Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.06/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dirty Bastard opens to a malty, yeasty nose with slightly sweet, peaty, smoky overtones. The grains and sugars are especially noticeable here, the former bringing floury baguettes, yeasty rising wheat dough, toast crust, and cracker, and the latter adding loads of brown sugar and caramel, as well as berry, orange, apricot, cherry, and fig fruit esters. All of this is accompanied by a light rind of smoky peat, which adds a woody note that brings to mind barrel aging. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and while there may be a slight imbalance in having the sugars so heavily outclass the smoky peats, there’s still a decent sense of nuance in here, and an obviously skilled hand at picking and blending ingredients.
On the tongue, the beer is immediately yeasty and bready, the rising wheat dough and yeasty baguette drifting to the surface, joined by what is here a larger smoky peat presence that brings to mind wood-fired cooking stoves filled with pitchy pine. The sugars are still huge, with berry, cherry, apricot, and orange fruit esters, as well as loads of brown sugar and caramel. A thin lacing of pine and grapefruit from the hops adds balancing bitterness. In subsequent sips much of the yeasty bread notes are unfortunately lost, and the sugars largely take over the flavor profile. The aftertaste is heavy on grapefruit rind and pine hops, with lots of sugars and even a few breads remaining, and at least the hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, though the smoky peats could have been stronger, and the sugars somewhat lighter to achieve a better sense of balance. The hops were also rather strong in the aftertaste, for while the malts could largely overcome the heavy 50 IBUs in the main mouthful, they lose to them in the aftertaste. Still, the beer is highly drinkable, and quite delicious.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2013 20:09:21 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
served from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass
A: very dark golden brown when held to the light, Head two finger width but fades quickly.
S: licorice and caramel, strong alcohol smell typical of the style
T: sweet licorice and alcohol in a good way. A nice spicy hop but not bitter at all. Hint of clove.
M: Thick and heavy, coats the mouth in a sweet warming spice.
O: Very good variation of the style strong but doesn't turn the stomach. Great beer for the price. 6 pack instead of a 4 which is typical for this style.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 01:49:17 | More by MickeyD
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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