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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,402
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 178
Gots: 636 | FT: 23
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 wingedeel


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

i have had this on tap, and from the bottle many times, I much prefer this one on tap, but it is a damn fine beer either way.

Nice brown color. Fantastic malty flavor up front, but with a lingering hop taste in the background. The "scotch" flavor is rather subdued.

Very drinkable for a 8+ abv, and one I always return to.

11-24-2009 13:33:50 | More by wingedeel
Photo of mbudner


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a ruby, light brown color with a tremendous 3-finger off-white head. Head dissipates leaving spotty, but thick lacing and head becomes tremendously rocky as it evaporates in pockets.

S- Sweet, rich, smokey malts. Earthy, like dirt almost (and I see others have described this as moss or peat.) I get some woodiness as well though I am fairly sure this has not come into any contact with any wood at any part of the process.

T- Very smokey, nowhere near a Rauchbier, but the smokiness associated with a good single malt scotch. I scotch booziness on the back of my palate followed up by some hops bitterness (unexpected considering the big, malty flavors and 50 IBUs listed on the bottleneck.) Vanilla, caramel. A lot going on in this one, especially after an hour out of the fridge.

M- One downside is that it feels a little thin especially considering the big flavors listed above...makes you want something a little thicker in the mouthfeel department.

D- Drinks like a complex session beer. Obviously, the scotch characteristics (namely the peat) and slight amount of booze make it apparent that this is not in the 5-6% range, but it sure goes down like it could be. I think I just may go grab another

11-22-2009 03:56:41 | More by mbudner
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured a murky deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy, smoky malt.

The taste consisted of a spicy earthiness, with layers of peat smoke and caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior scotch ale.

11-14-2009 04:06:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of msubulldog25


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. twist-capped (grr!) brown bottle, poured to a pint glass...thanks, Metalmonk, for including this in a recent package. 50 IBU, a slightly higher 8.5%.

A: Murky chestnut orange-brown, little (if any) carbonation.Light tan head never approaches a finger-high but hangs around as a short film with good lace, a patchwork of stickiness.

S: Caramel/sugar sweet aroma: nutty, brown sugar, maple. Spare amount of spice to counteract a dominance of sweetness. Toasty, a little butterscotch reduction and a fleeting oak.

T: Nutty malts with an ample tangy zing, Cake-y sweetness covered in a surprisingly herbal-green spicing. Woodiness is an afterthought, but does augment the sweetness and sugared 'age'.

M: Heavier feel, a chewy/thick maltiness. Enough carbonation to build an active mouthfeel, sticking without being too malty/syrupy.

D: Not a bad sipper (at all) for a big 8.5% Scotch. Toasty warmth with plenty of spice and roasted nuts. The flavor is better than 'good', the drinkability is also better than 'good'...consume with caution, but seek it out.

11-09-2009 22:54:41 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of JohnL9013


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Pours a burnt orange with stuff in it. Decent head, nothing spectacular. Twist-off cap...really, guys? I don't know why, maybe it's my problem, but I associate twist-off caps with cheap beer and breweries that feel the need to add convenience to their bottles to sell their beer.

S: A dark malt smell, quite strong.

T: I suppose this just isn't my style of beer. It's strong like a stout, but not stouty... it's almost more like a bock, but hoppier than that, too. I don't really know what to call this stuff. The taste is strong and complex, but it just isn't very defined.

M: This beer is harsh. I felt the need to swallow it as quickly as possible. Overall, it just needs to be smoothed out somehow.

D: Moderately drinkable.

Overall, I liked this beer, and recognize that it isn't my style, but my judgement still stands that this beer could use use some re-engineering to make it a little more palatable and a little less confused.

11-08-2009 14:50:59 | More by JohnL9013
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

12oz bottle w twist-off cap. no date or batch code found. tasted in late may/early june 2009. poured into tulip.

very dark brown amber. dark ruby under the light. lots of small sediment particles despite attempt to decant. 1-finger yellowish tan head, fades to thin layer, then wisps and ring. decent lacing.

aroma: rich malty caramel, hints of... vanilla? hints of... chocolate? gentle hop whiff and trace herbs or spice.

taste: caramelized maltiness is still strong, but now met by bolder hopping (mostly still euro, but maybe a touch of american?), resinous with a relatively bold bitterness, and also showing some herbal character. maybe some peated malt? touch of booziness tho.

medium body, lightly syrupy feel, with some resins toward the finish. moderate, tingly carbonation for some additional body and flavor lift.

perhaps could tone down the hoppiness a bit (i know, it's american, but still...), and find a way to hide the alcohol better. but a decent drink nonetheless.

11-07-2009 14:28:03 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

(From Notes)

12 oz bottle at Brickskeller.

Very, almost overwhelmingly malty with a ton of sugars and a thin, noticeable yeast structure and pervasive hops.

Pours a reddish-deep orange with a 1 fine head with a touch of lacing. A bit of apple, caramel, and scotch whiskey in the smell, which comes out in the taste as a bit smokey and earthy from the smoked woods such as birch and dark fruits such as plum.

Alcohol plays a strong role in this, as does the tart malt. Very heavy, but really smooth.

11-06-2009 21:14:19 | More by TLove
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: A bit boozy and a bit sweet. Pleasant, but you instantly know this beer could be trouble.

A: Hazy brown body with a medium loose head that leaves nice lacing and light cover.

T: Ripe red fruit, raisins, and a bit of a Belgian feel. Strong -OH. Would be much better with proper masking.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. -OH keeps it from being smooth. The unmasked -OH really drags the beer down.

D: Considering the -OH this beer remains pretty easy to down. The -OH can be a bit of a hindrance.

O: Good beer, but not great. Really needs time to mellow, and then it might become great. So much potential.

11-05-2009 05:19:46 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of Casey10


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Not bad picked up at Julios while I was in MA.

A - good a redish color with a small head when poured into a glass.

S - a burbon like smell some earth like notes almost like a wheat wine.

T- strong lots of malts, dark rasian taste as well.

M it is good for the style feels stong reinsy.

D - Not bad not a big fan of the style but would drink again.

11-04-2009 05:53:50 | More by Casey10
Photo of alkemy


3.88/5  rDev -4%

Deep copper/amber color. Not much of a head. Sweet caramel malts along with a bit of fruitiness. I also began to notice some vanilla about half way through the glass. The sweet malts dominate the taste much as the smell. However, there was an additional butter note along with a hint of vanilla. Loved the creamy feel of this one. I've only had one other brew of this style and found it truly atrocious. I found this to be pretty good.

10-31-2009 22:19:30 | More by alkemy
Photo of buschbeer


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of tan head. It is ruddy brown in color. It is rich in caramel malts. The taste is much the same with some burnt, smokey flavors on the finish. I am very impressed with this beer. I have not had a lot of this style. It is very drinkable and should go quite nicely with the shepherd's pie that I have prepared.

10-31-2009 00:10:08 | More by buschbeer
Photo of afausser


4.2/5  rDev +4%

appearance--pours a dark reddish amber with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Very small amounts of lacing.

smell--sweet candy notes, caramel, and fruit. A slight hint of bourbon.

taste--Totally different from the smell. A little sweet, but mostly tart and bitter. A little smoky, earthy, and metallic. Can barely taste the alcohol.

mouthfeel--very smooth, thick, and almost creamy. minimal carbonation.

drinkability--good. not too heavy, and not hot at all. Would definitely have this one again.

10-27-2009 05:22:18 | More by afausser
Photo of adamette


3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Medium to dark brown translucent body with no or little head. 3.5

S Hops, malt, barley all kind of strong smelling. This beer will grab your attention and hold it. I like that in a beer. 4.0

T Hops, barley and of course some malt but it is buried by the bitter hops and barley. I found this version at the brewery to be stronger in character than the bottled version. 3.5

M Too "big" for me. This is a tart, rather unbalanced beer with the bitter hops, barley. 2.5

D Fair to me since it is such a "big" beer. 3.0

10-19-2009 02:48:42 | More by adamette
Photo of ujsplace


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into an over sized pint glass.

A: Brown brew that has an orange/red overtone, which is also evident in the head coloration as well. The head is incredibly thick and leaves an amazing amount of lacing and a thick, chunky pillow-like island in the middle of the glass.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of fruit.

T: Toasted malt sweetness, maybe a bit of coffee bitterness and a descent alcohol presence.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D: Despite the abv, this is a very good scotch ale. A nice brew for this time of year. I could easily sit back with a few of these...

10-18-2009 00:37:52 | More by ujsplace
Photo of dfillius


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields minimal head with zero retention. Hazy reddish brown liquid. No sound when uncapped also - maybe due to twist off? More head please.
S: Sweet caramel toffee, some chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Some cooked squash is the only negative. MALTY! Tiny bit of alcohol.
T: Smoky, a tad roasty. Sweet with a slight lactic sourness. Tasty nut not terrific.
M: Warm, creamy, flat?
D: Good, but not great. I would not order another or buy a sixer.

10-17-2009 23:05:04 | More by dfillius
Photo of naterock


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

poured into a snifter with minimal head and a deep brown color. a reddish hue when held to light.

Smells richly of malt and a scotch with a hop bite in the background. Sweet sugary malt and currants.

Taste is huge. big upfront malt sweetness but bitters in the end with a scotch finish. Sweet then bitter. Really nice and not complicated. This is a straightforward, solid brew from founders. They haven't let me down yet.

10-11-2009 18:31:25 | More by naterock
Photo of GordonQuid


3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

On tap pint.

Cloudy dark copper, frothy one inch head dissapates to a wisp of white, slight clinging lace.

Smells of dark roasted malts and warrior hops. Pungent and strong earthy notes.

Taste is strong alcohol upfront with roasted burnt caramel and sharp high alpha hops. Not as blended as i would like a scotch ale to be. This is more in your face characteristics. Very strong not for the light hearted beer drinker.

10-08-2009 19:34:20 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of Gruntlumber


2.33/5  rDev -42.3%

Is this one of those beers that I should pretend to like? Afterall, it has a high ABV, it's a dark burnt amber in color, and the label/name is cool. The name is actually quite accurate in my opinion...tastes dirty. The smell is truly horrendous. If you let it sit for a few minutes and let the fumes build up in the glass before you take a wiff, wow, it is not pleasant. I think that's what did it for me: the smell. It's a hard to drink beer, but you plunge through it because you paid $10 for a sixer. It would be a challenge to choke down more than one of these tonight. As I work my way to the bottom, the smell is seeming to dissipate somewhat, which helps a tad on drinkability. Sorry, this will never be in my fridge again. I think I'll go have the Samichlaus I've been saving for 2 years.

10-08-2009 01:41:42 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of JAA


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a quite cloudy, luscious dark caramel color. The thin head was a bit of a let down, but i'll let it slide because of the style.

Smells also of caramel, lots of malt, and just a hint of chocolate. A bit of apples, but it could just be the caramel's sweetness.

A big creamy malti-caramel body slides effortlessly onto your tongue and down your throat. Alcohol is almost un-perceived. A lingering hop bitterness provides an intriguing aftertaste which provokes an urge to take another sip.

Drinkability is good, not great. I don't think i would choose this over old chub. The best feature of this beer is the way the creamy mouthfeel complements the unoffensive smooth malt taste.

10-07-2009 23:39:47 | More by JAA
Photo of Vixie


4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a somewhat cloudy deep red. There is very little head, what there is dissipates very quickly.

Smell was very malty. Came across as a nice toasty malt smell, with just a touch of a sweet smell.

Has a bit of a complex taste. There's fruit in there, coffee, and chocolate. Picking up a hint of apple, and has a spicey hoppy finish.

Nice solid feel to it, it quickly expands in my mouth with a lot of flavors.

Very much a sipper, as it's a bit hoppier than I usually prefer. This is the first beer of this style I have tried, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. Definitely a serious beer, like the label indicates, not for the faint of heart.

10-07-2009 22:23:07 | More by Vixie
Photo of whynot44


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Nice clear mahogany color with a decent light tan head that retains fairly well and produces a bit of nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, toffee, plums, coffee and hints of smoke.

The taste is also a blast of maltiness -caramel, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, maybe a bit of dark chocolate and fruit. The finish is slightly dry with notes of dark toast, coffee, pine needles and a definite alcohol kicker.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth, drinkable but more suited to after dinner on a cold winter day. Almost a winter warmer.

10-06-2009 05:32:42 | More by whynot44
Photo of Thorpe429


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

On tap at Rustico in September 2009.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The smell is quite enticing with overpowering roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a little bit of wood and vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. The taste is all the same with the malts dominating. Medium-bodied and smooth, this one was very, very drinkable.

10-05-2009 18:59:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured a nice amber with a a full beige head and some good rings.

Really dug for the scent on this one and did not find it. Some sweet honeyed malt aromas and a little smoky-roasted sweet malt.

The flavors were pleasant, but I was a bit underwhelmed by their strength. Honeyed elements, toffee, toasted grain, some hops rear their head, and some alcohol burn. Just a a bit too subtle.

And a little thinner than expected. Not a horrible thing, just not to my liking.

Overall I liked it, but not above some others of the style. Wouldn't refuse but won't seek again.

10-05-2009 16:49:56 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of dstc


4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a very dark ruby color with a foamy tan head. Falls slow, nice retention.

Sweet op aroma with hops present.

Sweet malt taste with oily hops showing up immediately. Ending with a hop taste and mild bitterness.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with simple carbonation.

Nice to drink, very tasty. I like it.

09-27-2009 20:09:48 | More by dstc
Photo of slyke


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Founders Dirty Bastard pours a lovely mahogany color with a half-inch of tan head. Good lacing.

The smell of this beer is lovely; it reminds me of the aroma of a good scotch whisky - smoky malt, a bit of alcohol. A smell that warms you.

The taste is very malty with that smokiness and a bit of alcohol as well. This would be a good cold weather beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a little tang at the front and back of the taste.

Drinkability is good. Wicked good. It would be easy to put a few of these down in short order.

09-26-2009 17:06:35 | More by slyke
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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