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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,380
Reviews: 1,606
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 177
Gots: 628 | FT: 22
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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 cindyjeffsmith


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Founders Dirty Bastard purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance - Ruby brown. Slight tan head.
smell - nice and malty. Not too striking.
taste - Hmmm. 7 variety of malts with a "right hook of hops".
Full and creamy mouthfeel.
This guy reminds me of DFH Indian Brown....deceptively drinkable, and subtle complexity. Very nice.

02-09-2010 00:47:23 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of endincolorado


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours an inviting, deep red-brown with a nice, tan head that settles slowly and a healthy amount of lace that hangs all down the glass.

Aroma is caramelly malt, dark fruit, and the slightest, pleasant hint of alcohol.

Taste is rich and malty, with caramel, a bit of cocoa and some bread, followed by a sweet, dark fruit, and warming, boozey finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a nice alcohol-warmth and good carbonation.

I love this beer and think of it as a go-to beer that I could come back to at any time. If it were a bit cheaper, I'd have some in my fridge at all times.

02-07-2010 00:18:35 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Thur123


4.2/5  rDev +4%

This brew pours a deep brownish red color that reminds me of Smithwick in color. The head I got from the beer was about one finger that faded quickly when poured into my Thistle tulip. The smell is sugary sweet malt with a slightly herbal hop edge. Also in the malt I detect brown sugar, caramel and a slightly smoky kind of smell.

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The flavor is big malt with a lean and complimentary hop bite that only improves the beer. The smokiness in the malt shows up more but is well blended with the sweeter flavor and that makes this a pretty complex and totally drinkable beer. The mouth feel is good and full and delivers the flavors well. Cheers!

02-02-2010 02:43:09 | More by Thur123
Photo of brewerburgundy


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz bottle, goblet, 'Bottled 12/09/09'.

Dark, well steeped black tea, slightly murky. I poured it straight down as I've gotten into the habit of doing and was only able to rouse a frothy, bubbly ring that's only a sort of natural egg shell color.

Caramel malt, rainy leaf, rum soaked raisin, brown sugar, some sort of wood that lends a spice, almond extract, cocoa powder.

Caramel, toffee, raisins, dark brown sugar, tea, herbal hops, black pepper, bits of fusel oil.

Not very heavy but well coating with fine carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean allowing a tidy finish. Some specifically black tea flavor and astringency linger.

I've given a good drinkability rating because Scotch Ales have become one of my favorites and while the abv is high, it isn't too high. The Dirty Bastard displays lots of hop characer, mainly herbal and resinous, that is a little high for the style. I think that this and Ol Chub are my two favorites because they are quite similar.

01-31-2010 02:46:11 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of stephens101


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Dark brown with slight crimson hues at the very edges. A thick foamy head dissipates slowly and leaves a few random chunks behind. Smells of malts and caramel with spicy and sugary undertones. Very complex to the nose, and some sweet cherry notes rise after a bit. Goes down airy and open with more caramel notes, toasted grain, a very distant cherry tartness, slight hops and some subtle earthy notes. Very well-carbonated and medium to full-bodied. Alcohol is well integrated, with no heat to speak of. I have to be in a certain mood for this style, but when I get ahold of a good one, it's hard to beat. Loving this one.

01-30-2010 22:55:57 | More by stephens101
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Picked this up in Totowa because it was available via the single bottle. I don't drink this style of beer much, but it's cold out and it's good to have a brew that can warm me up. This certainly fit the bill as it's one of the better beers I've had lately, and a very drinkable Scotch Ale to boot!

Good pour to this, as the hue was a very cloudy deep brown with some head and nearly no lacing as I worked my way down my glass. This has the mouthfeel of a scotch ale with the caramel and smoky taste that one would expect, but there's not a lot of stickiness here. The roasted taste isn't overdone and plum, cherry, and banana fills in instead. What results is a beer with a slightly burnt taste but a much richer and more even mouthfeel - neither too light nor too heavy with just a hint of cherry in the aftertaste that lingers and leads to a dessert-like quality to this beer.

The only heaviness in this beer is the 8.30% ABV but it's not that noticeable in terms of the taste. This is one solid brew that has made me appreciate this style more. Scotch Ales will never be my forte, but after having this offering from Founders, I'm actually inclined to seek these out a bit more now, and isn't that what a good beer should make one do?

01-30-2010 07:50:08 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of teovaldi


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a clear dark brown with a very little head.

The nose is very strong roasted malt notes and a bit of chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of booze.

The taste is a big mix of caramel, dark fruits and roasted malts. The finish is slightly sweet and boozy.

The beer has a wonderfully rich mouth feel that's nice and smooth with some alcohol warmth on the end.

At 8.3% I can easily have a few of these and be stumbling. That being said this 8.3 big boy's drinkablitiy is pretty high considering the full bodied taste and ABV.

*Note: Tasting notes from 10/20/09. Have had this on bottle and draft and definitely prefer the draft.

01-28-2010 16:13:43 | More by teovaldi
Photo of Ryan011235


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured into a snifter on 11/30/09

A - Deep crimson in color. Poured a negligible head that dispersed to the inner perimeter of the glass leaving small patches on top. Swirling revives & assists with thin retention. Spotty lacing; it's ok though.

S - Sweetish malt aroma of caramel & bread. Hints of dark fruits - raisins & prunes. Notes of dark sugars. Maybe some peat. Undertones of faint booze.

T - Caramel malt body upfront accentuated by a brief & subtle hop twang. Earthy hop character does build throughout, though. Dark fruits akin to the nose. Hints of peat & wisps of smoke.

M - Fairly full bodied though it's kind of thin around the edges. Modest carbonation adds some even-keeled prickliness. Small amount of alcohol heat on the finish.

D - A solid drinker. While I'll likely seldom return to it, it's not at all bad. Worth a shot.

01-28-2010 03:16:29 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of avocadoz


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A great, bitter scotch style ale! Pours a dark amber with little head. Smells slightly tropical, not much else. Taste is bitter and heavy.. fantastic! Reminds me of Old Chub, not as smooth, but more bitter. Excellent brew and Im thrilled I can now buy in Georgia.

01-27-2010 00:23:05 | More by avocadoz
Photo of hopsbreath


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBU's and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.

01-26-2010 20:45:30 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of DrDemento456


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Had this before and was brought back by the rich bourbon flavor!

A - Thick amber color brew with slight head
S - Roasted malt smell with slight fruit
T - Gets easier to drink every time! Flavor of slight scotch and mild fruit hit the mouth!
M - Coats the mouth nicely with bitter bite
D - I would totally have this again.

Overall I only had the dirty and cerise cherry ale and both are excellent for 2.50 beers. Toast!

01-25-2010 08:03:56 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of earthboundagain


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Ok we have a reddish amber hue, going on. The head was not big but the lacing was not bad. 12oz bottle with bottled on date that is a chore to find.

S - Ok we have some hug malt action with some dark fruit as well. Some blackstrap molasses and maybe some peat.

T - Ok we have even more malt and dark fruit, kicking you in the teeth. Some surprise hops are hidden among the smoky peat. Ok we have the alcohol creeping into the taste, but in a good way.

M - Ok w have a sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation, while its is not at a RIS level, it still makes for a nice sticky sip.

D - The flavor is rich, and the alcohol is as well, this beer is a sipper and I'm one and done at a time, maybe I could do two in a sitting if it was a nightcap.

Thoughts _ A nice rich kick in the mouth Scottish ale, this is another gem from a great brewery.

01-24-2010 21:25:59 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

The first sight of this brew got me interested in it I just had to sample. Picked up a six-pack at my favorite beer pick up store Civera's.

Appearance: Very odd brown coloring with a hint of dark subtle tones. Appears to be very thick and cannot wait ti indulge.

Smell: Caramel coats with robust flavorings just waiting to be explored. The yeasty tones give it a thick and overpowering sense of power. A ale not to be tested lighty.

Taste: Very strong undertoning with a after bite that will give you a sense of warmth. Gentle in the beginning and shows you its strengthly hop and scotch characteristics in the end.

mouthfeel: strong sense of carbanation and a gentle sense. I can taste actually apple and smoked almonds? Maybe another time. I did enjoy the bitterness it brought to the table with backup vocals from the hops sense of scottish style.

Drinkability: Very tough to swallow down at first, but once you get to the bastards center, you can actually respect and get along with in the long run. If your a pro to this, you might say it's just another brew, but I did enjoy the sometimes harsh spices this beer brought to the table. Will enjoy again. Cheers!

01-24-2010 04:00:00 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of spointon


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

I poured this from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into my DFH stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear reddish brown color with a wispy 1/2" head that disappeared in a hurry. Very faint spotty lacing.

S= Pretty malty (as it should be) but with a kiss of roastiness and ripe dark fruit.

T= Pretty spot on, but with some interesting things going on. Lots of malty sweetness, a hint of earthy smoke, ripe dark fruit. The break from total normalcy was a recognizable hop note in the finish. Not overpowering by any means, but certainly more "there" than you will find in most wee heavies.

MF= Medium creamy body with a light carbonation level.

D= Pretty good drinkability, especially for the ABV. I will keep drinking this as it is very available locally!

01-22-2010 06:54:32 | More by spointon
Photo of elgiacomo


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz bottled in Dec 2009. Pours brown/copper, with strong red highlights, nice fluffy tan head, sheets of lacing to start.

Aroma is pretty quiet on this one, some caramel malts, which is then immediately contrasted with the huge flavor, immensly malty to start, lots of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee with a nice grassy bitter hop finish. Overall very malty impression.

Mouthfeel is quite rich and creamy, medium carbonation.

My first night ever with Founders, Breakfast Stout equaled expectations, Dirty Bastard exceeded expectations.

01-19-2010 04:30:05 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. Poured deep, hazy copper with a half inch, loose, off-white head. Head dissipates into a broken skim and some random strands of lacing. Malty, roasty, smoky and dark fruit emanate from glass; maybe also a hint of peat, as I get an earthy quality in the mix as well. Taste is consistent with nose, sweetness is there, but complements rather than overwhelms. Also a slightly medicinal aftertaste, but not unpleasant. There is also a light hops bittering the makes its presence know as well. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly effervescent and nicely coats the tongue. A nice example of the style - not as malty and sweet as I'm accustomed too, but pretty tasty I have to say.

01-17-2010 19:06:04 | More by Jwale73
Photo of thekanna


4.2/5  rDev +4%

A: Pours a thick caramel color with half a finger of off-white head; This settles into a placid nutty brown.

S: Strongly pungent, phenolic caramel with a great smoky character reminiscent of leather and tobacco.

T: Nice alcoholic and warming toffee and coffee body with a bitter, smoky finish.

M: Highly carbonated upfront, settles into a juicy, smoother body.

D: My first beer from Founders Brewing Co., and it's absolutely delicious. Could definitely go for more in the future.

01-13-2010 01:43:22 | More by thekanna
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured a reddish brown color from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle. An aggressive pour only resulted in a tan one finger head. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, and raisins. The taste matches the smell with just a hint of hop bitterness. Very drinkable for a rich and full bodied brew.The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden.
A solid offering from Founders.

01-12-2010 13:10:28 | More by clemtig76
Photo of jmerloni


4.2/5  rDev +4%

A - A bright red with a maroon-amber hue; minimal light tan head but it has very good lacing.

S - Just a great aroma; smells of plum, dark cherry in their purest form; malt and chocolate; molasses/brown sugar smell aroma; you can smell the alcohol.

T - Taste follows the nose and more. Strong flavor of dark fruits that are sugary and coated. A little bit yeasty. A nice hop effect that is pleasantly surprising for this style. Scotchy alcoholic aftertaste. This is a great scotch ale.

M - Excellent. Whole; the sticky head accompanies each sip with an exceptional swallow. Low to medium carbonation.

D - Drinkable but it has a high ABV and is pretty heavy. Two of these and you'll be good for the night. I wouldn't call it sessionable, therefore.

One of the best beers I've had to date. This is a style I'm pretty unfamiliar with in my young beer drinking days, but this shit is TASTY!

01-10-2010 05:45:14 | More by jmerloni
Photo of steve8robin


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Decided to get a 6 pack of these on a whim...

A: Looks really good. Awesome deep dark copper color with a huge foamy offwhite head that never completely fades. Very good.

S: Nice smell. Slight hops with backround hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: Almost taste like an oatmeal / breakfast stout with a heavy hop frontend. Good, but not perfect.

M: Very smooth and perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down very easy once you get past the hops.

All in all, this is a pretty good brew. If you like the hoppiness of an IPA with the nice smooth flavors of a breakfast stout, then this is for you. Very good.

01-09-2010 02:08:04 | More by steve8robin
Photo of Hypersomnia

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

It's very lightly carbonated with almost no head which seems appropriate for this style.

Has an obvious aroma of chocolate (I think milk chocolate), sugar, maybe brown sugar and caramel / toffee aroma.

Woah this is yummy. This is definitely my kind of drink. Very tasty. Having a difficult time describing the flavor but I really like this. There is a charred or toasted malt flavor which is nice. Has a bit of a stouty flavor but is definitely not a stout. A bit of hoppiness but it's obviously not an IPA. Bitter but not overpowering. A nice mixture of flavors that all seem to meld together perfectly. This is excellent.

The finish is a bit quicker than I would have expected, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing because this is "thick". The bit of the finish that is there is quite nice.

The smell of this is just fantastic, I'd almost pay for this just for the nose, but the flavor is excellent as well so why not drink it?

Another excellent beer from Founder's.

01-09-2010 01:50:15 | More by Hypersomnia


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

From bottle to chalice. This batch advertises 8.5% ABV.

A: Average tan head with poor retention and spare lacing. The body is a hazy dark brown with ruby tints along the edge of the glass.

S & T: Malts of caramel and a nutty, toasted almond. The hop character is minimal. The smell of leather and sour dough bread comes through from the yeast. Above average alcohol on both the nose and palate. It doesn't seem like the alcohol that I'm sensing is from the fermentable sugars as much as a flavor/aroma imparted by a brief bourbon barrel aging. I have never heard anyone claim that the Dirty Bastard *is* barrel aged, this is just a reflection of my experience. Plenty of other flavors/aromas to talk about: raisin, fig, wood, butter, baking chocolate, black licorice, cola, syrup, cardboard and a certain sour quality, not unlike souring milk, but somehow not in an off-putting way either. There is a long duration that helps in dissecting the flavors. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

M: Thick and chewy. Carbonation levels left something to be desired.

D: All in all, an above average brew. Any low scores are a reflection of a Founders beer being rated to the high expectation I have come to have from such a wonderful brewery.

01-07-2010 19:32:25 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Mora2000


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, dark fruit and some alcohol. Not much peet smoke in the aroma. The flavor is very fruity and sweet. Not too much smoke. You get a little roasted malt and the alcohol is present and warming. Medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable for a beer of this strength.

01-05-2010 21:52:22 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Founders Dirty Bastard has a body that is brown at the core, orange at the edges, and amber everywhere else. The off-white head is only about a finger high and doesn't have very good retention, but still manages to leave some decent lacing behind.

Dirty bastard features a lot of toffee and caramel in the aroma that come together and smell a bit like chewing tobacco. Also in there is some hop bitterness.

The same malt profile that I notice in the aroma is in the flavor also; lots of toffee, some caramel, and a touch of tobacco. After that the hops come through also, with a bite of bitterness that is a little bit intense for a scotch ale. I have to admit though, I find myself thinking that about the hop profiles in a lot of American scotch ales, so maybe the problem is me and not the hops.

The mouthfeel is good, on the heavy side of medium bodied to the point that it is a little chewy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very good feel actually.

I find that the more Dirty Bastard i drink, the more I like it, which is a good thing. Also, I would never guess that the ABV on this one was above 8%.

01-04-2010 05:17:55 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mirish72


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Finally picked this up in a mixed six and was impressed. I'm not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale's, but after trying the Backwoods Bastard I figured I had to give this a try.

Poured into a tulip glass and it has a nice caramel brown color to go with the sweet, malty aroma.

Tastes slightly sweet but is balanced by the malts. It has an almost peety taste, that you can almost chew in your mouth, a really full bodied and exceptional beer. Overall it is also really drinkable, probably more so than other Scotch ale's I have tried.

01-04-2010 03:17:18 | More by mirish72
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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