Dogfish Head Bitches Brew Stout

These guys are pretty solid. Every brewer's going to have beers that are a little outside the lines or don't really line up with my expectation of what a particular type of beer should taste like. At the same time, for me to go out of my way to taste something from the same brewer this many times, they have to show talent. These guys have definitely shown talent, and they deserve my dollar for their beer.

Dark brown to black, this beer has a medium head of tiny bubbles that absolutely WILL NOT go away. The aroma is strangely chocolate and vanilla with a dark roasted layer of oatmeal. I didn't expect this from a barrel aged beer made with honey, but I'm telling you that I am looking forward to this.

First sip is a strange feel of syrup with the honey fairly prominent, but it has the roasted malts and the vanilla along with the shade of a dark liquor and oak about it. It's very interesting and a little intimidating, but we'll see how the full swig goes.

Tip-in is light chocolate, oak, and vanilla. The middle opens into a thick alcohol and roasted malt mixing in to bring sweetness with the oak backing. The finish is a resurgence of the vanilla and the oak and even that hint of chocolate coming right out. This is my first beer, and it's not quite an ABV of 10%, but I'm already feeling it, and I'm having another.

Bottom Line: This is the brew to take home.

4.0/5

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