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RATINGS: 2365   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 “ain’t fer the wee lads”

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2002
burgundy color, smooth, fruity sour then nice and bitter choclate with a slight alcohol bite

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: APR 3, 2003 Remarkably smooth for such a dark ale, my favorite scotch ale to date. Be careful though it goes down real smooth, almost too smooth for something at %8.3. The first time I had this I didn't realize just how high the percentage was until I read the side of the box after my 5th. I think its safe to say that this is my favourite brew from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2550) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 The pour yields an impressive rocky, tan, and sticky foam. Quality nose of dark bread, rum, very grainy malt, pecan, apple, cinnamon, honey, and an unusual-to-the-style faint tropical fruit hop character. Only a slight phenolic hint lies beneathe this nearly flawless aroma. Zero trace of peated malt. A plethora of flavors lay on this silky palate: extremely warming alcohol, cinnamon toast lingering with cardboardish malt, coconut, pineapple, fig, burnt sugar hint, coarse hop feel, and almost a numbing medicinal malt note that outshines the remainder of the brew’s flavors. A quality example, which is very aggressive when found fresh. Reminds me of a lessened Double Bastard. Absolutely boastful in the malt and hop department.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Aroma of freshly-baked bread drizzled with melted toffee and caramel, with a touch of vinous malt, floral hop spice, pine and a small dosage of yeast esters. Deep brownish red color, hazed, with a fine, light tan head and a nice bit of lacing. Fruity, almost candyish sweetness to start, quickly joined by earthy, spicy, Pacific Northwest-style hop flavors and carrying each other throughout. Becoming bready and slightly roasty, bitter and dry towards the finish, although all previous aspects of flavor persist. Smooth, lightly acidic palate, fairly full-bodied. Very interesting and stronger than it tastes in regards to alcohol level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Body is dark red with a strangely blonde head. Flavor is bold, but smooth... Like the cross between a Scottish ale, IPA, and a Belgian Strong. It rocks others like McEwens. This smarmy little ass-kicker is mean like a Scottsman.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
This brew pours with a slightly cloudy amber brown body topped by a thick off white head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, a touch of vanilla and a trace of alcohol. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with roasty notes, a subtle hint of vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Full bodied and smooth, yet slightly warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1685) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $1.50 for a 12-oz single. Dark mahogony, almost black, with a small, fluffy brown head. Sweet smelling, wineline scent... I smell grapes or something in there. Caramels, coffee, grapes, wine, and chocolate make up the complexities of this brew. Lots of flavors meshing together to make a nice taste. Drinkable, for this glass, but I wouldn't want another right away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Dark brown with a medium, light-tan head. Aroma very malty, a touch of caramel, dark fruits. Flavor also very malty; brown sugar, fruits, and lightly sour; the alcohol adds a very nice touch to this beer. Thick enough but, as is common, oto syrupy/sticky. I like this a lot, but it could really stand out a little bit more than it does.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3547) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Rich roasty malty chewy aroma with hints of coffe and some chocolate. Also has some vinous notes reminiscent of a barleywine. Pours a perfect mahogany color that is hazy with a pretty dark tan head that is robust and has nice lacing. Nice smooth velvety texture. UNfortunately, this is somewhat one dimensional and bland. There are significant roasted malts in this with a few hints of dark chocolate here and there, but nothing that really makes its mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Mahogany color with a creamy amber color head. Sweet aromas. Caramel, pears and pineapples all seem to be present. Heavier feel with a nice oily quality. Lots of malt in the flavor, but more fruit seems to be present and distract. The finish does lose its sweetness and the toffee and peat flavors come out and are rather pleasant. A few fewer esters and this would be better IMO. Actually just did another aroma check and the fruity characters seem to be driven off and I’ll give this an additional point.

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