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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,677
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 757 | 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 KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice mahogany color with a good and thick foamy head

rich and deep nose of caramel, dark chocolate, some malt tones and bits of spice

full bodied with a real richness to it. Fuller bodied with well balanced flavors of dark roast coffee, caramel, malts and spice tones

while this is a bigger beer it holds it very well. On the fuller and richer side, but well balanced with some power behind it

KDawg, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of cmq103
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a 6-pack for $9.99 from Canals in the Hamilton Marketplace (NJ).

Appearance: A moderately aggressive pour got me a 1/4" beige head that reduced to a thin ring. Nice cascading lacing when I tilt my glass, but it fades quickly once brought upright. A medium brown color with a tad bit of murkiness to it.

Smell: Sweet caramel, malts, brown sugar with a mild boozy finish. This is my first Scotch Ale so I'm not sure what to expect. So far the nose is pretty darn enticing. I also sense some dark fruit similar to an Abbey Dubbel.

Taste: Sweet caramel, along with bready malts, chocolate, and a nice warming alcohol presence. Mild bittering hops are present, but not overwhelming, in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, buttery texture on the tongue with moderate carbonation. I know it's suppose to be a "Wee Heavy" but I think Founders did a very good job with making you forget it is a 8.5%'er and I would put it at a medium body style. All of the flavors blend extremely well.

Overall: A very tasty beer but the Scotch Ale style is not my thing so I probably wouldn't seek it out again. With that said, it was a very easy drinking beer. I still want to try the Backwoods Bastard so I will revisit the style again.

cmq103, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Demer
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep amber color with little head and no retention.

The smell is caramel and roasted malts.

There is a lot of caramel malt with dark sweet fruit in the taste, molasses. It has a good mouthfeel. It is sweet with a slightly bitter finish.

While this is a solid well made beer it really isn't my thing. I can appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a beer of this quality but the style just isn't one I feel strongly about.

Demer, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep maroon and umber color with a white head that laces the glass nicely but dissipate rather quickly.

I get nice sweet malts, a spicy mocha whiff, a hint of dark cherry and some small traces of hops on the nose.

Upon first drinking this brew I taste a sweet molasses and carameley maltiness to start that leads way to some small hints of dark fruits like cherry and blackcurrent. I also get a nice warming sensation from the alcohol near the end that blends well with a small bitterness and hops. The taste is nicely linked with the smell. Nicely balanced, with a medium body mouthfeel. Very nice.


ryantho00, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany colored brew with a decent off-white head and similar lacing. The aroma is a beautiful charcoal malt with a hint of buttery licorice. The taste buds detect more charcoal and butterscotch but licorice remains a key ingredient. This stuff is carbonated with fine tingly bubbles that keep this very lively in feel with a solid medium body and some resinous qualities for sure. There is also some booziness present but overall this is a very satisfying scotch ale sort of brew and in true keeping with Founders’ reputation.

Durge, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber-brown iced-tea color with hazy appearance and a creamy one finger tan head that quickly dissipates with scant lacing.
S: Malt overload with sweetness of caramel
T: Sweet malt with caramel, hint of chocolate and dark fruit. Alcohol presence lends a nice warmth. Ever so slight bitter finish as it warms.
M: Chewy medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable beer that is packed full of flavor. Will definitely drink again.

Paincane, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Color is a orange-brown, much like iced tea. The tan head is pretty wimpy and fades pretty quickly, with no lacing left on the glass. Dark fruit and alcohol scents are noted in the smell. The malts are prominent in the taste - caramel with a slight smoky flavor. A piney hop bitterness comes through in the finish. Full-bodied and chewy mouthfeel. Nice balance and complexity. Good representative for the style, but not a fit to my preferred tastes.

DeltaGolfSierra, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off Big ups to Elephantrider for this extra! Thank You.

A - pours a deep heavy looking reddish brown with sharp ruby highlights, one finger of a creamy lightly tanned head sits on top receding to a thin layer showing good retention.

A - dominating toasted malt presence, caramelized sugar, woody aroma, maybe raisins with some alcohol in the back. decent aroma but rather weak.

T - wow where the aroma lacks the taste definitely picks up the slack, very complex with an ordinal ingredient flavor portfolio, toasted malt, light flash of chocolate with some candied sugar, cinnamon spice, a very delicate vanilla bean, hints of woody flavors, minimal hops come in the end and are accompanied by a warming alcohol ending with a sweet darkness.

M - very creamy, chewy, medium to full bodied, minimal carbonation. very easy to drink with a good soothing characteristic.

O - what a solid beer and makes me want more of the style, aroma was a bit lacking but still there. the only rival that ive enjoyed as much was a year old, Old Chub from Oskar Blues. founders just continues to push to be my number one brewery. well done

JayAre46, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice deep brown color with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates quickly and has a very fine foam. leaves a small amount of lacing, pours very hazy
S: dark fruits and a slight underlying scotch note, overall very pleasing on the nose
T: great taste for the style, scotch, woody notes and a slight sweetness like dark chocolate
M: medium carbonation, very thick on the palate, smooth, leaves the mouth salivating which is awesome
O: a great representation of the style, really needs to be allowed to warm up before all of the great flavors come out and it really hits the palate right

BigPlay1824, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. Bottled 07/07/11 stamped on neck.

Appearance - Small tan head with low retention and weak stick. Dark ruby body.

Smell - Nutty and malty. Slight caramel. No hop presence. Moderate alcohol.

Taste - Earthy, nutty, coffee and somewhat boozy. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Too solvent. Otherwhise has a nice medium body and good creaminess in the head.

Overall Drinkability - First Founders beer I didn't really care for. I guess there's a first for everything.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a creamy khaki colored head.

S: Quite a bit more fruity than many other Scotch ales. Sweet toffee and caramel with some toasted bread and malt aromas. Just a little bit of peat and smoke.

T: Sweet malt and bread with lots of peat. A bit of caramel and toffee and a maybe a weird savory and salty flavor, almost like seaweed. There's a bit of a strange bitterness, too.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: One of the few Founders beers I've had that didn't do much for me.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent reddish brown body with a quarter to half inch of medium tan colored head.

S - Brown sugar, molasses, and medium roasted malts with no hoppy presence.

T - The yeast makes the scotch style really shine through. The flavors are liquory, roasty, kinda smokey, and none of them are really overwhelming to take away from each other.

M - The start is rather wet and the middle into the finish is dry and light.

~ This is a good scotch ale. While I'm not a huge fan of the style I really think Founders has done yet another fine job of nailing a style and bringing to folks that may otherwise neglect its existence.

cdkrenz, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a copper hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that dissipated quickly but left a thin layer of foam that created some fair lacing.

The aroma was a bit on the sweet side with roasted bread malts, an herbal hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of raisons, molasses and a mild alcohol scent.

The taste was sweet and malty with a hint of molasses in the beginning and finished a bit bitter, with a touch of raisons and a mild alcohol tinge at the end that left the flavor to linger for a nice long while.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full in body and was rather dry in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall an extremely tasty brew with the alcohol flavor kept to a minimum, yet still allowing for a nice warming sensation after the swallow.

KajII, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a tinge of orange throughout. Decent head develops then drops to a thick head relatively quickly. Good lace.
Smell is rich malt, fermented apples and grapes, fruitcake, light notes of whiskey smoke and hops. Great balance and complexity.
Taste is amazingly well balanced. Malt, whiskey, smoke, fruitcake and alcohol. Amazing complexity.
Rich, full-bodied with a light effervescence. Creamy, warming, smooth. Seriously good beer.

PorterLambic, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Sdesenberg
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of bottle at the local grocery store for 9.99. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium dark brown with a half inch of thick sticky head. Stick your nose in the glass and you are greeted with a wonderfully complex medley of smells. Biscuity malt and earthy peat are balanced with vanilla. The flavor is equally complex, and frankly, wonderful. It starts with the maltiness, but finishes with the smoky peat and alcohol of good scotch. The smokiness lingers. Overall, an exceptional complex standout. Definately worth picking up!

Sdesenberg, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Star80
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 8/11 from the cooler. Pours out a nice dark ruby color with a sticky looking head. The smell is rich and malty, slightly smokey, and mildly sweet, with some vanilla almost reminiscent of a fine Bourbon. Really a complex smelling beer. The taste is equally rich and malty, but has a nice citric, resinous hop base to balance it all out. Nice warming alcohol as you sip this one and it works well on a cool night like tonight. More flavors are coming forth, a bit of molasses from all that alcohol, but also some nicely roasted malts. Sure, there is a bit of earthy peat to it, but not nearly as much as some scotch ales I've had and I like it. Anyway, this is a big beer, one to be sipped and slowly warmed and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth too. Overall this is a nice Scotch ale that is making a great alternative right now to the shelves full of tired, but true Oktoberfest offerings.

Star80, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Seebs847
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a half inch of sticky head. Great looking beer! Lacing down the entire glass!

Smells of butterscotch, scotch, and a slight earthiness due to the heavy malts. You can tell this beer means business.

Initially the beer's malt and scotch characteristics hit the tongue. This is quickly followed by a hop bite which works perfectly for me. Finishes deliciously creamy and smooth!

Overall a fantastic offering from Founders. Interesting style I dont find myself drinking enough of. This is my second time purchasing Dirty Bastard and I will definitely be looking for it during the cold Chicago winter.

Seebs847, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - dark nut brown ale with a coffee colored head that sits two fingers deep. pretty good retention and superb lacing.

S - peat, caramel, smoky malts, toffee and chocolate. one of the best smelling scotch ales i've encountered.

T - caramel toffee and chocolate malts all blend together in the beginning. smokiness comes in after and just adds to the flavors without over powering. one very well balanced beer.

M - good carbonation on a medium to full bodied brew. good hop bite in the back for the style and a good feel of alcohol on the throat.

O - definitely one of the best scotch ales out there. get this beer if you haven't already.

celticfutblclub, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of mckemp
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brick red color, finger of off white head.

S - Butterscotch, sweet syrupy smell.

T - Caramel, light cherry taste, with traditional scotch ale "alcohol" taste, finishing with lingering bitterness.

M - Thick and sticky.

O - Absolutely the best scotch ale I've had. I've never been disappointed by Founders. I ate some M&Ms while drinking the dirty bastard; it was a great pairing!

mckemp, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a light brown color, almost like the darkest iced tea you've ever had. The flavor is very complex with a ton of different malt flavors going on. There is roastedness, piney, hoppy, a little bit of not very sweet maple, even a hint of scotch. It's very bold and has a long bitter, but not acrid, finish.

McNealc31, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy rootbeer color, half finger off white head that diminishes quickly leaving thin lacing.

S - Cherry, butterscotch, light hops, maple syrup.

T - Starts with a rind-like bitterness, proceeds to cherry, caramel, molasses, pit fruits, finishes with a clinging bitterness, light smoke, & maris otter malt flavors.

M - Thick, sticky, bitterness clinges to tongue.

O - Delicious! At times the taste resembled a Rochefort 6 (less smooth). First beer I've had from Founders, not disappointed!

Rickythejeweler, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep, dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel ,a touch of alcohol. Taste is malty, nutty, some caramel, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

tone77, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of MrOH
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep reddish brown with a half finger of light tan head. Good lace.

Figs, dates, treacle, malt. Very deep and relaxing.

The nose is replectated on the palate with a nice snappy bitterness and warming alcohol, with neither coming across too strong. Very well done.

Heavy bodied with lowish carbonation, but it fits.

I remember back when this was Founders flagship. Haven't had it in years, but it's quite the dram for the end of the night.

MrOH, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, almost black in low light. This pours with a one inch head, and it leaves a thin layer of fine bubbles on top and nice lacing with bigger bubbles.

S: Sweet malt, peat, and caramel dominate. I smell butter, too. Butterscotch? Yes.

T: the caramel and malt are present along with the bitter hops, but the scotch flavor takes it over here. Nice!

M: some wee heavies don't carbonate, and I want a punch of carbonation with mine. So far the only mouthfeel that is close is the Dark Horse wee heavy. This one is medium carbonation, but for the category it's awesome.

O: drinkable for a few beers, I'd need to switch it up if I had more than 2. This is another one of those awesome founders beers that is $10 or less for a 6 pack, and that's a steal for this one.

Holland, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Boto
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a cloudy, coppery amber color. There was a very small light brown had on it that didn’t linger or leave much lacing at all. Big nose of roasted caramel. Definitely raisins and a hint of smoke in there also. Very nice taste. It is smokey and a little bitter. Then you get some of that roasted caramel with a bit of sweetness popping thru. Faint dark fruits to the taste also. Nice.

Boto, Sep 02, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,677 ratings.