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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,119
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 216
Gots: 1,013 | 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 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.

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

Served on-tap at Tria in Philadelphia, PA into a tall and thin 10 oz. goblet at the appropriate temperature (02/28/10).

A: Pours a dark and murky mahogany brown with one finger of a light tan head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is made up primarily of a strong malty bouquet with raisin, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and some booze.

T: Wonderful raisin-like taste with toffee and caramel. Some sweet malt and booze along with some brown sugar.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and slightly creamy carbonation. Rather thick at times and certainly coats the entire palate.

D: Good drinkability with just a hint of the 8.3% abv. sneaking through. A touch sweet at times for my tastes.

Overall I am starting to enjoy Scotch ales more and more and Founders delivers yet again. Recommend.

Photo of divineaudio
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours out to a beautiful, deep ruby red with amber highlights. forms a nice one finger head that recedes to a ring around the top of the glass with a bit of spotty lacing left behind.

s - fruity, almost floral hops with a bit of malt and alcohol presence.

t - bold and complex! toasty and fruity with a lot of bitter hop bite, followed by an alcohol finish. this one lingers for a while, and that's a good thing.

m - rich and smooth with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop.

d - i consider this a nice treat when i want something different. too strong and rich to drink more than 1 or 2 at any given time, but still an excellent beer.

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

Had a Dirty Bastard at work. Very nice head with light lacing . The aroma was nice and malty, with a few hints of chocolate and caramel that gave way to a light alcohol essence. Tasted great, had a plesent mouthfeel and finished much lighter than I anticipated from the smell. Overall, a quality brew.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown/copper color with a decent tan head.

Strong malty aroma with a roasted raisin background.

The taste has a bit more hops to it than I anticipated from the smell which balances its malt presence quite nicely. Smokey finish

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

8.3% alcohol is well hidden in this dangerously sessionable brew.

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

Big malt with some fruitcake flavors - nuts and dark fruits. ETOH is a little prominent in the flavor profile throughout, but this is not unexpected in this style. Sweetness fades toward the end, with bittering picking up and lingering at the finish. Seems a bit heavy-handed.

Photo of dudecandle
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 11/11/09 into snifter:

A: Ruby-brown, quite transparent with good cap and lacing, especially given the snifter

S: Chocolate and nuts, some alcohol and vanilla

T: Chocolate, nuts, some fruit, possibly apple and dark berry. Definitely some sugar present, something of a caramel-molasses, along with some light spice. Little bit of herbal hop on the finish.

M: Moderate, yet with a sticky body and long finish.

D: Flavors are big, but definitely not bruising. The Dirty Bastard is quite complex, yet it remains subtle and highly drinkable. None of the flavors are overdone, and everything meshes quite well together. Alcohol is noticeable, providing a bit of a burn, but it doesn't overwhelm any of the other flavors. Rather, it just blends in.

Photo of ruckus232
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: A dark amber/copper color with really nice off-white lacing

Smell: Strong roasted malt scent with a slight sweetness that I can't quite figure out (caramel with a little fruitiness would be my best description). The roasted smell is definitely more prevalent.

Taste: Begins with a floral sweetness that then is taken over by the roasted bitterness similar to maybe a coffee. Well balanced so that there is not one thing that is super strong.

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

Pours a deep opaque chocolate-coffee brown with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is malty with a chocolaty undertone and a hint of caramel. Flavor is lively, malty and spicy with an undertone of cinnamon candy and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is edgy, tingly and sassy - it seems to dance on your tongue.

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

Appearance- A nice, rich, amber color. Moderately frothy head with weak lacing. No visible sediments present in this deeply rich color.

Smell- As the head begins to dissipate it gives the wonderfully smooth, subtle cherry aromas are allowed to escape. A gentle motion of the glass
containing this beer and the fruity cherry flavor becomes even more prevalent.

Taste- Wonderfully smooth taste, rich in fruity cherry flavors. The initial gulp has cleverly disguised hints of scotch, while the aftertaste
lends itself to a slightly bitter fruit taste subsiding to a general, pleasant dryness.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth tasting beer. No acidity at all whatsoever in the mouth or as it settles peacefully in the stomach. For the achohol content,
this beer is surprisingly tame.

Drinkability- This beer is a wonderful compliment to a meal. I could easily drink two and be absolutely satisfied. Overall, great beer.

Photo of jakeyb
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish color with solid 2 finger head and thin lacing.

S-Chocolate and coffee. Somewhat milky.

T-Heavy on roasted malts, and very caramel sweet.

M- Very smooth and creamy! A fluffy, milky texture not unlike that of a java stout.

D- Very. Not so heavy as it weighs you down, but still dark enough to keep you warm and smooth enough to allow you to have another, which is not such a bad idea.

Photo of joemeister
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker, reddish mahogany with about an inch of creamy head. The beer is dark but seems to be otherwise clear.

This beer has a very pleasing, fruity tinge to the smell. I want to say cherries. But it could be more like plums. Swirling the glass really brings out a strong, sweet aroma.
I don't know if this is a cop-out description but the taste is like a combination of sweet and smoky. The initial taste is sweet, with moderate carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are much more earthy and smoky. In short: an initial malt sweetness unravels into a sublime mixture of smoke and hops, with just a hint of alcohol to let you know that this beer is not messing around.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. Overall, this is a great ale. I wouldn't "pound" these - it is a little too heavy and complex for me. However, this offers a great drinking experience.

Photo of billyzoom666
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It's a deep dark cider color which is very nice. Not much head here and barely any lacing. It has a sweet melt smell with alcohol underneath. It's an intimidating first hit. The sweet malt taste matches the smell. There's a little bit of fruit and hops that follow. The style is a bit bland for me, but it's still nice. This beer could wreck you because you can sip this pretty easy.

Photo of TonyReaves
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Stocked up on beers I can't get in Maine, and realized that sometimes I do forget how a beer tasted after awhile. so I'm doing a lot more reviews for my own benefit.

Pours a foamy head with great lacing. Doesn't foam up too much as to require two pours, which is a plus.

Smells boozy with dark caramelized and maybe eveb German malts. Going into this blind I might have guessed it was a Doppelbock.

Taste: No, definitely not a doppelbock. That was dumb.

Sweet, but not sweet enough to hide the alcohol. That's fine- sometimes I like when a beer is honest with me. This is probably the booziest, harshest Scottish ale I've ever had. That's not a bad thing, but it means this is a sipper if there ever was one.

Medium bodied despite all the sweetness. I bet I could drink 2 of these in a row.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Dirty Bastard purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance - Ruby brown. Slight tan head.
smell - nice and malty. Not too striking.
taste - Hmmm. 7 variety of malts with a "right hook of hops".
Full and creamy mouthfeel.
This guy reminds me of DFH Indian Brown....deceptively drinkable, and subtle complexity. Very nice.

Photo of endincolorado
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inviting, deep red-brown with a nice, tan head that settles slowly and a healthy amount of lace that hangs all down the glass.

Aroma is caramelly malt, dark fruit, and the slightest, pleasant hint of alcohol.

Taste is rich and malty, with caramel, a bit of cocoa and some bread, followed by a sweet, dark fruit, and warming, boozey finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a nice alcohol-warmth and good carbonation.

I love this beer and think of it as a go-to beer that I could come back to at any time. If it were a bit cheaper, I'd have some in my fridge at all times.

Photo of Thur123
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep brownish red color that reminds me of Smithwick in color. The head I got from the beer was about one finger that faded quickly when poured into my Thistle tulip. The smell is sugary sweet malt with a slightly herbal hop edge. Also in the malt I detect brown sugar, caramel and a slightly smoky kind of smell.

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The flavor is big malt with a lean and complimentary hop bite that only improves the beer. The smokiness in the malt shows up more but is well blended with the sweeter flavor and that makes this a pretty complex and totally drinkable beer. The mouth feel is good and full and delivers the flavors well. Cheers!

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

12oz bottle, goblet, 'Bottled 12/09/09'.

Dark, well steeped black tea, slightly murky. I poured it straight down as I've gotten into the habit of doing and was only able to rouse a frothy, bubbly ring that's only a sort of natural egg shell color.

Caramel malt, rainy leaf, rum soaked raisin, brown sugar, some sort of wood that lends a spice, almond extract, cocoa powder.

Caramel, toffee, raisins, dark brown sugar, tea, herbal hops, black pepper, bits of fusel oil.

Not very heavy but well coating with fine carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean allowing a tidy finish. Some specifically black tea flavor and astringency linger.

I've given a good drinkability rating because Scotch Ales have become one of my favorites and while the abv is high, it isn't too high. The Dirty Bastard displays lots of hop characer, mainly herbal and resinous, that is a little high for the style. I think that this and Ol Chub are my two favorites because they are quite similar.

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with slight crimson hues at the very edges. A thick foamy head dissipates slowly and leaves a few random chunks behind. Smells of malts and caramel with spicy and sugary undertones. Very complex to the nose, and some sweet cherry notes rise after a bit. Goes down airy and open with more caramel notes, toasted grain, a very distant cherry tartness, slight hops and some subtle earthy notes. Very well-carbonated and medium to full-bodied. Alcohol is well integrated, with no heat to speak of. I have to be in a certain mood for this style, but when I get ahold of a good one, it's hard to beat. Loving this one.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Totowa because it was available via the single bottle. I don't drink this style of beer much, but it's cold out and it's good to have a brew that can warm me up. This certainly fit the bill as it's one of the better beers I've had lately, and a very drinkable Scotch Ale to boot!

Good pour to this, as the hue was a very cloudy deep brown with some head and nearly no lacing as I worked my way down my glass. This has the mouthfeel of a scotch ale with the caramel and smoky taste that one would expect, but there's not a lot of stickiness here. The roasted taste isn't overdone and plum, cherry, and banana fills in instead. What results is a beer with a slightly burnt taste but a much richer and more even mouthfeel - neither too light nor too heavy with just a hint of cherry in the aftertaste that lingers and leads to a dessert-like quality to this beer.

The only heaviness in this beer is the 8.30% ABV but it's not that noticeable in terms of the taste. This is one solid brew that has made me appreciate this style more. Scotch Ales will never be my forte, but after having this offering from Founders, I'm actually inclined to seek these out a bit more now, and isn't that what a good beer should make one do?

Photo of teovaldi
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a very little head.

The nose is very strong roasted malt notes and a bit of chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of booze.

The taste is a big mix of caramel, dark fruits and roasted malts. The finish is slightly sweet and boozy.

The beer has a wonderfully rich mouth feel that's nice and smooth with some alcohol warmth on the end.

At 8.3% I can easily have a few of these and be stumbling. That being said this 8.3 big boy's drinkablitiy is pretty high considering the full bodied taste and ABV.

*Note: Tasting notes from 10/20/09. Have had this on bottle and draft and definitely prefer the draft.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/30/09

A - Deep crimson in color. Poured a negligible head that dispersed to the inner perimeter of the glass leaving small patches on top. Swirling revives & assists with thin retention. Spotty lacing; it's ok though.

S - Sweetish malt aroma of caramel & bread. Hints of dark fruits - raisins & prunes. Notes of dark sugars. Maybe some peat. Undertones of faint booze.

T - Caramel malt body upfront accentuated by a brief & subtle hop twang. Earthy hop character does build throughout, though. Dark fruits akin to the nose. Hints of peat & wisps of smoke.

M - Fairly full bodied though it's kind of thin around the edges. Modest carbonation adds some even-keeled prickliness. Small amount of alcohol heat on the finish.

D - A solid drinker. While I'll likely seldom return to it, it's not at all bad. Worth a shot.

Photo of avocadoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, bitter scotch style ale! Pours a dark amber with little head. Smells slightly tropical, not much else. Taste is bitter and heavy.. fantastic! Reminds me of Old Chub, not as smooth, but more bitter. Excellent brew and Im thrilled I can now buy in Georgia.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBU's and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before and was brought back by the rich bourbon flavor!

A - Thick amber color brew with slight head
S - Roasted malt smell with slight fruit
T - Gets easier to drink every time! Flavor of slight scotch and mild fruit hit the mouth!
M - Coats the mouth nicely with bitter bite
D - I would totally have this again.

Overall I only had the dirty and cerise cherry ale and both are excellent for 2.50 beers. Toast!

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,119 ratings.