Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew


Fill date: 5/24/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 33A Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Fairly sweet fruity/malty presence with notes of dark fruits, sour grape, and noticeable honey presence. Extremely subtle woody/vanilla character. No distinct hops (none needed). No alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black hue (44+ SRM). Large brown froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: On the sweeter side for an imperial stout, due mostly to the distinct honey presence. Plenty of dark fruit from the dark malt, though nothing coffee or roasty-tasting. Faint tartness. Light confectionery notes of chocolate. Little noticeable wood character other than a slight vanilla taste. Enough bitterness for balance, but no hop flavor. Mild alcohol presence works with the natural flavors of the brew well. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Texture is smooth and creamy. High drinkability considering strong 9% ABV potency. Slight honey aftertaste. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A creative and tasty imperial stout, but doesn't exactly deliver as a wood-aged brew. Fun and easy to drink, though. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

NOTE: See my 2011 review of the original Bitches Brew here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/06/dogfish-head-bitches-brew-chadz-beer.html

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