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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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2,906 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 403
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

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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle drank into a tulip...Black and oily pour with only a little medium tan head. Poor retention and lacing. Not appealing...Aroma is light, mostly malty, lots of molasses, honey, a little spice and coffee on the back. Decent, not getting me too excited...A so-so taste that is pretty hot, especially on the feel a warm harsh burn. Taste is alcohol, bitter dark chocolate. Not appetizing in taste or feel...This is a tough one to drink.

Not understanding all the hype here, another dfh let down, at least its only gimmicky in name and not as much in ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 04:03:14 | More by jrallen34
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crossovert

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caped bottle.

It pours a dark blackish brown with a ncie foamy tan head that leaves some great lacing as it recedes.

The smell is interesting, it smells like an imperial stout with some rootbeer thrown in there, not bad at all, very interesting. Along with the root beer there is a sharp spiciness and a honey graham cracker aroma along with the typical dark impy stout scents.

The taste is significantly different from what I was expecting. It is a dark, roasty imperial stout. The honey doesn't seem to add an overbearing sweetness, instead it is dominated by smoked peat, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a unique herbal character that is surely from the gesho root and it is intriguing.

Often times Dogfish Head falls off the deep end with their experimentation, but this one seems to be well thought-out and it was a great idea, a delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:51:07 | More by crossovert
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip/snifter glass. Pours a semi-thick black (as night), with a very smooth creamy light brown head, with decent retention...which dissipates to a thin rim. This beer is pitch black...and I love it! A fantastic looking stout!

Aroma is very nice. Big coffee notes. Semi-bitter chocolate, honey, malts, and a mild crisp hop.

Mmm. Delicious! For a non-barrel aged stout, this has a lot going on. Chocolate and roasted coffee notes up front...with a big sweet mouthfeel. Malty. A very nice sweet honey flavor comes on the backside. Finishes with a slight earthy-ness. Mouthfeel is medium to full body, medium carbonation, booze isn't really noticeable.

A very surprisingly tasty beer from DFH. I don't know why I didn't expect much, but I'm pleasantly surprised. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:54:49 | More by ShadesOfGray
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paulozanello

Brazil

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

I poured this beer into a red wine glass while listening to the Miles Davis album with the same name.

It pours a viscous black color but with still some faint light going thru in the periphery of the glass. Head is light brown and dissipates after about two minutes leaving a ring on the liquid/glass interface. Great lacing.

Smell is of dark/roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, some herbs and booze. It's not as intense as I expected.

Taste is of dark malts (very roasty taste actually), bitter chocolate, honey and a herbal/smokey mixture towards the end. Aftertaste is very earthy and mildly bitter. I also get some herbal nots. Alcohol is not present.

Body is medium, certainly not as heavy as other Imperial Stouts. Carbonation is medium to high, mouthfeel creamy and sticky. Highly drinkable for the style.

Interesting beer but not nearly as revolutionary as Miles Album. It's totally worth seeking this out just for the story behind it, plus it's going to be featured on the first episode of the new Discovery Channel "Brew Masters" series so you can brag about it with non-beer people.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:40:15 | More by paulozanello
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SiepJones

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter

A: Pours like chocolate milk into a glass, thick. Jet black. not and once of light travels through the glass. Creamy chocolate brown head sits on top of the beer. Good retention as the head hangs around for a bit before it leave a soapy finish.

S: Strong roast malt scent, with a light touch of chocolate, dark fruit, and some herbs.

T: Very roasted flavor lots of malt, touch of chocolate with an earthy finish. The finish must be the hops plus the honey.

M: Very robust mouth as it has an almost chalky thickness to it.

D: I had no problem drinking the entire bomber by myself. 9% with no alcohol heat, good flavor. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 00:30:23 | More by SiepJones
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Very interesting brew, and a nice tribute to a seminal album. I've been interested in what Gesho tastes like, and I like how it works here. I think it adds an earthy herbalness and is a bit sharper than hops. My wife, however, thought it was a menthol-like mess and didn't like this at all. Kudos for the effort. Pours black with a beige head that settles to a ring. Smells chocolatey, and with notes of molasses, and a dusty spiciness. In the taste you get an interesting blend of chocolate, more herbalness, some clean but not too sweet honey notes, a bit of spice, and a fairly sharp herbal finish. Smooth and mouthcoating, with a bite. Quite nice and very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:21:29 | More by Georgiabeer
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Fieldzy27

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint glass from a 750ml bottle purchased in July

A-pours darker than dark. Light wishes it could get by this wall of black. Head is thin but well colored at a shade of mocha. lace is sudsy and covers the glass very well. Looks pretty damn good.

S-smell is fairly reserved. Im a little upset by that seeing as I was expecting a lot of flavor to come through with this one. Roasted malt is there as well as chocolate and a little dark fruit. But I literally stuck my nose in the beer to get some aroma. Little disappointed.

T-Right back on track in the taste department. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and clean easy drinking roastyness. I dont pick up any strange or odd flavors from any mystery roots but this is a good stout. The sweetness is strong almost no hop bitterness no speak of. Very clean and smooth. One of the easiest drinking stouts I have had but by no means a world beater. Also there is no particular character that makes this stand out. Whatever ingredients were used to make this beer special really didnt show up on the palate.

M-Stellar presence here. very very smooth and full. carbonation is low and no worries about that as it fits this beer perfectly. The beer coats your mouth mildly and it dissipates fairly quickly leaving you wanting only more.

D- This is great beer. If this was an every day option I would opt for it over some of my more standard stouts such as Yeti Or Ten Fidy....but, Its not in the same league as the big boys. I hope this gets made again or a similar variation arises. If it does though I wont be paying 12 dollars for it as I would rather have ten fidy or yeti for cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:58:51 | More by Fieldzy27
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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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Phelps

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been seeking this one out for a while. Thanks to Bulbman for sending it my way. Poured from the bottle into my perfect pint glass.

Bitches Brew is a blend of one part Tej, a "beer" made in Africa with honey for sweetness and gesho root for bittering purposes, and three parts imperial stout brewed with Muscovado sugar.

A: son of a Bitches Brew, this is dark. The beer pours like molasses from the bottle, thick and viscous. The head may be the darkest I've ever seen; it's the color of tree bark. And it's HUGE, about two fingers and nicely creamy. Pretty soon it becomes a lighter, thin ring with a bit of film leaving great, arching webs of lace.

S: son of a Bitches Brew, this is roasty. Espresso, first and foremost, followed by charred wheat bread, chocolate milk and honey.

T: son of a Bitches Brew, this has a great charred character. Oaky, with a tiny bit of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Not overly bitter at all. In fact, theres a lovely honey sweetness here, bought on no doubt by the Tej. There's also an interesting vegetal character; earthy and herbal. It's almost like a blend of coffee and honey-sweetened Earl Gray tea.

M: son of a...okay, I'll stop. The medium, prickly carb is just a little high and fizzy and the body is a shade under medium-light and a bit runny for me. This could use some more body. But, the 9 percent alcohol content is nigh unnoticeable.

D: Innovation is a lovely thing, in both beer and jazz. I appreciate what DFH did with this stout, taking not-so-subtle twists to make the brew both interesting and delicious. Good beer, based on a great album. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:29:25 | More by Phelps
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchase about a month ago in Columbus, something like $8. It pours a dark opaque black with a finger or so of dark tan foam, short-lived foam. The beer smells rich and roasty, with more hints of smoke than of honey. Strong on roasted grains and a little espresso.

The dominant flavors are over-roasted malt and coffee, a little smoky bitterness too. Nearly acrid with a bitter aftertaste that is at turns pleasing and revolting (more pleasing though). Not much honey that I can taste. Full-bodied, matching the strong roast, a serious sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 21:53:19 | More by TurdFurgison
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

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

Pours a black black, very dark. Thin mocha colored head. First sip is coffee, with a hint of toasted malts. Next few sips yield something else as well. There is a nice little twang of sweetness at the end of each sip as the beer warms. It may be the honey used in the brew. Its really nice. It balances out the bitter from the coffee and malt notes. Plus it makes it very easy to drink for an Imperial. I like this one, its simple yet still brings a different twist to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 18:54:22 | More by Liverpool08
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dcguitar for this one

750mL champagne bottle style bomber poured into a tulip

Pours an opaque ink black with a big, foamy mocha color cap. Head falls to form a thin collar and leaves some minor strands of lace.

The aroma is nice and assertive. Dark, bitter Belgian chocolate with heavy roast. A touch of black strap molasses and dark cherries/plums rounds out the nose. Not overly broad but damn if this doesn't have some heft behind it.

Bitter coffee and dark chocolate right off the bat. Serious roastiness going here as well. Cherries and plums mix with bitterness and roast for a long lingering flavor. This doesn't blow me away, but it is a damn good RIS. The honey is barely noticeable given how bitter this thing is.

The mouthfeel on this guy got better and better as it warmed. At first I thought the carbonation was turned up a little too much. But as this got closer to room temp, it smoothed out and became nice and creamy.

I think the drinkability is right on. A high quality RIS, just outside the top tier looking in.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:11:35 | More by ColForbinBC
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hughesm4

Ohio

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

a-Pours dark. With a healthy amount of medium brown head.
s-Smells very sweet and stoutlike, I don't get any hint of honey at all.
t- Nice balanced stout taste with a malty/chocolate sweetness upfront followed up by a nice coffee taste towards the end of the drink.
m/d- Full bodied and goes down extremely smooth. Nice overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:41:31 | More by hughesm4
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mwa423

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black as night with ample tan head with incredible retention and lacing that thickly coated the glass. There were as actually far too much head and it took a good bit of time to come down.

S - Lighter aroma than most imperial stouts but a ton of malty sweetness, hints of toffee, a good amount of chocolate and some spice that reminds me of a rye beer.

T - Tons of complex malty flavor, but there is the rye like spicyness that I usually go crazy for but in this beer it just sticks out and ruins what could have been a great flavor. There is plenty of chocolate and coffee and some alcohol and malt in the aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is light and smooth, the alcohol leaves some burn but not bothersome. Reasonably drinkable, something worth having once...key word, once.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:35:00 | More by mwa423
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my snifter

Opaque black with a two inch mocha colored head. Good head retention with decent amount of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Good dose of dark chocolate, cinnamon, honey, roasted malts and an herbal tea like aroma. Lavender type smell with some black licorice.

Taste is a bit subdued and one dimensional. Upfront taste of roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and finishing off is a bit of bitterness. Honey is a bit noticeable at the beginning.

Full bodied with average carbonation. Bitter aftertaste

Flavor wise, I was expecting a little more and it was a decent stout but nothing impressing.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 22:52:43 | More by tr4nc3d
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew
1 Pint 9.4 fl, oz brown bottle w/ cap
Awesome label, paying tribute to a great album
Served in a Smuttynose Big Beer Series oversized tulip glass

Thanks to my good friend Larry for bringing this beer for me to try a couple weeks ago. I haven't had a DFH beer in quite some time. I really appreciate the label on this beer, showcasing the cover art of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. What a great album!

Pours a jet black. Looks like pure ink. Opaque in appearance with interesting trails of sticky lace.

Wonderful aroma with whiffs of dark chocolate, coffee beans, oak and more chocolate notes.

Chocolate syrup sweetness with a major hop profile. Roasted notes with a rich deepness. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel sweetness and ripe black olives. There is an underlying dairy sweetness too. Like a sugar cookie dipped in the darkest chocolate with a well hidden 9% ABV creepin' in. A sipper with some serious flavors.

This beer strikes the right balance of super intense malt flavors and spicy hop finish. A peppery and piney hop presence.

One hell of a Russian Imperial Stout. I opened this beer and let it sit for about 20 minutes before enjoying. Complex, robust and just plain awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:13:35 | More by Hibernator
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

This is total black beauty in a glass...the head is a toasted brown color, like you'd see on the surface of a perfectly toasted marshmallow. The liquid is as opaque ebony as I've ever seen on anything, beer or otherwise. Head poured out thin and remained so, but never disappeared, always holding strong.

Aroma is unlike any other beer I've ever smelled. I don't know anything about gesho root, but I imagine that intensely aromatic herbal character here is the gesho talking. I don't quite know what to liken it to, but I suppose if you sauteed sage leaves in some kind of honey-based liquid, it might come close. Or not. Sweet cream and a little bit of charred grain are the only elements present that you might find in a more traditional big stout.

Immediately, reminders of licorice, mint, caraway and rye seed pounce onto the tongue with the first several sips. The honey here is well-incorporated, thankfully far from being an overly-sweet novelty. Even less prominent are the characteristics typical of big stouts, pushing a nutty bitterness and mocha-like flavor to the background. That's not a bad thing at all; this just rearranges what's expected of big beer. This must be judged for what's in the glass, not what's on the label's fine print ("imperial stout").

Texturally it's softer and airier than most big stouts, with just a hint of stickiness. It doesn't lack body, just has a more delicate feel than expected, letting the flavors dance on top. Fits the nature of the beer's overall character.

Dogfish Head aimed to create a beer that was as bold a fusion of elements as Miles Davis's 'Bitches Brew' album, and they succeeded there. While this is certainly interesting and unique, I don't know that I'd want it very often, and I doubt it will be as influential on the greater beer scene as the namesake album it takes inspiration from. But that's asking the impossible...and that's one of the things I like so much about this brewery: their willingness to transcend boundaries, the same way Davis transcended genre limitations.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:12:55 | More by Metalmonk
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split and poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A - For starters, this beer features amazing artwork. Always a fan of Miles Davis and this combination is a recipe for success. That being said, Bitches Brew pours a syrupy, pitch black, viscous oil that drowns out any and all light. Holding this up to the brightest light in the apartment yielded not even a hint of luminescence through this opaque beer. It slowly pours out of the bottle, rises in the glass, and what is left is an impressive and formidable tulip of beer with a 3-finger mocha brown and incredibly foamy head. Diminishes within minutes into a thick, creamy cap. Lacing is pretty much non-existent.

S - Smell is actually more faint than I would imagined given the imposing looking statue of this beer. Nose is made up mostly of acidic coffee, deeply roasted malts, and some honey, chocolate and hops. Mainly a coffee-oriented smell, however. The coffee blends into a more alcohol focused smell the more you breathe in, and it reminds you that this beer isn't playing around.

T - Like the smell, the taste is more mellow than I would have anticipated. It certainly isn't a coffee-bomb by any stretch of the imagination, and the now-reduced head really gives it a creamy texture throughout. The first few seconds at most are coffee-oriented with a quick appearance from some bittersweet chocolate, but then you really get the roast malt sweetness that combines magnificently with the honey to keep it as balanced as possible. Served at around 55 degrees, it was a bit warmer than I would have preferred as I like to see how beers change as they warm up, but the increased temperature didn't make the alcohol more prominent, which is always a good sign. Behind the sweetness bring a nice flavor of vanilla and toffee, and like the nose, finishes on a hoppy note that brings just a very slight alcohol taste. Not enough to deter, but again, just to remind you that this beer is 9%.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with mild carbonation. Feels a bit syrupy and resiny. The head keeps the beer from feeling flat or overbearing and helps provide a creamy sensation that helps this one stay fresh.

D - Drinkability is way too high for a Russian Imperial Stout! An impeccable balance between roasted coffee and sweet honey and vanilla, this one doesn't wreck or bog down the mouth like other beers, and the thick mouthfeel and creamy texture helps it from suffering from a watered down feeling that sometimes plagues the style. A great representation of the style that really hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:05:34 | More by nhindian
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shivtim

Georgia

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

Poured out into a pint. Deep brown. Black, almost motor oil. Syrupy and thick looking. Very small mocha head, just a slight lacing, but good legs.

Deep malty nose. Some honey notes. Roasty.

Taste is RIS... Toasty malts, cereal sweetness. Coffee.

Great mouthfeel. Full.

A very solid RIS, but I don't get anything added from the "gesho root."

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:49:01 | More by shivtim
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

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

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours jet black in the body, nice three finger frothy head of mocha colored foam. Falls slowly leaving decent lacing behind, and a thin foam across the top of the head.

S: Huge aroma of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, a hint of dark fruit.

T: Much more dark fruit than anticipated, not sure what gesho root is, but that might be causing the tartness that is so dominant. The roasted malt and and chocolate flavors are much fainter than I expected. Slightly astringent, almost unbalanced.

M: Smooth medium body, light carbonation, dry finish of lingering bitterness.

D: Pretty drinkable for a 9% RIS, the tartness holds it back some. Overall a good beer, but not anything that I am completely blown away by.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:10:00 | More by RedBrewer83
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llllDrGONZOllll

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured aggressively into my Duvel tulip.

In the air erratic notes from the guitar, organ and drum jam in the Bitches Brew song John McLaughlin. The song quiets awaiting the Legendary Miles Davis to join in with his minimalistic and very purposeful trumpet groove. I have long awaited the stout to join me while I listen to one of my favorite albums of all time. Dogfish is the perfect off centered brewery to orchestrate an ale to accompany this record. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down is in full swing as the stout is warming and revealing its true center.

The once mighty and very dark head has receded leaving only the thinnest cap with barren spots to show its black soul and body. Spots of lacing, barely traces are stuck to the inside of my glass like dried mud in a fender well.

Heavy arrangements of chocolate sweetness and toffee jam harmoniously. A soft high hat of booze sneaks his way in only when given the chance, and to keep track rolling. Small esters of fruit have a brief solo to introduce the honey. Honey's instrument is sweet to lighten the full impact of such a dark, dark stout. There are dried fruit bitterness crescendos, balancing the sweetness that is Bitches Brew.

The stout is bitter where it counts, in the back beat. The sweetness is in the center stage pulling back for the finish. Each sip is very enjoyable and easy to drink. I am quite relieved that this was not an over the top booze bomb. Too many times an RIS get a pass for aging well or being so high in ABV. Sweentess from honey that does not come across in any was as cloying can only come from a master of his craft. Miles would deem this Brew "cool". I must agree since my glass is already needing topped off.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:32:55 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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errantnight

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

Rich, full, radiant mahogany. Nice retention and lacing.

Floral, fruity, honey sweetness is noticeable on the nose, notes of dark roast.

On the palate, this is fruity and well balance, almost sweet and a touch one dimensional, this has some nice subtleties that fill in the round, smooth, clean, medium full body. Eminently drinkable.

A really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 05:51:19 | More by errantnight
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Lerxst

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours pitch black with a vigorous pour producing a one finger cocoa colored head that has fair retention and left spots of lace.

S-Dark fruit, roasted malt, faint wisps of chocolate and coffee.

T-Roasted malt, dark cherries, the honey comes through a bit, dark chocolate and coffee.

M-Not as viscous as I thought upon pouring, just on the cusp of being full bodied. Low carb level, smooth and slick.

D-Its a sipper, but it goes down easily.

Overall, a very nice offering from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:13:35 | More by Lerxst
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fastsrt

New York

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured in a snifter

A: black no head, just a ring of lace

S: fruit, roasty, cocoa

T: low bitterness, chocolate is right up front complex and a pleasure to drink

M: smooth and sliky, nicely carbonated, feels rich.

D: this one is awosme, wish is was a year round beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:40:48 | More by fastsrt
Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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