raradel (340) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let this one warm up a little, maybe 45-50 degrees, Really opens up! This is a really great fusion beer that you respect a lot once you understand the process. Sweet for the style, but really well balanced by the roasted malt. Smooth and complex, one of the really good ones!
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is slow and thick like the darkest used motor oil. Its body is a very dark brown to black color and opaque. Up top a tall brown head sits and slowly settles to small cap of dark tan foam that makes tons of lacing all the way down the glass. In the nose I pick up its sweet and roasty malt lots of chocolaty cocoa notes. Deep in the background are very light earthy herbal hints of hops or maybe the gesho root. There is a mellow honey like character just coming through but the sweetness seems to come more from the dark roasty and chocolaty malt. Its not all sweet and do get some coffee notes and mellow herbal bitterness with a slight side of earthy/woody tannic bitterness. This gives some balance to the finish and rounds everything out nicely. Its palate is full bodied, very smooth and creamy on the tongue with mellow carbonation.
Deesinha (4) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rich Dark color with a heavy coffee liquor taste. Mouth feel is very smooth. Rich caramel nose. Loved it.
bookman10 (641) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, I was expecting a lot more from this. Pours a deep, oily black with zero head. Surprising level of fizzy carbonation. Aroma promises dark fruits, chocolate, coffee--your typical imperial stout. However, the flavor is just a touch off. I cantít believe Iím asking for a stout to be sweeter, since so many are overly so, to my taste, but this has almost no sweetness to it at all. The chocolate, fruit, anise, and coffee flavors are there, just not very fully developed. Thereís a touch of booziness to the aroma that doesnít really show up in the flavor. A very dry tasting stout. Kind of misses the mark.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on-tap into a Bellís Tulip at Alís of Hampden.
A - Pours motor oil black with a small, dark brown, that dissipates quickly leaving no lace at all down the glass.
S - Plenty of roasty aromaís in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of spices? A little bit of booze comes thru, not too strong, but it is noticeable.
T - Lots, and I do mean lots, of roast. Strong coffee flavor up front giving way to a faint sweetness similar to chocolate and a bit of hop bitterness. Finish is strong roast but it fades quickly. Booze is fairly noticeable but not overpowering.
M - Medium body with a heavy flavor and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.
D - Nowhere near the best RIS I have had but still a very enjoyable one none the less. Very nicely done.
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells of honey, hints of chocolate and coffee, and mild spice. Taste is chocolate, honey, mild spice, a touch of coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew finishes with a subtle bitterness kissed by honey sweetness.
beerbaaron (1245) - Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 10/14/13. Poured 8/5/14. Pours black with a good sized lasting brown head. Hard roast with an herbal touch. Bitter chocolate. Touch of coffee. Some licorice. Bigger Medium body. A bit of tang. Fair dryness. Kind of dusty. Not much sweetness, mostly roast accompanied by subtle herbal. Not quite my style, but I can appreciate.
BeerdedDave (339) - - JUL 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with a thick, tan head; aromas of roasted malt and chocolate; a thick, creamy, silky smooth beer with a chocolaty, roasted malt flavor and a bit of sweetness, presumably from the honey
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at Gregís honey-themed beer gathering, thanks for sharing Tony. It poured an opaque, very dark brown colour with short-lived tan foam. True-to-style Russian Imperial Stout aromas and flavours: caramelly, roasty, VERY toasty, with a very dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, well-concealed alcohol. I donít know what gesho root is, nor what it mightíve added to this brew. Well-crafted and tasty, but I canít help but think itís a bit over-hyped like so many Dogfish Head releases.
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small dense burnt orange head. The aroma has lots of caramel, some honey, smooth roast, dark fruit and a very clean and creamy aspect to the notes. It has a pretty full mouthfeel with some grainy feel and some minor carbonation. The flavor starts fairly dry with dark chocolate, alcohol warmth, mild honey, some anise and hints of hay. The finish has a cracker and roastiness added. Interesting beer & enjoyable.
gregwilsonstl (1090) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite chocolatey. Jet black. Sweet. Kinda thin. Smooth and tasty. Surprised at alcohol. Thanks tony b.