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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,501
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 179
Gots: 682 | FT: 23
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 raszputini
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a cloudy caramel brown with a moderate whitish head. Decent lacing. Smells of caramel/toffee, malts and a hint of alcohol. Taste is full and robust - notes of malt, slightly burnt, toffee, with a mild somewhat sweet hop bite. Slightly chewy mouth. I love the style and this is a great version of a wee-heavy.

raszputini, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel-brown -- cloudy and murky. Thick, tan head and beautiful lace.

Aroma is strong, hearty...rich and earthy with a little ripe fruit.

Taste is malty and heavy, thick and chewy with a slight hoppy bite near the finish and a definite sting of alcohol. I get some burnt malts, and some fruit in there.

This one is complex, strong, and beautiful. A powerhouse ale, both unique and delicious.

secondtooth, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of MaxSpang
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a deep, dark red. It was fairly cloudy with a small head. The head retention and lacing were quite low.

Smell - Lots of maltiness in the smell. There was also a lot of caramel and dark fruits, with a slight graininess. The alcohol hit the nose as it warmed a little in the glass.

Mouthfeel - Big, heavy, almost syrupy beer. Very little carbonation. It was very warming due to the alcohol and the huge body! Not the most drinkable beer I have ever had, but this would be a good night cap.

Taste - Much like the smell, a huge amount of maltiness was the first thing I tasted. It has a whole bunch of thick sweetness. There was also quite a bit of the dark fruit character. It was somewhat boozey because of the high alcohol and the scotch flavor (albeit mild, especially considering it's a "scotch" ale). There was some light citrus, floral, and even cedar hop flavors in this beer, but all were very mild.

Overall, not my favorite beer from Founders, but it is a very complex beer that I could see myself drinking every now and then. Definitely at least worth a taste!

MaxSpang, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Dark brown pour with ruby undertones and half a finger tan head.

S- Alcohol comes in very strong in the aroma, very light butterscotch and caramel notes.

T- Some sweet caramel, strong alcohol, medicinal taste, and some bitterness

M- Syrupy, sticky, a little chewy, full bodied beer, definitely has a strong warming and burning alcohol effect

O- Just too boozy to be very drinkable. This is the first beer I've had from Founders that disappointed me. This drinks more like a hard liquor than a beer with the booziness and burning effect. The alcohol is too prominent in this beer to the detriment of everything else going on with it. This is much boozier than Russian Imperial Stout's and Barleywines I have had. More flavor characteristics came out as the beer warmed quite a bit, but by then I was over this beer.

Hoptometrist, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of dciBA
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Boxcar01 for the trade...

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tulip. No head whatsoever with just a little lacing. Color is a cloudy, muddy brown.

Smell is mostly sweet malt. Some oak as well. A dark fruit smell backs up the sweetness perfectly. Pleasant smell, but not overpowering by any means.

Lots of caramel on the palate. A nice smooth oak flavor on the front of the tongue. There is no hop flavor but a solid bitterness hits the side of your tongue with every sip. Some bitter cocoa works it's way in as the beer warms. The dark fruit in the nose is a little more noticeable in the taste. Fairly complex, but not too exciting.

Carbonation is perfect. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. Perfect carbonation. The failry high ABV% isn't noticeable at all, a definite plus. A solid beer and glad I got to try it via trade but not something I would purchase if Founders were available around here.

dciBA, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown/copper body with some reddish hues. Light caramel colored one inch head that leaves some layered lacing.

S- Lots of light caramalized sugars, sweet malts, light bitter hops and some breads.

T- Almost like an American Brown Ale with its malty sweetness. But the malty smoothness takes over and defines its Scotch Aleness, caramelized malts really take center stage here a hint of hops do come in at the end and play a small role.

M- Slick smooth with moderate carbonation.

O- Great scotch ale thats deliciously sweet and candylike.

foogerd, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pry off bottle from the fridge storage at Penguin Pizza, Boston MA. Pours cloudy ultra viscous brown color, w/ off white head. Low head retention most likely due to the high ABV. Intense caramel and yeast aroma, w/ barleywine-esk boozy beer smell. Tastes similar to the aroma: caramel maltiness, slight roastiness, very full mouthfeel along with high alcohol content. Interesting sip, it's growing on me. Not my favorite from the company. But well described as dirty bastard. Its a dirty brown looking beer with high inebriation potential.

mlazzaro, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of szartman
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amber color with a half a finger head and very little lacing.

S-Sweet scent, slight caramel, molasses

T-Very sweet right up front, then quickly hits with a bitter hop flavor. Slight bite of alcohol, and finally a smooth caramel malt finish.

M-Medium body, good carbonation, slight bite of alcohol

O-This is my first time trying this style, It's certainly not my new favorite, but after this bottle I'm willing to try it again some day.

szartman, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of bbkd3b
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, complete with a fancy sketch work of the dirty bastard himself.

A - Dark, burgundy color with a nice, potent 1/2 finger head. Clarity and carbonation ++. It's very good looking, and it leaves a great lacing to boot. Let's face it, Founders knows how to make a brew look good.

S - Hm, nice sweet scent. Caramel and malty, with some dark fruits to take the assist. It's not a bad scent, it's just a bit one-dimensional, I suppose.

T - Hits the tongue like a malt bomb. Caramel, sugar, bunt goodness. Alcohol seeps through the flavor, and comes along with a good, tart, cherry-like flavor. Very good.

M - Great, medium body with a syrupy character, and a slight, alcoholic bite as well. Warms the gut and makes for a great cold-weather brew.

D- Other than the high alcohol content, I have to say, I could drink a couple of these back-to-back without a second thought. Too bad the head'll start swimming after a short while.

Overall/notes: I've had this review written for a long time, but drinking it again reminded me that I was member here. Watched Blade Runner, ate an apple-crisp granola bar, and thoroughly enjoyed all three. You should do the same!

bbkd3b, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of uwharrieguy
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-red brown football color
s-sweet like brown sugar
t-mother of maltness
m-body.. medium fill and smooth
o-when trying a new ale theres not a risk with founders brewing...you like the style or not.i enjoy scotch ale, this is perfect while grilling ribbs...easy drinking, great taste!

uwharrieguy, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of twelvepack
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head about 1/2 inch thick. Minimal lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts with some banana notes and the slightest bit of hops.

T- I am getting sweet malts up front that melt away into some bright slightly citrusy hops.

M-Nice amount of carbonation. Medium body that leaves with some dryness.

O- Definitely an enjoyable and flavorful brew. Plenty of flavor packed into the bottle.

twelvepack, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copery red with a nice off white head of foam

S: Multi-layered malt complexity. bit of hops in the backbone. A lot of caramel, sugary sweetness

T: Very sweet and malty with not much hop backing. A classic example of this malt driven style.

M: Thick and hearty, but not over the top. Very well done.

O: One of the best American brewed Scotch ales out there

francisweizen, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of JMforman
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best in its price range. Great example of the style as well.

A- Beautiful deep red with a great white head and great retention.

S- Leather, booze, burnt sugar, cherry

T- Burnt sugar, cherry, molasses, booze. Very strong. I'm not used to beers that are bitter on the malt end instead of the hops. Very interesting.

M- Medium to full with nice burn at the end

O- Like I said, a great beer for it's price.

JMforman, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Burnt toffee and cotton candy bubblegum off the bat, some caramel, hint of dark fruits, molasses, burnt toffee, creme brulee almost

L: Slight hazy reddish brown, light tan head that dissipates slightly, solid lacing.

T: Sweet caramel malt with just a touch of herbal bitterness. Very slight alcohol. Some burnt toffee and perhaps a touch of roasty dryness.

M: Medium-full creamy body with low carbonation.

Really solid beer, very malty and sweet. Another solid Founder's brew.

bum732, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of dirty-white head formed with a medium to dark brown body, honey colored highlights at the edges. Solid sheet of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - Plenty of sweet malts and brown sugar, combined with a pronounced grassy hops.

T - Smell is matched by the sweet malt and almost candy flavor that takes over this beer. There is a very pronounced "shift" to grassy type hops at the end.

M - Pretty syrupy, almost sticky inside your mounth. Backed up by the thin coating on the inside of the glass.

D - I've had a couple Scotch ales and have to say I'm not into this style, the sweetness combined with somewhat "sharp" hops isn't for me. That said, this is a quality brew for sure, and for fans of the style I'd say it's on point.

chilly460, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of henryd30
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great looking scotch ale. Deep mahogany with camel colored thick and frothy head. 30 minutes after pour there is still nickel sized head clump lacings stuck to side of glass.

S: Pretty good - carmelly as expected. There was a slightly coppery smell that was misplaced.

T: Wow. This was excellent. Very complex and flavorful. Was great from first drink to last.

M: Smooth and appealing.

O: Surprisingly good. I'm not sure why I was surprised, but absolutely loved this beer. Might be because I don't have a ton of scotch ale tastings to compare to. I could drink this fast and often.

henryd30, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a very mildly hazed red-brown. The head, light brown in color, rises to just over a finger and remains for a good amount of time before receding to a heavy foam that leaves sticky patches of lacing on the glass.
The nose is malty, yes, but this is the hoppiest wee heavy I've ever smelled. There's also a great deal less of the (sometimes cloying) sweetness employed in the style. That said, dark fruits, alcohol, and toast are all here.
The flavor here is an interesting balance of hops and malts. The toasty malt backing may be strong, but the hops are more than one expects to taste in a Scotch ale, particularly a Wee Heavy. Coming through are the elements one might expect: raisin or plum, burnt toffee and caramel, a woody element, and a touch of toast. It does leave out some of the peat flavor some (myself included) like about the style, however. Alcohol is exceptionally well masked.
The body is pretty full, just more than medium perhaps. It's a nice mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation and not lacking in smoothness.
This one is an interesting take on the style. It's a very good beer regardless, but be careful: the ABV doesn't seem as high as it is.

Brenden, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rather thick. Very sweet, with gobs of caramel and molasses present...a booze note is there as well. A little phenolic perhaps.

Pours a very dark brown in the glass with minimal head.

Taste is heavily malty upfront. Gobs of caramel and toffee malts are there, giving it a sticky sweetness. This is met with a nice nuttiness which rounds out the body and a bit of booziness as well with a sherry-like character. Finishes with a decent but small hoppiness that goes along with the sweet malts and alcohol.

I'm not always sure what comprises a Scottish ale, but I enjoyed this one. It has the rich malts of a dopple, nuttiness of a nut brown, and a pretty big kick.

NODAK, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color. When held up to the light it turns more ruby colored. Small, off white head forms, probably about 3/4 inch in height. Dissipated to a ring of foam around the outer edge. Nice stick lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt and caramelized sugar and some molasses. Some dark fruit comes in as well - some berries and raisins.

T: The caramelized sugar returns in a big way, has a very nice sweetness. Slight dark fruit flavor - raisins and figs, a little breadyness, and a surprising amount of hops.

M: Medium to full bodied, very creamy, with nice carbonation.

O: Really nice beer, lots of great flavor. No hint of the alcohol whatsoever and very drinkable.

mdaschaf, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Motladiwa
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this on tap at my favorite pub. Served in a tulip, 10oz pour.

A- Deep reddish brown, almost like an old weathered penny. Had an inch or two of head that quickly went away, no retention. Nice lacing.

S- Very mellow and the lack of head retention caused me to figure that the bouquet would lack a bit. Malty sweet. Fruity resin. No alcohol presence in the nose.

T- Caramel covered raisin? Sweet, dry and bitter. It just tastes really good, very enjoyable. Dark cherry on the sides of the palate finishing with a nice bitterness at the back of the palate.

M- Lovely. Sticky and makes me lick my lips. Very well balanced for the style. Sides of tongue stays sticky and then there is a bitterness makes up the backbone.

O- Truly enjoyed this beer. Very nice and well balanced given the abv and malt complex. The hop profile is a plus.

Motladiwa, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a muddy dark brown with red highlights and a finger of thick off-white head that holds and laces fairly well.

S: Peat, caramel, nuttiness, and a little smoke. Even this short list was tough to come up with even as the beer warmed.

T: Peatiness again, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and some dark fruitiness. No flavors are very strong in the taste either.

M: It has a medium body with some stickiness.

O: This is very mild for its strength and it needs to be drank between 50-60 degrees to get anything out of it. On the plus side, it is only about $10 bucks per sixer and goes down easily for being 8.5% ABV.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite redish brown (especially red) and a bit hazy; a thin quickly dissipating head; lacing is average

S: Very sweet and malty aromas: caramel, wet hay, molasses, and brown sugar are first noticeable; not a ton else going on--pleasant but not amazing

T: Luckily, much more complex flavors: nutty caramel and roasted, slightly burnt malts; pleasant sweetness on top of an equally pleasant graininess; after taste provides more burnt malts

F: Fairly good mouthfeel--seemingly thin at first but much of it clings to the mouth still

D: A nice interpretation of the style; a very drinkable beer that does get a bit cloyingly sweet toward the end of the glass but is enjoyable nonetheless

dbossman, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. brown bottle, with a bottling date of 02-08-11. Drank on 03-20-11 from a thistle glass.

A: Color is a dark copper, with a frothy tan head between 2 and 3 fingers high. I got a small amount of lacing. Clarity was initially hazy but later cleared up a bit.

S: Aromas were of dark breads, caramel, and a malt sweetness. Also some dark fruits and earthiness. Nice malt character.

T: Strong malt presence, with caramel and dark bready flavors. But there is also a bittering taste from the hops. Seems to be a lot of bitterness for the style. There is a sweetness here, but not nearly as sweet as other wee heavies I've tried. I can also taste the smoke of the malts being heated over peat.

M: Nice alcohol warming over a full-bodied beer. Carbonation is medium and finish is dry.

O: Overall a very good beer. I think it would be even better and closer to style if they reduced the bitterness a wee bit.

sommersb, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of dfclav
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - beautiful dark red with active carbonation and a nice 1 1/2 finger head. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass while a few swirls of the glass coats the sits with oily residue. This is one heavy beer.

S - really heavy malts and caramel, followed by undertones of very sweet dark fruits. A surprising about of chocolate notes come about as the beer warms.

T - as expected, this is one heavy beer. First sip I am hit with a huge amount of malt, cocoa, and caramel. This is a pretty American take on the style as the peat/smoke elements don't really come into play. Still, they are there on the backend leaving a dry finish that invites you all too quickly for another sip.

M - good use of hops here, very nice carbonation. Medium bodied brew that does a good job of leaving a dry finish. Not even close to cloying compared to others in the category. It works well with the bill though, I think.

O - another job well done by founders. Not a bad choice for a wee-heavy session because it doesn't wear you out but it can definitely sneak up on you if you reach for another.

dfclav, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Duane Reade on 72nd street of all places... The world is a changin' . Not sure how I feel about buying Craft Beer at "Wal-Mart" but it was freaking 7.99 for a 64 ounce pour of Founders!. I paid 13.99 or 14.99 at Whole Foods a few months back for the same pour...

A:Nice deep red almost opaque, somewhat translucent. Thin head, no lacing. Looks inviting and intense. Am I ready? I think so.

S: There is actually a fruity hop scent to this with the IBU at 50, no surprise. Also, toasted malts. There is almost sherry-like smell to this. Very nice, complex and inviting smelling.

T: This is a delicious and utterly drinkable beer. You can taste the Americanization of the style through the strong hop presence, but that's not a problem in any sense! It is a brilliant creation and ode to a style. It tastes wonderful. It is sweet and slightly syrupy , but also has a nice bitter roasted malt and hoppy flavor at the end to keep it honest. I am a big fan of this beer. It has balls and isn't afraid to be sweet at the same time. This is a macho, yet sensitive, beer.

M: Very slight carbonation, rounded smooth feel, almost syrupy but not in a bad way. The ending is even a bit thinning in presence , which is nice seeing how heavy bodied this beer is.

O: Overall this beer is excellent and a treat. I don't often find it out here in NYC and every time it is available for growler I jump on the opportunity for a 64 OZ pour! Even if my GF won't help me, I should have no problem finishing this off over the next 2 days ;)

Bravo Founder's!!

Avantyawn, Mar 17, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,501 ratings.