peterclash (47) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2011
A dark mahogny coloured body and a nice smooth head. It gives an explosion of malt-taste in your mouth. Caramel malt blends perfectly with some chocolate, taste of bread and a hint of smoke. Super well balanced. Very easy to drink with it’s low carbonation. The aftertaste hints of dark syrap, without beeing sticky. kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draught at Jerry’s Sandwiches in Chicago. Appearance is dark ruby or mahogany color with slight tan head. Aroma is caramel, bread, and some slight resin and earthy hops, over all present but not overly powerful. Taste is rich in caramel, bread, smoke with a earthy hint in the background. The palate on this beer is amazing - medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, mild carbonation making it very drinkable. Finhead (1800) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2011
A deep crimson pour with a tan head with excellent lacing. The aroma is a little woody, but with a touch of sweet caramel and some bread. The medium body has creamy texture with soft carbonation. The taste begins sweet and is closely followed by a smokey finish with a slight alcohol flavor. iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Pours a dark reddish brown with off-white head a above average lacing. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, smoke, burnt sugars, and notes of some fruit, maybe black cherry. Taste is sweet for sure, but not overbearing as the hops steps in quickly and are noticeable with this full bodied beer. Very little carbonation leads to a creamy, long, dry finish. Overall, I am a big fan of this one. Great combination of malts, sugars, hops, anything else they threw in there. Another great one from Founders. Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
ottle 12 oz. Dark brown with a ruby red glow and off-white head of medium length.Aroma of dark fruit, heavy roasted malt, brown sugar and spice. The taste is more sweet, but slightly bitter with hints of spice. The aftertaste is slightly bitter
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2011
Pours cloudy red-orange with off-white lacing. Malty aroma with notes of cherry and fresh bread...like fruit cake. Full-bodied with nice malt feel. Think fruit cake in beer form. Nickls (2589) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle. Deep red copper color that’s slightly hazy and a thinner tan head. Sweet candied sugar, plums, dark fruits, toffee and light roast in the aroma. Vanilla, dark fruits, prunes, toffee and a slight bit of peat for the flavor. Medium body with soft carbonation. Nice sipper. dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
2010 bottle cellared July ’10 consumed 23 April 2011. Dark reddish brown color, tiny bubbles in the head hint at the superb quality of this brew. The nose has subsided substantially in the cellar but still has notes of caramel and roasted grain. Full bodied and viscous on the palate, this beer displays chocolate and heavy caramel notes with hops being mildly spicy and just enough to balance the sweetnes of the brew. Has always been one of my faves. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Appearance: Beautiful dark red hue, mostly hazy but some transparency to it. No noticeable carbonation. Forms a small, yellowish, soapy head. Decent retention and lacing.scottw86 (1178) - Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
Smell: Red apple and caramel syrup. Touch of alcohol.
Taste: This is the liquid equivalent of a candy apple. Rich caramel sweetness on the outside with a juicy red apple on the inside. Strange, but pleasing mix of fruit and sugar. Leaves a distinct bittersweet chocolate aftertaste as well to impart a touch of bitterness as well as round out the sweet aspect of the palate. Finishes with a slightly smoky flavor, but it seems to fade away after one a few swigs. Initially, a very delectable palate, but the beer doesn’t finish as strong as it starts as it begins to become overtly milder and alcohol begins to distract from the main palate. Still very tasty and pleasing from first to last drop, though.
Mouthfeel: Thick, soft, slightly stick, no noticeable carbonation. Thins out and becomes slightly watery towards the end.
Drinkability: For an 8.5% ABV beer, Dirty Bastard most definitely does not drink or feel like it. While the palate is robust, the soft mouthfeel makes for a smooth, easy-drinking beer. Not refreshing per se, but fun to drink. Ideal to pair with a pie - especially pecan, rhubarb, or minced meat.
Overall, one of the best American Scotch-style ales. Those with a taste for the style will love it, but others will simply like it as I did.
Poured a very hazy reddish-brown with almost no head. Aroma has lots of molasses and sweet malts. Lots of dark fruit as well with some scotch, great aroma overall. Taste is sweet and fruity at first. Transitions into a roasted and malty finish with scotch. There are also flavors of bread that go along nicely with the fruit flavors. Overall it’s pretty complex. A good amount of hops helps the taste finish off. The body is a tiny bit thin, but there is a good amount of flavor so I like it.