teorn88 (1603) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours clear light brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is malty and smokey with ashtray and wood. Taste is on the sweet side. Definitely an alcoholic oresence, tons of wood and smoke. Roasted and whiskey notes too. Really complex. Body is medium to full with good carbonation. Overall, really complex and tasty, definitely a sipper.
tiong (2768) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ Kaisla, Helsinki.
Batch 098, BBE 18-03-16 Pours dark brown with a slight red haze and a sticky foamy head. Aroma has notes of vanilla, berries and malts. Taste is quite complex with notes of malts, hops, sweetness and hints of smokey oak, vanilla, dark fruits and berries. Finish is quite sweet and sticky with a nice whisky touch. A bit unbalanced, but still enjoyable. Perhaps a bit too raw, would be nice to see how this ages.
gyllenbock (3667) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a small head. First I almost thought that I was drinking a whisky from Islay. A very special beer indeed. A lot of tar, smoke and wood in both the aroma and taste. Quite qood but a bottle was almost too much. Very long aftertaste.
Meilby (5518) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours clear dark amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, wood and smoke. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long smokey finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
grunx (367) - - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barley Wine complexa. Notes salines, de torba i fumades. Bona beguda per acabar un dinar copiós. Només li trobo a faltar una mica més de volum en boca. Un petit defecte que es pot obviar.
pilsnerrogge (2348) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper brown color with a thick head. Aroma is toffee, tar and seaweed. Sweet and sticky mouth feel. Flavour is tar, iodne and some alcohol. Bitter finish. Not exactly balanced but still quite tasty.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out in a deep reddish amber colour with a small firm off-white head. Big aroma of smoke, sea salt and tar with sweetish notes of licorice, bacon, flowers, resin, peaches and wood. Full-bodied with strong notes of tar, smoke, iodine, ropes and sea salt with hints of figs, red berries, candied peaches and wet tobacco. Long tarry finish of licorice, burnt caramel and candied peaches. Me like!
maledictum (555) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper with a beige head. Aroma of smokey, oaky malt. Flavor is strong smoke with some almost lost sweet caramel. From the little I can tell, the beer is very tasty. However, the excessive smoke tends to make that difficult to discern. As time goes on it develops a certain amount of bitter.
TBone (11131) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 330ml (Cosmic Comic Cafe, BB 03/2019)
Almost clear deep copper color, smallish steady beige head. Peaty smoked aroma with some caramel, licorice and malt. Medium to full-bodied. Peaty, alcoholic, lots of licorice and woody, also lots of ... vegetables but when it warms up they are gone. Some tobacco. Warming finish. Hard to find Nelson Sauvin out of this ... some fudge maybe is there. Lots of variance in the ratings of this beer. This is not too bad (from bottle). Weird a bit but drinkable and gooood.
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I received a 330ml bottle from Zak Avery in England (thanks!). I split it with a friend and poured my half into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Cloudy burgundy-colored body. Forms a surprisingly large, off-white, frothy head which retains very well and even laces a little.
Smell: Similar to most barleywines with raw fruit sweetness, a hint of dark chocolate, and smoked malt.
Taste: This is one of those beers with two very separate and distinct palates. The first half is very sweet, almost confectionary, of fruit-flavor syrup. Similar to something you’d put on ice cream or pancakes or the liquid preservative of canned fruit. The second half is just the opposite with an immediate transition to dry, smoked malts. The residual flavor is very smoky, reminiscent of hickory and BBQ food.
The palate here takes some getting used to as these flavors do work together, but continually catch the palate off guard. The beer was made with toffee, shortbread, and peated malt and was aged in Scotch barrels to give it a Scotch-like quality and it definitely succeeds in that respect.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected, but plenty of energy while its on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry and smoky.
Drinkability: While the palate to Bitch Please is very robust, the mouthfeel is thin enough to enable smooth drinkability. The 11.5% ABV only plays a small role in the palate with minor warmth and Scotch-like dryness. This beer would be absolutely wonderful with any smoked pork entree, especially tenderloin or pulled pork. Drinking it on its own as a dessert beer is pleasing too, although the smoky aftertaste is a little cloying.
Overall, this is an original, impressive and very enjoyable experimental brew. It’s a shame it’s in such limited quantities (and probably a one-time-only brewing) as I think a lot of craft beer enthusiasts would really enjoy and appreciate Bitch Please.