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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,651
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 746 | 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 Agold
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep mahogany and pours with about a quarter inch of head which dissipates to a film quickly. There is very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice, with a lot of caramel sweetness and maybe a bit of toffee. There is also a bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is the same as the aroma, but curiously the alcohol is a bit more masked and there is a bit of a chocolate flavor as well with a mild clean bitterness to back up the extremely malty character. Good medium mouthfeel and pretty good drinkability. Good enjoyable beer.

Agold, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer comes out slightly darker than I expected. A good way to describe it would be a almond/cherry type color. It has some pretty good clarity, it glows when held up to the light. It had a tan colored head that sprouts up and will provide a little bit of lacing. Looks pretty unique, I like it, not quite like any other scotch ale I've had, but I wouldn't hate it if they did.

Smell is good, and pretty potent, especially as it warms up. It's extremely well malted. Dark dehydrated fruits, with hints of chocolate and caramel with some slight tones of nuttiness.

Taste is a big step up. It stays sweet and bitter all at the same time. Almost like a fig liquor flavor to it that has a sweetness and slight tartness to it. Caramel and dark chocolate flavors, very well and heavily malted, good stuff.

Mouthfeel is really good too. Very creamy while maintaining a heavy medium to full bodied overall. Slight tickle from the alcohol, but not too aggressive, 8.5% isn't too strong, but it's certainly no joke. Creamy with a slight bitter finish. It has some very good drinkability.

Waited quite awhile to try this brew, glad I finally did. It would be perfect in my opinion if it had some peat malt smokiness, I really like this style to do that.

AndyAvalanche, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep auburn brown ale thats well carbonated. Not much in line of a foam head just some surface foam.
A good fine malt aroma.
A sweet malty taste with hints of roasted malts a wee bit smokey. Some bitterness from hops I guess, I didn't investigate this beer too much to say otherwise. I also taste low levels of diaceyl.
Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with an abundance of alcohol.
The presence of high ABV would prevent me from drinking more then say two at any one sitting.

micromaniac129, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of JCBears
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: nice dark brown a reassuring color

Smell: notes of chestnut, rounding of fruitiness

taste/MF: rounded nutty taste, transitions nice into a smooth hoppiness that is not overbearing but overall good. bit of a thin mouthfeel but that is the style

Overall; something you should drink during a special occasion, great brew. loved it. good for a cool day rainy and such its nice

JCBears, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear but slightly hazy dark ruby brown with a big frothy tan head that holds shape with you dip ya finger in it. Lots of spotty lacing already forming.

Smells wonderful. Hints of dark fruit,banana, bubblegum, malt, caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes like a scotch ale! This is pretty sweet and malty. Nice caramel flavor. Close to being overly sweet(most scotch ales are too sweet)but the bitterness is enough to keep things in check.

Slick smooth but not thick in feel. Slight tingle of carbonation, could use more.

Good stuff.

kbnooshay, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a NB globe. Bottled on 11/08/10. My first offering from this great brewery.

A - Dirty Bastard pours out a nice and deep chesnut color. A good fingers worth of bubbly tan head presents itself as well. Nice lacing as well that very slowly makes its way down the side of the glass.

S - Nose is heavy on toasted malts. Notes of caramel and dark chocolate in there as well. A touch of dark fruits also makes its way out. Overall a very pleasing aroma.

T - A variety of malts really come though in the taste. A bit of caramel up front with some hints of figs. A slight hop presence makes itself known but the sweetness of the malts really shines through. Bit of alcohol tinge in there as well.

M - Medium bodied with a nice and creamy aspect to it.

D - Overall I was very pleased with my first beer from Founders. I would have this one again if offered.

BennyL1, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly cloud auburn with a sizeable creamy off-white head. Leaves tons of lacing.

S: Starts out with nice gentle caramel malts. Slightly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Also has a lingering bitterness that doesn't feel like hops. Quite nice, though rather subtle for a robust beer like a scotch ale.

T: Taste is good, balanced, though again more subtle than I was expecting. Gentle medium-roasted caramel malts up front, a bit of earthy flavor in the middle, and a good warming alcohol finish with none of the sharp bit that some high-ABV beers have.

M: Mouthfeel on this is just weird. Hard to describe - it doesn't really feel like liquid in the mouth. More like drinking thick foam. Kinda oily, very buoyant, and adhesive (which explains the heavy lacing). I can't decide whether I like it or not, but it's definitely unique.

D: Drinkability improved as I moved down the glass. Started out feeling a bit discordant, but as it warmed up a bit, the flavors smoothed out, the peaks and valleys evened, and it went down quite nicely. Recommend letting it warm to ~50-55 degrees before drinking.

zeledonia, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. A nice inch of dirty-white head formed. Color is copper and red when held to the light, almost transparent.

S - A rich malty smell. Dry barley.

T - Smell is matched by the sweet malt and candy flavor that takes over this beer. There is a slight bitterness at the end.

M - Syrupy with moderate carbonation. It feels like it is sticking to the sides of your mouth.

D - Great Scotch style beer. It is not my personal favorite style but they have done a great job with it. No surprises.

Fatehunter, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 1/5/11, poured into Founders Endurance thin pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown with hints of crimson, caramel, and amber. Clear when under a light source despite the darkness; one finger of foamy off-white head.

S: Very sweet but not cloying; caramel and toffee malts, lots of dark fruit: plums, grapes, and raisins, and a faint but distinct milk chocolate aroma.

T: While I was fine with the aroma, taste begins to push the boundary between sweet and cloying; this tastes much like I'm eating some bizarrely produced caramel-covered-bourbon-cherries. Not that the flavors are bad; the combination is just too unbalanced in favor of sweetness. A light hop bitterness detectable on the finish doesn't do much to change this.

M: Medium-thick body, with moderate (or slightly more) carbonation. Equal parts smooth and syrupy.

D: Drinkability suffers due to the sweetness, especially in the throat after swallowing- almost to the point where it feels like I've just swallowed some seriously sweetened medicine. But, aside from the throat sugar burn, it's pretty easy to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden.

AwYeh, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Brown with a 1 finger off white head

Smell: Butterscotch, caramel, sweet malts

Taste: toffee, caramel,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

Drinkability: A nice representative of a scotch ale. Enjoyed this one.



THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark ruby that is almost completely opaque. There is a fingers worth of a cream colored head with foamy lacing. The nose offers burnt caramel malts with some roasted malt as well. a bit boozey after a long whiff. The taste is of butterscotch up with some roasty malts. A well blended biscuit flavor is noticed right before the 8.5% is noticed. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation, creating a smooth feel. Because this brew is very smooth and tasty, with a well hidden ABV, downing many of this will not be an issue. Drink UP!

ChugginOil, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressively poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Copper / redish body with a white fluffy head at least 2 fingers worth.

Smell: Malt and smoke.

Taste: Sweet smokey flavor. A little bit of alcohol burn. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more prevalent and takes away the sweet smokey flavors of the beer. Some slight bitterness / astrigency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks like a lighter beer, but its still a heavywieght of a beer.

This beer and Old Chub are my 2 favorite Scotch Ale beers.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at hop devil grill. Goblet arrives with half finger of foam, deep red maroon color. Aroma is malty sweet with a bit of raisiny aroma.

This is a very malty up front, heavy on crystal malts punctuated by a sharp bittir finish. Bordering on barleywine in style. A bit boozy.

Overall pretty good. Nice beer to open the night.

FickleBeast, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Kylito87
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has always been in my top 5. The very first time I meet this beer I was hooked. Why it has taken so long for me to review I am not sure. Reviewed from notes from my last tasting of it. Poured into my Boulevard Brewing Pint Heres we goes.

Appearance- Burnt reddish brown. Very hazy with a cap of bubbly toffee colored head that stays for a little bit and then rings out to the edge. Laces on it's way down.

Smell- Peated malt with a sweet caramel kick. Little hop presence in the aroma. Some slight alcohol and roastyness.

Taste- A sort of smokey sweetness. I am sure some of the malt is carmelized in this one. After the sweetness comes this earthy toasted note. Some slight alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Fairly viscous with a oily sticky feel. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This beer finishes slightly dry .

Overall- This is a beer that I can never seem to walk away from. Whenever I go to Binnys I always find myself staring at it. I always want to walk out of binnys with beers I have never had but this one always seems to land in my basket.

Kylito87, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of LacquerHead
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It poured a deep amber with a red hue. There was not much head formation but it had a strong lacing.

This had a really nice aroma. I first picked up some hops and roasted malt.

This had a good balance of malt and hops, dry and sweet, etc. It had a dry roasted malt flavor at times, but towards the end a caramel taste came up. There was a hoppy bite at the end of each drink.

M/F: for the most part it had a dry nature, sometimes bitter. It produced a malty aftertaste that lingered - which was not a bad thing.

D: this drank like an everyday type beer. This is something I wouldn't mind having in my frig.

With a name like Dirty Bastard, I was expecting a more aggressive flavor. The flavor was great. It did have subtle complex flavors, but I wanted something more nitty gritty.

LacquerHead, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled glass mug. Pours a cloudy dark red with a nice tan head leaving thin lacing throughout. Aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Taste is very malty...complex with alcohol noted up front, brown sugar, bread, sugar, caramel, maybe cocoa and toffee coming in later on. A dense palate with a heavy and thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation throughout the session. Very nice long finish that keeps changing. This is a very nice, complex brew. One of the better Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy styles I've had.

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of MadCat
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color, minimal head, some lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, smoke, hints of caramel.

Taste: Robust smoky, sweet malty taste. Hints of caramel. Some bitterness, balanced out by the sweetness. Some roasted malt in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks easy for the abv. Very good.

Overall: I enjoy it, and will be looking for more Scotch ales. I'm glad there is something in this style easily available.

MadCat, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey DC, severed at cellar temperatures in a snifter. Beer is brown / red with a thin wispy head of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly peat but also sweet with caramel. Aroma is a little weaker than I hoped.

Beer is thin to medium in body and a little sweet with a mild bitterness at the finish. Easy drinking and smooth throughout. I was expecting a higher volume on the flavor but I guess that's what I get for having only had the barrel-aged version of the beer previously. I enjoyed it and would have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark red-brown with ample head; inert carbonation; good lacing
S: malt dominates the aroma, with bubblegum and grapefruit overtones
T: burly scotch ale, strong on the bass notes; not bitter, but strong hop profile

This is a very solid scotch ale with maturity and complexity. I'm looking forward to aging this beer!

Arithmeticus, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears dark brown, with crimson hues evident when held to the light. The beer arrives with a half inch of head that generates some decent lacing as it recedes. The beer is slightly smoky, with a sweet malt character evident in both the aroma and flavor. A subtle roast aspect contributes to the flavor profile, and a surprising hop bitterness in the back adds the finishing touch. The feel is medium bodied, with a healthy level of carbonation. A good, but not great, example of the style. I'd drink it again.

Huhzubendah, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of camp0474
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th review - Review from 12/16/10

A: Dark reddish burnt caramel color with tan head that lingers. Finger lacing.

S: Mostly picking up roasted and sweet caramel malts. Dry roasted smells come through but are quickly muted by sweet caramel. Faint hints of alcohol.

T: Caramelized malts, hints of sweet florals, and dry roasted malts. Pretty good balance of sweet and bitter/dry. Finishes sweet but slightly dry. Tasty!

M: Medium body. Very smooth and creamy, works well with the sweetness. Light carbonation.

D: Wow! I think this is my first Scotch Ale and it is great. Easy to drink and great mouthfeel. Great show of different malt profiles blending well. Can't hardly detect the higher abv.

camp0474, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of phisigben
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks great a very deep amber color with a finger and a half head. As I drink it it laces the glass very well. There is a good full body malt to the smell then some hops come through not very citrusy. Taste is good fairly malty with a subtle hint of hops the bitterness leaves the palette very quickly. It has a good mouth feel with good carbonation and a medium body. I could drink a good amount of this the 8.5% is very well hidden.

phisigben, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of DeadGuyRyan
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber transparent red with ruby highlights. Small head with decent retention off white head.

Smells of hops and warm malt characteristics.

Very dry bitter beer. As it warmed up it gets sweeter notes.

Medium body oily finish that stays around for a while.

Good beer over all I have had this on draft a few times and have enjoyed it more. I will get this beer again.

DeadGuyRyan, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a small off-white foam head. Not much lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel, smoke, spices and some earthiness. There is a slight amount of alcohol.

T: The caramel and brown sugar sweetness hits you first on the front end. There is some toasty notes that come through in the middle. The backend is a little smokey and earthy. Very complex.

M: Leaves a slightly sweet taste on the palate. A nice medium to full bodied beer.

D: A nice sipping beer, nice complex Scotch Ale. Would cerrtainly seek this out again.

IronCitySteve, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Marty30
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass,served at about 45 degrees.

A. Held up to the light, the body is a very dark hazy amber,with about a half inch off white head and little carbonation.

S. I get alot of caramel malts and some oak in there,some faint vanilla.Definatly some alchohol in the nose.

T. Caramel right a first, sweet candy malts def seems like some oak and bourbon, some grainy bread. I taste the alchohol in this but it isnt bad at all.

M. Beautiful heavy chewy mouth thats coats the mouth nicely extremely smooth.

D. I could drink three or four of these no problem in a sitting very drinkable to me.

This beer in my opion is awesome, even better as it warms up! I highly recommend this malt bomb.

Marty30, Feb 13, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,651 ratings.