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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,018
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 207
Gots: 924 | 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:
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 jonziefle
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark and cloudy reddish-brown color. One finger head with little retention (gentle pour) and little visible carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted and nutty malts. Caramel and chocolate, with molasses sweetness. Cider flavors as well. Some dark yeast esters.

Taste: Bitter alcohol bite to start, with dark fruit sweetness and a chocolate edge. Caramel roasted malts. Very long linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a tingly alcohol bite up front and out back.

Drinkability: A good scotch ale, with a good amount of alcohol bite. Good malt flavors, with a darker sweetness.

Buy Again? Yes.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head after an aggressive pour. When held up to the light, the color looks more of an orange. The cap disappears after a bit and there is not very much lacing.

S: Not very upfront. It takes multiple sniffs to get the huge array of malts that are in this beer. Not very complex, but the malts do smell very well.

T: First off is definitely some caramel malts. The malt profile is intriguing and spicy, but not overwhelming. There isn't much else to the taste but malts. Maybe a hint of fruit (to me, apples) and a slight bitterness at the end.

M: Thicker and almost creamy. Some bread-like chewiness. Finishes nicely.

D: For the abv it is fairly drinkable. I find myself searching for something else along with the malts. Enjoyable, just not my favorite Founders beer.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair brew even if it feels like a bit of of an unbalanced Scotch ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Old fashion design around the illustration of a solarized head of a man, the dirty bastard... with a faint Scottish pattern in the background. Shows bottling date (12/09/09), IBUs (50), and Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber brown color

S - Nose is very subdued, almost non-existent, and offers very little. Sweet malt, and a a boozy whiff. In fact the alcohol ends up predominating over everything else.

T - Sweet caramel malt, a minimal note of fruit over a biting hoppy component that feels slightly off. The malt profile is nice but a bit flat, and is picked up by an assertive boozy note.

M - Medium body with nice and tiny carbonation leaving a tingly finish that is burdened by a bit of a harsh alcohol prominence.

D - Not bad as an assertive brew with pretty rough edges, but short in balance or nuances.

Notes: Hmmm. a bit of a disappointment as a Scotch ale. It´s a fair brew but it is well short of what might be expected of the style, or a rich free interpretation, let alone what the narrative on the six-pack promises: Complex finish with hints of smoke and peat. There is nothing of it. But the six-pack albeit a bit boring is drinkable if not particularly worth seeking forth. Maybe time will mellow the alcohol profile a bit and have a nice and maybe richer malty profile?

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

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured about a quarter inch of loosely packed fizzy light tan foam. quickly fell to a ring and large floating island of big bubbles. the beer is crystal clear, dark burnt amber/ruby colored.

S - lots of sweetness off the bat, sweet malts, loads of caramel brown sugar, vanilla...s light spice and peat smokiness lingers towards the end. a bit of booze here as well.

T - sweetness kicks off with a big gulp of caramel joined by some plums, other dark fruits. more earthy flavors in the middle...peat, vanilla, very light milk chocolate. finishes with a healthy dose of warming alcohol, subtle earthy hops, slight sour=y bourbon twang, and a slight smokiness.

M - best pat right here, insanely creamy...possibly the most ive ever experienced in a beer. subtle, but tight and lively carbonation propels the drink to all corners of the mouth.

D - not a favorite style of mine, but this is quite yummy and a fair representation of the style. incredible mouthfeel makes this very comforting on a chilly spring evening. interested to see how a couple of these do with some time on them as there's 5 left in my fridge.

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

this one was kind of hard to come by in the area, even though founders is readily distributed here.
pours a cloudy copper with highlights of amber and a one finger off white head and impressive lace. smells sweet and bready with strong aromas of caramel malt and biscuit tones, really appealing. tastes dominated by toffee and roasted sweetness. a little bready with a robust backround. nice and flavorful. i will be getting this beer again.

Photo of semibaked
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with some nice red highlight shining through. Had about an inch of beige head, goes away quickly and leaves some top notch lacing.

S - Big sweet malt flavors with a bit of molasses and dark bread.

T - Sweet and bitter, good combo. Molasses, hops, and malts, oh my.

M - Slick mouthfeel like cooking oil mixed with a bit of butter.

D - Goes down easy and more bitter than I thought, I can see why this gets solid reviews most of the time.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark color with intense ruby red color when held to the light. A tan head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with caramel notes. Alcohol is apparent. Nutty aromas as well (although I could not pick out which nut precisely).

T: A roasted malt flavor dominates the first taste. Some diacetyl which leads to a buttery experience; however, this may be the complexities of 'caramel' in the beer that I am confusing for diacetyl. A moderate amount of sweetness, but never over-bearing.

M: Full bodied with a chewy viscosity. A balanced bitterness (predominantly from the malt and not hops) that remains pleasantly briefly. A creamy flavor. Dry finish.

Notes: Charlie from Five Points Bottle Shop told me that Founders was one of the top 3 breweries in the country right now. After experiencing this Scotch Ale, I am inclined to agree. I have been searching for a brew that I could enjoy on a regular basis. And if only they had a version of this that was about half the ABV, I would have found my brew. This is a great beer, one of my favorites. I am stoked that I have 5 more in this pack to enjoy. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The short little beer was a nice mahogany color. The beer poured a tan head that was unimpressive. The smell of the beer was caramel and sweet. It tasted sweet also and was high in alcohol. I will try this beer again though as I was not sure if Liked it or not. I only had a half of one so I will come back to this one.

Photo of HopHooligan
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been saving this one for a couple of months, so its slightly aged

a- Awesome cherry tint, very little foam when poured from a bottle. little lacing.

s- Not much of a sent, dried berries and slight alcohol came through after a little sniffing

t- A immediate scotch/ whiskey bite but softened by a toasty grain and sweet malt taste. Ends with the fruit dried fruit mentioned in the smell category.

m- Large body for a ale, medium to low carbonation, yet bubbles seem to stay in the mouth.

d- Very nice drinkability, nice n smooth

Photo of jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 02/12/10

pours dark copper with a big 2 finger tan head that had good retention and covered the glass with lacing

smell is pretty faint all i could pick up on was some carmel malts

taste - this has to be the best scotch ale out there - rich malts carmel nutty brown sugar some dark fruit - booze - and the hops are there because the beer has a good amount of bitterness to it

mouthfeel - has a medium body low carbonation but not flat - very creamy and smooth

drinkability is good - i would limit my self to only 1 or 2 in a session

Photo of kalkavekkian
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single last week and had it last night during a session with a buddy. Poured a rich reddish dark brown with a thin head. Light lacing in the glass. Smelled sweet with malts and candy. Taste was smooth and darkly sweet with slight whiskey finish. Hints of raisin and chocolate. Mouthfeel was thick and a bit creamy. Drinkability was only ok for me as this is not my style. 1, maybe 2 of these on a good night.

Photo of hops1337
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a gift from beertunes, Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, it was dark brown with a light brown head and decent lacing. Smell was sweet malt with some fruit in the background. Taste was nice, im not a huge fan of the style but this was quite good. Had what i would call a cough syrupy mouthfeel but with a tangy hop finish. Recommended if you can find it. Thanks T!

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mahogany brown with a thin, khaki colored head that had moderate retention and lacing. The aroma was very neutral, none of the big malt or peat scents I was expecting. The flavor was also rather bland up front, but had an interesting sharp tang on the finish.

The body and drinkability was typical for the style, a lot will depend on your tolerance for the strength of these beers. Worth a try if you see it.

Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice shade of amber with red highlights showing through. No real head but it does have some legs.

S: Nice sweet aromas. Caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and light dark fruits.

T: Raisin and caramel lead the way. Light chocolate, hints of earthy hops in the finish with a bit of boozy burn.

M: On the ligher side of full in body, bold, smooth, with a perfect level of boozy burn in the finish.

D: A nice example of the style.

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the brewery over the KBS weekend. Pours a very dark red with a good amount of foam on each pour. The taste is of very dark malt with a hint of scotch to it. Its pretty smooth and easy to drink for 8.3%. I'd be lying though if I didn't say I was expecting a bit more from this. I'm sure I won't be able to walk straight after finishing this growler though.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a beer in a week after my wisdom teeth taken out. Has a dark color to it, up to the light it looks a bit more amber, has a small head but not much. Smell is very malty with some chocolate aroma too, I smells pretty good. Taste is good, it's quite strong from an alcohol stand point, has a pretty strong coffee taste to it, I wish I wasn't in pain I'd probably enjoy this more

Photo of mgbickel
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a fizzy, single finger, beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving behind a small amount of lace. The body is dense and hazy; a perfect blend of amber, orange and brown.

The nose has lots of sweet malts up front that mix with a caramel background. You can also pick up bready and grainy aromas.

Lots of malt flavors hit the palate first. They start off sweet and quickly fade into a mellow, roasted finish. The aftertaste is a mixture of (very subtle) hops and alcohol.

The mouth feel is medium, semi-oily and moderately carbonated.

Great example of the style! This is very drinkable and complex. Another Founders winner!!

Photo of ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather antique brown color with creamy thick off white head crowning the top.
Light aroma of earthy grains and peat. palette picking up a touch of caramel and vanilla from the malt bill with that earthy touch. well done mouthfeel and decent drinkablity but not a session beer.

Photo of Seanibus
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brow with big dense head. Not much on aroma, but flavor is huge, sweet, malty, yet light. It has a pleasant smokiness and bitterness on the finish - dark bread, roasted nuts, very dark cherry fruit. Mouthfeel light and pleasant. As it warms, the beer takes on a sharp, winelike tannic bitterness that highlights the malt complexity

Photo of jbails007
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this a mere 2 hours ago, and I felt the need to review it right away!

Color is very dark. Not pitch black, but close. This beer had absolute phenomenal lacing! The best lacing I've ever seen. A medium head with excellent retention.

Smell is fantastic, it's kind of hard to put a finger on what it is. this is the first Scotch-style ale I've had. I definitely detected some caramel and some toffee.

The taste was absolutely exceptional. It is bitter, and there is alcohol present, but not in an overwhelming way. There is some underlying malt sweetness. It has a bold, full mouthfeel. This is a more "extreme" beer, but it totally works. It is unbelievably drinkable and balanced for as flavorful as it is.

This is the 2nd best beer I've ever had, behind Hopslam. This is a bold, in-your-face beer that is easy to drink and packs a punch. Excellent!

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. From a trade with sincereNc. Thanks Ian!

A: Pours a clear amber body with very thin, short-lived head. It has slightly better retention than its cousin, Backwoods-last-name-Bastard, which I shared side by side with this one.

S: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some earth / floral hops, and brown sugar. By far on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

T: Same: mostly caramel and toffee up front. It's buttery, but not in overwhelming, bad-diacetyl ways. It works well for the style. Brown sugar near the finish. An undercurrent of earthy hops keep this balanced, and a perfumey bitterness at the end reminds me there is a floral presence. It's more sweet than balanced, but by no means is it a sugar-bomb.

M: Body is slightly above medium. Carbonation is just a hair shy of medium. Well disguised ABV.

D: Really tasty! At first I felt this was better than its bourbon-dominated cousin, but I came to realize that the bourbon works VERY well for this beer. Not to knock D.B. in any way; Founders did a great job with both.

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks hoppymeal for this one.

Dark reddish brown in color, very thin and short lasting off white head.
Aroma is toffee and caramel, all on the sweetish malty side, with minimal hoppiness noted, but this has been aged one year. Even the maltiness is less noticeable than I would have liked it.
Medium bodied, minimal hoppiness with modest maltiness. Caramel is the predominant taste, but unfortunately, this feels like a weak scottish style than a good scotch style brew. Disappointintg, for whatever reason, it feels as if Founders skimped on ingredients, which is hard to believe.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger head. Crimson brown color. Good retention. Some lacing.

S. Smell is very malt forward. Caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses. Maybe just a hint of alcohol. Smells similar to a Barleywine.

T. Sweet malt and a roastiness/bitterness. Hops provided some bitterness as a counter balance to the very sweet malt. Very tasty. Some alcohol, brown sugar, molasses, almost bourbon flavors. Some raisins and figs.

M. Medium/full bodied. Nice thick mouthfeel Fairly dry finish.

D. Very drinkable. Would never know that it is 8/5%. Nice balance of sweet malt with hop bitterness. I like this quite a bit.

Photo of wspscott
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (bottled 4/29/09)

A: Hazy, very dark copper color, a very thin to almost non-existent head.
S: Sweet, caramel, lots of fruit,
T: Very sweet, but not cloying, lots of caramel, some yeast fruitiness, a little bit of biscuit and toast malts
M: Round, rich, mouth-filling, a little bit of tingly carbonation
D: A very smooth easy drinking beer, lots going on, lots to think about. An excellent intro to the style. A great beer, highly recommended.

Photo of irishking1977
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Virtually black/red and amber hue with a nice two finger head. Ample lacing as well.

S: Some sweetness and malt with a hint of caramel and molasses.

T: Sweet and subtly bitter; malty background that includes some hints of caramel. The bitterness is slightly odd in that it doesn't taste like hops related bitterness. Seems like it could be slightly artificial.

M: Thick and syrupy with good carbonation. Mild prickliness due to the bitterness, but a little unusual since it doesn't seem hop related.

D: Pretty good scotch ale that is probably one of the better ones I've had. Not as good as Skullsplitter, (which I really enjoyed) but a real good example of the style. A hybrid brew that is both enjoyable and moderately drinkable. The abv can catch up, though.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,018 ratings.