Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

Picture from www.theperfectlyhappyman.com
Not gonna' make it a three beer night tonight, but I do want to post a review that is long overdue!

By now everyone has heard of this beer...It was featured on the craft brew community cult-followed show, Brew Masters, which caused a never-before-seen rise of demand for one particular beer. Well, I happened to pick this bottle up before I had ever even heard of the show and left it to sit in my fridge for a special occasion. Then the uproar started so I decided, what better occasion than the premiere episode? Only trouble is, I forgot to write up the review that night! Better late than never...

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew was brewed as a request by Sony Records to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the album of the same name by Jazz musician Miles Davis. The beer was developed by the crazy mind of Sam Calagione as 3 parts Imperial Stout, 1 part honey beer (made with raw honey) with gesho root. This is otherwise known as an American Tej beer, mixed with the stout.

The beer itself is a deep, dark brown with ruby tints, and pours to a three-finger, rocky brown head of large bubbles. The label on this giant bottle features the original album artwork as designed by the late Mati Klarwein, a painting as far ahead of its time as this beer!

The brew smells primarily of milk chocolate. Its first sample is dry and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, creamy, nutty and sweet Ethiopian honey and rich, earthy flavors from the stout. This is definitely one of the most complex beers I have ever sampled! The 9% ABV is hardly noticeable, but its not really surprising considering I feel like I have eaten a meal after one glass! The full bodied flavor gives way to sweet honey in the finish - a taste that is completely unique to a dark stout.

Overall, the experience of everything coming together at once incredible. Sampling the beer while I watched it being brewed and presented by its creator on the national stage was something that can't be replicated. Many craft beer lovers can tell you where they were the first time they sampled Bitches Brew...Its that good!

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