Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A light, orange colour with a scent of dried fruits and a smokey aftertaste, generally a nice beer and if available around my parts, a deffinate buy.
joergen (22278) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange coloured with a small off white ehad.
Aroma of caramel, prunes and dried fruits
Flavour of dried fruits, caramel and liquorice with notes of alcohol.
BigBeer45 (1298) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Poured dark with little head that ran away quickly, dark ale resembles a stout but has red, good lacing on the glass, smelled malty sweet, hints of coffee, some carmel, remnants of stout, taste of coffee, toffee, hint of licorice, dark malts, stout, a thick, full mouth feel, heavy on the palate Old Rating 8-5-7-5-16 - 4.1- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - -- - - -- - - New Rating 10-17-07 - pours a dark ruby with brown, looks brown black in the glass but is a dark ruby, with a layer of tan bubbles that disappeared to a ring,
aroma of earth, chewy dark or cooked caramel, molasses, delicious malt sweetness in the nostrils, lots of malt fragrances, vanilla and choclate cake mix,
I notice a faint smoke aroma here and there after the ale warmed up a bit,
a sip presents flavors of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee and little bits of coffee, a mix of dark malt flavors, roasted malt,
thick mouth feel, coats the tongue, has a faint stickiness on the palate, little bitterness but the sweet flavor rides on top to subside at the finish and
has a small bite from the alcohol to wash away the malt sweetness, there is faint alcohol warming in the background, this could be served as a wonderful Winter Warmer,
I still love this brew!
Cheers to Founders for making my tastebuds so happy!
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bager. Amber colour with a tan head. Heavy sweet caramel malty, raisin aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet raisin finish. Almost a barley wine.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Brown reddish coloured with a small head. Very nice aroma of raisins. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit and caramel and spices. Well balanced - a bit like a mild barley wine.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with some burgundy hues under a thin tan head. Head quickly settles to a slick film which persists throughout the glass. The initial aroma is of assertive peat smoked malts, followed by faint notes of burnt caramel candy, dark wheat bread, raisins, black cherries and a touch of herbal hops. Carbonation is appropriately subtle resulting in a smooth, slightly oily and slick moutfeel. Just right for this style. Initial flavor leans toward the sweet side presenting burnt caramel, brown sugar, raisins and figs with a hint of chocolate. The hops and alcohol eventually emerge in the late palate and finish with a fairly crisp, dry bitterness and ethanol warmth. Kind of an "Amercanized" hoppy version of the style, reminiscent of old Bert Grants Scotch Ale, but a nice winter season beer.
EithCubes (5156) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Bottle. Deep red body supports a creamy, frothy, lovely light brown head. Sweet and richly malty aroma with notes of peat and roast and toffee and a hint of smoke. Very, very malty taste with healthy woody/peaty bitterness, thick toffee and dark caramel, light roast, red berry, and very light alcohol more towards the end. Very full-bodied with a wonderful hops/malt balance, no small feat considering the massive malt levels. Also a nice balance struck between sweet/bitter. Hoppy grit begins the aftertaste. This is almost sticky, but not quite, and thick to the point of being sludgy - about as full-tasting as a beer can be. Complex and mature, a really nice Scotch Ale! [2006.11.02: 4.0]
Had many of these over the years, but none in the last few; this bottle from 08/18/2014 Not as many hops this time, much more in the way of dark and complex malt, though, even a bit too much, though, as the strong candy bar currents come to dominate. Really like the bitterness here without a peat overload, and the alcohol provides big heft without burn. I need to drink this more, a satisfying big boy thatís never at a premium price. [2014.12.02: 3.7]
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Chocolate and coffee taste, deep deep roasted flavors. Good but one per sitting is enough. [need to rerate] 184.108.40.206.16
[rerate 2/19/09 maybe 6 month old bottle] This is a still a great beer. Very flavorful, more so than the new oaked arrogant bastard I just had. Some dusty chocolate, hops are a bit oxidized but it really adds the character of the peated malt. Great mouthful, this is nice with a touch of age. Reminds quite a bit of Great Divides Hibernation Ale. 220.127.116.11.17
gavygavgav (7) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel and coffee scent. Beer is opaque brown and cloudy with practically no head. GREAT flavor, sweet but not overpowering with plenty of caramel and chocoalte and a bit of coffee. Body is medium heavy and compliments the flavor well. Great beer, one of my favorites.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle purchased from Breeze-Thru liquor in Milwaukee.
The best Scotch Ale Iíve had in recent memory, although I am not a frequent consumer of Scotch Ales (I drank a Belle Haven and a McEwanís recently and had some others at a recent festival). While I liked it, I didnít find Dirty Bastard very sessionable, which may have involved the ABV.
Appearance was a reddish-black, with a non-persistant tan head. Odor was of bourbon/caramel, which I liked. Flavor was also that of bourbon and caramel. I didnít feel that the bourbon flavor was overpowering and thought the aroma and flavor of the beer was quite pleasant.