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RATINGS: 2453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is of malty sweetness, fruits, some liquor and plenty of hops. Flavor is similar, with a bit of peet and grapefruit. Slight bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Dark amber color with a big tan head. Aromas of malts, caramel, surprisingly strong on the hops, and whiff of woody scotch. Flavor is pretty similar. Again, a surprising amount of hops. I thought the scotch flavor left me with a very dry mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Good Scotch ale. Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is mainly malt. Flavor of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some sugar. Had a lot more body than a normal scotch ale. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2008
courtesy of frampin. Pours amber - ruby with mahogany head. Aroma is biscuity and malty with light roastiness. Taste, caramel malts, grainy mouthfeel, light chocolate and dark fruits. Very enjoyable like all Founders beers, and fits the style very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2008
almost no head into amber body. aromas of moderate caramel and moderate citrus and a touch of soap. flavor is light bittersweet throughout. long finish duration. slightly stickly mouthfeel. pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
draft at barleys in greenville. pours a dark red/ruby color with a bubbly tan head and decent lacing. aroma us definitely malt dominated with chestnuts, caramel malt, coffee, and dark fruit. flavors of rye bread, cinnamon, dark malts, and brown sugar that finished with a touch of hops. a very complex beer with a heavy mouthfeel that has a rich flavor. good for a winter night by the fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Rough. I have never had a Scotch Ale quite this burly before. Almost a tartness to the charcoal and peat that is likely a result of the too-bright red color. Lacks the velvety texture usually found.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 12 oz bottle, pours dark brown, cannot see through it. Frothy tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, malt, and figs, with some slight smoke. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar, with slight hop finish. Medium to heavy body, with nice carbonation. Overall, a very nice scotch ale, I would drink more of this! Update: I got a 1/2 barrel of this for my kegerator, and tapped it tonight. On draft, I am enjoying this even more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Clear brown with a thick off-white head. Chocolate and roasty aroma with burnt sugar, toffee and caramel. Super sweet cocoa and chocolate taste. Coffee and roasted malts abound. Pretty damned good, but not really a Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Clear brown, no head. Smoky, grapey aroma. Fruity flavor at first, then smokey, earthy notes. Stay woodsy and rustic throughout. Nice stuff, very tasty.

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