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RATINGS: 2435   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 12 ounce bottle. I have had this one before but was really excited to try it again. Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color with a small off-white color head. The aroma consists of a LOT of caramel malts with hints of dried fruits, and hops. The taste was a wonderful mix of caramel, dried fruits, and mild hops with a slight lingering of alcohol. It was medium bodied and stuck to my mouth making me want more. Finished very smooth with a good lingering taste. I really enjoyed this beer! I wish I could have this one on a daily basis...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Dark red and brown color - short creamy head - mild aroma - slightly smokey and coffee flavor. Smooth finish for a Scottish Ale. I gave it extra points for the alcohol content because it is hard to believe that it is 8.3 ABV for such a smooth Ale.

   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 (296) - 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 I’m not blown away. Doesn’t 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 I’d 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. I’d 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 I’ve 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 didn’t 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. There’s some rich earthiness too, and enough bittering hops to balance out the sweet malt without making it too bitter or detracting from the malt.

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