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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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 5,229 ratings.