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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,658
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 748 | 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 Justin23060
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque dark brown, not much head. Smell is mostly carmel with faint dried fruit (date?). Taste is caramel sweetness at first with a not too overly dry finish. Dried fruit as it warms. Carbination is nice with some creaminess and a perfect warmth for the style.

Overall I would recommend this without any reservations. My second favorite Scotch Ale.

Justin23060, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. Deep hazy brownish amber capped with with an off-white head that hangs around with impressive tenacity and leaves a ton of drippy lacing.

Intense malty nose, toasted, sweet and carmelized with flashes of dark fruit and overripe citrus. Hints of chocolate and earthy hops. Surprisingly, a quick burst of citrusy hops starts things off, but that's soon swallowed up on a wave of delicious malts. Loads of dark fruits- figs, dates, berries- swimming in caramel and brown sugar. A touch toasty and more than a little creamy. Quite a viscous body; this beer is a meal in itself. The finish is sticky sweet with a bit of earthiness. Dangerously drinkable, with only a small amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall impression: Great stuff, highly recommended.

PDXHops, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Jesstyr
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and I actually think that Founders may have struck out a bit, at least in my opinion.

Pours amber brown, hazy, with a full two fingers of bright white head. Nose is very light, a little malty, but none of the big malty sweetness you expect from the style.

Taste has a good deal of smokiness and malt, very nutty overall. More of a porter than a scotch ale in my opinion, lacking the sweetness and the caramel nature I've come to expect. Overall there is an overbalance of hops to malt for a scotch ale, but that doesnt make this a bad beer by any means at all. Light medium body, and a decent drinkability.

Jesstyr, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jale
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Reno's west in Lansing.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a quarter of a light tan head.

S; Caramel malt aroma with slight hops.

T: Sweet malt flavor with a nice hop finish. Not simply a malt bomb like many in this stlye. nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M; Nice carbonation. Not sticky or cloying like some.

D; Would drink another

jale, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark reddish/brown, a little hazy even. Minimal head.

S - Roasted malts, somewhat caramel-y though. A faint hint of fruits.

T - Sort of a blend of nuts and caramel. A little bit of sweetness and some mild bitterness on the end. Just full of robust flavor; the whiskey-ness of this beer is not overpowering, just subtle

M - Very nice, thick and creamy. The carbonation comes through if you just let it sit in the mouth for a moment. The finish is very, very balanced.

D - Remarkably drinkable. I'm not sure where they are hiding the alcohol in this, but I feel like I could drink this down with my breakfast.

Overall - Delicious. The balance of sweet and bitter is very nice. The taste was just very full and robust, I really appreciated it. Bravo, Founders

BeerBuckeye, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rich hazy brown. Very dark. Little head but a good ring around the glass.

Rich malty aroma. A lot of dark fruits like figs and some musty grapes. Tangy toffee malt with a faint roast.

Roasted and sweet then dark fruits take over. A bitterness similar to what is found from tannins in grapes but flavor drifting more towards cherry. Malty finish.

Medium/Heavy body smooth but lingering bite from the alcohol.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bottle as a single at Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - served in a DFH snifter - let warm up for approx 2 minutes

Popped the top and poured, this beer poured wonderfully. This beer has a decent head, adequate lacing and overall an okay appearance. It was a hazy reddish orange, quite opaque.

Floral and perfumey on the nose with heavy malts.

Upon sampling the foam it's exploding all over with floral tid bits, then once I dive into the beverage below it becomes almost a milky taste and feel. It sounds weird, but it was amazing. I had doubts for this beer because the word "scotch" was in it and I hate scotch but I was impressed a lot. The overall taste was of floral, milky malt if I had to put a word on it.

Felt amazing on the mouth, smooth and weighted but not heavy. I read others that say this is a sipper but not for me, I felt as though it were smooth enough to take in gulps and I found myself doing just that.. before long it was all over and I was sad..

For 8.9 this beer is VERY drinkable (which is scary). The ethanol is hidden quite well


engagechad, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Guitarctica
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Not particularly good lacing.

S - Good nose. Some sweetness, dark fruites like raisins and somewhat grape-like.

T - Very hop forward. Good carbonation. Light alcohol taste considering it's 8.5% so it's masked well. Finishes with biscuit-like yeast and a bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body. Not particularly smooth though. The carbonation continues to tingle the roof of my mouth. I kind of like that actually.

D - Couldn't drink too many considering the bitterness. However I realize that is customary for this style of beer. Reminds me of a good IPA with a nice complex taste.

Guitarctica, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light brown reddish color with a beige head that last for a while leaving average lacing.
Smell is very faint, with a caramel malt and herbal hops.
Taste is very pleasant with nutty and caramel start and a herbal hoppy finish. Aftertaste is lasting with a sweet malts and roasted notes.
Body is medium to light with moderate to high carbonation. This has a nice clean mouthfeel. I can't believe this is 8.5% abv. It hides really well.
Another nice drinkable beer from Founders.

paulozanello, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of dball
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The low IBUs make this beer very smooth and not too heavy. The scotch style ale is not always and favorite but this one has a mild enough flavor to feel just right and be very drinkable. The color is a deep dark brown almost black. Suprisingly the smell is plain. The Dirty Bastard tastes pretty darn good. Overall this is a solid and good beer if you like a smooth and mild (for scotch ale standards), yet strong scotch ale.

dball, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thin, dark beige head sits atop a deep cordovan, cloudy beer. Some oily lace clings to the glass. Finally only a bubbly ring remains.

A light aroma of caramel, herbal hop, and a hint of citrus and floral. Simple, appealing.

Medium/full flavored, starting with a sweet dark caramel,some bready sweet, quickly joined by herbal bitter that balances well. It finishes with a hint of pine resin, and the sweet becoming more roasty, as the bitter sustains a nicely dry finish. As it warms, alcohol adds some spicy vapors.

Mouthfeel is medium body, lightly carbonated, quite viscous without a lot of resin buildup, and an excellent finish. Creamy, silky feel to it.

Dirty Bastard is supremely drinkable. I could drink this until Earth resembles Mars.

Impression: So glad Founders is here in NY State. This beer is crafted beautifully, is delicously drinkable and refreshing for a big beer. Get this if you see it.

cavedave, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle (bottled 12/01/10).
A: Deep clear red, it poured with a decent dark tan head that died to a good film and collar with lacing.
S: Musty booze, nice orange and oaky hops, sweet corny malt like a buttery biscuit. Good.
T: Creamy whiskey booze, sweet biscuit malt is not as buttery as the smell indicated, the hops are balanced with a nice earthiness, brown sugar and cinnamon play rolls in it as well. It's a good one.
M: Thicker and with a creamy carbonation.
D: One bottle is good.

ne0m00re, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Bogforce
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Founders..

A: Dark brown with hints of ruby color, small head that goes away quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Robust coffee smell. Also can smell the alcohol

T: Gets a good punch of the alcohol on the tongue, but a nice butter coffee flavor

M: Kind of bites your tongue with the alcohol

D: Could definitely drink a couple of the these in a sitting but not much more

Bogforce, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deep amber / copper brew that pours with a quickly settling head that leaves a wisp of foam of the top and streaky lacing.

S -- Roasty sweet malts and a hint of earthy peat smoke, caramel and dark fruits.

T -- A huge caramel sweetness fades into a woody / earthy dryness and ends with a bitter piney twang that lasts a while.

M -- Thick and rich with a full body, a bit drier than I would expect.

D -- A solid offering, even though I expected quite a bit more peat smoke on the tongue. A good purchase for fans of the style, well rounded.

CPeterson, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of godlessape
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Porter, in the Little 5 Points neighborhood in Atlanta. It's a great little beer bar that sports over 430 beers.

Appearance: An ominous dusky, light-less cloudy brown with dark cherry highlights, hinting at an overt aggressiveness in flavor. The small head stays throughout.

Smell: Just a faint malty darkness.

Taste: Pure Scotch ale power. Toffee and caramel, along with chocolate notes and a smokey, hoppy, oaken cheap scotch fire like someone stubbed out a cigarette on your tongue. That's what I expect from a Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel: Heavy at first, then the alcohol runs for the back of the neck.

Drinkability: I could do it again and probably will, but not all night long.

godlessape, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy chestnut color with a very small off-white head that fades to lacing.

S: Has a dark fruit and malt aroma with traces of spice and sweetness. Very subtle hint of alcohol, not overpowering.

T: taste is a mixture of dark fruit and alcohol with some malt and a touch of spicy sweetness.

F: Medium body, very smooth and quite creamy. Has a pleasant warming feeling.

D: Great sipping brew on a cold winter night. Good example of the style.

soju6, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of tgorgz
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark carmel colour, not many bubbles. It started off with a two-finger head, and then dissipated into a half-finger with lingering lacing.
S: Not as malty as I expected, but with an abundance of caramel.
T:At the beginning, it's sweet-but not overpoweringly so. The middle is filled with caramel and toffee, but more so on the caramel. This is promptly followed by the appearance of the oaken flavours found in Scotch whiskey, and the beer finishes in this way.
M: Pleasantly thick and quite chewy. It moves well throughout the mouth, and the taste of oak definitely lingers on your palate. At 8.5%, I would have expecting more of a boozy taste than I got- not that I mind not having it.
D: Very drinkable, but I wouldn't put this one down too quickly. Definitely quite enjoyable

tgorgz, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with illegible bottling date poured into a New Belgium snifter on 16/12/2010. Judging by how aggressive this particular beer was, and because it's one of Founders flagship beers, I would guess that it wasn't too old.

Appearance 3/5
Molten copper and rusty hued with a medium tan head. Medium retention and lacing, and lots of disgusting chunks!

Aroma 4/5
A very delicious aroma comprising of caramel, toast, perfumy alcohol, dessert. Much like Scotch whisky, with bready beerness to it.

Taste 4/5
Flavorful and aromatic with the same notes that were present in the aroma, but a tad too bitter and astringent from roasted barley/malts, I am assuming. Fairly roasty and cleansing finish but some sweetness manages to linger. Fruity flavors in the after breath that are akin to Scotch. Quite astringent towards the end, but without the wood.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Low carbonation, which is proper; the body is thinner than what I'd like. A stronger body and sweetness are terribly needed in my opinion.

Drinkability 3.5/5
Not bad, but the malt complexity wavers, faced with strong, one-dimensional roastiness.

tewaris, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mahogany.. Half finger of offwhite head.. Leaves nice lace..

S: chocolate, sweet malts, woody notes, scotch characteristics.. Caramel/toffee..

T: sweetness upfront. Toffee/caramel is present.. Some woody notes that remind me of scotch.. Small booze detection.. Finish has a quick pine bitterness, almost grassy with some chocolate present..

MF/D: good mf with great carbonation.. Just a bit chewy mf.. The abv is very well hidden & makes this very drinkable..

I didn't think I'd like this beer all too much, but damn do I like this beer a lot!

aval89, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle in to a thistle/tulip glass resembling and looking identical to characteristics of it's Backwards Bastard cousin, dark nut brown with red hues, almost guinness like bubbles of tiny quality. Minimal lacing, with possibly being slightly darker than Backwoods.

Smell is quite closed and muted. Not much going on, clean though, and a faint first whiff mostly of grass and a soapy quality. That seems odd for a scotch ale? There is some malt, but then also strangely enough some cumin.

Taste is alright, slight fainted smoke, tobacco and ashen in the finish. No biscuity chew, and little malt on the taste to speak of it seems.

Not that keen on having another one, but I know I've had worse scotch ales...

I am actually re reviewing this because I've had this with a cleaner palate without tasting another beer (Backwoods) before hand. My grade is definitely too low on this for this one, and I found other things on it after trying it again without tasting it's Backwoods cousin first. I could drink this no problem anytime.

smakawhat, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark red color, almost into abyss territory, with about a half to one finger head that lasted about 10 seconds until it withered away to nothing. After a while I started to see that this was a mildly cloudy brew.

S: Butterscotch, caramel, a tinge of salt, a good bit of dark malt, and some sweet bread or fresh cake smell. There was also a hint of booze.

T: Not as good as the smell because of the booze. The alcohol killed some of the wonderful dessert-like notes that I got on the nose.

M: Very thick, almost into barleywine territory. The carbonation was low, which paved the way to a much boozier taste IMO. The sugary elements lingered quite a bit (which I kind of liked), but the lacing was non-existent and I found it impossible to summon up another head, even after twirling the glass.

D: Admittedly, this is not my favorite style in the world, but I do truly love the bourbonized version of this one, "Backwoods Bastard."

Chaney, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of TheBear11D
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass at Founder's

Pours a dark chestnut amber brown with a tan beige head that left decent lacing.

The smell is fairly dominated by the roasted malts and chocolate with alcohol also a little noticeable.

Great flavor! Chocolate malts, bourbon and a touch of caramel can be picked up quickly. The alcohol gives this beer a kick and hangs on in the end, but in a pleasing fashion.

Medium to thick body with light carbonation.

This beer is quite enjoyable. I don't believe I have rated one out of the bottle yet, but I have had several six packs. It was great to have it on tap.

TheBear11D, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of hopstradamus
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a deep, hazy, amber color with a reddish hue. I poured aggressively and still wasn't able to get much head from this one.

S. The smell is smoky, and sweet with just the slightest hints of wet cardboard and something sour.

T. Smooth and dull, the taste is bready and dry. It is malty and bready up front, and a little smoky in the finish with a noticeable hop bitterness through the middle.

M. Medium mouthfeel and chewier than I expected. This beer seems to have so little carbonation it is almost flat.

D. While there is nothing offensive about this beer, there is nothing memorable either. On a positive note, the 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

hopstradamus, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large DFH Snifter (number 7 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A dark brown ale with amber edges- very little head that morphed in seconds to very thin lace, foamy on the edges. Lace lasted nicely and clung well to the glass during consumption.

Amazing smells- dried apricot, toffee, caramel- sweet dried fruits dominate, finishing with sweet malt/molasses. Tastes even more complex- rasins, figs, butterscotch, and malt. The alcohol is noticeable on the edges. Thick and chewy- and I never thought I would use that word to rate an ale. It fits with this one!

This brew feels full, but a bit on the flat side. Complex, but a good warmer on a winter day. Not sure I'd have more than a few.

CraftAleRookie, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of cfrivera1
1.85/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Smells ok and for the first couple of seconds after sipping it actually tastes pretty darn good - smooth and creamy - chocolaty! But immediately after that, it left a real nasty-paint-thinner-like-vinegary after taste. Couldn't finish bottle - I was VERY disappointed and decided to stick with mojitos the rest of the evening (Christmas Eve). Just for kicks, I decided to give it another shot today - no change - starts out super delicious to the palate, but finishes with a super vinegary bitter bite which literally makes you shake your head and wonder "WTF? What happened here you dirty bastard?" To each his/her own.

cfrivera1, Dec 25, 2010
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,658 ratings.