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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,247
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 167
Gots: 557 | 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 avocadoz


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, bitter scotch style ale! Pours a dark amber with little head. Smells slightly tropical, not much else. Taste is bitter and heavy.. fantastic! Reminds me of Old Chub, not as smooth, but more bitter. Excellent brew and Im thrilled I can now buy in Georgia.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:23:05 | More by avocadoz
Photo of hopsbreath


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBU's and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:45:30 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of DrDemento456


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before and was brought back by the rich bourbon flavor!

A - Thick amber color brew with slight head
S - Roasted malt smell with slight fruit
T - Gets easier to drink every time! Flavor of slight scotch and mild fruit hit the mouth!
M - Coats the mouth nicely with bitter bite
D - I would totally have this again.

Overall I only had the dirty and cerise cherry ale and both are excellent for 2.50 beers. Toast!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 08:03:56 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of earthboundagain


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Ok we have a reddish amber hue, going on. The head was not big but the lacing was not bad. 12oz bottle with bottled on date that is a chore to find.

S - Ok we have some hug malt action with some dark fruit as well. Some blackstrap molasses and maybe some peat.

T - Ok we have even more malt and dark fruit, kicking you in the teeth. Some surprise hops are hidden among the smoky peat. Ok we have the alcohol creeping into the taste, but in a good way.

M - Ok w have a sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation, while its is not at a RIS level, it still makes for a nice sticky sip.

D - The flavor is rich, and the alcohol is as well, this beer is a sipper and I'm one and done at a time, maybe I could do two in a sitting if it was a nightcap.

Thoughts _ A nice rich kick in the mouth Scottish ale, this is another gem from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:25:59 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The first sight of this brew got me interested in it I just had to sample. Picked up a six-pack at my favorite beer pick up store Civera's.

Appearance: Very odd brown coloring with a hint of dark subtle tones. Appears to be very thick and cannot wait ti indulge.

Smell: Caramel coats with robust flavorings just waiting to be explored. The yeasty tones give it a thick and overpowering sense of power. A ale not to be tested lighty.

Taste: Very strong undertoning with a after bite that will give you a sense of warmth. Gentle in the beginning and shows you its strengthly hop and scotch characteristics in the end.

mouthfeel: strong sense of carbanation and a gentle sense. I can taste actually apple and smoked almonds? Maybe another time. I did enjoy the bitterness it brought to the table with backup vocals from the hops sense of scottish style.

Drinkability: Very tough to swallow down at first, but once you get to the bastards center, you can actually respect and get along with in the long run. If your a pro to this, you might say it's just another brew, but I did enjoy the sometimes harsh spices this beer brought to the table. Will enjoy again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:00:00 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of spointon


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into my DFH stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear reddish brown color with a wispy 1/2" head that disappeared in a hurry. Very faint spotty lacing.

S= Pretty malty (as it should be) but with a kiss of roastiness and ripe dark fruit.

T= Pretty spot on, but with some interesting things going on. Lots of malty sweetness, a hint of earthy smoke, ripe dark fruit. The break from total normalcy was a recognizable hop note in the finish. Not overpowering by any means, but certainly more "there" than you will find in most wee heavies.

MF= Medium creamy body with a light carbonation level.

D= Pretty good drinkability, especially for the ABV. I will keep drinking this as it is very available locally!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 06:54:32 | More by spointon
Photo of elgiacomo


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled in Dec 2009. Pours brown/copper, with strong red highlights, nice fluffy tan head, sheets of lacing to start.

Aroma is pretty quiet on this one, some caramel malts, which is then immediately contrasted with the huge flavor, immensly malty to start, lots of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee with a nice grassy bitter hop finish. Overall very malty impression.

Mouthfeel is quite rich and creamy, medium carbonation.

My first night ever with Founders, Breakfast Stout equaled expectations, Dirty Bastard exceeded expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 04:30:05 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. Poured deep, hazy copper with a half inch, loose, off-white head. Head dissipates into a broken skim and some random strands of lacing. Malty, roasty, smoky and dark fruit emanate from glass; maybe also a hint of peat, as I get an earthy quality in the mix as well. Taste is consistent with nose, sweetness is there, but complements rather than overwhelms. Also a slightly medicinal aftertaste, but not unpleasant. There is also a light hops bittering the makes its presence know as well. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly effervescent and nicely coats the tongue. A nice example of the style - not as malty and sweet as I'm accustomed too, but pretty tasty I have to say.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 19:06:04 | More by Jwale73
Photo of thekanna


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

A: Pours a thick caramel color with half a finger of off-white head; This settles into a placid nutty brown.

S: Strongly pungent, phenolic caramel with a great smoky character reminiscent of leather and tobacco.

T: Nice alcoholic and warming toffee and coffee body with a bitter, smoky finish.

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

D: My first beer from Founders Brewing Co., and it's absolutely delicious. Could definitely go for more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 01:43:22 | More by thekanna
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

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

Poured a reddish brown color from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle. An aggressive pour only resulted in a tan one finger head. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, and raisins. The taste matches the smell with just a hint of hop bitterness. Very drinkable for a rich and full bodied brew.The 8.3% alcohol is well hidden.
A solid offering from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 13:10:28 | More by clemtig76
Photo of jmerloni


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

A - A bright red with a maroon-amber hue; minimal light tan head but it has very good lacing.

S - Just a great aroma; smells of plum, dark cherry in their purest form; malt and chocolate; molasses/brown sugar smell aroma; you can smell the alcohol.

T - Taste follows the nose and more. Strong flavor of dark fruits that are sugary and coated. A little bit yeasty. A nice hop effect that is pleasantly surprising for this style. Scotchy alcoholic aftertaste. This is a great scotch ale.

M - Excellent. Whole; the sticky head accompanies each sip with an exceptional swallow. Low to medium carbonation.

D - Drinkable but it has a high ABV and is pretty heavy. Two of these and you'll be good for the night. I wouldn't call it sessionable, therefore.

One of the best beers I've had to date. This is a style I'm pretty unfamiliar with in my young beer drinking days, but this shit is TASTY!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:45:14 | More by jmerloni
Photo of steve8robin


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

Decided to get a 6 pack of these on a whim...

A: Looks really good. Awesome deep dark copper color with a huge foamy offwhite head that never completely fades. Very good.

S: Nice smell. Slight hops with backround hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: Almost taste like an oatmeal / breakfast stout with a heavy hop frontend. Good, but not perfect.

M: Very smooth and perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down very easy once you get past the hops.

All in all, this is a pretty good brew. If you like the hoppiness of an IPA with the nice smooth flavors of a breakfast stout, then this is for you. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 02:08:04 | More by steve8robin
Photo of Hypersomnia

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

It's very lightly carbonated with almost no head which seems appropriate for this style.

Has an obvious aroma of chocolate (I think milk chocolate), sugar, maybe brown sugar and caramel / toffee aroma.

Woah this is yummy. This is definitely my kind of drink. Very tasty. Having a difficult time describing the flavor but I really like this. There is a charred or toasted malt flavor which is nice. Has a bit of a stouty flavor but is definitely not a stout. A bit of hoppiness but it's obviously not an IPA. Bitter but not overpowering. A nice mixture of flavors that all seem to meld together perfectly. This is excellent.

The finish is a bit quicker than I would have expected, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing because this is "thick". The bit of the finish that is there is quite nice.

The smell of this is just fantastic, I'd almost pay for this just for the nose, but the flavor is excellent as well so why not drink it?

Another excellent beer from Founder's.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:50:15 | More by Hypersomnia


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

From bottle to chalice. This batch advertises 8.5% ABV.

A: Average tan head with poor retention and spare lacing. The body is a hazy dark brown with ruby tints along the edge of the glass.

S & T: Malts of caramel and a nutty, toasted almond. The hop character is minimal. The smell of leather and sour dough bread comes through from the yeast. Above average alcohol on both the nose and palate. It doesn't seem like the alcohol that I'm sensing is from the fermentable sugars as much as a flavor/aroma imparted by a brief bourbon barrel aging. I have never heard anyone claim that the Dirty Bastard *is* barrel aged, this is just a reflection of my experience. Plenty of other flavors/aromas to talk about: raisin, fig, wood, butter, baking chocolate, black licorice, cola, syrup, cardboard and a certain sour quality, not unlike souring milk, but somehow not in an off-putting way either. There is a long duration that helps in dissecting the flavors. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

M: Thick and chewy. Carbonation levels left something to be desired.

D: All in all, an above average brew. Any low scores are a reflection of a Founders beer being rated to the high expectation I have come to have from such a wonderful brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 19:32:25 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, dark fruit and some alcohol. Not much peet smoke in the aroma. The flavor is very fruity and sweet. Not too much smoke. You get a little roasted malt and the alcohol is present and warming. Medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:52:22 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Dirty Bastard has a body that is brown at the core, orange at the edges, and amber everywhere else. The off-white head is only about a finger high and doesn't have very good retention, but still manages to leave some decent lacing behind.

Dirty bastard features a lot of toffee and caramel in the aroma that come together and smell a bit like chewing tobacco. Also in there is some hop bitterness.

The same malt profile that I notice in the aroma is in the flavor also; lots of toffee, some caramel, and a touch of tobacco. After that the hops come through also, with a bite of bitterness that is a little bit intense for a scotch ale. I have to admit though, I find myself thinking that about the hop profiles in a lot of American scotch ales, so maybe the problem is me and not the hops.

The mouthfeel is good, on the heavy side of medium bodied to the point that it is a little chewy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very good feel actually.

I find that the more Dirty Bastard i drink, the more I like it, which is a good thing. Also, I would never guess that the ABV on this one was above 8%.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 05:17:55 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mirish72


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this up in a mixed six and was impressed. I'm not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale's, but after trying the Backwoods Bastard I figured I had to give this a try.

Poured into a tulip glass and it has a nice caramel brown color to go with the sweet, malty aroma.

Tastes slightly sweet but is balanced by the malts. It has an almost peety taste, that you can almost chew in your mouth, a really full bodied and exceptional beer. Overall it is also really drinkable, probably more so than other Scotch ale's I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:17:18 | More by mirish72
Photo of memory


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle it has a 3/8 inch head slowly leading to a
nice light film. Lacing abounds.
Can smell bourbon, oak and a little cherry coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth with the bourbon hitting first followed by smooth sweet malt and a hint of cherry.
Drinks a bit boozey, but the smooth aftertaste can lead to more.
Not as sweet as some wee heavys and the bourbon can be trying but is nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:35:53 | More by memory
Photo of civilizedpsycho


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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a very nice copper color that is semi-transparent. Didn't have much of a head, but the little bit there was, lingered for a little while.

Smell: A very rich, malt aroma dominates the smell. There also seemed to be some kind of fruit aroma in the background that reminded me of a light cider.

Taste: Again, a very rich malt flavor dominates. However, there is a balance here that keeps it from becoming too sweet. Could be hops, or could be caramelized malt that provides just enough bitterness to make this very smooth. Also has a very light cider flavor that just peeks through.

Mouthfeel: Good body. Not creamy or thick, but there's a mild chewy texture that feels fantastic on the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could drink this beer anytime. In addition to a pint glass, I also tried it in a wine glass (as I didn't have a snifter or tulip available) and the aromas and flavors became even more apparent. Good anytime, anywhere, any which way.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 18:58:12 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of kzoobrew


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut colored body glistens when held to the light. Head is the color of white sand found on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Retention is fair but not overly impressive, a very decent trail of lacing is left behind though.

I will admit I am often on the "more hops the better" side but you cannot deny the beauty of a well crafted malty brew. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma open things up. Subtle chocolate and and a hint of dark fruit meander underneath. Every so faint earthy hops are delicately placed.

Rich caramel malt, slightly burnt sugars and a chocolate flavor meld together up front. While the flavor is generally sweet a earthy almost grassy hop bitterness provides a much needed balance.

Just shy of full bodied, texture is very smooth and creamy. Flavors embed themselves deep in the tongue giving the brew a rather long finish. Carbonation is on the lower end though very adequate.

Fantastic beer and is enjoyed every time. A bit too big to have a session on, kicking back a couple would not be out of the question. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 00:04:20 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mahogany color with a sticky white head that stuck to the glass beautifully. Biscuit and sweet malt in the aroma. A muted fruity aroma is also detectable along with the ester of alcohol.

Smooth as it flows across the palate with a medium body. The complex malty flavor profile is comprised of caramel, toffee and fruit. As the beer moves through center the slightest hint of bitterness provides balance. It signs off with a pleasant warming of the chest from the 8.5% ABV.

A well constructed Scotch ale. Sufficient complexity and highly drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:05:54 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of burnstar


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

Pours a pretty dark copper with a small head. Nice persistent lacing on the surface. Aroma is caramel malt. Spices. Taste is rich carmel malt. Bourbon. Muted bitterness in the finish. Dull sweetness with some light spiciness. Smooth. Very nice medium bodied velvety mouthfeel. Easily drinkable- I find this goes down easier than most Scotch Ales. Really nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:21:34 | More by burnstar
Photo of jorg2619


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

Founders delivers yet another great beer. A pour of dirty bastard is thick and dark, I was encouraged by the unpolished look of the beer and how quickly the head died down to a thin skim of bubbles. The aroma was malt, with a hint of malt. The taste is of course malty... but a complex malty that eludes to a complex grain bill and a careful fermentation. The mouth feel is a little syrupy but this is a strong scotch ale. I will be buying it again but only one bottle at a time due to potency.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:16:27 | More by jorg2619
Photo of blackenmn


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a medium bodied brown with a hint of amber within it. It had a thin off white head after an aggressive pour. Plenty of nice lacing was left on the glass and seems there was quite a bit of carbonation. Smelled of dark fruit/raisins. with plenty of roasted caramel malt and spice present, and a slight abv warmth on the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of bitter dark fruit, followed by plenty of extremely noticeable sweet, abundant malt. Finished fairly dry with lingering spice and hop bitterness.

Drinkability:Pretty drinkable brew. Definitely a unique one which gained a bit of needed complexity as it warmed. Had plenty of heavy noticeable malt, spice, and amber ale qualitys. I'd have no problem enjoying this again some night.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 06:18:02 | More by blackenmn
Photo of drumrboy22


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Great Lakes snifter. Beer was a dark cherry color, with a one-finger, light brown head. Very light carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, malt, light spices and nuts.

Taste was sweet malt, caramel, roasted grains, spices and raisins. Finish is moderately bitter.

Well made and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 05:40:25 | More by drumrboy22
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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