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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,658
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 748 | FT: 22
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 logansboat15
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders' delicious Scotch-style ale is among the best American versions out at the present time. Pours a deep brownish-red with a brown-tinged heady foam with light lacing. Smells of sweet caramel and malt and tastes as sweet as it smells. Very tasty, complex maltiness with a strong alcohol finish. Full, satisfying mouthfeel makes this brew highly drinkable. Pairs well with a strong cheese, greasy italian dishes and blueberry kringle.

logansboat15, May 15, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Monk's in the bottle. Appearance is amber-brown, a nice head, dissolves pretty slowly. Nose is solid; caramel malty sweetness, a little fruit. Taste is great; same type of maltiness, with caramel, chocolate, honey, some spiciness as well. A really tasty beer. Feel is solid, good carbonation and medium to full body. Drinkability is good, just a little bit high on the alcohol knocks it down a bit. A good beer I will look for again.

soupyman10, May 12, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you mmcave for the recommendation, this is one helluva a tasty beer. Alright, poured vigorously into my new FFF's nonic, creates a robust 3 finger head with decent retention and a nice ribbony lacing. Deep red copper, with a nice cascading effect on the pour.

Fairly robust on the nose, with a roasted malts up front and a thick caramel sweetness in the finish. A hint of hops.

Oh glorious malt. This and mouthfeel are where this beer really shine. Heavy roasted malt, raisen, caramel and caramelized sugar. A bit of hoppy bitterness for support and a smooth sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is thick creamy, finishes dry...but it's not syrupy at all, more cream than syrup. Nice and full bodied.

This is a wonderful beer, I gave drinkability a 5 because I could seriously drink this all the time, as a standard go to beer. Reasonably priced and it tasted amazing. What more can I say, I'll definitely be drinking it again.

greenbeaner, May 03, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dirty brown with a small tan head and some nice tan lace on the side of the pint glass. I had this out at Buffalo Wildwings after work, and I must say that a standard pint glass is really my least favorite thing to dring beer out of...it just doesn't do a good brew justice.

S - Rich toasty malt. Dirty and earthy notes along with a bunch of toffee and caramel.

T - Big caramel and toffee malts first, then more delicate flavors of burning leaves, brown sugar, toast, and peaty scotch. The alcohol is detectable, but it only adds to the complexity of this tasty brew. Hops are definitely second fiddle, but they are wonderful in their supporting role...just enough leafy bite to balance the loads of malt. The leafy hops add to the autumnal flavor of this beer.

M - Full bodied with some nice fine carbonation. Creamy, but tingly and playful too. Alcohol level is slightly warming, but if I didn't know the alcohol content of this beer, I might guess that it was around six percent. The alc. is present but never brash or intrusive.

D - Excellent. I could drink this all night, but you have to sip slowly and enjoy....never gulp down something so outstanding. This is one of my all time favorite beers! I must say that I slightly prefer the bottled version, but that may be just because I can serve it the way I want ....at cellar temp in a nice big chalice.

pmcadamis, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this smells nice, though i can smell hops more than i would expect. it could stand to be a little richer

the head is great and the color is excellent as well. it's a nice mahogany. no...cherry wood. no...reddish brown. yeah...reddish brown

wee heavy? if i were blind i would have picked porter. big hop character. they advertise as much on the website so i'm cool with it; i guess nice beer doesn't have to be competition legal. the malt profile is rich, though not creamy enough. the roasting is beyond what one might expect

tha moral: good beer. not really a scotch

bruachan, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bronze-mahogany with amber highlights. The creamy tan one-finger head shows good retention and spotty lacing. Dark Crystal malt and slight plum aromatics are the strongest, with a mild herbal hop note and a earthy/yeasty scent in the background. Sweet caramel taste upfront, followed by a deep roasted flavor something like chicory. Aftertaste is long and drawn out, but not in any bothersome way. A lingering caramel sweetness gradually fades to a stiff roasty bite and sharp earthy yeast tones; finally met by a herbal hop flavor and balanced bitterness. Full bodied and lightly carbonated, it has a somewhat viscous mouthfeel that furthers the perception of fullness and allows a hearty residual sweetness without becoming cloying. It finishes very malty with dark fruit notes coming out more as it warms, eventually dryng out with the help of the ample hop prescence. This is strong and complex like a good Scotch ale should be, but it is also balanced well enough to retain an excellent drinkability. Cheers to Founders for giving the beer community a good representation of a style that is difficult to master.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Alkey
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured a black cherry with a small tan head that leaves a few specks of lace around the glass.

Smell - like sweet fruit and candy.
Taste - very malty, mild bitterness with a bit of yeast and alcohol in the finish.
Feel - medium bodied with some alcohol dryness.
Drinkability - pretty easy to drink by itself or with a meal but not one I would drink more than a couple of.

Alkey, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby hues and light head nor visible signs of carbonation.

The smell is sweet and deep aggressive dark fruit and molasseses.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a kiss hops. Adequately carbonated.

The flavor follows the nose and is complemented by the mouth feel.

Quite drinkable; "Slàinte mhòr agad!" "Great health to you!" ("Cheers!")

jjayjaye, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark ruby color. Fairly nice malt nose. Really complex hints of peat and smoke on the palate, with additional notes of caramel, toffee and fruit as well. Very nice body. Nice flavor. A very nice beer. I would love to buy this beer in a 6’er.

Crosling, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of sethmeister
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass at cellar temp (approx 55 degrees)

Pours dark mahogany brown with ruby edges; almost opaque in the glass. Short-lived creamy tan head leaves a touch of lace. I notice a lovely cranberry color as the glass empties.

Scent is scotch, peat smoke, molasses, and dark fruits.

I taste sweet molasses, peat smoke, scotch, figs and possibly cherries. There is a hint of chocolate near the end. Caramel. A nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, soft and chewey with just a slight hint of warming. Though I notice others have found this beer very carbonated my bottle was only lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is good and the abv is hidden quite well.

A delicious beer - one of my favorite Wee Heavies.

sethmeister, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to rsyberg01

Pours a murky orange-chestnut with an explosive orange head that escapes the tulip glass. Fades to a 1 finger head and maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite yeasty with a sweet caramel maltiness and a layer of herbal hops. The booze sneaks in as it warms.

Taste is both yeasty and hoppy upfront leading into a mild sweet caramel malt taste. The malt is quickly swept away by a rather large bitterness that rides through the finish - and lingers. Also becomes somewhat boozy at the finish. Very muddled.

Medium-full body, over carbonated.

Another over carbonated, yeasty Founders brew. I am seeing a trend here that I am finding to be rather disappoiting. I don't think that I keep getting "off" bottles, so I am left to assume that they have some bottling issues.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark with a nice rust color when held up the light

S: heavy earthiness with a very smokey content

T: Great backflavor with carmel flavor and you can taste the smokiness.

M: medium to a creamy finish, it was very nice.

D: Love this stuff. This was my first taste since I just bought singles, but want to go out and buy a sixer.

TheodorHerzl, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of zdk9
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm too wussy for this beer. The taste and smell were complex and delicious, but the alcohol was not well hidden.
Poured out a thick molasses color with a tiny reddish head. Taste is of carmel, smoke, roasted malts (hints of coffee), and a touch of dark fruit. Fairly bitter and alcohol unmasked which limits the drinkability.

zdk9, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Luchman
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A dark, cloudy, amber/brown color with a nice creamy off white/tan head that sits on top for a minute, then dissipates to a thin layer on top and clumps of lace on the sides.

S: Smells awesome. Some sweet caramel malts, some dark fruits, nice chocolate, some dark bread notes, and a nice touch of some alcohol. Smells lovely.

T: Yum. It matches the smell, to a degree. This is one of those beers that it's flavors perfectly mix together. Caramel and toasted malts come out the most with the dark bread that I believe comes out more than the smell. Those dark fruits, plums and cherries, come out with a slight hint of bourbon or scotch. The chocolate, I'm afraid, doesn't turn out as much as the nose entails, but thats not all bad. Ends kind of earthy/smoky with just a slight slight hint of hops that leave a slight dry bitterness on the tongue.

M: Medium/full body with a creamy texture. Great.

D: This stuff is killer. At about 8%, it can creep up on ya, but I could easily drink a couple of these and hit the bed. The more I drink from Founders, the more I love Founders. And let me tell ya… I would choose this over their breakfast stout any day.

Luchman, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a hazy ruby brown color, with a decent light tan head. It fades rather quickly, but an uneven cap remains, and there is spotty lacing throughout the glass.

Nose is full of earthiness, and a sweet fruitiness that approaches vinous. A nice bit of smokiness. All mixed together in complex fashion with quite an alcohol punch.

Alcohol is also noted right away in the taste. Otherwise it is toffee sweetness up front. Tastes less fruity than it smelled, but there is some plum and especially raisin here, and maybe some lighter fruit that I'm not sure of. Medium bodied, and carbonation on the light side - it works well. In case you weren't awake, the big finish will whack you a bit with hoppy bitterness and throat-warming alcohol. Nice.

Very good beer. Far from sessionable, (for me at least) but I'd be happy to have another single bottle another time.

udubdawg, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of liquidnoise
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark with a dark head.

Smelled like barley, alcohol, and a little coffee maybe.

Tasted strong and bitter, with a little warmth from the chocolate/coffee flavor. The best from Founder's often overrated selection I have had thus far, (although it is a little pricier than their already expensive selection.) Beware the high alcohol content.

I often think Founder's brews are a tad bit overrated. This is the exception. Definately worth a try.

liquidnoise, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of muffguy4beer
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Light reddish brown in color with a light beige head. I noticed a lot of floaters making this dirty bastard truly one dirty bastard.

Smell: The first smell I get is very nutty and bready then a hint of fruityness. A pretty nice smell that has some definite character.

Taste: Starts out with that malty bread taste, somewhat sweet almost caramel in taste. Then I get a berry flavor that is a little smokey. The alcohol is nice and has somewhat of a warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: The floaters, the fruityness and all that make this beer a little on the non-drinkable side for me. I did enjoy it but one or two is where I would draw the line with this offering. I remember liking it a whole lot more at the extreme beerfest maybe my tastes were out of whack or this bottle was not a good representation of the beer.

muffguy4beer, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Dark chestnut colored with some georgous red hues. Looks like the color of a fine piece of furnature. Creamy almond colored head that rises to 2" and falls and holds at 1/4". Lot's of thick sticky lacing clings to the glass.
For all that's happening with the appearance there is little going on in the aroma. Big whiff of roasted malts. It's certainly not bad, but I was expecting more.
To me the aroma should be a prelude to the taste. In this particular beer the aroma is like test driving a Chevorlet Cavalier to buy a Corvette. This beer taste amazing! Lot's of roasted malts. Peat. Nutty. Raisins. Whole wheat toast. Mildly fruity. It's kind of like the alcohol gives it the fruity flavor and an ever so slight bite at the end. This beer makes me crave malts like I usually crave hops.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and CREAMY!
Despite the huge flavors and high abv I could easily session this beer and I would probably pay for it later...but it wouldn't matter, b/c this beer is that good!!
I received this in a trade and whoever traded it to me. THANK YOU!!! Wanna trade for a sixer?

wcudwight, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1/4" tan head on a very dark body and when held to light its a light cloudy ruby red.
S- A nice blend of malts comes through nicley. Caramel and earthy tones really come through along with hints of alcohol, dark fruits, toffee, light roasted malts, and almost a light hint of a hard alcohol.
T- A very nice balance and complexity is the first thing that comes to mind. Hints of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, hints of plums and raisins, alcohol, almost a cream like feel, earthy notes, medium to big bitterness just lingers around. Everything is just very well blended together.
M- Cream and silk feel to it. Full body with low carbonation.
D- I think this is an amazing beer. I think I will have to buy a 6-pack off line. Everything just seems like it is meant to be there and it all comes together VERY nicely.

BlindPig, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a gorgeous deep reddish brown. Small head and almost no lacing.

Caramel, toffee, and the alcohol were present.

Has a sweetness to it with the caramel and the roast malts. The aftertaste of this hints of sourness to me.

A smooth beer with little carbonation.

A good scotch ale with a lot of personality.

Monkeyknife, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz pint glass at Hopleaf 3/5/07.

A: Dark brown, like tea, with some rust colored accents. Copious amounts of lace.

S: Roasted malt, peat smoke, amd caramel.

T: Assertive malt backbone with the addition of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and a nice and dry hop finish

M: Smooth, creamy chocolate mouthfeel at first that becomes dryer towards the finish.

D: Quite enjoyable. The 10 different malts are balanced very nicely by the hops.

GbVDave, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep murky tawny brown color with a slight reddish tint. Thin rim of retention around the edge of the glass. Nice cream colored head that leaves thick sticky lacing.
S: Very sweet malt crosses the nostrils loaded with caramel and butterscotch goodness. Big juicy and rich dark fruit notes with some cherries and figs.
T/M: Big and juicy with loads of dark fruit---figs, cherries, raisins, and prunes. Robust chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Strong roasted malt laced with dark fruit. Extremely soft and silky smooth on the palate with a fruit based bitterness in the aftertaste. Thick body that washes down like lace--smoothest beer I've ever had.
D: Very well balanced. So soft and smooth that makes me think it's actually a quad and not a scotch ale. A pleasure to drink--hands down a great beer. High abv goes completely unnoticed--well masked.

bjohnson, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of bushbeer75
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a great name [I have been called that before] and label

Appearance: Dark iced tea brown color with lower than expected carbonation. Smaller head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet caramel, a little molasses and stronger alcohol aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Flavorful, roasty, sweet dark caramel and a little chocolate thrown in. Dirty Bastard tends to be a little sweeter and maltier scotch ale/wee heavy than I have sampled. The body is medium to full and a little chewy and syrupy.

Drinkability: For a stronger Scotch ale/wee heavy this is very drinkable. This brew is perfect on a cold winters day

bushbeer75, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of eberkman
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pleasing deep copper into a pint glass, but left almost no head to speak of despite an aggressive pour.

Aroma was of sweet caramel, toffee-ish maltiness and a strong whiff of alcohol. Taste was similar -- the buttery toffee background characteristic of the style paired with a warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel was thin and flat. Like a previous reviewer, I wonder if that was a result of a bad bottle. Drinkable overall for a relatively high ABV beer.

eberkman, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Took a bottle out of the fridge and poured it into my glass. Very small head that dissipated immediately. Amber/brown color with a little cloudiness. The first smell that jumped out at me was alcohol, which was a little disappointing. Maybe a little licorice too, but nothing very distinctive in the nose for me. Mouthfeel was a little flat, which when combined with the lack of head makes me wonder if I just got a semi-flat beer. Taste was good with alcohol warmth going down from the 8.3% ABV. Decent balance of malt & hops, and neither seemed to overpower the other although both the maltiness and bitterness were high. A strong but drinkable beer.

BeerCheese, Feb 18, 2007
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,658 ratings.