Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe auburn très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige mince. Arômes de caramel, de bois et de scotch. Saveurs de caramel, d’érable, de malt chocolat et d’alcool. Houblon de soutien.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Bottle. from Dilly Deli. Bottle Conditioned. Drank 5/10/06. Pours clear deep amber / red. Almost no head Thick layer of foam that goes away almost immediately to a ring. Big, chunky sediment, no lacing. Aroma - sweet malts, raisins, plums, spice. Maybe a little peat and smoke. Flavor - really sweet and malty. A lot of alcohol warmth. Decent amt. of bitterness, but definitely dominated by sweet malts. Not as smokey or peaty as traditional scotch ales, but those flavors are present a little. Sweet and warm finish. Palate - nice, thick, medium to full body. Not a high level of carb., but enough to balance the rest of the thickish body. Overall really good. Definitely an americanized version of a scotch ale, but really good. Not surprising from Founders. Strong and complex, plenty of alcohol and a fair amt. of bitterness. I like it.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark amber/ light brown with a small white head that disappears quickly. aroma big sweet roasted caramel malt with a hint of alcohol. flavor sweet roasted malt. caramel slight bread flavor some smokey notes. finish sweet with some warm alcohol. full bodied. very nice creamy mouthfeel. very nice beer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is a pleasant malty aroma with an alcohol background. The color is a deep red with a creamy tan head. The flavor is malty with an alcohol warming finish.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased in bottle in Menomonee Falls, WI. This was a classic scotch ale, much like McEwan’s. If there was ever a beer to put hair on one’s chest, this is probably it. A deep red color, very malty. This beer tastes like some sort of masculinity that I can only dream of. I had a few beers before this one, but Dirty Bastard is the one I will remember. A fantastic brew, very sweet-tasting and smoky but not overpowering. Dirty Bastard has a very full mouthfeel; one can taste alcohol when you breathe in with a mouthful of this stuff. I would drink this stuff by the gallon if my liver could handle it. Highly recommended.
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Had not sampled a Scotch Ale before this one, but get the distinct impression this should be the template for further field research. Bittersweet, molasses subtleties, yummy!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours crystalline cherrywood color with thin khaki head. The aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is malty and earthy with some bitter chocolate and molasses and some caramel in the finish.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 I’ve seen this on various shelves for about 2 years now and have finally picked it up. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin cream colored head. Smell has a peat and vanilla scent to it. Flavor is well balanced with a nice toasted malt followed by sweet caramel and vanilla. Alcohol is present but not unless you try to taste it. There is a new flavor in it after every sip. Amazing.
NachlamSie (2808) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught. A dark red which appears almost black at the thicker regions of the glass and a tan head. The aroma is quite biscuity with a sparkling acidity. The flavor is very bready and sweet with a biting bitterness and subtle citrus notes. Earthy, smokey coffee is hinted at in the finish. The caramel comes through about then as well. Interesting.
kc8wor (7) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006 does not count
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I can’t really see what is so beautiful about this beer. I refuse to finish it. I had Founder’s Breakfast Stout and was not impressed with that either. It pours with a weak off-white head, which is a good indication of too many adjuncts. The roasted malts made me wonder whether I was drinking a beer or swallowing an ashtray. Don’t waste your money.