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'The Prince of Darkness' Rises Again…Bitches

Verdict: World Class / 94

Name: Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, American Imperial Stout, 9% ABV
Brewery: Dogfish Head, Delaware

I have to be honest, I do not know that much about Miles Davis. During my hiatus from IPA beers, I have been trolling the Stout section of Beer Advocate to try and locate some qualities brews to better expand my palate; and that is when I came across this gem. Dogfish Head is an amazing brewery that focuses on experimental brews that are either loved and praised or scorned…well sign me up as a groupie and let’s crack this bad boy open!
Great nose on this beer. It’s brewed with a thread of honey beer that uses gesho root to help add a natural sweetness to the brew. It does just that. The aroma is heavy on coffee with a faint, spritely zest of citrus commingling with the honey to give the beer a smooth aroma that possesses no sign of alcohol or esters in the profile. Definite roasted malt and light caramel show a ‘keeping with tradition’ mantra among Dogfish Head, who loves to push the envelope and usually break with tradition.
Now for the flavors. Coffee and hints of caramel definitely assert themselves at the head of the taste-bud assault. Creamy mouthfeel is pleasant with an interesting coolness on the finish. I am not sure if this is due to the gesho root, but there is a definite ‘pull’ in the back of my mouth towards the back of my tongue, almost similar to a tannic pull from a glass of red wine; this is just a little more ‘sour’. Don’t get me wrong of course, it is pleasant and definitely interesting, it just caught me a little off guard. 
All in all, I like this beer; a lot. The honey that Dogfish Head uses in the brewing process leads to a masking of the alcohol and helps make it a non-factor in the taste. I have been finding too many ‘boozy’ stouts lately and to tell you the truth I still have not gotten used to them; whether that is because it is a desired flavor profile or the result of poor brewing. Due to its rarity, if you find this on the shelves, ignore the $15-$18 price tag and pick up a bottle. You will not regret it.

'The Prince of Darkness' Rises Again…Bitches

Verdict: World Class / 94

Name: Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, American Imperial Stout, 9% ABV

Brewery: Dogfish Head, Delaware

I have to be honest, I do not know that much about Miles Davis. During my hiatus from IPA beers, I have been trolling the Stout section of Beer Advocate to try and locate some qualities brews to better expand my palate; and that is when I came across this gem. Dogfish Head is an amazing brewery that focuses on experimental brews that are either loved and praised or scorned…well sign me up as a groupie and let’s crack this bad boy open!

Great nose on this beer. It’s brewed with a thread of honey beer that uses gesho root to help add a natural sweetness to the brew. It does just that. The aroma is heavy on coffee with a faint, spritely zest of citrus commingling with the honey to give the beer a smooth aroma that possesses no sign of alcohol or esters in the profile. Definite roasted malt and light caramel show a ‘keeping with tradition’ mantra among Dogfish Head, who loves to push the envelope and usually break with tradition.

Now for the flavors. Coffee and hints of caramel definitely assert themselves at the head of the taste-bud assault. Creamy mouthfeel is pleasant with an interesting coolness on the finish. I am not sure if this is due to the gesho root, but there is a definite ‘pull’ in the back of my mouth towards the back of my tongue, almost similar to a tannic pull from a glass of red wine; this is just a little more ‘sour’. Don’t get me wrong of course, it is pleasant and definitely interesting, it just caught me a little off guard. 

All in all, I like this beer; a lot. The honey that Dogfish Head uses in the brewing process leads to a masking of the alcohol and helps make it a non-factor in the taste. I have been finding too many ‘boozy’ stouts lately and to tell you the truth I still have not gotten used to them; whether that is because it is a desired flavor profile or the result of poor brewing. Due to its rarity, if you find this on the shelves, ignore the $15-$18 price tag and pick up a bottle. You will not regret it.

  1. droach75 reblogged this from ironchefmiyagi13 and added:
    that sounds an awesome drop„add the gorgeous Miles Davis artwork. i would love this to be my introduction to...
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  3. justharmless said: Great beer! Great review!
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