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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 23
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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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Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - cheers!

This beer pours a hazy dark orange brick hue, with one finger of creamy/foamy beige head, which leaves a sea-level iceberg profile of painted lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells (since I first cracked the cap) of sweet butterscotch toffee, molasses, mild peaty smoke, treacle, vanilla cream, and subtly bitter leafy, piney hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, some more lightly boozy vanilla, and moderately bitter grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body a solid medium, maybe punching a bit above its weight class, deadly smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes still sweet - with a restraint that I can't help but admire - and adequately balanced by the stoic 50 IBUs of bitter weedy goodness.

Not too sweet, not too syrupy, not too thin, not too hopped up - this wee heavy is juuust right! Wow, from the first whiff, this offering has proven to be a study in restrained plaid-clad fury - and tasty as fish and chips in seaside Aberdeenshire...

Photo of LtCracker20
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly mahogany with a 2-finger soft khaki head with good retention.

S- Sweet caramel, toffee, mollasses, and candied sugar.

T- Sweet caramel, toffee, sugar and a slight burn.

MF- Full bodied with a silky and creamy feel.

O- A good beer overall, but being from CT, I'd gladly take Wet Willy over this, but would buy it again if I see it out of state.

Photo of DrewV
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 5/24/11 into a Nonic glass at 45 degrees F.

A: Hazy dark amber red. A foamy 2-finger light tan head forms in the glass, leaving streams of lace down the sides.

S: Sweet malts up front. No hop notes whatsoever. Heavy caramel/honey and butterscotch malt aromas.

T: Unsurprisingly, this is one sweet-ass beer! A thick, syrupy mixture of more heavy butterscotch malt and very light balancing hops. A decent brew, could use more smokiness/peat flavoring for my tastes. Just too overwhelming with the butterscotch aroma and flavors. Definitely cloying.

M: Thick, syrupy, heavy. Lower than average carbonation. Creamy. Easy to drink.

O: A bit sweeter than I prefer, but not offensive. I would also prefer more complexity, possibly more smokiness and bitterness to balance the sweetness. I'd put this at a solid B. The best aspect of this brew is its ability to hide the alcohol. The 8.5%ABV is totally masked by the sweetness.

Photo of chromemittenman
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of many times I've had this beer, tonight in a bottle, but many times on tap. It is the best wee heavy I have had to date, I love as it warms up, the booziness creeps out ever so slightly, but just as smooth as can be at the same time. If you think Dirty Bastard is good, you have to try its big brother Backwoods Bastard.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, from a reputable distributor, no date on case or bottle, purchased July 2011 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a nice thick one finger head which reduces to a 1/8” cap. Lively ale with nice lace. Deep brownish amber color, looks like a “real” ale. Attractive.

The smell is sweet rich malt and caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, a touch of hops, the yeasty dark bread aroma comes and goes, rather complex.

Delicious, full bodied entry in the mouth, followed by rich creamy malt, vanilla, and then the malt moves out of the way and allows the nice bitter hops to show themselves and add balance to this incredibly enjoyable ale. Not overly sweet and quite refreshing. Just flat out delicious!

Long hop dominated finish, with the malt coming in last!

This is totally delicious ale, bursting with flavor. As it warms the malt, hop, and 8.5% ABV become very distinctive, but also harmonious and balanced. As always with their dark offerings Founders has another winner here. One to buy by the case.

Photo of IPA35
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. All of it at once with the yeast included.

Pours a dark brown colour, much like a Brown Ale but with a yeast cloud in it.

The smell contains caramel malts, dark fruits like raisin and dried plum.

Taste is alike: malty, sweet, not too strong hops and some alchol. A very little bit roasted prehaps? The alcohol is not that strong, it is still quite drinkable.

This beer is thick and the carbonation is below average.

Overall a very nice brew.

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

12oz into a pint glass, bottled 6/9/2010 so just over a year old and two months old.

Rich chestnut with burgundy highlights, a lightly tan head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. A little bit murky too.

Caramel and toffee, with a touch of butterscotch. Subtle hints at other buttery, savory sweet things like caramel corn and crusty cherry strudel on the back portion of this brew. Just a hint of alcohol warms the nose.

Gingerbread starts off the taste of the beer, with subtle hints at the sweeter confectionery elements. Moves into toffee, caramel, butterscotch, etc. All melded together wonderfully. The most subtle hint of booze, paired with some cherry licorice. Great flavors in this one, glad I had the patience to age it.

Sticky on the lips with a medium-full body. Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue, and a little warmth.

Great subtle flavor, and a nice nose. Glad I got to try it at this point in it's maturity. I've had it fresh before too and can tell you that aging it certainly does meld together some of the sweeter flavors and kicks out some of the alcohol in the flavor. Another good one from Founders, and year round to boot.

Photo of Mooch273
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Poured thicker than I had anticipated with almost no head. Appearance is of a dark ale, with a deep brown body with a splash of burgundy. Not much carbonation present and no lacing whatsoever.

Aroma is quite malty with a strong presence of caramely sugars. Failry fruity nose and quite inviting.

If I had two words to describe this, it would be sweet and spicy. Malty sweetness strikes immediately, then hops smack your palate with a sucker punch in the back of the head. I was surprised by the bitterness and had to check the bottle to find 50 IBUs are packed into this small bottle. Quite a bit of heat noticeable after each sip.

Not too much carbonation present, but the bitterness and booziness encourages slow drinking. I'm glad I got to try this but it doesn't seem like one I would order two of in a given night.

Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. Shared with fellow BAs infi, brun, NYManc and several others.

For a beer called Dirty Bastard, it certainly doesn't look all that dirty. Very nice caramel hue, with reddish hints around the edges. Off-white head leaves a substantial bit of lacing when swirled around the glass. Not a bad looking beer. Caramel is also an appropriate descriptor for the nose, as the caramel malts are quite prevalent, along with a little bit of toffee and some dark fruits. Certainly lives up to the sweetish reputation of scotch ales.

The malts come into play almost immediately on the first sip, providing an almost sugary quality to the taste. A hoppy punch follows that, however, and the bitterness somewhat magnified because of the initial sweetness. Some distinctive dark fruit nuances like dried figs and dates round out the taste, along with some of the weighty 8.5% abv. Mouthfeel has a bit of chewiness to it, coupled with a medium body and a drying finish. Tasty stuff.

This is a solid, well-done example of the style. Founders makes some quality brews and they do not disappoint me with this one. Definitely wouldn't mind having access to Dirty Bastards all the time.

Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard founders stubby brown bottle poured into a pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of amber. When held to the light, it looks to have more of an orange-red through the body with lighter orange to yellow around the thinner edges. A finger of creamy yellowish stained head appears across the top and holds very well. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface and creates finger-like patterns of lace that stick.

The smell of this brew is sweet caramelized sugars. Very malty almost toasty grain with a floral hop inclusion and slight citrus notes. A light amount of metallic character is mixed through smelling somewhat like a hand full of loose change. Ackward actually but not all that bad.

The taste is quite toasty with an initial surge of residual sweetness like caramel malt. There is a modest hoppy bitterness present keeping the sweet nature of this brew in check. The hops are herbal and a bit floral. A mineral to metallic flavor is throughout the body. The alcohol hits with a fairly aggressive fusel flavor and increases in character as the brew warms. Once the brew warms up, a light smoked aspect to the grain comes out that is quite enjoyable and not overdone.

The is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. This is quite a bold brew but fittingly so for the style. If the mineral flavors were worked out of this I would have enjoyed it much more. Overall not bad with that 8.5% hitting fairly hard. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of lnashsig
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a transparent brown color, some off white head, no retention. Looks slick and glassy to the appearance. Smell- toffee, butterscotch, Pretty two-dimensional...Taste- toffee, caramel, butterscotch. there is a bitterness on the end from the hops. Mouthfeel- carbonation is here, and its needed to take away from the sweetness. Drinkability- the booze is pretty detectable here...this is a sipper.

Admittedly, this is not one of my favorite styles, but it is a good rendition of it.

Photo of JohannBock
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in a pint glass. One finger head that disappeared quickly leaving slight lacing on top. The beer itself was a beautiful dark ruby color and relatively opaque. Looked good.

S: Smelled very malty, with some caramel and nuts. Smelled like it would taste sweet.

T: Starts off very sweet. You get the malt at the beginning. But then it finishes dry and you get some bitterness that lingers. It seems likes it is a combo of hops and alcohol. A nice roller-coaster of flavors.

M: Very thick. Has a very smooth and heavy feel but it just adds to the complexity and fun of this beer.

O: Really fun beer. It seems like a great representation of this style. A great beer that I would go back to and be very happy. Be careful if you have more than one though because it may sneak up on you.

Photo of SirSketch
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid, dense head the color of a brown egg. The beer itself is a ruby red, borderline brown color and mostly translucent.

S - The malt aroma on this beer is sublime! Aromas include nuts, maple syrup, honey and a slight milk chocolate aroma, as well as a touch of diacetyl.

T - Very sweet upfront, then mellows into tastes of honey and astringent dark malts, and end noticeably bitter. Aggressive in both malts and hops.

M - Thick and tannic mouthfeel, but with a big bitterness that dries the finish and lingers.

O - This hopped-up version of a scotch ale may have a hard time striking a balance between sweet and bitter, but it's still amazingly flavorful and a pleasure to drink!

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date on neck, but the label was glued over top of it.

Pours a cloudy brick-red. Nice, unique caramel/toffee-colored head/ring. Smell is all sweet caramel. Taste is a ton of toffee with a bit of mineral. Clean & lightly nutty. Sort of like peanut brittle as beer. Enough bitters to satisfy. Dry finish. Very clean brew. Good!

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 ounce swing-top growler into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Filled today at Whole Foods.

A: Two and a half fingers of head fades rather fast, leaving LOTS of lace in its wake. The beer is rusty brown in the shade, translucent-murky-clear amber red in the light.

S: Sweet, malty, and fruity. A bit spicy...pumpkin?

T: Flavourful and nice. Spicy -- cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe cloves -- it reminds me of eggnog, especially with the creamy smoothness. The maintaste is full, malty, and laced with fruit...still getting pumpkin (pie) and maybe even some banana. The aftertaste is nutty and lightly dry.

M: Substantial. Creamy at times, weak and dry at others. Overall, good.

O: Good beer, slightly better than I remember it perhaps. I quite like Founders, and this beer is no exception. Not exceptional perhaps, and not one for regular drinking, but a full-bodied well-spiced winter sort of beer. I would recommend it, even if it's a while before I have another.

Photo of Meerkey
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big, beige, dense, and bubbly head. Dark, dark ruby red with some nut brown.

S: Sweet fruit -dark and heavy. Alcohol. Sugary malts. Molasses. A little tart and sour -yeast? Some soy sauce.

T: Sweet malts. Fruits again. Molasses. Roasted flavor. Some spices, like cinnamon. Good.

M: Sweet and smooth. Clean. Nothing special, but nice.

O: Tastes quite good. I'd have another if I'm in the mood. Recommended.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a case of this at Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia. Another strong beer. This poured a beautiful reddish brown, with a nice thick two-finger head at the top which hung around for a pretty substantial period of time. Real smooth beer, yet it still had a fairly pronounced alcohol profile that gave it a tad of bite. I would have to imagine this is much better suited as a fall or winter beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

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

A-dark red amber with tan creamy head

S-caramel sweetness with malt aromas and some hints of citrus

T-sweet malty caramel flavor with a bitter hops finish, some citrusy accants

F-good body and smooth creamy feel with medium carbonation

O-a nice Scotch style ale

Photo of Glibber
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Founders beer. Dark coffee color with a decent smell with some hops and sweetness like molasses. Good carbination and a dark malt taste and just a hint of hops. I wasn't that crazy about the beer, but the alcohol was hidden fairly well for 8.5% abv. For the style it was good.

Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a deep, dark brown with absolutely no head. Smell is sweet, perhaps caramel with a hint of raisin. Taste is not as bold as I'd like; sweet caramel malt with again a hint of raisin. I even detect a soapy, creamy taste in the finish. As the beer warms the alcohol comes through nicely to warm the finish. Little if any carbonation, medium bodied.

I've had this beer before and never had the soapy experience I had this night. I will try this beer again, probably from a bottle, as Founder's rarely disappoints.

Photo of longbongsilver
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Giving another Founders a shot. Reddish-brown on pour, solid couple inches of creamy tan head.

Smell reminds me of butterscotch, with some honey in the background. Not sure where that particularly came from, but I welcome it. No booze on the nose despite the listed strength. Flavor continues the theme, plus apple and a slight twinge making me think of rum almost. From what I can tell the bitterness present is the most anonymous hop character I've tasted while still being present -- malts are the star, no question.

Goes down slightly syrupy, but not to an annoying degree. It's thicker than it looks.

Ridiculously casual overall for the usual north of 8%er. I'd order this on tap somewhere if I could - then have someone else drive home.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Deep, reddish amber color with muddled clarity and a chilled haze beneath a two-finger head of tan foam which settles to a creamy cap, leaving some nice lacing.

S: Sweet, robust, spicy, fruity and floral with some nuttiness, raisins, pine cone and molasses.

T: Powerful concoction of sweet, roasted, bready malts, rich, complex fruity flavors that reveal citrus and raisins while smoothing the palate back over with a creamy, smoky, earthy and nutty snap. The finish is herbal, bitter and leaves a hint of alcohol and bitter hop resin on the palate.

M: Rich, robust and full-bodied feel with a good deal of bitterness to cut the creamy malts and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

O: A very complex and robust Americanized Wee Heavy indeed, Founders Dirty Bastard is a deep, decadent brew to sit down with on a cold autumn night. Although, I enjoyed it just fine on a balmy summer night, too. The 8.5% ABV is heady indeed, but there is a fine balance amidst the chaos.

Photo of infi
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Corsendonk tulip.

A dark, burnt, caramel/copper red body with a settling, tan cap and minimal lacing on glass. Smells of lots and lots of sweetness, possibly from all the varieties of malt used in brewing. There's a nice amount of caramel sweetness resonating from the glass too. For the amount of malt used, however, there was not much of a breadiness found. Not really much hop character in the beer either. Mostly sweet overall.

Taste has sort of a salty quality in the flavor profile, with a decently sized malt complex, seasoned by some dark, fruity sweetness and alcoholic booze. Slim amount of smokiness underneath the beer too, as well as a thin, sugar-coated, nutty-like essence.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Drank pretty well.. personally, I liked it. Haven't had many Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales, besides DdC Equinoxe du Printemps, so it's a delightful, new style for me. I hope to experience more in the near future.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark caramel with a two finger head and a lot of lacing.

S- Not a lot in the nose. Caramel malt and roastiness. Pick up on some candy sugar and some other sweet additive.

T- Roasted malts, caramel, spices, a hint of coffee. Nice balance of bitterness to round this beer off.

M- Medium bodied, a little oily in texture with a nice mellow smooth finish.

O- Not a huge scotch ale guy, but this is a good one. The blend of sweet, roast, spice, and hops make this a very well balanced beer. You would never know this is 8.5%.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt sienna--fairly opaque with a taupe-colored head a 1/2 inch at the start, but settling to an 1/8 inch that persists and leaves good cling. It has a rich toasted malt nose with notes of caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Barley and some flashes of hop zest coming across, as well. Smooth and sweet toasted malts--flashes of caramel and dark chocolate, predominantly--are the first flavors to register. This moves quickly to nice hop bitterness, mingled with smoke and coffee flavors at the back. Great balance on this one. Smooth, creamy, and medium-bodied feel. There's a bit of a syrupy quality, but it has a surprisingly clean finish.

This is an extremely flavorful brew, with nice balance and real assertiveness in all sensory respects. It surprised me with its creamy sweetness, and then it surprised me with its smokey bitterness. What's great is that it moves so effortlessly between its flavors. Definitely a well-crafted ale that's worth a purchase.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,140 ratings.