Founders – Dirty Bastard

Tasting: August 28, 2011
Style: Ale (Scotch)

Hurricane Irene has come and gone. All that’s left this evening is the remnants of wind whipping through the trees. Reports around town are of power outages, road collapses and flooded basements. We’re thankful that we only had a small trickle in one corner of our basement — a far cry from Tropical Storm Floyd that filled our basement with water.

Out of my beer fridge tonight is another offering from Founder’s – a scotch ale called “Dirty Bastard”. I don’t know, every time I hear “bastard” in a beer name, I think of Stone’s bastard line. But, I don’t want to fuel any brand confusion lawsuits, but hmmm, who knows – maybe another “collaboration not litigation” partnership? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Scotch ale originated in – you guessed it – Scotland in the 1700’s. It’s essentially pale ale with a native twist. The stronger ABV versions of this ale are also known as “Wee Heavy” (how couldn’t you love that name). Scotch ale is known to be sweet with a low IBU. I’ll relay a few vitals on this ale – 50 IBU and 8.5% ABV.

Not much of a nose here at all – maybe some subtle maple. A rich brown color for sure – not much of a head. First impression is that this is a bit more subtle than I had expected. Really, the roasted malt and molasses sweetness are simply overshadowed by some fizz and alcohol burn. I’m suspecting that this is an off bottle. I bought it as a single and possibly it’s outlived its useful life. I’ll have to call it as I see it – but I should probably circle back on this one. For now, it’s a “Wee Wimpy” at 70 points.

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