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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,563
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 182
Gots: 701 | FT: 23
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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 rundocrun
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12-oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep, almost opaque brown with faint amber highlights when held up to the light. Yields a finger of light tan head that fades to a thin film over the top of the beer. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Big and malty! Lots of caramel and milk chocolate up front. Hints of coffee, raisin and molasses intermingle as well.

T - Strong dark chocolate, raisins and black currants. A bitterness hits toward the middle that is not entirely hop-like. It's almost more of a black coffee-like bitterness. I also get some vanilla and caramel as it warms. The malt body of this beer wasn't quite as sweet or potent as I was hoping it would be judging by the smell.

M - Medium body. Has a slightly dry finish, but the malt sticks around well after, leaving the mouth sticky.

Overall, not a bad brew. I think it just didn't quite live up to it's potential. I think it could be better by lowering the attenuation (i.e. lowering the alcohol, but increasing the sugars left in the beer).

rundocrun, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a respectable tan/beige head. Deep brown with caramel/amber tones.

S: Peaty, savory. Soy. Toffee richness.

T: Charcoal smoke over a deep caramel malt. Coffee bitter. Roasted meat.

M: Medium carbonation. Some oiliness/viscosity.

D: Good interpretation of the style.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruby red with brilliant clarity. Rim of creamy foam borders and climbs the rim. Spotty lacing.

S: dark malts, sweet caramel, a hint of tea.

T: not as sweet as would expect for the style. Toasty and dry. See nose for flavors.

M: medium to Heavy with medium carb. A hint dry on the finish.

Overall not a bad beer. Wish it was a little sweeter for the style. once again just not my favority style.

colt45n, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew the color of a good Scotsman’s beard, a nice reddish chestnut. It holds a brief one finger head of cream colored bubbles, which recede into big clumps which stick around for a while. Flecks of lacing remain. There are swirls of haze throughout, introduced by the last few drops. Otherwise the beer is clear, with medium looking carbonation. The aroma is rich with sweet and roasty malts. As the beer warms the malts flourish, and become darker, bordering on the lightest example of a porter or stout type of roast. Otherwise they are brightly sweet with caramel and buttery diacetyls, which do their best to hide a burning fusel alcohol sting at the very back of the nose. There is also the faintest suggestion of sweetened banana esters and even fainter hop resin, to round out the coolness of aroma. As we sip, the deep malts, as in the nose, charade as though they belong in a lighter stout. There is a significant and charcoaly roast to them, and it makes for a nice and smoky beginning. Through the middle the flavoring bitters out, briefly. It seems to be lent from both roast and slick hop oil that floats at the very top of the liquid, to quickly disappear before it is noticed. The finish is where the sweetness comes out, riding on a big wave of malty, boozy goodness. This is lent from sugary cooked caramel and a mineral, flowery earthiness. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium. There is a nice froth and smack to each sip, with an unseen creaminess. The mouth is coated initially, but left to dry into a partially astringent finish. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew were the malts and the smokiness they impart in both the aroma and taste. The aroma is muted at first, but blossoms into a rich mixture exemplary for the style. It does, however, suggest that the flavors will bring a bit more sweetness. This is not to say that we were let down, but rather that it gives a little bit of a surprise when you take that first sip.

TheBrewo, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a very oily and viscous dark amber with some nice ruby red notes and some haze. The head is about 0.25 inch tall. The head color is a nice light tan color with some dense bubbles that are quite lovely and recede quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Dark fruits, prunes, figs and raisins. Some caramel and some slight chocolate notes in the nose. Nose is malty and complex. Some slight cinnamon and a bit of bourbon. Vanilla is present as well. Delicious but a bit mild.

T & M - Starts off with some nice toasty malt, followed by some delicious slight burnt malt notes, some chocolate bitterness as well as some nice burnt sweet caramel. I'm not necessarily a big fan of these big malty beers but this is delicious. There is some awesome complex dark fruit flavors as it warms with some figs and some nice raisins. There are some woody hints and some bourbon as well as some spice. Surprising cuz' this isn't a BA beer. I feel like my palette is evolving I'm thoroughly enjoying this malt forward beer. The beer finishes with some nice slight burnt malt and some smokey wood notes as well as some nice caramel sweetness and a slight sticky chewy feel.

O - I've loved Founders for so long and have always skipped on this offering because I was not a "malt" guy. Today I have been sold on this beer. I will be picking this up as often as Red Rye PA from now on.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


The only other Scotch Ale i've had is Oskar Blues Old Chub so still pretty new to Scotch Ale's

Poured into a Claret

Appearance-Dark, hazy brown with some red ruby hues. 1 1/2 finger beige head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell-Sweet fruits, plums and some light cherry notes. Lots of sweet malts. Molasses, Brown Sugar and caramel. Can pick out alot of booze. Also getting cinnamon. Smells like a toasted raison/cinnamon bread.

Taste-Very similar to the aroma. Sweet roasty malts. Lots of molasses, cinnamon, and some star anise or nutmeg(I think). Alot going on, complex palate.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation. Very very smooth.

Overall-I may have to go back and do a side by side with a few scotch ales. This beer was very complex, alot going on. This review is subject to change for the positive here in the next few weeks.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance- Pours a hazy dark amber red colour, average pour yields a finger and a half of tan fluffy head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Lots of bready malt flavours coming through right off the bat, very sweet aromas coming through as well with a nice caramel/toffee aroma in there as well, and some mild fruity aromas with more dark sugar molasses in there as well.

Taste- Very similar to the smells, the taste comes through with a nice bready malt flavour, paired with a very sweet taste like caramel/toffee, dark sugars, and also comes through with a mild dark fruit taste in there as well, I also get a mild taste of the alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with almost a below average carbonation, very sweet on the palate it does goes down easy for the higher ABV’s although you can taste the alcohol in this one.

Overall- Another amazing beer from a truly amazing brewery, I have not to this day tried a Founders brew that I did not like. On the scale of amazing founders brew I would probably place this one somewhere in the middle but compared to a lot of others it is right at the top. This would definitely be a go to for me when searching for beers in Michigan, and I would actually love to have this one again, good thing it is a regular offering from Founders.

Roke87, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes at bier baron in dc.

A: ruby red with brilliant clarity. Rim of creamy foam borders and climbs the rim. Spotty lacing.

S: dark malts, sweet caramel, a hint of tea.

T: not as sweet as would expect for the style. Toasty and dry. See nose for flavors.

M: medium to Heavy with medium carb. A hint dry on the finish.

O: not a bad beer. Wish it was a little sweeter for the style. I can see why so many love this beer. Just not my cup.

harrymel, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a dark brown body with some very clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Rich, deep caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, and some plum.

T - Dark, sugary flavors dominate up front with lots of caramel, dark brown sugar, and some cola notes. Darker caramel in the middle with some burnt notes and a bit of alcoholic warmth creeping up. More of the same dark, sugary character as the beer finishes with a bit of malt bitterness and some herbal hop character.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish with some spicy alcohol.

D - Not too bad, there is a lot of complex sugar character and the aroma is really very nice. Some of the dark sugar in the flavor profile is accompanied by a musty note that may be diacetyl or possibly even cardboard. In addition to that slightly unpleasant note it has a touch of alcoholic warmth that is, perhaps, understandable considering the strength but kind of messes with the smoothness that I would really like to see in this sort of beer. Overall it is a pretty good beer, but falls a bit below the average for Founders and I have a hard time seeing myself drinking it again.

nickfl, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of scinerd3000
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hard pour into a pint glass leaves a 3 finger off white head which dissipates quickly into a miniscule ring around the edge of my glass. Color is a hazy amber red- very pretty although I wish it was clearer. Minimal to no lacing. Displays very weak legs.

S: Heavy malt smell up front along with caramel and dark sugar. Slightly boozy. Hints of what may be oranges? raisins, figs and apricots. No hop aroma.

T: Very smooth for an 8.5% beer and nicely balanced although comes through slightly sweet. Carmel and honey notes up front with yeast derived fruit character. Pineapple flavor after the swallow. Middle of the taste lends a dark toasty character which is subtle and leads the way to a toffee flavor. Possesses a slight biscuit quality. No DMS and minimal alcohol warmth although I can definitely feel the alcohol.

M: Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Nicely malty with a sweetness which lingers on my pallet. Sweet carmel malt sticks around long after the swallow. Smooth

O: Very drinkable for 8.5% and would definitely go for again. If anything it comes through slightly sweeter than I would like however it is brewed to style and delicious.

scinerd3000, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Nice see through brown, with a slight dark yellowish tan head than leaves a bit of lacing around the glass as you sip.

S: Sweet dark candy, with bits of chocolate, very pleasant nose to this one.

T: Sweet roasted malts and caramel, with a bit of scotch aftertaste, very easy drinker and great taste.

M: Medium bodied and sticks to the mouth. Great mouthfeel on this one

O: Great ScotchAle, was very surprised by this one even though Founder's is fantastic all around!

thedoubler55, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a very dark amber/maroon with about a finger of very light orangish head. Retention is OK, with decent lacing. Smell is rich caramel and malts; a little dark fruit (raisin) as it warms. The aroma is kind of muted, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Taste is more caramel, brown sugar, and malt, but the finish is mostly a not-so-pleasant hop bitterness. Carbonation is on the light end (not bad for the style, I guess), maybe a little lighter than I'd prefer. Medium bodied and a little hot on the finish. Overall, this is not bad, but I was expecting more after enjoying Backwoods Bastard.

pmarlowe, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to Auroracrisis. This was probably my least favorite Founder's beer to date. The color was a turbid and murky brown, scant head. Smell was slightly malty but faint. The taste was spot on for the style but just didn't wow me. Sure it's malty but I'd rather have anOld Chub any day of the week.

ArrogantB, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a very dark mahogany color with about one finger worth of decently frothy head.

Aroma: Quite the malty aroma to start of which the malts are roasted nice and dark. There is a caramelized sugarness to it with notes of figs, sweet rasins. The fruitiness is well balanced. From the hop side well they are roasted dark as well with a little bit of citrusness but it's still subtle. The mouthfeel is quite smooth with only a slight bit of carbonation at the end.

Taste: Such a great malty backbone. Sweet dried fruits rasins maybe even dates with a side notes of figs. Caramelized brown sugar show's up a little bit. In the hop part hints of citrus but it's all well rounded.

Notes: This offering from Founders is dam tasty nicely sweet with bit's of bitterness. Cheers.

horshack7, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of minterro
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark raisin colored opaque beer. Tan (with bits of pure yellow) fluffy head with large bubble forming in the foam. The head fades quickly leaving a thin island of foam in the center and a ring around the glass. Small amounts of lacing

S: strong aroma. Malty, caramel, chocolate, smoky, roasted nut. Maybe a tad bit of bourbon

T: super spicy. Similar to nose (caramel, chocolate, nutty). Brown sugar. Pleasant bitter finish. Not super easy to drink but can be nice fall outside beer.

M: medium mouthfeel, low-ish carbonation. Super creamy feeling

O: overall a good beer, one of Fonders best brews I have tried thus far. Fair price (but not an everyday beer). I will probably buy it again when I’m looking for a higher priced relaxing beer.

minterro, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a murky, dark crimson-brown, with a small off-white head that disappeared very quickly. Smell is of rich malts and pine. Taste is similar, with a rich malt base overlaid with pine and peat, moderately smokey, with hints of indistinct fruit and spice. Relatively low alcohol, but still had quite a sharp boozy kick, with a dry and bitter finish. On the heavy end of being medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, complex, and very drinkable.

Rifugium, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep red, almost brown. Cloudy with one finger head that leaves behind great lacing

S-Smokey and roasted malts, peat.

T-Starts with the smoked malts, peat and some spiciness as well. Ends bitter with 50IBUs. Great balance.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-My favorite scotch ale out there so far. Founders really needs to to distribute to Upstate NY.

rlee1390, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, hazy, dark brown body. 1/4 inch head that dissipates over a few minutes. Not much lacing

S- Cinnamon, raisin, nutmeg, prune, cherries, toffee, caramel.

T- Identical to the taste. The dark fruits are more pronounced up front, the caramel and toffee come through in the aftertaste.

M- Very creamy and chewy. Seems to stick to the teeth a bit.

D- Sits a bit heavy. 3 max.

Jishguy, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of hopsgirl35
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This the first time trying founders dirty
The apperence: pours out fullbodied with
a darkish red. There's a medium ring that
turns small after the carbonation settles.

The aroma: starts out with a sweetness that
has a hint of smokeyness. With a roasted,
caramel maltyness.

The taste: is creamy with a bitter roasted

The palate: is heavy going down,the bitterness
sticks around and gives of a warm feeling.

Overall this is the kind of beer I'll always
keep around.

hopsgirl35, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark amber into a pint glass with a limited head.

the aroma is intense and very malty. Definitely some peat to the aroma as well.

The taste is magnificent. Again, the peaty, matly flavor upfront, with just a slight alcohol tate afterwards. Ver dark, in addition to the peat, perhaps a hint of smokiness.

It is medium bodied and quite drinkable ale. However, it's viscosity and alcohol content ensure that I can only drink a few at once.

Definitely the tastiest Scotch Ale I've ever had.

ebby82, May 31, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 05/10/11. Pours a dark brownish ruby color with a half inch of head. Zero lacing. Smells sweet with some malt, booze, raisin and berry aromas. Taste is a sllightly boozey, malty sweetness. A hint of smoke. Somewhat medicinal at the end but its not too bad. Its a decent Wee Heavy but the medicine taste is now starting to get to me more. Still a good beer. Overall, I'd buy it again but a 6 pack would take me a while to finish.

PicoPapa, May 31, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dirty Bastard, growler filled at Brew York City/Duane Reade, UWS-NYC, for $7.99.

Appearance: The Bastard does look dirty! An intense raisin-puree color with no light, topped by a two-finger caramel-colored head that lasts throughout. Very dark and earthy looking, with magnificent lacing to boot.

Smell: Malts, sugar cubes, a tad of dry hops at the very end. Barnyard, Galician fields. Ton of bread and cookies.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced hop aroma and a prickly dry finish. A certain "umami" feel, sort of a forest after the rain with mushrooms growing by the trees. Oily/woodsy feel, tree branches. The sweetness is less apparent than in the nose, but still cloying. There is also a taste of dry fruits and marron glace (candied, syrupy chestnut). Raisin bread and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, medium-to-low carbonation. Sticky-sweet feel and a dry hoppy finish. A rather average mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a beer I do not care for. I find it hard to drink, unappetizing, too sweet and heavy. The Scotch Ale department is one that seems to have a hard time producing outstanding ales and, while Dirty Bastard is better than, say, Oskar Blues Old Chubb, it still is far from a superb brew.

DoubleSimcoe, May 30, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep ruddy red. Less than 1/4" head that rapidly dissipates.

S: Rich caramel maltiness

T:Chocolate, caramel, raisin. Good amount of roasty flavors. Lightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and rich. Low carbonation. Good linger.

O: Rich and tasty, quite easy to drink

kscaldef, May 29, 2011
Photo of Preismj
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've passed this by too many times considering my love of Founders brews. Grabbed several of these for a trade to the west coast and decided to save on for myself so I could do a proper tasting and determine if I should have again. To be fair...I believe this is only the second scotch style ale I've ever had, so I am a bit new to the style. With that said...here we go.

a: golden brown in color....roasty looking. Small head with light lacing. looks like a maple syrup with carbonation. nice color, looks light.

s: smells of malty, scotch sweetness. very sweet on the nose, with a roast scent in the tail. Caramel? Maple? Molasses? something else thick sweet in here. Reminiscent of KY Bourbon Barrel beer in the nose...

t: Not a tremendous amount of flavor, thought what is there is tasty. Malty in the front with the sweetness of caramel and toffee. a hint of a scotch sweetness and booze fades this out well. Left with a lingering sweetness, despite the lack of that 'POP' in the flavor profile. surprising the lack consider this is over 8%, but regardless it is a pleasant taste. touch watery, though.

m: light bodied, good carbonation. coats the palette moderately and is nice and silky. considering the lack of potent flavor, I am glad this is as thin as it is or that would be rather unpleasant.

o: not bad...don't know that I'd grab it again though as there are other beers I'd rather sit back and relax with. Glad I tried it, though. Nice sweetness to it but really lacks that 'pop' of a flavor. the malt is there at the front, but I would have like a bit more pop from it all. Given what it is...not too bad, but there are other Founders brews I'd rather go with and other similar beers I like better given the flavor profile.

Preismj, May 28, 2011
Photo of JCDenver
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty snifter at fridge temp, let it warm up a bit. Color is copper when poured, but it looks much darker in the snifter.

Smells of honey/molasses with some bready notes and more than a little hint of alcohol.

The taste is what really sets this one apart for me, it's really interesting. Starts with the sweet malt and molasses notes and transitions with a burst of hops, oak, and a nice alcohol bite at the very end. Super long finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation was good and it was a bit sticky.

Overall, a very nice beer. I am not a fan of the style at all in general, but this one made me appreciate how good scotch ales can be when done well.

JCDenver, May 24, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,563 ratings.