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RATINGS: 2315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Founders flagship beer. Dirty Bastard is an absolute beautiful beer to behold. Dark ruby in color and brewed with ten varieties of imported malts this beer continuously lives up to its reputation as a bold and powerful ale. Dirty Bastard is complex in the finish with hints of smoke and peat paired with a malty richness, finalized with a good bit of hop attitude. This beer ďainít fer the wee ladsĒ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
dagimp (847) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/9/9 Pours a beautiful dark ruby with little head, turning to no head quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma is of alcohol, plum and smoke. Taste is of burning, burning alcohol! Some other flavors are, dark fruit, smoke, pine (but not a hoppy pine really), slight bubblegum and dark malt. Mouthfeel is very substantial but itís a little too carbonated for my taste, just slightly so. Overall, this would be a great beer if it wasnít for the burning alcohol flavor which consumes the whole taste and turns it into cherry NyQuil. I really felt it on the way down. It isnít even that high an abv beer. Iím going to let a few of these sit for about six months and see if they mellow out. Update 12/27/10: Indeed this Bastard has mellowed out a lot. Much less alcohol a year and a third out. Plenty of peet, smoke and scotch. Still not my favorite but at least itís drinkable now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
26th May 2008. Like an old aged ale. Lots of chocolately malt and a fair hop finish. Low carbonation and not much bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with a small creamy tan froth. Aroma is very nicely blended with chocolate and spiciness, along with an earthy peat character. Very inviting on the nose, sweet but some citric hops, chocolate covered oranges. Flavor starts with a tasty dark fruit character overlying a nice complex chocolate maltiness and just a hint of smoke. Definitely a nice hop kick in the finish, but not overly bitter or harsh. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Really tasty scotch ale, I dig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Deep ruby colour with some sediment and a small, tan head. Rich caramel and chocolate aroma. In the mouth raisins and citrussy hops, hints of nuts. Tastes actually more like a barley wine. Dryish finish. Sirupy. Solid bastard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (548) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
Nice rich red colour with a lingering cream coloured head. Aroma is malty, sweet, and boozy, you can already tell this beer is serious business by the smell of it. Thick and syrupy, lots of malt and lots of hops to balance it out. Great beer, very smooth and extremely easy to drink. My favourite beer to start a heavy drinking session as it goes down smoothly and packs an 8.5% punch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
355mL into thistle (yeah right). Pours a clear, deep, beautiful ruby with a two-finger yellow, rocky head with good retention. leaves good sheety lacing. Aroma is pears, strawberries, burnt sugar, tannins, leather, caramel, a bit of booze. Taste is metallic, fairly bitter with a plethora of balancing English hops. A bit astringent on the palate. Chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Long, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2009
From a trade with coyotehunter. Poured somewhere between ruby and copper. Clear with a scant off-white head. The aroma is fruitier than I anticipated. Citrus and tropical fruits over a hefty dose of malt and some alcohol. The flavor also had what I thought was mango along with citrus hops, plenty of malt and some booze. A lighter mouthfeel than I anticipated. Iíve had the Backwoods Bastard and I think itís miles ahead of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
A good sloid Scotch Ale that is smooth and slightly sweet. A great beer one comes to expect from Founders.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1788) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Aroma of scotch, brown sugar, currant and roasted caramel. Appearance was cloudy brown with creamy tan head. Flavor is similar to the nose, with most of the scotch elements most prominent. Palate is creamy. Very solid, well made brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2465) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. Moderate aromas of roasted and caramel for the malt, herbs for the hops, with hints of date and brown sugar. Head is small, wispy, off-white with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark brownish red. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then the long finish is lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a moderately astringent and very dry finish. The flavor in this Scotch Ale leans towards dry and bitter unlike others Iíve had, which is why I like this so much. Thanks Hopscotch.

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