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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,407
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 178
Gots: 640 | 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 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
Photo of memory


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a bottle it has a 3/8 inch head slowly leading to a
nice light film. Lacing abounds.
Can smell bourbon, oak and a little cherry coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth with the bourbon hitting first followed by smooth sweet malt and a hint of cherry.
Drinks a bit boozey, but the smooth aftertaste can lead to more.
Not as sweet as some wee heavys and the bourbon can be trying but is nicely done.

01-03-2010 22:35:53 | More by memory
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a very nice copper color that is semi-transparent. Didn't have much of a head, but the little bit there was, lingered for a little while.

Smell: A very rich, malt aroma dominates the smell. There also seemed to be some kind of fruit aroma in the background that reminded me of a light cider.

Taste: Again, a very rich malt flavor dominates. However, there is a balance here that keeps it from becoming too sweet. Could be hops, or could be caramelized malt that provides just enough bitterness to make this very smooth. Also has a very light cider flavor that just peeks through.

Mouthfeel: Good body. Not creamy or thick, but there's a mild chewy texture that feels fantastic on the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could drink this beer anytime. In addition to a pint glass, I also tried it in a wine glass (as I didn't have a snifter or tulip available) and the aromas and flavors became even more apparent. Good anytime, anywhere, any which way.

12-30-2009 18:58:12 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of kzoobrew


4/5  rDev -1%

Clear chestnut colored body glistens when held to the light. Head is the color of white sand found on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Retention is fair but not overly impressive, a very decent trail of lacing is left behind though.

I will admit I am often on the "more hops the better" side but you cannot deny the beauty of a well crafted malty brew. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma open things up. Subtle chocolate and and a hint of dark fruit meander underneath. Every so faint earthy hops are delicately placed.

Rich caramel malt, slightly burnt sugars and a chocolate flavor meld together up front. While the flavor is generally sweet a earthy almost grassy hop bitterness provides a much needed balance.

Just shy of full bodied, texture is very smooth and creamy. Flavors embed themselves deep in the tongue giving the brew a rather long finish. Carbonation is on the lower end though very adequate.

Fantastic beer and is enjoyed every time. A bit too big to have a session on, kicking back a couple would not be out of the question. A pleasure to drink.

12-30-2009 00:04:20 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1%

The beer pours a mahogany color with a sticky white head that stuck to the glass beautifully. Biscuit and sweet malt in the aroma. A muted fruity aroma is also detectable along with the ester of alcohol.

Smooth as it flows across the palate with a medium body. The complex malty flavor profile is comprised of caramel, toffee and fruit. As the beer moves through center the slightest hint of bitterness provides balance. It signs off with a pleasant warming of the chest from the 8.5% ABV.

A well constructed Scotch ale. Sufficient complexity and highly drinkable for the style.

12-29-2009 02:05:54 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of burnstar


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a pretty dark copper with a small head. Nice persistent lacing on the surface. Aroma is caramel malt. Spices. Taste is rich carmel malt. Bourbon. Muted bitterness in the finish. Dull sweetness with some light spiciness. Smooth. Very nice medium bodied velvety mouthfeel. Easily drinkable- I find this goes down easier than most Scotch Ales. Really nice beer overall.

12-28-2009 03:21:34 | More by burnstar
Photo of jorg2619


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Founders delivers yet another great beer. A pour of dirty bastard is thick and dark, I was encouraged by the unpolished look of the beer and how quickly the head died down to a thin skim of bubbles. The aroma was malt, with a hint of malt. The taste is of course malty... but a complex malty that eludes to a complex grain bill and a careful fermentation. The mouth feel is a little syrupy but this is a strong scotch ale. I will be buying it again but only one bottle at a time due to potency.

12-24-2009 02:16:27 | More by jorg2619
Photo of blackenmn


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a medium bodied brown with a hint of amber within it. It had a thin off white head after an aggressive pour. Plenty of nice lacing was left on the glass and seems there was quite a bit of carbonation. Smelled of dark fruit/raisins. with plenty of roasted caramel malt and spice present, and a slight abv warmth on the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of bitter dark fruit, followed by plenty of extremely noticeable sweet, abundant malt. Finished fairly dry with lingering spice and hop bitterness.

Drinkability:Pretty drinkable brew. Definitely a unique one which gained a bit of needed complexity as it warmed. Had plenty of heavy noticeable malt, spice, and amber ale qualitys. I'd have no problem enjoying this again some night.

12-22-2009 06:18:02 | More by blackenmn
Photo of drumrboy22


4/5  rDev -1%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Great Lakes snifter. Beer was a dark cherry color, with a one-finger, light brown head. Very light carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, malt, light spices and nuts.

Taste was sweet malt, caramel, roasted grains, spices and raisins. Finish is moderately bitter.

Well made and easy drinking.

12-20-2009 05:40:25 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of ccrida


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz bottle (cellared for ~6 months IIRC), poured into my Delirium snifter, Dirty Bastard is a ruddy mahogany with a tight sand colored head, not to big but decent last, leaving nice, foamy lace.

Smell is nice and malty, a bit phenolic, a touch fruity esters, grapes, that seem a bit out of place. No smoke, which I'm happy to see. I get hints of cinnamon as well as it opens up, and I really enjoy it more and more.

Taste is nice, smooth and malty. Not sure I'm tasting Golden Promise though, which I think is the benchmark malt for this style. Still, enjoyable, ABV totally hidden, and fairly true to style, which I appreciate and was hoping for. I'd ding it more for the esters if I didn't love Belgians.

Mouthfeel is dry, a bit on the watery side.

Drinkability is quite high, a nice smooth malty scotch ale, although I could use less phenols and a more quality malt taste. Quibbling though, it's well done.

12-18-2009 07:45:54 | More by ccrida
Photo of brownbeer


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Russet in color with a creamy tan head.

Powerful nose of rum soaked raisin, candied red delicious apples. Malt driven with subtle red fruit.

Full bodied with toasty malts, raisin, and a dry hoppy finish. The alcohol shows enough to let you know it's there.

Really unique, though I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. A nice cold weather sipper that I should have poured into a snifter rather than a pint glass.

12-16-2009 03:36:32 | More by brownbeer
Photo of biophiliadude


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle to Pint.

A: Dark brown with red hues, clear, 1/2 inch tan head. Some lacing.

S: Caramel malty biscuit!!

T: Caramel, bitter, booze, malt sweetness and biscuit slightly noticeable.

F: Starts off light and smooth, becomes very syrupy towards the end.

D: High. While the booze was noticeable I could do with more. The warm associated with high abv brews is a taste and mouthfeel all it's own - and Scotch Ale's/Wee Heavy's are the best. Still enjoyable and one of the better commercial craft Scotch Ales stateside.

NOTE: I have several of these over three nights at varying temperatures to try and find one that balances out the bitter, sweet, and booze better...but to no avail. hmmm

12-16-2009 03:14:25 | More by biophiliadude
Photo of Twerp28


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

It pours like beer, looks like beer, and smells like beer. . .

Starts off with rich, sweet caramel and chocolate malts. It's chased down by deep fruit flavors, raisin and plum. The beer finishes with a wonderful sour apple flavor, and leaves a hoppy, bitter, alcoholic fug on the back of the tongue.

Very complex, another Founder's winner.

12-12-2009 19:04:19 | More by Twerp28
Photo of GeezLynn


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a dark red, cinnamon brown with a medium beige head that quickly recedes to clumps.

Rich sweet malt with a deep caramel smell. Also has buttery, brown sugar aromas with a little vanilla in there. Very enticing.

Flavor is also all about the sweet malts, predominantly caramel and chocolate. There's also figs and the slightest trace of hops on the finish. Smokyness is very subtle.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. 8.30% ? I think not. Well done.

Excellent. Although I have enjoyed all the Founders beers I have tried, this beer was quite a pleasant surprise. A very well-rounded beer across the categories. Will definitely keep an eye out for more of this and am looking forward to trying the Backwoods Bastard.

12-10-2009 03:53:01 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of batty


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, December 2009

pours a clear but dark, vibrant copper-brown that lets just enough light through to see clearly to the other side of the pint glass. khaki-tan head is pretty low, good lace.

a little smoky-meatiness coming off this brew, with great malty sweetness, and some alcohol

taste is the highlight of this beer, a great combo of smokiness and malt-heavy well balanced, just a touch of warm alcohol and balanced with just a bit of bitter hop and (chocolate?) malt

a bit thin, a bit too much alcohol presence for my taste

drinkability is great, very tasty, solid well balance - a no-messing-around scotch ale that remains easy to drink

12-09-2009 23:36:45 | More by batty
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark maroon with some slight brownish head. No lacing.

The smell is malty with some nice dark bread flavor, some great butterscotch flavor as well.

The taste is caramel and toffee. Some dry dark fruit mixed with some hop bitterness with a nice warm alcohol flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is easy going down. It is high an ABV but still pleasant and not overpowering.

12-09-2009 02:34:21 | More by Duhast500
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a nice rich dark brown color with 1/3" light tan finely bubbled head that recedes slowly but early on to leave a nice ring of foam and patches of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a ring of lacing and lots of speckles of lacing that cling stubbornly to the sides of the glass. Even later in the beer has the ring of foam has thinned, there are still a few sheets and lots of speckles of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: The dark bread aroma has a nice dark sweet toffee and butterscotch character to it, complimented by some dark fruit and a hint of tart cherry. There are also some earthy hops in the background but hardly a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor has a dark brown sugar and toffee sweetness permeated by some earthy hop bitterness. There is also some tart cherry and dark fruit that balances out the sweetness and keeps the beer from being too sweet. There is some roasted malt character that reminds me of dark raisin bread.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and quite smooth with creamy soft carbonation. The finish is medium to long, beginning in the dark chocolate sweetness and then fading out to a lightly bittered dryness and an almost astringent feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: A nicely drinkable Scotch Ale that is quite sippable. I'd be happy to have a second. And I expect I'll be having a few more of these.

12-08-2009 02:15:54 | More by drtth
Photo of alcstradamus


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Reviewed from notes

Pours a dirty brown with only a small sliver of head. Smell is huge caramel malts, a bit of alcohol sting, and only faint traces of citrus hops.

Nice malt profile here on the palate. Nice balance of sweet and bready malts. This one pretty much fits the style guide for how a wee heavy should taste. One of the better malt profiles I've had in a beer.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation levels that help this marinate on the tongue. This is definitely one of the best wee heavies I have had, and the only one I can say for sure that I like better is Scotty Karate. Great beer.

12-07-2009 00:15:11 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of damndirtyape


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Very little foam upon pouring - I would get some back after swirling in the glass, but it would never stick around. No lacing either. A dark tarnished copper color - just a little light going through.

Smell: Lots of malt with some fruit-like alcohol notes. Quite pleasant.

Taste: Strong caramel and toffee up front, with something fruity (figs?) at the end. The higher alcohol content in this beer is perfectly masked. The caramel and toffee get a little stronger and sweeter as the beer warms up. Not cloyingly sweet, but still more sweet than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on tongue, but thick and coating on the way down. I hesitate to call it syrupy - but I kept thinking this in light of the sweetness.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I think the strong sweetness of the malts was too much here. It needed some bitterness or something at the end to round it out. The ABV though is nicely warming in the winter, but not too strong. I almost think the beer is mis-named as it's not a Dirty Bastard at all, but more like a Polite Scotsman. That being said, I don't see how anyone could have more than one of these in a sitting - too much sweet and too high ABV to have more than one in an evening.

12-06-2009 20:00:16 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of SpecialK088


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Poured from the bottle into a perfect pint glass

a-very deep drown with a redish tint to it very light film over the top but a nice sticky ring around the edge.

S-dark sweet fruits very sugary in the nose with sone subtle spices and alchohol undertones. Molasses as well as sone earthy nuttyness are also present. Seems that u smell something new everytime u smell this beer.

T-From the smell of this beer u would think it would taste completly different it's more of a dry fruit flavor with some hop bitterness in the middle and finish. Sweeter malt flavors come out a bit more as it warms.

M-good solid medium body fairly straightforward flavor right down the middle of the road overall.

D- this one is to dry for me to have more than one or maybe two so I wouldn't call it easy to drink but not hard as well. In the founders lineup which is an amazing one this us my least favorite so far

12-06-2009 19:29:18 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of fropones


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Pours a nice red like you'd see on a Scottish kilt with about 1 finger of beige head. Nice lacing is left behind

S - Some toasted malt with some sort of sickeningly sweet aroma that I can't quite place. Some darker fruits as well.

T - A lot of caramel malts right up front. Happy to see that whatever I was smelling that turned me off didn't end up in the taste. After taste like dry toast from the toasted malt. Notes of bourbon throughout. More dark fruits in here as well. Some cinnamon as well as a touch of hop bitterness towards the back.

M - Creamy and smooth. Big bodied, low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, alcohol not real noticeable. A nice dryness in the end from the alcohol, but that's about it. Not exactly my cup of tea, but good for the style.

12-02-2009 18:13:38 | More by fropones
Photo of hosehead83


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright copper in color with a two-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Spicy malt
Taste-Big malt notes leading to a counterbalancing spicy hop backbone-nicely balanced, but leaning a bit more to the malty side
Overall, another nice offering from Founder's.

11-29-2009 22:23:50 | More by hosehead83
Photo of cvfish


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this were sweet malts, dark fruits, and caramel

T - The taste of this beer was amazing, Scotch Ales are quickly rising up the ranks as one of my favorite styles, this beer had sweet, caramelized malts, a wee bit of chocolate, toasted walnuts, and pecans

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to heavy body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As I said, this style of beer is becoming one of my favorite styles out there, and this one was delicious. Hopefully one day Founders will distribute down here

11-29-2009 20:17:24 | More by cvfish
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Deep crimson with a cream-colored head that settles to a very thin film on the surface. Carbonation is mellow, and head retention is good as well.

S: Malt dominates the smell, with hints of toast, almond, caramel, and dried fruit. Hops give the beer a light floral character.

T: Flavors begin with caramel, dark fruits, some smokiness, and a bit vinous. Toasty flavors dominate, while hops give the beer a dry, mellow finish.

M: Medium-bodied, and has a nice warming booziness to it.

D: One of the most balanced American takes on this style that I have come across. Despite it's higher ABV, its almost dangerously sessionable.

11-29-2009 05:55:46 | More by WYVYRN527
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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