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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,000 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,080 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis' 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, we've created our own Bitches Brew -- a bold, dark beer that's a fusion of three threads of imperial stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root. It's a gustatory analog to Miles' masterpiece.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 06-13-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JoninVT, Jun 11, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

Great to see a new shipment of this into Bestway,I thought I had missed out!Poured into a Guiness pint glass jet black with an impressive large mocha colored crown that left broken chunks of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Mainly bitter chocolate and earth in the nose letting you know this has substantial hops going on here.What a balanced beer,the honey imparts nice sweetness at first sip but its not overly sweet,a big roast/earthy finish.This is hella nice,sweet and roasted,just great balanced,this is impressive Sam.

oberon, Dec 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

aszatk01, Mar 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

npala86, Nov 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

tbryan5, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

alex4sure23, Feb 21, 2014
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kcc, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 08, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours into my glass a deep charcoal black with a light tan cap of foam sitting atop the brew. Looks good in the glass. Aromas start with bold, vibrant roasted malts. Hints of cocoa and coffee meld with a nice honey sweetness. Floral touches along with earthy, herbal accents. Quite nice.

First sip brings smooth, dark roasted malts with cocoa transitioning into some honey sweetness. Floral and earthy with a bit of coffee as well. Flows down with a kick of herbal bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Smooth, chewy finish. Well played.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy accent and good carbonation. Goes down smooth and is not overly heavy or syrupy in any way. This ranks up there as one of my fave DFH brews and I hope they continue to brew this one!

orbitalr0x, Dec 05, 2010
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

rwinzing, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

supa0525, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Popped this one open for a good buddy that was visiting who loves Miles Davis.

A: Poured a deep black, with a mid sized tan head.

S: It smelled of Chocolate, rich malts and fruity sweetness.

T: The taste is rich with malts and chocolate with a nice warming sensation of the high abv. The honey adds a nice sweetness to the mix.

M: A think texture as it slides down the throat.

D: Hard to finish more than a small glass, defiantly share this one with your buddies.

Aaron420, Jan 02, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Is it a victim of name? brewery? expectation? The DFH Bitches Brew falls down but its still not clear to me as to why. The idea behind the beer as being "off-centered" ala DFH and the Miles record for which its named is lost somewhere in the extremely standard RIS that's sitting in my glass. Now don't take this as dislike, its an OK example of the style... but where is the experimentation?

My palate is lost in its status quo use of dark chocolate, burnt coffee and dark roasty malt undertones. The honey is only tasted at a very specific temperature... probably somewhere colder than cellar... about 15 minutes out of the fridge. 15 minutes after that the carbonation which was too present in the beginning almost packs its bags and leaves all at once... Its at that point where this beer just tastes like flat RC cola and the aforementioned burnt coffee. No bueno, nor even a little bueno.

Now this is a very fresh RIS and I am sure it will mellow but there is a little tinge on the back end of this and JUST before it goes flat that tastes a little to cherry for my liking. If this baby goes sour in 9 months, let me just say now I callled it.

gregmoscetti, Sep 08, 2010
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4.69/5  rDev +11.9%

What a way to start out Thanksgiving! Been saving this one for the right occasion and that is now.
Pulled from the beer fridge yesterday and allowed to rise to pantry temperature - about 55 degrees. Served in a brandy snifter.
Aroma fills the glass. Smooth for a RIS. Must be the honey.
Mouthfeel is pleasantly sweet. Not at all too much so. Just a great experience.

NWer, Nov 24, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

freshflesh, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

pengs68, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

heddar33, Sep 16, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into CBS snifter.

A - Pours inky black with almost two fingers of creamy brown head. Head has very nice retention before fading to a thin cap. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Can't really ask for more.

S - Huge coffee aroma to start off, with bittersweet chocolate. Also get some nice roasted malt, a bit charred, and some sweetness.

T - As with the smell, chocolate and coffee. Nice balance of bitter and roasty and sweet. Actually finishes dry and bitter with a bit touch of mill chocolate. There is definitely some sweetness in the middle, but it seems to complement everything else that is going on instead of getting in the way. There are a couple flavors I can't identify. Assume one of them is gesho root, but I have no idea. Pretty tasty overall. A nice twist on the traditional RIS.

M - Full mouthfeel that starts a bit sweet snd finishes dry and slightly bitter.

O - Very enjoyable. Halfway into my glass I noticed a bit of chalkiness, but this is still an interesting and tasty stout.

warnerry, Jun 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

DWolf, Jan 03, 2014
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2.04/5  rDev -51.3%

Chlsyhawkins, Aug 22, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -20.5%

750 ml bottle. Pours black-brown with a big creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of roast with sweet malts.

The flavor is lots of roast with black licorice and a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a pretty watery.

Overall, a decent sweet and roasty imperial stout. Almost tastes like a nitro. I don't really notice the honey other than a little residual sweetness.

Beaver13, Dec 04, 2013
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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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