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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,074 | 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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Reviews by Samuel906:
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3.94/5  rDev -6%

I think this is the first time I've given a perfect for appearance. Appearance is usually the least important factor for me, but this time it hit a home run for me! Absolutely pitch black like a stout should be, but what stood out was the head. it was not the usual khaki or off white; it was a dark, chocolaty brown... Gorgeous! For the smell: bakers chocolate, toffee and espresso, a bit more bitter than stouts usually smell. Taste is similar, not the most complex stout, but there are a lot of good flavors! Tons of dark chocolate, i don't know what "gesho" tastes like but there are some earthy notes that are uncommon. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, mild carbonation. Overall, solid beer, and I can't get over how great a pour it is!

11-19-2013 06:54:19 | More by Samuel906
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

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.

12-03-2010 21:30:33 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-11-2012 17:38:02 | More by aszatk01
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-05-2013 00:48:02 | More by OhioBobcat
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-17-2011 02:24:17 | More by Mac19872
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-06-2013 16:31:52 | More by npala86
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

02-16-2013 23:22:20 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-13-2014 02:52:34 | More by Krafty34
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-15-2013 19:57:56 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

02-21-2014 00:32:17 | More by alex4sure23
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-25-2014 04:06:56 | More by kcc
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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!

12-05-2010 20:42:04 | More by orbitalr0x
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-15-2011 19:43:16 | More by rwinzing
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-16-2013 03:32:12 | More by supa0525
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North Carolina

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.

01-02-2011 19:26:01 | More by Aaron420
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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.

09-08-2010 04:07:02 | More by gregmoscetti
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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.

11-24-2011 20:27:04 | More by NWer
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

04-05-2014 07:44:31 | More by freshflesh
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-09-2013 22:58:43 | More by pengs68
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

09-16-2012 20:55:28 | More by heddar33
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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.

06-11-2012 01:45:31 | More by warnerry
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

01-03-2014 19:43:46 | More by DWolf
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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.

12-04-2013 06:31:59 | More by Beaver13
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-27-2013 23:03:51 | More by Kendog65
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description and abv (9%) but no freshness date.

Appearance: The pour is slow and thick like the darkest used motor oil. Its body is a very dark brown to black color and opaque. Up top a tall brown head sits and slowly settles to small cap of dark tan foam that makes tons of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up its sweet and roasty malt lots of chocolaty cocoa notes. Deep in the background are very light earthy herbal hints of hops or maybe the gesho root.

Taste/Palate: There is a mellow honey like character just coming through but the sweetness seems to come more from the dark roasty and chocolaty malt. Its not all sweet and do get some coffee notes and mellow herbal bitterness with a slight side of earthy/woody tannic bitterness. This gives some balance to the finish and rounds everything out nicely. Its palate is full bodied, very smooth and creamy on the tongue with mellow carbonation.

Notes: In my opinion this beer lives up to hype and delivers a symphonic or harmonious and Blues like interpretation of a stout beer. Well done!!!

02-21-2011 01:16:55 | More by generallee
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