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RATINGS: 2469   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 ďainít fer the wee ladsĒ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2008
one of my all time favorites...finally got around to rating it... really malty, but lacks that sticky sweetness that can be there...good hop bitterness to balance out...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6377) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a hazy brown color. Aroma of of sweet malts and some nuts? Tastes very sweet hiding the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Poured a ruby plum color. Smokey malt aroma. very pronounced alcohol.,was ok but a bit disappointing as a Scottish Ale. Tough finish. Will try again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Finally got around to trying this one. What a mistake I should have much earlier. Do not be scared by the high alcohol. It has a great balance with alcohol and sweetness which make it dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Pours brownish red with a thick off white head. Aroma is thick and smoky malt with some sweetness. Taste has a little peat smoke in it with lots of malt. A sneaky strong beer, too. Somewhat like an 80 or 90 shilling style ale, but with a bit more carbonation. Finishes a little thick, but overall pretty nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
nice dark brown color but the thin tan head only lasted a few seconds. smells very sweet and slightly smoky, sort of like a good bock. taste is sickly sweet and cloying. feels smooth and sticky going down. finishes a little bitter and some of that smoke finally emerges in the flavor. not terrible but if you are going to call it a Scotch ale it should at least have some earthy/smoky complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9504) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2008
Small but dense beige-brown head over hazy, opaque chestnut beer. Sweet, maltsyrup nose, but with touches of both hops and alcohol. Sweet rum cake, laced with hops and raisins. Quite roasted, too. Hopped & roasted, as a cake that has been thouroughly baked on the outside, becoming bitter-burnt, hiding the sweetness inside. A bit syrupy, affirmed by the MF. It is pulling a bit in two directions, ending a bit irresolute. Well bodied. Again undecided syrupy - thinner. Alcohol obvious, even some fusels. Especially the aftertaste betrays resins, whilst the smokiness spoken of, is very tardy in coming in the open. Nice, if undecided beer. Thanks to Eric from BA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
In short: A nice easy to drink hoppy scotch ale.
How: Bottle 12oz, 6+ months old
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy body with a short-lived tan head.
In long: Nose of barley candy and tobacco. Taste has lots barley candy, some residual sugar, some kind of spicy liquorice and a light berry flavour. Very little fruity flavours. Pleasant body but certainly not a thick decadent scotch ale. A bit oily. A lot more hoppy than average for the style but Iím in the minority who prefers hoppy scotch ales. Tasty resinous oily citrusy hops makes it highly drinkable. Alcohol is apparent but doesnít detract from the drinkability. This is like a session scotch ale. Not often that I come across a dirty bastard that I find very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1997) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Sept. 2006 - I have to say, I did actually enjoy this beer more than the rating indicates. However, for style, this was a stinker. Beer poured with dark brown color with next to a little head and small lacing. The aroma was smoky...a lot more so than the flavor. The flavor was curiously devoid of smoke and earthiness, but abounding in candy flavor and caramel. Rich creamy mouthfeel was the highlight of this one. Some hops were definitely noticeable. If you are hankering for a scottish ale, this isnít your beer, though...and for that, it gets a big BOOOO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Poured a thick dark golden with a small off-white head. Had a ton of malt in taste including a sweet toffee character. There was also a bit of hop character in the taste which confused me a little. Just seemed like a bit of hops for a scotch ale. Donít get me wrong, it still tasted great and Iíd probably buy it again.

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