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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,388
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 177
Gots: 630 | 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 jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS snifter. I'm sharing this and some Dirty Bastard with my girlfriend. Interesting to see how the two compare.

A - Brown body with a circle of white head but not much head at all on top. The Backwoods is slightly darker than the Dirty. Not much difference in the two other than that.

S - Caramelly, malty sweetness. Hints of vanilla. But mostly caramel like sweetness

T - Follows the nose with a sweet caramel flavor. Toffee and molasses notes as well. Picking up some nutty flavors and a hint of booze.

M - medium body with a bit of stickiness and a low amount of carbonation

D - A sipper, and I'm kind of glad I am only drinking half a bottle of this. A solid beer but not my favorite style. Certainly enjoyable however and I could see it being the perfect beer if I was in the mood for it.

10-19-2010 01:11:52 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of tylernim

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Light brown to tan color. Creamy head.

S - Bit of booze. Malts.

T - Malts with a hint of scotch. Some slight vanilla perhaps.

M - Thick and creamy as it should be.

D - Would love to be able to drink more, but I would call it at two.

Was excited for this one, and it delivered.

10-17-2010 16:33:38 | More by tylernim
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very dark tan/brown with red traces. Nice creamy 1 inch head

Smell - Some hops and malts are present. HAs a scottish whiskey smell in there. Some spices are also there.

Taste - Very cool Has a rye/ipa kick with some scottch aftertaste. Baby has bite also at 8.5%. Malts are smooth and mellow. Theres a spice in this beer i cant pickout but it just adds to the great flavor.

Mouthfeel - ALot going on. You really have a treat with all the spices mixed with the malts. Really thought, the mouth isnt all that ruined after drinking. Its rather dry drinking, not a long aftertaste so you can move into something else.

Drinkabilty - Its just a little to strong to drink more then 1 or 2. But for sure i could see drinking this weekly. I really enjoyed the scotch flavor, really nice job again by founders

10-16-2010 08:05:03 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of ProLiquorMan


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Looks really good. Some dark ruby color (just like the description).

Smells nice. Some malty beer smell. It's all I got. You can tell it's going to be a little bitter.

Tastes like it smells.

Medium Bodied.

It's a good beer, but it does taste like scotch at all. There was no smoke or peat. It's just a nice dark and malty beer that's slightly bitter.

10-15-2010 02:41:24 | More by ProLiquorMan
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

I really didn't think I was going to like this beer as much as I did. Really great garnet color. Initially has a puffy off white head that fades fast to a tiny loose ring. Aroma is a little faint, but sweet and bready.
Taste is really malt forward with strong toffee, caramel, molasses flavors that are abundant. That leaves your palate with a faint hop bitterness and slight alcohol hottness. Could be a little more lively in the mouth, but has good body none-the-less. After a while I'm sure this would get cloying but for one bottle its great.

10-15-2010 00:51:59 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of beergod1


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark brown, and Ruby highlights with a medium, light-tan head. Aroma very malty, a touch of caramel, dark fruits. Flavor also very malty; brown sugar, fruits, Caramel and lightly sour.Nice smooth velvety texture. Almost too sweet, but I keep buying it.
The taste is that good.

10-13-2010 23:08:09 | More by beergod1
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A- Cherry chestnut with a thin head. Not too much carbonation, and a very poor excuse for a head. I can't lie and say it looked good. It did look a bit unfiltered which at least was slight nice, at least IMO.

S- Chocolate and coffee, and all out of nowhere a ton of malt. Moreso dark malts. Hints of caramel and booze. Was good, but simply too light of an aroma for a better rating.

T- Sweet and quick to leave a smoky aftertaste. Starts with some dark malts, and almost brings an oaked flavor forward. Little traces of chocolate and coffee, but it soon falls behind the smokiness. I wish the taste would linger a bit longer though.

M- Medium high body, with carbonation that suits it well. A fair amount of alcohol heat though. Maybe after some aging this would be really good. Probably not too bad for an 8.5% though.

D- A good intricate beer. Reminded me of OA Arrogant Bastard to be honest. It's one that you want to savor in that regard. One thing I didn't like was that I had to really swish it around, before the flavor would take hold. Aside from that, it's an impressive brew.

10-13-2010 01:50:05 | More by BBP
Photo of weatherdog


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter. Bottle dated 6/24/09

It pours a Chestnut brown with deep ruby highlights. A creamy tan head capped the beer.

It smells deeply of a medium to high lovibond crystal malt without much body with a noticeable alcohol burn. A fairly boring and uninteresting nose.

The taste improves on the nose just a little bit. The sweet crystal malt is coupled with just a little bitterness. The finish is on the sweet side which fits with this style. I'm thinking this bottle is just touch oxidized as well. The body is also on the fuller side which I feel masks a lot of the alcohol that is present in the nose. Even though the nose and taste are just about average for me, it is very drinkable for a 8.5% beer.

10-12-2010 05:39:23 | More by weatherdog
Photo of DerekP


3.2/5  rDev -20.8%

Appearance is cloudy, with an array of hues that make the beer look delicious and inviting. A fluffy nougat head on top. A dark brown to mahogany glow to the bottom of the glass. The smell is unbelievable. Sweet fruits to a chocolatey, malty backbone. Taste's earthy. Not quite what I was expecting. A lot of hoppy bitterness. Hot alcohol. Malt and grains somewhere in the mix. Definitely a sipper. As it warms up it tastes more and more like bourbon or a brown liquor. Have a good night...

10-12-2010 01:41:33 | More by DerekP
Photo of thecarster1


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

a- bottle poured into a tulip, one finger of tan head, murky walnut brown color.

s- nice scotch ale nose, some sweet bready stuff in there, nutty, light chocolate, a bit of toast.

t- nice, sweet, very nutty, some roast, chocolate both milk and bittersweet, slight alcohol.

m- medium to full body, slick, coating.

d- nice, this is a top notch scotch ale, i would drink this one again. yet again i maintain that founders doesn't make bad beer.

10-11-2010 04:03:04 | More by thecarster1
Photo of mariposafan


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

My first Founders beer, poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

No head to speak of - just a light layer that disappears almost as quickly as it arrived. Bubbles persist at the edges, though, leading to a little bit of lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel with herbal hops?! What?

Taste isn't nearly as sweet as the smell led me to expect. Caramel, yes, but a drier version. Chilled it also has a fair bit of hoppiness, but that fades to nothing as it warms. Unfortunately the bitterness doesn't fade quite as much - it's a little over the top, particularly in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is nice and creamy, with a little sharp carbonation trying (unsuccessfully) to cut through the bitterness.

Drinkability is hindered by the excess bitterness of the aftertaste. The 8.5% does its part as well so this is definitely a sipping/one and done beer for me.

Overall it's not bad but not something I'll expect to seek out again.

10-10-2010 23:59:19 | More by mariposafan
Photo of mattgreger


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours with color that is dark red with a bit of a haze, and a very nice tan head, that falls to a little bit of lacing.

Definite aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Which you would expect with a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy.

The taste has a bit of a malt. You can surely taste the alcohol notes up front, with some cocoa and bit toffee coming in the finish. Making it bitter and crisp.

Mouthful is very good as well, some scotch ales over play the alcohol, or they compeletly forget to put it in. This brew is pretty good by Founders. Its a heavy/strong brew that is easy to drink. I picked this up in a Founders Variety pack...would definitly pick it up again.

10-08-2010 00:12:42 | More by mattgreger
Photo of alleykatking


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Poured a brown color with light red hues around the edge of the glass. One finger beige colored head shows good retention. Lacing is good coming in sheets on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts in the front of the beer. Darker fruits come into play toward the middle. Some light smoked and toasted malts in the ending of the beer. It is a little dull for the aroma I must say.

T- Nice caramel malts start of the beer. There is a darker fruit presence in the middle of the beer which shine for a second before it dies back into the caramel malts. A hint of vanilla in the ending of the beer goes along with the sweetness of everything.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style of the beer. Caramel malts are left on the palate with some light vanilla and alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol is drying on the palate. Flavors were balanced and well put together.

D- I have a problem at times with scotch ales but this one was good. It is a little sweet for me and that makes it a hard drinker for a sixer. That's just me though. The ABV is a little high to makes this a session beer without getting drunk. Overall, a good beer and nice way to rep the style.

10-07-2010 00:52:20 | More by alleykatking
Photo of adam42381


4/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1/2 finger white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Caramel malt with chocolate, dried fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Caramel and chocolate malt up front followed by a faint hoppy bitterness in the middle then a complex array of malt flavors that I can't quite describe at the finish. Alcohol flavor comes through at the end. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This isn't a beer that's meant to be sessioned. Drink a couple slowly throughout the evening.

Overall: Very solid Wee Heavy. Founders puts out a good product and this is another fine example.

10-05-2010 14:03:04 | More by adam42381
Photo of billab914


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin, fizzy head to it. The head faded quickly and there wasn't a trace of it ever existing after a minute or so.

The aroma has some caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruit, raisin, fig like qualities to it. I'm getting just a hint of roastiness in it as well. It has more alcohol present in the nose as it warmed.

The taste shows caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruit sweetness along with a roasted malt, bitter, burnt, coffee flavor. The finish also has a moderate warming alcohol heat to it. Very nice mix of flavors with a lot of depth. All the flavors work very together and none are too dominant.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability is good, it's a very flavorful beer and has a lot of depth to it. The flavors all came together very nicely overall. A very good choice to sip on after dinner tonight.

10-05-2010 01:07:19 | More by billab914
Photo of stoutman


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Color is a cloudy dark red with a nice tan head. A really nice looking beer. Taste is very malty and complex with alcohol noted up front, with cocoa and toffee coming in the finish. A dense palate with a heavy body. Very nice long finish that keeps changing. This is a very nice, complex brew. Outstanding.

10-05-2010 00:58:55 | More by stoutman
Photo of Lukafer


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Dirty bastard

Pours a dark reddish brown with one finger of dark tan head.  Smells are plums, sweet caramel and dark fruits.  Tastes are malts, hops, dark fruits.  There's a lot of flavor here, very good. Mouthfeel is medium and goes down pretty smooth, and drinkability is pretty high given the Abv.

10-04-2010 20:43:06 | More by Lukafer
Photo of IPAescotch


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Dark and crystal malts. Roasted scent. Some earthy hoppiness

Tastes like bitter roasted coffee some definite whiskey characteristics.

Thin and light bodied yet obvious malt impact. The bitterness really caries through on the aftertaste. Expected more heftiness in the flavor.

Highly drinkable for such a strong beer.

10-04-2010 05:22:02 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of LairdChisholm


4.2/5  rDev +4%

A - Pours a dark ruby, brownish color. There is less than a one finger, tan head that has sub par retention. There is hardly any lacing.

S - I actually got a lot of raspberry during my first sniff. There are also some smokey malts and other dark fruits, mostly fig with a touch of alcohol.

T - Very smooth with some roasted caramel malts up front with a touch of smoke. After that, there are some dark fruits such as figs and raisins. The after taste has a surprisingly strong bitter hop taste. Notes of bitter chocolate also linger. Satisfyingly complex.

M - Very very smooth with a higher viscosity than most wee heavies I've had. Not easy to pull off. Bravo, Founders.

D - When I drink a wee heavy, I like it to be on the sweet side. With the bitter hoppy after taste, I think this category suffers a little. But wee heavies, this one included always pleasantly surprise me with their drinkability, considering with the ABV.

09-30-2010 03:07:50 | More by LairdChisholm
Photo of Spiekerbox


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

A- Dark reddish brown with a dirty white head, pours maybe a finger thick and leaves nice lacing.

S- Toasted malts, with some sweet malts in there too, dark fruit there too

T- Malty, sweet, a little caramel and dark fruit flavors a little hidden vanilla. light bitterness but no hops to be found, very good flavor

M- medium thick with a medium amount of carbonation, little alcohol warmth at the end

D- Drinkable, but not much of a session beer. Good one to drink but not one to have more than one of

09-30-2010 02:23:39 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of Blanco


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a maudite "snifter."

Very dark, chocolate brown, with a slight reddish hue. Moderate sized tan head.

Smells of caramel and tootsie rolls and hint of fruit (cherry, raisins maybe?)

Taste is malt upfront, followed by caramel and a little hint of cherry coke. slightly bitter, with a smooth and slight alcohol burn. Tasty and as the beer warms is more complex than at first.

mouthfeel is very good. silky and medium to thick, but definitely not syrupy. Does coat the mouth some.

Moderate drinkability. It's good and the alcohol burn doesn't bother me, but it's not one I would have more than 2 or so at a sitting.

09-30-2010 02:22:29 | More by Blanco
Photo of sixthglass


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

A- nice ruby brown, with a two finger khaki colored head,nice lacing.

S- Not very aromatic but, you can smell the malt, Carmel.

T-Malty carmel, some hint of dark fruit, some tiny hint of vanilla.

M- Smooth, creamy, alcohol is hidden well. Carbonation is the right amount.

D- I would only drink one or two of these, sipping slowly.

09-30-2010 00:27:53 | More by sixthglass
Photo of drizzam


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Poured with a cloudy opaque dark brown body topped with a two finger light khaki head. Beautiful head retention which left very nice lacing.

S - Mainly a malty nose accentuated by touches of sweet caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Not a highly aromatic brew, but does smell tasty.

T & M - The taste starts out with a very rich malty backbone with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and maybe a touch of vanilla toward the back end. This is a sweet brew, but not cloyingly so. The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, a very luxurious creaminess that coats your mouth. This is as smooth as they get!

D - Probably not sessionable, but certainly highly drinkable! I was very pleasantly surprised by this brew and am glad one of my BA friends hooked me up with this offering...now to remember who gave it to me so I can pay them back!

09-29-2010 02:56:02 | More by drizzam
Photo of BeerCon5


4.08/5  rDev +1%

Pours a very dark amber color with one finger of off white head.

The scent was of caramel malts, scome dark fruit and some cocoa.

The taste was of caramel malts, vanilla, a little molasses, cocoa, and had a pretty strong alcohol presence.

Full bodied, smooth and a bit chewy, moderate carbonation.

I though this had really good flavor, lots to experience. It went down smoothly but it's difficult to drink more than a couple of these.

09-28-2010 20:32:04 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Anthony1


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer is brown with a reddish tint and a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The robust smell is of vanilla, dark chocolate, caramelized malts and a hint of dark fruits. There's an initial burst of sweetness when you first taste it. Then you get the taste of the malt, dark chocolate, vanilla & fruit, which quickly followed by a short warmth of alcohol. Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish leaves just a bit of stickiness.

09-28-2010 16:47:08 | More by Anthony1
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,388 ratings.