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RATINGS: 2223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 ďainít fer the wee ladsĒ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Deep red pur with thinnish off white head. Looks a bit like unfiltered cranberry juice, which is kinda unique. Nose is a little faint, but definately had some nice malt characteristics along with a touch of smoke. Flavor is nice caramel sweetness, though not overpowering, along with a mild fruit and smoke combo. Hops add enough bitterness to be balancing but not dominating. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Pours coke caramel with a smallish white head. Aroma of toffee, coffee, and whisky. Flavor a woody mix of sweet and whisky alcohol. Fairly warming on the finish. A nice beer, but Iím not blown away. Doesnít hold up with Old Chub or Wee Heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2008
Aroma: Dark malts, vodka-like alcohol, and some deep, slightly obscured estery hops. Sweetness of brown sugar or molasses. Appearance: Dark red wine to coffee color, glows sunny crimson along the bottom edge. Coffee-stained peachy head; volatile with poor retention. Flavor: Lots of coffee, woody and floral hops, quite nicely bittered, actually. Toasty flavors. Not as buttery or peaty as Iíd expect from a Scotch ale... a unique take on the style. Alcohol sweetness is very present, like dark rum. Palate: Cloying at times. Not full-bodied enough to warrant the stickiness - it should be a little more crisp or else a little less light. Overall: Not my favorite Scotch ale, but pretty drinkable. Iíd rather have a Belhaven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Lots of smooth, chocalaty malts. A little thin on the pallate. Didnt seem to quite as balanced as say, Old Chub. Still a decent scotch ale for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
One of the better Scotch Ales Iíve had. Pours a dark ruby reddish brown with a good amount of frothy head. Notes of smoke, wood (seems to be oak) and ends on a dry note. Very good - I would get this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Malty and grainy. Quite a lot of bitter without the chocolate malt. A good bit of hop bitterness without a lot of the citrus and herbal aromas. Lots of crystal malts. A bit smoky and peaty. Very heavy mouthfeel. A very formidable beer but a bit overrated on this site in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmconrad99 (10) - Lorain, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2008
Great Beer, Usually not a scotch ale fan, because they tend to be too sweet. Yet this Ale was very Nice, Smooth, and a pleasant scotch flavor. Hints of chocolate, coffee, not sweet, yet not overly hoppy. Had a slight alcohol finish, probably just the scotch flavor coming more full at the end. Overall: Really good Scotch Ale, would have another again soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2008
Founders is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. My only complaint about this one is it didnít pour much of a head. This is not the usual cloyingly sweet scotch ale that you find. Many layers of flavor here with mocha, caramel, and especially molasses dominating the palate. Thereís some rich earthiness too, and enough bittering hops to balance out the sweet malt without making it too bitter or detracting from the malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
Found this on tap thanks to Vinatage in Boardman, Ohio. A deep chestnut brown with a nice tan head, the lace clinging to the glass as it was consumed. Smelled of coffe and toasted malts. Tasted of the toasted malts and coffee, as well as some hops. Great carbonation level, not to much or too little, smooth going down with no negative after taste. Went down smooth, a very drinkable brew that Iím glad I tried. Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (598) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2008
Nice peaty earthy malt flavor. Not a big hop presence in the back, but something there to balance and contribute a nice mossy earthy flavor. Toffee is big. Lots of malt but not too sweet. Very well balanced. The flavors are pretty big and strong. Palate is pretty good, carbonation gives it a little creaminess, but a little more weight on the tongue couldnít hurt. I might like a little more complexity in here, but the flavors are nice. Well made for the style.

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