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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 StoutHunter
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6 pack of this the other day since a nice scotch ale sounded good. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This brew pours a dark copper color with two fingers worth of off white head that turned into a thing ring that stayed with nice lacing.

S- Wow, this brew smells sweet. Lots of sweet dark fruits mixed with equally sweet malts. I can also pick up a good amount of booze. This beer smells very different from other scotch ales I have had.

T- This beer tastes similar to the way it smells. Sweet fruits and malts stick out the most, but they are blended with some toffee, caramel, and bitter chocolate that didn't show up in the nose. Tastes sweet but not as sweet as the smell. You can tell this is a stronger beer since the booze is always present.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- Not that high, two would be my limit, too sweet and boozy to drink more then that.

Overall I find this beer to be pretty good, I have had this beer many times and enjoy the fact that this beer is widely available in my area. This beer always has a place in my fridge. A great scotch ale from a great brewery.

Photo of weizenbob
2.89/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A half finger head reluctantly forms at the top of the glass and quickly scatters leaving a thin layer of odd bubble formations at the top. Steady carbonation activity is present. Color is deep copper and I cannot see the other side of the glass through the brew. It is indeed a dirty looking bastard.

It is not very fragrant from afar, but up close it smells complex. The scent is fruity up front, chocolate-like in the middle and some subtle malty character on the tail end. Let's dive in.

Initial flavor is a mellow chocolate note but after that, hold onto your hat. Did somebody drop a shot of whiskey into my glass? This is really tasting like somebody poured liquor into a perfectly good brown ale. This beer is 8.5% abv and they didn't do anything to try to hide it. Once the alcohol flavor kicks in, it dominates the overall palette. I'll be nursing this one for sure. But the more I sip, the more I'm warming up to it. Now that I'm getting over the initial shock of that alcohol kick, I'm noticing that this is kind of syrupy and very sweet. The aftertaste is kind of woody. I'm curious how this might mellow over time.

The overall effect is smooth and feels good in the mouth but the very noticeable 8.5% abv doesn't help the drinkability of this Scotch ale. It feels like whiskey on the throat so it's definitely a sipper. I'll probably end up sitting on a couple of these for a while because I anticipate this being a lot more enjoyable once it mellows out a bit.

UPDATE 4/21/11:
I pulled one of these bottles out of the cellar on the six month anniversary of my original review. Half a year has done wonders for this beer. The gag inducing alcohol has mellowed far beyond my expectations. Six month Dirty Bastard is akin to a doubled English Brown, with the sweetness really shining through and a nice drinkability. The alcohol is still noticable, but its burn has been replaced by delightful flavors of caramel and toffee. I still have a few in the cellar and I can't wait to see what they become at the one year mark. Further updates shall follow.
Total-3.53, B

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

Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head, not much lacing present.

Aroma: Sweet with some alchohol and some grain.

Taste: Good malt backbone in this. Piney hops intermingle with caramel flavors and robust grain. A pleasant aftertaste with some grain and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, proper carbonation.

Drinkability: Good.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS snifter. I'm sharing this and some Dirty Bastard with my girlfriend. Interesting to see how the two compare.

A - Brown body with a circle of white head but not much head at all on top. The Backwoods is slightly darker than the Dirty. Not much difference in the two other than that.

S - Caramelly, malty sweetness. Hints of vanilla. But mostly caramel like sweetness

T - Follows the nose with a sweet caramel flavor. Toffee and molasses notes as well. Picking up some nutty flavors and a hint of booze.

M - medium body with a bit of stickiness and a low amount of carbonation

D - A sipper, and I'm kind of glad I am only drinking half a bottle of this. A solid beer but not my favorite style. Certainly enjoyable however and I could see it being the perfect beer if I was in the mood for it.

Photo of tylernim
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light brown to tan color. Creamy head.

S - Bit of booze. Malts.

T - Malts with a hint of scotch. Some slight vanilla perhaps.

M - Thick and creamy as it should be.

D - Would love to be able to drink more, but I would call it at two.

Was excited for this one, and it delivered.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very dark tan/brown with red traces. Nice creamy 1 inch head

Smell - Some hops and malts are present. HAs a scottish whiskey smell in there. Some spices are also there.

Taste - Very cool Has a rye/ipa kick with some scottch aftertaste. Baby has bite also at 8.5%. Malts are smooth and mellow. Theres a spice in this beer i cant pickout but it just adds to the great flavor.

Mouthfeel - ALot going on. You really have a treat with all the spices mixed with the malts. Really thought, the mouth isnt all that ruined after drinking. Its rather dry drinking, not a long aftertaste so you can move into something else.

Drinkabilty - Its just a little to strong to drink more then 1 or 2. But for sure i could see drinking this weekly. I really enjoyed the scotch flavor, really nice job again by founders

Photo of ProLiquorMan
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks really good. Some dark ruby color (just like the description).

Smells nice. Some malty beer smell. It's all I got. You can tell it's going to be a little bitter.

Tastes like it smells.

Medium Bodied.

It's a good beer, but it does taste like scotch at all. There was no smoke or peat. It's just a nice dark and malty beer that's slightly bitter.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really didn't think I was going to like this beer as much as I did. Really great garnet color. Initially has a puffy off white head that fades fast to a tiny loose ring. Aroma is a little faint, but sweet and bready.
Taste is really malt forward with strong toffee, caramel, molasses flavors that are abundant. That leaves your palate with a faint hop bitterness and slight alcohol hottness. Could be a little more lively in the mouth, but has good body none-the-less. After a while I'm sure this would get cloying but for one bottle its great.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, and Ruby highlights with a medium, light-tan head. Aroma very malty, a touch of caramel, dark fruits. Flavor also very malty; brown sugar, fruits, Caramel and lightly sour.Nice smooth velvety texture. Almost too sweet, but I keep buying it.
The taste is that good.

Photo of BBP
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cherry chestnut with a thin head. Not too much carbonation, and a very poor excuse for a head. I can't lie and say it looked good. It did look a bit unfiltered which at least was slight nice, at least IMO.

S- Chocolate and coffee, and all out of nowhere a ton of malt. Moreso dark malts. Hints of caramel and booze. Was good, but simply too light of an aroma for a better rating.

T- Sweet and quick to leave a smoky aftertaste. Starts with some dark malts, and almost brings an oaked flavor forward. Little traces of chocolate and coffee, but it soon falls behind the smokiness. I wish the taste would linger a bit longer though.

M- Medium high body, with carbonation that suits it well. A fair amount of alcohol heat though. Maybe after some aging this would be really good. Probably not too bad for an 8.5% though.

D- A good intricate beer. Reminded me of OA Arrogant Bastard to be honest. It's one that you want to savor in that regard. One thing I didn't like was that I had to really swish it around, before the flavor would take hold. Aside from that, it's an impressive brew.

Photo of weatherdog
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter. Bottle dated 6/24/09

It pours a Chestnut brown with deep ruby highlights. A creamy tan head capped the beer.

It smells deeply of a medium to high lovibond crystal malt without much body with a noticeable alcohol burn. A fairly boring and uninteresting nose.

The taste improves on the nose just a little bit. The sweet crystal malt is coupled with just a little bitterness. The finish is on the sweet side which fits with this style. I'm thinking this bottle is just touch oxidized as well. The body is also on the fuller side which I feel masks a lot of the alcohol that is present in the nose. Even though the nose and taste are just about average for me, it is very drinkable for a 8.5% beer.

Photo of DerekP
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is cloudy, with an array of hues that make the beer look delicious and inviting. A fluffy nougat head on top. A dark brown to mahogany glow to the bottom of the glass. The smell is unbelievable. Sweet fruits to a chocolatey, malty backbone. Taste's earthy. Not quite what I was expecting. A lot of hoppy bitterness. Hot alcohol. Malt and grains somewhere in the mix. Definitely a sipper. As it warms up it tastes more and more like bourbon or a brown liquor. Have a good night...

Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, one finger of tan head, murky walnut brown color.

s- nice scotch ale nose, some sweet bready stuff in there, nutty, light chocolate, a bit of toast.

t- nice, sweet, very nutty, some roast, chocolate both milk and bittersweet, slight alcohol.

m- medium to full body, slick, coating.

d- nice, this is a top notch scotch ale, i would drink this one again. yet again i maintain that founders doesn't make bad beer.

Photo of mariposafan
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first Founders beer, poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

No head to speak of - just a light layer that disappears almost as quickly as it arrived. Bubbles persist at the edges, though, leading to a little bit of lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel with herbal hops?! What?

Taste isn't nearly as sweet as the smell led me to expect. Caramel, yes, but a drier version. Chilled it also has a fair bit of hoppiness, but that fades to nothing as it warms. Unfortunately the bitterness doesn't fade quite as much - it's a little over the top, particularly in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is nice and creamy, with a little sharp carbonation trying (unsuccessfully) to cut through the bitterness.

Drinkability is hindered by the excess bitterness of the aftertaste. The 8.5% does its part as well so this is definitely a sipping/one and done beer for me.

Overall it's not bad but not something I'll expect to seek out again.

Photo of mattgreger
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with color that is dark red with a bit of a haze, and a very nice tan head, that falls to a little bit of lacing.

Definite aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Which you would expect with a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy.

The taste has a bit of a malt. You can surely taste the alcohol notes up front, with some cocoa and bit toffee coming in the finish. Making it bitter and crisp.

Mouthful is very good as well, some scotch ales over play the alcohol, or they compeletly forget to put it in. This brew is pretty good by Founders. Its a heavy/strong brew that is easy to drink. I picked this up in a Founders Variety pack...would definitly pick it up again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Poured a brown color with light red hues around the edge of the glass. One finger beige colored head shows good retention. Lacing is good coming in sheets on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts in the front of the beer. Darker fruits come into play toward the middle. Some light smoked and toasted malts in the ending of the beer. It is a little dull for the aroma I must say.

T- Nice caramel malts start of the beer. There is a darker fruit presence in the middle of the beer which shine for a second before it dies back into the caramel malts. A hint of vanilla in the ending of the beer goes along with the sweetness of everything.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style of the beer. Caramel malts are left on the palate with some light vanilla and alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol is drying on the palate. Flavors were balanced and well put together.

D- I have a problem at times with scotch ales but this one was good. It is a little sweet for me and that makes it a hard drinker for a sixer. That's just me though. The ABV is a little high to makes this a session beer without getting drunk. Overall, a good beer and nice way to rep the style.

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1/2 finger white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Caramel malt with chocolate, dried fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Caramel and chocolate malt up front followed by a faint hoppy bitterness in the middle then a complex array of malt flavors that I can't quite describe at the finish. Alcohol flavor comes through at the end. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This isn't a beer that's meant to be sessioned. Drink a couple slowly throughout the evening.

Overall: Very solid Wee Heavy. Founders puts out a good product and this is another fine example.

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin, fizzy head to it. The head faded quickly and there wasn't a trace of it ever existing after a minute or so.

The aroma has some caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruit, raisin, fig like qualities to it. I'm getting just a hint of roastiness in it as well. It has more alcohol present in the nose as it warmed.

The taste shows caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruit sweetness along with a roasted malt, bitter, burnt, coffee flavor. The finish also has a moderate warming alcohol heat to it. Very nice mix of flavors with a lot of depth. All the flavors work very together and none are too dominant.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability is good, it's a very flavorful beer and has a lot of depth to it. The flavors all came together very nicely overall. A very good choice to sip on after dinner tonight.

Photo of stoutman
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Color is a cloudy dark red with a nice tan head. A really nice looking beer. Taste is very malty and complex with alcohol noted up front, with cocoa and toffee coming in the finish. A dense palate with a heavy body. Very nice long finish that keeps changing. This is a very nice, complex brew. Outstanding.

Photo of Lukafer
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dirty bastard

Pours a dark reddish brown with one finger of dark tan head.  Smells are plums, sweet caramel and dark fruits.  Tastes are malts, hops, dark fruits.  There's a lot of flavor here, very good. Mouthfeel is medium and goes down pretty smooth, and drinkability is pretty high given the Abv.

Photo of IPAescotch
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and crystal malts. Roasted scent. Some earthy hoppiness

Tastes like bitter roasted coffee some definite whiskey characteristics.

Thin and light bodied yet obvious malt impact. The bitterness really caries through on the aftertaste. Expected more heftiness in the flavor.

Highly drinkable for such a strong beer.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby, brownish color. There is less than a one finger, tan head that has sub par retention. There is hardly any lacing.

S - I actually got a lot of raspberry during my first sniff. There are also some smokey malts and other dark fruits, mostly fig with a touch of alcohol.

T - Very smooth with some roasted caramel malts up front with a touch of smoke. After that, there are some dark fruits such as figs and raisins. The after taste has a surprisingly strong bitter hop taste. Notes of bitter chocolate also linger. Satisfyingly complex.

M - Very very smooth with a higher viscosity than most wee heavies I've had. Not easy to pull off. Bravo, Founders.

D - When I drink a wee heavy, I like it to be on the sweet side. With the bitter hoppy after taste, I think this category suffers a little. But wee heavies, this one included always pleasantly surprise me with their drinkability, considering with the ABV.

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

A- Dark reddish brown with a dirty white head, pours maybe a finger thick and leaves nice lacing.

S- Toasted malts, with some sweet malts in there too, dark fruit there too

T- Malty, sweet, a little caramel and dark fruit flavors a little hidden vanilla. light bitterness but no hops to be found, very good flavor

M- medium thick with a medium amount of carbonation, little alcohol warmth at the end

D- Drinkable, but not much of a session beer. Good one to drink but not one to have more than one of

Photo of Blanco
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a maudite "snifter."

Very dark, chocolate brown, with a slight reddish hue. Moderate sized tan head.

Smells of caramel and tootsie rolls and hint of fruit (cherry, raisins maybe?)

Taste is malt upfront, followed by caramel and a little hint of cherry coke. slightly bitter, with a smooth and slight alcohol burn. Tasty and as the beer warms is more complex than at first.

mouthfeel is very good. silky and medium to thick, but definitely not syrupy. Does coat the mouth some.

Moderate drinkability. It's good and the alcohol burn doesn't bother me, but it's not one I would have more than 2 or so at a sitting.

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

A- nice ruby brown, with a two finger khaki colored head,nice lacing.

S- Not very aromatic but, you can smell the malt, Carmel.

T-Malty carmel, some hint of dark fruit, some tiny hint of vanilla.

M- Smooth, creamy, alcohol is hidden well. Carbonation is the right amount.

D- I would only drink one or two of these, sipping slowly.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,141 ratings.