Dirty Bastard is a Scottish-style Ale brewed by Founders Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, this Scotch ale was aged one year and then served in a nonic pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.
What You Need to Know
This is the beer that saved Founders from bankruptcy (read more below). Its rich body comes from seven types of malt that’s been balanced with peat, smoke, and hops. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
Dirty Bastard pours a somewhat clear chestnut brown that shows ruby highlights when it’s set against the light. The ale is topped by a thick cap of dense, pock-marked cream-colored foam that shows great retention. Once the head reduces, a soapy collar and streaks of residue round the glass.
The Scotch Ale’s aroma consists of caramel and toffee with a hint of flowery hops. A note of buttered biscuit appears as the beer warms.
Its palate is predominantly malty and begins with flavors of toasted bread and caramel. The finish is complex and mildly bitter with notes of earthy woods, peat, and floral hops. That bitterness is balanced by a mellow undercurrent of sweet chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits mixed with buttery biscuit.
The feel of the Scotch Ale is velvety smooth and chewy with a full body and low carbonation.
The Dirty Bastard presents nicely and has a lovely aroma. Aging the brew lends to a lovely balance that’s enhanced further by its decadent feel. Yes, this brew has a high ABV but it isn’t even noticeable at all. And so if you store a Dirty Bastard in your fridge for a while, you’ll have a mellow and tasty easy-drinker.
The Backwoods Bastard
If you’re looking for a Scottish Ale that’s stronger and even more complex, check out Founders Brewing’s bourbon-barrel version, Backwoods Bastard.