Wood-Aged Bitches Brew
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Wood-Aged Bitches BrewWood-Aged Bitches Brew
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,905
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,238
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 8.19%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
364
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Wood-Aged Bitches BrewWood-Aged Bitches Brew
Notes: A fusion of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in American oak and an Ethiopian Tej Honey Beer aged in Paraguayan Palo Santo Wood
Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 364 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Crackblind from New York

4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft, poured into a 10 oz goblet.

Pitch black with pretty much no head. The only approximation of one is the thin, cocoa colored foam where it meets the glass and leaves the perfect amount of lacing with each sip.

Strong overtones of chocolate and roasted malt (or is it coffee? Or both?) on the nose. Very inviting.

You can definitely taste the chocolate and the coffee (though the coffee is very subtle) in each sip. There is some nice sweetness there to without a hint of cloyness. This may be attributed to the honey beer which is just noticeable enough without overpowering the stout.

More than another winner from Dogfish Head, it's a winner for anyone who enjoys the style.

Apr 28, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark opaque color
A-Aroma has nice honey hints
T-Taste follows the nose with nice honey hints as well as a very nice wood character.
M-A medium bodied well balanced beer.
O-A very good very well balanced beer.

Feb 25, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with bubbly khaki head that died quick. Smell is roasted malts with notes of dark fruits and a woodsy type sweetness. Beer has a boozy dryness to it as well a touch of heat in the roasted malt section. The sweetness comes through like warts (here and there in patches) like dark fruits (mostly plums) and this oddness to it which might be the honey addition. This isn't a bad beer but it mutates the original, not enhances it, and I really don't see myself having this one again.

Feb 05, 2018
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Brenden from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Thick and heavy, nearly black with a rich mocha head. A little bit of ruby red shines in the light. A nice foam rests on top and drops solid lacing behind.
S: Rich and roasty, a bit of char on the nose with something reminiscent of coffee adding dryness to a honey-like sweetness. Further notes of dark fruits and a bit of balancing earth and flora from hops add to a complex balance.
T: Roast is forward on the tongue, sweetness more subdued but letting chocolate and dryer notes pull from the barrel. Some vanilla undertones along with light notes of honey countering char come through in a heavily malty beer that nonetheless has a good dry hops balance to it. Sipping slowly continues to bring out the complexities.
F: Rich and thick, this is a big stout with a heavy body. Smooth in its own way, the char and roast add lots of dryness and even feel like a French-pressed dark roast coffee. A good amount of carbonation keeps it flowing well without scraping too much.

Jun 19, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.29/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Jet black. No light penetration. 2 fingers of dense creamy head.

Nose
Turbinado sugar, prune, raisin, caramel, sawdust, red grape, and honey.

Taste
Prune juice, raisin, red grape, and red licorice. Turbinado sugar, honey, and light toffee. A touch of sawdust and perhaps an oaky dryness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, oily, airy, warming, sticky, and semi-dry.

Overall
Wow! I've completely lost faith in Dogfish Head. Other than the appearance and warming effect, this is a bad Imperial Stout. Overly sweet dark fruits and sugar.

Mar 16, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 1/12/18, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Dark chocolate, some honey, some roasted malts, Palo Santo wood, some dark fruits.

T- Lots of wood, dark chocolate, some honey, some dark fruits, roasted malts, touch of coffee.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- I am a fan of regular Bitches Brew and throwing it in their Palo Santo tank was a great idea.

Jan 27, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 04, 2019
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 09, 2018
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 16, 2018
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cryptichead from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 11, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan/brown, big head that doesn't last. Smell is sweet and malty and mildly boozy and wooden. Taste is Smoky. Malty. Sweet vanilla. Slight back end tang. Feel is smooth. Slightly oily. Mild alcohol presence.
Better than rated.

May 28, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is chocolate and caramel malts. Tastes of sweet chocolate. A bit thinner than some imperial stouts. No bitterness. Good mouth feel.

Apr 28, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (“bottled on 1/25/18”), poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a short but dense head of tan bubbles that recedes to a hazy film.

Smell: Salted pretzel, dark chocolate, and tobacco.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, salted caramel, licorice, and charred wood.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but smooth carbonation.

Overall: A nice sipper with rich, complex malt body and some interesting savory, earthy wood notes.

Jun 14, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sep 26, 2020
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 06, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a goblet from draft at Half Day Brewing on January 22, 2020. A big roasty, oak-aged stout brewed in concert with a Palo Santo aged African Tej Zambezi honey beer.

Mar 03, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a one finger, creamy mocha head.
Smell of baking chocolate, carmel malt, vanilla bean and little coffee.
Very unique tasting imperial stout. Lots of roasted chocolate with some bitterness. Coffee and honey mixes well. I think I pick up lemongrass.
Thinner mouthfeel.

May 11, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting brew, indeed. Pours a deep blackish-brown color, with a decent head of dark tan. Good head retention. Aromas and flavors are heavily fruity and woody, with an earthy quality. Let this rest on the tongue for a few seconds and you get a huge burst of bitterness and woody astringence. Mouthfeel is substantial, with some sweetness lingering on the finish. This is highly drinkable for such a big beer, so proceed with caution!

Sep 29, 2018
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petewheeler from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 20, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've had the original Bitches Brew a handful of times, from bottles of different ages. Based on those experiences, I was looking forward to this release; however, the buyer at my local shop cautioned me, saying that he and his friends all agreed this was substantially different. I'm inclined to agree. In particular, something about the nose is off, which I suppose is attributable to the wood and ageing. I've only had Palo Santo Marron once, so I hesitate to attempt any triangulation with that. But the aroma gives me a bit of ammonia and cedar that is new, and some of it spills over into the flavor profile as well. I would say this is less successful than the base version, despite the fact that I generally view wood ageing favorably.

Mar 01, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a viscous dark mahogany, nearly black, color, with a thumbnail length tan foamy head. Decent head retention for a high ABV brew, along with a creamy film that lingers throughout.
The aroma is of earthy wood, dark fruit, biscuit malt, dark caramel and cocoa. Notes of mint, anise, and grass add an interesting mix.
Interesting and tasty complexity. Moderately roasted malts that drink smooth and not too harsh. Bittersweet dark chocolate, dark caramel and honey. Earthy hops add a moderate bitterness as well as a bright and slightly citrusy flavor. The wood aged element adds an oaky quality. Interesting flavors coming from the yeast; clove like phenols and tart cherry esters. A lightly charred malt, slightly smoky, and bitter espresso bean finish that is dry.
Viscous, robust, creamy and smooth. The alcohol is masked beautifully and is unbelievably drinkable! Moderate carbonation. Although it is full bodied, it somehow drinks lighter.
I had and liked the original Bitches Brew a while ago, although I can’t remember every detail to compare it with the wood aged version. I really liked this version nevertheless. Delicious stuff from DFH.

Aug 04, 2018
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cwm51662 from Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the mouthfeel I like- nothing watery about it! Kinda taste the honey in the back of the tongue, mostly though a good tasty stout. Definitely will do this one again.

Feb 08, 2020
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qcghost from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 03, 2018
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aasher from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 25, 2020
Wood-Aged Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 364 ratings