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Dirty Bastard by Founders Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
8.50 % ABV

So good it\'s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain\'t for the wee lads. 

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Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle

Dirty Bastard poured clear mahogany. When held to the light you can see sediment floating throughout. Sitting on top of the body s a finger's worth of creamy beige head that sticks around. Looks good.

When I opened the bottle I immediately smelled scotch. When poured and held to my nose I smelled toasted grains up front. Followed by a sweetness of candied dark fruits. The toasted grains remain throughout with hints of the fruits, a hint of wood, and vanilla. There even seems to be a little mustiness.

Fairly complex beer. Up front I pick up a very mild toasted malt but it's quickly overtaken by a wave of roasted malts and caramel at mid-palate.The wave settles with a deep roastines and caramel flavor. An earthy quality follows all the big flavors in the finish. A slight lingering bitterness shows up just before the swallow and lingers for just a few seconds.

The mouthfeel accompanies the taste very well. It is a little on the heavy side of medium bodied. Nice and creamy like the way it should be.

Drinkability is good if you drink this how it should be drunk. It's a sipper in every sense of the word. That drops the drinkability just because of all the big dark flavors.

I'm drinking this on a cool night and I have to say it warms me up nicely. A very nice beer for the up coming cold weather. I will keep these on hand to keep this winter a little warmer. Dirty Basard seems to me like a perfect beer to sit around the fireplace and read a book while smoking a pipe. I would be doing exactly that right now if I had a fireplace and smoked a pipe.

Reviewed: 10/20/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 4 7 2009
How did it gets so dirty? Pours a semi-hazy dark hazelnut brown color. I did a good job keeping the sediment at bay put some might have got in the mix as well. A soft white head with limited retention which eventually died altogether. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is rich with sweet malt. Well represented overall there is a big caramel and sweet malt aroma. Almost along the lines of sugary but enough malt (attenuated) notes in there to balance it out. Some bready undertones and noticeable solvent alcohol aromas as well. A hint of earthy hoppiness as well.

The taste is similar. A big malt flavor with more caramel and syrup like qualities. Sweet but again not too sugary sweet. Some kettle caramel that really balances with everything. A more perceivable alcohol punch than the nose indicated. Some nice phenols and spices. A touch of vanilla and woody flavors. Some light cherry, plums, raisins and cinnamon mixes are there but blend very nicely.

The body is big and rich but not as creamy as I would like for style. A bit difficult to drink with the alcohol punch but really a very good beer overall. Great complexity and some nice textures. A nice sensory challenging beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 16 5 9 2008
Dark and thick caramel brown color, rusty orange edges, thin sized but thickly set and lumpy tan cap, keeps a skim and collar nearly the whole glass down; lacing moderately coats in strings and graceful sheeting. Aroma is chalked full of some really nice caramel, deep and inviting, nuances of brown sugar, vanilla, earthy roasted malts, smoked husks and hay. Taste is crispy and full, crunchy burntish cookies, maple and brown sugar sweetness with roasted grain, husky toasted edges. Has a caramel loaded middle and finish with a firm hold and feel of caramel malts with a crisp toasted grain dryness creeping around the surface late. Nice creamy body and fullness with just the right amount of roasty crispness and drying toasty grain bitterness. Slight dry hop background appears as it warms and where this beer really comes into its own. Letting this warm up some is ideal. Very approachable, very drinkable, very good stuff! One of the better American brewed Wee heavy's I've encountered.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 02/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
thanks to nucular for this. ruby brown pour with a khaki thick head. aroma of peat, fruit and smoke. very nice on the palate with a great smoked peat flavor, caramel and sugared fruit in the finish. pretty solid scotch ale though.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a vibrant garnet colored body with a slight haze, possibly from the chill. Starts with a small tan head that quickly reduces to a clump floating on the surface and a ring around the glass.

S - Lightly roasted caramel malts. Toffee. A bit of dark fruit and chocolate.

T - Chocolate is much bigger here than in the smell. Baker's chocolate comes at you in force. Toffee and caramel sort of blend in. Slight bitterness at the end accompanied by some fruity hops.

M - Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - Very drinkable bigger abv beer. More chocolately than a lot of Scotch Ales.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Pours pretty cloudy and settles out into a medium tan head that faded pretty quick. Smell is pretty good, a little light, but the fruits and sweet malt are there. Taste is damn good. I guess I love me some scotch ales.

Served In: Pint Glass

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