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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,378
Reviews: 879
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 458
Gots: 1,260 | FT: 56
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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 djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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 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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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 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 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.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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