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RATINGS: 2470   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
12 oz. bottle from the Binnyís Singles Rack from the back of the cellar (Orland Park, IL). Finally getting around to it. Pours a very nice fiery brownish hue, lots of red notes dance throughout with khaki moderate head that dissipates to a decent amount, well hazed brew. Aromas are very nice with caramel, toffee, and biscuits heavy on the nose with a faint peat and smoke element. Initial is very nice, complex, with caramel and toffee taking the forefront, mixing in some nice vanilla and touches of peat, alcohol, light toaste, and subtle fruitiness. Largely a malt bomb, but under the layers takes a deeper complexity. Finishes with some malty lingers and a subtle bitterness beneath serving for balance. A beer Iím sure to come back to. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Great old ale aroma and flavor. Perfect amount of bitter hop aftertaste. I never think to pick up scotch ales, but when I do I like them. I need to chase down some of the more highly rated ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2009
Hazy red-mahogany with a small beige head. Earthy, woody, alcoholic nose, some peat and caramel malt. Some peat and alcohol in the flavor, also a little dry bitterness. Bitter finish. Good stuff, not very complex but rather coherent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Nice beer. Doesnít have that maple syrup taste that I hate (present in a lot of scotch ales and barley winws). Fruity ans smokey as well; although not terribly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2011
12 oz bottle poured at home. Beautiful translucent ruby color around the edges, becomes mahogany through chocolate brown in the center. A gorgeous beer. Aroma is smoked and roasted malts, peat, robust caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Rich, smokey, peaty malts form the body of the beerís taste. Some caramel and vanilla swirls on the edges. Itís held together by a bit of floral hops. The best touch of barnyard flavor floats in, too. Wonderful palate -- the beer briefly sits heavy and robust, then slides away, cleansed by the touch of hops. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear brownish/red with a small beige head. Aroma is toffee, bread dough, caramel and some smoke. Flavor is very malty with a medium sweetness, light acidic smoke and no noticeable hop bitterness. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a thick, slightly syrupy mouth feel. Another great beer from Founders, solid example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dasbieristgut (4) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
This is a tasty beer if you like scotch. It is a good mix of a beer taste with a hint of scotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (1140) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
1i2 oz bottle pours a dark ruby color with a thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt, earthy. Medium bodied, light carbonation, smokey finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color, beautiful in the light. Aroma is subtle, with hops up front, and peat notes. Flavor is very complex, with malt up front, a subtle peat flavor in the middle, and a surprising aftertaste of bitter hops. Kind of an abrupt finish, but not unpleasant. After a couple of these, I feel like Piltdown Man, ready to relax in a bog.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopsbreath (24) - St Helens, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2011
The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBUís and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.

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