Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dogfish Head's Bitches Brew has become one of my favorite stouts, and I wish it came out in 12 ounce bottles. If it did, I'd have it more frequently. This stout is rich, smooth, sweet and a bit smokey, but I don't know if Dogfish Head has associated it with the most appropriate of Miles Davis's work. Bitches Brew is a challenging, noisy, defiant, inaccessible album, in my opinion. This stout is dark and smoldering, like Kind of Blue. But it's also inviting and piquant like the best of the Plug Nickel sessions, and every bit as disarming as Birth of the Cool. Granted, I am no authority on Miles Davis and I'm hardly an expert on stouts. So your mileage may vary, but Bitches Brew is worth the trip.