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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,499 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,499
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 179
Gots: 680 | 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 rrski198
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Small off white head with good lacing. Dark amber and crimson colored beer.

S: Heavy toasted malty sweetness. Alcohol burn inside the nose.

T: Pretty damn good. Toasted and spicy with a strong hop finish. Nicely balanced. Alcohol burn lingers. Makes my gums hot.

M: Good heavy carbonation. Very robust and heavy. I like it.

D: I like this beer alot and have had it before. I have bought it again, so it must be good.

rrski198, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of runner72
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a tan head. Not too large of a head and little retention. Smell is a little phenolic with some caramel and toffee. It goes down very smooth and malty. No real hop bitterness. Taste is caramel and a slight hint of coffee. Very drinkable and you don't taste any hint of the 8.5% ABV. Very nice.

runner72, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a rich chestnut tone with just shy of a finger's head; moderate retention, limited lacing. nose is predominantly malty - roasted and sweet - with dark fruits intertwined. first sip packs a caramel malt jolt with the dark fruits behind it; subdued hoppy notes; alcohol in the finish. tasty. nice, creamy mouthfeel... in summation, a very enjoyable (though not quite incredible) beer; going 4's across the board on this bastard.

perrymarcus, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of gfreed
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chestnutty-walnutty-mahogany color, exactly the color of my piano, that glistened in a thistle under a narrow tan head. The aroma was strictly fruit and malt, dominated by nectarines and apricots and a line of caramel that was powerful but in a polite way. Plenty of the same fruit in the taste plus raisins and graham crackers, and just a little too much bitterness from the hops at the end. Still, an exceptional wee heavy that rises near the top of the pile. The 8.5% ABV has plenty of burn; keep away from lawn mowers and roto-tillers. A perfect autumn beer.

gfreed, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant, clear, chestnut colored body with a nice creamy off-white colored head leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

Malty presence in the nose, a bit toasted and a bit sweet. Not too much from the hops but seems just right.

Again the malts come forward in the taste. Carmel malts provide some sweetness and a bit of a toasted flavor. Smokey flavors try to make their way through but just don't seem to make it.

Mouthfeel is rather light but a bit creamy and carbonation seems just right. This is my first beer from Founders, and while its not one of their hyped up stouts, I can still see why they get so much respect. A very solid ale.

Kinsman, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a tan-ish foam with good retention.

Aroma is of peat, dark fruits, and malts. Excellent.

Taste is similar...a good amount of dark fruits blending with sweetish caramel malts, and the peat.

Mouthfeel is medium, definitely coats the mouth. Drinkability is good for something of this ABV

kshankar, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Bonis
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brownish red. Look sort of reminds me of a brown ale. Half finger of head hangs for a while and dissolves to a thing ring, not a lot of lace.

S - This one smells awesome. Heavily malted, lots of burnt caramel and molasses, a hint of scotch somewhere in there, but overall a sweet smelling brew. Almost smells like a candy. I'm getting a lot of fruit in the nose as well, sort of smells like a quad or possibly a barley wine.

T - Taste follows the smell to a point. I don't get the caramel or molasses, but a blast of dark fruit flavors. You could lump this brew into a different category I'd say. A touch of warmth comes in at the end, but actually a very delicious brew at 8.5%. Well balanced, didn't get too much malt or too much bitterness. Good taste overall and surprisingly different than what I expected.

M - This is a big thick beer with a big mouthfeel. Not too carbonated, but the warmth in the mouth reminds you of the type of beer you're drinking. Not really smooth, but the sweetness makes it a little easier to swallow.

D - I could see myself having possibly 3 of these in a night at max. It's a fairly easy drink at 8.5%, so I wouldn't suggest downing a whole sixer, you may regret it.

Bonis, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Ottertude
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

With a name like Dirty Bastard, I couldn't turn down a chance to try my first sixer of Founders. I'm sure glad I did.

The ale poured a hazy dark brown into my glass with a generous 2 inch tan head that lingered and left nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was of smoky peat, toffee, and candied fruit. The taste was even more intense. I have just taken a ride to Flavortown. Toffee malt, caramel, candied fruit, some cocoa powder, with an underlying bitterness of hops and a touch of Scotch whisky. Every sip as this warms uncovers other flavors as well. Awesome.

The mouthfeel was very chewy and full. Lots of carbonation here as well. This does drink smooth and easy but one of these as a nightcap is plenty for me. This is a very enjoyable Scotch Ale from Founders.

Ottertude, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of king75
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a amber brown color, with a hazelnut quickly dissipating head.

smell is of malt, some hazelnut, and a little bit of coffee.

Taste is great, malty and complex, can taste a toffee and vanilla amongst many other flavors. A very sweet full bodied beer, very refreshing to the palate, almost chewy in it's consistency.

Drinkability is amazing. I could drink the night away with this beer no problem... only if it was a little more affordable.

king75, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received during our summer beer exchange at work... This was my pick so let's get to reviewing!

Appearance: Pours into a tulip with a beautiful rich mahogany ruby color and about 2 fingers of tan head that recedes way too quickly. It definitely sounds carbonated from two feet away, and the color of this beer is frickin' fantastic!

Smell: This beer smells delicious. Right off the bat, I pick up notes of raisins, grapes, cherries, oats, and a bit of biscuity malts and a wee bit of peat as well. There are some caramel and vanilla notes as well, but as you'll notice from my first three scents, this is a very sweet smelling brew. Not cloyingly so, but it smells like a scotch ale should and that gets good marks in my book.

Taste: This is beer provides for a very interesting mélange of flavors. Definitely picking up the sweeter notes from the cherries and raisins. Can get a lot more of the biscuit and toasted malts that were in the nose. And I also get a little bit more of the peat that I picked up at the beginning. It's not enough to make me think of any comparisons to Scottish whiskeys, but it's enough that I can see the influence.

Mouthfeel: A past reviewer described this beer as chewy, and I can't think of a more apt descriptor than that. The first few sips almost coat the tongue, and invite the imbiber to gnaw on the different flavors offered up therein. The aftertaste is almost as good if not better than the start because of how smoothly this brew makes its way down to your stomach. It's like molasses syrup that just begs you to take another sip.

Drinkability: The higher ABV of this brew is certainly present, but this is more than made up for by the overall mouthfeel and drinkability of this concoction. Founders has done a remarkable job capturing the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy style, and I will most assuredly be drinking more of this from time to time.

COBeerBuff, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of SuperSpy
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark amber, big eggshell head and just all around beautiful.

S - Sweet and malty. Dark fruits, caramel

T/M - Heavy bodied, almost chewy. Dark malts, sweet dark dried fruits. Prunes, figs, raisins. All the flavors are dark, sweet and roasty, and there is bunch of them. Thankfully all this complexity is delicious.

D - A great Scottish ale. Plenty of complexity and great flavor.

SuperSpy, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks good. deep amber-brown, dark, foreboding. already succumbing subjectively to the power of this brewery's output...consistently stellar so far...not much lacing but it's too heavy to dabble in fluff

in the nose, sweet dark fruit starting to ferment. some possible nuttiness.

in the mouth and it's just a rich orgy of sweetness, deep roasted, candied malts...amazing...hard to describe this nectar...would be so much more warming at this massive ABV in the fall and winter, but this is helping me look forward to my favorite time of the year. tho little carbonation at the surface, this is perfectly thick without any cloying sense. reminds me of various barleywine experiences...intense, balanced and drinkable as a session brew for anyone in a kilt!

mempath, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of bsaavedra1
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so heres my first review on here.

A: This looked pretty great coming out of the bottle but no head retention. Beautiful amber that I could just barely see through. Excited for the first sip.

S: Again making me excited, im picking up a lot of sweetness almost like a carmelized red apple. Promising.

T: Right off the bat, Woa. Way hotter than I expected. 8.5 is there and from what Ive read about this I didnt see it coming. Theres a lot going on and am finding my palate fatiguing very quicly.

M: Buh. Ok low carbonation leaves a bit more to be desired. I almost feel like im drinking a bourbon and coke, I dont feel "beer" in my mouth.

D: Ok this is probably my fault. Im sitting in the hot sun drinking an 8.5 ABV and its just not happening. My last two sips of this one get too warm and get tossed. Next beer about 2 hours later I decide Im going to take this one down now that its cooled off...same result.

Im glad I tried this one but when Im at my Local Liquor store Ill probably pass it up. Ill Admit some bias due to weather but this one just wasnt happening today. Ill think of giving it another go in the late fall.

bsaavedra1, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated 2/19/10 poured into a snifter

A- A very dark ruby/brown color with a small off-white head.

S- Dark fruits/cherries, spicy and sweet malt notes.

T- Close to the smell, fruits are not as big, roasted malts come out, and finishes with well balanced hop bitterness.

M- Smooth, could be heavier, but still has a nice medium body.

D- Just a great beer that is unique and leaves you wanting more. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden, so make sure you don't drink too much.

larryi86, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep maple syrup color. Very little head and no retention. Sweet malty, maple aroma with strong presence of ripe apple and drak fruits. Thick feel that doesn't allow any carbonation to figh t through. Sweet maple and dark fruit flavor with a slight hop bitterness at the end that leaves a bit of a medicinal finish. Nice flavor. The thickness, aftertaste and higher ABV make this a sipper.

IronLover, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with off-white head. Nice lacing looks good.
hops and whiskey kinda strong smell
taste whiskey but bitter from the hops stays in mouth for a long time. coffee and fruit after the whiskey taste sweeten the beer.
very good beer and surprisingly easy to drink and is a smooth beer and nice nightcap

exonthebottle, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of tbizzle0
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz (2/19/10) into my Duvel tulip

Not much head on this one. Lots of sweet malt on the nose, definitely a lot of dark fruits, some coffee and a slight amount of caramel.

Taste followed suit, but the dark fruit and coffee flavors were even stronger. Definitely a tasty scotch ale, would love to try the Backwoods Bastard

tbizzle0, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda surprised I haven't reviewed this long ago.
Not my favorite style of beer but this is a good rendition.
Big, sugary malts dominate the experience with a rich hops bitterness to underline the molasses type sweetness. Caramel and toffee notes mixed with coffee; the hops bitterness makes one think of coffee.
Hints of dark, fermented fruit have this teeter slightly in the Belgian style direction but this is clearly a Scotch ale. Flashes of single malt whiskey can be detected at the edges of the tongue.
Definitely worth a visit if one wants a malt bomb with some bitter edges.

ommegangpbr, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of brewmudgeon
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/28/10. 3/xx/11: after nearly 11 months of age, clearly superior to the fresh bottles i've had. having doubts that the newer batch (which i was not impressed with at all fresh) will mellow this gracefully, but we'll see.

dirty bastard

a 4-4.5 creamy milk chocolate with coppery tan edges. the compact head leaves a ring and hit or miss lace.

s 4 peat, scorched caramel, a few leafy hops, no alcohol noted despite the abv.

t 3.5-4 tangy, a touch of the peat, some roastyness. tang and sweetness vie for position through midpalate. very warming on the back end. some bittering hoppyness lingers with the slightly burnt tang.

m 4 medium to medium full, lots of dissolved starches, carbonation not quite as well integrated as looked like it would be.

d 3.5-4 after trying a couple fresh bottles a few weeks apart, i'll be laying down the rest to see what father time can do to this one. right now solid but not my favorite.
update: a few months has seemed to help bring out the malts a bit more, very welcome.

brewmudgeon, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled 4/21/10) into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a sticky tan head. In the nose I get a strong aroma of some burnt caramel, dark fruits, and chocolate with a touch of peat smoke. Taste's much of the same as smell; heavy caramel malts and dark fruit sweetness with a touch of fusel alcohol and smokiness. Very creamy and chewy mouthfeel that hugs the palate. Very yummy brew but only one per sitting.

ballz50401, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of dpasotti
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet/mahogany in appearance. The thick, sticky foam cap is tan with a little yellowish hue that makes me wonder if this beer is barrel-aged. A decent amount of yeast floaties are suspended for a while.

Dense caramel aroma with a dark fruity/spicy quality that reminds me of some homemade baked dessert that I just cannot place. Dirty Bastard is loaded with sweetness, but leave it to Founders to dump a shitload of hop bitterness and flavor into any style. Lots of mid-range maltiness and a little diacetyl, with a slight woody/smokey presence underneath. Alcohol is hidden well, but it is present.

The mouthfeel is far and away the best aspect of this brew. Outstanding. Low carbonation combined with no shortage of residual sugars renders an unbelievably thick and creamy body. Feels like the finest imperial stout on the way down. Overall, it is not really to my liking, although it's easy to appreciate the fact that this is a well-made beer. I prefer less hop bitterness and more darker malts in a Scotch ale. Backwoods Bastard...now that's another story.

dpasotti, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of GregBlatz
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep dark amber in color. Somewhat transparent considering the dark color. head has thick bubbles that cover the top and quickly dissipate to non existent. Absolutely no lacing of the glass. A perfect way to describe this is to imagine draft A&W rootbeer in a glass. Exact same color and the head behaves the same.

S - Dark pitted fruits dominate the nose. Deep caramel malts. No hop aroma. The smell doesn't reveal much about this beer. I think I am ready for the next step.

T - Dark fruits and heavy heavy caramel malt flavor. The finish is clean and then the roasty flavor hits you. Although the carbonation is light in this beer it really bites your tongue in the front. Hops offer a bitter balance to the caramel malt sweetness, but he malts win the battle. Alcohol heat is apparent after a few sips.

M - Thick, maple like with a cabonation bite. This is a pretty chewy beer.

Drinkability - Well I don't know who would knock more than one of these back in a session. It is a pretty big beer and heavy on the boom boom. I really like it but I tend to favor small beers rather than the high gravity.

GregBlatz, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -It pours a dark toffee-brown hue, with a bubbly khaki head that looks like pancake batter. It is translucent, but the hue is dark enough that it prevents much light from permeating.

S - Malty and somewhat roasted aromatics are all I am getting, initially. I am surprised that it does not smell sweeter, peat-y, or spiced. There is a bit of alcohol that begins to show in the nose as it airs out, but generally it stays (r/t)oasty, and doesn't develop very much from there.

T - My initial impression is that it tastes quite good. Not a standout in any way, but quite nice regardless. I am a bit surprised that I am not getting a lot of smoky peat, molasses, toffee or caramelized sugars, which are the traits I generally associate with the style. I do get some leafy and herbal hops in the taste, and they are fairly well-balanced with the roasted-toasty malt; at this point, it is quite tasty and delicious, if not a great example of the style. As it opens up I am starting to get some understated vanilla up front, some molasses in the middle and some dark chocolate lingering on the finish. A nice brew, but not nearly as good as its big brother...

M - Nice feel... quite velvety and yet medium-bodied, bright, and not at all sticky.

D - Though I do enjoy this beer, it really only makes me think... DAMN!! What a difference barrel aging makes. When Founders turns this brew into Backwoods Bastard, the transformation is astounding.

ktrillionaire, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent reddish-bronze with little carbonation, one finger of tan, and modest lacing. Smelled of caramel apple, toffee, raisins, and overall sweetness. The taste was more robust...raisins, molasses, syrup, and toffee in copious amounts, with a sweet'ish finish and molasses/rum-raisin afterwards. The flavor profile would make you think that this is a thick beer, but it was actually a nicely smooth medium feel. Great session Scotch-style ale.

donniecuffs, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Sneers
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber that looks almost ruby when help up to the light. A big fluffy tan head sits atop and sticks around quite well, while leaving a good bit of lacing on my glass.

Smells like dark malts with a hint of alcohol.

I'm really liking the flavor here. Strong dark malts are well mixed with a sweetness that I think I would deem too much in other beers, but works great here. There's a slight fruitiness, that I can best liken to overripe (very) dark cherries. It's a tad boozy tasting, but it provides a welcomed edge to an otherwise dense, heavy flavor. There's a definite bitterness, but not so much hoppy, that lingers in the mouth; it reminds me a bit of a tannin-y bitterness.

Nice, smooth, full mouthfeel with little carbonation; I'm finding this quite drinkable, if not a little filling.

This is so far my favorite Founders offering. Recommended.

Sneers, Jul 22, 2010
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,499 ratings.