Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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3.69/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours pretty dark brown with a slight orange hue. Color only visible around the edges through my pint glass as light doesn't pass through the center. Yellow/tan head, very thin (about a cm) but sticks around.
Smell: Pick up just a hint of the sour scotch and not much else. Not particularly complex.
Taste: This is a matter of personal preference, but I'm not a big fan of the scotch ales with a really heavy scotch kick. I don't really pick up much other than the scotch flavor and at first it isn't particularly heavy, which I like. Also did a good job masking the pretty high ABV, didn't even notice until the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, not a heavily carbonated beer. Pick up a lot of the alcohol burn in the aftertaste which is part of the style in my opinion.
Overall: This was good, not great. I usually expect scotch ales to be really heavy with a lot of flavor, and the taste and smell of this one were good but not amazing. I recall other scotch ales where I took a sip and immediately said "wow." Not the case for this one, although it is a bit more drinkable than others I've had.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2013 02:32:20 | More by Aleks_P
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4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
355 mL bottle picked up in Port Huron, bottled May 24 2014. It has been well over a year since I last tried a new wee heavy. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a murky brownish-ruby colour, topped with one finger of frothy, off-white head that wilts rapidly over the next minute or two. A soapy film remains, along with a narrow collar; not much in the way of lace. The aroma is big on the malts, with notes of toffee, plum, treacle, vanilla and cherry-flavoured red licorice. Very rich, and a little fruitier than I expect this style to be.
A delicious scotch-style ale. Molasses and toffee are first to hit the palate, followed by more plum/raisin fruitiness and red licorice. Some nutty chocolate notes and toasted malts then begin creeping in, with a whisper of peaty malt becoming more noticeable toward the finish, which is earthy with a hint of tobacco. Lingering bitterness interacts nicely with the peat and malt sweetness. Medium in body; maybe a little on the thicker side, with restrained carbonation that gives this brew a rich, smooth, luxurious feel on the palate. Surprisingly drinkable given the abv - some slight ethanol heat is detectable on the tail end of the sip, but it blends in nicely.
Final Grade: 4.33, an outstanding A grade. Founders' Dirty Bastard is one of the finest wee heavies I've had the pleasure of drinking in my 8 years on this site, with a beautifully bold malt backbone that works perfectly with the smooth mouthfeel and earthy hop finish. This is not one of my favourite styles, but like all of Founders' offerings (at least - the ones I've tried so far), I'd be more than willing to pick up a sixer at some point in the future, as this is a quality malt bomb that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A fabulous brew to ring in my 700th BA review.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 02:53:27 | More by thehyperduck
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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