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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,494
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 179
Gots: 677 | 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 lightindarkness
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

The 12oz bottle poured a deep smoky reddish brown, with a short creamy head that dissipated to almost nothing very quickly.

I really like the smell of this beer, with a lot of caramel and toasted malt. There was some astringency to the smell.

The flavor is really the highlight of this beer. It boasts a very rich flavor that was not too sweet, even a little dry and dark. Roasted malt and grains are very bold along with a syrupy caramel. There is a very distinct fullness of flavor, with a lot of tastes that resemble a very darkly toasted slice of homemade grainy wheat bread. Finish with a smooth chocolate taste that is a little dry, but not too much so.

I think this is a very drinkable beer with a good overall taste and feel. The biggest drawbacks for me are the slight dryness and astringency. I think this beer really benefits from a good balance of toasted flavors along with very smooth caramel on the nose and in taste. It is sweet without being too much so, and dark without being overly earthy.

lightindarkness, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Nearly opaque walnut brown with amber edges. Head dissipates quickly leaving a uniform ring around the glass.

Malt sweetness leads with undercurrents of honey, prunes and a soft tangerine hop scent. However, it's shocking how many specialty grains come through on the nose; chocolate, caramel and biscuit malt all shine through in a department where only one usually makes itself known. A sneakily smoky finish is hampered only by a touch of alcohol, which keeps this one from being perfect.

Mmm, candy! Luscious fruit (raisins) sweetness is carried along by an almost nutty supporting flavor. Roasted bitterness tempers the sweetness and an astonishing hop bitterness finishes the job, leaving only hints of burnt and caramel notes. Oddly, the excellent hop quality cost this a higher score; it tastes awesome, just not right for a wee heavy.

Mouthfeel is coating but not syrupy. Supple with a biting bitterness to sever any lingering thickness. Outstanding in this area. Still, this is a big, flavorful beer with big alcohol to boot. Very drinkable for the style but only suitable for the shortest of sessions.

malcontent, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a rich, cloudy mahogany with very little tan head that dies quickly. Slow carbonation is barely visible. Hardly any lacing.

Smells of strong, rich, syrupy malt, grains and a bit of cloves. Slightly estery. Strong alcohol nose.

Rich roasted caramel malt is the dominant flavor. A little estery again. Strong scotch aftertaste. A little on the dry side.

Full body, a little spicy from the carbonation, biter and dry in a warming, pleasant way. Very thick and full, just like a scotch ale is supposed to be. Very strong alcohol presence. The aftertaste is satisfying, despite the esters. Smooth and drinkable if strong ales are your thing.

Thanby, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

A- Body is a rich dark mahogany hue. Pours with a 2 finger creamy tan head that eventually tapers off into a thick collar and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is translucent and lots of particles can be seen floating throughout.

S-Deep, rich, and syrupy with chocolate malt dominating. Caramel malt and alcohol also make a strong presence.

T- Flavor pretty consistent throughout. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts are the main characters here and they make a strong presence throughout. The taste sweetens for the finish but a big roasted bitterness lingers along with a medium alcohol burn.

M- Big, thick, syrupy mouthfeel characteristic for the style. Carbonation is medium and does not get in the way of the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D- I've only sampled a few from this style and this seems to be a solid example. ABV is normal for the style and alcohol presence plays a big role in this brew. Sweet caramel and roasted bitter chocolate mix well and leave behind a nice warmth. Decent overall-but I am confident I can find other examples of this style I enjoy more.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of foxmul924
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass...

Color: Reddish-Brown Hue with a Thin, Off-White Head which Dissipates

Aroma: Brown Sugary/Sweet Hops

Mouth Feel: VERY Smooth, Medium-Bodied, Not Too Carbonated,
Velvety Texture that Caresses Tongue

Taste: Sweet and 'Sugary'/Smoky Chocolate, Dark Fruit Aftertaste with
Slight Tinge of Alcohol

Drinkability: THUMBS UP! Two/Three Might be the Limit


foxmul924, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev 0%

From Merchants in Dearborn, MI. Though mahogany in the glass, this was a very rusty-orange as it poured. Tan head settled quickly leaving a ring, some lacing, fleeting carbonation. There was a strong odour of whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, taffy, alcohol. I did not smell fruit as many others here did. Though I'm not fond of this style of beer, I found the taste surprizingly milder than the smell suggested and quite enjoyable with a bit of molasses presence. I thought the whisky punch remained front and centre. Warm mouthfeel, some lingering heat but not bad at all, the hops and malt are nicely balanced. I'd say this was the first Wee Heavy I really liked, wouldn't mind trying it again.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 12-1-07

A vigorous pour yields a dark brown color, with a clingy tan head that leaves huge lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is lots of dark fruit, with a hint of peaty earthiness. Very sweet and malty with a nutty, caramel quality.

Taste is very much like the smell, with alot more peat character. Flavors of raisin combine with burnt sugar and a very subtle hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good, very tart carbonation adds a different feel.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

BMoney575, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

thanks to DIM for this via trade!

A - rich dark brown / red color with a solid off white head.
S - sweet rich caramel malts dominate with a hint of floral hop
T - similar to the nose but with a more pronounced hop effect.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a wamring effect.
D - went down all too easy.

a touch hoppier than I prefer in a SA but tasty! I'd drink another one of these.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

a: Dark brown with some ruby highlights, Slightly hazy and translucent. A vigorous pour produces a huge light tan head that is long lasting and leaves lots of lacing behind

s: Earthy candied fruit malts are the most noticeable aromas. Some vanilla alcohol and a hint of hops also detected.

t: The malts, of course, dominate here in a smokey, earthy, peat form. There is a bit of sweetness in the form of vanilla. The alcohol is very faint. An excellent example of the style.

m: Silky smooth with long lasting carbonation. Pleasantly dries the mouth a bit.

d: Certainly a sessionable beer given the well masked alcohol. I'll certainly buy this again.

DIM, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Redbones on 11.10.2007.
Served in a 10.5 oz snifter.

Pours a clean, muddy molasses in color beneath a creamy, off-white head with nice, delicate retention. Thin layers of ringed lacing. Aromas of light toffee, molasses, semi-sweet brown sugar, and mild alcohol whaffs. Notes of dark, aged fruit: plum, date, raisin. A warm, semi-sweet malt sweetness with notes of toffee and hazlenut. Almost full in body; velvety smooth and creamy. Not overpowering on the palate. A pleasant tasting Scotch Ale. The flavors and textures are balanced; light enough in abv and intensity to have a few glasses.

NEhophead, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev -1.2%

i grabbed a sixer in a rush not really paying attention to what i got. it was just something i hadn't tried. i am glad i did! poured a nice med brown. nice head, lacing and carbonation. smell was rich with hint of roast chocalate.

the taste was very good. on a cool fall day 2 or 5 of these will warm the bod.

good choice. suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of LeftonJackman
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

I picked up a six pack of this after enjoying Founders Red's Rye. Great labeling! Be sure to read the neck band.

I poured my bottle into a pint glass before dinner, sat back and enjoyed:

A: Poured a deep amber, with glints of red. Nice nutty head about a finger and a half.

S: After a two quick sniffs I found the aroma a little understated. Bitter chocolate and woodsy. I picked up some of the roast.

T: A slight sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Again, scotch, chocolate, coffee and a roasted/burnt malts. The bitterness of the chocolate tops off the great flavor profile I have come to love about scotch ales.

M: Medium bodied with alcohol and water in the mouth. Not quite chewy.

D: Went great with the cheese in my meal, a sharper cheddar next time. Good beer to have with a meal, but not the paramount scotch ale. One per sitting.

LeftonJackman, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer was bottled in September 2007 according to the label notch system as outlined on the Founders Brewery page here on BA. Poured from the stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. I barely produced a 1/4" of light beige head.... so I gave it a hefty swirl and was gratified with a full 1". The beer is a deep brown with ruby highlights. WOW!... the lace is very pronounced!

The smell: Rather subdued but lot's of roasted malt.

Taste: Now... THAT's what I'm talkin' about!... very nice! I can taste a woodsy/malty chocolate. A smokey taste and just the hint of a bitter aftertaste. This stuff is GOOD!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy.... perfect carbonation.... rich and robust. Everything I like in a beer.... so, I gotta give it a 5!

Drinkability: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. One of my favorite beers. Definately in the top ten.... Go get some of this. With 8.3% abv.... proceed with caution. It could sneak up on you.

TheBierBand, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Served as a very deep brown colored beer with very slight off-white head.
Smell is the perfect mixture of roasted malt, smokey flavors, and strong caramel and toffee notes.
Taste is completely extraordinary. Amazingly strong roasted malt flavors dominate. Not overly sweet as some of these beers are. I asked the bartenter how strong it was and he thought 6% at the highest. I was amazed to see how strong it was because the alcohol was completely hidden.
Finishes with the strong malty taste. Very refreshing. Went well with my meal.
One of the best beers I have yet to drink.

tgbljb, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz stubby bottle from Abe’s poured into a tulip (no thistle glass). Deep caramel brown with a little dark tan head that leaves only a ring around the glass and some bigger bubbles on the surface. Smell is roasted malts, taste is big and malty, sweet but but balanced by the burnt/roastedness that comes through. The alcohol makes itself known as the beer warms, which is very nice and warming and overall the taste is really good. Mouthfeel is full but the carbonation keeps it from feeling dead. Drinkability is good even if the finish isn’t what you would call dry. Very good overall.

wheelinshirt, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Kadonny
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A deep burnt orange or browninsh color with a light tan thick 3 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Malt nose with some sweetness

T: Very rich malty flavor with a decent amount of sweetness. Flavors of burnt malt, caramel, and some coffee were present. A nice blend of flavors made the taste enjoyable.

M: The high ABV comes through in the mouth with a medium to heavy body.

D: To me it was low. I had one of these and that was enough for me, but this is not my style of ale. With the higher ABV again, I can see drinking only one or two of these.

Overall a nice beer that I enjoyed for somthing different, but I probably wouldn't go back to it since the scotch ale is not really my bag. If it is your bag, I bet you enjoy this beer.

Kadonny, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

appearance - Nice dark brown color with a creamy tan head, and nice lace.

smell - Nice sweet and roasted malt smell.

taste - Has a caramel malt taste to it, real nice scotch hint.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Nice balance, not too malty, enjoyed this one

auxiliary, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Rich mahogany color with a thin off-white head. Smells of oak, caramel, and musty basement. It has a deep rich taste of brown malt with a tiny bit of roast. This hides its ABV pretty well. I'd like a little peat note, but oh well - I've got Lagavulin for that urge. The finish is is creamy, earthy, a bit fruity with a little brandy-like warmth. Cold weather and your favorite sweater.

dedrinker, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of elmore
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a bottle into a Goblet.

Thin tan head with minimal lacing. Has a sweet aroma with smells of dark roasted malt coming through. Sweet taste typical for Scotch style ales with a little bit of hops. Very pleasant medium mouthfeel with a somewhat creamy texture. The high alcohol content doesn't come through as much as you would think and the sweetness is what limits its drinkability rather than the alcohol content in my opinion. Not a huge fan of the style, but as good as any Scotch ale I've had.

elmore, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

Burnt orange color, some haze. Low level head with nearly no lace.

Light aroma of darker malts with a semi-sweetness. Traditional Scotch smells.

This is a heavily hopped Scotch Ale. Dark crystal malt flavors and slightly sweet. Very strong hop finish, which is very un-Scotch Ale like. I'm now torn because I prefer this beer to the traditional SA. With a body of light cream, this is a rich offering.

Overall, this is flavorful beer with a bitter sweet flavor.

smcolw, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of matty
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%

Golden colored beer with average smell.Taste seems to have a hint of fruit with a big alcohol aftertaste.This is my first scotch ale and it isn't too bad but It doesn't seem that you can drink many of these at one sitting.Overall I would recommend this beer and I would purchase again!!!

matty, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

Founders- Dirty Bastard

12oz bottle purchased from Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Cloudy, unfiltered red with a thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Strong solvent alcohol with fruit notes. Grape, apple, and cherry come through.
T- Very sweet fruit flavors. Apple and Grape really come through. Alcohol is very present throughout.
M- Sugary sweet with a big alcohol wallop.

Overall- The strongest Wee Heavy I can recall having. A few of these will knock you off the bar stool!

NJpadreFan, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

12 oz stubby bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Mild off-white head that recedes quickly, but leaves an impressive sticky lace. Color is a deep dark ruby red color. Nice highlights when held to the light.
Smell is malty sweet with a floral back-note. Taste follows with the maltiness and finishes with a slightly tannic hops bitterness.
Solid medium body with a balanced carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

If it's no Scottish, it's crrrrap!

bort11, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of botham
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. this brew pours a chestnut brown color with ruby red highlights. no head is present, just a soapy rim around the glass.

smell is a mix between malts, hops, and an earthy scotch aroma. caramel malts above the others, with a fruity base of grapes and a touch of apple. hops are in the background and are grassy. roasted malts are also present

taste is of caramel and roasted malts, with alcohol and a touch of earthy scotch present as well. the scotch flavor takes a more prominent role as the palate becomes familiarized with the brew, and the roasted malts reside.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with bite from carbonation and alcohol.

drinkability is moderate. this is a rich brew that commands attention. however, it is well balanced and rich in flavor profile and complexity. cheers!

botham, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

Picked up a six pack of this while visiting family in Indiana. I was homesick for my McEwans back home. Luckily this did the trick! Poured very nice with an excellent dark, rust/copper tone. It has one of the best aromas I've experienced, a very deep, malty and almost peaty scent. Very nice flavor, a nice amount of malt. The only negative was that, even keeping in mind its relatively high ABV, the taste and feel of alcohol was higher than usual compared to other beers, which affected its mouthfeel considerably and its taste a bit, as well. Still, if you're going to have a domestic scotch ale instead of the real thing, this is definitely worth trying.

JamesS, Sep 17, 2007
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,494 ratings.