Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

Style: Imperial/Double Stout with one thread of honey beer with gesho root

9.0% ABV

38 IBU’s

 

This bottle label is the album cover of “Bitches Brew”… I don’t know if I have to say anything other than that.  The fat wine-like bomber bottles from Dogfish Head are sexy and awesome, and although they don’t fully sequester the ugly facts away from the rest of the label, they do hide it well.  This bottle is worthy of the shelf.

 

The beer pours a dark black with a berry red tint.  This beer is a dark one for sure, with a dark toffee colored head of bubbles that dies down into a rim around the glass.  Lacing is sticky and ring like with some sliding bits.  The beer smells dankly sweet with an almost vanilla hint.  The chocolate malt staleness is also very present and lovely with nice toffee hints.  Light alcohol burns the back of the nose to let you know it’s there, but it is not overpowering.  The beer tastes fantastically of chocolate malts with the light bitters of dark chocolate.  The beer is roasty with an oh-so-slight smoke to it.  In the middle of the taste there is a slight vegetal sweet flavor that is like vanilla but which must be the gesho root coming through, but the roasted malt work its way back to linger in the sides of the mouth.  The honey is not really present in the taste, but more so in the mouthfeel as a slight suggestion.  The more I taste it, the more of the beer’s sweet vegetal middle comes through as a little cloying.  In the very back of the taste before it runs down the back of your throat there is a hint of fruity esters from the yeast suggesting pear or something similar.  Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but very velvety with only a hint of effervescence.  The mouth is left dry with spittle clinging to the sides of the mouth and begging for more beer.  Overall this beer is very intriguing and surprising for its style.  The mouthfeel is a little weak, and the weird sweetness is a little cloying, especially as you get into this beer.  The light mouthfeel also suggests this would be an excellent beer to eat food with.  This is also a sipping beer as the alcohol got my cheeks nice and warm.  This is another lovely off-centered ale from Dogfish Head and a lovely try for the craftbeer fans.

3.98/5

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