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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,181
Reviews: 1,592
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 164
Gots: 539 | FT: 20
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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 luciusgilmer


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip glass. Second tasting: bottle poured into large mug.

A: Rich color, short head that dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin lacing. A deep brown amber.

S: Not a strong smell, but pleasantly hop scented. Second tasting: now I'm noticing a sweetness, too.

T: A good rich taste; the malts are rather heavy, and can be a bit bitter in the back of the mouth, but there are several flavors as you taste the beer, mostly toasty with a bit of coffee. Several more sips reveal some new facets of taste. Second tasting was much better, with hints of sweetness throughout.

M: A nice heft to this, and some pleasant carbonation. Second tasting: this now seems like what I'm looking for in carbonation and balance. Excellent.

D: It's a bit bitter for my taste, but I kept getting new flavors off successive tastes, so it had my interest. I'd try it again.

Second tasting: I obviously revisited this beer, and my impression of it did go up from an already high grade. I am looking forward to another tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:44:16 | More by luciusgilmer
Photo of CrellMoset


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Federal, Durham, NC. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy, ruddy brown with a gorgeous one-finger head with absolutely fantastic lacing. A definite improvement over the bottled version, which is probably the result of fresher ...

Aroma: Hops! Way more hops in this version than the bottled version, and much fresher smelling on the whole. That being said, it's unfortunately pretty faint overall. Toasty, with coffee, light chocolate, butterscotch, faint alcohol, and the aforementioned hops. Kick it up a notch!

Taste: Still fresher, hoppier. Malty, of course - roasty, toffee, French toast, maple syrup, butterscotch. Some heavier malts, as well - chocolate, light, springy coffee. About a dozen or so other light fruity esters lend a nice complex ethereal quality to it. Other grassy and light citrus notes. It's very well balanced, really. Pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, medium-to-big bodied, with tons of milky notes.

Drinkability: The abv% is a little up there, but not really for the style, so that's fine. A step up over the bottled version, in my opinion, as the hops really add a lot to this one. The great maltyness of the bottled version is still there though - definitely a winner from Founders. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 02:28:36 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Mauerhan


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

as i sit here waiting for game one of the angels red sox to start i reach for a new friend. founders dirty bastard.

pours a nice brown color. decent head off a rough pour.

game has started so now for a condensed review.

very malty smell. sweet even

taste is full flavored. rich roasted malty goodness. very complex.

interesting mouth feel. slighty high carbonation. thick. full. rich.

pretty drinkable. i wouldnt have more than two in a night but still would have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 02:13:23 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of jwinship83


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- hazy ruby color body with a tiny beige colored sticky head.

S- some scotch like alcohol is the first thing i notice. very earthy as well. maybe a bit of smoke in there too. certainly different.

T- very heavy on the booze. the scotch like quality is in the taste as well. just as earthy. the alcohol taste is a little strong. warms all the way down.

M- like a full bodied more tolerable glass of scotch after the ice has been melted

D- this one is unlike the other beers of this style ive enjoyed. much more over the top and aggressive. some might like that, but im glad i only got this one as a single instead of a sixer. its just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 03:56:43 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Lenny2884

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger thick tannish, brown head that leaves nice lacing. Smells like dark caramel and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and toffee, slight alcohol aroma. Malt flavor is very complex. Roasted malts take the forefront followed by the nice caramel malt sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol hits as I swallow and it goes down warm. Good hop spiceyness as well, plays nicely with the malt. This is my first experience with a scotch ale but an enjoyable one at that. The high alcohol is a nice plus, but it drinks lighter than its 8.3%. I'd try this again. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:54:43 | More by Lenny2884
Photo of KeefD


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark brown color with orange highlights on the edges of the glass. Not much in the way of foam and lacing is light. Nice boozy, fruity aroma, lots of dark malt notes in the nose. Malty, malty, and more malty. Roasted malts galore on the tongue, hints of chocolate, burnt caramel and toffee, a slight hop bitterness towards the end. Some background notes of coffee. Semi-sweet up front and dry on the finish. Very well-balanced. Thick and smooth feeling, just dances across the tastebuds. Carbonation is low which is perfect for the style. This brew is just ridiculously tasty. If you're a malt lover, this one is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 18:54:36 | More by KeefD
Photo of PhxHorn


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is medium brown, like a Coke, with slight head. Smells lightly of malt and caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel, toffee, just a bit too much sweetness for me (but that's how I feel about the style in general). A fine scotch ale, which for me means it's not as sweet as some of them. Not one I'd like to drink more than one of, due to the sweetness, but fans of the style will like this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 18:11:24 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of bahumutx


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours brown with minimal head and highlights.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel. There is a slight alcohol aroma at the end but not to over powering. There is also toffee and a nice sweetness in the aroma.

Taste: Starts nice and sweet. In the middle there is the flavor of caramel and a nice nuttiness. End with a roasted malt/coffee flavor and some bitterness to balance out the sweetness. There is also a very slight hint of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very flavorful scotch ale. Due to the high ABV I would only drink about 2 of these in a sitting.

This is another fantastic beer from Founders. Keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 23:51:54 | More by bahumutx
Photo of treyrab


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into my snifter-style glass...

A: Dark ruby red and caramel color with minimal head and only slight carbonation creeping up the sides. Some decent lacing, but the doesn't even leave a disk.

S: The smell is very complex with caramel, whiskey, booze. No hops noticed in the nose.

T: The taste is pretty complex as well. The whiskey (I guess scotch in this case) is definitely present. There is also a sweet caramel taste that comes through. That sweetness is not balanced by the hops though. The booze is really noticeable in this one, not blended well.

Overall, a pretty good beer that definitely tastes of whiskey. I would try this again...pick it up if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 23:02:53 | More by treyrab
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown in color. Theres a nice half inch of beige head sitting atop after the pour. It quickly recedes to a ring of froth. Smell is wonderful. Very incredible malts and a nice scotch like, peaty scent. Taste is more velvety smooth malt. Some toffee and some liquor like qualities. Very smooth with just a hint of hop bite at the end. Incredible beer. No hint of the ABV while drinking. I could drink this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 01:15:34 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of oneredarm


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured Deep Amber. Two finger head subsided to a thin layer. Very little carbonation

Smell - Nice malty aroma and Alcohol.

Taste - Good mixture of malt and hops with more emphasis on the hops without over doing it.

Mouthfeel - Solid in the mouth with good viscosity. Chewy at the end.

Drinkability - All night drinker for sure. Of course the night would have to be short due to high ABV. Dangerously good. Be sure to get a designated driver.

This is a great beer and Founder's flagship brew. This one gets me by when they run out of Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This is my default beer when nothing else sounds good. Good any time.

Temp - 45 degrees
Glassware - Large red wine glass

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 00:32:14 | More by oneredarm
Photo of IBUnit63


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, rustic bourbon/mahogany body. Head looks like thick coffee ice cream at first, but yeastiness dissipates rather quickly.

Oooh...the alcohol sweetness, the powerful apples and strength of roasted malt. The oiliness of it all, including a bit of grassy and piney hops and a faint amount of bourbon barrell character.

Sweetness on the palate is more background fodder than on the nose comparing to other Scotch Ales. This is about the roast and malt - deep, dark coffee malt. An emergence of hop grass and earthabounds. Alcohol is rather faint but this is still wonderfully viscous. With warmth, alcohol makes a comeback in a Scotch sort of way.

Quite satisfying to the palate. Malt-forwardness and Beautiful Chemistry with hop bitterness are all working in lock-step. Decent finish. Complex as well; alcohol burn adds to intrigue when combined with outer layers.

As I sip this and put my thoughts to paper and glass, I can't wait to rturn to my trusty Cab glass for more. A very enjoyable sipping brew that drinks quite lightly.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 06:49:14 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly murky red body, topped by a level biege finger of fuzzy foam table top that decays semi-rapidly.

Sweet aroma, heavy on biscuit, some bakers candy.

Sweet beginning, but a very good sweet, plenty of depth to it. Good strong dose of earthy herbaly hops balance the sweet but never overwhelm.

Smooth, full mouthfeel. Nice and chewy. Good drinkability, better than many of the style.

Nicely done, and nice to see the style so out front from a high profile brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 03:16:27 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Duffman


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown hue, that appears black at first but when put to the light reveals a reddish brown color not far short of black. Nose is oaky with hints of cherry and sweet maltiness. Roasted coffee and chocolate can be detected as well. A very complex and robust scent profile. Taste is quite rounded with a malty sweetness. Coffee, cherry, nut and flavors come through. Reall has scotch tastes to it: a smoky and woody profile fit for the harsh terroir of scotland. A medium-to-full bodied ale that has a long malty finish. Drinkable but a bit heavy and not something that can be consumed readily despite the great smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:36:48 | More by Duffman
Photo of wagenvolks


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Appearance is a dark, near-black body with a thin veil of light khaki head. Good retention, but not much lacing left behind on the pint glass. A nicely crafted aroma brings notes of peaty malts, sour milk chocolate, and a kiss of hoppiness.

The taste is also above par for the style, with some caramel & toffee added to the chocolatey goodness. Some malty peat notes pair with a semi-bitter, floral hoppiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, with a velvety-smooth finish and a delicate sourness. All in all, a good brew -recommended- that I'm likely to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 19:22:48 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of glid02


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend who brought this all the way down from Champaign, IL. Very much obliged.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight tan head that dissipates very quickly into a ring around the glass. Has some amber hues when held up to the light. Virtually no lacing.

Smells pretty good. Lots of chocolate notes, with a good bready and sweet malt. Very nice.

Tastes much like it smells, with some bitterness at the end. There's also a slight caramel taste in there, along with a little smokiness. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very good thickness, but I would like just a touch more carbonation.

Drinkability is great. There are a lot of flavors working and there's something different every sip. Try this out if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:10:43 | More by glid02
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Strong pour into the glass and first thing I saw was a khaki dark head that wasnt going anywhere. Thick looking, dark auburn. Cherry oak wood coloring that left good looking lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer to start.

N: Dried dates and figs. Sweet malts combined with the sweet smoke. In the long run, leaves you anticipating sweetness in the flavor.

T: Breads and dried figs. A combination of marshmallows, some hops and a whole lot of dried fruits- figs, dates, burnt sugar. As it warmed, the shocking sweetness calmed down a bit that actually made it less of a fun beer.

The hops put up a battle against the malts, tangy molasses and eventually poke their head out for a howdya do.
May be due to the color of this one, but Im left with the flavor of dried and some fresh cranberries over anything else toward the end of the glass.

M: Thick and creamy that left a chewy mouth coating. Burn on the tongue was warming.

D: Can definitely catch the alcohol from the sweetness in the malts but I find the smokines to be the strongest and most appealing quality. Not a favorite but probably has its place and represents the style quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:20:27 | More by marcpal
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders has finally landed in North Carolina! On-tap at Raleigh's Flying Saucer. Served a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin diminishing head. Aoma rich toasted malts, burnt caramel, molasses, and dried fruit. The taste is dominated by dried fruits and burnt toast. The beer is on the heavy side of medium and is a bit on the sour side. This one is certainly worth trying and appreciable for the style, but it's not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 18:39:50 | More by atsprings
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Tawny brown body with a thick off-white two finger head. Good staying power and spotty lacing.

Caramel malts dominate. Rich dark fruits and a touch of spice round out the back end.

Rich dark fruit, sweet malts and alcohol.

Velvety and smooth. Full body and creamy.

A sipper beer for sure, but real easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 14:45:58 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness/brewing date/best before etc. info to be had. Typical founders stubby bottle and twist off cap. Pours a rich shade of dark rummy amber, clear, under a dark tan, tightly knit head and scattered light lacing. Nose is richly of malts, nuts and a hint of smoked up bourbon. This one is tasty, bold and loaded with darker malts, smoke, nuts, some wood and then a long smooth, malty sweet and also drying finish. Big time beer from a consistently top notch brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:12:56 | More by Billolick
Photo of Natural510


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber-brown, nearly opaque. Good creamy head which lingers.
Smells sweet with molasses/brown sugar and malts.
Very malty, a nice toastiness backed by a medium sweetness of brown sugar and a waft of smokiness. Hop note is there but very subtle. A whisky-like note comes forth and reveals the lacohol content.
Creamy and full in the mouth. Alcoholic content reverberates well.
Very nice take on a scotch ale, one of the best I've had. I wasn't aware of the ABV when I ordered it; next time will likely take it slower.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 11:13:26 | More by Natural510
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and nice peet/ scotch notes. In the taste, a bold sweet malt, a peet like flavor in the end. A smooth a medium mouthfeel, with a sweet to dry peet and alcohol aftertaste. Nice scotch notes, alcohol is nice and not overbarring. Big, but not so much.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 12:04:39 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of JasonA


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a recent trade

Pours a deep tranlucent carmel with a solid finger of aleish head. Not much lacing, but enough to not scrare me.

Sweet med malt. Some ABV with some sweet sugar type dark island rum.

Awesome medium sweet malt. No hop preence. Tastes like an sweet island rum (w/o the 80 proof) flavor wise.

Sits well for a scotch ale, notcontaiminating ABV.

Real nice drinker. Feels much under the 8.3. Solid beer I would love to see on tap, but more than likely not one I would trade for.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 22:32:12 | More by JasonA
Photo of SirEgbert


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hard pour into a nonic glass. Off-white, creamy head builds over cascading bubbles to an inch and a quarter. Nice. Diminishes slowly to a thin froth of foam. Dark, opaque mahogany body with a slight cherry hue around the sides and bottom. This is a very good looking beer.

Smell: Molasses. Ripe fruit. Rye bread. Clove-like spices. Esters.

Taste: Heavy, earthy, roasted malts. Slight smoke. Burnt toast. Sweetbread underneath it all. Subtle plum flavor and some hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth and somewhat tart mineral taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, moderately creamy, but the body does not last long, fading to a dry, mineral astringent.

Drinkability: This beer doesn't finish particularly well, though it's tasty while drinking, and quite easy to drink. That's a little dangerous, at 8.5%, and this beer takes no pains to hide the alcohol. A decent beer that I wouldn't go out of my way to get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:06:46 | More by SirEgbert
Photo of Baileyuk


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap with a good head that retained its sixe for some time. Lacing was okay. Dark Brown color.

Not as much as expected in the nose. Caramel malts. Not unpleasant but not much going on.

Taste had Biscuity tones with a slight alcohol taste as common in scotch ales. Was amazing smooth, especially when looking at the alcohol content.

An excellent beer that is one of my founders favorites. COuld of had a few more, although the socohol would have gotten to me, and would definately revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 14:42:16 | More by Baileyuk
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,181 ratings.