Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 6,593
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.73%
Wants: 259
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 24
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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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
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Reviews: 1,696 | Hads: 6,593
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear dark ruby color with a very nice head and light lacing.

Smell – Malt, caramel, hops, and booze.

Taste – Malt, caramel, dark bread, and a little hops.

Mouthfeel – A little thin, sweet, and easy drinking, with a light hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinking beer. Nothing spectacular, but nice. (352 characters)

Photo of Stebbimacdaddy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head or lacing to be seen. Maybe poured to cold. Color is a beautiful rich copper. Aroma full of sweet caramel, raisiny maybe. Initial taste was sweet full lots of alcohol cause it was too cold. Let it warm a bit and I taste orange and caramel and a cookie like sweetness. Alcohol still there but much less astringent. Taste lingering on palate is earthy sweetness. Raisins and plums come to mind. This is a nice package. Pretty spot on for what I expect from the style, plenty of alcohol bite married to malty sweetness with a syrupy mouthfeel and a medium body. I think I'll have another. (593 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark copper amber with a slight dark khaki head. The nose was sweet and fruity with subtle roast undertones but mostly dark fruits. The first taste was an intense maltiness with sweetness and a roastiness at the same time that ended with a slight bitter hop profile. There was a sweet dark fruit and an almost chocolate and coffee aftertaste that lingered on my palate and was a tantalizing reminder of what was to come with each sip. This was a very rich and deeply layered scotch ale that was like sipping a nice after dinner aperitif. This creamy brew was a very satisfying and robust drinking experience and a very well done scotch ale. (663 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that almost immediately dissolved away into a just an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and toffee and dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes. Delicious aromas.

Taste: Delicious! Like the aroma, there is tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and toffee-like sweetness, flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, finished by some well balanced, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and nicely effervescent, as there is some good carbonation. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is just a touch of a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a fantastic Scotch-style ale. Malty, sweet, a little fruity, earthy. As a 2012 vintage, this beer aged very well. (1,059 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to goblet.

A: Deep red/ brown, hazy, with almost no head.
S: Sweet, toasted, bready malts. Banana, cherry, and almond.
T: Deep, toasty malts form the basis of the beer. Fruity flavors peek through, of banana and cherry, and add sweetness. Well-hidden hops add bitterness to the finish.
M: Full mouthfeel. Wine-like aftertaste.
O: Reminds me of the Ommegang Abbey Ale I had before. Nice flavor. (422 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, dark brown/ruby beer with a beige head. Little lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, raisin, dark syrup, brown sugar, whiskey and roasted malt.
Taste: Dark chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, dark bread and caramel.

Full body and medium carbonation - Great, tasty beer! (274 characters)

Photo of 29mikoyan
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very malty beer. My second favorite wee heavy scotch ale after Belhaven. It has a beautiful chocolately aroma. The flavor is more in line with roasted chocolate and peated malt. (179 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; medium brown with mahogany at the edges; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: brown sugar; dark fruit in the background, and a hint of smoke;

T:caramel up front; fruit cake, dark fruit, and molasses from mid-palate through the finish; fairly sweet at mid-palate, but it subsides by the finish, which exposes at light to moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; light carbonation;

O: very interesting; complex flavors; (464 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Warming copper accent. Has the haziness of a melted ice cube melted in alcohol. Attractive light mocha head.
S: Very uplifting sweet nectar, floral, and honey. Great presentation of caramel, not overdone.
M: Has defining marks of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and light adhesion in the feel.
T: This beer takes all the woodsy grain and squeezes all the fraoch herbalist to create a sharply bitter contrast to the sweet, caramel, malted rye. Really pleasing ethyl flavor. (473 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a very slight tan head and some nice lacing.
The aroma is fairly complex: cracker, sweet dough, fruit, and a hint of booze.
The taste is caramel and booze right up front with a lingering, sweet, dry and bitter finish. As it warms a bit, I get hints of tobacco, brown sugar and dark fruits.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.
A few of these could knock you flat. Seems spot on for a wee heavy. (420 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an incredibly dark ruby red. Forms a half finger of quickly dissipating tan head. No noticeable lacing on the walls of the glass.
S - Malts, smoke, slight caramel and vanilla notes.
T - Sweet sweet malts, caramel, smoke, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and a bitterness at the end to balance the sweetness. Very long finish. Medium body.
O - A damned good brew for a cold day. Excellent and unique taste to this strong scotch ale.
V - Medium. (450 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/caramel color with a small head. This is peat, malt and smoke. A beer that would go down a treat with a whiskey chaser. All the typical characteristics of a Scotch ale but ramped up to a bold finish. (218 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (didn't get to check date, but presumed fairly fresh):
Pours a deep ruby to auburn. Head was minimal on a very light pour, but despite this, a spattering of film stayed on the surface and a thin edge head provides some, but minimal lacing. Nose is mildly berry-fruity, blackberry, dark cherry. There are the lightest of hints of coffee or chocolate, light enough to make me think I'm imagining it.

Taste starts off in a chilled beer just a tad astringent, the berry/cherry notes add to the dark biscuit-bread malt side which is overbalanced slightly by a spruce-like hop forwardness. With some warmth these strong tastes blend better. I do get an impression of dark grain flavor that is so dark that I can interpret as coffee or cocoa nibs. I think this is a result of an interesting combination of the hops and malt moreso than either individually.

The feel is somewhat smooth in the beginning (once warm), but a little more harsh once the bitterness comes in later. Carbonation is light to medium, body is medium. Drawn out feel is a tad oily, and a tad alcohol-tinged.

I've had this a few times and have had differing levels of enjoyment. Sometimes the hops feel too strong, other times they seem like a nice accent. I feel the rating is an average of these tastings. This beer needs some warmth, regardless. (1,332 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a murky ruby with a one-finger off-white head that sticks around a bit.

Aroma: Smells of caramel, plum, dark fruits, yeast and malt.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with a good degree of booze kick.

Mouthfeel: Nice and sturdy.

Overall: Decent big-ish beer. Teeters on the edge of cloying but stays on the right side of the line. (393 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Dark coffee brown/close to black. Has a very slight ruby tint to it. Mininal head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Chocolate, caramel, and plum hints.

Taste- Has a sweet maly flavor, followed up by big hints of chocolate. Dark fruit notes suck as plum linger about. There is also a roasted coffee-like quality to the finish, which finishes on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel- Quite thick to the palate, heavy in body.

Overall- This is my first review of a Scothc Ale, and noticed this style is very close to a porter. The flavor is good, and although thick in body, this is a great sipping ale. Well suited for Winter since it has a warming quality to it. Very good. (714 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown, almost like an iced coffee in appearance, sand ice. A tan head dissipates rather quickly
Aroma is a roasted malt, caramel and earthiness.
The taste matches the aroma. Well bodied and quite big in flavor, yet drinkable. Hops are more prevalent in the taste than the aroma. (301 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brilliant clear ruby hue with nice tan head and very sticky lacing down glass.

malty and a touch of yeast and diacetyl. not unpleasant and quite nice.

malty sweetness that is very pleasing, not at all cloying very balanced with a kiss of hop bitterness and a dash of buttery goodness.

very nice and soft full mouth feel with comforting carbonation.

Very pleasing, served from growler, and will seek on draft again. (418 characters)

Photo of GerryPendry
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has everything I want in a Scotch ale, but it's just a bit on the dark side and a little too bitter for this style. I know hoppy beers are all the rage with the kids these days, but there's a such thing as overdoing it. I couldn't taste any smoke in it, but I'm not sure I was supposed to either. In spite of my gripes, Dirty Bastard is very drinkable and the high ABV is masked well. Overall I like this one a lot, and I buy it frequently. This is so close to being an amazing beer, but the bitter:sweet ratio is just a little off for this style. (557 characters)

Photo of MIbeerfan
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark red brownish appearance with creamy head poured from bottle. Malty bready boozy aroma. Head dissipated quickly and no lacing. Rich malty and toasty flavors with a slight boozy finish. Slight smoky hint but not too much to overshadow the rich malts. (256 characters)

Photo of ctjoumas
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice brownish red color and clear. Smells faintly of caramel... A bit sweet. Taste is slightly sweet and has a nice finish. Recently had the backwoods bastard which this seems similar too minus the bourbon. Overall very enjoyable. (230 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a brilliant ruby color with a one finger yellow head that disappates quickly. Aroma is plum, dark fruit and molasses. Taste is plum, molasses, a bit of roast bite and a little alcoholic burn. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side but it works with the flavors to allow them to linger in the finish. Overall a very well done scotch ale that manages to hit the high points without the harshness of some in the style. (419 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4/5  rDev -0.5%

IMO, a solid 4-star beer. I like Backwoods Bastard more, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with DB.

Very drinkable, smooth, delicious and reliable. One of Founders' best "everyday" beers. Scotch ales aren't my favorite, but such good ones as this never disappoint. (268 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Purchased at Total WIne, Tampa. A fantastic store, btw, but hard to find stuff and the staff is useless, anywho...

A: Mahog

A: Cocoa, dark/dried fruit

F: Sherry, bourbon, black cherry, cough syrup, blackcurrant, fig, with a lingering chocolate mousse flavor and the end that really makes the beer something special (and palatable). The first impression of the beer is a tart cherry flavor, then the bitter alcohol/sherry/dark fruits flavors, and finishing with the sweet, almost milky sweet nitro cocoa end. Really interesting. Each sip takes my palate on a journey to and back from hell.

M: Amazing mouthfeel; mild carbonation, very smooth.

O: I guess these scotch ales all have that rough alcohol taste in the middle, which I'm not too fond of, but the other flavors seem to remedy that better than most of the style. Overall, really interesting beer. Not one I'd drink regularly, but definitely a great late-night/dessert beer, if there is such a thing. Wait, what am I saying, of course that's a thing. (1,015 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

A: ruby red with a 1/2" yellow head.
S: sweet and subtle malty aromas.
T: smooth malt & alcohol. Lighter then expected.
M: sticky with a decent amount of carbonation.
O: a really well made scotch ale. Not as rich or smooth as backwoods, & harsher, but still a quality Wee Heavy. (279 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, this excellent example of a scotch ale pours a hazy copper with a firm tan head of dissipating foam and fantastic lacing. Nose of brown sugars, toasted malts, figs, peat, and strong alcohol. Flavors are sweet up front, tons of malt backbone with brown sugar and caramel. A lightly fry peat flavor is present with come dark fruits, light herbal hops, and alcohol warmth on the back. A barley wine drinkers Scotch ale. Coating yet lightly dry finish....very easy drinking. Excellent! A go to for those who like the brew BIG AND ROBUST! (583 characters)

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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