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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,506
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 179
Gots: 683 | 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 professorninja
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this at Drinks Over Dearborn, and it was awesome. Dark, slight whiskey flavor. Rich, smooth and the kind of beer that sticks with you after you drink one. Something I would pair with steak.

But then I got a bottle at D4, and it was flat and kind of dulled of flavor. I don't know if it was just an old bottle they had lying around, or what. I'm assuming as much, because I really liked the bottle I had bought from the store, and plan on getting some more.

professorninja, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very solid dark brown color with almost no head and very light lacing. light carbonation that is barely noticable. it has very carmel-nutty like flavor, maybe even a little bit of a coffee and chocolate taste but not much. very bitter and extremely flavorful. all around a fantastic beer.

berpwillie, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Greenst82
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel reddish brown, murky. Head is off white, reminds me of coffee.

S - Rich and malty, nutty, wood, also coffee/toffee like aromas.

T - Very malty. Roasted nutty flavors. Somewhat bitter coffee aftertaste that's very nice. ABV also somewhat apparent. Bitter chocolate flavors coming through too.

M - Nice and full, smooth finish. Feel great to be drinking.

D - Pretty sure this is the first scotch ale that I've ever had. Really enjoyed it but would probably put my limit at two of these.

Greenst82, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint size glass. With dark brownish color and an abundant tan head. Strong scents of sweet caramel, brown sugar and sweet apples. The taste is somewhat overwhelming strong malts, sweet fruit dark fruits, chocolates, and roasted nuts. Very little hop profile, hops take a back seat. Mouthfeel is very heavy and the alcohol steps forward in this beer. This beer has a lot of taste but limited drinkable nature.

mtnbikerpa, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**50th Beer Review**

A: Dark ruby/brown. Very interesting color. Seems slightly hazy. Minimal off white head that fads very quick to a thicker film and collar. Decent amount of little bubble lacing.

S: Lots of carmel and toffee malt. Candied cherries. Almost reminds me off a single malt scotch. It does have a slight alcohol smell to it too.

T: Again, lots of sweet toffee malt to start. Honey and dark cherries. A little nutty/earthy flavor too. Not overly sweet by any means though. It has a nice hop backbone which is odd because its usually the other way around (hops then malt) Bitterness from the hops at the end to give some great balance. Nice long finish, a little boozey, but in a good way.

M/D: Medium-full body. Feels very smooth and silky. Carbonation has the tiny/fine bubble thing going on that ads to the smooth texture. Pretty good drinkability. I drank this one pretty quick since its so damn tasty.

Being a scotch whisky fan, I really enjoyed this. Reminded me of a Highland single malt.

herman77, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: cloudy dark mess

smell: heavy rich malt flavor

taste: malt bomb, nice heavt caramel and roasted malt sweetness, not over loaded at all though. had a nice bitterss to counter

mouthfeel: full bodied but not chalky like I get from some import scotch ales, slow drinking

drinkability: not a fan of the style but this was nice

CampusCrew, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a disappointing head, settles into a light ring. The aroma is a bit woodsy and has hints of brown sugar. Nice aroma just wish it was stronger. The taste is of chocolate milk, wet bark, light roasted malt and smoke and some brown sugar sweetness. Very nice flavors. Solid malt body, a bit chewy, decent carbonation, smooth, finishes with a light bitterness. A good scotch ale, not the heaviest nor flavorful but pretty darn good. Founders knows how to brew a dang drinkable brew, no matter the style.

Gmann, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark reddish-brown, nice off-white head. Many carbonation bubbles floating up and sticking to the sides of the glass. Tons of sediment. Leaves some lacing. Smell is very malty, caramel, slight coffee-ish/roasty smell. Wow this is much better than I remember it being. The malts are excellent, a great chocolate/caramel taste with a bit of spiciness, a bit of dark fruit. That "cola" taste I always seem to get from scotch ales (maybe just the caramel?). The malts are definitely king here. You can sense a hint of the hops and the 50 IBUs but it just gets trampled by sweet malts. Mouthfeel gets an easy 5 from me, one of the most smoothest, velvety beers I have ever drank. I remember there being quite a bit of alcohol taste the first time I had it but this time I am getting none whatsoever. Drinkability, usually a beer of this style is kind of a sipper for me, but here before I knew it it's nearly gone. This is my 3rd time having it (twice in the bottle, once on-tap) and I enjoyed it the most this time around by far. Usual excellence from Founders, I'd love to try Backwoods sometime.

Chico1985, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backwoods Bastard was simply an amazing beer. I had that before I had this.
A- Deep, yet clear ruby red. An off white head rises slowly and fades. Im only getting a little bit of lacing.

S- Caramel corn, chocolate powder, a slight butteriness. Its mostly all malts. Its smooth, silky and earthy.

T- Sweet and malty, but there is a slight hop finish. Lots more of that butter, caramel, faint chocolate and some alcohol and hops spice on the finish. The finish is actually VERY spicy and herbal for this style.

M- Carbonation towards the low end, body towards the full end. Its pretty silky. Very clean finish. Not sticky and not dry.

D- Some what boozy. This isnt really a session style so this isnt really a session beer.

MbpBugeye, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with very little head.
S: Smells of malt and chocolate fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, the taste is malty and chocolaty, with a bit of sweetness, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels medium bodied on the palate and the finish is a bit warming. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's rather drinkable and the alcohol was well hidden.

metter98, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of vtbeast34
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great ruby red color and light aroma. This beer has a stronger Irish Red flavor, but my favorite aspect is how it finishes like a Stout, almost a coffee aftertaste without being bitter. I enjoyed this beer, and Irish Reds are not my preferred beer type.

vtbeast34, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of david18
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I had the Centennial and wasn't impressed. i had the pale ale and the porter and was blown away.

I'm not a big scotch ale fan but Founders is among the best I've had. The color is dark brown, like a brown ale, good aroma and great mouthfeel. If you like Scotch Ale this is one of my favorites.

david18, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of SykDoc
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy very dark amber/brown color. A 1/4 inch yellowish-tan head forms and reduces to a spotty lacing. Minimal sediment.

The aroma is quite good with notes of caramel malt sweetness mixed with banana bread. Some vanilla and oakiness is noted.

There is a caramel malt sweetness to this one with some nutty, oaky notes. There is an odd bite to this that I believe is a piney hops component mixed with alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. Carbonation is reasonable and balances out the flavor a bit. A pleasant dryness at the end that cleans off the hit of bitterness.

This is a good beer but is just seems a bit off from a balance standpoint. The high ABV mixed with the lack of balance makes it a little more difficult to have multiples.

SykDoc, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark and cloudy reddish-brown color. One finger head with little retention (gentle pour) and little visible carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted and nutty malts. Caramel and chocolate, with molasses sweetness. Cider flavors as well. Some dark yeast esters.

Taste: Bitter alcohol bite to start, with dark fruit sweetness and a chocolate edge. Caramel roasted malts. Very long linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a tingly alcohol bite up front and out back.

Drinkability: A good scotch ale, with a good amount of alcohol bite. Good malt flavors, with a darker sweetness.

Buy Again? Yes.

jonziefle, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of SeasonalBrew
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head after an aggressive pour. When held up to the light, the color looks more of an orange. The cap disappears after a bit and there is not very much lacing.

S: Not very upfront. It takes multiple sniffs to get the huge array of malts that are in this beer. Not very complex, but the malts do smell very well.

T: First off is definitely some caramel malts. The malt profile is intriguing and spicy, but not overwhelming. There isn't much else to the taste but malts. Maybe a hint of fruit (to me, apples) and a slight bitterness at the end.

M: Thicker and almost creamy. Some bread-like chewiness. Finishes nicely.

D: For the abv it is fairly drinkable. I find myself searching for something else along with the malts. Enjoyable, just not my favorite Founders beer.

SeasonalBrew, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair brew even if it feels like a bit of of an unbalanced Scotch ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Old fashion design around the illustration of a solarized head of a man, the dirty bastard... with a faint Scottish pattern in the background. Shows bottling date (12/09/09), IBUs (50), and Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber brown color

S - Nose is very subdued, almost non-existent, and offers very little. Sweet malt, and a a boozy whiff. In fact the alcohol ends up predominating over everything else.

T - Sweet caramel malt, a minimal note of fruit over a biting hoppy component that feels slightly off. The malt profile is nice but a bit flat, and is picked up by an assertive boozy note.

M - Medium body with nice and tiny carbonation leaving a tingly finish that is burdened by a bit of a harsh alcohol prominence.

D - Not bad as an assertive brew with pretty rough edges, but short in balance or nuances.

Notes: Hmmm. a bit of a disappointment as a Scotch ale. It´s a fair brew but it is well short of what might be expected of the style, or a rich free interpretation, let alone what the narrative on the six-pack promises: Complex finish with hints of smoke and peat. There is nothing of it. But the six-pack albeit a bit boring is drinkable if not particularly worth seeking forth. Maybe time will mellow the alcohol profile a bit and have a nice and maybe richer malty profile?

Daniellobo, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured about a quarter inch of loosely packed fizzy light tan foam. quickly fell to a ring and large floating island of big bubbles. the beer is crystal clear, dark burnt amber/ruby colored.

S - lots of sweetness off the bat, sweet malts, loads of caramel brown sugar, vanilla...s light spice and peat smokiness lingers towards the end. a bit of booze here as well.

T - sweetness kicks off with a big gulp of caramel joined by some plums, other dark fruits. more earthy flavors in the middle...peat, vanilla, very light milk chocolate. finishes with a healthy dose of warming alcohol, subtle earthy hops, slight sour=y bourbon twang, and a slight smokiness.

M - best pat right here, insanely creamy...possibly the most ive ever experienced in a beer. subtle, but tight and lively carbonation propels the drink to all corners of the mouth.

D - not a favorite style of mine, but this is quite yummy and a fair representation of the style. incredible mouthfeel makes this very comforting on a chilly spring evening. interested to see how a couple of these do with some time on them as there's 5 left in my fridge.

Stigs, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of backfat
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one was kind of hard to come by in the area, even though founders is readily distributed here.
pours a cloudy copper with highlights of amber and a one finger off white head and impressive lace. smells sweet and bready with strong aromas of caramel malt and biscuit tones, really appealing. tastes dominated by toffee and roasted sweetness. a little bready with a robust backround. nice and flavorful. i will be getting this beer again.

backfat, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with some nice red highlight shining through. Had about an inch of beige head, goes away quickly and leaves some top notch lacing.

S - Big sweet malt flavors with a bit of molasses and dark bread.

T - Sweet and bitter, good combo. Molasses, hops, and malts, oh my.

M - Slick mouthfeel like cooking oil mixed with a bit of butter.

D - Goes down easy and more bitter than I thought, I can see why this gets solid reviews most of the time.

semibaked, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark color with intense ruby red color when held to the light. A tan head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with caramel notes. Alcohol is apparent. Nutty aromas as well (although I could not pick out which nut precisely).

T: A roasted malt flavor dominates the first taste. Some diacetyl which leads to a buttery experience; however, this may be the complexities of 'caramel' in the beer that I am confusing for diacetyl. A moderate amount of sweetness, but never over-bearing.

M: Full bodied with a chewy viscosity. A balanced bitterness (predominantly from the malt and not hops) that remains pleasantly briefly. A creamy flavor. Dry finish.

Notes: Charlie from Five Points Bottle Shop told me that Founders was one of the top 3 breweries in the country right now. After experiencing this Scotch Ale, I am inclined to agree. I have been searching for a brew that I could enjoy on a regular basis. And if only they had a version of this that was about half the ABV, I would have found my brew. This is a great beer, one of my favorites. I am stoked that I have 5 more in this pack to enjoy. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

kevinjosephlee, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The short little beer was a nice mahogany color. The beer poured a tan head that was unimpressive. The smell of the beer was caramel and sweet. It tasted sweet also and was high in alcohol. I will try this beer again though as I was not sure if Liked it or not. I only had a half of one so I will come back to this one.

Minkybut, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of HopHooligan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been saving this one for a couple of months, so its slightly aged

a- Awesome cherry tint, very little foam when poured from a bottle. little lacing.

s- Not much of a sent, dried berries and slight alcohol came through after a little sniffing

t- A immediate scotch/ whiskey bite but softened by a toasty grain and sweet malt taste. Ends with the fruit dried fruit mentioned in the smell category.

m- Large body for a ale, medium to low carbonation, yet bubbles seem to stay in the mouth.

d- Very nice drinkability, nice n smooth

HopHooligan, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 02/12/10

pours dark copper with a big 2 finger tan head that had good retention and covered the glass with lacing

smell is pretty faint all i could pick up on was some carmel malts

taste - this has to be the best scotch ale out there - rich malts carmel nutty brown sugar some dark fruit - booze - and the hops are there because the beer has a good amount of bitterness to it

mouthfeel - has a medium body low carbonation but not flat - very creamy and smooth

drinkability is good - i would limit my self to only 1 or 2 in a session

jsh420, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single last week and had it last night during a session with a buddy. Poured a rich reddish dark brown with a thin head. Light lacing in the glass. Smelled sweet with malts and candy. Taste was smooth and darkly sweet with slight whiskey finish. Hints of raisin and chocolate. Mouthfeel was thick and a bit creamy. Drinkability was only ok for me as this is not my style. 1, maybe 2 of these on a good night.

kalkavekkian, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of hops1337
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a gift from beertunes, Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, it was dark brown with a light brown head and decent lacing. Smell was sweet malt with some fruit in the background. Taste was nice, im not a huge fan of the style but this was quite good. Had what i would call a cough syrupy mouthfeel but with a tangy hop finish. Recommended if you can find it. Thanks T!

hops1337, Mar 16, 2010
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,506 ratings.