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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,715
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 770 | 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 francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copery red with a nice off white head of foam

S: Multi-layered malt complexity. bit of hops in the backbone. A lot of caramel, sugary sweetness

T: Very sweet and malty with not much hop backing. A classic example of this malt driven style.

M: Thick and hearty, but not over the top. Very well done.

O: One of the best American brewed Scotch ales out there

francisweizen, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of JMforman
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best in its price range. Great example of the style as well.

A- Beautiful deep red with a great white head and great retention.

S- Leather, booze, burnt sugar, cherry

T- Burnt sugar, cherry, molasses, booze. Very strong. I'm not used to beers that are bitter on the malt end instead of the hops. Very interesting.

M- Medium to full with nice burn at the end

O- Like I said, a great beer for it's price.

JMforman, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Burnt toffee and cotton candy bubblegum off the bat, some caramel, hint of dark fruits, molasses, burnt toffee, creme brulee almost

L: Slight hazy reddish brown, light tan head that dissipates slightly, solid lacing.

T: Sweet caramel malt with just a touch of herbal bitterness. Very slight alcohol. Some burnt toffee and perhaps a touch of roasty dryness.

M: Medium-full creamy body with low carbonation.

Really solid beer, very malty and sweet. Another solid Founder's brew.

bum732, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of dirty-white head formed with a medium to dark brown body, honey colored highlights at the edges. Solid sheet of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - Plenty of sweet malts and brown sugar, combined with a pronounced grassy hops.

T - Smell is matched by the sweet malt and almost candy flavor that takes over this beer. There is a very pronounced "shift" to grassy type hops at the end.

M - Pretty syrupy, almost sticky inside your mounth. Backed up by the thin coating on the inside of the glass.

D - I've had a couple Scotch ales and have to say I'm not into this style, the sweetness combined with somewhat "sharp" hops isn't for me. That said, this is a quality brew for sure, and for fans of the style I'd say it's on point.

chilly460, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of henryd30
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great looking scotch ale. Deep mahogany with camel colored thick and frothy head. 30 minutes after pour there is still nickel sized head clump lacings stuck to side of glass.

S: Pretty good - carmelly as expected. There was a slightly coppery smell that was misplaced.

T: Wow. This was excellent. Very complex and flavorful. Was great from first drink to last.

M: Smooth and appealing.

O: Surprisingly good. I'm not sure why I was surprised, but absolutely loved this beer. Might be because I don't have a ton of scotch ale tastings to compare to. I could drink this fast and often.

henryd30, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a very mildly hazed red-brown. The head, light brown in color, rises to just over a finger and remains for a good amount of time before receding to a heavy foam that leaves sticky patches of lacing on the glass.
The nose is malty, yes, but this is the hoppiest wee heavy I've ever smelled. There's also a great deal less of the (sometimes cloying) sweetness employed in the style. That said, dark fruits, alcohol, and toast are all here.
The flavor here is an interesting balance of hops and malts. The toasty malt backing may be strong, but the hops are more than one expects to taste in a Scotch ale, particularly a Wee Heavy. Coming through are the elements one might expect: raisin or plum, burnt toffee and caramel, a woody element, and a touch of toast. It does leave out some of the peat flavor some (myself included) like about the style, however. Alcohol is exceptionally well masked.
The body is pretty full, just more than medium perhaps. It's a nice mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation and not lacking in smoothness.
This one is an interesting take on the style. It's a very good beer regardless, but be careful: the ABV doesn't seem as high as it is.

Brenden, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rather thick. Very sweet, with gobs of caramel and molasses present...a booze note is there as well. A little phenolic perhaps.

Pours a very dark brown in the glass with minimal head.

Taste is heavily malty upfront. Gobs of caramel and toffee malts are there, giving it a sticky sweetness. This is met with a nice nuttiness which rounds out the body and a bit of booziness as well with a sherry-like character. Finishes with a decent but small hoppiness that goes along with the sweet malts and alcohol.

I'm not always sure what comprises a Scottish ale, but I enjoyed this one. It has the rich malts of a dopple, nuttiness of a nut brown, and a pretty big kick.

NODAK, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color. When held up to the light it turns more ruby colored. Small, off white head forms, probably about 3/4 inch in height. Dissipated to a ring of foam around the outer edge. Nice stick lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt and caramelized sugar and some molasses. Some dark fruit comes in as well - some berries and raisins.

T: The caramelized sugar returns in a big way, has a very nice sweetness. Slight dark fruit flavor - raisins and figs, a little breadyness, and a surprising amount of hops.

M: Medium to full bodied, very creamy, with nice carbonation.

O: Really nice beer, lots of great flavor. No hint of the alcohol whatsoever and very drinkable.

mdaschaf, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Motladiwa
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this on tap at my favorite pub. Served in a tulip, 10oz pour.

A- Deep reddish brown, almost like an old weathered penny. Had an inch or two of head that quickly went away, no retention. Nice lacing.

S- Very mellow and the lack of head retention caused me to figure that the bouquet would lack a bit. Malty sweet. Fruity resin. No alcohol presence in the nose.

T- Caramel covered raisin? Sweet, dry and bitter. It just tastes really good, very enjoyable. Dark cherry on the sides of the palate finishing with a nice bitterness at the back of the palate.

M- Lovely. Sticky and makes me lick my lips. Very well balanced for the style. Sides of tongue stays sticky and then there is a bitterness makes up the backbone.

O- Truly enjoyed this beer. Very nice and well balanced given the abv and malt complex. The hop profile is a plus.

Motladiwa, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a muddy dark brown with red highlights and a finger of thick off-white head that holds and laces fairly well.

S: Peat, caramel, nuttiness, and a little smoke. Even this short list was tough to come up with even as the beer warmed.

T: Peatiness again, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and some dark fruitiness. No flavors are very strong in the taste either.

M: It has a medium body with some stickiness.

O: This is very mild for its strength and it needs to be drank between 50-60 degrees to get anything out of it. On the plus side, it is only about $10 bucks per sixer and goes down easily for being 8.5% ABV.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite redish brown (especially red) and a bit hazy; a thin quickly dissipating head; lacing is average

S: Very sweet and malty aromas: caramel, wet hay, molasses, and brown sugar are first noticeable; not a ton else going on--pleasant but not amazing

T: Luckily, much more complex flavors: nutty caramel and roasted, slightly burnt malts; pleasant sweetness on top of an equally pleasant graininess; after taste provides more burnt malts

F: Fairly good mouthfeel--seemingly thin at first but much of it clings to the mouth still

D: A nice interpretation of the style; a very drinkable beer that does get a bit cloyingly sweet toward the end of the glass but is enjoyable nonetheless

dbossman, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. brown bottle, with a bottling date of 02-08-11. Drank on 03-20-11 from a thistle glass.

A: Color is a dark copper, with a frothy tan head between 2 and 3 fingers high. I got a small amount of lacing. Clarity was initially hazy but later cleared up a bit.

S: Aromas were of dark breads, caramel, and a malt sweetness. Also some dark fruits and earthiness. Nice malt character.

T: Strong malt presence, with caramel and dark bready flavors. But there is also a bittering taste from the hops. Seems to be a lot of bitterness for the style. There is a sweetness here, but not nearly as sweet as other wee heavies I've tried. I can also taste the smoke of the malts being heated over peat.

M: Nice alcohol warming over a full-bodied beer. Carbonation is medium and finish is dry.

O: Overall a very good beer. I think it would be even better and closer to style if they reduced the bitterness a wee bit.

sommersb, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of dfclav
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - beautiful dark red with active carbonation and a nice 1 1/2 finger head. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass while a few swirls of the glass coats the sits with oily residue. This is one heavy beer.

S - really heavy malts and caramel, followed by undertones of very sweet dark fruits. A surprising about of chocolate notes come about as the beer warms.

T - as expected, this is one heavy beer. First sip I am hit with a huge amount of malt, cocoa, and caramel. This is a pretty American take on the style as the peat/smoke elements don't really come into play. Still, they are there on the backend leaving a dry finish that invites you all too quickly for another sip.

M - good use of hops here, very nice carbonation. Medium bodied brew that does a good job of leaving a dry finish. Not even close to cloying compared to others in the category. It works well with the bill though, I think.

O - another job well done by founders. Not a bad choice for a wee-heavy session because it doesn't wear you out but it can definitely sneak up on you if you reach for another.

dfclav, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Duane Reade on 72nd street of all places... The world is a changin' . Not sure how I feel about buying Craft Beer at "Wal-Mart" but it was freaking 7.99 for a 64 ounce pour of Founders!. I paid 13.99 or 14.99 at Whole Foods a few months back for the same pour...

A:Nice deep red almost opaque, somewhat translucent. Thin head, no lacing. Looks inviting and intense. Am I ready? I think so.

S: There is actually a fruity hop scent to this with the IBU at 50, no surprise. Also, toasted malts. There is almost sherry-like smell to this. Very nice, complex and inviting smelling.

T: This is a delicious and utterly drinkable beer. You can taste the Americanization of the style through the strong hop presence, but that's not a problem in any sense! It is a brilliant creation and ode to a style. It tastes wonderful. It is sweet and slightly syrupy , but also has a nice bitter roasted malt and hoppy flavor at the end to keep it honest. I am a big fan of this beer. It has balls and isn't afraid to be sweet at the same time. This is a macho, yet sensitive, beer.

M: Very slight carbonation, rounded smooth feel, almost syrupy but not in a bad way. The ending is even a bit thinning in presence , which is nice seeing how heavy bodied this beer is.

O: Overall this beer is excellent and a treat. I don't often find it out here in NYC and every time it is available for growler I jump on the opportunity for a 64 OZ pour! Even if my GF won't help me, I should have no problem finishing this off over the next 2 days ;)

Bravo Founder's!!

Avantyawn, Mar 17, 2011
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
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,715 ratings.