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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,000
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 207
Gots: 905 | 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 illidurit
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is courtesy photomike or bulletrain76. Pours a ruddy rusty brown with a pinkish ecru head. Smokey aroma with some acidity, dark bready malts, light prunes, scotch. Flavor is light on peat but still with a nice smoked character. Dark breads make up the heft of the beer with accents of prunes and alcohol. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice medium full body.

Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the colors range from burnt orange, rosy reds, and copper with a touch of gold at the edges. A soft dab of a pale tan foam roams atop. Lacing is minimal with just a few blobs and one large sticky sheet adhering. This has a certain appeal that draws me in, or rather an appearance that I find interesting

S: the nose smells of prominent toasted maltiness, sugary dark fruits, a waft of chocolate and a few mild coffee bean undercurrents. Nothing peaty of the sort just sweet goodness in the nose

T: the palate stays close to the nose with some variation. Maltiness hangs tuff as expected and the sweetness envelopes every sip nicely. Just a touch of acidity pulls through that coincides with a soft leafy herbal tea character (somewhat earthy). The sweeter side is full of figs, dates, and raisins soaked in spiced rum and mixed with brown sugary caramel
Another note: bitterness slowly gains momentum as the sipping continues. I dare say a soft smokiness rounds out things with a very light shot of crushed white pepper

M: the mouth has some stickiness to it and an overhauled medium feel in the body. For what the ABV % is, it is hidden well and nicely faint. The sweet notes are kept in check by the slight spiciness and herbal hop notes. For a Scotch Ale this has a nice supply of hops and finishes a touch dry

D: big, rich, delicious, and it's from Founders...go figure. Way to easy to drink.

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

A: Pours a thick, syrupy, hazy opaque amber color that produces a small eggshell (almost yellow) head that retains for a very short amount of time and leaves a tiny spotted lacing along the glass. Nice appearance so far.

S: Very dark fruity and malty. Raisins, tons of molasses, caramel, figs and I'm even getting some dates. Nice hop bitterness and slight floral aroma, but definitely malt dominant.

T: Very very similar to the nose, except a little less fruity. Not much else to say, still nicely balanced with an assertive hop bitterness and a firm malt backbone.

MF/D: Amazingly viscous mouthfeel. Smooth, velvety, creamy, and simply perfect in my book. Carbonation is spot on as well. Highly drinkable, just don't chug a sixer

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

Thanks to treyrab for providing this one via trade.

A: Pours brown with a reddish hue. Thin layer of bubbles that doesn't quite fully cover the top of the beer. Good spots of thick bubbles are left all over the front of the glass after I take a sip.

S: Caramel, alcohol warmth, and fully sweet malts. Oakey notes with pine and floral hops.

T: Sweet and malty. The hops are very subdued in the flavor. Alcohol is evident to the point where it is slightly detrimental to the overall experience. After the finish, warm caramel lingers on the pallet.

M/D: Resiny, syrupy feel with very little carbonation. The alcohol makes its presence a bit to well known, but overall, the experience was pretty good. Not my favorite, but I would come back.

Photo of meich75
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice rich red/brown color.

S: Slightly seet smell.

T: Tastes like a heavy ale with a little bit of toffee. Nice sweet finish from the toffee.

M: Medium thickness and just enough carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Would never think it was over 8% alcohol.

Photo of WJVII
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a blood red/brown color (like when you donate and it is in the bag), gross, but accurate description... The head is thin and off white with little lacing and soda type carbonation on the bottom of the glass. This brew has a very sweet aroma from the malt, syrup comes to mind, with figs and nutmeg. The taste is more to chocolate and roasted malts. There is a thickness to this as well. Not exactly what I think of when I am reminded of my time in Scotland, but all in all a tasty brew.

Photo of trafordboy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish brown with a two finger head that lasted a bit then dissipated into great lacing. Smell is heavy on the malt, but with distinct fruity quality, somewhat like cherries and plums. Initial sweetness lasted through mid-palate and the drifted into a light slightly dry and bitter finish that lasted and left a pleasant mouthfeel. For the high abv, quite drinkable, although a couple would mellow one out quite nicely. Also, definitely let this one warm up...it improved greatly as it warmed.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet

A- a cloudy ruby chestnut brown type of pour with a quick dissipating head that is nut brown. Lacing is ok but nothing to get excited about.

S- bourbon smell as if aged in oak wood. nuts and figs as well.a sweet molasses smell rounds it out.

T- a bitter hop taste with a nutty flavor. There is also some malts and molasses that are well hidden in the flavor though.

M- bitter and alcohol heavy in the mouth. Sweet and sour as well.

D- not bad for a wee heavy but i have had better. I would have this for dinner at a restaurant but wouldnt spend money on a sixer for it.

Photo of smibroncos
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear ruby brown, with a minimal light tan head. Slight lacing on the glass.

S. Toasted malt, molasses, leaves, alcohal

T. Big malt flavor, carmel, molasses,nuts. Sweet on the tongue, with a bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly thick.

D. I really like this ale, The balance is amazing. I could drink a few of these at the brewery but not an all night session as it is a little strong.

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

Appears a slightly hazy chestnut with little head, just a ring around the edge of the glass that eventually disappears to nothing. Smells fruity and malty with some smoke, chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes malty and boozy with notes of cherry, black tea, and bittersweet chocolate. At a warming 8.5%, it's no wonder that the body is on the heavy side and would be best enjoyed during the colder months. Probably wouldn't have too many in one sitting. It's a decent scotch style worth buying from time to time, but probably not nearly as often as that other scotch ale in the can:)

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown in color with a tan head.

The smell is pretty tempting here. Some good notes of dark grains and malt with a little bit of bourbon.

The taste follows through and is pretty complex. Lots of dark malt, very roasted and even some burnt flavors. There is a bit of smokiness here and the a small amount of the bourbon is detectable in the aftertaste. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden. With all of the other flavors going on, it's actually a welcomed addition. It doesn't negate any other flavors and provides some needed balance to the smoke and burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel was a little over medium, and the overall drinkability felt more to me like a dark beer (which I guess it is, anyways). It's definitely an American take on the Scottish Ale style, but as with Old Chub, it's a good success. Another in a lineup of excellent brews from Founders; I plan to enjoy this one again when it's cold.

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown in color with a finger or so of light tan head, that reduces itself to a rim around the glass. There is a bit of lacing, but not a lot.

S: Heavy aroma of roasted malts livened up by the notable presence of alcohol.

T & M: Again roasted malts make a strong presence, though there is the flavor of dark (almost burnt) caramel and the dirty smokiness of peat. Finishes with a strong alcohol burn on the tongue that actually seems to cleanse the palate of the sticky malt. Medium carbonation.

D: A good beer from a reputable brewery. A little on the pungent side for my personal taste, though I think I'd like to give this one another shot in the winter months.

Photo of skrib09
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich brown, super hazy, with a brown head. a bit of lacing maybe aided by the hops.

slight hop bitterness, pine, and floral nose along with a strong malt sweetness. a touch of wood flavor as well.

malty sweet, a bit floral, a hint of resin, and some barrel flavors. caramel notes in the aftertaste.

crispy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, but with a drinkable feel. light and refreshing yet full of flavor and texture.

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

Deep red, reminded me some wines. No head, the appearance was ok, I guess it fits the style but there is nothing that draws me in. The smell on the other hand is good, woody, that is pleasantly accompanied by a malty sweet taste. After a few sips you feel a coffe/woodsy feeling growing in your mouth. At the end you get an alcohol taste. Medium carbonation on this one.

Pretty good, the flavors are not overwhelming. Usually I don't like tasting alcohol directly on the beer, but I guess this one was well combined with the woodsy feeling, so it feels intended more than a flaw.

Photo of badenglishihave
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Lovely deep red, nice to look at in the glass.
S: You can smell the scotch influence, which indicated immediately to me that this would be a fine drink.
T: A great example of its kind. Scotch is very prevalent and slightly overpowering at times, but there is a good bitterness to balance it out.
M: Nothing to complain about here, feels good going down.
D: A little powerful and heavy to down a few without feeling full.

Bottom line: highly recommended, *if* you like scotch

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

Pours a dark copper color with a thin white head. Lacing trails the drink about 1/2" but fades quickly.

The smell is a very sweet caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruit.

I love the taste of this beer because there are so many subtle flavors bouncing around. To name a few: caramel, vanilla, oak, peat, butterscotch and dates. OK that was more than a few but who cares. The point is this brew is a roller coaster of good flavor.

The mouthfeel is buttery and smooth. Carbonation is light but just right. The finish is sweet with an ever-so-slight dryness.

The 8.3% abv doesn't show up and can catch you by surprise. This is an extremely drinkable beer and is delicious.

I went into this one expecting good things from a brewery that to me is very consistant in putting out good brews in a variety of styles. I'll definitely be throwing this one into the regular rotation.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/1/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep reddish copper with a thin off white head. Not alot of lacing.

S- Sweet earthy malts, molassas, vanilla, more that I cant nail down.

T- Sweet dark fruits, vanilla again, roasted malt and oak like hints.

M- Medium, a little sticky, a little carbination tingle.

D- My first beer from Founders. A very good beer but not something I'd have more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Scotch Heavy pours a dark brown to chestnut with ruby hues and what head exists is thin and tan leaving next to no lacing behind.

Giant aromas of caramel and earthy malt dance from the glass with other deep, sweet notes resembling dark fruit, maple, and vanilla.

Big flavors of sweet malt, dark fruits such as raisins, more vanilla, and much more noticeable earthy hops that grab the back of the palate are all present. Other flavors include caramel and even dark woodnotes.

Medium in body with only a slight chewiness, medium carbonation, tons of flavor and aromas to stimulate the senses.

This is one heck of a beer! Perhaps my favorite Wee Heavy. Tons of character to offer, big aroma and flavor, extremely easy to drink, and all around amazing.

Photo of projectflam86
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep copper color with a thin white foam head. Some scattered lacing is left on the glass.

S- Huge malt sweetness and spice comprise the majority of the nose. Aromas of vanilla and grain alcohol are detectable as well.

T- Bold flavors of sweet caramel, dark fruits and roasted malt lead the way. Oak, vanilla bean, walnuts, and toasted grain flavors all come through in the finish.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

D- Usually I am more of a fan of hoppy brews but this malt bomb is definitely worth trying.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip. I must admit this beer really disappointed me measured against my expectations. The score reflects that somewhat. I think had it not claimed to be a scotch style ale on the bottle, I might have scored it slightly higher. Whatever the intention of Founders in brewing it, it really struck me in many ways as more of an old ale or an English style barleywine. It just has too much hops bitterness (and a little bit of hops flavors) for a Scotch ale. I plan to let a few age out some and re-review to see if that makes a difference.

A = Deep reddish brown with a slight maroon tinge, very small yellowish tan head.

S = Sweet scents of maple syrup, some cocoa powder, in the background light hints of lemon zest and even a little plastic.

T = More bitterness and bite up front and in the finish than I expected, some cocoa and tree bark, the hint of plastic that was there in the smell is also very lightly there in the flavor. Really not bad at all, but just not the smokey, peaty, malty flavor I was expecting.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating, slight sting of carbonation and alcohol burn, but not unpleasantly so, just enough to be worthy of note.

D = This is a pretty good beer, it has perhaps a bit too much of a bite to be truly drinkable, but I think even a slight amount of age probably takes that off.

Photo of kegger22
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I find I am liking almost everything Founders; and Dirty Bastard is no exception. Pours out a deep red with a small, cream colored head. Candy sweet aroma, toffee?, maybe. A malty sweetness covers a little alcohol aftertaste just right. Man, this hit the spot with its earthy flavor, hard to describe. Nice feel, a bit heavy, but not syrupy. This is a man's drink because of the alcohol taste, but I say bring me another.

Photo of cvaypai
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Deep dark crimson brown, had to hold it up to light to see the red. Little to no head on pour, what was was tan none now.

Smell - Toffee and Caramel, smells like a Founder's beer. Some fresh fruits, can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste - Very malty, toffee, caramel, wood, tiny bit of roasted coffee. No alcohol but a nice earthy taste comes through. After a bit of warming, I catch apples. Little bit of a citrus hop bite at the end. Nice taste to this I enjoy it.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, maybe a bit undercarbonated, nice little bite on the back of the throat.

Drinkability - Pretty good, can't taste the alcohol much at all, could drink a few of these. Good for abv.

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks again to HardTarget for the trade.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby red highlights around the edges. A large beige head of over two fingers rises with great retention. As the foam gently recedes, tons of lace is left behind.
S: Sweet caramel and toffee at first. A great fruity aroma as well. Ripe apples, cherries, grapes. This is nice, though not nearly as much smoke and peat as I would want for the style.
T: Sweet and syrupy caramel and toffee. Almost to sweet. Very light oak, smoke, and fruits again that follow the nose.
M/D: This is thick, full bodied, and very low on carbonation. A syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Not much alcohol burn. A really good beer to sip on, but the thickness makes this a one bottle sipper.

Review# 500! Man, I need to get a life. Oh well, this is a very tasty beer. Needs a little more smoky flavors for me though. I still enjoy this very much. Something I would recommend.

Photo of Gump
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep red and moderately bubbly pour. Nicely carbonated.
Red licorice, toffee and roasted malt aroma. Sweet carmel flavors to compliment the aroma.
This is like a strong Irish Red, which makes it worthy!
Sweet malt flavor weighs down the palette, but the drinkability makes up for it.
A very faint grain harshness in the aftertaste.
re-review 2010-01-07:

Into a pint glass, after hours at the office.
The aroma brings me right in. Toasty, bready, scotch and a faint hop smell.
The half-inch head is nearly gone in a few minutes.
With the lack of hops in the aroma I was surprised to find a very good hop presence in the flavor. It starts chocolatly, and malty, but the hops come in and take over along with great carbonation.

It's a terrific balance in my opinion, but then again, I like hops.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass

A-dark brown with some red hues, nice ¾ inch frothy head that has decent retention, and leaves sappy lacing behind

S- lots of sweet caramel, some noticeable alcohol

T- great malt profile, dark crystal malt that creates a dark or burnt caramel taste, some dark fruits in there near the end, nice woody/oaky taste is in there throughout too, no noticiable alcohol

M-Very smooth and creamy, almost velvety that caresses the back of my tongue

D- I would have no problem drinking four of these, I have to restrain myself from taking huge gulps

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,000 ratings.