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RATINGS: 2272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Chocolate and coffee taste, deep deep roasted flavors. Good but one per sitting is enough. [need to rerate] 9.5.7.5.16 [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. 9.4.8.4.17

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gavygavgav (7) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2006 does not count
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Aroma of plums over malt. Appears a hazy brown with a small orange head that dissipates. Flavor is vinous and intensely malty, with definite notes of roast coffee accentuated by an unexpected hop bite. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall an excellent beer, though not quite to style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10714) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Pours mahagony with a tiny patchy off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (sweat, dough), flowers and brown sugar. Medium sweet caramel malt and yeast flavor, medium acidity and bitterness, alcohol at the end. Medium bodied and smooth but dry palate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottled. Beer is hazy, medium-red brown color with a small, white, rapidly diminishing head.<P> The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, moderate note of caramel; Hoppy with a light note of herbal thyme; Yeasty with a trace of basement; Moderate oxidation.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, warm, lightly bittersweet finish. Slight grippyness.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 21, 2006
(Bottle via trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) Found this to be decent but not great with an unexpected note of pineapple...Pours sort of hazy dark reddish brown with two fingers of reddish-brown biege head. Aroma lightly caramel, candy malt and fruity pineapple. Mouthfeel pretty smooth, a little thin, a little sticky. Webby lacing. Flavor of mild sugar candy maltiness, bit of caramel and that pineapple note that prevailed. No hints of peat or Scotch or smokiness. Pretty bitter. Nice but kind of unremarkable for Founders.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Wow, one of the best looking beers I think Iíve seen in a long time. Dark, dark amber color with a small tan head. Earthy, malty aromas. Flavor was also very earthy and a bit smokey with a slightly hoppy and slightly hot finish from the alcohol. This is some good stuff, espcially for a flagship beer thatís very reasonably priced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pours red-brown, with nice ruby highlights and a tan head. Nose is malt, caramel, raisins, smoke, and alcohol. Flavor is malty caramel and smoke with a hin of alcohol. A firm mouthfeel and a nicely dry finish. An excellent ale!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Draft at Dilly Deli: Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma was quite roasty with some chocolate. Flavor chocolate, caramel, nice and rich. Medium bodied. Quite enjoyable.


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