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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,858
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 201
Gots: 839 | 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 abrand
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip glass

A- pours a very deep amber color with a small amount of off-white head and good retention. Not much lacing is present.

S- Very sweet up front and a lot of alcohol is present. Nose consists of fruits, nuts, and spices. Also hints of caramel as well as a small malty-coffee presence.

T- Up front it is pretty bitter with a lot of spices. Finish is surprisingly smooth with hints of fruits and smoke/nuts that linger.

M/D - Medium bodied and drinkability is fairly high. The intimidating title of this beer is a little misleading because it is very smooth and enjoyable.

abrand, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep colored amber...a very little head that was a light brown in color

S - Sweet roasted malts

T - Follows the nose...the sweetness and malty flavors are there...a nice caramel flavor...the alcohol is masked pretty well

M - Rich and creamy

D - I'm in love with Founder's...they hit the nail on the head with this one...a good session beer

thain709, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - deep, dark amber-red, very little head, very thick with few bubbles slowly rising up to the head

s - it has a strong aroma that is indicative of its level of ABV.

t - quite complex... roasted malt, a little tinge of whiskey floating around there somewhere, maybe some toffee notes

m - creamy, sticks to the inside of your cheeks a little, but not sludgy

This is a great beer, another homerun from Founders

HeyItsChili, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a strong Scotch Ale that makes a statement. The beer pours a thick, syrupy mahogany brown color with not much head, retention, or lacing. The beer was a bit sludge like coming out of the bottle, so I knew this was going to be a thick, full bodied brew. The aroma is strong: plenty of ABV, liqueur like, alcohol fruitiness, big malt palate, some smoky and peatiness, some caramel and roasted notes. Lots of ABV in the nose, but less so in the taste.

The taste is maximally complex, strong, and full palated. There is plenty of ABV in the beer, but it isn't so strong that it totally detracts from what else is going on in the beer. There is a roasted malt, brown sugar base to the beer. There is a very clear smoky, slightly peaty quality to the beer. And then add some liqueur soaked cherry flavors, some charred bits in the finish, and then some hop in the finish. There is a bit of carbonation in the beer, it isn't flat, the mouthfeel is a bit oily, and the aftertaste has a tad bit of throaty burn from the ABV, but not over the top. This is a substantial Scotch Ale. The style isn't my favorite but for those who like the style and want a beer also making a significant statement, then seek no further because this beer is your destination. L'Chaim.

albern, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of praufs01
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy dark reddish brown, with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Golden raisins, cantaloupe, and dark chocolate with some light alcohol in the background.

Mouthfeel - Thick full bodied brew with light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Coffee and chocolate dominate with wisps of alcohol throughout, as though it were spiked with a splash of really good small batch bourbon.

Overall - Wow! This is one good brew. It makes you want to slow down and savor the experience : )

praufs01, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown with lots of reddish highlights when held to a direct light. The head is a couple fingers of thick creamy tan foam that leaves some chunky lace as it falls to a thin covering that holds firm for the duration. Smells of dark fruits,old leather and toffee. The flavors are very nice. Mostly medium roasted malt upfront,with some whiskey notes and subtle hints of peanut brittle. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a medium rare steak that melts in your mouth...thick and meaty,yet soft and effortless. This 12oz bottle went down so fast I will have to revisit this one,Founders is quickly gaining my trust.

orangemoustache, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of rustan
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. thicker than expected.

appearance ruby brown, moderate off white head.

nose is immediately sweet, malty with nutmeg or some other spice that makes me nostalgic for christmas?

flavor dominated by the nose and notable for absence of hop presence. malty sweetness ends on a bitter note. alcohol presence establishes itself mid-quaff.

mouthfeel thick but not syrupy. densely carbonated.

interesting higher gravity twist on the style.

rustan, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a burgundy/mahogany color with an enormous four-finger head despite the relatively tame pour.

Smells of toasted malt and caramel. Taste is nice and roasted with hints of caramel. Has an earthy quality as well. The alcohol is a bit noticeable but not overwhelming. Good smoky finish.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Drinkability is okay. I doubt I'd have more than one or two.

daythree16, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is highly malty and alcoholic. Minor fruit. Smells like a strong Old Ale. Smells like a no-nonsense kind of beer.

Pours a deep ruby brown with orange highlights, too dark to see through but no noticeable haze, mildest of heads. Good slurry on the bottle bottom.

It is highly malty, with chocolate, espresso, bread crust, etc, but it's also very fruity and surprisingly not really thick. Wonderful flavor. Lots of ripe pear, grape, and some mild citrus. Tastes like some fruit I can't put my finger on... I think perhaps a combination of the pears and cherries in a fruit cocktail with medium syrup - mmm! Good sweetness, not over-the-top. A little bitterness near the finish. No alcohol heat whatsoever, even though it was prevalent in the nose. There's a mouth-coating that also reminds me of fruit cocktail; I don't know why, but I sure like fruit cocktail. Chewy malt expresses more detailed semisweet chocolate and dry bread crust. Espresso-like bitterness. Finishes with slight mouth-coating and slight sweetness.

The name Dirty Bastard doesn't make any sense to me. This beer isn't harsh or brutish or even all that strong, it's refined, delicate, and exceedingly well-crafted. It's rare to find a beer with such a tight balance - nothing in this beer seems out of place. The many wonderful flavors cycle through the limelight. I'd love to get it on tap someday. Very nice.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep rusty red/brown under a large off white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Big time smell of toasted malt, bit of caramel and toffee, hint of chocolate and sweetness.

T: Very balanced taste up front. Nothing really stands out. Slighty sweet up front, with toasted malt and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Finish boozy as well. Hint of smoke. Booze may a be a bit harsh in the finish.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is just right, nice mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. This one I served pretty warm, maybe a bit cooler can mask some of the booze. Overall a decent brew.

NCSUdo, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from raznug, Thanks Darrell!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky red/brown color with a small beige head that in spite of it's size left good lacing.

S - the sweet malty aroma is quite pleasant.

T - whoa!... what a nice tasty brew, sweet malty flavor upfront followed by a shot of bitterness and a smokey, dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a silky smooth feel.

D - crisp, clean and easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Murky, but not quite opaque, reddish brown. Two fingers of light tan head rise with moderate retention. A thin film remains with some moderate lacing.

S - Nice caramel aroma with some buttery notes. There's also an aroma of sour fruit with a touch of anise.

T - Nothing too impressive here, way too dry for the style as far as I'm concerned. There's a slight brown sugar flavor early on with suggestions of butterscotch and toffee, but overall boring and attenuated. A huge dose of alcohol takes control mid palate and doesn't let up. Immediately there's an almost numbing, earthy bitterness that wipes away any trace of sweetness the beer had. Alcohol taste and bitterness prevail through the finish and long into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. The alcohol makes this brew seem thinner.

D - Not a huge fan of this beer, and the bit alcohol flavor is a major deterrant. The bitterness is also on the crazy high side for the malt bomb that this should be. I doubt I'll bother getting this again in the near future. Plenty of better examples.

PatrickJR, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a ruby hue.. some head but not much.. it sort of resembles a cola, the mouthfeel is similar to cola as well, with a refreshing crispness. Smell is mostly sweet with malt and a bit roasty. Smells a bit of alcohol, this also is evident in the flavor and aftertaste, which maintains a boozey warmth and a bit of a sour whiskey-ish..well.. sourness (but not much, just enough to keep the sweetness from being that of, say, a doppelbock or such). A good amount of hop bitterness in the flavor, as well. There is a roasted quality to the flavor, a malty sweetness, some caramel-like sweetness and, again, a liquor-like feeling. Mouth is well carbonated and on the lighter side of medium. Its very easy to drink and quite refreshing. If you don't like whiskey or scotch or other brown liquors at all then that characteristic of it may turn you off a bit, but its very nice to sip from a snifter.

BirdFlu, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since Scotch Ale is probably my fav beer of all time, when I see one, I try it. This one didn't disappoint. I thought it had just a tad too much hops than most Scotch Ales I've had. Other than that though, it was a decent brew. I would have liked to have seen more use of strong malt taste. Then again, everyone seems to like it the way it is, so I guess Founder's knows what it's doing.

JISurfer, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the label, the name, and the poem around the bottle's neck. Hopefully I enjoy the beer as much, but knowing Founders I have little to doubt.

This Bastard pours a very cloudy ruddy brownish amber. Really a muddy sort of color with a thin light mocha colored head and thicker collar.

Smells of caramelized sugar and lightly of peat and smoke. A somewhat delicate aroma with a hint of maple.

Tastes is much fuller and stronger. You decide if that's a good thing. The hops are slightly more assertive to balance the strong caramel malt flavors. Peat comes through more clearly than in the nose. The alcohol content provides a biting and warming, yet refrains from becoming harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium, but somewhat lighter than expected. Moderate level of carbonation. Everything comes together wonderfully and I could see this being great with various cold weather foods. Recommended brew.

Jmamay22, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a recent visit to Illinois I finally stumbled across some Founders!!(none in NY).
Pours out a rich malty mahagony toned brown, capped by a richly foamy head.
Smells of tart esters, dried fruits, malts, raisins, brown sugars, burbons, vanilla, all back by a rock-solid malt backbone.
Flavor is absolutely fantastic. Not a hop to be found here, rather a rich complex brandy-like drink. Notes of vanillas, oaky malts, brown sugar sweetness with a pleasant warming finish.
Mouthfeel is rich and biting at the same time. Its quite a full bodied beer, but so simply delicious its hard to put down. I really am enjoying this style beer, and this one holds its own with the best of them (Orkney Skull Splitter). If I could just get my hands on some Kentucky Burbon Breakfast stout!

czfreeman, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH snifter

Appearance: Very hazy deep dark amber, like almost burnt caramel. thin wispy head

Aroma: Sweet esters with a hint of pine and maybe a touch of maple. Certainly hints of vanilla.

Taste: Upfront there is certainly a bigtime sweetness that ties into the maple and vanilla. There is then a dry finish with savory flavors, black pepper and juniper with a strong grassy kind of hop bite.

Overall: Pretty dry and hoppy for the style, but hey its american. Very enjoyable beer, pour at a cooler temperature and allow to warm to discover all the different nuances.

YankChef, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Chill hazed ruby red with a small but sticky head of foam.

S - Apples and alcohol in the forefront. Hints of caramel and floral hops.

T - Apples again and definite alcoholic taste. Fairly sweet with some toastiness and a solid finishing bitterness. Aftertaste is oddly metallic.

M - Heavy, thick body with a low carbonation.

D - A wee bit heavy? Haha. Seriously though, big flavours but feels a bit coarse.

allergictomacros, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle - talks about yer mammy's teet.

The color is beer bottle brown. A just barely off-white head wells up for a minute.

Smell reminds me of bread or biscuits. I can get wit this flavor. Moderate bitterness way at the back. Easily drinkable. Should be gone in about four minutes and I'll have nothing more to write. Alas, I knew her not so well...

Overall: decent stuff

PatronWizard, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark cloudy brown with some hints of red. Light tan head about a half inch thick that stays for a while.

S - Light chocolate and malt. Really nice.

T - Smooth with some bitter chocolate tones. Finishes with some hops with malts all the way through.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. It is a lot better than I was expecting.

jeffmonarch, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark ruby/brown in color. Off-white head that fades quickly to a small layer with nice lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, malts.

T - Caramel spice up front, some woody tones. Overall to watery for me. Slight alcohol finish. 8.3% hidden well.

M - Smooth.. a little tangy woody taste left on the palate.

D - I could have more than one.. it's pretty smooth. I'd rather have some others in this category though.

Yesac, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a murky, ruby-brown color with a one-finger, light-tan head which fizzled down to a solid cap, leaving light spatterings of lace around the glass.

Nose was of mostly fruity, slightly herbal aromas, without too much going on.

Full in body with sweet, chocolatey notes appearing up front, middling with a balanced bitterness and a very apparent alcohol presence, finishing warmingly from the alcohol, with a slight lingering bittersweetness. As the beer warmed a little, off, rather unpleasant cardboard-like flavors emerged in the middle.

A highly detectable alcohol presence keeps the beer from becoming too drinkable, and the dry, cardboardy flavor that emerged hurt what would have otherwise been a nice beer.

superdedooperboy, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a really clear brown with no suds. This is probably a bad beer.
Smell is caramel malt and sugar and alcohol.
The beer is probably bad because nothing tastes right here. Very bland and very watery.
I will pour this out. It is terrible.
I will be sick in the morning from this nasty beer.
Um how many characters do I have now? I think I need at least twohundredandfifty.

peabody, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; deep brownish with just a slight amount of ruby sneaking out, huge creamy beige head that won't quit. Dirtiest bottom of the bottle I've ever seen... beautiful.

Smell: Sweet and sticky caramel and hops, very earthy and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, chewy and floral malty.

Taste: Excellent creamy caramelly spicy malt and earthy hops.

Drinkability: A pleasure to drink... I'm debating whether choosing this one over Old Chub in the future but this one is definitely a winner.

joezak5, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice wee heavy. Beautifull murky brown with a silky tan head and nice lacing. Nose has some smokey malts and perhaps a little chocolate. Taste is siilar, nothing outstanding, but a well balanced brew. Thick creamy body matches teh style nicely.

rye726, Oct 14, 2008
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,858 ratings.