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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Beer Tasting: Founders Dirty Bastard

The Beer: Founders Dirty Bastard
Style: Scotch Ale
Reviews: Beer Advocate Rate Beer
Packaging & Date Stamping: 12 oz. brown bottle; top side of label notched on in the vicinity of May (2006)

From where & how stored: Purchased in May 2006 from Federal Wine & Spirits in Boston, MA; brought home via airplane and stored at 42F since then

Pricing: $1.99 per bottle (believe this was mis-priced, know ;-)

Availability: Year-round

ABV, IBU, and Other Available Stats: 8.5% ABV; ~50 IBU
Bryan's Notes
The Look:
- slick pour, no head..thin, thin ring
- reddish brown
- dark cola look and consistency (without the carbonation)

The Aroma:
- faint aroma of, ah never mind, it's too faint

The Taste:
- taste is nice
- somewhat barleywine-ish texture (smooth), just a shade of carbonation
- light chocolate flavor; slight licorice; bit of bark
- funny how no one flavor or aroma jumps right out...but they're there...tough to decipher
- noticeable bitterness in the finish
- significantly better as it warms...started off too cold at approx. 42F
- prunes

The Verdict: I'm somewhat left with indifferent feelings about it. It's decent, even a bit better than decent. Not left with a feeling that this in a best of style range. Though, coming from a brewery like Founders, it's worth trying again.
Adam's Notes
The Look:

The Aroma:
- sweet malty nose
- reminds me of Heavyweight Brewing beer

The Taste:
- more malt than bitter
- sweet but not overpowering

The Verdict: may need to taste again; wasn't as impressed with this as their rye beer

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