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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,008
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 207
Gots: 916 | 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 Arithmeticus
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark red-brown with ample head; inert carbonation; good lacing
S: malt dominates the aroma, with bubblegum and grapefruit overtones
T: burly scotch ale, strong on the bass notes; not bitter, but strong hop profile

This is a very solid scotch ale with maturity and complexity. I'm looking forward to aging this beer!

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears dark brown, with crimson hues evident when held to the light. The beer arrives with a half inch of head that generates some decent lacing as it recedes. The beer is slightly smoky, with a sweet malt character evident in both the aroma and flavor. A subtle roast aspect contributes to the flavor profile, and a surprising hop bitterness in the back adds the finishing touch. The feel is medium bodied, with a healthy level of carbonation. A good, but not great, example of the style. I'd drink it again.

Photo of camp0474
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th review - Review from 12/16/10

A: Dark reddish burnt caramel color with tan head that lingers. Finger lacing.

S: Mostly picking up roasted and sweet caramel malts. Dry roasted smells come through but are quickly muted by sweet caramel. Faint hints of alcohol.

T: Caramelized malts, hints of sweet florals, and dry roasted malts. Pretty good balance of sweet and bitter/dry. Finishes sweet but slightly dry. Tasty!

M: Medium body. Very smooth and creamy, works well with the sweetness. Light carbonation.

D: Wow! I think this is my first Scotch Ale and it is great. Easy to drink and great mouthfeel. Great show of different malt profiles blending well. Can't hardly detect the higher abv.

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

Looks great a very deep amber color with a finger and a half head. As I drink it it laces the glass very well. There is a good full body malt to the smell then some hops come through not very citrusy. Taste is good fairly malty with a subtle hint of hops the bitterness leaves the palette very quickly. It has a good mouth feel with good carbonation and a medium body. I could drink a good amount of this the 8.5% is very well hidden.

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber transparent red with ruby highlights. Small head with decent retention off white head.

Smells of hops and warm malt characteristics.

Very dry bitter beer. As it warmed up it gets sweeter notes.

Medium body oily finish that stays around for a while.

Good beer over all I have had this on draft a few times and have enjoyed it more. I will get this beer again.

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

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a small off-white foam head. Not much lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel, smoke, spices and some earthiness. There is a slight amount of alcohol.

T: The caramel and brown sugar sweetness hits you first on the front end. There is some toasty notes that come through in the middle. The backend is a little smokey and earthy. Very complex.

M: Leaves a slightly sweet taste on the palate. A nice medium to full bodied beer.

D: A nice sipping beer, nice complex Scotch Ale. Would cerrtainly seek this out again.

Photo of Marty30
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass,served at about 45 degrees.

A. Held up to the light, the body is a very dark hazy amber,with about a half inch off white head and little carbonation.

S. I get alot of caramel malts and some oak in there,some faint vanilla.Definatly some alchohol in the nose.

T. Caramel right a first, sweet candy malts def seems like some oak and bourbon, some grainy bread. I taste the alchohol in this but it isnt bad at all.

M. Beautiful heavy chewy mouth thats coats the mouth nicely extremely smooth.

D. I could drink three or four of these no problem in a sitting very drinkable to me.

This beer in my opion is awesome, even better as it warms up! I highly recommend this malt bomb.

Photo of seanyfo
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought back from Kentucky by my good friend Feech, cheers mate!

Poured into my Hofbrau Willibecher

A- Aggressive pour produces a creamy thick tan 3-4 finger head. Considering abv, head retention is very good and lacing is luxurious! Body is a dark brown copper with excellent clarity.

S- Lots of dark fruit, sweet boozy sherry note, some toffee, christmas cake.

A- Malt richness is there albeit i dont get as many flavours on the tongue as in the nose, a little red grape fruity note comes through with a distinct hop bite in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden

M- Low carbonation, a little sticky in the finish but overall smooth.

D- Looks the part and has a nice aroma. Malt flavour is one dimensional and the hop presence is too strong for the style (this makes it very apparent its an American take on the style - albeit thats not a bad thing) Ill mark it down on flavour due to the hop presence although it was well balanced which is unusual for this style. Overall an interesting beer with alcohol well hidden albeit not true to style. A scottish ale with an American twist aka hops!

Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick head of tan froth. Dark and coppery, clear. Really nice, butterscotch aroma. Coffee flavor is pronounced. Some smoke. A little sharp bite, might be the alcohol. Mouthfeel is a little oily. Overall good drinkability for a higher abv, and good flavor.

Photo of jbertsch
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this is deep mahogany in color with a light tan head that wasn't significant in size.

Didn't smell much at first. After shaking and agitating it, I got sweet malt (almost maple-like) with faint notes of dark fruits in the back (mainly cherry).

The taste provides sweet malt up front in the vain of faint fruit including apple and cherry. There's a touch of metallic and a slight bitterness on the finish with a little heat. Became more fruity as I went and more enjoyable.

Medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability was just fine for the style.

Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark red with a thick, long lasting, frothy reddish head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of bready malt and cherry. Medium, creamy, smooth body. Bready, caramel malt is balanced on the palate by some earthy hops and dark chocolate. Long, dry finish. Delicious brew.

Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this at Wegman's while on vacation in VA.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy & hazy reddish ruby brown. (Looks Dirty, as the name implies) Less than a half inch of head, that faded to just lacing, with a ring of head on top.

The Aroma's are bit muted, but are of caramel, toffee, raisins. I get very little in hop aroma, but do pick up on some yeasty esters.

The Taste is more defined then the aroma's, but do mirror it. Sweet caramel, toffee, raisins.

The moutfeel has a medium body, with a buttery, or rum type feel to it. Lightly carbonated.

Overall, a good drinker, but not nearly as complex as most of Founders other offerings, in fact I would go as far to say this is my least favorite of their beers, which only adds to the fact that Founders doesn't make a bad beer in my humble opinion (considering I still enjoyed it) least none that I have had.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A reddish beer, which is plus. Smell of Cherries and whiskey. Taste is strong, but unique. Mouthful speaks for itself . I good crisp feeling of Cherries, whiskey and a tad of caramel. Drinkability is only average because of the higher alcohol content. This beer is definitely worth trying.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Whiskey red with copper tint to it. Excellent layer of foam as well. Excellent thick pour as well.

Smell: Definitely some cherries. Possibly a local Michigan connection for this? Smoky wood as well. A bit of a winey smell in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pine hops mixed with caramel malt. A mineral flavor in the finish as well. Pretty earthy also. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Nothing that begs greatness in total, but a lot of great parts.

Overall: A great beer overall. Not quite A+.

Photo of Dave128
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy red-amber with a head that never seems to go away. Took me a few minutes just to pour it all due do the outstanding frothiness. Lace rings down the glass with every sip.

S - I can't really pick out much besides some dark malts and alcohol.

T - Phenols certainly There. Alcohol is present throughout. Hops escape for just a fraction of a second in the middle. bitterness hits on the aftertaste but not too hard.

M - Medium to heavy body. Helps with the boozyness. Absolutely on par for the style.

D - This drink is just a little too boozy for me to say it is a beer I'd like to have several of in a night. Not necessarily my cup of beer... but still another exceptional example of the style from Founders.

Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... As it pours into the glass it looks like a bright copper, but this settles a deep mahogany. A light tan head rises a few fingers at first then settles to full finger cap. I'm skeptical of this retention as the head looks very watery and light, not full enough for me. Very light lacing... The aroma is really too light, toffee on the front mostly, some light scotch notes on the back, not much going on. As it warms lots of peat comes through. Actually, this needs to warm quite bit out the fridge, really starts to open up and is very pleasant...The taste is a bit of let down for me. There is a scotch backbone that really dominates, too spirit like. Very chewy. Malt characters is gone.

This is so-so, get if you're a scotch ale fan, but I'd pass in the future.

Photo of Flipadelphia84
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an over-sized snifter...

A- Almost black with dark amber around the edges. Cream colored head.

S- Smells very sweet and malty. Raisins, dates, dried fruits. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T- Not as sweet as it smells. It still has that dried fruit flavor to it, again raisins, dates and other darker colored dried fruits. Goes down very smooth with a nice bitter finish. Very tasty.

M- Medium low carbonation, thicker body than I expected. Smooth and not dry.

D- Very good beer, but I find myself thinking what kind of beer do I want next rather than I'm having another one of those.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly clear ruby-amber color with about a finger of off-white head. The head fairly quickly reduces to a nice ring with some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a very pungent sweet carmel malt. There are also some brown sugar and roasted elements also. There is also some booze in the nose.

T - Starts off with some deep dark fruit flavors and some of the malty carmel sweetness. Through the middle the carmel malt flavor gets a bit stronger and is joined by just a bit of hop flavor also. The finish is a mix of the carmel sweetness, the dark fruit flavors, and just a touch of booze, brown sugar, and bitterness that lingers. Nicely balanced.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with fairly low carbonation. Fairly think and almost creamy overall, but still smooth. Finish is just a tad dry and a tad syrupy.

D - Fairly drinkable. Very rich beer and a lot of flavors going on. Thankfully, the flavors are well balanced are work very well together. Not a beer to gulp down, and with the high abv (8.5 %) it is a very enjoyable beer at a bit of a slower pace.

Photo of matjack85
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a 6 pack of these squatty 12oz brown bottles at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL. $14 a six-pack with tax included, so not cheap. No freshness date or any information about the beer except on the neck label where it lists the alcohol content at 8.5% and the IBU's at 50.

The beer poured a dark ruby color but turned violet when held directly to the light. I could only get a 1 finger tan head out of it that lasted only about a minute, and only produced a moderate amount of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell was really malty, as would be expected for this style and considering they brew this stuff with 7 different malts. I'm picking up caramel, roasted malts, and even a bit of chocolate aroma along with some dark fruits.

Nice malty sweetness, but balanced with 50 IBU's worth of hops. Lots of caramel, roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate flavor along with a little fruitiness (dark rather than citrus). Then all of a sudden the hops kick in and the beer goes from a sweet start to a slightly bitter and alcoholic dry finish. Well made and delicious.

Rich and smooth mouthfeel leaning close to full bodied with only moderate carbonation.

Very easy to drink despite the 8.5% alcohol. You really only feel it in the swallow and it's not overpowering, so I'll have no reservations about opening a second one.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA poured into pint glass. The bottle was a wee dusty.

A- Beer pours an unusual velvet red/brown color with a thick tan head that slowly rises... and falls to an thin, opaque head.

S- Boozey, a little rough, sweet and roasted.

T- Borderline porter qualities with a wee bit of a scotchy edge. Not quite as roasty as a porter, and has some sweet caramel there as well.

M- A little thick and sticky on the palate. Medium-low carb. It is very balanced despite the variety of characteristics that this beer is accomplishing.

D- Drinkability is medium to low. This is a sipper, however it is good.

Photo of bensamann
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After pouring into a pint glass, there was about a fingers' width of a head, which slowly dissipated. There was a nice malty aroma. The texture was smooth. Caramel highlights the taste. For me, this is an ale that needs to be slowly drank for maximum enjoyment.

Photo of speter
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear amber with a one-finger tan head that quickly fades, but leaves impressive lacing.

S: Roast malt, brown sugar, and a hint of maple.

T: This is an amazingly complex beer. Of course, it's a total malt-bomb from front to finish, but there are various waves of flavors that make the journey worthwhile. The front is your typical high-gravity malt sweetness, but near the center, the brown sugar and maple overtones become apparent. Then, into the finish, where you would expect hop bitterness to balance things, the dirty bastard gives you a burst of roasted barley.

M: Rich and full with a bit of warmth.

D: This is one amazing wee heavy. A bit too rich for more than one, but you'd certainly like another.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" tan head which took a while to dissipate to 1/8". Dark clear burnt umber brown color. Smell is caramel. Rich taste has hints of coffee, malt, and a medium body. Really very easy drinking with nothing to offend. My only complaint is I'm not sure what makes this a "dirty bastard", it is not strong or harsh or unusual enough to match the name. But good beer.

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep copper color with a slight tan-head. It's quite clear, with a low carbonation. The aroma is intensely malty and caramel-like, with a sweet quality. It's an enticing beer, although it's also got a little more hop aroma than a traditional Scottish ale. The taste is similar in that it has a firm bitterness and hop presence. The malt, though, is the centerpiece. Caramel, toast, earthy, sweet...nice. Medium in body, with a solidly bitter finish. Yum.

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

Had on tap at TJ Finelys in Bayport, NY. I'm not entirely sure what kind of glass this is, but the closest I am finding is a stemmed pokal glass. Its kind of like the Rogue Santa's Reserve glass to give you an idea.

Look: hard to tell exactly given the lighting of the bar, but its fairly dark brown with a tan, one finger head with excellent retention but not a whole lot of lacing.

Smell: dark caramel, a bit of alcohol, and some spiciness. Its quite strong but fairly straight forward without a whole lot of nuance.

Taste: follows the nose. Rich, dark caramel taste stands out with a good amount of alcohol present. A bit of burnt sugar and a bit of spicy hops are the only other flavors. The finish is fairly dry and the hop spiciness lingers.

Feel: medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, noticeable alcohol warmth especially for the alcohol content, and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Drink: more a sipper than a chugger, I only had one that night and that was enough. However, this is probably the intention given the style so I won't hold it against them.

Overall, one of the first Scotch ales I've really liked and the first wee heavy I've had to date. It was good and I would recommend giving this beer a try if it was available to you. Cheers!

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,008 ratings.