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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,710
Hads: 6,628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,485 | FT: 24
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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 Glibber
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Founders beer. Dark coffee color with a decent smell with some hops and sweetness like molasses. Good carbination and a dark malt taste and just a hint of hops. I wasn't that crazy about the beer, but the alcohol was hidden fairly well for 8.5% abv. For the style it was good. (285 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep garnet with a brown center. About an inch of medium tan head doesn't leave any visible lacing. Lots bubbles in this one.

Smells sweet malt, chocolate, a bit of a smokey earthy scent in the background mingles with pine hops.

The flavor starts with the alcohol. Dark caramel, light chocolate, some raisin, and the piney hops giving it some bitterness at the end. Not quite sure about the bitterness, though.

Very carbonated, full body. A slight aclohol burn lingers for a second or two after swallowing, but no real aftertaste. The bitter end and the abv makes this only an average drinker for me. (617 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off- not my fav style, but I have to try it since it is from Founder's. Rich mahogany color with thin head that disappears quickly. Malty, alcohol hits the nose right away. First sip is very smooth, major league malts. You can taste the 8% alcohol in this one. I drink it slow, but there is not much carbonation. Good beer overall, not in a ruch to drink again, though. (375 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut and ruby color with an off-white head into a Dogfish Head goblet. Nose of malt and a hint of leather.

Very rich, malt forward ale with a touch of booze. Caramel and brown sugar notes coat the palate. Hops in the finish blend nicely and the slight bitterness takes the edge off what is a very malty ale. A bit of earth and tobacco. Semi-dry finish.

Quite nice and a good choice for sipping on a fall evening. (427 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a redish/brown with a small head, even on a hard pour.

S: Smells like a great Scotch Ale. Malty sweet, with a touch of peat and seemingly a little brown sugar to add to the sweetness?

T: Too sweet for me. It's good but I think the sweetness is a bit too much for me to dig through the rest. The alcohol is certainly hidden quite well.

M: A very smooth drinker, no harshness at all. The sweetness is better on the tongue after a few moments.

D: If it wasn't as sweet I could drink a bunch of these. I could see revisiting this beer after a bit to see if it changes or my senses change a bit. (604 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of marcpal
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Strong pour into the glass and first thing I saw was a khaki dark head that wasnt going anywhere. Thick looking, dark auburn. Cherry oak wood coloring that left good looking lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer to start.

N: Dried dates and figs. Sweet malts combined with the sweet smoke. In the long run, leaves you anticipating sweetness in the flavor.

T: Breads and dried figs. A combination of marshmallows, some hops and a whole lot of dried fruits- figs, dates, burnt sugar. As it warmed, the shocking sweetness calmed down a bit that actually made it less of a fun beer.

The hops put up a battle against the malts, tangy molasses and eventually poke their head out for a howdya do.
May be due to the color of this one, but Im left with the flavor of dried and some fresh cranberries over anything else toward the end of the glass.

M: Thick and creamy that left a chewy mouth coating. Burn on the tongue was warming.

D: Can definitely catch the alcohol from the sweetness in the malts but I find the smokines to be the strongest and most appealing quality. Not a favorite but probably has its place and represents the style quite well. (1,187 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Founders Dirty Bastard pours out a dark brown color with an inch of tan head. Very sweet butterscotch aroma. Caramel and fruit flavor with some bubblegum. Overly sweet. A little sour. Some woodchip flavor comes in at the finish and makes the beer a little smoky. Mouthfeel is full. Drinkability suffers a little from the sweetness. This is a decent beer, but I don't really like the bubblegum flavor. (417 characters)

Photo of Earpe
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not your most educated beer drinker in terms of the lingo...however I bought my first six of this beer looking for a cheaper option to my favorite. with the first six i thought i had found it, great taste going down with a bit of a warming feel.

bought a second six a couple weeks later and was feeling pretty good about my selection. a few weeks later i stepped up and bought the case of dirty bastard....in the end it is a good beer, but i surprisingly started feeling as though the ending taste was that of ear wax (sorry, as an uneducated beer lingo guy....best i could come up with.)

i do like the beer on occasion, but i just can't get over the ending flavor. this beer smells and looks great as it is unfiltered (which i love). the ABV content is awesome if you drink only a couple per sitting as i do....maybe there is something wrong with my pallet as it is not my favorite, however i will give it a break and definetly try it again down the road as it is still on my list of top fives. i will pay the extra for the Skull Splitter for now...still looking (1,066 characters)

Photo of tryemdad
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Staying on a Founder's kick of late. More and more of their brews becoming available here in Northern Connecticut. Great!

This one pours a dark copper into my Chimay chalice. Light cream head that quickly fades, leaving beautiful lacing. Smell is faint bourbon.

Tastes are also mild. A little sweet raisin...somewhat metallic with some nice bitterness at the end. Warmth lingers for a while at 8.5%. Seems like its's seen the inside of a bourbon-barrel, even though I know it hasn't. Not sure if it's my taste-buds playing tricks on me due to the Backwoods Bastard I had the other night (also by Founders). That was one heckuva beer that I don't think I've recovered from yet. Will revisit that one soon with a review...anywho....

Light carbonation to this and overall a fine example of the style. Glad I bought six...will enjoy on several fall evenings.

Still thinking about that Backwoods though... (905 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Founders Dirty Bastard

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Brown with red tint when held to light. A little over a finger of dirty white head. The head settled to a wispy dusting. A bit of lacing.

S) I had to let this warm to room temperature to fully appreciate the malty sweetness. Caramel and butterscotch, kind of a faint turtle sundae thing going on here.

T) Not nearly as sweet as the nose indicated. Quite earthy, with some grass. The alcohol was pretty noticeable as well. Lingering aftertaste... Where did the sweetness go???

M) Medium body with a pretty good dose of carbonation. This could have been smoother for my liking.

O) I really like Founders, but this is not doing much for me. If I'm looking for a Scotch Ale brewed in Michigan, it is going to be Scotty Karate 100% of the time. (837 characters)

Photo of LeftonJackman
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this after enjoying Founders Red's Rye. Great labeling! Be sure to read the neck band.

I poured my bottle into a pint glass before dinner, sat back and enjoyed:

A: Poured a deep amber, with glints of red. Nice nutty head about a finger and a half.

S: After a two quick sniffs I found the aroma a little understated. Bitter chocolate and woodsy. I picked up some of the roast.

T: A slight sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Again, scotch, chocolate, coffee and a roasted/burnt malts. The bitterness of the chocolate tops off the great flavor profile I have come to love about scotch ales.

M: Medium bodied with alcohol and water in the mouth. Not quite chewy.

D: Went great with the cheese in my meal, a sharper cheddar next time. Good beer to have with a meal, but not the paramount scotch ale. One per sitting. (846 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish with ruby hues; mild tan head recedes quickly. Zero lace.

S: roasty malts, sweet caramel, booze, dark fruit of some sort.

T: very smoky with smoked/roasted malts front and center. Touch of caramel sweetness in the middle before the hops turn it squarely bitter. Taste is overwhelmingly of smokey malt & hops, and while I can appreciate a well-crafted brew, this direction of flavors really isn't my thing.

M: nice creamy body & appropriately carbonated. Good drinkability too.

O: a decent brew that I'm sure many others will swoon over. I'm always willing to sample a Founders brew -- even of styles I don't particularly love -- and Dirty Bastard is a great example why. (686 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Head is ½" thick on pour, then fades to ring around the glass. Very little lacing.

S - Inviting mix of malt, smoke and alcohol. Some sweet brown sugar notes.

T - Strong roasted bitterness mixed with smoke. Acrid bitterness in the middle. Dry finish with more bitterness and smoke.

M - Medium to heavy body. Carbonation is restrained and does not lighten the feel. No alcohol burn.

D - Overall much too bitter and full of roast and coffee notes that are not part of the traditional style. I appreciate the smoke, but the rest is too much of a culture clash from what I'm expecting. (671 characters)

Photo of Jishguy
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, hazy, dark brown body. 1/4 inch head that dissipates over a few minutes. Not much lacing

S- Cinnamon, raisin, nutmeg, prune, cherries, toffee, caramel.

T- Identical to the taste. The dark fruits are more pronounced up front, the caramel and toffee come through in the aftertaste.

M- Very creamy and chewy. Seems to stick to the teeth a bit.

D- Sits a bit heavy. 3 max. (391 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle in to a thistle/tulip glass resembling and looking identical to characteristics of it's Backwards Bastard cousin, dark nut brown with red hues, almost guinness like bubbles of tiny quality. Minimal lacing, with possibly being slightly darker than Backwoods.

Smell is quite closed and muted. Not much going on, clean though, and a faint first whiff mostly of grass and a soapy quality. That seems odd for a scotch ale? There is some malt, but then also strangely enough some cumin.

Taste is alright, slight fainted smoke, tobacco and ashen in the finish. No biscuity chew, and little malt on the taste to speak of it seems.

Not that keen on having another one, but I know I've had worse scotch ales...

I am actually re reviewing this because I've had this with a cleaner palate without tasting another beer (Backwoods) before hand. My grade is definitely too low on this for this one, and I found other things on it after trying it again without tasting it's Backwoods cousin first. I could drink this no problem anytime. (1,047 characters)

Photo of keanex
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 5/14/2011 into a tulip glass.

A: Deep red/maroon/brown beer with a tan foamy head that retains it's shape and size. Nice looking beer.

S: Mostly malty and bready, not much picked up here through the nose.

T: Big malty flavor up front with hints of fruits and fruits coming through.

M: Medium carbonation with a rather thick body.

O: A decent beer, I remember it tasting a little better than this, but it's not a bad beer just not as complex and interesting as I remember. (513 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish brown color with minimal head, and just a little bit of lacing

S - Very hard to pick out specific aroma here. There is a sweetness that is hard to define, but maybe a little bit of sugar covered raisin

T - Taste is a little bit of sweetness, maybe some brown sugar, and there is a noticeable alcohol burn with each sip. There is a dark fruit like fig that gives it a pleasant taste

M - Good carbonation, it is smooth and fairly creamy. Again, the alcohol burn is noticeable with this one.

O - I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts with this one. Or maybe the alcohol content has caught up to me at the end of this review and I am an easy grader. It is an enjoyable brew, not something I would drink a bunch of at once, but overall glad I tried this. (790 characters)

Photo of Yesac
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Calling this a Scotch Ale isn't quite right. I'm not sure what it is, but a Scotch Ale I feel it is not.. not really.

Pours a dark brown with deep red tones with a thin light tan head to compliment. Nose is uncharacteristically hoppy, citrusy, feels much like some botched the recipe and used the wrong hops. (Though, they obviously did it on purpose.) Wafts of floral elements and a slightly smokey bourbon-like character. Taste follows the nose closely. Not "bad" per se, but not what I was looking for at all, very slight malt profile and a medium chalky-like mouthfeel. Sort of medicinal. The brew betters as it warms slightly and the malts present themselves a bit more, as does the bitterness.

This one is sort of disjointed. Not horrible mind you, but don't seek this one out if you're looking for a traditional Scotch Ale.

Slàinte! (851 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Served cool from bottle into tulip glass.

S) Rich Christmas cake.

A) Hazy red-brown with no head and thin film. A few small bubbles rising from the top.

M) Pleasant light carbonation. Not heavy for the ABV. Slight cloying bitterness at the back of the mouth.

T) Rich malt, slight bitterness seems to be imparted by alcohol rather than hops. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

O) Gives a pleasant alcohol warming as it goes down. Doesn't live up to the BA hype for me, but is certainly a pleasant beer to drink. (513 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for letting me try this beer, split with my roommate tonight

Poured into my Dogifsh Head snifter with a nice deep brown color, a 3/4 inch vanilla colored head that stuck around a minute or so, some rention but not much lacing

Smell had maple syrup, butter, cream, tons of different sweet malts, toffe, caramel, a hint of dark fruit, a tiny amount of hoppiness, mostly candy-like scents that lured you in

Taste was smooth and easy to drink for a scotch ale, tried to pace myself but drank it pretty fast anyways, everything in the aroma is present in its flavor, sweet malt all the way through with a little boozy character thrown in there, vanilla and sugar really stick out, some nice toffee and caramel accents, mild hoppy presence provides some balance, a lot sweeter than I expected overall but was certainly not a bad thing

Body was fairly thick for this beer style with a limited amount of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel that had a long lasting taste that kept me wanting more

Could not drink too much of this solely because of its heaviness and high alcohol percentage, very smooth for how sweet it is, alcohol is hidden pretty well and there is no single overwhelming flavor, a couple bottles would do the trick with this one

Another good beer from Founders to add to their list of many, wanted to try this one before I popped open its barrel aged version, Backwoods, in a few weeks or so, highly recommended and a damn good beer for its price, think it is available year round to boot, would definitely drink again in the future if I got the opportunity (1,622 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Frozensoul327, thanks!

Good Scotch Ale, pours a lovely redish brown with small head.

Smells of malt, heavy plums and ripe fruit. Good taste in mouth, easier to swallow than I was expecting

Not a lasting aftertaste to note, but the ABV packs a velvet punch with the swallow. A nice beer that I'll have to repeat in the Fall. (347 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bells Tulip Glass.

A- Pours a one ½ finger off white head that dissipates quickly, leaves a bubbly layer of head on top, Dark brown color, with hues of burnt orange, nice lacing.
S- Some roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruits (plums) the aroma is enjoyable.
T- Roasted notes upfront, nice hop presence, adds a nice bitterness, well carbonated, hints of dark fruits (plums) brown sugar, caramel.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, bitter after taste, crisp finish.
O- Overall this is a solid beer, I ‘m glad I only bought one bottle though, this beer was good to have once but not good enough to revisit IMO, still enjoyed it. (660 characters)

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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