This beer has been looking at me from the beer fridge, but I was waiting until I was able to get Founders Backwoods Bastard until I tried this one. So, I’m having this one tonight and I’ll try the Backwoods Bastard tomorrow. Founders says this about Dirty Bastard, “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.”
Numbers: 8.5% ABV, 50 IBUs
Appearance & Aroma: Deep brown in color with a thin, creamy, khaki colored head. What I most noticed was the big caramel malty aroma which reminded me a lot of a barleywine.
Taste & Feel: It was lighter bodied than I was expecting, with a medium body and a crisp carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor was almost a burnt caramel with a slightly smokey, woody flavor in the middle. The finish was more burnt caramel with a bit of a raisin like flavor.
Food Pairing: The smokiness and slight woody flavors I was picking up on would make it go perfectly with BBQ. In particular, I think it would go best with some beef ribs covered in a sweet and smokey sauce.
Overall Impression: I really enjoyed the aroma coming from this beer. The flavor was pretty good and I enjoyed the bit of smokey woodiness in the beer. I wish it was slightly bigger bodied, but overall, it was a very good beer.