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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,421
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 178
Gots: 644 | FT: 23
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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 TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown with a hint of amber. Half a finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet caramel and bitter hops. Hint of whiskey in the background.

T - A nice smooth bourbon flavour up front with sweet caramel and toffee malts. Some hops in the background to add a slight bitterness. A nice complex palate.

M - Light to medium body with slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent beer and one of the best (if not the best) that I have tried of this style.

05-24-2010 18:35:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of nickadams2

New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

A_Dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Leaves a nice ring. Decent lacing.

S_Not a whole lot in the smell. Malt,brown sugar,little bit of alcohol.

T_Malt,dark fruits, brown sugar,and alcohol. Slight touch of bitter hops. Nicely balanced.

M_Thick and creamy. Enjoyed every sip.

D_Great session beer although ABV is a bit high. Good go to beer.

05-23-2010 06:23:09 | More by nickadams2
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A. Pours a deep brown with ruby red throughout. I got impatient waiting for it to warm so there was hardly any head with no residual lacing.
S. Even cold this smells great: figs, dark chocolate, sweet carmel malt, and rum. The characters intensify as the beer warms to an appropriate temperature; raisins also make an appearance.
T. There is an explosion of carmel and chocolate with dark fruits. This sweet malt driven beer is a perfect alternative to an ice cream sundae (esp. when it means that you don't have to leave the house for ice cream).
M. A fairly dense liquid with a creamy carbonation level.
D. Founders really knows how to construct sweet, malty high octane brews.

05-21-2010 04:17:07 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of roughboyrob


5/5  rDev +23.8%

A - Heavy carmel with light lacing

S - Heavenly nose of alcohol mixed with smooth oaky character

T - OMG - this is the ultimate balance of alcohol, hops and malts. The taste is smooth with a tangy finish with warm alcohol flush to the face.

M - perfection. creamy and chewy yet not too thick. Chuggable but at 8.5% ABV and such wonderful flavor it is not advisable.

D - A stapel beer in any stable. This is the best stuff made.

So good that you need to wear a condom when you drink it. Seriously. This is proof that perfection is just out of reach.

05-18-2010 03:10:16 | More by roughboyrob
Photo of woosterbill


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A vigorous pour yields a deep, nearly black body with reddish undertones and a tan two-finger head of mixed bubble sizes - creamy on the bottom, frothy on the top. Average retention and light lacing. Solid.

S: Big, sweet and malty. Lots of dark fruits, chocolate, nougat, marshmallow, and faint butterscotch. Complex and beautiful.

T: More generically malty than the complex nose, with some booze and bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting.

M: Somewhat sticky body with perfectly abundant carbonation.

D: Tasty, but a little too hot to go down easily.

Notes: I'd been sitting on this one for over six months, so I was a bit surprised and disappointed by its harsh alcoholic finish, but otherwise it was a thoroughly decent Scotch ale. The aroma is particularly enjoyable. I'll be on the lookout for the barrel aged version of this one, but probably won't go for the regular one again.


05-18-2010 01:04:29 | More by woosterbill
Photo of jlindros


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly. It's a hazy dark dirty brown color with a little ruby red.

N: Lots of dark malts with some creamy malt aromas, some rich porter even. A little smoke with that, and a hint of earthy bitter hops. A little brown sugar and hint of caramelization. Not big on the nose.

T: Starts semi sweet with lots of creamy porter like flavors. More dark malts with lots of crystal, some smoked malt, and hints of roast. Some sweetness with a little molasses and maple but not really brown sugar anymore. The roast adds a touch of coffee and porter flavors. A slight bitterness from a little earthy hop and some roasted malt bitterness.

M: Medium body but on the heavier side of medium, with decent carbonation.

F: A little alcohol spicy feel hits at first with a touch of warming booze, then more sweet syrupy flavors with some molasses and maple, a little brown sugar now, lots of dark malts. More smoke as well. THen some earthy bitterness comes out more than before on the finish but still not too heavy. Bitterness also comes from the roasted malt flavors. A slight sticky sweetness but not as much as I expected from how heavy and sweet the beer is. Another nice tasty concoction from Founders as usual.

05-14-2010 02:30:14 | More by jlindros
Photo of Haybeerman


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Ruddy, reddish-brown color. Poured <1 finger off-wite head theat dissipated quickly to ring around the edges. LAced in thin, even rings.

S: Earthy peat and burnt caramel. Alcohol.

T: Mush like the nose. Sharply bitter in the finish for some balance. A bit hot.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Full flavor lingers a bit through the bitter.

D: ABV a little sharp to be too drinkable. Flovorful and pretty well balanced.

05-13-2010 01:33:53 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of levifunk


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

bottle, poured into tasting glass at cellar temp.

appearance - dark red nutty haze. good head and lacing.

smell - caramel, peat, quite boozy.

taste - scotch, bitter hops, slight caramel. a bit hot.

mouth - medium thickness. good carbonation.

overall - pretty good scotch ale. gets better as you drink it and get over the 8.3ABV.

05-13-2010 00:34:41 | More by levifunk
Photo of Aenema


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

Appearance - Pours deep, murky mahogany. Thin tan head. Yeast flakes.
Smell - Caramel malts, smoke, peat.
Taste - Bready malt, some bitterness, slight hops, smoke and peat.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, slight residual sweetness.
Drinkability - Alcohol is not distracting, though the beer is not one I would session.

05-08-2010 21:00:25 | More by Aenema
Photo of tigg924


3.2/5  rDev -20.8%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, orange-brown in color

Smell: earth, caramel, and toasted malt

Taste: earth, caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, semi-sweet, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average to just above Scotch Ale. Not one i would turn down, but nothing to rush and get. It meets all the style guidelines, but there just appears to be something missing.

04-29-2010 14:56:54 | More by tigg924
Photo of daledeee


4/5  rDev -1%

Don't often by this style but thought I would give another Founder's beer a try.

The beer pours in a very dark almost opaque brown with a light tan moderate head

It smells like smoke and malt.

Taste is very balanced with lots of malt. Very roasted and dark tasting. Some bitterness with a hint of hops. The flavor is quite intense and stays around for some time. There is good carbonation and not too heavy not too light mouth feel. Very drinkable beer and alcohol is not well hidden. I think this is a fine representative of the style.

04-28-2010 23:35:02 | More by daledeee
Photo of BB1313


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle w/ no date. Pours a hazy brown w/ nice head and lacing. The smell is a bit faint, scents of carmel, malt and scotch, what do you know! Tastes just like it smells. The mouthfeel is interesting and I like it bc it's very creamy although not shy of carbonation, I like the combo. Easy drinking and the alcohol goes completely unnoticed.

I love Founders, I suppose this isn't my favorite offering from them although I totally respect this brew and what they're going for w/ it.

04-26-2010 01:40:21 | More by BB1313
Photo of bwiechmann


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured a dark brown/chestnut color with a small head which dissipates quickly. Not particularly pretty but it does have some nice lacing.
Smells of caramel malt and bready yeast. Not overly complex.
Roasted grains are the primary taste with some malt sweetness followed by a touch of bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation.
A titch thick but drinkability is still high. Maybe just a couple in a session though- I don't think I could go anywhere beyond that.
Notes- Overall, a decent brew, not my favorite Wee Heavy by any means but I wouldn't turn it down if offered one.

04-24-2010 21:33:18 | More by bwiechmann
Photo of Pahn

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap at the Stag's Head, NYC. Pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch fluffy tan head that sticks around a long time and (like the beer itself) leaves walls of lacing. Pours an opaque light amber brown.

Smell: At first, a singular, cake-like note like sugary caramel and toffee. As it warms, a malty smell reminiscent of Harp Lager emerges, and dominates.

Taste: First sip is very bitter and very creamy, with a smooth cake-like maltiness in the end. Some alcohol warmth pops up in the aftertaste, and sticks around for the rest of the beer. Large amount of bitterness either from roasted malt or hops, but not much flavor to it. Tastes a tiny bit smokey. The bland, malty commercial (Harp) lager aspect from the nose sets in, but thankfully isn't as dominant. The taste gets bigger, creamier, and rougher as the beer warms, with the alcohol getting hotter and the malt flavors more discernibly roasted and smokey.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation, and rather dry. The dryness, intense bitterness, alcohol heat, and creaminess play off each other somewhat interestingly, but ultimately it's not a particularly good feel.

Drinkability: Despite the 10 imported malts used, the flavor isn't really deep enough to justify this level of harshness in flavor and feel. Also, that weird, bland note that dominates the smell and is present in the flavor does not help. All that said, it's a decent Scotch ale, and might hit the spot if that's what you're up for.

I guess Sappy Slappy Bastard got my hopes up too high for Dirty Bastard. All told I think this beer is pretty unremarkable. Maybe it's better from the bottle.

04-21-2010 20:18:08 | More by Pahn
Photo of goblue3509


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours a nice dark brown color with hints of reddish notes and an off white head. The aroma is of toffee and caramel, smells like whiskey, very warm and inviting aroma. Some nuttiness is also detectable. The taste is solid, there is a roasted nut malt backbone and a caramel backbone with hints of toffee. The taste is similar to whiskey, a slight taste of alcohol is present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly slick. The drinkability is good, there is a decent amount going on flavor wise to keep you interested, the alcohol is well hidden with a slight alcohol burn to it.

04-19-2010 18:06:38 | More by goblue3509
Photo of professorninja


4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

I bought a bottle of this at Drinks Over Dearborn, and it was awesome. Dark, slight whiskey flavor. Rich, smooth and the kind of beer that sticks with you after you drink one. Something I would pair with steak.

But then I got a bottle at D4, and it was flat and kind of dulled of flavor. I don't know if it was just an old bottle they had lying around, or what. I'm assuming as much, because I really liked the bottle I had bought from the store, and plan on getting some more.

04-18-2010 17:35:36 | More by professorninja
Photo of berpwillie


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

pours a very solid dark brown color with almost no head and very light lacing. light carbonation that is barely noticable. it has very carmel-nutty like flavor, maybe even a little bit of a coffee and chocolate taste but not much. very bitter and extremely flavorful. all around a fantastic beer.

04-15-2010 13:01:37 | More by berpwillie
Photo of Greenst82


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Dark caramel reddish brown, murky. Head is off white, reminds me of coffee.

S - Rich and malty, nutty, wood, also coffee/toffee like aromas.

T - Very malty. Roasted nutty flavors. Somewhat bitter coffee aftertaste that's very nice. ABV also somewhat apparent. Bitter chocolate flavors coming through too.

M - Nice and full, smooth finish. Feel great to be drinking.

D - Pretty sure this is the first scotch ale that I've ever had. Really enjoyed it but would probably put my limit at two of these.

04-14-2010 02:25:49 | More by Greenst82
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Served in a pint size glass. With dark brownish color and an abundant tan head. Strong scents of sweet caramel, brown sugar and sweet apples. The taste is somewhat overwhelming strong malts, sweet fruit dark fruits, chocolates, and roasted nuts. Very little hop profile, hops take a back seat. Mouthfeel is very heavy and the alcohol steps forward in this beer. This beer has a lot of taste but limited drinkable nature.

04-12-2010 22:49:35 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of herman77


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

**50th Beer Review**

A: Dark ruby/brown. Very interesting color. Seems slightly hazy. Minimal off white head that fads very quick to a thicker film and collar. Decent amount of little bubble lacing.

S: Lots of carmel and toffee malt. Candied cherries. Almost reminds me off a single malt scotch. It does have a slight alcohol smell to it too.

T: Again, lots of sweet toffee malt to start. Honey and dark cherries. A little nutty/earthy flavor too. Not overly sweet by any means though. It has a nice hop backbone which is odd because its usually the other way around (hops then malt) Bitterness from the hops at the end to give some great balance. Nice long finish, a little boozey, but in a good way.

M/D: Medium-full body. Feels very smooth and silky. Carbonation has the tiny/fine bubble thing going on that ads to the smooth texture. Pretty good drinkability. I drank this one pretty quick since its so damn tasty.

Being a scotch whisky fan, I really enjoyed this. Reminded me of a Highland single malt.

04-12-2010 02:34:55 | More by herman77
Photo of CampusCrew


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

appearance: cloudy dark mess

smell: heavy rich malt flavor

taste: malt bomb, nice heavt caramel and roasted malt sweetness, not over loaded at all though. had a nice bitterss to counter

mouthfeel: full bodied but not chalky like I get from some import scotch ales, slow drinking

drinkability: not a fan of the style but this was nice

04-11-2010 15:17:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%

Pours a chocolate brown color with a disappointing head, settles into a light ring. The aroma is a bit woodsy and has hints of brown sugar. Nice aroma just wish it was stronger. The taste is of chocolate milk, wet bark, light roasted malt and smoke and some brown sugar sweetness. Very nice flavors. Solid malt body, a bit chewy, decent carbonation, smooth, finishes with a light bitterness. A good scotch ale, not the heaviest nor flavorful but pretty darn good. Founders knows how to brew a dang drinkable brew, no matter the style.

04-11-2010 03:06:03 | More by Gmann
Photo of Chico1985


4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pours extremely dark reddish-brown, nice off-white head. Many carbonation bubbles floating up and sticking to the sides of the glass. Tons of sediment. Leaves some lacing. Smell is very malty, caramel, slight coffee-ish/roasty smell. Wow this is much better than I remember it being. The malts are excellent, a great chocolate/caramel taste with a bit of spiciness, a bit of dark fruit. That "cola" taste I always seem to get from scotch ales (maybe just the caramel?). The malts are definitely king here. You can sense a hint of the hops and the 50 IBUs but it just gets trampled by sweet malts. Mouthfeel gets an easy 5 from me, one of the most smoothest, velvety beers I have ever drank. I remember there being quite a bit of alcohol taste the first time I had it but this time I am getting none whatsoever. Drinkability, usually a beer of this style is kind of a sipper for me, but here before I knew it it's nearly gone. This is my 3rd time having it (twice in the bottle, once on-tap) and I enjoyed it the most this time around by far. Usual excellence from Founders, I'd love to try Backwoods sometime.

04-08-2010 22:58:42 | More by Chico1985
Photo of MbpBugeye


4/5  rDev -1%

Backwoods Bastard was simply an amazing beer. I had that before I had this.
A- Deep, yet clear ruby red. An off white head rises slowly and fades. Im only getting a little bit of lacing.

S- Caramel corn, chocolate powder, a slight butteriness. Its mostly all malts. Its smooth, silky and earthy.

T- Sweet and malty, but there is a slight hop finish. Lots more of that butter, caramel, faint chocolate and some alcohol and hops spice on the finish. The finish is actually VERY spicy and herbal for this style.

M- Carbonation towards the low end, body towards the full end. Its pretty silky. Very clean finish. Not sticky and not dry.

D- Some what boozy. This isnt really a session style so this isnt really a session beer.

04-07-2010 02:52:04 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Poured dark brown with very little head.
S: Smells of malt and chocolate fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, the taste is malty and chocolaty, with a bit of sweetness, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels medium bodied on the palate and the finish is a bit warming. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's rather drinkable and the alcohol was well hidden.

04-04-2010 03:14:19 | More by metter98
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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