Beer Review: Founders Dirty Bastard Ale

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Wow. This is hands down one of the tastiest beers we’ve had in a very long time. It’s as smooth as satin and tastes of brown sugar, ripe fruit, and a touch of woodsy smoke. We’ve managed to work our way through the 6-pack with alarming speed.

Beer Details: Dirty Bastard Ale from Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Scotch-style ale, 8.5% ABV, 50 IBUs)

Appearance: Deep mahogany red and a bit hazy. It has a thin cap of caramel-colored foam and lots of pinhead bubbles streaming their way to the surface.

Aroma: Rich and earthy aroma, like walking through the woods in the fall. Notes of brown sugar and caramel mix with dark dried fruit smells.

Taste: The flavors of this beer come in waves. First we taste intense dried fruits: cherries, apricots, and figs. This mellows into fruity chocolate and buttery caramel flavors. Glimmers of vanilla, smoke, and earthy black tea add even more depth and nuance and become more evident as the beer warms.

Medium-bodied, this beer felt silky and rich on the tongue. The relatively high alcohol is well-hidden, often to our detriment!

Overall: We’ve felt very torn between wanting to share a bottle with everyone we know and hoarding it all for ourselves. It’s an incredibly well-balanced beer, not to sweet or too bitter, too heavy or too soft. The tastes and flavors seem to evolve with each sip, making it a thoroughly engaging and exciting beer to drink.

Food Pairings: Try this beer with dessert. Even just a simple cookie or brownie would make a good pairing, though it would be outstanding with a fruit cobbler made with brown sugar in the crust. It would also go well with a cheese plate.

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