Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,535
Reviews: 1,760
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,412 | FT: 25
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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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Ratings: 6,535 | Reviews: 1,760
Photo of sublimesipping
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this on tap at the south philly tap room. Am I wrong to say malted milk in a glasss? So so so malty. Beautiful silky clear mahagony color. Great glass lacing and nice malt aroma. beer has as very long smooth finish. Malts malts and more malts. Absolutely the most complex scotch ale that I have ever had. A cutting edge version of the style. the taste deepens, tantilates and lingers. very, very smooth. My first and I hope not my last from a brewery I have heard lots about. hope to have more of this and others too! YUMMY!

Photo of KWolf
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark, toasty, roasty, caramelly goodness balanced with the hop.

Photo of 29mikoyan
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very malty beer. My second favorite wee heavy scotch ale after Belhaven. It has a beautiful chocolately aroma. The flavor is more in line with roasted chocolate and peated malt.

Photo of dbalsock
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh man, this was really good... thanks, joshd, for the bottle

appearance: pours dark brown with a brown head that quickly laces the side of the glass. an orange hue breaks through at the bottom of the glass, and as i drink the color goes more towards amber.

smell: the malts come through in full force in the smell providing an appetizing sweetness. there is also a hint of flowers in the smell that i appreciate.

taste: i find this to be very nicely balanced although it's very sweet. the malts take control of this brew while the hops provide subtle and welcome backup. as the beer warms i think i can pull out a buttery taste.

mouthfeel: great texture and the perfect consistency. it's not too syrupy nor too thinly bodied. i find this to suit my palate perfectly.

drinkability: yes... all day long...

Photo of liquidnoise
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of Rexxius
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness...what a dirty bastard...

Photo of Hondo3
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What more can you say? This could be considered "A freaking good beer"! A beautiful deep amber color. Small 1/4" head that dissipates rather quickly. Pretty much a perfect balance between malt/hops. Just the right amount of carbonation. One of my top 5 all time favorites! The only downside to this beer is that I don't live closer to the brewery and its Utopian taps.

Photo of auxiliary
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - Nice dark brown color with a creamy tan head, and nice lace.

smell - Nice sweet and roasted malt smell.

taste - Has a caramel malt taste to it, real nice scotch hint.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Nice balance, not too malty, enjoyed this one

Photo of tekstr1der
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany pour with thin, clingy white head. Aromas of fruit, yeast, and bread with some wine-like quality. Flavors are many - prune, toast, cooked sugar. So smooth and malty. This is just great.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a thick, three finger, rocky, beige head. Magnificent, cascading effect. Epic lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of caramel, toffee, molasses, baked dark bread. A hint of milk chocolate. Smells extremely inviting.

T - Taste follows the nose but with additional notes of nut, dark fruit (fig and date), and peat. Absolutely delicious.

M - It is here where this beer truly excels. It is thick and chewy with low carbonation. Delightfully creamy. A hint of alcohol burn in the finish but generally hides its ABV well.

O - Exceptional. The best example of the style I have ever had. The Gold standard. Kudos to Founders.

Photo of ndawg42031
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great coffee notes on this extremely flaverfull full bodied ale. Lots of layers of malt balanced with just the right amount of hops. It seems as if there is another flavor picked up with your first five to ten sips. Is that chocolate? A little caramel? Some coffee? Delicious, Go Beer!

Photo of uawildcat
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: This is the right color for a true scotch ale. Although there was some head, I find myself wishing there was a little more

S: it smells like toffee sweet. That is pretty much it. Not very complex lack of a peat smoke in this particular rendition of a scotch ale. Nonetheless it is very enticing for a dessert beer.

T: very sweet with little to balance it out. There also isn't a smokey flavor that is present in most other beers of this style nor is there a metallic taste that comes with some in this style. It mostly is a very sweet toffee flavor just like the smell, plain and one note. This isn't a bad thing for me. It is what makes this such a great dessert beer.

MF: very sticky and kind of hot. True to the style!

O: The most impressive Scotch Ale I have ever had.

Photo of mckemp
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brick red color, finger of off white head.

S - Butterscotch, sweet syrupy smell.

T - Caramel, light cherry taste, with traditional scotch ale "alcohol" taste, finishing with lingering bitterness.

M - Thick and sticky.

O - Absolutely the best scotch ale I've had. I've never been disappointed by Founders. I ate some M&Ms while drinking the dirty bastard; it was a great pairing!

Photo of WillWillows
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Pours like a root beer, same kind of coloring. Head up and quickly down, little bitter on the back taste, but not unpleasant. Nice malty feel. Nice Scotch Ale. I would put oneof these in with some Arrogant in my pick six..

Photo of Mellonius
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a small bottle into a tulip. Paired with some roasted cashew nuts.
The color is dark cola and it delivers a nice 1-inch beige head that lingers quite long. Smell is very pleasing, caramel-driven. Good body and carbonation, the high ABV can barely be felt. Crispy aftertaste courtesy of the well balanced hoppiness. The dominant flavor I found was that of prunes, intermixed with caramel malt and some light roasted notes. Very enjoyable. I wish I had more bottles in my fridge!

Photo of jjboesen
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another Founders beer to add to my list. It is truly a find since we have one of my favorite styles in cahoots with one of my favorite brewers. And, incidentally, this was quaffed at Rustico Ballston (Virginia), a favorite venue. Happy Happy Drinking Games! Now raise your goblets ….

The Dirty Bastard has a foreboding copper body protected on top by a shimmering cloud of foam that is, eventually, encrusts the glass with thick slabs of crusty lacing. The Dirty Bastard will punch your nose with a heavy fist of pine, molasses and almond and leave you reeling. As you continue to inhale this Highland miasma (where is the aroma of heather and wet wool one whiffs in Scotland?), the palate is trapped in a boggy blanket of plum, toffee and the aforementioned molasses.

The mouthfeel is superb as there is a subtle blend of toasted malt and dried fruit. The Dirty Bastard makes an exquisite quaff for any lad and lassie willing to experience a complex concoction of a style that is truly hard to get right. Founders really got this Dirty Bastard right and gave us an example of a wonderful Scottish beer that will bring out the Braveheart in all of us. Freedom!

Photo of tony12hd
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let me sum it up for you. Fantastic! very enjoyable beer it is 8.5 so watch out have this by itself or at the end of rounds.

Photo of FreshEsh
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't make the mistake of drinking this too cold. I liked it best when it was closest to room temp. All the flavors really came out. Almost has the appearance of a top notch scotch, which I love. Drink more than one, and you'll feel like you've been sipping on scotch as well. If you don't like this beer, you just can't appreciate it.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark color with intense ruby red color when held to the light. A tan head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with caramel notes. Alcohol is apparent. Nutty aromas as well (although I could not pick out which nut precisely).

T: A roasted malt flavor dominates the first taste. Some diacetyl which leads to a buttery experience; however, this may be the complexities of 'caramel' in the beer that I am confusing for diacetyl. A moderate amount of sweetness, but never over-bearing.

M: Full bodied with a chewy viscosity. A balanced bitterness (predominantly from the malt and not hops) that remains pleasantly briefly. A creamy flavor. Dry finish.

Notes: Charlie from Five Points Bottle Shop told me that Founders was one of the top 3 breweries in the country right now. After experiencing this Scotch Ale, I am inclined to agree. I have been searching for a brew that I could enjoy on a regular basis. And if only they had a version of this that was about half the ABV, I would have found my brew. This is a great beer, one of my favorites. I am stoked that I have 5 more in this pack to enjoy. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a dark-reddish color with a nice head. Very nice!

Smell is some spices and sweetness.

Taste is very complex. dark fruits, carmel, scotch, semi smokiness, nice toasty malt, and toffee. So very good!

Mouthfeel is silkyness and medium-full bodied. A great sipper and a slight warmth going down.

Overall, this is a lovely scotch ale! So good and complex.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance: Rich dark-brown body with a slight red hue. It glows when it is held up to light but it is not transparent. The body is topped by a fluffy light-brown head. Thin, creamy lacing forms.

Smell: Toasted malts dominate the nose. Sweet notes of caramel and chocolate stand out as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel notes are countered with bittersweet notes of cocoa. Toasted malts carry the overall flavor. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste. It is sweet at the first sip and tangy as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, enough to make the hops and alcohol stand out. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: To the best of my knowledge, this is my first Scotch Ale. I alternate between stouts in the cold months and IPAs in the warmer months. This almost strikes me as a lovechild of an IPA and a Stout. It is incredibly creamy, yet is finishes with a similar mouthfeel on an IPA. I was very impressed by this beer and I am very excited to explore other Scotch Ales as well.

Bottom Line: Do yourself a favor and try this, you will probably be satisfied.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks and feels like a brown ale. Nothing too crazy in this one. Will enjoy a couple more times i'm sure.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an incredibly dark ruby red. Forms a half finger of quickly dissipating tan head. No noticeable lacing on the walls of the glass.
S - Malts, smoke, slight caramel and vanilla notes.
T - Sweet sweet malts, caramel, smoke, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and a bitterness at the end to balance the sweetness. Very long finish. Medium body.
O - A damned good brew for a cold day. Excellent and unique taste to this strong scotch ale.
V - Medium.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light brown with some red highlights, thin head. A complex aroma, some bread, malt, alcohol and raisins to be noted, simply awesome. A full bodied beer, hence the ABV, with some complex flavors as well. Oak, raisin, some port and bready taste up front, the alcohol is hidden, yet noted. The flavors get better as this baby warms up. One of the top scotch ales I've ever had, or one of the top beers I've ever had, get some now.

Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a wonderful copper colour with a khaki head with hints of red. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice lacing.

S: Caramel, cherries, brown sugar, tea. Beautiful

T: Hoppier than I would have expected. Not hoppy, just more hop presence than I would have expected from the style or the aroma. Again, caramel, cherries, brown sugar, and tea are all present, with the tannicity and the hops working to balance out the sweetness nicely. Faint butterscotch makes its presence known. Just the slightest hint of smokiness comes through as the beer warms. A sweet sipper with a nice zing to it to keep it from being too cloying or heavy. There's a reason this is my favourite example of one of my favourite styles!

M: Just right. Full bodied without being sludgy. Carbonation and hops serve to keep it from feeling too syrupy, but without being overdone.

O: I. Love. This. Beer! Perfect for one of the last chilly rainy days before Summer.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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