AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
I stupidly did not see that this was a bourbon ale. Very good if you are into that thing, just not my scene. The rating is high though because I feel Founders achieved what they wanted to achieve with this brew. LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Poured into large tulip. Small, non lasting head. The color is beautiful...very deep red, bright and clear. Aroma is of oak tones, earthiness, and wonderful bourbon. The flavor is amazing. No bitterness, a little underlying sweetness, great woody flavors, strong bourbon but not overpowering, maybe a hint of good scotch too. Clean on the palate with a lingering bit of alcohol and bourbon sweetness. Great stuff. I have to edit and upgrade here. This got even better as it warmed over the hour it took me to drink it. IMHO this is outstanding and it is officially a bummer that there was only one lonesome bottle on the store shelf. Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle, aroma was strong and flavour was a nice sweet bourbon and a nice smooth finish, overall, the beer was tasty, ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle: pours burgundy reddish brown with brief tan head that fades away. Nose is scotch, woody notes, caramel malts and toffee. A fair amount of bourbon flavors on the tongue with some lingering spicy heat on the finish. Not as sweet as one would expect as this could use some aging but it's tasty. Big beer
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Aged over 1 year in bottle. Pours brown with a sweet boozy smell. Taste of roasted caramel. A great scotch ale.
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dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Aged 1 year. Huge vanilla aroma. Rich caramel color. Lots of bourbon at first, not too boozy. Well done.
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Bottled October 5, 2012 and enjoyed December 23, 2012. Pours with a faint amount of head. Wonderful dark amber color. Initial scent is oak, vanilla and bourbon and so is the taste. Texture is rather thick , leaving a nice flavorful coating on the palate, and smooth as hell. Warming bourbon flavor throughout. Sweetness from Dirty Bastard is tempered nicely with the bourbon, though the two flavors live harmoniously with one another. This has been my favorite beer for years, and this year’s offering does not disappoint. CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2012
This backwoods bastard can lock me in it oaky shed at will. Smells superb, all barrel-riffic, oaky vanilla thing. On the tongue you get that too, plus big caramel/toffee flavors and nice spicy zing. Squealin' like a pig right now. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Had on tap.
Arrived with a clear dark brown body with no head at all.
Aroma is nearly all bourbon and the characteristics that go along with it. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and wood.
The bourbon continues over to the flavor but it is very smooth and quite sweet; not harsh in the least. Caramel and vanilla dominate along with some pleasant fruitiness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the strength of this beer.
Overall, if you like bourbon you will absolutely love this beer. The flavors mesh perfectly and the mouthfeel is just right; full but not too sweet. A really amazing beer.
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle. A murky deep brown/amber color pours out without mustering much of a head. Black plum, raisin, sugary dates, and bourbon-soaked wood invades the senses. While the aroma isn’t as bourbon heavy as I anticipated, the flavor is. This doesn’t really bother me since I generally like bourbon aged beers and I’m not a huge fan of Scotch Ales anyway. Some cherry skin, toffee, and raisins are noted as well. A bit earthy. This doesn’t come across as overly complex but it’s quite tasty. A good one to sit back and relax with during a cool night for sure.