The last beer of Founders Week (yes, I still have one left but I'm waiting for a fellow BeerTuber to Skype review it with me which won't be for a few days or more). Anyways, this is Founders' Scotch ale, a type of beer I'm not usually a big fan of. But Founders seems to have the magic touch and every beer of theirs I've tried so far I've liked - surely they can make a Scotch Ale I'll enjoy too, right? Let's see....
P.S. This is episode #450 in case anyone's counting along at home.
3.9AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Beautiful dark red hue, mostly hazy but some transparency to it. No noticeable carbonation. Forms a small, yellowish, soapy head. Decent retention and lacing.
Smell: Red apple and caramel syrup. Touch of alcohol.
Taste: This is the liquid equivalent of a candy apple. Rich caramel sweetness on the outside with a juicy red apple on the inside. Strange, but pleasing mix of fruit and sugar. Leaves a distinct bittersweet chocolate aftertaste as well to impart a touch of bitterness as well as round out the sweet aspect of the palate. Finishes with a slightly smoky flavor, but it seems to fade away after one a few swigs. Initially, a very delectable palate, but the beer doesn’t finish as strong as it starts as it begins to become overtly milder and alcohol begins to distract from the main palate. Still very tasty and pleasing from first to last drop, though.
Mouthfeel: Thick, soft, slightly stick, no noticeable carbonation. Thins out and becomes slightly watery towards the end.
Drinkability: For an 8.5% ABV beer, Dirty Bastard most definitely does not drink or feel like it. While the palate is robust, the soft mouthfeel makes for a smooth, easy-drinking beer. Not refreshing per se, but fun to drink. Ideal to pair with a pie - especially pecan, rhubarb, or minced meat.
Overall, one of the best American Scotch-style ales. Those with a taste for the style will love it, but others will simply like it as I did.