mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from CBX. Pours a dark reddish brown color with almost no head at all. Distinct bourbon smell, but not overly powerful. Of course the initial taste is bourbon. The thing I like about this beer though is that its not a giant slap in the face with the bourbon. Even though its very distinct, it doesnít make you feel like your drinking straight bourbon. Its a smooth, mild flavor. I could drink a few of these without getting sick of them. Good beer.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown frothy head, sweet, but not too much, whiskey, nice finish, likable, will buy again, would recommend - a nice heady brew.
KyotoLefty (6835) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red-brown color; clear and perty. Vanilla, oak, rich caramel malt aroma, though the bourbon nose kind of takes over. Big whiskey flavor, oak and vanilla, with a bit of smoke. Smooth and full body. Tasty, though a bit too much on the whiskey. Good bitter finish. Not near as good as the regular Dirty Bastard.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a murky purplish brown with no head, aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet dark fruits, and caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet, some plum, oak, vanilla. Alcohol finish. Interesting beer.
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Corral Liquors in Granite City.
Pours dark brown with an aroma of toffee and bourbon. Smooth and creamy with a mild sweet bourbon taste. Yummy!
ChacoMaco (10) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a nice treat. Fantastic aroma of bourbon. Reminded me of a scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels. I got a four pack and savored every bottle. I poured it in a small wine glass and enjoyed first the rich aroma and then the deep flavors that this brew had to offer. Oak, bourbon and complex and interesting malt flavors. I want more!
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good beer. Dark brown pour. Malt, bourbon, black licorice, smokey, nuts, coffee, dark dried fruits. Pretty well balanced, but i think it was a bit too creamy/thick in the mouth as the sweetness was a touch too strong for my liking. Still an excellent example of this style.
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to pantanap. Dark brown with a small white head. Nose is whiskey, malts, sweetness, and light hops. Taste of whiskey, some malts, sweetness, and upfront alcohol. Body is a bit thin.Taste lingers. Sort of one dimensional but tasty.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2010 12oz bottled on Nov 16, 2009. Served in a Duvel tulip at cool room temperature. Pours copper brown with a two finger beige head that reduces to a foamy ring and light cap, leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is wow, big time vanilla and oak, bourbon/whiskey, alcohol, a bit of caramel and chocolate, wood is the centerpiece of the aroma, smells of a woodworking shop. Flavor is rich caramel, chocolate, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, mild alcohol but pretty smooth considering the bottleís young age. Some sweetness overall. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, very full, low carbonation. Damn, this is a treat. Iím already a huge fan of Dirty Bastard and the bourbon barrel aging is blended so well in this one, particularly balanced in the flavor. More, please!
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2010 Initial Rating 3/3/2010 from the 2009 batch
Pours deep mahogony. Nice head fades to good lacing. Nose is slightly fruity, with a nice quantity of oak, and a bit of malt. Thicker mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly oily, has a hit of alcohol but not as much as youíd expect with the ABV. Slight sweetness, moderately bitter, balanced flavor with that nice rich oak and bourbon backend. The barrel character isnít overstated, though, itís present without being dominant or distracting. Well-played, Founders.
8/5/8/5/16 - 4.2
2010 bottle, tasted moments after hitting 55F
Pours incredibly deep ruby, practically chocolate. Highly active carbonation but only a moderate head, tons of gorgeous actively bubbling lacing though. The nose is almost all bourbon, and a little hot, with the familiar notes of Dirty Bastard playing in the distant background. Super-creamy, a little oily, solid hints of bitter in the back of the palate to counter-balance a lot of sweet bourbon and malt on the front. Whisky burn is quite present on the finish. Goddamn this stuff smells awesome.
9/5/8/4/18 - 4.4
Iím going to taste the 2009 and the 2010 side by side soon and give an adjusted grade at some point. Right now Iím averaging the grades of the 2009 as rated and the 2010 fresh.