Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz., (Milton, Delaware)

On the front side label:

“Miles Davis’ seminal Bitches Brew album was a game changer – a bold fusion of rock, funk, and jazz. To honor the 40th anniversary release, Dogfish Head has created a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root. Like the album, this beer will age with the best of ‘em.”

  • brewed with honey and gesho
  • gesho = shiny-leaf buckthorn = African shrub, used in the same way hops are used. Gesho is used in the brewing of Tella, a traditional Ethiopian Beer; It is also used in the making of Tej, an Ethiopian type of mead.

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: full bodied coffee and rounded honey sweetness
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: $33, Feb 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours inkjet black, big head, great mix of large and micro CO2, very sticky lacing. Loads and loads of roasted coffee on the nose. Going down, it has a medium-oily mouthfeel, medium-heavy thick viscosity, and silky CO2 with a tingly finish. Initially tastes of honey 6/10 bitter-sweetened coffee, heavy maltiness, and then a slight coffee sourness, and finally a mild aromatic coffee finish. Also some notes of prune in there. Medium complexity, Med-high depth, long finish, full-bodied. I enjoyed it while I had it, but you get the flavour profile after having drunk a 1/3 of the bottle.