Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by optimistictour:
4.2/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Dirty Bastard is (at least in my part of the country) one of the most widely available scotch ales, even sold in the local gas station (one of a whopping two entries from Founders) yet still one of the better examples I've had.
Poured into my pint glass it's a coffee brown with a dense head that dissipates quickly, lacing all over. Through a light source its color is revealed to be an extremely dark shade of red. It looks strong but not crushingly heavy.
The smell is where this variety can often make or break a session. Thankfully Dirty Bastard tosses up the requisite whiskey tones cloaked in carmels and coffees and all manner of indulgent flavor, practically begging me to take a sip already. This one truly shines in the olfactory department.
The taste thankfully reflects the fine balance between a scotchy up-front personality and a mellowed out bitter finish.
It's hearty but never too thick on the tongue. It's solid and distinctive yet lacks any stickiness or sugary feeling. You'll taste it for a while after a sip but never feel like you need your teeth brushed between bottles.
Speaking of between bottles this stuff is also immensely drinkable. You could easily put away 4 to 6 of these before realizing - surprise! - Founders isn't kidding with that 8.5 abv listed. It's not the smoothest in its class but it's up there. I've had dozens of these over the years and uninitiated friends always sing its praises, which is measure enough for me that it's quite drinkable.
Basically this is a class act and your entry into the realm of scotch ales if you're interested.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2010 06:19:35 | More by optimistictour
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3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Ruby color with a small off-white head that dissipates almost immediately. A ring of soft bubbles is left around the glass but no lacing left behind.
Strong caramel malt in the aroma with a scotch/peat backbone.
Cloying sweetness from the malt and medium-bodied. Very rich but lacking complexity and is a little one-dimensional. Warming alcohol sensation in the finish.
This was a really underwhelming beer for me. I have enjoyed most of Founders' offerings so far, but this one just misses the mark for me. Not an undrinkable beer by any means, just something I won't be revisiting anytime soon.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 02:44:59 | More by Jacobob10
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,184 ratings.