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RATINGS: 2421   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
On tap at the Great Lakes Brewfest. Pours a reddish orange brown color with a beige head. Aroma of licorice, malts, chocolate, and caramel. Caramel, burnt malts, licorice, earthy and peaty flavors. Nicely bitter with licorice in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, hops and spices. Has a bit of fermented fruit as well. Taste is bitter and a bit odd like prunes. I canít say I enjoyed it at all. Bitter, stale finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2007
12 oz bottle at Quenchers, Chicago. Dark ruby color with beige head. Aroma is very doughy malt. Flacor is caramel, brown sugar, alc, very nice. Medium body and creamy. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Poured an attractive dark ruby color that was very inviting. Had a good head that lasted a while. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Flavor was of malt, caramel, peat and brown sugar. Nicely balanced with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Lacing was really good and the mouthfeel was pleasant. Hid the 8.3% abv very well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Bottle: Pours a reddish brown. Has some visible floaties, and is topped by a creamy tan head. The aroma is creamy chocolate, dark caramel, toasted bread, along with a slight alcohol touch. When itís first opened and sipped it has an almost minty character upfront, maybe from the hops. As it breathes it evens out to a nice roasted earthiness from the malt profile. Itís not too sweet at all. Thereís some chocolate, peat along with a consistent bitterness (almost piney earthiness) throughout the flavor scale. The finish continues the earthy undertones displaying a hint of smoke and tobacco in the late palate. Nice and earthy, which is what I look for in Scotch Ales. Itís also pretty dry overall, which I enjoyed. A pretty good Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Too sweet for me. It has a bittery-raisin finish that reminds me of Belgians. Alcohol is hidden, but I really didnít find this one enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4750) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Deep red color with a tan head. Scottish malts, maple, and caramel in the aroma. Strong alcoholic taste with a sweet malt and caramel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Received this beer in a trade from someone, but itís been awhile (and 20 trades later) so I forgot who sent it to me. While Founders seems to have a huge repetoire of beers, Iíve only had a smattering of them, and they seem garner either a really good or average reviews. Since Iíve always really had a soft spot for Scotch ales, I was pretty excited to finally pop the top on this one. So the beer pours out a dark brown color, mostly opaque but it started to clear on the end, with red highlights on the edges. A huge 4 finger thick khaki head erputed from my glass. It had some serious staying power and the head kept true thru the entire beer. Aroma was semi-sweet, malty, caramel, subtle run and smoke notes run along side a peaty note. Flavor is more sweetness, caramel covered raisins with a slightly over-carbonated finish. Would have received a bit higher scores from me if it was a little smoother. Still, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Thanks dra19! Finally got a bottle of this to re-rate since Iíve only had it at a festival. Pours a nice dark burgundy brown. Little to no tan head. The aroma is malty, sweet, raisins, nice aroma. The flavor is sweet, alcohol, malty, caramel, raisins, rich, nice flavor profile. Warm dry palate and nice sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1833) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2007
12 oz bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours a reddish caramel color with offwhite head. Nose is a little smoky with malts. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. Taste is of roasted malt, smoky peat, some caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is well hidden until the end. When the brew is warm, the alcohol comes out to play. The finish is a bit on the hoppy side. Bitter aftertaste.

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