A beer to mark the 40th Anniversary of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew album. A mixture of the African honey beer, Tej, and an imperial stout. The initial release saw a lighter bodied stout with a medium to full body and some decent sweetness with a roasted malt backbone. Not overly rich but well balanced and quite tasty. How it ages is something quite different. Especially being a blend of a honey beer and a roasted stout, something is bound to fall out of suspension.

Pours a medium body black. Decent mocha head.

Smell is roasted and almost has a licorice and smoked malt character. Seems like the gesho root comes through a bit more. Almost twiggy. Has a spiced earthiness to it.

The flavor has a bit of a sourness to it. Sweet and earthy with a green wood flavor. Not sure if the Tej is really making more of a stance or if there is a slight off flavor from oxidation or possible infection. Some licorice and slight acidic fruit comes through more as the beer warms. The profile of the beer seems to be all over the place with an underlying chocolate and toasted flavor.

Not a beer to sit on for an extended period of time. The later batches did well after a year or two, but the overall change of this first batch didn't hold up over the course of these past four years. Pop them if you got them. This hasn't stood up well after the threyear mark and should probably be consumed in the first two years.


Our CELLARED series aims to explore the world of aging beer and sharing the effects of time in the bottle. Bottles have been kept away from light and at temperatures between 44-60 degrees. Individual experiences may vary depending on storage environments.

Posted on October 17, 2014 .