Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by YankChef:
4/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH snifter
Appearance: Very hazy deep dark amber, like almost burnt caramel. thin wispy head
Aroma: Sweet esters with a hint of pine and maybe a touch of maple. Certainly hints of vanilla.
Taste: Upfront there is certainly a bigtime sweetness that ties into the maple and vanilla. There is then a dry finish with savory flavors, black pepper and juniper with a strong grassy kind of hop bite.
Overall: Pretty dry and hoppy for the style, but hey its american. Very enjoyable beer, pour at a cooler temperature and allow to warm to discover all the different nuances.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2008 03:16:03 | More by YankChef
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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
90 out of 100 based on 5,232 ratings.