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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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89
very good

5,713 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,713
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 771 | 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 sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 6/24/09.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish brown mahogany color with a respectable tan head with decent retention.

(S)- Brown sugar and fruity bread . . . no, fruitcake! Its smells like fruit cake with a little maple & brown sugar glaze!

(T)- Slightly burnt fruitcake(cherries, bread, raisins, vanilla) with a rich, not overly sweet array of malts. Rather bread-like with noticeable hop components. Dark fruits and a burnt,yet syrupy finish. I am starting to taste chocolate covered cherries with the last few sips!

(M)- Great carbonation level with a great balance of flavors. Not overly done in any way except for maybe the ABV; just a bit hot in the throat going down. But otherwise great balance and fruit complexity.

(D)- A superb Scotch Ale, in fact, perhaps the best one I have tasted thus far in my life. Great variations in the mouthfeel and flavors that keep you guessing. A respectable 8.3% abv that makes this a great fall and winter brew to enjoy when u want a departure from browns/stouts/and porters!

sweemzander, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn brown color with minimal light tan head that turns to a ring around the glass.

Sweet, malty, some smokey peat, caramel, toffee and some raisin.

Big and rich bourbon/whiskey like taste with sweet roasted malt, some caramel/toffee and light peat. Some dark fruit also.

Heavier medium bodied, smooth and lighter soft carbonation.

Nice beer. Finishes clean and would be easy to drink a couple of these at once. Alcohol is well hidden also. One of the best scotch ales I've had.

jera1350, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours almost completely clear light brown color with nice red highlights when held up to the light. Thin creamy off white head dies out pretty quick, but there's a little lacing left behind.

Smell: Sweet and malty! There's all sorts of stuff in here. Roasty caramel and chocolate, dark fruit. A little whiff of booze.

Taste: If only it tasted as good as it smells. It tastes really good, but I mainly taste just roasted sweet malt, followed by some bitterness on the back. Where's the fruit and candy I smelled?

Mouthfeel: Quite full. A little syrupy, slick, almost oily. I wouldn't be unhappy if it were more carbonated. Despite being so full feeling, its relative flatness makes it finish thin.

Drinkability: Really good. This is not a style I drink much, (or that many breweries delve into) but this is tasty and interesting. I'll get this again.

rapidsequence, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty Bastard pours a mahogony brown with flashes of deep amber. An off white head appears and recedes to a foam ring.

Not a typically strong aroma of sweet malt.

Flavor is much like other scotch ales Ive encountered. Dark fruits paired with hints of clean alcohol. Roasted malt with a touch of peat. You can tell this is a strong beer and it is very fine. Strong but not too strong.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit chewey.

Very tasty beer here and worth the purchase. On par with the other great Scotch Ales out there.

Stinkypuss, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass with a thick heavy brown color. Smell is sweet, peaty, woody, and whiskey-like. Taste is full of stronger whiskey-like flavors: brown sugar, peat, some sort of wood, and spices. Alcohol is noticeable but is not overbearing. Heavier bodied and mouthfeel. Drinkability is about average for the style.. a little too strong in both flavor and alcohol to be sessionable.

This is one of the better scotch ales I've tried. Very good.

webmanspidey, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of ndillon45
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark red with good carbonation present if you find enough light. Aroma suggest to me, right off the bat, belgian. The delivery was no surprise and tasted pretty dog gone good. Felt good in the mouth and would be a great introduction to belgians to any hoppy ale fan IMO.

ndillon45, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice sweet, malty beer...nothing complex, just a smooth refreshing drink that reveals no hint of 8.3 abv.

Pours an ice-tea colored brown. If held to the light, the very center of the beer is dense. Lots of light comes through on the sides. Tan head is average size with poor retention. Good lacing. Smell and taste are of caramel malts. Must be balanced very well because it is quite sweet but not cloying or too sweet for mass consumption. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Drinkability is good. I finished off the 12 oz bottle quickly and could have enjoyed more.

This is one you have to be in the mood for, but if you are looking for something well made and sweet, this will do it for you.

JayQue, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Outstanding. Pours to a deep reddish-orange with a moderate tan head of foam. The foam endures a moderate time, ringing and lacing the glass.

Smell: I certainly detect malt with some hints of coffee, very light smoke overtones, hints of caramel and perhaps a subtle hint of hops.

Taste: Nothing overpowers, but there are a lot of subtle tastes at work here. Opens with smooth malty character and finishes with some gentle hops flavor that balances out the finish -- in fact, it tilts slightly bitter to my palette. I picked up what might be a slightly bitter plum flavor prior to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, but with a little bite of carbonation. Not as smooth and creamy as some other Scotch Ales I've tried, but quite nice nonetheless.

Drinkability: Good. At 8.30 ABV, and with a moderately complex taste, I'm going to spend a bit more time with this brew than I might with something less complex.

This is a good example of the style. Holds up well with a variety of foods, and is especially enjoyable on a cool evening. Purchased at Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio.

PerroGrande, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip. Pours a deep ruby color with a nice coffee colored creamy heading that disappears after a minute. Did leave some good lacing.

Smell is mainly roasted malts with a nice touch of dark bitter chocolate,a dark fruitiness is apparent towards the end.

Taste is boozy a taste of bourbon wood chips smacks the lips,again a nice roasted tasting with slight molasses. More dark bitter chocolate and finishes warm in the gut and the soul.

Mouth is smooth but heavy hence the style wee heavy I guess. Full bodied and great carbonation.

Drink is good but not fantastic I would love to try more of these but is a bit hard to have more than a couple.

This was a great beer to swirl in the glass and just watch it foam up another inch.Good stuff.

TheFightfan1, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown brew with an off-white head. leaves small spots of lacing and carries a decent layer of foam through the drink.

S: Plums and raisins, with maple syrup and a noticeable smokiness

T: Plums upfront with a fig newton, citrus, and smokey brown sugar aftertaste.

M: Full bodied beer with a thick but smooth entry. leaves mouth with a bitter aftertaste

Overall, this is a very fruity and potent scotch ale. The plum flavors dominate the brew. 1 or 2 of these should be all you need.

OlRasputin989, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-brown with small head and minimal lacing. Turns lava red if held in the light just right. Great color but lack of head hurts slightly.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, peat, slight English hops. Smell definitely improves as it warms.

Taste: A malt bomb. Loads of caramel, dark fruit and toffee. However, some smokey peat and English hops keep the malt in-check. While sweet, the bitter finish prevents the beer from becoming cloying.

Feel: Thick and full-bodied with low carbonation. Almost chewy but the beer is too drinkable for that.

Drinkability: Seems lower than 8.5% abv. Very nice Wee Heavy overall. Just make sure to let this Bastard warm up some as I almost gave a couple lower scores because I was impatient to drink it right out of the fridge.

bsp77, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance- brown to amber with very nice super beautiful foamy head, very cloudy and murky with no light coming through, very nice beautiful pour 4.5

smell- slight sweet caramel and malts, what i can smell does smells nice, but not overwhelming in the nose department, 3.5

Taste- reminds me of some Belgian dubbels i have actually had, sweet caramel and molasses, very sugary sweet biased in flavor 4.0

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied with a heavy full carbonation 4.0

Drinkability- very sweet overall and an overall full carbonation, not what i expected to taste like but still nice, sweet and malty, a nice beer not world class to me but a nice beer if you are especially a fan of the Belgian dubbel style 3.5

Averaged out a B+ 3.95

Rereviewed on 4/15/10

Appearance- dark dark brown with a thick foamy white head, little to no bubbles to be seen, some what see through when held to light, 4.0

Smell- very sweet molasses and caramel nose, raisons, rum, very sweet yet pleasantly inviting,4.5

Taste- there is an upfront sweetness on this beer but it has still more hops then Im accustomed to on this style, so oddly starts up front being more sweet but quickly fades off to very off dry, this beers all right but it just doesnt quite do it for me, it just seems like its caught in between trying to be a true scotch ale and still having to be a crafty american loaded up with hops, 3.0

Mouthfeel- heavy yet some what smooth and slick 3.5

Drinkability- This beer is all right not offensive in anyway but just nothing stellar to me, in general I do like the Founders beers but to me this ones just kinda off the mark and not really hitting what I would have expected, 3.0

Stunner97, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of BigAl723
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: A beautiful crimson that is as dark as an early dawn. This is a very nice looking brew. Not much of a head.

S: Scotch, raisins, and a little funk. Dark and dirty fruit. Molasses and coffee too.

T: Sweet and with carmel notes. This one tastes a lot like it smells. Fruity and dirty. The name of this beer fits it so well it's scary.

M: Medium carbonation. It feels so light and feathery. The alcohol isn't too dominating at all.

D: Very drinkable. It's hard to believe this beer is over 8%. It goes down like it's just over 6%. I could drink 3 or 4 of these.

Overall, this was my craft "gateway beer." My buddy and I used to grill brats on his deck and drink Dirty Bastard. To be completely honest, we didn't even really know how good of a beer we were drinking. It just tasted good, it was brewed in Michigan, and above all...the name is cool as hell. I also drank this exclusively during the Tigers' 06 World Series run. A classic beer that will always be one of my favorites. Thank you Founders for the memories.

BigAl723, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is courtesy photomike or bulletrain76. Pours a ruddy rusty brown with a pinkish ecru head. Smokey aroma with some acidity, dark bready malts, light prunes, scotch. Flavor is light on peat but still with a nice smoked character. Dark breads make up the heft of the beer with accents of prunes and alcohol. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice medium full body.

illidurit, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the colors range from burnt orange, rosy reds, and copper with a touch of gold at the edges. A soft dab of a pale tan foam roams atop. Lacing is minimal with just a few blobs and one large sticky sheet adhering. This has a certain appeal that draws me in, or rather an appearance that I find interesting

S: the nose smells of prominent toasted maltiness, sugary dark fruits, a waft of chocolate and a few mild coffee bean undercurrents. Nothing peaty of the sort just sweet goodness in the nose

T: the palate stays close to the nose with some variation. Maltiness hangs tuff as expected and the sweetness envelopes every sip nicely. Just a touch of acidity pulls through that coincides with a soft leafy herbal tea character (somewhat earthy). The sweeter side is full of figs, dates, and raisins soaked in spiced rum and mixed with brown sugary caramel
Another note: bitterness slowly gains momentum as the sipping continues. I dare say a soft smokiness rounds out things with a very light shot of crushed white pepper

M: the mouth has some stickiness to it and an overhauled medium feel in the body. For what the ABV % is, it is hidden well and nicely faint. The sweet notes are kept in check by the slight spiciness and herbal hop notes. For a Scotch Ale this has a nice supply of hops and finishes a touch dry

D: big, rich, delicious, and it's from Founders...go figure. Way to easy to drink.

Magpie14, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, syrupy, hazy opaque amber color that produces a small eggshell (almost yellow) head that retains for a very short amount of time and leaves a tiny spotted lacing along the glass. Nice appearance so far.

S: Very dark fruity and malty. Raisins, tons of molasses, caramel, figs and I'm even getting some dates. Nice hop bitterness and slight floral aroma, but definitely malt dominant.

T: Very very similar to the nose, except a little less fruity. Not much else to say, still nicely balanced with an assertive hop bitterness and a firm malt backbone.

MF/D: Amazingly viscous mouthfeel. Smooth, velvety, creamy, and simply perfect in my book. Carbonation is spot on as well. Highly drinkable, just don't chug a sixer

scottyshades, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to treyrab for providing this one via trade.

A: Pours brown with a reddish hue. Thin layer of bubbles that doesn't quite fully cover the top of the beer. Good spots of thick bubbles are left all over the front of the glass after I take a sip.

S: Caramel, alcohol warmth, and fully sweet malts. Oakey notes with pine and floral hops.

T: Sweet and malty. The hops are very subdued in the flavor. Alcohol is evident to the point where it is slightly detrimental to the overall experience. After the finish, warm caramel lingers on the pallet.

M/D: Resiny, syrupy feel with very little carbonation. The alcohol makes its presence a bit to well known, but overall, the experience was pretty good. Not my favorite, but I would come back.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of meich75
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice rich red/brown color.

S: Slightly seet smell.

T: Tastes like a heavy ale with a little bit of toffee. Nice sweet finish from the toffee.

M: Medium thickness and just enough carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Would never think it was over 8% alcohol.

meich75, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of WJVII
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a blood red/brown color (like when you donate and it is in the bag), gross, but accurate description... The head is thin and off white with little lacing and soda type carbonation on the bottom of the glass. This brew has a very sweet aroma from the malt, syrup comes to mind, with figs and nutmeg. The taste is more to chocolate and roasted malts. There is a thickness to this as well. Not exactly what I think of when I am reminded of my time in Scotland, but all in all a tasty brew.

WJVII, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of trafordboy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish brown with a two finger head that lasted a bit then dissipated into great lacing. Smell is heavy on the malt, but with distinct fruity quality, somewhat like cherries and plums. Initial sweetness lasted through mid-palate and the drifted into a light slightly dry and bitter finish that lasted and left a pleasant mouthfeel. For the high abv, quite drinkable, although a couple would mellow one out quite nicely. Also, definitely let this one warm up...it improved greatly as it warmed.

trafordboy, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet

A- a cloudy ruby chestnut brown type of pour with a quick dissipating head that is nut brown. Lacing is ok but nothing to get excited about.

S- bourbon smell as if aged in oak wood. nuts and figs as well.a sweet molasses smell rounds it out.

T- a bitter hop taste with a nutty flavor. There is also some malts and molasses that are well hidden in the flavor though.

M- bitter and alcohol heavy in the mouth. Sweet and sour as well.

D- not bad for a wee heavy but i have had better. I would have this for dinner at a restaurant but wouldnt spend money on a sixer for it.

Dodo2step, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear ruby brown, with a minimal light tan head. Slight lacing on the glass.

S. Toasted malt, molasses, leaves, alcohal

T. Big malt flavor, carmel, molasses,nuts. Sweet on the tongue, with a bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly thick.

D. I really like this ale, The balance is amazing. I could drink a few of these at the brewery but not an all night session as it is a little strong.

smibroncos, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of qchic
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a slightly hazy chestnut with little head, just a ring around the edge of the glass that eventually disappears to nothing. Smells fruity and malty with some smoke, chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes malty and boozy with notes of cherry, black tea, and bittersweet chocolate. At a warming 8.5%, it's no wonder that the body is on the heavy side and would be best enjoyed during the colder months. Probably wouldn't have too many in one sitting. It's a decent scotch style worth buying from time to time, but probably not nearly as often as that other scotch ale in the can:)

qchic, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of johannasclimacus
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown in color with a tan head.

The smell is pretty tempting here. Some good notes of dark grains and malt with a little bit of bourbon.

The taste follows through and is pretty complex. Lots of dark malt, very roasted and even some burnt flavors. There is a bit of smokiness here and the a small amount of the bourbon is detectable in the aftertaste. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden. With all of the other flavors going on, it's actually a welcomed addition. It doesn't negate any other flavors and provides some needed balance to the smoke and burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel was a little over medium, and the overall drinkability felt more to me like a dark beer (which I guess it is, anyways). It's definitely an American take on the Scottish Ale style, but as with Old Chub, it's a good success. Another in a lineup of excellent brews from Founders; I plan to enjoy this one again when it's cold.

johannasclimacus, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown in color with a finger or so of light tan head, that reduces itself to a rim around the glass. There is a bit of lacing, but not a lot.

S: Heavy aroma of roasted malts livened up by the notable presence of alcohol.

T & M: Again roasted malts make a strong presence, though there is the flavor of dark (almost burnt) caramel and the dirty smokiness of peat. Finishes with a strong alcohol burn on the tongue that actually seems to cleanse the palate of the sticky malt. Medium carbonation.

D: A good beer from a reputable brewery. A little on the pungent side for my personal taste, though I think I'd like to give this one another shot in the winter months.

Florida9, Aug 11, 2009
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 5,713 ratings.