Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 6,585
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
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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 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)

Photo of Dave128
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy red-amber with a head that never seems to go away. Took me a few minutes just to pour it all due do the outstanding frothiness. Lace rings down the glass with every sip.

S - I can't really pick out much besides some dark malts and alcohol.

T - Phenols certainly There. Alcohol is present throughout. Hops escape for just a fraction of a second in the middle. bitterness hits on the aftertaste but not too hard.

M - Medium to heavy body. Helps with the boozyness. Absolutely on par for the style.

D - This drink is just a little too boozy for me to say it is a beer I'd like to have several of in a night. Not necessarily my cup of beer... but still another exceptional example of the style from Founders. (719 characters)

Photo of jpagewatts
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this comes out of the bottle a murky brown and what little tan head there is gone in the blink of an eye. the nose is all nutty caramel deliciousness, like the pecans you get from street vendors in new york. it makes me really excited to drink. the taste is buterscotch at first. a really good sweetness. the zestiness of the hops takes over and fills the mouth. there's a nice taste of acohol, but it detracts from the mouthfeel because it lingers very long in the aftertaste.

this certainly isn't a beer to have four or five of. but to enjoy one is a pleasant experience. (577 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/7/11 (I think that's what it says at least).

Deep ruby, nearing brown in color. Tiny and bubbly khaki head. Leaves pools of foam that are completely gone by the end of the session.

Tons of caramel malts and a faintly vinous quality. Some earth from the yeast. Vague fruit aromas, plums or apples. Scotch aromas. Faintest hint of floral hops.

Tons of roasted, toasted caramel malts. Dark fruit flavors, slightly syrupy. Hint of coffee and toffee. Sweet, boozy bite at the end, kind of like a scotch. Some hop bitterness on the finish, slightly medicinal.

The finish is a little weird, but not a bad scotch ale. Glad I had it, but there are better options. (672 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

as i sit here waiting for game one of the angels red sox to start i reach for a new friend. founders dirty bastard.

pours a nice brown color. decent head off a rough pour.

game has started so now for a condensed review.

very malty smell. sweet even

taste is full flavored. rich roasted malty goodness. very complex.

interesting mouth feel. slighty high carbonation. thick. full. rich.

pretty drinkable. i wouldnt have more than two in a night but still would have another. (481 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with hints of reddish notes and an off white head. The aroma is of toffee and caramel, smells like whiskey, very warm and inviting aroma. Some nuttiness is also detectable. The taste is solid, there is a roasted nut malt backbone and a caramel backbone with hints of toffee. The taste is similar to whiskey, a slight taste of alcohol is present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly slick. The drinkability is good, there is a decent amount going on flavor wise to keep you interested, the alcohol is well hidden with a slight alcohol burn to it. (591 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice tawny color with no real head, just a loose mass of swirling bubbles. Agitating the beer and swirling it brings a thin tan head up for a few moments.

Smell: A bit of caramel and some saltiness along with molasses.

Taste: Roasty and slightly tart. The beer is a bit puckering from the tart roasted flavors and as it warms up the roasty character shows up even more. Over ripe red fruits with burnt chocolate, apple, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Some creaminess with a sticky, syrupy, medium to full body.

Drinkability: This beer is tasty but it seems to have an identity crisis. It is a porter ina scotch ale bottle. (639 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark burnt orange amber color blended with some ruby red. Cloudy topped with a 1 inch off white head. Can't really describe the color on the head but the color of the beer is really spectacular.

S- Getting alot of raisin and figs. Some dark malty notes. Sweet smells coming off this one.

T- Some of that figs and raisin coming through but mostly it tastes like a black licorice stick. The high alcohol is not very well hidden in this beer. It seems to really come out towards the finish. Little bitter on the back end.

M- Beer feels very thick and syrupy. Really feels like a mouthful.

O- I would have to say this is a very good looking beer. Great colors. The smells and flavors are pretty close to each other but nothing really explodes. The feel of it is a bit of a let down. I mean who wants to drink syrup? But overall not a bad beer. Definitely a slow sipper for me. (882 characters)

Photo of Lenny2884
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger thick tannish, brown head that leaves nice lacing. Smells like dark caramel and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and toffee, slight alcohol aroma. Malt flavor is very complex. Roasted malts take the forefront followed by the nice caramel malt sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol hits as I swallow and it goes down warm. Good hop spiceyness as well, plays nicely with the malt. This is my first experience with a scotch ale but an enjoyable one at that. The high alcohol is a nice plus, but it drinks lighter than its 8.3%. I'd try this again. Cheers!! (599 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first Founders beer, poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

No head to speak of - just a light layer that disappears almost as quickly as it arrived. Bubbles persist at the edges, though, leading to a little bit of lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel with herbal hops?! What?

Taste isn't nearly as sweet as the smell led me to expect. Caramel, yes, but a drier version. Chilled it also has a fair bit of hoppiness, but that fades to nothing as it warms. Unfortunately the bitterness doesn't fade quite as much - it's a little over the top, particularly in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is nice and creamy, with a little sharp carbonation trying (unsuccessfully) to cut through the bitterness.

Drinkability is hindered by the excess bitterness of the aftertaste. The 8.5% does its part as well so this is definitely a sipping/one and done beer for me.

Overall it's not bad but not something I'll expect to seek out again. (932 characters)

Photo of Aenema
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours deep, murky mahogany. Thin tan head. Yeast flakes.
Smell - Caramel malts, smoke, peat.
Taste - Bready malt, some bitterness, slight hops, smoke and peat.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, slight residual sweetness.
Drinkability - Alcohol is not distracting, though the beer is not one I would session. (339 characters)

Photo of pavandal
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

beer poured a hazy amber color with a meringue like head on top, which dissapated to a thin layer.

smell was sweet, very malty. It had a slightly floral hop smell, with a slight citrus burn to it. I also detected caramel and chocolate scents. This beer smelled wonderful...

..but it fell short on taste. Don't get me wrong, it was "bad", it just doesn't live up to the awesomeness that the smell brings. It had a sweet start, with a flowery hop bitterness as well as a coffee like backbone. Not much here.

This had a thick mouthfeel, would be good in the winter for that "Stick to your ribs" feeling.

Higher ABV, so just have one. (643 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a brown/red color with virtually no head and almost no lacing.

The smell is earthy, there is is the smell of peat, cherries, nuts and wood.

The taste tries to follow the nose but falls short. There is the taste of cherry, some peat mild hop bitterness on the backend roasted and sweet malts dominate throughout.

The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, strong carbonation. There is a little bit of a cracker feel.

Overall this brew is good on the nose but the taste does not follow the nose as well as it should. Not a bad Scotch Ale but it would be better if all of the smells were present in the taste. (617 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Garnet with a thin head that quickly fades.

S: Yikes. Overwhelming solventy alcohol. Like one of DFH's stronger offerings. Underlying hints of cherries and dark fruits.

T: Again, alcohol heat initially dominates. Fortunately, it eventually settles down and lets the cherries and dark fruits from the nose to come forth. Honestly, it's more like a BSDA than a scotch ale.

M: Thick body with little carbonation.

D: Not quite sure what to make of this one. It was way too harsh for me initially, but it eventually kind of grew on me. I don't think I'd seek this one out, though. (617 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw the name on this one and a I couldn't pass it up. I'm a sucker for offensive marketing I guess. Pours a reddish-brown color with a moderate brown head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet, a bit of caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was very sweet, like the aroma, but not too sweet. The maltiness is present in the flavor as well as the alcohol and a tiny bit of the vanilla. This was an interesting beer, nice mouthfeel and not too hard to drink. (477 characters)

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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