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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,187
Reviews: 1,592
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 164
Gots: 541 | FT: 20
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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 ThaBobfather


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

Pours opaque brown with a red hue through the middle. Beige head barely rims the glass.
Smells a little of malt. Sweet smell.
Sweet malt taste through the front, with coffee and bitter hop on the end.
Muddy finish with some coffee/bitter flavor that sticks.
Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:04:27 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of degerbah


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a bottle from party source. Came out a deep brown with a slight ruby shade. little head. Smell is flowery with just a hint of malts.

The taste is surprisingly more of hops than anything. Way more than I'm used to in a wee heavy. If it weren't labled as a scotch ale I'd never put in this category. Divorcing it from this category it's a very pleasantly hoppy beer with a fairly heavy abv at pretty good price.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:03:25 | More by degerbah
Photo of mhatters


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

Served on-tap at the Exton Drafting Room

Pours a golden orange honey color, with an off-white head that hangs around

The nose is a candi-sugar with maltiness and a floral back end.

Strong flavor, floral hops emerge with a toasty malt balance

A very nice beer, good as an evening ender, I do not want a bunch, but one or two are great

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 02:22:11 | More by mhatters
Photo of oelergud


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

Chubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. The label shows a grinning scottish looking dirty bastard!
The beer is deep ruby topped with a somewhat shortlived tan head that leaves some lace.
Thick caramel malty scent with a dash of hops.
Spiced malty goodness and plenty of mild mannered hops make up a very tasty brew. A bit of vanilla and spice. The aftertaste is shortlived but sweet and hoppy in good harmony.
Full robust body with plenty of residual sugars and a good coating.
Good drinkability, easy to enjoy and full of flavor and character.


Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:11:54 | More by oelergud
Photo of eljefe21


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

A: Deep dark brown in color. Thick with the slightest of heads. Tiny bubbled lacing throughout.

S: Malty sweetness with a hint of hop bitterness.

T: Initial malty sweetness that's held in check nicely by a slightly bitter finish.

M: Thick, chewy and smooth as it flows over the tongue. Finishes with an ever so slight dry bitterness and carbonation.

D: I could drink a lot of this if the 8.5% ABV didn't knock me on my duff. Tasty, warm and satisfying.

Served in an faceted mug.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:47:27 | More by eljefe21
Photo of br3wmeister


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a small light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. The beer is a dark amber brown in color.

S- This beer has a very malty aroma, brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of molasses make a sweet aroma. Just a hint if floral hops come through as well.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of sweet roasted malts come through presenting as caramel and brown sugar flavors. Also some herbal spicy makes an appearance, ginger cloves, roasted nuts and a hint of wood. Some nice citrus bite finishes things off.

As it warms up Cherries and strawberries become present in the aroma and taste.

M- This is a full bodied beer that starts out smooth and sweet but then gets a little bite and some big bitterness in the end.

Overall I would say this is a very good Scotch Ale, little different from many I have had but in a good way. I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:04:53 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very deep garnet red with little foam after a vigorous pour. The head quickly reduces but leaves some nice lace.

Smell is weak, some malts and a bit of grassy hops are all I can detect.

Taste is much better, a complex mixing of sweet malts, a bit of earth and then a very IPA like bitterness of piney hops.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect, creamy with a bit of oil coating to the mouth.

Closer to a Brown IPA than a Wee Heavy, but a good tasting interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 01:22:11 | More by srrn
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, the lable boasts 50 IBU's! I don't think Scotland has used an accumulative 50 IBU's in all of their beers... ever. Let's see how this Scottish IPA goes.

The appearance bring a deep amber, ruby color with good clarity. A short, yet firm head forms on the beer and retains for quite some time though reducing to a trace mid-way through the session. Fair lacing. It's a decent look.

Malty sweet aromas of barley, caramelized sugars, brown sugar, and molassas. Fruity with figs, dates, grapes, and berries. The hops show a light grassy, piney note but not reflective of 50 IBU's. Earthy phenols come in as the beer warms and gives a pungent, earthy, dirty note.

Flavors of deeply caramelized malts give a complexion of Dopplebocks. Richly sweet, bready, and fruity with the figs, dates, and berries. The phenols give a light smokey note but not nearly as pungent as traditional Scottish versions. The hops begin to show their leaves with a stronger flavor of grass and pine than the nose reveals.

At first, the malty sweetness of the barley takes hold.... There's the 50 IBU's, basically all surpressed into the bitterness and dominates the beer from mid-palate on. Bitterness chases the beer into a sweetly, long linger on the tongue and throat. Odd to see such bitterness in this style.

The hop bitternes obviously chase this beer beyond what is expected of the style. But it's not all bad, it begins to take on an Arrogant Bastard demeanor, but with less aggression and balance. The beer does edge on cola-like flavors at times, but ultimately stay with the malty, bready, toasty, melanoidin-rich character albeit very bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 03:46:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of argock


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Deep leather brown with soft 1-finger oatmeal colored head with below-average retention but decent scattered lacing.

S: Slightly smoky but big-time malty with some roasted and lightly toasted sweet malt aromas. Not bready as there is not a hint of yeast, but very fulfilling. hops are minimal and herbal.

T: The maltiness is very nice, but the alcohol is a bit too forward. The malt accents are varied and include dark fruit, sweet caramel, and chocolate. Hops provide a light counterpoint of mostly nutty, woody character.

M: Feel is lively but not fizzy which leaves a creamy overall texture. Aftertaste is long and musty malt. Alcohol is pretty easy to detect.

D: Easy to drink due to the creamy feel, but the alcohol is a bit hefty. I personally like Oskar Blues Old Chub a lot more, but this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 03:15:35 | More by argock
Photo of BarrelO


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Garnet with a thin head that quickly fades.

S: Yikes. Overwhelming solventy alcohol. Like one of DFH's stronger offerings. Underlying hints of cherries and dark fruits.

T: Again, alcohol heat initially dominates. Fortunately, it eventually settles down and lets the cherries and dark fruits from the nose to come forth. Honestly, it's more like a BSDA than a scotch ale.

M: Thick body with little carbonation.

D: Not quite sure what to make of this one. It was way too harsh for me initially, but it eventually kind of grew on me. I don't think I'd seek this one out, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:31:32 | More by BarrelO
Photo of weasbri


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

Good looking beer, nice chestnut color, with a decent head.
Definitely smelling that this beer will have a kick to it, the alcohol is there in the nose, along with rich malt.

First impression when it hits my tongue: Dirty, just like the name. Then the flavors start to sort themselves out: good bit of fruitiness, surprisingly. Good bit of malt plays in the mouth as well. Here now the bitterness of the hops comes through to finish, with, yes, even a spot of chocolate back there.

Very interesting beer. Looking forward to trying more Founders now that they are available in Virginia.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 18:49:20 | More by weasbri
Photo of rugerj


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

Beer pours a deep copper color with some ruby highlights. A nice 1 finger head is present which fades quickly, decent lacing left in glass. Smell is of toasted malt and dark fruit with some hints of cocoa. Taste is of dark toasted malt with a slight smoke flavor perhaps due to some peated malt. Slight dark fruit and cocoa that warms as beer is swallowed, alcohol is well hidden. Mouth feel is good, not too much carbonation.

Nice scotch style ale, nothing fancy but very, very solid for an American offering. Nice complexity of flavors will have me enjoying more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 18:36:14 | More by rugerj
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz twist-off bottle into nonic.

It's been a while since I had a Scotch Ale. It has also been a while since while since I had one that was from a twist-off bottle. I believe it has also been a while since I had a name with the word "Bastard" in the name.

Deep mahogany hue with a thin tan cap that settles to nothing.

Lots of caramel aromas with a bit of highly toasted grain. The alcohol shows up to add a little bit of sweet spiciness.

Smooth caramel flavors along with a little bit of alcohol that shows up, adding a warming feeling. A touch of molasses is in the background. Full bodied.

A solid Scotch Ale, but a little drier than I've had in the past. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:28:28 | More by BeerSox
Photo of storksonm


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

Pint Glass

Poured a nice thick head and gradually declined. Smells quite strong as far as alchohol content. Bit of a robust barley in it. Tastes like butterscotch flavors. But wow is this beer a kick. It's a nice strong scotch ale thats light on the stomach but a smack in the face. Yeah thats right you're drunk. Very nice scotch I find it to be right up there with warped speed scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:42:53 | More by storksonm
Photo of ajr24


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When Principal Skinner says that Scotchtoberfest doesn't exist, he obviously hasn't drank a Dirty Bastard. This highlander of a beer screams "alba gu bra!" from atop the hills (yeah, so it's not even from Scotland, whatever). Instead of painting itself blue and white, this beer pours a burnt copper with a dark core. Cream colored head comes rests on top with an authoritative thickness. It doesn't really care for lacing though; it prefers keeping itself together. Like a highlander, it doesn't leave any behind.
Smells much like I'd imagine a Scotsman's kilt; smoky, warm, caramel/toffee in the nose for the most part. Slight alcohol if you look for it.
Hearty notes of smoky malts, caramel and toffee make up the majority of this one. The noble hops whisper through the thick malt profile.
Woo, this is one thick bastard. Definitely a chewy mouthfeel.
If you're hungry, drink Founders Dirty Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 21:14:06 | More by ajr24
Photo of mikecharley


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum... This is a tasty brew!

Pours a dark hazy copper. Nice off white head that leaves spotty lacing the entire way down.

Nose of complex, smokey malts. Carmel malts dominate, with the smoke being very prominant.

Taste is like the nose would suggest, but better. Subtle bittering hops with a complex malt bill. There is some spices in this one that are great complements to the smokiness. There is also some sweetness that goes well.

This is a nice creamy beer as it sits in your mouth. Drinks really smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 20:27:33 | More by mikecharley
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A relatively new beer on the NJ scene... I'll serve this in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Hazy and deep caramel, this beer has a viscous look and supports a light beige three-finger crown. After five minutes, it's still a substantial cap that just sits there, not even breaking down. Stalwart and stately... it's got attitude.

Smell- Baked goods, like cookies spiced with rum or a fruitcake. There's some dark fruits like fig and date as well, and even some chocolate truffles... a huge malty profile steals the show here.

Taste- Something seems just a bit off, as the aftertaste carries with it a suggestion of oversteeped tea and phenols... the date of 8329 is lasered at the bottom, so it's not too old of an example. The malts and rich fruity character is there, it's just masked a little bit by the aforementioned flavors and a remarkable bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is quiet and reserved, yet slick and foamy enough to be enjoyable. Due to a less-than-stellar showing in the taste department, I'd choose something else when the craving for a Wee Heavy presents itself. My least favorite so far from Founders' impressive lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:33:52 | More by yelterdow
Photo of beerman207


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

I've been looking forward to trying this one and after a pretty tiring day this was just the right elixor to crack open

A - Looks like very light coffee with a little head and nice lacing in the glass

S - Sweet and caramel like - some pine perhaps?

T - Really full bodied - bitter definately coming through and lingering

M -Very smooth and rich

D - Very high - I could sit with several of these. Once again, Founders does not dissapoint with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:33:07 | More by beerman207
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

The Dirty Bastard pours a mostly clear, very deep chestnut color with a rich crimson cast. The creamy tan head holds fairly well and leaves wide swatches of large spots and splashes about the glass.

In the nose it's pretty focused into one aroma that's a combination of gently sweet dark-caramel malt and yeasty fruitiness with a light whiff of alcohol and perhaps some leafy hops. But as noted, it really comes off as almost one note, and the specific characteristics (other than the malt) don't really stand out on their own - which is actually pretty damned characteristic of Scottish ales in general.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a gently crisp bristle of carbonation and a touch of warming alcohol.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, perhaps held back by its solid bitterness, a spritz of alcohol that cuts through the malt, and a bit of dark-malt acidity. It does express the dark, burnt-sugar-like caramel found in the nose, and there's a light bit of apple-like fruitiness to it as well - and there are, indeed, some leafy hops in the background (meaning they fall somewhere between earthy and herbal, and grassy and maybe even floral) - but again, it remains a very focused brew. It finishes dry, and lingering, clearly expressing a bit of peat-smoked malt that dwindles but remains just enough to carry you into the next sip.

Overall it's a decent beer, but I'd call it Scottish-style over Scotch-style ale. It doesn't have the body, or the sweetness (perhaps because of a little bit too much bitterness) for the style, and the hops are overdone by a bit. The alcohol level is right, but there's just not enough malt to back it. Dirty Bastard? Well, a bastard of the style is right at least.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 22:44:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a foamy two-finger head. Solid retention and lacing.

S- A slight caramely and fruity sweetness.

T- Thick and sweet. Kind of fruity, plenty of cocoa chocolate flavor. I swear I'm tasting chocolate covered cherries. A mild tea-like bitterness that finishes grassy.

M- Smooth and a bit creamy. Carbonation is just right.Plenty of body to the brew.

D- A solid brew that is well within the style, but... Not my favorite scotch ale but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 22:12:28 | More by JayNH
Photo of Strix


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky swampwater brown with decent head.

Smells absolutely delicous. Malt, cocoa, toffee, hazelnut, and pine.

Flavor is rich. Toasted malt, spices, piney hops, and a hint of cocoa/chocolate in the taste. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

Medium-thick mouthfeel and carbonation, fits well with the taste.

Despite strong flavors, this is very drinkable.

I've never really thought much either way about scotch ales, but this was quite nice. Founders is really impressing me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:44:33 | More by Strix
Photo of sarahspat


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

The following review is based on a pint of Dirty B that I happily consumed today, April 11, 2009 at Founders tap room.

Was served to me in my brand new 2009 mug club mug (this was this mug's inaugural beer). Half an inch to an inch of off-white, carmelly colored head, which provides mild lacing. The liquid is a very dark brown, but with gorgeous caramel and reddish highlights.

The nose and taste are pretty much identical: strong caramel influence, toffee, musty/earthy tones, and a little bit of an alcohol presence, which is actually nice; not overwhelming. There is a nice bitter edge to it, too. The mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high up there. I actually know of quite a few people who "don't like beer" or don't like craft beer, but enjoy this brew.

I've had many pints of this brew in my day. It's not necessarily one of my favorite Founders beers, but that's only because they have so many amazing beers in their line-up. Dirty B would easily defeat almost any beer from another brewery in my mind. In other words, I think it's an amazing beer, period... but not in my top 5 Founders beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 00:37:12 | More by sarahspat
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Deep copper with a creamy tan head that dissipated quickly. Its very dense looking and hazy.

S-Caramel, sweet alcohol aroma, with a touch of almond.

T-Rich, hoppy with a nice malt backbone. There is also a touch of caramel.

M-Thick and slightly carbonated.

D-Very drinkable, even though its 8.3% alcohol one could drink a couple in one sitting with no problem.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. I would highly recommend any beer from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 21:56:06 | More by thegodfather2701
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New York

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

A: Pours a very deep dark red with a 1 finger head that sticks around for quite a while.

S: Malty Caramel and sweetness. Alcohol notes are present as well.

T: A sharp bitterness at first that lingers, but ends up mellowing into almost a smooth sweet fruity flavor.

M: Low carbonation, pretty smooth and full with an alcohol presence

D: For me this brew is more of a beer to sit and sip on for a while. Goes down a lot smoother than I thought it would considering its ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 03:04:33 | More by JizackFH
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New Jersey

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a hazy brown with a moderate white head. The aroma is sweet with heavy alcohol notes. The taste has a whiskey like kick up front that mellows out sweet in the finish, there is even a little "alcohol burn" in the middle. The brew is medium bodied and very smooth. I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:13:34 | More by bonkers
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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