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 (700) - 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 (13708) - 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 (1359) - 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.
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buena en aromas a whisky .mucho toffe en nariz apariencia buena. robusta,alcoholica en boca,defrauda un poco por el precio.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o garthicus. Pours a murky orange-red with a small diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma: Whoa, I was not expecting that! Lots of peat smoke along with wood, toasted caramel malt, some alcohol, candy and lots of earthiness. Big flavour with tons of peat and wood along with toasted caramel malt and a bitter, dry, woody finish. For such a high abv the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium bodied. Not something I’d want often but it is an interesting sipper, and I do like that it’s not a vanilla and whiskey bomb.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a small amount of head. Strong smokey malty flavor with a quick finish.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber colour. Pleasant malty toasty caramel sweet smokish. Good mouthfeel. Sweet malty caramel smokey like flavour, dark fruits. Sweet finish.
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky muddy brown looking body with lasting head. Several layers in the aroma, peat, wood, smoke, sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Taste was a little overpowering at first, wood and peat, then the other flavours show up, good beer big beer but wouldn’t be everyone’s favourite.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle shared by garthicus with me and blankboy. Hazy deep ruby with a smallish frothy beige head. Love that aroma - Islay for sure, candi, alcohol ... herbal .... mmmmmm! Taste - incredibly earthy, iodine, the sweetness from the aroma ran away - almost like a snuffed match - love it, and the alcohol is quite restrained .... the hoppiness is sneaky - any less Laphroig hessian/seaweed and this would seem VERY hoppy, but as it is ... backseat, bitch! A bit watery, very astringent, weakly carbonated, with a very long Islay dry finish. I love a good whisky, so I love this.