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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,226
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 167
Gots: 549 | 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 ChadQuest


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather antique brown color with creamy thick off white head crowning the top.
Light aroma of earthy grains and peat. palette picking up a touch of caramel and vanilla from the malt bill with that earthy touch. well done mouthfeel and decent drinkablity but not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:10:41 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Seanibus


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

Pours deep brow with big dense head. Not much on aroma, but flavor is huge, sweet, malty, yet light. It has a pleasant smokiness and bitterness on the finish - dark bread, roasted nuts, very dark cherry fruit. Mouthfeel light and pleasant. As it warms, the beer takes on a sharp, winelike tannic bitterness that highlights the malt complexity

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 19:01:06 | More by Seanibus
Photo of jbails007


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this a mere 2 hours ago, and I felt the need to review it right away!

Color is very dark. Not pitch black, but close. This beer had absolute phenomenal lacing! The best lacing I've ever seen. A medium head with excellent retention.

Smell is fantastic, it's kind of hard to put a finger on what it is. this is the first Scotch-style ale I've had. I definitely detected some caramel and some toffee.

The taste was absolutely exceptional. It is bitter, and there is alcohol present, but not in an overwhelming way. There is some underlying malt sweetness. It has a bold, full mouthfeel. This is a more "extreme" beer, but it totally works. It is unbelievably drinkable and balanced for as flavorful as it is.

This is the 2nd best beer I've ever had, behind Hopslam. This is a bold, in-your-face beer that is easy to drink and packs a punch. Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 03:43:46 | More by jbails007
Photo of Arbitrator


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. From a trade with sincereNc. Thanks Ian!

A: Pours a clear amber body with very thin, short-lived head. It has slightly better retention than its cousin, Backwoods-last-name-Bastard, which I shared side by side with this one.

S: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some earth / floral hops, and brown sugar. By far on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

T: Same: mostly caramel and toffee up front. It's buttery, but not in overwhelming, bad-diacetyl ways. It works well for the style. Brown sugar near the finish. An undercurrent of earthy hops keep this balanced, and a perfumey bitterness at the end reminds me there is a floral presence. It's more sweet than balanced, but by no means is it a sugar-bomb.

M: Body is slightly above medium. Carbonation is just a hair shy of medium. Well disguised ABV.

D: Really tasty! At first I felt this was better than its bourbon-dominated cousin, but I came to realize that the bourbon works VERY well for this beer. Not to knock D.B. in any way; Founders did a great job with both.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:37:57 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of brdc


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks hoppymeal for this one.

Dark reddish brown in color, very thin and short lasting off white head.
Aroma is toffee and caramel, all on the sweetish malty side, with minimal hoppiness noted, but this has been aged one year. Even the maltiness is less noticeable than I would have liked it.
Medium bodied, minimal hoppiness with modest maltiness. Caramel is the predominant taste, but unfortunately, this feels like a weak scottish style than a good scotch style brew. Disappointintg, for whatever reason, it feels as if Founders skimped on ingredients, which is hard to believe.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 23:50:31 | More by brdc
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger head. Crimson brown color. Good retention. Some lacing.

S. Smell is very malt forward. Caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses. Maybe just a hint of alcohol. Smells similar to a Barleywine.

T. Sweet malt and a roastiness/bitterness. Hops provided some bitterness as a counter balance to the very sweet malt. Very tasty. Some alcohol, brown sugar, molasses, almost bourbon flavors. Some raisins and figs.

M. Medium/full bodied. Nice thick mouthfeel Fairly dry finish.

D. Very drinkable. Would never know that it is 8/5%. Nice balance of sweet malt with hop bitterness. I like this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 20:04:33 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of wspscott


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (bottled 4/29/09)

A: Hazy, very dark copper color, a very thin to almost non-existent head.
S: Sweet, caramel, lots of fruit,
T: Very sweet, but not cloying, lots of caramel, some yeast fruitiness, a little bit of biscuit and toast malts
M: Round, rich, mouth-filling, a little bit of tingly carbonation
D: A very smooth easy drinking beer, lots going on, lots to think about. An excellent intro to the style. A great beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:42:51 | More by wspscott
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Virtually black/red and amber hue with a nice two finger head. Ample lacing as well.

S: Some sweetness and malt with a hint of caramel and molasses.

T: Sweet and subtly bitter; malty background that includes some hints of caramel. The bitterness is slightly odd in that it doesn't taste like hops related bitterness. Seems like it could be slightly artificial.

M: Thick and syrupy with good carbonation. Mild prickliness due to the bitterness, but a little unusual since it doesn't seem hop related.

D: Pretty good scotch ale that is probably one of the better ones I've had. Not as good as Skullsplitter, (which I really enjoyed) but a real good example of the style. A hybrid brew that is both enjoyable and moderately drinkable. The abv can catch up, though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 01:38:27 | More by irishking1977
Photo of Lunch


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Tria in Philadelphia, PA into a tall and thin 10 oz. goblet at the appropriate temperature (02/28/10).

A: Pours a dark and murky mahogany brown with one finger of a light tan head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is made up primarily of a strong malty bouquet with raisin, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and some booze.

T: Wonderful raisin-like taste with toffee and caramel. Some sweet malt and booze along with some brown sugar.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and slightly creamy carbonation. Rather thick at times and certainly coats the entire palate.

D: Good drinkability with just a hint of the 8.3% abv. sneaking through. A touch sweet at times for my tastes.

Overall I am starting to enjoy Scotch ales more and more and Founders delivers yet again. Recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 20:23:41 | More by Lunch
Photo of divineaudio


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours out to a beautiful, deep ruby red with amber highlights. forms a nice one finger head that recedes to a ring around the top of the glass with a bit of spotty lacing left behind.

s - fruity, almost floral hops with a bit of malt and alcohol presence.

t - bold and complex! toasty and fruity with a lot of bitter hop bite, followed by an alcohol finish. this one lingers for a while, and that's a good thing.

m - rich and smooth with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop.

d - i consider this a nice treat when i want something different. too strong and rich to drink more than 1 or 2 at any given time, but still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 05:36:41 | More by divineaudio
Photo of bryanmetzger


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a Dirty Bastard at work. Very nice head with light lacing . The aroma was nice and malty, with a few hints of chocolate and caramel that gave way to a light alcohol essence. Tasted great, had a plesent mouthfeel and finished much lighter than I anticipated from the smell. Overall, a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:28:21 | More by bryanmetzger
Photo of pasdachuri


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown/copper color with a decent tan head.

Strong malty aroma with a roasted raisin background.

The taste has a bit more hops to it than I anticipated from the smell which balances its malt presence quite nicely. Smokey finish

Highly carbonated upfront, settles into a juicy, smoother body.

8.3% alcohol is well hidden in this dangerously sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 21:22:04 | More by pasdachuri
Photo of Brent


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big malt with some fruitcake flavors - nuts and dark fruits. ETOH is a little prominent in the flavor profile throughout, but this is not unexpected in this style. Sweetness fades toward the end, with bittering picking up and lingering at the finish. Seems a bit heavy-handed.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 18:27:33 | More by Brent
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 11/11/09 into snifter:

A: Ruby-brown, quite transparent with good cap and lacing, especially given the snifter

S: Chocolate and nuts, some alcohol and vanilla

T: Chocolate, nuts, some fruit, possibly apple and dark berry. Definitely some sugar present, something of a caramel-molasses, along with some light spice. Little bit of herbal hop on the finish.

M: Moderate, yet with a sticky body and long finish.

D: Flavors are big, but definitely not bruising. The Dirty Bastard is quite complex, yet it remains subtle and highly drinkable. None of the flavors are overdone, and everything meshes quite well together. Alcohol is noticeable, providing a bit of a burn, but it doesn't overwhelm any of the other flavors. Rather, it just blends in.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 03:09:50 | More by dudecandle
Photo of ruckus232


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: A dark amber/copper color with really nice off-white lacing

Smell: Strong roasted malt scent with a slight sweetness that I can't quite figure out (caramel with a little fruitiness would be my best description). The roasted smell is definitely more prevalent.

Taste: Begins with a floral sweetness that then is taken over by the roasted bitterness similar to maybe a coffee. Well balanced so that there is not one thing that is super strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:52:05 | More by ruckus232
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Pours a deep opaque chocolate-coffee brown with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is malty with a chocolaty undertone and a hint of caramel. Flavor is lively, malty and spicy with an undertone of cinnamon candy and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is edgy, tingly and sassy - it seems to dance on your tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 01:25:41 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mkyle


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A nice, rich, amber color. Moderately frothy head with weak lacing. No visible sediments present in this deeply rich color.

Smell- As the head begins to dissipate it gives the wonderfully smooth, subtle cherry aromas are allowed to escape. A gentle motion of the glass
containing this beer and the fruity cherry flavor becomes even more prevalent.

Taste- Wonderfully smooth taste, rich in fruity cherry flavors. The initial gulp has cleverly disguised hints of scotch, while the aftertaste
lends itself to a slightly bitter fruit taste subsiding to a general, pleasant dryness.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth tasting beer. No acidity at all whatsoever in the mouth or as it settles peacefully in the stomach. For the achohol content,
this beer is surprisingly tame.

Drinkability- This beer is a wonderful compliment to a meal. I could easily drink two and be absolutely satisfied. Overall, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 16:57:22 | More by mkyle
Photo of jakeyb


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish color with solid 2 finger head and thin lacing.

S-Chocolate and coffee. Somewhat milky.

T-Heavy on roasted malts, and very caramel sweet.

M- Very smooth and creamy! A fluffy, milky texture not unlike that of a java stout.

D- Very. Not so heavy as it weighs you down, but still dark enough to keep you warm and smooth enough to allow you to have another, which is not such a bad idea.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:32:33 | More by jakeyb
Photo of joemeister


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker, reddish mahogany with about an inch of creamy head. The beer is dark but seems to be otherwise clear.

This beer has a very pleasing, fruity tinge to the smell. I want to say cherries. But it could be more like plums. Swirling the glass really brings out a strong, sweet aroma.
I don't know if this is a cop-out description but the taste is like a combination of sweet and smoky. The initial taste is sweet, with moderate carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are much more earthy and smoky. In short: an initial malt sweetness unravels into a sublime mixture of smoke and hops, with just a hint of alcohol to let you know that this beer is not messing around.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. Overall, this is a great ale. I wouldn't "pound" these - it is a little too heavy and complex for me. However, this offers a great drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:40:29 | More by joemeister
Photo of billyzoom666


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It's a deep dark cider color which is very nice. Not much head here and barely any lacing. It has a sweet melt smell with alcohol underneath. It's an intimidating first hit. The sweet malt taste matches the smell. There's a little bit of fruit and hops that follow. The style is a bit bland for me, but it's still nice. This beer could wreck you because you can sip this pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:07:40 | More by billyzoom666
Photo of TonyReaves


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Stocked up on beers I can't get in Maine, and realized that sometimes I do forget how a beer tasted after awhile. so I'm doing a lot more reviews for my own benefit.

Pours a foamy head with great lacing. Doesn't foam up too much as to require two pours, which is a plus.

Smells boozy with dark caramelized and maybe eveb German malts. Going into this blind I might have guessed it was a Doppelbock.

Taste: No, definitely not a doppelbock. That was dumb.

Sweet, but not sweet enough to hide the alcohol. That's fine- sometimes I like when a beer is honest with me. This is probably the booziest, harshest Scottish ale I've ever had. That's not a bad thing, but it means this is a sipper if there ever was one.

Medium bodied despite all the sweetness. I bet I could drink 2 of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 06:23:22 | More by TonyReaves
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Dirty Bastard purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance - Ruby brown. Slight tan head.
smell - nice and malty. Not too striking.
taste - Hmmm. 7 variety of malts with a "right hook of hops".
Full and creamy mouthfeel.
This guy reminds me of DFH Indian Brown....deceptively drinkable, and subtle complexity. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:47:23 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of endincolorado


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inviting, deep red-brown with a nice, tan head that settles slowly and a healthy amount of lace that hangs all down the glass.

Aroma is caramelly malt, dark fruit, and the slightest, pleasant hint of alcohol.

Taste is rich and malty, with caramel, a bit of cocoa and some bread, followed by a sweet, dark fruit, and warming, boozey finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a nice alcohol-warmth and good carbonation.

I love this beer and think of it as a go-to beer that I could come back to at any time. If it were a bit cheaper, I'd have some in my fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:18:35 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Thur123


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep brownish red color that reminds me of Smithwick in color. The head I got from the beer was about one finger that faded quickly when poured into my Thistle tulip. The smell is sugary sweet malt with a slightly herbal hop edge. Also in the malt I detect brown sugar, caramel and a slightly smoky kind of smell.

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The flavor is big malt with a lean and complimentary hop bite that only improves the beer. The smokiness in the malt shows up more but is well blended with the sweeter flavor and that makes this a pretty complex and totally drinkable beer. The mouth feel is good and full and delivers the flavors well. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 02:43:09 | More by Thur123
Photo of brewerburgundy


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

12oz bottle, goblet, 'Bottled 12/09/09'.

Dark, well steeped black tea, slightly murky. I poured it straight down as I've gotten into the habit of doing and was only able to rouse a frothy, bubbly ring that's only a sort of natural egg shell color.

Caramel malt, rainy leaf, rum soaked raisin, brown sugar, some sort of wood that lends a spice, almond extract, cocoa powder.

Caramel, toffee, raisins, dark brown sugar, tea, herbal hops, black pepper, bits of fusel oil.

Not very heavy but well coating with fine carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean allowing a tidy finish. Some specifically black tea flavor and astringency linger.

I've given a good drinkability rating because Scotch Ales have become one of my favorites and while the abv is high, it isn't too high. The Dirty Bastard displays lots of hop characer, mainly herbal and resinous, that is a little high for the style. I think that this and Ol Chub are my two favorites because they are quite similar.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:46:11 | More by brewerburgundy
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,226 ratings.