Wood-Aged Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Wood-Aged Bitches BrewWood-Aged Bitches Brew

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A fusion of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in American oak and an Ethiopian Tej Honey Beer aged in Paraguayan Palo Santo Wood

Added by superspak on 09-28-2017

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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 77
Reviews by andrewh995:
Photo of andrewh995
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a medium brown head. Smells of roasted malts, wood, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malts, light coffee, some tartness, slightly sweet honey, woodiness, and light chocolate. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall an absolutely delicious and original stout.

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Photo of Brenden
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.

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Photo of VABA
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
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.

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Photo of larryi86
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kshind59
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Tinypalooza 3/24/2018

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

January 2018 release, in a 12oz. bottles poured into a snifter glass. Pours opaque, deep black with an inch of khaki colored head, that slowly falls to a ring around the top. Looks like your average imperial stout. The nose, however, isn’t quite as typical. Though you do smell the dark grain bill, typical chocolatey, coffee-esque character. There is also a soft floral aroma, assumably from the honey or the gesho root, but it’s nice and definitely welcome. It definitely lets you know it’s different and it’s interesting in the best way. The taste is floral-forward at first, and transitions beautifully to coffee and chocolate, with a light touch of honey sweetness. Lastly, you taste that amazing Palo Santo wood, with a little vanilla and flowery in the finish. Medium to full in body, a little lighter than expected, but in a good way. Overall, an amazingly beautiful and harmonious fusion of classic imperial stout flavors and those of tej or tella. Not to mention, an awesome nod at the Miles Davis masterpiece, and almost as revolutionary, but Davis set that bar pretty damn high. Really great stuff.

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Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer. Nice very dark brown, almost black color with a little tan head that dissipates and just a scant amount of spotty lingering lacing. Smells of raisin, wood, a little caramel, vanilla and grain. Tastes similarly, except also with some mild coffee and faint hints of chocolate and malt. Smooth mild mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Not a bad beer to sip and enjoy but a little disappointing based on its reputation and reviews.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a modest, 1/2-finger dark tan head, topping an inviting black body.

Sweet and fruity on the nose. Big, dark fruits - figs, raisins, and dates - blend with banana and fragrant wood. Tons of caramel and brown sugar. I wouldn't guess this as an imperial stout if I were smelling it in the blind. The wood, however, does come through. As pleasant as it smells, I have to take away some points for smelling more like a dubbel or quad than a stout.

Flavor really doesn't disappoint, however. Fairly sweet and neutral up front, come mid-palate a strong roastiness takes over, enveloped throughout by a building woodiness. Slightly metallic, which does detract somewhat. Dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee provide much of the base.

Somewhat fizzy mouthfeel, which takes away some of the opportunity to really savor the brew. Wet finish with a touch of heat. Medium-full bodied.

An enjoyable and creative brew.

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

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with a thumb of caramel colored head.

S: Roasty, not much else

T: Roasty, dark chocolate, a little smokeyness, & dryness up front, More dryness & roastyness, plus, a little iron & a little Baker's chocolate, just a little dark fruit, with a little ghost booze once warm. Finishes with a little coarse booze, dryness & roastyness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation

Good take on the style not really seeing what the wood aging is bringing to the party

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Photo of glass_house
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep dark cola brown with 2 fingers of dense khaki head that maintains a solid collar. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, charred wood, dark plum, grape skin, and stale black coffee.

Taste is bitter dark coffee with dark fruit and lots of wood. Hints of leather, tobacco, and molasses. A little smoky. Not getting much of the sweetness most people mention, but there are some fleeting notes of honey and caramel. Body is on the light side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Dry bittering finish.

Overall pretty good, but not necessarily my cup of tea.

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Photo of TheGent
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger khaki head that has good retention after the pour

S- aroma brings out a lot of dark fruit notes at first; rum soaked raisin, fig & dark cherry. Sweet honey mixes with charred malt, biscuits & cocoa. Just a hint of woody aroma closes it out

T- honey sweetness up front, immediately followed by charred malt & chocolate. Mid-palate brings out plenty of dark fruit; fig, raisin & plum. The finish is nutty and woody with a charred malt linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- the honey sweetness works well with the roasted malt, wood have liked a bit more wood

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Wood-Aged Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 248 ratings