Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 3,451
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 06-13-2010

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
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
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.

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is sensational and something totally different. i cannot believe some of the negative write ups of this beer on here, totally unwarranted in my opinion, which is only as good as the next guys, but i honestly think this is pretty special beer. a nice gift from my girlfriend, who no longer really buys me beer, so i was feeling special myself when she did that for me. this is so sexy in appearance. inky shiny dark brown, plenty of viscosity, and a pillow soft mocha head with nice lace and stickiness as it slowly fades. aromas of tobacco and licorice along with the dark roasted malt. not too sure about gesho root, i have zero experience at all with it, but the beer does appear hoppy on the nose, so it could be contributing the bitterness and slight vegetal aromatic. the flavor is all about that honey with the dark malt richness. notes of jet puff marshmallow, espresso, and chicory are all here, earthy but really sweet too, molasses or some other raw sugar. it doesnt really come across like other stouts to me, there is more going on here, wonderful depth and complexity and nuance. a mild spice in the finish, could be the gesho but i just dont know it well enough to venture there. slight apple wine and marker finish, booze shows through a touch, but the more i sip the more i love this. a unique and wintery glass of ale, made all the better by sharing it with someone who i deeply admire. also, props for the miles davis tribute, his contribution to culture in this country is second to none.

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitches Brew, a good Miles Davis album, but far from his best. On the other hand, this might be the best Dogfish Head beer I've tried. Black and opaque in appearance with a dark brown collar on top. Black licorice and dark chocolate aroma, sharply roasted and bordering on tarry. Very balanced palate, semi-charred malt hits the tongue for a brief moment, but it becomes sweet and honey-like in the mid-palate. Black licorice, peppery spice, full in body with a mildly bitter and chocolatey finish. Pretty damn good, nice job DFH.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
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!

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a big, two and a half finger head of dark brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - A distinct aroma of molasses and caramel with notes of cola and spices. A hint of smoke and some earthy brown sugar.

T - Dark caramel malt with some mocha character up front. The sugary complexity continues in the middle with more caramel and some molasses. It finishes with a light, bittersweet chocolate flavor and a bit of chicory and allspice. Lingering malty sweetness with a hint of smoke and earthy spice complexity.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a strange one, it looks extraordinarily dark, but doesn't have the sort of intense roast character that I would have expected. There is a lot of dark, sugary malt and spice in this beer. Molasses and dark caramel dominates the aroma and flavor with some earthy spice thrown in to keep things interesting. It is relatively dry, especially considerign the sugar character, but a bit more bitterness, either from grain or hops would have made this a more drinkable beer. This might improve with age, but it leans more toward sweetness than roast, and to me that argues against it being a beer that will really benefit from time in the cellar.

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with hardly any light coming through at all. There is one finger of thick dark tan head.

Smell: Quite sweet and very roasty. I'm picking up some dark chocolate and sweet dark fruit notes.

Taste: Initially I pick up the sweet roast. There are hints of dark chocolate, dark fruit, honey, and a bit of alcohol. This beer is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thicker side. The carbonation is delicate and very smooth.

Drinkability: This one is quite good. I think it's very well balanced and would definitely search this one out again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whats with Dogfish Head these days? They've got "My Antonia" which is big, but still a very straightforward pilsner; and they had the opportunity to do "Bitches Brew" and didn't go full out crazy with it? Damn. On the other hand, if you're thinking about Miles' music you can't really deviate from his focus and his smoothness, so this all makes sense.

It's a perfect take on the Russian Imperial Stout style. Black as night with a creamy orange-accented brown cap. The aroma expresses notes of coffee, light brown sugar, dark chocolate, nuts, minty/leafy hops, and dried leather. The flavor adds tobacco, chicory, soft dark skinned fruit, floral notes, and a subtle touch of spiciness (probably from the alcohol) as well as an underlying note of licorice/anise.

I was expecting to be blown away by some DFH craziness, but instead I was knocked out by just how good it is. Really well balanced and polished. Nicely Done!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark black color, with a large dark brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, black coffee and molasses. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There are background flavors of smoke, dark fruit and licorice. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Viscous and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a very solid big stout but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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

A big 2 finger thick dark and fluffy head fades slowly nice and long. The beer is essentially pitch black.

The nose comes on with interesting and strange aromas, very malty, roasty, a little smoke, some chocolate, a little honey and caramel, light aromatic flower like scents with some strange spices, a little light bitterness too.

The taste is also weird and interesting, some spices, creamy chocolate milk, malted milk ball big time, some honey and caramel, nutty, seems a little spicy too, chewy malts, dark chocolate, roasty, a little toffee, so many flavors.

A medium body, somewhat thick, and decent carbonation.

It finishes semi sweet with lingering spicy and chocolate malted milk ball, sweet, light spices still, a little nutty, a little honey as well, and some weird malt flavor that I can't really get, almost like a rye but not quite.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an extremely smooth impy stout. It's consistent and smooth. Even though it doesn't really bring a ton of outlandish or notable character, it's still nice since it's so even and consistent. I don't really get any of the unusual or interesting ingredients added to this beer, but who knows, maybe they contributed just by being a part of the beer. Anyways. Good beer. Worth the purchase.

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

I picked this bottle up at Shady McGrady's downtown back before it changed names to Anthony's Micropub downtownn. Enjoyed with Idesofmarch83, johnmichaelsen, tenderbranson69, and carlos and Stout Tasting part deux.

Poured from the 750ml into a tasting glass cool.

A big brown color with small cream cap. Lots of lace clings and the bead is tight. The look is slightly like cappuccino. The smell has a pretty strong caramel element which gives a slight candy aroma with toffee and nutty honey candy impressions with mainly malt and honey presenting in the nose. The feel is thick, chewy and slightly mild with a slightly toasted and earthy feel, slightly roasted and herbal as it warms with more of the stickiness settling.

The flavor has a lot of toast and caramel with subtle cocoa up front. As you work your way in to the middle there is more honey flavor and less roast with slight fisherman's friend cough drop accent from the gesho root giving a clean woody and herbal flavor which is complimentary with the honey flavor. The stout is sweeter than most with the floral aspects of the honey giving the feel levity and making it less cloying than it sounds. The flavor strikes me like a toffee/honey candy bar with mild cocoa and light nuttiness from the roast with the honey pretty high in the flavor with the gesho there standing out slightly but not distracting from the stout flavor. I consider this very tasty and interesting in its own right. It has stout elements but for a pure imperial stout it isn't something I consider highly drinkable. I enjoyed this and understand the idea and concept but would probably only drink it if I was in the mood for a beer with honey flavor.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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