Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Single bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Very little foam upon pouring - I would get some back after swirling in the glass, but it would never stick around. No lacing either. A dark tarnished copper color - just a little light going through.
Smell: Lots of malt with some fruit-like alcohol notes. Quite pleasant.
Taste: Strong caramel and toffee up front, with something fruity (figs?) at the end. The higher alcohol content in this beer is perfectly masked. The caramel and toffee get a little stronger and sweeter as the beer warms up. Not cloyingly sweet, but still more sweet than I expected.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on tongue, but thick and coating on the way down. I hesitate to call it syrupy - but I kept thinking this in light of the sweetness.
Drinkability: Not bad, but I think the strong sweetness of the malts was too much here. It needed some bitterness or something at the end to round it out. The ABV though is nicely warming in the winter, but not too strong. I almost think the beer is mis-named as it's not a Dirty Bastard at all, but more like a Polite Scotsman. That being said, I don't see how anyone could have more than one of these in a sitting - too much sweet and too high ABV to have more than one in an evening.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2009 20:00:16 | More by damndirtyape
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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
4.11/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is an old favorite of mine. I haven't had it in three years though and perhaps my palate has changed. Here goes:
A: A dark reddish-brown. It's very opaque and little light gets through. While the head was rather small, the lacing more than made up for it.
S: OK, neither good nor bad. Actually smells quite like a barleywine. There's a lot of caramel and amber malts, and these impart a very sweet-smelling character. Can detect lots of dark fruits such as figs, raisins and plum. English hops are somewhat apparent, but these are dominated by the malty smell.
T: Very good. The taste follows the nose. The malt is very sweet, and in it I can taste lots of figs, plums, raisins, raspberry and cherries. Almost too sweet, but I suppose this is a style issue (Scotch ales are brewed at very low temperatures and this winds up leaving a lot of residual sugars, as the yeast aren't as active).
M: Very good. Thick and creamy. It glides down the throat rather well.
O: A very solid beer. Goes well with fruit-flavored cheesecake and chocolate fudge.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 19:17:05 | More by leantom
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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