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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,865
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 201
Gots: 842 | 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 Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. Poured deep, hazy copper with a half inch, loose, off-white head. Head dissipates into a broken skim and some random strands of lacing. Malty, roasty, smoky and dark fruit emanate from glass; maybe also a hint of peat, as I get an earthy quality in the mix as well. Taste is consistent with nose, sweetness is there, but complements rather than overwhelms. Also a slightly medicinal aftertaste, but not unpleasant. There is also a light hops bittering the makes its presence know as well. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly effervescent and nicely coats the tongue. A nice example of the style - not as malty and sweet as I'm accustomed too, but pretty tasty I have to say.

Jwale73, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick caramel color with half a finger of off-white head; This settles into a placid nutty brown.

S: Strongly pungent, phenolic caramel with a great smoky character reminiscent of leather and tobacco.

T: Nice alcoholic and warming toffee and coffee body with a bitter, smoky finish.

M: Highly carbonated upfront, settles into a juicy, smoother body.

D: My first beer from Founders Brewing Co., and it's absolutely delicious. Could definitely go for more in the future.

thekanna, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of clemtig76
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown color from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle. An aggressive pour only resulted in a tan one finger head. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, and raisins. The taste matches the smell with just a hint of hop bitterness. Very drinkable for a rich and full bodied brew.The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden.
A solid offering from Founders.

clemtig76, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright red with a maroon-amber hue; minimal light tan head but it has very good lacing.

S - Just a great aroma; smells of plum, dark cherry in their purest form; malt and chocolate; molasses/brown sugar smell aroma; you can smell the alcohol.

T - Taste follows the nose and more. Strong flavor of dark fruits that are sugary and coated. A little bit yeasty. A nice hop effect that is pleasantly surprising for this style. Scotchy alcoholic aftertaste. This is a great scotch ale.

M - Excellent. Whole; the sticky head accompanies each sip with an exceptional swallow. Low to medium carbonation.

D - Drinkable but it has a high ABV and is pretty heavy. Two of these and you'll be good for the night. I wouldn't call it sessionable, therefore.

One of the best beers I've had to date. This is a style I'm pretty unfamiliar with in my young beer drinking days, but this shit is TASTY!

jmerloni, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to get a 6 pack of these on a whim...

A: Looks really good. Awesome deep dark copper color with a huge foamy offwhite head that never completely fades. Very good.

S: Nice smell. Slight hops with backround hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: Almost taste like an oatmeal / breakfast stout with a heavy hop frontend. Good, but not perfect.

M: Very smooth and perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down very easy once you get past the hops.

All in all, this is a pretty good brew. If you like the hoppiness of an IPA with the nice smooth flavors of a breakfast stout, then this is for you. Very good.

steve8robin, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

It's very lightly carbonated with almost no head which seems appropriate for this style.

Has an obvious aroma of chocolate (I think milk chocolate), sugar, maybe brown sugar and caramel / toffee aroma.

Woah this is yummy. This is definitely my kind of drink. Very tasty. Having a difficult time describing the flavor but I really like this. There is a charred or toasted malt flavor which is nice. Has a bit of a stouty flavor but is definitely not a stout. A bit of hoppiness but it's obviously not an IPA. Bitter but not overpowering. A nice mixture of flavors that all seem to meld together perfectly. This is excellent.

The finish is a bit quicker than I would have expected, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing because this is "thick". The bit of the finish that is there is quite nice.

The smell of this is just fantastic, I'd almost pay for this just for the nose, but the flavor is excellent as well so why not drink it?

Another excellent beer from Founder's.

Hypersomnia, Jan 09, 2010
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to chalice. This batch advertises 8.5% ABV.

A: Average tan head with poor retention and spare lacing. The body is a hazy dark brown with ruby tints along the edge of the glass.

S & T: Malts of caramel and a nutty, toasted almond. The hop character is minimal. The smell of leather and sour dough bread comes through from the yeast. Above average alcohol on both the nose and palate. It doesn't seem like the alcohol that I'm sensing is from the fermentable sugars as much as a flavor/aroma imparted by a brief bourbon barrel aging. I have never heard anyone claim that the Dirty Bastard *is* barrel aged, this is just a reflection of my experience. Plenty of other flavors/aromas to talk about: raisin, fig, wood, butter, baking chocolate, black licorice, cola, syrup, cardboard and a certain sour quality, not unlike souring milk, but somehow not in an off-putting way either. There is a long duration that helps in dissecting the flavors. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

M: Thick and chewy. Carbonation levels left something to be desired.

D: All in all, an above average brew. Any low scores are a reflection of a Founders beer being rated to the high expectation I have come to have from such a wonderful brewery.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, dark fruit and some alcohol. Not much peet smoke in the aroma. The flavor is very fruity and sweet. Not too much smoke. You get a little roasted malt and the alcohol is present and warming. Medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Dirty Bastard has a body that is brown at the core, orange at the edges, and amber everywhere else. The off-white head is only about a finger high and doesn't have very good retention, but still manages to leave some decent lacing behind.

Dirty bastard features a lot of toffee and caramel in the aroma that come together and smell a bit like chewing tobacco. Also in there is some hop bitterness.

The same malt profile that I notice in the aroma is in the flavor also; lots of toffee, some caramel, and a touch of tobacco. After that the hops come through also, with a bite of bitterness that is a little bit intense for a scotch ale. I have to admit though, I find myself thinking that about the hop profiles in a lot of American scotch ales, so maybe the problem is me and not the hops.

The mouthfeel is good, on the heavy side of medium bodied to the point that it is a little chewy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very good feel actually.

I find that the more Dirty Bastard i drink, the more I like it, which is a good thing. Also, I would never guess that the ABV on this one was above 8%.

Hojaminbag, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this up in a mixed six and was impressed. I'm not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale's, but after trying the Backwoods Bastard I figured I had to give this a try.

Poured into a tulip glass and it has a nice caramel brown color to go with the sweet, malty aroma.

Tastes slightly sweet but is balanced by the malts. It has an almost peety taste, that you can almost chew in your mouth, a really full bodied and exceptional beer. Overall it is also really drinkable, probably more so than other Scotch ale's I have tried.

mirish72, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of memory
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle it has a 3/8 inch head slowly leading to a
nice light film. Lacing abounds.
Can smell bourbon, oak and a little cherry coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth with the bourbon hitting first followed by smooth sweet malt and a hint of cherry.
Drinks a bit boozey, but the smooth aftertaste can lead to more.
Not as sweet as some wee heavys and the bourbon can be trying but is nicely done.

memory, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a very nice copper color that is semi-transparent. Didn't have much of a head, but the little bit there was, lingered for a little while.

Smell: A very rich, malt aroma dominates the smell. There also seemed to be some kind of fruit aroma in the background that reminded me of a light cider.

Taste: Again, a very rich malt flavor dominates. However, there is a balance here that keeps it from becoming too sweet. Could be hops, or could be caramelized malt that provides just enough bitterness to make this very smooth. Also has a very light cider flavor that just peeks through.

Mouthfeel: Good body. Not creamy or thick, but there's a mild chewy texture that feels fantastic on the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could drink this beer anytime. In addition to a pint glass, I also tried it in a wine glass (as I didn't have a snifter or tulip available) and the aromas and flavors became even more apparent. Good anytime, anywhere, any which way.

civilizedpsycho, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut colored body glistens when held to the light. Head is the color of white sand found on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Retention is fair but not overly impressive, a very decent trail of lacing is left behind though.

I will admit I am often on the "more hops the better" side but you cannot deny the beauty of a well crafted malty brew. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma open things up. Subtle chocolate and and a hint of dark fruit meander underneath. Every so faint earthy hops are delicately placed.

Rich caramel malt, slightly burnt sugars and a chocolate flavor meld together up front. While the flavor is generally sweet a earthy almost grassy hop bitterness provides a much needed balance.

Just shy of full bodied, texture is very smooth and creamy. Flavors embed themselves deep in the tongue giving the brew a rather long finish. Carbonation is on the lower end though very adequate.

Fantastic beer and is enjoyed every time. A bit too big to have a session on, kicking back a couple would not be out of the question. A pleasure to drink.

kzoobrew, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mahogany color with a sticky white head that stuck to the glass beautifully. Biscuit and sweet malt in the aroma. A muted fruity aroma is also detectable along with the ester of alcohol.

Smooth as it flows across the palate with a medium body. The complex malty flavor profile is comprised of caramel, toffee and fruit. As the beer moves through center the slightest hint of bitterness provides balance. It signs off with a pleasant warming of the chest from the 8.5% ABV.

A well constructed Scotch ale. Sufficient complexity and highly drinkable for the style.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark copper with a small head. Nice persistent lacing on the surface. Aroma is caramel malt. Spices. Taste is rich carmel malt. Bourbon. Muted bitterness in the finish. Dull sweetness with some light spiciness. Smooth. Very nice medium bodied velvety mouthfeel. Easily drinkable- I find this goes down easier than most Scotch Ales. Really nice beer overall.

burnstar, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of jorg2619
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders delivers yet another great beer. A pour of dirty bastard is thick and dark, I was encouraged by the unpolished look of the beer and how quickly the head died down to a thin skim of bubbles. The aroma was malt, with a hint of malt. The taste is of course malty... but a complex malty that eludes to a complex grain bill and a careful fermentation. The mouth feel is a little syrupy but this is a strong scotch ale. I will be buying it again but only one bottle at a time due to potency.

jorg2619, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a medium bodied brown with a hint of amber within it. It had a thin off white head after an aggressive pour. Plenty of nice lacing was left on the glass and seems there was quite a bit of carbonation. Smelled of dark fruit/raisins. with plenty of roasted caramel malt and spice present, and a slight abv warmth on the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of bitter dark fruit, followed by plenty of extremely noticeable sweet, abundant malt. Finished fairly dry with lingering spice and hop bitterness.

Drinkability:Pretty drinkable brew. Definitely a unique one which gained a bit of needed complexity as it warmed. Had plenty of heavy noticeable malt, spice, and amber ale qualitys. I'd have no problem enjoying this again some night.

blackenmn, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Great Lakes snifter. Beer was a dark cherry color, with a one-finger, light brown head. Very light carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, malt, light spices and nuts.

Taste was sweet malt, caramel, roasted grains, spices and raisins. Finish is moderately bitter.

Well made and easy drinking.

drumrboy22, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (cellared for ~6 months IIRC), poured into my Delirium snifter, Dirty Bastard is a ruddy mahogany with a tight sand colored head, not to big but decent last, leaving nice, foamy lace.

Smell is nice and malty, a bit phenolic, a touch fruity esters, grapes, that seem a bit out of place. No smoke, which I'm happy to see. I get hints of cinnamon as well as it opens up, and I really enjoy it more and more.

Taste is nice, smooth and malty. Not sure I'm tasting Golden Promise though, which I think is the benchmark malt for this style. Still, enjoyable, ABV totally hidden, and fairly true to style, which I appreciate and was hoping for. I'd ding it more for the esters if I didn't love Belgians.

Mouthfeel is dry, a bit on the watery side.

Drinkability is quite high, a nice smooth malty scotch ale, although I could use less phenols and a more quality malt taste. Quibbling though, it's well done.

ccrida, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Russet in color with a creamy tan head.

Powerful nose of rum soaked raisin, candied red delicious apples. Malt driven with subtle red fruit.

Full bodied with toasty malts, raisin, and a dry hoppy finish. The alcohol shows enough to let you know it's there.

Really unique, though I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. A nice cold weather sipper that I should have poured into a snifter rather than a pint glass.

brownbeer, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint.

A: Dark brown with red hues, clear, 1/2 inch tan head. Some lacing.

S: Caramel malty biscuit!!

T: Caramel, bitter, booze, malt sweetness and biscuit slightly noticeable.

F: Starts off light and smooth, becomes very syrupy towards the end.

D: High. While the booze was noticeable I could do with more. The warm associated with high abv brews is a taste and mouthfeel all it's own - and Scotch Ale's/Wee Heavy's are the best. Still enjoyable and one of the better commercial craft Scotch Ales stateside.

NOTE: I have several of these over three nights at varying temperatures to try and find one that balances out the bitter, sweet, and booze better...but to no avail. hmmm

biophiliadude, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Twerp28
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours like beer, looks like beer, and smells like beer. . .

Starts off with rich, sweet caramel and chocolate malts. It's chased down by deep fruit flavors, raisin and plum. The beer finishes with a wonderful sour apple flavor, and leaves a hoppy, bitter, alcoholic fug on the back of the tongue.

Very complex, another Founder's winner.

Twerp28, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, cinnamon brown with a medium beige head that quickly recedes to clumps.

Rich sweet malt with a deep caramel smell. Also has buttery, brown sugar aromas with a little vanilla in there. Very enticing.

Flavor is also all about the sweet malts, predominantly caramel and chocolate. There's also figs and the slightest trace of hops on the finish. Smokyness is very subtle.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. 8.30% ? I think not. Well done.

Excellent. Although I have enjoyed all the Founders beers I have tried, this beer was quite a pleasant surprise. A very well-rounded beer across the categories. Will definitely keep an eye out for more of this and am looking forward to trying the Backwoods Bastard.

GeezLynn, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of batty
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, December 2009

pours a clear but dark, vibrant copper-brown that lets just enough light through to see clearly to the other side of the pint glass. khaki-tan head is pretty low, good lace.

a little smoky-meatiness coming off this brew, with great malty sweetness, and some alcohol

taste is the highlight of this beer, a great combo of smokiness and malt-heavy well balanced, just a touch of warm alcohol and balanced with just a bit of bitter hop and (chocolate?) malt

a bit thin, a bit too much alcohol presence for my taste

drinkability is great, very tasty, solid well balance - a no-messing-around scotch ale that remains easy to drink

batty, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a dark maroon with some slight brownish head. No lacing.

The smell is malty with some nice dark bread flavor, some great butterscotch flavor as well.

The taste is caramel and toffee. Some dry dark fruit mixed with some hop bitterness with a nice warm alcohol flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is easy going down. It is high an ABV but still pleasant and not overpowering.

Duhast500, Dec 09, 2009
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,865 ratings.