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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,348
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 452
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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle at around 6pm Saturday. 2011 Brew.

A - Super dark. Black. Even the head is a dark dark brown. This is right up there with the darkest looking beer/head combo I've seen. Looks like thick coffee. Lacing stays on the sides of glass forever. From above it looks like hot chocolate. Looking forward to trying this.

S - Some chocolate and maltiness. No alcohol. Nothing crazy special/intense. Pleasant.

T - Mouthfeel is amazing. Yum. Thick. Carbonation is heavy and awesome--I'm glad this is fresh! Chocolate is staying in my mouth forever... coating my mouth and I'm loving it. Aftertaste is great. The bitterness hits but goes away quickly and leaves a sweetness that is not overpowering.

O - This is not all that complex at all but what it does offer is fantastic. The balance is really really nice. I loved drinking this and look forward to the next time I get to try it!

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

A - Very dark. Opaque. Looks like coffee. Great big brown head.

S - Roasted barley. Coffee. Tall grass. Cherries. Chocolate. Menthol/herbal.

T - Burnt coffee. Cedar. Big deep malty sweetness. Slightly spicy. Strong oily bitterness.

M - Full body. Tingly bitterness. Slight alcohol burn. Dissipates quickly.

O - Very bold and robust. Love the strong coffee flavors. The oily herbal bitterness throws me off a little, but it is new and interesting. Definitely goes well with the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. Would probably drink again.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. "Bottled in 2011 102 1."

A: Damn fine head. Cocoa-brown with long retention. Opaque, black body. Stouts don't look much better than this.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley-hops. Rich, complex, and ideal.

T/M: Very, very good. Still, somehow...lacklustre. Light in body, with gently sweet flavours, almost fruity. (I've never had gesho, but perhaps this is influencing the flavour?) Bitterness shot through the maintaste, mostly in the form of coffee beans, most prominent on the drying aftertaste. Not much carbonation, leading to a sort of thin feel. Still, remarkably balanced for the most part -- neither too bitter nor too sweet, cloying or anaemic.

O: A very complex beer, like the Miles Davis album. However, much like the music, I'm not sure I 'get' the beer. Oh, there's no denying it's good -- the horns alone assure that -- but at times it seems, chaotic, noisy, and confused...Wait, was I reviewing beer? Right. Well, despite the admirable balance, perhaps Bitches Brew lacks focus or commitment? Then again, it's growing on me, much like jazz. I'm stretching a little bit, but not too much. It helps that I have the album on in the background as I write. I will conclude that this is a beer that merits reconsideration and will likely change with age.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew

Appearance... Pours like thick dark tar. Short brown/cappuccino colored head.

Smell... Coffee. Chocolate. Sweet.

Taste... Malty. Hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel... Smooth creamy texture. Low carbonation.

Overall... A nice enjoyable beer. Should probably be listening to BB while enjoying this beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got the last bottle from my store, it almost got bought out from underneath me.

I poured this gem directly into my favorite rocks glass.

You can tell right away this is going to be good. I looks thick. It's blacker than a steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. Not much of a head here but it does keep a healthy cappuccino-colored ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells roasty, earthy, gamy. Big malts and some other aromas I'm not familiar with. This is my first geshu beer so I'm assuming that's it and based on smell alone, I'm intrigued.

Coffee, cedar, humongous malts lead off and you expect this to work backwards into something like an Old Rasputin but NO! The initial onslaught makes its point and politely recedes as the bitterness from the root steps up. In addition to providing a very delicious expansion on the palate, the clean yet still almost rocky flavor of the geshu does an outstanding job of bringing out the caramel on the exhale. There's no way this bitch is 9%. Too well-integrated for the drinker's own good.

Opulent mouthfeel. Ample carbonation and a creaminess that a big outmeal stout would love to attain. The finish is also lengthy.

Overall fantastic. Get it if you can. Personally, I find it superior to $17 Breakfast Stouts. Dogfish continues to amaze.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black as night semi tan light head. Medium lacing considering its pale roots.

S: coffee, gesho (hops), some caramel.

T: didnt taste tge sweet caramel but got a mouth full of gesho which was a good experience and i highly recommend to those trying to refine their hop pallet.

O: great beer, got a half case at the charleston sc beer exhange, for 9.99 a bottle its a fantastic imperial stout. And a wonderful bottle for a diverse tasting.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

On draft at the Brick Store Pub on a fall afternoon

A - Completely black. Dark Chocolate. 2 finger of tan head, that sticks on top to the finish. Impressive appearance

S - Coffee beans and dark chocolate

T - Toasted dark malts and coffee beans. Sweet caramel undertone. Creamy and rich! A little bit boozy..

M - Full bodied and well carbonated

O - I am glad to get to try it, as I missed out last year. An excellent IS. Well done Dogfish Head

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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