Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Scotch Ale, as I've discovered, are damn tasty brews that rate highly in my books. Couple that with Founders - brewers of the BEST STOUT EVER (well out of all the Stouts I've tried) and you've got a mouth-watering on your hands... or tongue, which makes more sense. In the immortal words of Homer (Simpson): "Mmmm, beer hhhrggghhh...".
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: This Scotch Ale presents a cloudy red/brown body (a pleasing ruby when held up to light) with a khaki head that was always going to fade to nothing as most heavy ales do.
S: Rich dark fruit aromas; macerated figs, dates and raisin notes abound with some typical brandy alcohol hints and a sticky toffee malt base throughout. The biggest take away from the aroma is that this is a sugar heavy Scotch Ale, but hopefully the flavour will take on some other complexities.
T: Figs, dates, raisin, brandy and toffee malt: check! The sugar is markedly better balanced with the rest of the profile than expected, this is good, no - great. It's easy to become one dimensional with an ale of this style, so it's great to see Founders balance this brew so evenly. There is a combination of pine/medicinal hops at the back end, along with some boozy alcohol notes.
M: As with the Breakfast Stout the body is quite heavy and chunky - like some sort of beer-flavoured tar, I wonder how Founders do this so well? Aside from the body it has light carbonation... it's so heavy and smooth, I must find out what their secret is!
D: Damn these guys at Founders are good. Here they've taken a style: Scotch Ale, and added something unique, which became more noticeable as the glass emptied: those typical American pine hops - you know that hop note at the back of almost every APA/AIPA? Yeah those ones, and with this those clever bastards have added an American slant to their Dirty Bastard, bravo. Does it do for Scotch Ale what Breakfast Stout does for Oatmeal Stouts? Not quite, the best Scotch Ale in my opinion is still Skull Splitter, but hey this is a close second.
Food match: Heavy meats, festive medieval fare - pig on a spit roasting over a slow flame, potato gratin, roasted kumara/yams/sweet potato, carrots, pumpkins, etc... this brew is mightier than the meal so be warned and eat lightly.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 22:01:13 | More by doktorhops
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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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