October 22nd, 2012 Add A Comment
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Imperial Stout

Posted by Kyle
2012 batch, from a 22 oz. bottle, served in a snifter
RateBeer: 99 / Beer Advocate: 92 / Untappd: 4 caps

LOOK

Dark, dark brown. Opaque. Thin khaki head. Little to no lacing.

SMELL

Raisins. Fig. Smoked malt. Tobacco. Honey.

FEEL

Moderate body. More porter than stout. Coats the tongue. Properly carbed.

TASTE

Deep. Dark. Roasty. Smoky. A bit sweet, but really complex. Nice earthy notes.

OVERALL

It’s a really great beer; no doubt about it. Masterfully crafted. Definitely lives up to the hype. It’s tough to drink a lot of, though. Bitches Brew is an assault on the senses. But the warmer it gets, the more the honey comes through, both in flavor and mouthfeel. And I have to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what a gesho root is, or what, exactly, it adds to the beer. A cursory Google search tells me, via Wikipedia, that gesho root (rhamnus prinoides) is an Ethiopian shrub whose stems are used in a manner similar to hops, and mixed with honey to make mead. I’ll assume most of the earthiness and the hints of bitter are from the gesho. Whatever it’s from, it complements the honey nicely, and adds loads of depth to the imperial stout base. If you happen upon this beer anywhere, by all means, buy it. Age it. Enjoy it. It’s worth every penny.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Spotted: Weiland’s Gourmet Market
  • Style Imperial Stout
  • ABV 9.0
  • IBU 38
  • Origin Delaware

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