Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 01-03-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,873
Ratings:
7,354
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
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321
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Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby red body, mostly clear, with an off-white head about a finger or so thick that dissipates slowly. Smells of molasses, malts, and peat. Tastes smokey, a little caramel flavor, peat, and a touch of alcohol. Well balanced and smooth. Flavors pleasantly flow and meld together. Slight aftertaste but not overwhelming or unpleasant.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a red cherry tinge, unfiltered, hard to see any carbonation, a foam of tan rather than a head.

S: Whiskey, caramel and stinky foot. Scotch whiskey in particular, and oak. Butterscotch ice cream. Banana split.

T: Bourbon barrel scotch aged whiskey underpins a Belgian style dark ale. Getting flavours from both. Dark fruity fragrance, but definite wee heavy. Got the dark malt quality, the scotch, and stout like darkness, but carries the essence of scotch.

M: Heavy, bready body, highly carbonated.

O: 8.7 out of 10. Delicious malty wee heavy with a bad name. Definite punch to this one, dark and delicious with weight in alcohol. Would go well with camembert cheese, or goat or other white creamy cheese. I had this in Kalamazoo several years ago, but am revisiting it again in Chiang Mai, Jan 15th, 2017.

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Photo of rmatos
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark reddish brown color, think tan foamy head. Sweet malty start and peaty hoppy finish. I enjoyed the transition of flavors. Smooth with nice mouth feel. Like it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a decent sized, beige head.

Smells of molasses, caramel malts, burned toffee and earth - rustic and inviting.

Has a very low carbonation, silk on the tongue, very sweet till mid palate until the finish, in which a pungent dryness mingles together with the initial maltiness.

Toffee malts with a rustic earth wrapping creates the taste foundation in this. Gets a very pleasant roasty touch during mid palate, enriching the malts, with a slowly evolving herbal note. After the swallow hops get way more noteable, producing an almost tongue numbing dryness of dried grass, replacing the sweetness by even more earthen toast in the finish.

Pretty darn wild on the tongue, sweet, roasty, then dry- convincing in every of its aspects with a great balance.

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Photo of Prefabu
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I quite like this ale. For some reason I have a hard time identifying the exact secondary flavors. The primaries are easier. I like the weighting of smokiness, hops, malt, and alcohol. All are present, but very balanced. Not subtle, but not over the top. Beyond that, I want to say caramel and butterscotch and maybe a hint of orange, but I only get that last impression on occasion. Sometimes I'll share a bottle with a friend, and I rarely want to drink more than one, but I don't mean that in a negative way. It's just a pretty substantial beer, and even a smaller quantity makes for a satisfying experience.

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Photo of dditto2
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Dark ruby brown. Thick head with tint of the beer. Smell: Malty with light smokey peat and alcohol on the nose. Taste: is sweet, peaty, malty, and smokey, all of these overpowering any hop presence to me. Mouth feel is heavy and creamy. Overall: a great beer. I like a good Scotch style ale for a night capper, and this is one of my fav breweries. I have no idea how it took me so long to try this. I feel like this is the perfect time to drink it too, 5° F out. This has a warming effect. Great nightcapper beer.

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Photo of Kaapstadmk
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark amber with red highlights. Semi-translucent. 3 1/2 finger red-tan head. Lacings dominate throughout the glass

Smell - Malts, Dried fruit, and a slight caramel note predominate the nose (I'm getting more excited as I go). There's also a slight toasty smell at the very back end. It's not super complicated, but it sure is good

Taste - Caramel, Toast, and a slight carbonised bitterness are the initial tastes. There's definitely a booziness to it, ending with some warmth at the back of the throat. There's a very light sweetness at the front end which anchors those dried fruit aromas.

Feel - This is where this beer really makes a stand. It has a wonderful, fuller body. It's not particularly bready, but it has a wonderful weight to it, which is understandable given the higher ABV. In addition to its weight, it also coats the tongue marvelously. Smooth is definitely a good word to describe it

Overall - while I expected something slightly maltier, I am nothing less than satisfied, pleased even. Beautiful to look at, with an inviting aroma. It's drinkability and smoothness belies its booziness, though, so imbibe with care.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium, ruddy brown with a huge (3+ fingers) tan head that recedes to a dense island cap leaving sheets of chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is chocolate milk, roasted malts, butter, nutty & slight hop notes. Taste is chocolate, caramel/toffee, butter, various dark fruit with subdued hoppy undertones & a slight bitterness. Aftertaste is chocolate, toffee, roast, butter & nuts with a burnt note. Mouthfeel is moist, voluminous, drying in the finish & aftertaste with a chalky aftertaste.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark look. Ok. I'm scenting a malty beer but refined and less sweet on the nose something biting in the background of this bouquet. After I scent again this is smelling even better, maybe something sweet in the back somewhere also. Thinner stout like flavor. I'm getting some of the scotch and alcohol flavor on the back end. Strong 8.5% that fades as you drink this one. Dangerous I'm upping my overall because the sum is better than the individual parts. This is decent but not my favorite style personally which might affect my final number. If you really like wee heavy ales this might be for you.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a sniffer.

Dark brown in color with some ruby tinge, one finger of foamy tan head forms up and stands for a while before subsiding to some bubble film atop along with lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is packed up with generous varieties of malty goodness ranging from brown bread, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, slight roasted, wood, hint of smoke and peat, as well as cocoa, coffee, and creamy chocolate. Apart from that, there are also notes of dark fruits, citrus, and some astringency. Overall, it is quite malty aromatic.

The caramelized and sugary sweetness yet breadiness from malt are robustly upright and nicely mingle with some roasted yet smoky and peaty wood again from malt. Some astringency reveals in the middle with a character of coffee for more complexity sake while the finish is wrapped up by pleasant bitterness from both hop and roasted malt trying to balance and linger as the aftertaste.

The body is between medium and full with some lively carbonation that is excellent to carry all the things well inside the palate, very smooth with a wave of silky effervescence and dry finish.

Very intense malty brew with many varieties of malt usage, anyway, I would consider as easy drinkable since it is not too hefty or cloyingly sweet but nicely balance and very tasty.

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Photo of Zhayes151
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - I drank my Dirty Bastard out of a bottle, so I didn't experience the true color of the beer had I poured it in a glass. I like the artwork as I think it is indicative of the 'manly' taste of Dirty Bastard.

S - The beer smelled good. Reminded me a bit of fall.

T - Dirty Bastard tasted very good. I could taste the scotch with perhaps hints of oak or maple. Overall the beer really went down well and I would have it again.

F - Good texture. Not too carbonated that it left me feeling gassy or full. Smooth and good for drinking slowly.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is none boozy beer. You smell the booze as soon as you crack the cap, it pours dark in color with an off white head, tastes of scotch hence a scotch ale. Leaves a little lacing on glass. Good beer overall meant for sipping.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company, courtesy of @nicholas2121. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this head on this brew is two fingers thick and light tan, with lateral lacing, and a clear profoundly dark reddish brown body.

I smell a fair bit of scotch boozieness, along with approporiately accomodating notes such as hints of oak, vanilla, freshly cleaned leather, and a tad bit of candied dates and raisins.

Tastes like a malty, yet smooth adaptation of the scent I've described. Nothing is too sharp or harsh, especially as it warms. I'm also noticing a pinch of black licorice/anise that make me wonder how well this would blend with Jagermeister. I digress...

Mouthfeel is just slightly above medium with mild carbonation. Alcohol warmth is mellow and inviting.

Overall, I'll give Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company a 4.5. A more viscous offering that will liven up a dull, dreary late fall/early winter's eve with zero effort. This would be a good "old world tavern" brew for a night of total nerdiness i.e. LOTR/GOT/"Vikings" viewing, fantasy RPG's, and pagan/folk black metal. SKÅL!

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice deep copper with thin head, drinks like a Belgium strong dark with an infusion of scotch and mild sweatiness. Very good beer, but not as great as other Founders like their stout and porter.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, muddy hazel with reddish hues. Head is a thin frothy tan with significant lacing.
Lacking on the nose, the smell does not indicte the rich complex flavor inside. Smells of sweet malt and caramel, faint smokiness, undertones of dark chocolate.
This tastes amazing! This is the big time stout. Front is boozy, a little bitter, and warming- this is an 8.5% ABV and burns like it. Hints of peat and roasted malt. Aftertaste is unexpected and truly phenomenal, strong sweet caramel persists with a boozy taste and little peat-bitterness.
Definitely a good winter beer- a little over carbonated, and I would encourage drinking this closer to cellar temperature. This is a strong beer and you can feel it. Warms you right up on a cold Midwestern evening.
Overall a top-tier winter stout. Definitely recommended. A lot of unexpected flavor in this beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founders Dirty Bastard brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.50% This Scotch Ale pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The color of Dirty Bastard looks like cola, not saying that is a bad thing. You pick up on roasted grians and malts in the smell of this brew. Also you pick up on some nice earthly hop notes and some sweetness in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of Founders Dirty Bastard is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is rich, but bold with flavors. There is a lot of roasted grians and malts in this brew. Then you pick up a nice bit of hops. I really like how heavy and how complex this brew is. Founders Dirty Bastard has a real super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel of Dirty Bastard is Bold, Rich, Smooth, Heavy, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this Scotch Ale a 4.75 out of 5. I will definitely buy this brew again. Founders Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this one. If you like roasted brews look this brew up.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark amber with very nice head and lacing. Smells of molasses, chocolate, hops, and dry fruit (plum/raisin). Taste has a hit of alcohol up front with a mix of sweet, notes of chocolate and fruit round out this beer nicely. Overall a bite to finish, I can taste a lot of alcohol in this beer which is ok but would be better if less present. I may need more of these to really get a final view, good beer but it had a lot of bite to me.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most delicious beers I've ever had and continue to but and will continue to give Founders credit for being one of the greatest beer companies in the world. Helps yeah Michigan!
Poured into a goblet the color is a dark red velvet with a bubbly head that soon turns pitch black with a stained foam glass and a very thin white lining head. The texture is velvety, malty, and sizzling.
Taste is of dark sweet malts, chocolate, oak, Christmas, scotch, licorice, vanilla, raisins, and nuts. Almost tastes like a barley fermented Brandy. Strong alcohol notes but smooth for an 8.5 abv. Perfect for a winter's day.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Inch of creamy, tan head rests on top of an opaque ruby-brown brew. Foamy head collapses fairly quickly to a beige film concealing the beer's nature from bird's eye view.

Lots of subtle treats for the nose. Shortbread, lady fingers, malt balls; and then later- a bit of cherry or almond, and strawberry. The strawberry note, in particular, I find increasing as the beer warms. Mostly, though, it is rich malt on display. An assortment of sweet cakes and breads, with a touch of nuttiness. It's all there. Small note of floral hop has a time announcing itself, but shows up on occasion.

A nice, clean, and rich malt character is the first impression; overlaid with a smokey and tart EtOH character. Toffee and shortbread all day long, with those fruit characters (cherry, strawberry) playing light players. Hint of smoke may come from the booze or somewhere else, but adds ever-so-subtly to the beer's overall impression- which is that of deft balance. Epitomizes what I love about the style- the strong malty notes, alcohol warmth, and depth create a comforting, corner-of-the-bakery climate inside the drinker.

Mid-full body, creamy, and mouth-filling. Absolutely wonderful and well-matched to the flavors on display. Hell of a sipper, with the perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol sharpness.

Tremendous, tremendous beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a dark brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,beige head
S:
-cooked potatoes,herbal,plums,figs,raisins,caramel,chocolate,licorice,syrup
T:
-herbal,plums,raisins,syrup,caramel,spicy,grassy,pine
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
This is pretty great.sweet ale with a strong English Hop Presence.

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Photo of Fee
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich deep brown with a good head. This smell of this beer prepares you for the maltiness of this scotch ale. Tart aftertaste indicates just the right level of hops. This is a well balanced scotch ale.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. not my first time having it. Did not live up to what I remember. Mouthfeel is very light. Flavor is a bit on the thin side. Bottle was approximately 9 months old off the store shelf...perhaps too much light exposure?

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark black, with a creamy head, but dissipated quickly.
Taste: quite hoppy for a scotch ale, and one could taste the hop bitterness quite clear. It is also very malty, full of nuttiness and roasted malt.

I felt that the hoppiness was too powerful, which did not left such a great aftertaste in my mouth. It was a great brew, nevertheless.

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Photo of Auitania
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark tan with a slight reddish hit. Off white head that fades leaving a cloudy mist on the surface.

Smell: Slight hint of molasses or dark sugar with a hint of chocolate. Slight fruitiness comes through as well.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate and maple maltiness. Slight nutty toffee notes with a hint of pine. Hops adds slight bitterness towards the end but is not overpowering.

Feel: Creamy with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of MikeLikes
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. My first review. I'm really not sure what the I'm doing but this is good stuff! This beer has taken the game to a whole new level. I was tired of just drinking beer and adding the excess while sometimes never even getting a buzz. Its dark brown color is a big change for me. It's very malty is smell, almost creamy and with 8.5 alc. volume it really sneaks up on you. The flavor also is outstanding. Can't wait to find other beers that compare or perhaps be even better.

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