Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
25.6 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass and shared with my brother. I waited until we were able to watch the first Brewmasters episode until cracking this.
Appearance: Darker than I'd anticipated, as I thought the Tej brew would lighten this up a bit. Not so. Opaque, with an extremely dense and coffee-colored head. Lots of good retention and lacing too.
Smell: The base of this is certainly a RIS, as there's a ton of burnt sugar, mild coffee, dark and roasted malts, and some sweetness coming in. As it warms, the honey seems to impart some nice toasted or slightly burned caramel and brown sugar flavors, almost like a syrup was poured in.
Taste: From a colder temperature all the way until it warms, I just can't get over the sweetness from the Tej beer. There are some great initial burnt and toasted flavors: caramel and brown sugar, some vanilla, cream, and some coffee acridity. But as soon as those dissipate, the honey kind of overtakes everything. You can tell it's a good quality and rich honey here, but I feel like maybe they used a little too much to create the brew. I imagine because of the sweetness, this actually may be fantastic to those who like their stouts a little sweeter, and less charred. It's interesting and certainly way above average, but for me that element takes it down ever-so-slightly in the end. Finishes with honey, burnt caramel, and roasted malts, with, again, the sweetness being the dominant factor here.
Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety, and bigger bodied without being cloying, thankfully, especially because of the prominent taste of the Tej.
Drinkability: Certainly worth picking up just for the label, and that's not even discussing the contents inside. That said, I do think this was a great idea, and it was executed well. I think they achieved what they set out to do, and though it's not 100% my thing, I enjoyed it, and I hope they keep up the trend with these anniversary releases speaking to great pieces of art.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2011 03:48:29 | More by asabreed
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