Review of Founders Dirty Bastard

12 Jul
Today, I’m going to review another brew from that exceptional brewery located in Grand Rapids, Michigan called the Founders Brewing Company.  The beer in question is the Dirty Bastard, which is a Scotch Style Ale. 

This beer is produced year-round, so it’s usually not too hard to find in the craft beer stores.

Every Founders product that I have sampled has been top notch and I would suspect that this brew will be no different.

Let’s read the description from the website,

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. 

Let’s get it in the glass, shall we?

The Founders Dirty Bastard stands in at a sturdy 8.5% ABV and comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

This beer poured a hazy, murky amber/brown color with smatterings of burnt orange and yellow highlights at the bottom of the snifter when held directly toward a light source.  A very nice creamy, smooth, tan crown was formed from a medium/aggressive pour, which had adequate retention and left some satisfactory lacing clinging to the sides.  The head ended up settling to a fine ring around the top of the liquid.

The aroma brought forth a delightful wave of sweet caramel and toffee malts combined with a “wheat” bread nose.  Both are truly alluring and balanced well with one another.  It seemed somewhat toasty at first, but after a few deep whiffs I started to find a fruitiness reminiscent of raisins and figs.  Nice!!!  I, honestly, think that I was even detecting a minute peach hint in there also.  Hmm…  The alcohol was definitely noticeable, however I didn’t find that it was overbearing or out of place, but rather harmonized nicely with the other fragrances.

The taste reaffirmed the rich, bold caramel and toffee malts along with the darker, bready characteristics.  The malt began to get a bit more sugary and sweet as the brew developed.  Toward the middle of the drink I discerned a slight, dry, walnut undertone, which added a touch more complexity.  Fruity flavors of raisin and fig showed themselves again, however they tended to be a bit more subdued and relaxed to create a “rounded” taste.  The hop profile was noticed, yet the bitterness wasn’t a prime factor.  The alcohol may have been a little more forthcoming in the flavor, but I never did think it was distracting or out of balance.  It, actually, mellowed quite a bit as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, very dry, smooth and chewy.  The palate was left with a gracious amount of flavor for me to enjoy for a few minutes before I raised the glass for another sip.  A significant alcohol warmth came on nicely and exited easily on the throat.    

This is a great brew in my opinion.  One setback that I found however, was that it seemed to be a bit “heavy” and “filling” on the stomach, which would limit my intake to just 1 or 2 during a sitting.  A person could easily enjoy this as an after dinner “sipper” or during a very cool evening in the Fall or Winter.  It’s, for sure, worth the time and effort if you have not tried it.  I’m sure I will pick it up again sometime soon.

Have you guys had the opportunity to sample the Founders Dirty Bastard?  What did you think of it?

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for reading.  I truly appreciate it.


Score:  4.3 out of 5
Grade:  A 

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Country: USA, Founders


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