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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,976 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 415
Gots: 1,078 | FT: 57
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 asabreed:
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asabreed

New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

25.6 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass and shared with my brother. I waited until we were able to watch the first Brewmasters episode until cracking this.

Appearance: Darker than I'd anticipated, as I thought the Tej brew would lighten this up a bit. Not so. Opaque, with an extremely dense and coffee-colored head. Lots of good retention and lacing too.

Smell: The base of this is certainly a RIS, as there's a ton of burnt sugar, mild coffee, dark and roasted malts, and some sweetness coming in. As it warms, the honey seems to impart some nice toasted or slightly burned caramel and brown sugar flavors, almost like a syrup was poured in.

Taste: From a colder temperature all the way until it warms, I just can't get over the sweetness from the Tej beer. There are some great initial burnt and toasted flavors: caramel and brown sugar, some vanilla, cream, and some coffee acridity. But as soon as those dissipate, the honey kind of overtakes everything. You can tell it's a good quality and rich honey here, but I feel like maybe they used a little too much to create the brew. I imagine because of the sweetness, this actually may be fantastic to those who like their stouts a little sweeter, and less charred. It's interesting and certainly way above average, but for me that element takes it down ever-so-slightly in the end. Finishes with honey, burnt caramel, and roasted malts, with, again, the sweetness being the dominant factor here.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety, and bigger bodied without being cloying, thankfully, especially because of the prominent taste of the Tej.

Drinkability: Certainly worth picking up just for the label, and that's not even discussing the contents inside. That said, I do think this was a great idea, and it was executed well. I think they achieved what they set out to do, and though it's not 100% my thing, I enjoyed it, and I hope they keep up the trend with these anniversary releases speaking to great pieces of art.

01-07-2011 03:48:29 | More by asabreed
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oberon

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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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-11-2012 17:38:02 | More by aszatk01
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-05-2013 00:48:02 | More by OhioBobcat
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-17-2011 02:24:17 | More by Mac19872
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npala86

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-06-2013 16:31:52 | More by npala86
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

02-16-2013 23:22:20 | More by tbryan5
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Krafty34

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-13-2014 02:52:34 | More by Krafty34
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-15-2013 19:57:56 | More by SkiBum22
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alex4sure23


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

02-21-2014 00:32:17 | More by alex4sure23
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kcc

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-25-2014 04:06:56 | More by kcc
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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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rwinzing

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-15-2011 19:43:16 | More by rwinzing
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-16-2013 03:32:12 | More by supa0525
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Aaron420

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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gregmoscetti

California

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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NWer

Washington

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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freshflesh

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

04-05-2014 07:44:31 | More by freshflesh
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pengs68

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-09-2013 22:58:43 | More by pengs68
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Michigan

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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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.4%

01-03-2014 19:43:46 | More by DWolf
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Chlsyhawkins


2.04/5  rDev -51.3%

08-22-2014 20:03:56 | More by Chlsyhawkins
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Beaver13

Colorado

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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Kendog65

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-27-2013 23:03:51 | More by Kendog65
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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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