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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,523
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 687 | FT: 22
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 treyrab
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

treyrab, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of oneredarm
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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

oneredarm, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

IBUnit63, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Duffman
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Duffman, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

wagenvolks, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

glid02, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

marcpal, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

atsprings, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

ColForbinBC, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Billolick, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Natural510, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of JasonA
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

JasonA, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of SirEgbert
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

SirEgbert, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
4.13/5  rDev +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.

Baileyuk, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Killer Scotch Ale, plenty of bite coupled with a great smoothness. Heavy malt aroma, bitter-sweet. Solid pour, good head and lacing but too many floaties detract from the overall visuals. Smooth on the palate with a calm alcohol burn, just how I like it. Impressive flavor with lots of sweet malts, molasses & brown sugar mixed with a slight bitterness. Powerful and inviting, oh my this is a nice cool weather brew.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a dark reddish brown, heavy!, lightly carbonated, creamy tan head fades to lacing.

smells of roasty malts, chocolate, light coffee, dry hopping, mmm smells good

tastes of heavy malts, bitterness, clings to the mouth, peaty, earthy scotch, alcohol is present, smooth, balanced, hot and delicious - an excellent weeheavy from founders

mouthfeel is hot alchohol, lingering dry hops, good balance


drxandy, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark leathery translucent brown with a light brown head which fades into little foam puddles

S- Sultry scents of of not too sweet caramelized malts and a hint of hops

T- Roasted malts and grains abound with a nice hop balance

M- Sleek and velvety nice light carbonation

D- A great example of this style of beer. I would definitely drink this again.

UA8, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of schanker21
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Old Chicago on the riverwalk in Peoria, IL.

Pours a dark brown with a small head that probably would have been bigger had I been at the bar, but I'm assuming it had fizzled out by the time it got to my table. Smells roasty like a stout.

Tastes roasty with some sweet toffee hints and a bit like scotch whiskey (or is it whisky? I can never keep it straight). I will admit that I've never had a scotch ale before, but I think that this might have set my standards pretty high.

Mouthfeel is good, very little carbonation whatsoever.

A very drinkable and delicious beer; I'm looking forward to having this one again.

schanker21, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. opaque mahogany color. light tan head. good retention rate with a very nice amount of lacing.

S: rich malts, with some huge peat aromas. some hops in the back of the aroma.

T: some caramel and toffee, with a big peat flavor. some nutty tones. very nice scotch ale flavors.

M: big bold body, perfect mild carbonation. very small and has a great palate.

D: very nice scotch ale. perfect flavors for my palate. really enjoyable.

paulthebeerguru, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brownish reddish cloudy body, nice thin film of head

extra sweet malty plus peaty aroma, rather nice

lots of malt, enough peat to remind me of scotch whisky in the best way. lots of malt, nice peat just a hint of hots at the end that balances things out really nicely

medium creamy body, nice medium carbonation as well finishes with just a hint of astringence on a the finish

this is so tasty and it's nicely done. I haven't had many scotch ales but this is just a fucking awesome beer with a new introduction to flavors to me that makes me really really love this beer in of it's self. AWESOME!

Donnie2112, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep tawny - dark clay brown pour into a snifter. Offwhite to light tan head forms well, and leaves a reasonably good sheet of lace. though it doesn't retain as long as one might hope

S: Sweet caramel malts, toffee, a slightly smoky roast scent.

T: A full flavoured brew... rich malts, caramel/toffee flavours, some roasted notes, a very light nuttiness, and a dash of hops bittering on the end. Delicious.

M + D: A lighter body than what might be expected from the flavour. Perhaps a little bit watery, but no love lost on that. Still a sipper, though, and while the mouthfeel might not feel all that huge, the alcohol content is getting there. Nonetheless, good for another!

Proteus93, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown... Slight head comes and goes quickly... Slight lacing... Looks heavy... Very still... Good retention...

S - Sweet malt... Hazelnut... Slight hops...

T - Heavy alcohol... Malt... Caramel... Nuts... Nougat...

M - Creamy and heavy... Smooth and rich... Aggressive... Very Aggressive...

D - Aggressive, but enjoyable... To be savored and not rushed... Not a beer for the week of heart... Will catch you by surprise of you're not expecting it...

philbe311, Jul 28, 2008
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,523 ratings.