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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,212
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 165
Gots: 550 | FT: 21
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 SpecialK088


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

Poured from the bottle into a perfect pint glass

a-very deep drown with a redish tint to it very light film over the top but a nice sticky ring around the edge.

S-dark sweet fruits very sugary in the nose with sone subtle spices and alchohol undertones. Molasses as well as sone earthy nuttyness are also present. Seems that u smell something new everytime u smell this beer.

T-From the smell of this beer u would think it would taste completly different it's more of a dry fruit flavor with some hop bitterness in the middle and finish. Sweeter malt flavors come out a bit more as it warms.

M-good solid medium body fairly straightforward flavor right down the middle of the road overall.

D- this one is to dry for me to have more than one or maybe two so I wouldn't call it easy to drink but not hard as well. In the founders lineup which is an amazing one this us my least favorite so far

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 19:29:18 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of fropones


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice red like you'd see on a Scottish kilt with about 1 finger of beige head. Nice lacing is left behind

S - Some toasted malt with some sort of sickeningly sweet aroma that I can't quite place. Some darker fruits as well.

T - A lot of caramel malts right up front. Happy to see that whatever I was smelling that turned me off didn't end up in the taste. After taste like dry toast from the toasted malt. Notes of bourbon throughout. More dark fruits in here as well. Some cinnamon as well as a touch of hop bitterness towards the back.

M - Creamy and smooth. Big bodied, low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, alcohol not real noticeable. A nice dryness in the end from the alcohol, but that's about it. Not exactly my cup of tea, but good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 18:13:38 | More by fropones
Photo of hosehead83


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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright copper in color with a two-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Spicy malt
Taste-Big malt notes leading to a counterbalancing spicy hop backbone-nicely balanced, but leaning a bit more to the malty side
Overall, another nice offering from Founder's.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 22:23:50 | More by hosehead83
Photo of cvfish


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this were sweet malts, dark fruits, and caramel

T - The taste of this beer was amazing, Scotch Ales are quickly rising up the ranks as one of my favorite styles, this beer had sweet, caramelized malts, a wee bit of chocolate, toasted walnuts, and pecans

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to heavy body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As I said, this style of beer is becoming one of my favorite styles out there, and this one was delicious. Hopefully one day Founders will distribute down here

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 20:17:24 | More by cvfish
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

A: Deep crimson with a cream-colored head that settles to a very thin film on the surface. Carbonation is mellow, and head retention is good as well.

S: Malt dominates the smell, with hints of toast, almond, caramel, and dried fruit. Hops give the beer a light floral character.

T: Flavors begin with caramel, dark fruits, some smokiness, and a bit vinous. Toasty flavors dominate, while hops give the beer a dry, mellow finish.

M: Medium-bodied, and has a nice warming booziness to it.

D: One of the most balanced American takes on this style that I have come across. Despite it's higher ABV, its almost dangerously sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:55:46 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of bbeane


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

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... 1/4 inch off white head that lingers and leaves some spider web lacing. Beer appears a reddish brown color with a little sediment and mild activity

S- Not a whole lot... some sweet malty aroma mixed with a bready smell

T- Starts out a bit sweet, malty, caramel... Finishes a bit bready with some hoppy bite. No detection of the 8% alcohol

M- Very smooth. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation

D- Very drinkable... one of the best scotch ales I've had


Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 22:06:22 | More by bbeane
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

Founders Dirty Bastard pours a ruby-brown color with a thin tan head and some lacing.

The aroma is filled with sweet caramel, a woody scotch smell and a very faint hint of sugary raisins. Some spiciness as well.

The flavor profile goes along with the aroma. Smooth, sweet malts layered with caramel and sugared raisins sit on top of a rougher scotch-like flavor consisting of wood barrel and faint, warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Light carbonation and a medium body leads to good drinkability. Overall, I'm happy that I picked this beer up. I haven't had too many Wee Heavies, but this one has been an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 02:08:15 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with slight beige head. Smells like bourbon, pecans, stewed dates and a little soy sauce.

Tastes sweet and well-carbonated. Very warming and fairly roasty, but light enough in all respects to carry me through a bottle at least. Decently bitter with some hop tinge, otherwise mostly from malts. Not at much fruit presence in the taste as in the smell. Smooth, watery finish. This is the kind of beer I can see myself drinking a pint of next to the fire in mid-winter. It drinks like a soda with a lighter-carbonated mouthfeel.

I could enjoy me a few more of these...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 02:03:30 | More by abuliarose
Photo of TommyW


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, amber/brown with a bubbly, off-white head.

S- Kind of weak on the nose. I get some caramel malts and a doughy quality.

T- Pretty complex taste. Toffee and caramel malts mixed with toasted bread. Notes of oak and tobacco jump out as well. Leaves nice lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this isn't a bad representation of what a scotch ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 17:18:28 | More by TommyW
Photo of BigBru407

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start by saying I'm not a big scotch ale fan. I rarely buy them and I purchased this one at the recommendation of the clerk at the beer store. It was a good buy.

Poured from a bottle to half sized pint glass.
Nice coloring, dark brown, underlying deep red color. Thin layer of head with slight carbonation. Lacing is very nice, with a great smooth thickness that is left on the tongue. Very drinkable for alcohol percentage(8.5%). Smooth and sweet earthy flavors, almost a hint of oak in the finish.

This beer drinks really smooth and I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 18:39:50 | More by BigBru407
Photo of wingedeel


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

i have had this on tap, and from the bottle many times, I much prefer this one on tap, but it is a damn fine beer either way.

Nice brown color. Fantastic malty flavor up front, but with a lingering hop taste in the background. The "scotch" flavor is rather subdued.

Very drinkable for a 8+ abv, and one I always return to.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 13:33:50 | More by wingedeel
Photo of mbudner


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a ruby, light brown color with a tremendous 3-finger off-white head. Head dissipates leaving spotty, but thick lacing and head becomes tremendously rocky as it evaporates in pockets.

S- Sweet, rich, smokey malts. Earthy, like dirt almost (and I see others have described this as moss or peat.) I get some woodiness as well though I am fairly sure this has not come into any contact with any wood at any part of the process.

T- Very smokey, nowhere near a Rauchbier, but the smokiness associated with a good single malt scotch. I scotch booziness on the back of my palate followed up by some hops bitterness (unexpected considering the big, malty flavors and 50 IBUs listed on the bottleneck.) Vanilla, caramel. A lot going on in this one, especially after an hour out of the fridge.

M- One downside is that it feels a little thin especially considering the big flavors listed above...makes you want something a little thicker in the mouthfeel department.

D- Drinks like a complex session beer. Obviously, the scotch characteristics (namely the peat) and slight amount of booze make it apparent that this is not in the 5-6% range, but it sure goes down like it could be. I think I just may go grab another

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:56:41 | More by mbudner
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a murky deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy, smoky malt.

The taste consisted of a spicy earthiness, with layers of peat smoke and caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 04:06:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of msubulldog25


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-capped (grr!) brown bottle, poured to a pint glass...thanks, Metalmonk, for including this in a recent package. 50 IBU, a slightly higher 8.5%.

A: Murky chestnut orange-brown, little (if any) carbonation.Light tan head never approaches a finger-high but hangs around as a short film with good lace, a patchwork of stickiness.

S: Caramel/sugar sweet aroma: nutty, brown sugar, maple. Spare amount of spice to counteract a dominance of sweetness. Toasty, a little butterscotch reduction and a fleeting oak.

T: Nutty malts with an ample tangy zing, Cake-y sweetness covered in a surprisingly herbal-green spicing. Woodiness is an afterthought, but does augment the sweetness and sugared 'age'.

M: Heavier feel, a chewy/thick maltiness. Enough carbonation to build an active mouthfeel, sticking without being too malty/syrupy.

D: Not a bad sipper (at all) for a big 8.5% Scotch. Toasty warmth with plenty of spice and roasted nuts. The flavor is better than 'good', the drinkability is also better than 'good'...consume with caution, but seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 22:54:41 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of JohnL9013

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a burnt orange with stuff in it. Decent head, nothing spectacular. Twist-off cap...really, guys? I don't know why, maybe it's my problem, but I associate twist-off caps with cheap beer and breweries that feel the need to add convenience to their bottles to sell their beer.

S: A dark malt smell, quite strong.

T: I suppose this just isn't my style of beer. It's strong like a stout, but not stouty... it's almost more like a bock, but hoppier than that, too. I don't really know what to call this stuff. The taste is strong and complex, but it just isn't very defined.

M: This beer is harsh. I felt the need to swallow it as quickly as possible. Overall, it just needs to be smoothed out somehow.

D: Moderately drinkable.

Overall, I liked this beer, and recognize that it isn't my style, but my judgement still stands that this beer could use use some re-engineering to make it a little more palatable and a little less confused.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 14:50:59 | More by JohnL9013
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

12oz bottle w twist-off cap. no date or batch code found. tasted in late may/early june 2009. poured into tulip.

very dark brown amber. dark ruby under the light. lots of small sediment particles despite attempt to decant. 1-finger yellowish tan head, fades to thin layer, then wisps and ring. decent lacing.

aroma: rich malty caramel, hints of... vanilla? hints of... chocolate? gentle hop whiff and trace herbs or spice.

taste: caramelized maltiness is still strong, but now met by bolder hopping (mostly still euro, but maybe a touch of american?), resinous with a relatively bold bitterness, and also showing some herbal character. maybe some peated malt? touch of booziness tho.

medium body, lightly syrupy feel, with some resins toward the finish. moderate, tingly carbonation for some additional body and flavor lift.

perhaps could tone down the hoppiness a bit (i know, it's american, but still...), and find a way to hide the alcohol better. but a decent drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 14:28:03 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

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

(From Notes)

12 oz bottle at Brickskeller.

Very, almost overwhelmingly malty with a ton of sugars and a thin, noticeable yeast structure and pervasive hops.

Pours a reddish-deep orange with a 1 fine head with a touch of lacing. A bit of apple, caramel, and scotch whiskey in the smell, which comes out in the taste as a bit smokey and earthy from the smoked woods such as birch and dark fruits such as plum.

Alcohol plays a strong role in this, as does the tart malt. Very heavy, but really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 21:14:19 | More by TLove
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: A bit boozy and a bit sweet. Pleasant, but you instantly know this beer could be trouble.

A: Hazy brown body with a medium loose head that leaves nice lacing and light cover.

T: Ripe red fruit, raisins, and a bit of a Belgian feel. Strong -OH. Would be much better with proper masking.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. -OH keeps it from being smooth. The unmasked -OH really drags the beer down.

D: Considering the -OH this beer remains pretty easy to down. The -OH can be a bit of a hindrance.

O: Good beer, but not great. Really needs time to mellow, and then it might become great. So much potential.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 05:19:46 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of Casey10


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad picked up at Julios while I was in MA.

A - good a redish color with a small head when poured into a glass.

S - a burbon like smell some earth like notes almost like a wheat wine.

T- strong lots of malts, dark rasian taste as well.

M it is good for the style feels stong reinsy.

D - Not bad not a big fan of the style but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 05:53:50 | More by Casey10
Photo of alkemy


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep copper/amber color. Not much of a head. Sweet caramel malts along with a bit of fruitiness. I also began to notice some vanilla about half way through the glass. The sweet malts dominate the taste much as the smell. However, there was an additional butter note along with a hint of vanilla. Loved the creamy feel of this one. I've only had one other brew of this style and found it truly atrocious. I found this to be pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:19:30 | More by alkemy
Photo of buschbeer


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of tan head. It is ruddy brown in color. It is rich in caramel malts. The taste is much the same with some burnt, smokey flavors on the finish. I am very impressed with this beer. I have not had a lot of this style. It is very drinkable and should go quite nicely with the shepherd's pie that I have prepared.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:10:08 | More by buschbeer
Photo of afausser


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

appearance--pours a dark reddish amber with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Very small amounts of lacing.

smell--sweet candy notes, caramel, and fruit. A slight hint of bourbon.

taste--Totally different from the smell. A little sweet, but mostly tart and bitter. A little smoky, earthy, and metallic. Can barely taste the alcohol.

mouthfeel--very smooth, thick, and almost creamy. minimal carbonation.

drinkability--good. not too heavy, and not hot at all. Would definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 05:22:18 | More by afausser
Photo of adamette


3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Medium to dark brown translucent body with no or little head. 3.5

S Hops, malt, barley all kind of strong smelling. This beer will grab your attention and hold it. I like that in a beer. 4.0

T Hops, barley and of course some malt but it is buried by the bitter hops and barley. I found this version at the brewery to be stronger in character than the bottled version. 3.5

M Too "big" for me. This is a tart, rather unbalanced beer with the bitter hops, barley. 2.5

D Fair to me since it is such a "big" beer. 3.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 02:48:42 | More by adamette
Photo of ujsplace


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

Poured into an over sized pint glass.

A: Brown brew that has an orange/red overtone, which is also evident in the head coloration as well. The head is incredibly thick and leaves an amazing amount of lacing and a thick, chunky pillow-like island in the middle of the glass.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of fruit.

T: Toasted malt sweetness, maybe a bit of coffee bitterness and a descent alcohol presence.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D: Despite the abv, this is a very good scotch ale. A nice brew for this time of year. I could easily sit back with a few of these...

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 00:37:52 | More by ujsplace
Photo of dfillius


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields minimal head with zero retention. Hazy reddish brown liquid. No sound when uncapped also - maybe due to twist off? More head please.
S: Sweet caramel toffee, some chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Some cooked squash is the only negative. MALTY! Tiny bit of alcohol.
T: Smoky, a tad roasty. Sweet with a slight lactic sourness. Tasty nut not terrific.
M: Warm, creamy, flat?
D: Good, but not great. I would not order another or buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 23:05:04 | More by dfillius
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,212 ratings.