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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,345 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,345
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 450
Gots: 1,227 | 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 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 Mdez
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of danh53
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with thin tan head a nice lacing. Smell is coffee and molasses. I get more honey in the taste. The mouth feel is medium bodied. Overall I'm getting a lot of sweet molasses in this one, and that's not my favorite flavor. This is a fine beer, just not what I am looking for. Don't think I will be seeking this one out again.

Photo of BillCheck
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TypsiYpsi
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acostuhhh
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tedho21
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayCheG
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man did this look like the most amazing beer I've ever seen and tasted good up front but really died at the end and left a flat aftertaste.

Photo of Superbohl4
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of greenspointexas
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
1.86/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

This beer is NOT worth the money in my opinion. There was absolutely nothing special about this beer, it drank more like a strong porter or a weak stout. Apart from a cool special edition label to add to your collection / graveyard, this brew is a total waste of money.

Photo of Gpaetzold
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harvest06
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review of Sept 2010 release. Consumed 4 years later Sept 2014.

A: thick light brown head, light brown as it pours into the glass. More carbonation than expected after 4 years of cellaring.
S: Pleasant aroma of sour fruit, tart cherries, dark chocolate.
T: Starts with tart fruit & cherries, middle taste of smooth creamy dark chocolate, nice clean dry finish.
M: Medium to high carbonation, medium body.
O: Lighter body than expected for a dark ale. I was expecting a thick dark stout not a medium body fruity sour and I was pleasantly surprised. A very tasty and extremely smooth sour ale that grows on you as it warms up. An amazing beer and its possible its not at its peak. I'll cellar the next one 5 years (unfortunately the only one I have left is a 2014 so I've a ways to wait).

Photo of epyon396
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head, dark tan, with fantastic retention, and leaving tons of lacing behind. Beautiful black brew.

Sweet, roasty stout aroma with nice notes of molasses and liquorice. A bit of banana; just a bare hint of booze.

Flavor follows, with quite a bit of spice up front, nice roasty notes, molasses, a little slightly overripe dark fruit, and just a bit of dark chocolate lending to a bitter finish.

Fairly thick, extremely smooth feel. No real hint of alcohol; minor sting; silky smooth.

An excellent imperial stout. Just different enough to stand out, but not so different to taste odd or bad. Not quite incredible, but quite good.

Photo of jabo134
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates but purchased within the last couple of months so presumably vintage 2014

A: Jet black, just over 1 fingers width of dense dark mocha colored head, which has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves only a few very small patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Quite unique, theres an astringent characters thats almost tart and some herbaceous characters. These odditiess are coupled with traditional stout flavors including roasted malt, smokey char, and leather. Subtle sweetness, but no real indication that its brewed with honey. 4

T: Heavy roasted malt, cream, char, oaky herbaceous. Theres a sweetness to it, but I wouldn’t have guessed it was made with honey if I wouldn’t have read that on the label. The astringency from the nose persists in the taste, but to a lesser degree and certainly no tartness. Ok palate profile, but I’m a bit disappointed. 3.75

M/D: Lighter side of full bodied, could def stand to be thicker. Carbonation is on the higher end which adds to a lighter mouthfeel. ABV unnoticeable. Drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Its good, but nothing special. Didn’t really get any honey characters like I was hoping for. Worth checking out, but not something I would seek out. 3.75

Photo of Normie
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_Leon
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domvan
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewqueno
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mack
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lilemck
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Much more bitter then a traditional stout. Almost a vinegar like taste which wasn't desireable.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 3,345 ratings.