, gives way to a slight hoppiness that finishes with some sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

D - Very nice ,lots going on as you taste through the brew.

stercomm, May 07, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into pint glass to find a deep, dark, hazy, reddish amber body. There was a small white head that went away very quickly and very little lacing was present. The aroma had a sweet malty presence with hints of dried fruits and caramel. The taste was excellent, I didn't know what to expect and I was very surprised. The taste is very complex but so enjoyable at the same time. You get a taste of sweetness of dried fruits and caramel malts. You get a few hints of bitterness and a great sweet alochol flavor. A lot going on, but it all works together very well.

The beer is very easy to drink, balance of carbination and smooth creaminess. The alocohol is there but its more mellow than anything. Overall another fantastic beer from Founders. I'm glad that this one is easy to find becuase I would definatly like to pick this one up from time to time.

Dan3279, May 07, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/12/11. Pours a clear, ruby red color that lets just a little light through. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly and leave just a bit of scattered lacing around the glass.

Interesting aroma that is slightly difficult to classify. Some spices and a little hops. Some dark malt and some sweet chocolate.

The taste is a step up from the aroma. Roasted malt and some spicy flavor that blends into a slightly hoppy finish. The bittersweet chocolate is muted but present.

Medium to light mouthfeel that does remiind one of a scotch. Quite an interesting brew and another solid offering from Founders.

FanofHefe, May 06, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish cherrywood color with a light half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a very minimal lacing on the top of the beer.

S: The nose is comprised of mainly malts and a light amount of caramel. There's little else that is immediately present.

T: Starts off on the sweeter side with some sweet caramel and brown sugar and moves into a very light breadiness coupled with the malts present from before.

M: Medium amount of carbonation for a quite large bodied beer which works here.

O: Quite drinkable overall. I've just recently started drinking more Scotch Ales and this one definitely comes to the top of the list in terms of "buy again"s.

Daktyls, May 06, 2011
Photo of burkyburk
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma was very pleasing. I got dark choc/burnt caramel notes.
The smells came out in the taste as well. Chocolatey with the perfect amount of alcohol to blend it all together.
Felt so great on my tongue, so much going on flavor-wise. I enjoyed every sip.
I had heard a lot of hype for this beer and the rumors were true. It was amazing.

burkyburk, May 02, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, too dark to see through. A touch of reddish around the edges. The head takes some time to form, and then is gone before you know it.

The nose fills with caramelly malt and little else...and that's not a bad thing.

The taste buds tell the same story as the nose. It's heavy on the malt, with a bit of alcohol. Strangely, it's got a cola-like taste to it.

There's some complexity on the palate. It starts off creamy and almost sweet, then finishes with a touch of malt before giving way to a slightly bitter swallow.

There's no mistaking the high alcohol, but it's a relatively smooth drink for 8.5% ABV. It does lack some flavor, but it's still a good beer.

RickS95, May 02, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Medium grade maple syrup with an off-white head.

S – Surprisingly sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel straddle burnt toast.

T – A very sweet beer, but not as sweet as the nose would leave you to believe. Nice malt and brown sugar opening. Pine bitterness mid profile. Touch of espresso and burnt toffee on the backend.

M – Medium / full body coats your mouth without being overly syrupy. Sweet, brown-sugar finish.

vfgccp, May 01, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and very slight alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The flavor on this one was slightly complex and very well balanced. Very nice aroma going on here as well that keeps you coming back for more. A great brew for the style and a definite must try for anyone out there.

thagr81us, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of jacobseyb
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of off white head. Gentle smoky aroma mixed with alcohol and some dark fruits. Taste is a little spicy from the alcohol with the malts and smokiness being present as well. Mouthfeel is appropriate, smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Overall a very good beer that I enjoy whenever I have the chance.

jacobseyb, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Coppery mostly opaque color, with a very very thing white head. After a few moments there's really no head left.

Aroma: Malty, toffee, some burnt caramel, the alcohol is creeping in there.

Taste: Sweet, malty. The hop bitterness comes out in the finish, as well as the alcohol. It's almost sour. Which is kinda funky. :)

Mouthfeel: Thin but sticky. Like a sugary drink.

Overall: If not for the heat, I'd say it was sessionable. Tasty, good smell, light on the palate. Good to drink, but I suspect the 8.5 heat will keep me from drinking more than 1-2.

cmannes, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of EkimGram
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz. bottle poured into Imperial pint. Thin head, very slight visible carbonation. Colour is an amber red.

Smell: Lots of malts, some caramel and a bit of toasty notes as well. Decent sweetness and a bit of hops at the end.

Taste: Strong flavours of various malts, bitterness from the hops, and a little bit of booze. Finishes dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Has a nice silky, sticky feel to it. Finishes with the slightest of bites.

Overall: An excellent beer; a beautiful colour, very balanced flavour, and just a pleasure to drink. One of the more interesting scotch ales I've had.

EkimGram, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of RugbyGreg
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm very partial since I just made a batch of wee heavy, so I'm not really impressed. The malty flavor is not as strong as I feel it should be, although it does have a nice finish. While it's a decent wee heavy, I would hope next years batch would so more flavor.

RugbyGreg, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours like a really dark piece of bloodwood with a light khaki head that's two fingers tall and leaves big, chunky lace on the way down. On the nose there are caramel and toasted malts set against a definite background of alcohol. There are sooty and earthy notes here, almost like spent oil poured on a pile of leaves. In the mouth there is a large base of the caramel and toasted notes from the nose, but also some dark fruits come out. Buckeyenation said bourbon soaked figs and I think that accounts for both the dark fruit and the alcohol, which seems like it's there by design rather than by mistake. The body is full and the finish is long but conspicuously absent from the back part of the tongue, I guess due to the absence of notable bitterness. I like this beer a good deal, perhaps not a staple but something that is very good and easily enough had on tap when I'm at home in Michigan.

EricCioe, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First...I'll say I LOVE Founders. They are one of my 2-3 favorite brewers. I had been looking forward to this one for a long time. Here is the verdict:

A: A nice deep ruby red / dark mahogany. A tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Some booze. Deep malt notes.

T: Tastes great. Highly malty...but not sweet. The main focus is the malt...some peat...brown sugar...dark fruits.

M: Medium body.

O: Love Founders. Enjoy this style after not liking it much initially.

Brunite, Apr 21, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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