Founders brewing co. ‘dirty bastard’ scotch style ale


image“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”.

This brewery has really impressed us recently, after the all day session IPA and the 10/10 breakfast stout we have taken a liking to these American masters.

Served in a beer tulip the dark brown/mahogany pour produced little head that diminished instantly to a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing evident. The pungent and complex aroma is offering heavy alcoholic overtones with a real warming hint of whiskey and oak. The 10 (yes 10!!) different malts make sure rich notes of brown sugar, treacle, toffee, dark fruits, raisin and a very subtle hint of vanilla underlines the complexity in this aroma. Very nice. Quite an astringent mouth feel with mild carbonation. Full body. The booze sting (8.5% ABV) does play a relatively large role in this beer with the palate initially serving up warming hints of booze, scotch and raisin. A slightly dry and hoppy mid delivers a sharp, bitter finish with hints of very soft smoke and bread. Definitely a quaffable drop, would not recommend for a session though. Founders have definitely hit the spot though. Good beer.