I came at the Dirty Bastard the wrong way as I had the barrel-aged Backwoods Bastard before having the base scotch ale from which it was made. Details I know, but now having Dirty Bastard I am impressed at how outstanding the base beer is on it’s own. The beer poured a dark copper amber with a slight dark khaki head. The nose was sweet and fruity with subtle roast undertones but mostly dark fruits. The first taste was an intense maltiness with sweetness and a roastiness at the same time that ended with a slight bitter hop profile. There was a sweet dark fruit and an almost chocolate and coffee aftertaste that lingered on my palate and was a tantalizing reminder of what was to come with each sip. This was a very rich and deeply layered scotch ale that was like sipping a nice after dinner aperitif. This creamy brew was a very satisfying and robust drinking experience and a very well done scotch ale. Founders never ceases to impress and having a beer the quality of Dirty Bastard in your standard line-up is quite a feat.