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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,907 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 56
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich RIS on the sweet side. Pours a deep brown body that looks very thick. It is a thick chocolate malted milk consistency, with a retained bubbly head. Milky roasted aroma. Very drinkable and chocolately, with some wierd tastes in addition to the anise.Aged more than a year.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:56:37 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

09-20-2012 00:55:18 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010.

Pours a pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that settles to a nice 1 inch cap. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass like a ladder on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. I don’t get any honey smells off this one, but there is an alcohol aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Again, no honey flavors detected whatsoever. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and creamy mouthfeel, Overall, this is a very good stout from DFH but the honey beer part of this blend has all but faded. I should have bought another one of these when I had the chance to see how it tastes fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:40:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-05-2012 18:39:24 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Dogfish Alehouse in Falls Church - 09.04.2010.

Pours a deep brown-chestnut with a nice tan head that leaves around a good amount of lacing. Smells very nice with some roasted malt, anise, good amount of sweetness, honey, and a touch of fruitiness. Taste is much the same, with the honey coming out a bit more. Mouthfeel is fairly full, although not entirely viscous. Great drinkability. A very unique brew, and I'll be picking up quite a few for the cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 12:28:11 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts and honey in the nose.
T: Flavors of honey really stand out in the taste, with those of the dark roasted malts taking a back seat. It doesn't taste like other types of Russian imperial stouts. The honey flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I never would have guessed that this beer is 9% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 03:06:15 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out with a modest head and the black liquid leaves relatively little lacing

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and coffee hues and a hint of honey

Taste: Opens with a complex combo of dark chocolate, coffee and a layer of unexpected sweetness; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and add a touch of ash as well as some heat from the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: In that complex world of Dogfish Head beers, I will put this one on the side of the winners

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 13:48:19 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-05-2011 01:43:03 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been waiting a while to try this one and finally got around to it. Served into a chalice and warmed by the fire I enjoyed it while watching tv.

Pours a thick black color, dark as night with a light crown of tan that just barely covers the top of the glass before receeding and just sticking to the sides. Aroma is roasted malts, sweet with hints of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, notes of chocolate, coffee and hints of leather and tobacco. Very sweet, roasty and complex aroma which impressed me very much. Smooth sipper with light hints of warmth around the outside which seemed to yield a touch of light coffee bitterness and nice hop presence in the finish. Smooth, silky with a really nicely done profile and a wonderful balanced palate. A heavy hitter, this one through me for a loop.

Overall really well done, I was impressed, not the greatest thing ever, but very, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 00:46:22 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with dry black chocolate notes and some light vinous notes. Taste I also dominated by light dry coffee notes with some black chocolates notes. Light vinous notes are also discernable and some light hoppy notes can also be detected. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and enjoyable though lacking a little something. Definitely not the best stout form this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 19:58:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-09-2012 00:53:59 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich and lucious Russian Imperial Stout with big emphasis on balancing the roast with sweetness and spice.

Almost black in color and opaque, the beer releases a dense tan head that eventually falls underneath the weight of the alcohol. The beer laces reasonably well.

Bold aromas of bitter chocolate and barley malt with a fruity, grape-like roundness. Roast gives a nutty, coffee like impression.

Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and licorice dominate the taste while rich honey flavors do more than simply balance. Bold yet delicately balanced. Herb-like spices give bitterness and intriguing woody flavors to accompany the usual hops.

Full bodied and creamy early, the beer takes on a velvety and almost oily texture going into the finish. Powerful and smooth, the alcohols warm the throat but are tucked away nicely into the honey sweetness.

Bold and smooth, just how Miles Davis would have had it if he brewed it himself.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:22:06 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is nearly black with a huge tan colored head that eventually settles down to a thin layer.

S: The nose is quite roasty with lots of sweet caramel, honey, and chocolate notes. A bit of a rubber aroma too, which is not too pleasing.

T: A very, very sweet flavor with tons of caramel and chocolate. There is a some mild roast, but definitely overwhelmed by the sweetness. Somewhat alcoholic with a solvent flavor that is all too "popular" in DFH beers.

M: The body is medium, nothing special, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Pretty underwhelming, I must say, and nowhere near as great as the Miles Davis album for which this was named.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 05:07:29 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-30-2011 08:47:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-28-2012 21:31:39 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $13.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/16/2013.

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black body with a firm, creamyish, dark tan-hued head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Ground up roast, predominately, with supporting notes of aromatic anise, a middling fruitiness, and unsweetened cocoa, tied up with a ribbon of alcohol.

Taste: Deep roast maltiness interplayed with a trace of warm alcohol. Faint, ineffusive baker's chocolate. Light honey taste. Anise. Understated, subtle fruitiness. Roasty, spicy, with an encroaching warming alcohol presence until the drying, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium, fluffed carbonation.

Overall: It was fine, that was about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 22:05:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-17-2011 04:23:38 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan head on a jet black body with excellent lacing. Aromas of chocolate, honey, licorice, coffee, toffee and vanilla making this one very sweet smelling. Flavor is mostly roasted malts which are heavy with vanilla, dark fruit and honey notes and espresso in the finish. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Very flavorful but this one sits heavy in the stomach. Another nicely complex DFH brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 15:36:40 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-10-2013 02:47:58 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 21:30:33 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-27-2011 02:24:03 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I managed to score a bottle of this when Abe's got their first case of it. I love picking up these Dogfish Head brews that are limited releases. I anticipate these beers like crazy!

The Bitches Brew poured out as a dark black color with a foamy brown head on top. The lacing was decent on this beer. The smell was heavily roasted and had a sweetness on the nose as well. The taste is rich and complex, well worth the time sipping it down. The flavors of coffee and some bitter chocolate come through and leave ya with a dry roasted molasses aftertaste. The mouthfeel is heavy and has a decent amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was quite nice, I am glad that I got to try a bottle before it was gone for good.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 20:47:45 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

I was more than pleased with the test batch o' this, so the real thing has me jazzed indeed. It pours a deadly black topped by over a finger of darkish tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, and a touch of orange peel. The taste is nearly identical, though the honey lends a decent amount of unique sweetness in there as well. Strangely, the finish is rather abrupt, as though the flavors were flash evaporated (remember all that science-y crap we learned from Armageddon and History Channel shows about the end of the world?). Weird. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel (almost nitro-tap smooth). Overall, this beat out the test batch. Man, am I glad I got to sup from this fount!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 04:17:47 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Poured out an opaque. jet-black color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled like a sandbox or wet earth. It was odd but unique.

T - It tasted of chocolate, like a milk chocolate. It had a malty taste with a mild bitter hop bite.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied brew.

D - This is a really interesting RIS. It is quite tasty with an unusual aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:10:04 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in on a dusty forgotten shelf in the SW burbs.
Queued up the album on the stereo... let's have at it.

Looks really nice in a Duvel tulip, black with mocha foam forming a sticky crown around the edges of the glass. It billows at first, with a barley audible rice krispies fizz. Retains an attractive head, that seems unbreakable after several sips, though it eventually ebbs apart at it's seams.

Carob aroma, an unpleasant herbal spice, and pine.

Pleasant flavor, not overly roasty but more sweet and fruity. Thinner body, but not thin, medium overall with low to moderate carbonation. Dry, vanishing aftertaste, hints of honey and sawdust. Some astringency, thankfully doesn't linger, but is distracting enough. Alternately creamy and smooth at times, with a clean simple roast barley flavor, honey traces, not really bitter... astringency must be the gesho root. Interesting to try once, can't say i'd try it again though.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:02:57 | More by emerge077
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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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