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RATINGS: 2454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 “ain’t fer the wee lads”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 re-rate on 5/15/10... bottle... pours a solid deep red with a 1 finger off white head... subtle, yet pleasant dark fruit notes across the nose with some sweet malts. medium smooth body with some dark cherry notes, a touch of smoke, raisins, light hops and lots of malt. the finish is a more bitter with rich sweet malts. very nice scotch ale... I would like a bit more depth, but overall it feels wonderful over the tongue and has a nice dark fruit / malt character that drinks very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2009
Very good aromas and flavors of peat and butterscotch. Nice full mouthfeel. Overall a very good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2009
12 oz bottle. Ah, one of my favorite scotch ales (only topped by Backwoods Bastard). Pours a dark brown (with hints of red) color with a tiny off white head the disappears immediately. Smells of light smoky hops, some caramel malt, a little dried fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Tastes of light hops, though the smoke was more prevalent, a bit of malt, the fruit kind of disappeared, and the alcohol was masked. Very smooth going down, and is my definition of what a scotch ale should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1785) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 On tap at Coasters (poured into a Duvel glass). Pours dark reddish-brown with a 1/4 inch white head. Sweet aroma with very light hops. Flavor is sweet with moderate hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite style but a very good Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
Reddish-brown pour with a tan head that ended up leaving a nice lace. Slight smoke and malt aroma. Flavors go well together- smokiness, malt, and then sweetness at the end. Leaves a nice refreshing aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2009
Beautiful ruby red color. Nice head on there as well with some beautiful lacing down the glass. A bit of hops in there as well as a sweet malty flavor. Medium bodied. Just what I woulid expect from an American scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pistolpete (203) - USA - APR 14, 2009
12 oz bottle.... possibly the best scotch ale i have ever had... very dark pour... dark head also...is that a little lowland scotch flavor in there? overall a must buy and great one from founders... i wish my notes were more detailed on this one, cause it deserves more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2009
Nice pour... murky mahogany with a light orange-hued tan cap that leaves ring lace down the glass. The nose is thick with sweet molasses notes, with other dark fruits, figs and malts. Interesting flavor palate.... it comes off first as dry, just shy of roasted, with a twinge of alcohol to keep the bitters upfront. The effervescence of sweetness is never really lost, though, and the integration of the two contrasts is nice. The peat shows up in the finish, complementing the linear feel of the pull. Good brew overall, with the ABV well-integrated, and a medium-lively mouthfeel. As the body feels toward the medium to medium-soft side, this brew really exploits the contrasts and differences that end up complementing one another so well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
pours a reddish brown with a small tan head. heavy aroma of roasted malts and some earthy notes that i cant quite place. nice rich malt sweetness pushes through the smokey earth tones to give a nice complex scotch style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
Pours ruby brown, with a creamy tan head. Malt heavy aroma, sweet toffee with some hops and alcohol in the background. Good complex flavor, toffee, molasses, dates, smoky peat and some hoppiness on the finish. Nice chewy and sticky palate. Overall a tasty beer.

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