Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bitch Please

Bitch Please is a collaboration brew between 3 Floyds and Brew Dog.  

3 Floyds is a midwest craft brewery whose beer is known for being both bold and unconventional. They're beers are also notoriously unobtainable due to insanely high demand.

Brew Dog, whose mottos is "beer with bite", is a small batch brewer in Scotland. They started brewing craft beer to inject excitement into the bland, boring UK beer market.

Together these two breweries, each known for their inventive and unique styles, created Bitch Please.  I can say unequivocally that I have never tasted anything like this beer before.  

Bitch Please (11.5% ABV) is considered either an English or American Barleywine depending on the source.  The bottle says it is an ale aged in whiskey casks.  This is difficult brew to put into any one category - it's that different.

It pours a deep amber with a thin, bubbly off-white head.  The complexion in the glass is a dense, murky brown. 

The aroma is mostly smokey but there is an underlying complex of malt, tartness, spice and sweetness.

The initial taste is a distinct smoky flavor.  The smoke flavor is interesting because I tasted one thing and my husband tasted something else.  I thought it tasted like a fragrant cigar smoke, he thought it tasted like a barbecue smoke.   And, while there's loads of malt, the smoke is clearly the heart of this beer.  Any whiskey taste is muted.  Sweet caramely malt teases but isn't fully defined. This is balanced but a resinous hoppiness that adds a nice touch of bitter. The alcohol creates a cognac-like quality but it's not nearly as "big" as some other barrel aged beers I've had.

The mouth is full and big bodied. It's a sipper, and a mighty good one at that.

There's a whole lot going on in that bottle. There's a labyrinth of flavors to maneuver through and enjoy.    Enjoy with a fine cigar or a slab of meat or both!  

Overall: excellent.

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