8.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Brown with ruby red hues. Decent head upon pour that dissipates to slightly more than a lining. Visible carbonation.
Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, boozy with various malty notes. A hint of chocolate to boot.
Taste: Surprisingly not overpowering in flavor. Maltiness is quickly overtaken by caramel and vanilla sweetness. This has all the flavor of a traditional amber and then some. The beauty is it’s not overly sweet as various malts carry the flavor throughout each sip. There is a smoky, hoppy ending, which somehow pulls it all together.
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than I thought, but closer to medium bodied than light overall (or perhaps somewhere right in between). The carbonation is up here, prickling nicely on the tongue. This isn’t as thick as I first thought it would be and stands in the middle ground between a great amber and stout.
Although Founders is known for its bitterness, there is nothing bitter about the gem that is Dirty Bastard (that’s more of pun, as it does have a slightly bitter end). Consider Dirty Bastard a great twist on the normal amber ale. I honestly lost track of how good this brew is until I sat down to write this short review. I’ve got a new beer for the repertoire with this sweet and malty brew that doesn’t leave your belly feeling too full.