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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,141
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 218
Gots: 1,036 | 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 DoubleSimcoe
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dirty Bastard, growler filled at Brew York City/Duane Reade, UWS-NYC, for $7.99.

Appearance: The Bastard does look dirty! An intense raisin-puree color with no light, topped by a two-finger caramel-colored head that lasts throughout. Very dark and earthy looking, with magnificent lacing to boot.

Smell: Malts, sugar cubes, a tad of dry hops at the very end. Barnyard, Galician fields. Ton of bread and cookies.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced hop aroma and a prickly dry finish. A certain "umami" feel, sort of a forest after the rain with mushrooms growing by the trees. Oily/woodsy feel, tree branches. The sweetness is less apparent than in the nose, but still cloying. There is also a taste of dry fruits and marron glace (candied, syrupy chestnut). Raisin bread and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, medium-to-low carbonation. Sticky-sweet feel and a dry hoppy finish. A rather average mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a beer I do not care for. I find it hard to drink, unappetizing, too sweet and heavy. The Scotch Ale department is one that seems to have a hard time producing outstanding ales and, while Dirty Bastard is better than, say, Oskar Blues Old Chubb, it still is far from a superb brew.

Photo of kscaldef
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep ruddy red. Less than 1/4" head that rapidly dissipates.

S: Rich caramel maltiness

T:Chocolate, caramel, raisin. Good amount of roasty flavors. Lightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and rich. Low carbonation. Good linger.

O: Rich and tasty, quite easy to drink

Photo of Preismj
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've passed this by too many times considering my love of Founders brews. Grabbed several of these for a trade to the west coast and decided to save on for myself so I could do a proper tasting and determine if I should have again. To be fair...I believe this is only the second scotch style ale I've ever had, so I am a bit new to the style. With that said...here we go.

a: golden brown in color....roasty looking. Small head with light lacing. looks like a maple syrup with carbonation. nice color, looks light.

s: smells of malty, scotch sweetness. very sweet on the nose, with a roast scent in the tail. Caramel? Maple? Molasses? something else thick sweet in here. Reminiscent of KY Bourbon Barrel beer in the nose...

t: Not a tremendous amount of flavor, thought what is there is tasty. Malty in the front with the sweetness of caramel and toffee. a hint of a scotch sweetness and booze fades this out well. Left with a lingering sweetness, despite the lack of that 'POP' in the flavor profile. surprising the lack consider this is over 8%, but regardless it is a pleasant taste. touch watery, though.

m: light bodied, good carbonation. coats the palette moderately and is nice and silky. considering the lack of potent flavor, I am glad this is as thin as it is or that would be rather unpleasant.

o: not bad...don't know that I'd grab it again though as there are other beers I'd rather sit back and relax with. Glad I tried it, though. Nice sweetness to it but really lacks that 'pop' of a flavor. the malt is there at the front, but I would have like a bit more pop from it all. Given what it is...not too bad, but there are other Founders brews I'd rather go with and other similar beers I like better given the flavor profile.

Photo of JCDenver
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty snifter at fridge temp, let it warm up a bit. Color is copper when poured, but it looks much darker in the snifter.

Smells of honey/molasses with some bready notes and more than a little hint of alcohol.

The taste is what really sets this one apart for me, it's really interesting. Starts with the sweet malt and molasses notes and transitions with a burst of hops, oak, and a nice alcohol bite at the very end. Super long finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation was good and it was a bit sticky.

Overall, a very nice beer. I am not a fan of the style at all in general, but this one made me appreciate how good scotch ales can be when done well.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a rich dark copper - a finger of cream colored head floats for a bit before settling down to a ring of medium bubbles.

Nose is in line with a Scotch ale - caramel malt, molasses, lightly bready and some alcohol at the end.

A sip is nicely carbonated, creamy early on and dominated by a malty almost charred sweetness. Good prickly stickiness at the end of malt, dry herbal hops, and that 8.5%.

I haven't had too many Scotch ales that I've enjoyed - I tend to find the style too malty for my taste, but this one strikes a very good balance.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brownish red with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A little bit of ring lacing forms on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits like raisins, malts, and alcohol. Maybe some light caramel aromas. Taste is of some malt flavors up front with some caramel and raisin like flavors on the finish. A bit of roasted malt bitterness after each sip. Mild carbonation makes for a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this a a good beer all around. I think this is the first beer of this style I have tried. Not one of my favorite styles but I would try others in the category in the future.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a perfect mahogany with virtually no head.

S: Caramel. Apple. Raisin bread.

T: Yep its a scotch ale. Sweet. Carmel corn, raisins, pecan sticky roll. Pancakes. Some burnt butterscotch. Bite of malt. Interesting hoppy finish. The alcohol burn. mmmm...

M: Syrupy with little carbonation.

O: Damn good scotch ale. Its sweet but somehow keeps it in check with enough bready flavors. Worth a try.

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

Love the "dirty bastard" logo on the 12oz bottle. Popped the cap off and...

Appearance - Poured into a 12oz beer glass, about a 1 finger tan colored head, dissipated to a tan cap in less than a minute. Beer has a thick, hazy reddish brown appearance, looks very nice. Sips leave some traces of lacing.

Smell - When first opening the bottle, I got molasses, raisin bread, and a little booze. Once in the glass it is more of the same, a little heavier on the raisin bread now.

Taste - I love this! Starts with molasses and raisins, sweet malts, then raisin bread..that's been dipped in malted bourbon..then the hops begin to assert themselves, and the sweetness dissipates and dries to a wonderful hopped bitterness with semisweet malt undertones which warms with oaked bourbon..nice! The remaining tastes after the sip are bitter hops on the back of the tongue, with traces of semi-sweet malt and molasses, and a wonderful bourbon warmth, not overly boozy at all. These flavors are bold and balanced, and beg the next sip...

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy during the sip, then a slight carbonation tingle, finishing in a slightly dry hop bitterness. This progression happens with every sip.

Overall - This has been one of my go-to beers recently (especially in the colder months), while I typically gravitate to IPA's and bolder Hefeweizens in the warmer ones. I really enjoy this beer alot, very satisfying for those who like the flavor of dark fruits, molasses and malts, and still some hop gratification at the end of the sip - really a great, complex beer with a wonderful progression of flavors and nuances in every sip. I definitely recommend this beer. At 8.5% ABV it may not be very sessionable, but 2 of these is a really nice way to end an evening.

Photo of bshanly
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff. Haven't seen much Founder's out here and picked this up at my local. NOt a scottish ale expert by any means so it take for a grain of salt (note: other than Middle Ages Kilt Tilter and Duke of Winship I've never bought a scottish ale twice...until this one).
Appearance: Dark reddish brown, light tan head that lingers.
Smell: Sweet, malts, caramels
Taste: Delicious? Sweet, a little sugary, can't pick up too much hops but also not expecting to.
Mouthfeel: Wow. Best part of the beer hands down. Medium bodied but clean and crisp with a nice finish. Velvety and creamy.

Overall a really great beer.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited when I saw that the Chumley's in Broadripple, IN had a rotating tap of Founders seasonal. However, when I heard it was Dirty Bastard, I was a bit disappointed. I bought a six-pack once, right after I got into craft, and I didn't think it was that great. I decided to give it another chance, though. I've never had a draft Founders, so what the hell, right?

Served in a chalice/oversized wine glass.

A: Very little head. The body looks just like a cider: thick, rich, brownish-orange. The color reminds of a caramel apple, actually. It churns in the glass menacingly, even minutes after it has been poured.

S: Smells a bit like a caramel apple, too. Sweet and sticky, with hints of raisins and cinnamon.

T: Very boozy. Wow, this is completely different on-tap. The alcohol is intoxicating: woody bourbon that kicks your ass with every sip. Some cider elements that were evident in the nose come full force, adding caramel/toffee sweetness across the palate. This is definitely a man's drink, showcasing an intensely heavy, aged taste that will put hair on your chest.

M: Perfect feel for the style. A hidden carb contrasts very nicely with the slow burn of the whiskey.

O: There is certainly a good and bad way to sample this beer. In the bottle, you'll find a funny-tasting dark ale; on-tap, you will get a brew that yells at you in a crazy Scottish accent, picks a fight with your senses, then pummels you to the ground. In other words, it's just what you expect from Founders: bold flavor.

Photo of tito42
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Date stamp on bottle is unreadable.

A: Translucent mahogany with a sand colored head that dissipates and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, and fruits in the background. A bit of alcohol peeps through.

T: Sweet caramel, biscuit, and roasted malt up front with a nice transition to an earthy coffee flavor. Fruity notes with a snap of alcohol and hops bitterness on the back end. A tad of tea flavor.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Sticks to the tongue a bit, and just a bit of dryness at the finish.

O: My first wee heavy, but I enjoy this beer quite a bit. Matches the style notes quite well, and would be a great beer during the winter months.

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

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a murky mahogany with a 1-inch bone-colored head that recedes to a wispy haze and thin ring.
S - Obviously malt-forward, with notes of caramel, toffee, a bit of chocolate, and some candied orange peel.
T - Similar to the nose, I am detecting quite a bit more chocolate in the taste, specifically cocoa powder. Not overly sweet, a very nice and balanced example of the style.
M - Slick, slightly sticky, with a medium body and medium-low carbonation.
O - An excellent Scotch Ale, probably the best when availability and price are factored in. Another great Founders offering!

Photo of sweett3k
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very creamy red beer. Gorgeous ruby in color with superb head and lacing. Very malty smell. Sugary, raisin and malty flavor that mix very smooth. Nice creamy texture with a bitter bite. A nice complex and balanced brew. Will try it on a crisp cool autumn day.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an orange tint. Carbonation is quite low. The head takes a little prodding to come about and develops quite slowly. I don't get much of a nose. Some pine and raisins.

This beer has a rich malty flavor with a slight touch of booziness in the background. There's a nice creamy mouthfeel as you get malt, nuts, and some spice. There's a nice, lightly hopped finish.

I don't have a lot of experience with Scotch Ales, but I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again.

Photo of mizzouguy
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beUtiful copper color with a small head. The smell is heavy caramel, and other sweet fruits. The taste hits strong with the caramel up front, then gives way to some hoppy bitterness. The beer is medium bodied and it's a joy in your mouth. Was my first wee heavy but love the style now, this still may be my favorite.

Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a recent trade, thank you for the beer E. Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees

Appearance: A monster two finger head that has really good retention. The head is light tan in color that is foamy and bubbly. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a copper red color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubbles. There is some yeast floaties in the beer, overall it looks great.

Nose: A very malt biscuit and toasty and caramel notes. There notes of earth, peat, alcohol, light roasty notes, and some phenol.

Taste: A very malty beer with biscuit, toasty. light roast and caramelize notes. Other flavors are peat, earth, alcohol, phenols, and some fruity notes.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is chewy, carbonated, warming, and coating. The body of the beer is thick and the finish is medium full. This is a really good scotch ale has a lot of character well made. I would however like to see the beer have some more peat to to and a bit chewier.

Photo of robwestcott
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at yogi's a semi opaque deep amber brown to a standard pint with a hint of a head that's gone before it hits my coaster. spotty ring of lace after each sip.

extremely subtle sweet malty aroma. brown sugars.

brown sugars, molasses, hints of scotch whiskey, dried cherries, raisins.

big bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with no bitter presence.

drinkable - yep, but it's sneaky.

overall - great example of style - 2nd only to NEBCO wet willy.

Photo of brystmar
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish with ruby hues; mild tan head recedes quickly. Zero lace.

S: roasty malts, sweet caramel, booze, dark fruit of some sort.

T: very smoky with smoked/roasted malts front and center. Touch of caramel sweetness in the middle before the hops turn it squarely bitter. Taste is overwhelmingly of smokey malt & hops, and while I can appreciate a well-crafted brew, this direction of flavors really isn't my thing.

M: nice creamy body & appropriately carbonated. Good drinkability too.

O: a decent brew that I'm sure many others will swoon over. I'm always willing to sample a Founders brew -- even of styles I don't particularly love -- and Dirty Bastard is a great example why.

Photo of stercomm
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle,

A - Dark coppery in color, very little head and very little retention.

S - Getting carmel malts and maybe some dried fruit.

T - Very nice, gobs of malty carmel on the front end, gives way to a slight hoppiness that finishes with some sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

D - Very nice ,lots going on as you taste through the brew.

Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into pint glass to find a deep, dark, hazy, reddish amber body. There was a small white head that went away very quickly and very little lacing was present. The aroma had a sweet malty presence with hints of dried fruits and caramel. The taste was excellent, I didn't know what to expect and I was very surprised. The taste is very complex but so enjoyable at the same time. You get a taste of sweetness of dried fruits and caramel malts. You get a few hints of bitterness and a great sweet alochol flavor. A lot going on, but it all works together very well.

The beer is very easy to drink, balance of carbination and smooth creaminess. The alocohol is there but its more mellow than anything. Overall another fantastic beer from Founders. I'm glad that this one is easy to find becuase I would definatly like to pick this one up from time to time.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/12/11. Pours a clear, ruby red color that lets just a little light through. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly and leave just a bit of scattered lacing around the glass.

Interesting aroma that is slightly difficult to classify. Some spices and a little hops. Some dark malt and some sweet chocolate.

The taste is a step up from the aroma. Roasted malt and some spicy flavor that blends into a slightly hoppy finish. The bittersweet chocolate is muted but present.

Medium to light mouthfeel that does remiind one of a scotch. Quite an interesting brew and another solid offering from Founders.

Photo of Daktyls
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish cherrywood color with a light half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a very minimal lacing on the top of the beer.

S: The nose is comprised of mainly malts and a light amount of caramel. There's little else that is immediately present.

T: Starts off on the sweeter side with some sweet caramel and brown sugar and moves into a very light breadiness coupled with the malts present from before.

M: Medium amount of carbonation for a quite large bodied beer which works here.

O: Quite drinkable overall. I've just recently started drinking more Scotch Ales and this one definitely comes to the top of the list in terms of "buy again"s.

Photo of burkyburk
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma was very pleasing. I got dark choc/burnt caramel notes.
The smells came out in the taste as well. Chocolatey with the perfect amount of alcohol to blend it all together.
Felt so great on my tongue, so much going on flavor-wise. I enjoyed every sip.
I had heard a lot of hype for this beer and the rumors were true. It was amazing.

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, too dark to see through. A touch of reddish around the edges. The head takes some time to form, and then is gone before you know it.

The nose fills with caramelly malt and little else...and that's not a bad thing.

The taste buds tell the same story as the nose. It's heavy on the malt, with a bit of alcohol. Strangely, it's got a cola-like taste to it.

There's some complexity on the palate. It starts off creamy and almost sweet, then finishes with a touch of malt before giving way to a slightly bitter swallow.

There's no mistaking the high alcohol, but it's a relatively smooth drink for 8.5% ABV. It does lack some flavor, but it's still a good beer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Medium grade maple syrup with an off-white head.

S – Surprisingly sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel straddle burnt toast.

T – A very sweet beer, but not as sweet as the nose would leave you to believe. Nice malt and brown sugar opening. Pine bitterness mid profile. Touch of espresso and burnt toffee on the backend.

M – Medium / full body coats your mouth without being overly syrupy. Sweet, brown-sugar finish.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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