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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,660
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 748 | 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 Brunite
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First...I'll say I LOVE Founders. They are one of my 2-3 favorite brewers. I had been looking forward to this one for a long time. Here is the verdict:

A: A nice deep ruby red / dark mahogany. A tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Some booze. Deep malt notes.

T: Tastes great. Highly malty...but not sweet. The main focus is the malt...some peat...brown sugar...dark fruits.

M: Medium body.

O: Love Founders. Enjoy this style after not liking it much initially.

Brunite, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of manfrombadaxe
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Despite my lack of ability to pour a beer to produce a substantial head, this beer has a nice head about 1/2 inch thick. It has some nice lace that clings to the glass. Great color - a warm, maple color with a hint of rosiness if you have some light showing through it.

Smell: I don't get too much smell out of this beer, hard to rate, but a slightly caramel smell.

Taste: I'm not a scotch ale fan, seriously, but I enjoy the taste of this beer. It has a number of different layers to the taste - a nice caramel, creamy taste up front, followed by a hint of hops, then followed up by a bit of a malty finish, quite clean.

Overall: This is a beer I will buy again and thoroughly enjoy drinking. I'm more of a porter or stout drinker, not a fan of Scotch ale, but this is a good one. A great beer to sip while grilling a nice Porterhouse steak.

manfrombadaxe, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of rossmctostadas
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint vigorously.

Appearance- A deep mahogany. A little murky; maybe I poured too fast. I like to see the head though and this one is perfect. It is bone white and lingers for just a bit; as is expected for a beer of this gravity.

Smell- I just don't get much from the nose. It could be my allergies clogging me up but I just don't get that much. What I do get is a hint caramelized sugar/ blackstrap molasses.

Taste- This is beyond good. So many layers. That caramelized sugar aroma starts an odyssey through layers of cream, smoke and just pure malt. Oh the malt! Just enough bitterness, earthiness and spice from the hops to make this whole thing dance on the tongue. Finishes on the cleaner side with the fruity esters from the yeast in perfect accord with the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and substantial but so easy on the palate while being very up front with all of it's dominant flavors. This is no easy task when surrendering to will of enzymes and microorganisms.

Overall- I think this might be one of the best beers I have ever had. I'm not really even particularly fond of the style. Something about the understated balance and underlying craftsmanship of this brew has struck a chord with me. I actually think I feel this way about almost all of the beers I have tasted from Founders.

rossmctostadas, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice ruby red color with a nice off white 1 finger head. Good lacing

S- Has a wonderful smell of toffee and carmel with some dried fruit notes and with a hint of chocolate

T- Hits you at the beginning with the sweet caramel flavor then moves into the dried fruit mixed with chocolate and finish's with a nice boozy flavor

M-Medium Bodied withgood carbonation

D-OVerall this is a Great beer. This style is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This beer has tons of flavor but nothing is overpowering. Just a solid complex but well balanced beer. can't wait to try more from this style!

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Dubbledown
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14.9 oz. nonic. Nice 2-inch head slowly recedes to about half an inch. Ruby-mahogany color, smells like a good Scotch single malt. Serving temperature 50 degrees. Mouthfeel is medium weight. Good clean evaporation on tongue and palate. Tastes of oak, caramel and dark chocolate with a long clean alcohol finish. As the beer warms, one tastes hints of heather, roasted malts and dried fruits. An admirable Scotch ale.

Grade A- Purchased at Stoney's -- $10.99 per 6-pack

Dubbledown, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of jokelahoma
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a beautiful ruby red, with a decent sized head that dissipates rapidly into a small skiff of foam. Nice clarity.

Smells of dark fruits, sweet caramel, and malt. Almost has a chocolate covered prune smell, if such a beast exists. A faint hint of smokiness hides in the aroma as well.

The taste is dark fruits initially, mostly raisins and plums. A hit of bitterness sneaks in, but doesn't stick around. The caramel malts come rolling in after that, filling the taste with a full malty flavor. As that fades, the fruit once again comes to the fore, with that smoky aroma finally showing up in the taste, albeit so subtle you're not sure if it's really there or you're just giving in to the power of suggestion.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer of this style and strength. Not much of the thick richness one expects from everything the eyes and nose tell you. Probably the only slightly disappointing aspect of this beer, and in the end it works well in spite of this.

Overall, this is very nicely done. Not too big or boozy, yet rich enough to let you know you're enjoying something special. Fruity, but not sickeningly sweet. The bitterness balances this well. I might not be able to drink a lot of them, but I'd not turn 'em down, either.

jokelahoma, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Gordon's Finest Gold thistle glass.

A. Burgundy coloured ale with a foamy off-white head that shrank to thin foam.

S. Syrupy, strawberries, figs, bananas, strawberry jam, cough candy and a hint of cola.

T. Vine fruits, syrup, good alcohol presence but without the accompanying warmth.

M. Full bodied.

D. A rather nice interpretation of a Scotch style ale but lacks something that McEwan's No1 ale has.

AEK, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (dated 01/05/11) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger tan head that quickly recedes to a light specking and thin ring around the glass. The body is a deep dark brown with reddish hues around the edges. Minimal lacing is seen on the glass.

Strong and sweet caramelized malt aromas. A woodiness and slight boozy scent is also detected. Is this beer barrel aged?

Dark malts with notes of caramel and chocolate. An almost bourbon warmth creeps in at the end. There is a lot of flavor here, including a mild bitterness, and it is all enjoyable.

Full bodied with slight carbonation, this beer is thick and slightly sticky. It coats your mouth just enough to allow the booze warmth to last properly.

output01x, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Head is ½" thick on pour, then fades to ring around the glass. Very little lacing.

S - Inviting mix of malt, smoke and alcohol. Some sweet brown sugar notes.

T - Strong roasted bitterness mixed with smoke. Acrid bitterness in the middle. Dry finish with more bitterness and smoke.

M - Medium to heavy body. Carbonation is restrained and does not lighten the feel. No alcohol burn.

D - Overall much too bitter and full of roast and coffee notes that are not part of the traditional style. I appreciate the smoke, but the rest is too much of a culture clash from what I'm expecting.

Radome, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rusty,"dirty" amber with one finger's worth of slightly tawny head that stayed atop the body briefly before relinquishing the glass to tight legs of lacing.

S-Definite malt bomb!Sweet,toasted grains reminiscent of Sugar Smacks cereal with underlying notes of toasted wood,toffee and dark,dried fruit(mainly raisin and date).Some hints of sweet citrus let you know it's Founders.

T-Much like the nose.Sweet,deeply flavored malts
bringing forth almost brandy like notes of wood,burnt sugar,dried cherry and Grand Marnier-like booziness.

M-Full,sweet and satisfying.Complex and earthy.

O-A seriously good example of the style and yet another notch on Founder's belt.

StlHopHead77, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of raszputini
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a cloudy caramel brown with a moderate whitish head. Decent lacing. Smells of caramel/toffee, malts and a hint of alcohol. Taste is full and robust - notes of malt, slightly burnt, toffee, with a mild somewhat sweet hop bite. Slightly chewy mouth. I love the style and this is a great version of a wee-heavy.

raszputini, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel-brown -- cloudy and murky. Thick, tan head and beautiful lace.

Aroma is strong, hearty...rich and earthy with a little ripe fruit.

Taste is malty and heavy, thick and chewy with a slight hoppy bite near the finish and a definite sting of alcohol. I get some burnt malts, and some fruit in there.

This one is complex, strong, and beautiful. A powerhouse ale, both unique and delicious.

secondtooth, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of MaxSpang
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a deep, dark red. It was fairly cloudy with a small head. The head retention and lacing were quite low.

Smell - Lots of maltiness in the smell. There was also a lot of caramel and dark fruits, with a slight graininess. The alcohol hit the nose as it warmed a little in the glass.

Mouthfeel - Big, heavy, almost syrupy beer. Very little carbonation. It was very warming due to the alcohol and the huge body! Not the most drinkable beer I have ever had, but this would be a good night cap.

Taste - Much like the smell, a huge amount of maltiness was the first thing I tasted. It has a whole bunch of thick sweetness. There was also quite a bit of the dark fruit character. It was somewhat boozey because of the high alcohol and the scotch flavor (albeit mild, especially considering it's a "scotch" ale). There was some light citrus, floral, and even cedar hop flavors in this beer, but all were very mild.

Overall, not my favorite beer from Founders, but it is a very complex beer that I could see myself drinking every now and then. Definitely at least worth a taste!

MaxSpang, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Dark brown pour with ruby undertones and half a finger tan head.

S- Alcohol comes in very strong in the aroma, very light butterscotch and caramel notes.

T- Some sweet caramel, strong alcohol, medicinal taste, and some bitterness

M- Syrupy, sticky, a little chewy, full bodied beer, definitely has a strong warming and burning alcohol effect

O- Just too boozy to be very drinkable. This is the first beer I've had from Founders that disappointed me. This drinks more like a hard liquor than a beer with the booziness and burning effect. The alcohol is too prominent in this beer to the detriment of everything else going on with it. This is much boozier than Russian Imperial Stout's and Barleywines I have had. More flavor characteristics came out as the beer warmed quite a bit, but by then I was over this beer.

Hoptometrist, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of dciBA
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Boxcar01 for the trade...

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tulip. No head whatsoever with just a little lacing. Color is a cloudy, muddy brown.

Smell is mostly sweet malt. Some oak as well. A dark fruit smell backs up the sweetness perfectly. Pleasant smell, but not overpowering by any means.

Lots of caramel on the palate. A nice smooth oak flavor on the front of the tongue. There is no hop flavor but a solid bitterness hits the side of your tongue with every sip. Some bitter cocoa works it's way in as the beer warms. The dark fruit in the nose is a little more noticeable in the taste. Fairly complex, but not too exciting.

Carbonation is perfect. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. Perfect carbonation. The failry high ABV% isn't noticeable at all, a definite plus. A solid beer and glad I got to try it via trade but not something I would purchase if Founders were available around here.

dciBA, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown/copper body with some reddish hues. Light caramel colored one inch head that leaves some layered lacing.

S- Lots of light caramalized sugars, sweet malts, light bitter hops and some breads.

T- Almost like an American Brown Ale with its malty sweetness. But the malty smoothness takes over and defines its Scotch Aleness, caramelized malts really take center stage here a hint of hops do come in at the end and play a small role.

M- Slick smooth with moderate carbonation.

O- Great scotch ale thats deliciously sweet and candylike.

foogerd, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pry off bottle from the fridge storage at Penguin Pizza, Boston MA. Pours cloudy ultra viscous brown color, w/ off white head. Low head retention most likely due to the high ABV. Intense caramel and yeast aroma, w/ barleywine-esk boozy beer smell. Tastes similar to the aroma: caramel maltiness, slight roastiness, very full mouthfeel along with high alcohol content. Interesting sip, it's growing on me. Not my favorite from the company. But well described as dirty bastard. Its a dirty brown looking beer with high inebriation potential.

mlazzaro, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of szartman
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amber color with a half a finger head and very little lacing.

S-Sweet scent, slight caramel, molasses

T-Very sweet right up front, then quickly hits with a bitter hop flavor. Slight bite of alcohol, and finally a smooth caramel malt finish.

M-Medium body, good carbonation, slight bite of alcohol

O-This is my first time trying this style, It's certainly not my new favorite, but after this bottle I'm willing to try it again some day.

szartman, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of bbkd3b
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, complete with a fancy sketch work of the dirty bastard himself.

A - Dark, burgundy color with a nice, potent 1/2 finger head. Clarity and carbonation ++. It's very good looking, and it leaves a great lacing to boot. Let's face it, Founders knows how to make a brew look good.

S - Hm, nice sweet scent. Caramel and malty, with some dark fruits to take the assist. It's not a bad scent, it's just a bit one-dimensional, I suppose.

T - Hits the tongue like a malt bomb. Caramel, sugar, bunt goodness. Alcohol seeps through the flavor, and comes along with a good, tart, cherry-like flavor. Very good.

M - Great, medium body with a syrupy character, and a slight, alcoholic bite as well. Warms the gut and makes for a great cold-weather brew.

D- Other than the high alcohol content, I have to say, I could drink a couple of these back-to-back without a second thought. Too bad the head'll start swimming after a short while.

Overall/notes: I've had this review written for a long time, but drinking it again reminded me that I was member here. Watched Blade Runner, ate an apple-crisp granola bar, and thoroughly enjoyed all three. You should do the same!

bbkd3b, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of uwharrieguy
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-red brown football color
s-sweet like brown sugar
t-mother of maltness
m-body.. medium fill and smooth
o-when trying a new ale theres not a risk with founders brewing...you like the style or not.i enjoy scotch ale, this is perfect while grilling ribbs...easy drinking, great taste!

uwharrieguy, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copery red with a nice off white head of foam

S: Multi-layered malt complexity. bit of hops in the backbone. A lot of caramel, sugary sweetness

T: Very sweet and malty with not much hop backing. A classic example of this malt driven style.

M: Thick and hearty, but not over the top. Very well done.

O: One of the best American brewed Scotch ales out there

francisweizen, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of JMforman
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best in its price range. Great example of the style as well.

A- Beautiful deep red with a great white head and great retention.

S- Leather, booze, burnt sugar, cherry

T- Burnt sugar, cherry, molasses, booze. Very strong. I'm not used to beers that are bitter on the malt end instead of the hops. Very interesting.

M- Medium to full with nice burn at the end

O- Like I said, a great beer for it's price.

JMforman, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Burnt toffee and cotton candy bubblegum off the bat, some caramel, hint of dark fruits, molasses, burnt toffee, creme brulee almost

L: Slight hazy reddish brown, light tan head that dissipates slightly, solid lacing.

T: Sweet caramel malt with just a touch of herbal bitterness. Very slight alcohol. Some burnt toffee and perhaps a touch of roasty dryness.

M: Medium-full creamy body with low carbonation.

Really solid beer, very malty and sweet. Another solid Founder's brew.

bum732, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of dirty-white head formed with a medium to dark brown body, honey colored highlights at the edges. Solid sheet of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - Plenty of sweet malts and brown sugar, combined with a pronounced grassy hops.

T - Smell is matched by the sweet malt and almost candy flavor that takes over this beer. There is a very pronounced "shift" to grassy type hops at the end.

M - Pretty syrupy, almost sticky inside your mounth. Backed up by the thin coating on the inside of the glass.

D - I've had a couple Scotch ales and have to say I'm not into this style, the sweetness combined with somewhat "sharp" hops isn't for me. That said, this is a quality brew for sure, and for fans of the style I'd say it's on point.

chilly460, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of henryd30
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great looking scotch ale. Deep mahogany with camel colored thick and frothy head. 30 minutes after pour there is still nickel sized head clump lacings stuck to side of glass.

S: Pretty good - carmelly as expected. There was a slightly coppery smell that was misplaced.

T: Wow. This was excellent. Very complex and flavorful. Was great from first drink to last.

M: Smooth and appealing.

O: Surprisingly good. I'm not sure why I was surprised, but absolutely loved this beer. Might be because I don't have a ton of scotch ale tastings to compare to. I could drink this fast and often.

henryd30, Mar 24, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,660 ratings.