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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,710
Hads: 6,629
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,487 | 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 BeerFMAndy
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
8.5% ABV, 50 IBUs, Bottled 01/21/14

A - The sexy and deep ruby-hued mahogany color pours with clarity, glugging into the glass to form some brief carbonation cascading, which builds the dense cream-filled coffee colored head. Stupendous retention eventually gives way to sheets of lace left clutching the glass.

S - Caramelization of the malts opens up a deep complexity of sweetness. Semi-melted caramel cube and brittle toffee fills in the gaps left by the profound toastiness that overruns the lightly grassy hop nuances.

T - Offset slightly by earthy hoppiness and dry roasted qualities, the sweet malt comprised toffee slivers bobbing in melted caramel also brings a drizzle of chocolate over thick sliced, lightly toasted, soft rye bread.

M - Dirty Bastard has a super smooth, almost creamy medium-full bodied feel that lingers with balanced sweetness, never becoming cloying. It's alcohol level impressively glides by almost fully unnoticed save for the gentle warming finish.

O - One of the most quintessential stateside Scotch Ales, Founders' Dirty Bastard is full-flavored and nearly full-bodied but isn't 'intense' as most of the style reflect. Instead, the sweet caramelized wort opens up nuanced complexity of sweets and bread, carefully balanced by hops and alcohol dryness for a smooth beer that can quickly sneak up on you! (1,395 characters)

Photo of MarkBlackout
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent brew. This is for true malt-heads obsessed with sort of sick-sweet rich caramel malt flavors with a high abv. and faint hop spice. Can't beat it in the winter. I've drank a ton of these and didn't make u p my mind about it until recently. I kept buying it once in awhile because I seemed to remember something positive about its maltfunk onslaught. Not lambic funky, but fruity leather ale funky. Hides the alcohol just enough. I love this shit! Good price!

EDIT: this give this style a good name, but unfortunately have had few others that stood out in any way. This is where it's at. (607 characters)

Photo of paxchristi
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into wine glass. This particular brew is somewhere between a wee heavy and an -80 Schilling. May not be big enough to be a wee heavy but definitely bigger than an -80 Schilling.

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish color with a bubbly head that totally dissolves in a minute or so. Where the light penetrates, I get some very dark, crimson, honey hues. I don't expect much head from a Scotch Ale, so I can forgive it. Looks great.-- 4.0

Smell: A real malt bomb. Very medium malts come through very strong. Pretty intense really. Not lacking on the nose whatsoever. In fact, I get a slight burn in the nose after a good swirl in the tasting glass. Phenol alcohols for sure-- pretty obvious. Its hard to hide booze when there's not much hops. Hopheads are weird about that, but its appropriate for the style. Its an ale thats supposed to have some real pop and burn to it. And there is some ever so faint bitter chocolate malt with perhaps the faintest amount of some dark fruit (dates?)-- 4.5

Taste: Boozy, bready, malt bomb. Mouth justifies the nose. It's every bit as strong and boozy as the nose. Burns the palate after a little while. Big yeasty breads in this one. Perhaps a bit of biscuit. I get some raisins and dark fruits as well. Perhaps the slightest hint of hops bitterness. Fills your head pretty well. BOOM!-- 4.5

Mouth: Burns a bit. Carbonation moderate and appropriate for the style. Almost chewy. Brings out the boozy bread qualities.

Overall: Founders never disappoints. It's like drinking a big fresh loaf of booze soaked yeasty raisin bread-- toasted slightly dark. Don't get the hate this one has received lately. It's spot on for its style, and it requires it not be mocked, ya wee lad! ;-) (1,739 characters)

Photo of Tim9m1r
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Nearly opaque dark cherry color with a one finger medium-thick frothy cream colored head

Smell - Sweet toasted malt immediately followed by dark fruit, fig, and sweet alcohol with hints of caramel and toffee.

Taste - Rich toasted malt followed by dark fruit, fig, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol with a caramel-toffee finish

Mouthfeel - Smooth and balanced with a medium-thick slightly syrupy viscosity and fine creamy carbonation. Very light alcohol throughout, light bitterness as you would get from dark chocolate, and a warm finish.

Overall - Very flavorful, filling, and overall a great beer, It is one of my favorite beers that I have had. (664 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep yet clear amber color with a vanilla head. Lots of sticky lacing.

On the nose, is it strange that I'm getting a ton of sweet milk chocolate? Toffee and caramel are also present. As the beer was pouring I got huge whiffs of scotch like alcohol. Still though, predominately getting sweet milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate sweetness is present on the tip of the tongue as well with a slightly alcoholic finish. Full body rich and complex with some added notes of toffee, caramel, and cinnamon. Big vanilla presence as well. The hop and alcohol presence does an amazing job of balancing off the finish for an incredibly smooth drink.

Drinks like a carbonated scotch with impeccable smoothness.

The layers of flavors are immense and unmeasurable due to the amazing concentration. Quite the beer. And for it's complexity and abv, it's something I could have more than a few of.

Dangerous (898 characters)

Photo of J_Dub
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep reddish copper pour. A nice amount of head with really good lacing as well

S-I smell malt right away. Dark fruit and molasses as well. You can almost smell a certain sweetness in it. Wonderful smell

T-Like the nose, I was assaulted with malt at first. However, after a few sips I really started to note a lot more flavors. Dark fruits, brown sugar, some hops at the end. Very "earthy". There was a lot of bitterness at first but as I had a few sips the bitterness faded. Absolutely fantastic.

M-Not too much carbonation. Feels as if it going to be syrupy on your tongue but surprisingly clean finish.

I'm happy to finally have Founder's in Texas. I actually confused this brew with backwoods bastard and was a little disappointed at first when I realized my mistake. However, this beer does not disappoint. It was fairly harsh at first but I think that was just because it was my first beer of the day. This beer is just wonderful. Beautiful pour and aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma but even more complex. I can't really compare this to other Scotch ales as I haven't had many but Dirty Bastard is good no matter the category. Buy it and don't look back. (1,174 characters)

Photo of gotweid
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This brew is a must try! Great job, Founders! Poured a very dark brown with a slight reddish tone. Thin, off white head, but very thick and strong. Long lasting, excellent lacing. Not much carbonation. Smelled of strong, roasted, toasted, luscious malt. I loved the smell. Despite the heavy, roasted malt, this is a very smooth, creamy, dreamy brew. Extremely smooth. I can't express that enough. Full bodied, but still light on the tongue and throat. Starts out a little bitter, but finishes smooth and rich with a strong tasting, roasted malt aftertaste that makes you yearn for more and also my pipe (legal tobacco). Warm, rich, relaxing feeling .Would make a great, crisp autumn or winter brew. Extremely drinkable, even with the 8.3% abv. Beers like this are so enjoyable and are what great beer is about. Cheers and enjoy. (833 characters)

Photo of berliner07
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was a great surprise. Not a usual fan of the style, but this one delivered. The malt profile was so much more complex than a usual Scotch Ale. Wonderful sweetness was met with a touch of smoke and a sensational mouthfeel. A real treat to drink all the way. I'll definitely get another. (295 characters)

Photo of AEK
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Gordon's Finest Gold thistle glass.

A. Burgundy coloured ale with a foamy off-white head that shrank to thin foam.

S. Syrupy, strawberries, figs, bananas, strawberry jam, cough candy and a hint of cola.

T. Vine fruits, syrup, good alcohol presence but without the accompanying warmth.

M. Full bodied.

D. A rather nice interpretation of a Scotch style ale but lacks something that McEwan's No1 ale has. (439 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a light brown head.

Smells of caramel, crystal malt, and a slight piney scent in the background. The smell has depth and character.

Caramel, coffee, fresh baked bread in a harmony of goodness. Full bodied and chewy malt mouthfeel. It has some dark fruit plumb notes as well balanced by a bitter herbal/pine hop punch. This is an excellent beer. Best Scotch Ale I've had. (401 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4/19/2011

A - Super awesome straw colored foamy head. Head looks very much like a latte. Brew is deep, deep purple with lots of brown and black. Mildly cloudy too. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Lots of heavy peat, very well done. Nothing drones out the nose of the brew. Not overly sugary at all. Slightly sweet and bready. Very oat-y, almost oatmeal??? Interesting. Perhaps some maple syrup too.

T/M - Very smooth and delicious! Chalky and perfectly sweet. Very mellow and caramel. Some milk chocolate and delicate hops stand out; nothing citrusy. Awesome carbonation. No heat.

O - Awesome Scotch Ale! Just as they all should be. An awesome extra, please keep the good brews rolling in!!! I would love to try this one again in the future! Founders continues to impress me more and more with each brew I drink. (824 characters)

Photo of chopp02
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I have to say that I love the color of this beer! It is one of the most unique I've seen: a light chocolate color and the texture of this beer is phenomenal! I absolutely love the Scotch flavor in this rich, dark beer. If you like your dark beers with a liquor taste, then give this one a try, you won't be disappointed. (328 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks good. deep amber-brown, dark, foreboding. already succumbing subjectively to the power of this brewery's output...consistently stellar so far...not much lacing but it's too heavy to dabble in fluff

in the nose, sweet dark fruit starting to ferment. some possible nuttiness.

in the mouth and it's just a rich orgy of sweetness, deep roasted, candied malts...amazing...hard to describe this nectar...would be so much more warming at this massive ABV in the fall and winter, but this is helping me look forward to my favorite time of the year. tho little carbonation at the surface, this is perfectly thick without any cloying sense. reminds me of various barleywine experiences...intense, balanced and drinkable as a session brew for anyone in a kilt! (757 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a light brown color, almost like the darkest iced tea you've ever had. The flavor is very complex with a ton of different malt flavors going on. There is roastedness, piney, hoppy, a little bit of not very sweet maple, even a hint of scotch. It's very bold and has a long bitter, but not acrid, finish. (311 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a lovely brown/red colour, but and a decent head that fades to lacing around the edge of the glass. The smell is lovely and malty but there is also some fresh hoppiness there too. This beer has a very complex taste. For me, this beer tasted fresh and citrussy up front but the malt quickly took over and it became sweet and syruppy. The finish is roasty and smooth. This is possibly my favourite beer. Taste this with your eyes closed and enjoy the ride. (468 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a growler into a chalice, dark red-brown with a 1" light tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear, light stream of bubbles
S: caramel, toffee, molasses notes, earthy, robust, dark pumpernickle
T: sweet caramel notes up front with a big malt flavor, oaky earty notes, cherries, sweet lingering finish
M: full bodied with correct carbonation, alcohol makes itself known
O: a nice beer for cold weather, good complexity of flavors, pleasant sweet finish (473 characters)

Photo of Tomhet
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first "big" beers I fell in love with during my "formative" stages of drinking good beer (read: only about a year and a half ago). Pours a really nice syrupy looking brownish that reveals a nice amber tinge when held up to light. The look of the body is nice and thick; looks as if one can chew on it. Head is a quickly dissipating copper shade that, despite the fleeting foam, leaves some decent lacing. Smell is a really biting amalgam of spicy, sugary grains, something along the lines of brown sugar/cinnamon. Along with that is a nice presence of cherry-laced figs along with the stock sweet malty note. There's a bit of a straight alcohol scent along the lines of scotch (something that really kicked my ass when I first experienced it), but this actually blends really well with the aforementioned sweet malt.

The progression in taste is certain one that rises in its intensity, which is always welcome. The first thing that hits the palate is a very sweet, brown-sugary scotch taste. Don't mistake this as an indication that the 8.5% ABV isn't masked well, for this is quite the contrary. Near the middle there is an odd hop presence that falls somewhere between the "earthy" and "grassy" area of the spectrum (excuse my ambiguous terminology; I'm not well-versed in specific hop varieties enough to accurately diagnose it beyond that). Each sip taste a bit different, for I just tasted an almost milkshake chocolately note that I've never found before, which itself is a testament to the devious sweetness of this heavy brew. Not much carbonation here gives rise to a "syrupy" texture with a creamy mouthfeel and oddly wet finish. Everything here is really well balanced, and in order. (1,707 characters)

Photo of praufs01
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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 : ) (484 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In fitting companionship to the drug-addled Ol' Dirty Bastard for whom this beer might well be named, Founders' Dirty Bastard would easily make a beer addict out of me if I weren't damn near close to one already.

A sweet, lightly wooded, and piney smell at first with remarkably flavorful yet constrained use of hops, Dirty also works in a hint of molasses and caramel from the large variety of malts thrown into the mix and a waft of a good smokey whiskey with barely a hint of vanilla. There's a surprising amount of diversity in the nose and the more I smell it, the more I discover. Is that citrus or strawberry that gives this beer its lightly fruity nose? Whatever it is, it's so mesmerizing, I could smell it all day - but I won't because that's only part of the fun.

The first taste is malt heaven, with far less emphasis of the hoppy flavor coming through overtly, but rather as a balance that tempers what might otherwise be too syrupy and rich. But this bastard of a beer is just right. Even the 50 IBUs it claims seem a bit of a stretch. I can only really get a hint of bitterness as the thin but frothy head folds over my tongue like a wool blanket, and it's mostly manifested in the taste of resin, wood, and musk.

It's strong, rich, and a bit on the pricier side, so this isn't a beer I'd drink all day, but one I could enjoy drinking almost any day. (1,374 characters)

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, brew came out an intriguing cloudy cider. There was literally no head, but there was a paw print of carbonation at the surface. A little bit of suddy lacing. Nose is full of sweet caramel, maybe some notes of honey. Very full, rich, and tasty.

The flavor profile on this is intense. The beginning opens up with a bitter kick to the nose, grapefruit rind. But then the brew settles to the fronts of the mouth and a big malt profile appears. Notes of dark fruit fruits, breadiness, and fig emerge. I'm definitely missing some others - as it's quite complex - really a joy to drink. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, and leaves a rough stickiness on the tongue - begging you to drink more.

Really an awesome brew here, which completely reverses the typical malt to hop drink. I'm a huge fan! (820 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing si mild. Has a nice dark fruit, caramel aroma. Very slight licorice. Extremely smooth taste. Dark malts, raisins, licorice, boozy. Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Extremely good beer. (286 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-ruby-amber, can't see the carbonation. one finger soft head, dissipates quickly with reasonable lacing.
S-Anise, honey, bread, malt,
T- sweet, malty, gives way to slight bitterness, then finishes back with sweet malt. Nose carries through the tase, though anise isn't overpowering, just present.
M-Full bodied, coats the mouth. Resinous, finish lingers for a long while.
O- outstanding Scotch Ale. Definitely a sipper as it's so filling. If you can get your hands on this, do! (479 characters)

Photo of timbro81
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red copper color with nice amounts of carbonation and a little bit of sediment. A nice 3/4 inch head sits on top and leaves good lacing. Smells of sweet malts, boozey, candied figs, glorious. Light to medium bodied. Hops perfectly balanced with the sweet malt. Finish is great alternating from sweet to hoppy. A touch of smoked and/or roasted malts is noted as it warms. Such a complex simple beer. Keep up the good work! (434 characters)

Photo of moosiz
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out of a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

deep amber/scarlett with minimal head. agressive pour will induce a 1/2 inch creamy head. nice lacing, with the tip or turn of the glass you can see where this brew has been.

sweet caramel and malts with a bit of alcohol. if you hold the glass to your ear you can hear destiny calling.

well balanced with the sweet up front and a bitter bite followed by a "i want another sip" dry finish.

slick but solid mouthfeel with a lingering effect on the bitter, its not to much though, it is well balanced.

if you gravitate towards this style you will drink the stuff out of this, if your trying something new it might take a minute, but if you like. it will grow on you fast and it will go down smooth. (746 characters)

Photo of bigcat1408
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am having fun with this site and although I do not know how to review like most of you that I have read, I know what I like. I really like this beer! The taste is crisp, clean and offers a mouth full of taste that makes drinking this beer pleasurable! (253 characters)

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,710 ratings.