Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founder’s Brewing Company has grown into one of the nation’s top craft breweries, with annual barrel output approaching the 1 million mark. Don’t be fooled though, founders (see what I did there?) Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers brew for quality, not quantity. Their Dirty Bastard, a Scotch Ale, is a prime example of the quality levels we have grown to love.
ABV: 8.5 % | 50 IBUs
Pour: Deep amber/rust with notes of Garnet and burnt orange.
Head: Light creamy beige/marzipan.
Nose: What bread with notes of tangerines, red fruits, and cherry cough drops.
Palate: The palate is very malty, slightly sweet, and full of notes of toffee, caramel, and toast. A very rich, full body on this one.
Finish: Great balance or malt/hop flavors. Alcohol content is noticeable a bit here. Call me crazy, but i’m getting some pork gravy notes here, and I’m not complaining about it.
Overall: Great pour! This one was first recommended to me by a bartender a couple of years ago, based on my style preferences, and it has been on top of my list for days like today when the winter weather has not quite dipped down to “I need an Imperial Stout” levels.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints