This 'ol Bastard will kick your ass and steal your girl if you're not careful. Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI is known for not really caring what the masses think of their beers. They don't brew for the masses. They brew for the masses that don't give a damn about unremarkable beers.
"Our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us." - Founders
Scotch Ales can be intense in their own right; this Dirty Bastard fits in with that crowd. It's a good thing, just be ready for it. When I first found this beer and took a sip, I thought someone was messing with me and actually put a splash of whiskey in my beer. Some scotch ales will even use low nitrogen barley dried by peat burning. This isn't a peaty beer by any means but I still looked around for the whiskey bottle that someone used to pour into my beer.
There's nothing 'pretty' about the Dirty Bastard. It's 8.5% and murky looking. It has a full and complex nose that reminds you that something else is in play here. The beer just took a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup so you know this beer is solid. So good it's almost wrong. Brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish 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.