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RATINGS: 2029   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 “ain’t fer the wee lads”


3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Poured a dark auburn color with a very small head that disappeared quickly. Mild aroma. Sweet carmel taste, but sweetness did not linger. Very smooth, belying strength.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Poured a brick color with a sweet nose of malts, caramel, peat and wood.The flavor was sweet and smoky. A very good Scotch Ale.Finishes of sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Reddish brown body, dark, slightly cloudy at the end, almost no head. Nose of dark roasted malts, peat smoke, and warming alcohol. Taste of dark malts, an almost Bourbon like alcohol warmth, toffee, espresso, smoke, and more hops than I would expect in a Scotch ale. Mouth a little syrupy ... maybe more lively carbonation would help. But a good beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Bottle pours a deep garnet color with very little head or lace. The aroma is powerful malt, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, peat, and just plain excellent. The flavor is really is so well rounded from the sweet malt and peat notes. Some mild pear notes in the finish with the peat. The palate is fairly rich, but does not at all become sticky like ales like this can tend to do. Carbonation survives pretty well and is quite lively in fact. Overall, this is an awesome beer. I need to get more of this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1498) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 18, 2008
12oz bottle shared by robert. Nice brown rustic color, small head. Aroma was really sweet: it had sugar, malt, smoke, and some raison maybe. Flavor was really good: Smoke, sugar, a little vanilla, malt and some hops thrown in. All blended very well. Texture was medium and went down smoothly. This is one of the better scoth ales out there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (538) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours dark crimson with a quickly receding orange head. Smokey malt aroma. Smokey, vanilla, black licorice, and a little chocolate note. Very complex, good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 The body is a dark chestnut color with crimson hues. A small, foamy, light tan head settles to a thin film with a small edge. Soapy lacing mostly rejoins the body. Aromas are rich and malty, with a strong bourbon presence, tons of oaky vanilla, dark caramel, chocolate, and smoked peat. It smells truly fantastic, and the flavor follows right behind. Warming, peaty scotch notes blend well with the rich caramel and chocolate. There’s a moderate earthy hoppiness that works together with the peat as well. Vanilla is a primary highlight flavor. Medium-full bodied, this one goes down just a little hot and finishes sweet and sticky. This is a great scotch ale that, might even top its big brother, the Backwoods Bastard. Great brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 14, 2008
A great scotchy malty aroma with a little smoke. Has a nice flavor, a bit of graininess in the finish. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2630) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Founders is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries. This beer is very nice. Beautiful color with a small head. Sweet taste with a bitter finish leaves you wanting another.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Vinous, chocolatey, malty aromas. Color is sort of ruby or raisin, depending on thickness. Not much head at all. Some smokiness comes out. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Some heat, some toffee, and swear there’s a chocolate note. Some dark fruit aspects. There’s a fair amount going on with this. The finish is a mite malty, but there is some helpful hop. Damn impressive drink.


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