Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Served on-tap into a Bell's Tulip at Al's of Hampden.
A - Pours motor oil black with a small, dark brown, that dissipates quickly leaving no lace at all down the glass.
S - Plenty of roasty aroma's in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of spices? A little bit of booze comes thru, not too strong, but it is noticeable.
T - Lots, and I do mean lots, of roast. Strong coffee flavor up front giving way to a faint sweetness similar to chocolate and a bit of hop bitterness. Finish is strong roast but it fades quickly. Booze is fairly noticeable but not overpowering.
M - Medium body with a heavy flavor and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.
D - Nowhere near the best RIS I have had but still a very enjoyable one none the less. Very nicely done.
11-27-2010 22:00:49 | More by orangesol
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into a couple of stemmed snifters.
A= At cellar temp, this ale poured a deep dark black with brown highlights near the edges. With an aggressive pour down the center of the glass the chocolate brown head rose to a full rocky 1.5" and retained very well. Eventually the head settled to a thin cap, and left behind a fair bit of wab lace. Outstanding to behold.
S= The aroma was rich and roasty like a typical RIS, but there was also s note in there telling me this was something different. Slight papery aroma kept disappearing just as I thought I could detect it clearly...
T= Wow. Started off rich and complex and stayed that way. Sweet malts formed a base of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruit and honey. This progressed into a roasted malt bitterness that approached but never crossed the line of "too roasty". The alcohol stayed well hidden and the hops were only evident as a leafy/earthy bitterness that played well with the roast. Finished modestly sweet and left a lingering rich aftertaste.
MF= Heavy bodied with a moderate carbonation level and slick mouthfeel. Sort of reminiscent of a milk stout on the tongue.
D= At 9% abv this beer was scary drinkable. I think the honey used in the brewing process fermented out almost completely so there isn't much flavor from that. All in all this is a great beer that I will be buying more of given the chance.
11-27-2010 05:06:46 | More by spointon
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from 750ml bottle.
A- Pours a black color with some light brownish hues on the sides of the glass when held to the light. Two finger brown head shows light retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- There is a good roasted malty base to this beer. Light bready tones mix with a licorice like aroma. Some light coffee notes mix with a honey like nose as well. The alcohol has died down a lot that use to overtake the aroma a couple months ago.
T- Nice roasted malts in the front mix with a bready malt in the ending front. Light coffee notes with a blast of bitter baker's chocolate in the middle of the beer. Some light caramel like bready malts mix with some sweet alcohol notes brought forth from the honey. Even the tail end of the beer has a sweet honey like flavor.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little low I thought for the style. Lots of roasted malts left on the palate. Light honey notes and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Flavors were actually very well blended for this Dogfish Head beer. Light to medium alcohol drying on the palate. Clean and crisp flavors overall.
D- The ABV was well hidden in this beer. I think a little extra time in the bottle did this beer well. Dogfish Head did well with this beer and I didn't think that was going to happen to be honest. Good job Dogfish...good job.
11-27-2010 05:04:28 | More by alleykatking
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Was ecstatic to catch this one on tap at the Addison Flying Saucer. Its gotten to the point where I search out and try every Dogfish brew I can.
Pours the usual RIS pitch black with a nice tan head that didn't stick around long. Decent lacing.
Incredible sweet malty aroma one expects from the style but there's something more here. Slight honey aroma. One of those great smelling beers that just draws you in.
I was hooked from the first sip - deep roasted malts and an intruiging mellow sweetness in the after taste. Alcohol content is well hidden making this quite drinkable for 9%. I wanted another immediately.
Another world class offering from Dogfish Head made even cooler by being brewed for the seminal Miles Davis album of the same name.
11-27-2010 01:54:21 | More by Dixonian
3.3/5 rDev -21.2%
I figured I would pull a bottle of this out after Thanksgiving dinner and share this with the family. While there were not up for watching the full hour episode of Brewmaster, I did show them about 10 minutes of the show when they were discussion the recipe and how they blended the beer. Several enjoyed it and others tried to convince me they did despite me knowing the truth. The eyes can't lie.
Very little head forms atop this dull deep brown colored beer. No lacing at all.. Sometimes I comment that a beer is beautiful. This one is not.
A whiff of ash in the aroma and not much else.
My first..last and middle thoughts here are that this could have stood a little more sweetness. I've read so much that the sugar in honey ferments all the way out. I believe it after drinking this beer. Lots of charcoal and ash with a touch of unsweetened chocolate. Obviously roasted malt flavors but with a bit of a flat finish.
Lighter in body vs most Imperial Stouts and again I think it's due to a lack of residual sweetness. Finishes very dry.
It's pretty good and I admit I did wind up buying it because of the show. I'll commit heresy and say that I went to listen to the album a bit. Terrible. Sorry.
11-27-2010 00:19:42 | More by Reagan1984
3.58/5 rDev -14.6%
Pours dark, almost completely black with a nice tan head. Smells roasty, sweet, with whiffs of chocolate and spice. Tastes like someone took a really nice imperial stout and poured a sweet amber ale brewed with honey and tree bark into it, which is exactly what DFH did. It's good, but not great. Leaves me wondering if both beers blended to make this one would have been better off on their own. Rather drinkable, it goes down pretty smoothly, especially considering the ABV.
11-26-2010 06:06:21 | More by CheapHysterics
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a jet black color with a large milk chocolate colored head that slowly settled into a puffy cap and left some nice chunk lacing on the glass. The odd thing, the head changed color. It started off dark brown then finished a brownish beige. The aroma has nice chocolatey notes to go along with the roasted malt aromas. Some charred wood as well. The taste starts off roasty with milk and bitter chocolate flavors. There is a vinous character that pops through. Some rust like flavors as well. Not much from the honey unless it added to the overall sweetness of the brew. The beer has a full body, a touch chewy, with soft-ish carbonation. Fairly sweet brew but it does have a roasty bitterness. This is a very smooth imperial stout. The honey beer smooths out the roasted stout which makes it damn drinkable. Don't pick up much from the other ingrediants but who cares, good stuff.
11-26-2010 04:02:46 | More by Gmann
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Super black like a starless night in the desert. Almost no head, except for a white brownish rim that lingers. Beautiful lacing and retention.
Smell: Intense, oily smoke. English toffee, like a Heath bar. Some distant bourbon and oak and a very present roastiness.
Taste: Resiny roasted hops that coat the roof of the mouth, and some oily hops all around as well. Coffee aftertaste. Hints of licorice and just that great smoky taste that feels like drinking a beer right next to a grill or smoker with some good burgers cooking on.
Mouthfeel: Full body, great flavor, balanced carbonation. Beautiful all around.
Drinkability: Pretty high, despite the 9%. Smooth, flavorful, delicious. Alcohol is well played. A winner, and a different RIS, very Dogfish-y, not what you expect.
But! I did not taste any of the honey this brew is supposedly made with...
11-26-2010 01:26:31 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
This beer pours a pitch black body with an almost non existent head.
Nose has a dark malt smell. Touches of chocolate, mix of milk and a powdery smell. Somewhat sweet smelling with a heavy malt smell.
Taste is very unique. Strong chocolate dry imperial stout flavor at first with a dry flavor. There's something very unique in the mouth feel of this beer. Very viscous and powdery. I'm not sure what gesho is, but whatever it is combined with the honey really set the flavor and mouth feel apart. There's a very organic, rooty, natural earth sort of spice/hop flavor and there's a solid bitterness just enough to keep some backbone against the malt.
Cool beer. Love Miles Davis and love the attempt at making a hybrid imperial and middle eastern sort of flavor.
11-25-2010 20:12:50 | More by taez555
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured a thick dark brown with a rich pillow-like head of three to four fingers in a snifter. Smelled like dark choclate, maybe a little smokey. Taste was largely similar, roasted chocolate up front, some dryness, followed by a slightly bitter darker chocolate taste, with a first what seems like a weird, indescribable aftertaste, which must be the Gesho sticks and leaves. Very smooth and easy to drink, which is dangerous. Mouthfeel is excellent, thick and rich surrounding your mouth with goodness. Drinakbility, I would say one and done, but enjoyed it.
11-25-2010 13:07:17 | More by BeTheBall
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
We pour a thick and syrupy looking brew of pitch black. It holds a medium brown colored head of roughly one finger that remains for some time. A nice, thin lacing appears around the glass. The aroma is strong, primarily composed of bitter cocoa, sweet honey, deep roasted malts, and a myriad of earthy spice. The taste kicks off with a bang!! We have, on the very front, sweet grainy malts. These then fall to a huge roasted flavor throughout the middle, which peaks with a curiously biting spice, that is simultaneously sweet and spicy (chili pepper spicy). We can also palpate, on the back end, the slightest hint of alcohol clinging to the other flavors. The aftertaste is clean, with remnants of malts and a coffee flavor lingering. Despite the thick body and creamy characteristics of the brew, the mouth is left significantly dry. Throughout each sip the carbonation is evenly medium, and fairly noncontributory. At 9.00% abv this thick brew, while smooth, is a sipper.
Overall, the best thing about this brew was how strong the flavor takes off right from the start. The first sip is like a punch to the tongue, and it doesn't let up. Essentially everything from the hefty aroma comes through doubly so in flavor, all with the brew remaining extremely smooth, creamy, and otherwise delightful.
11-25-2010 03:49:06 | More by TheBrewo
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
Thanks to wisconsinbeer1 for setting a side a bottle of this in your better local bottle shop, Casanova's, in Hudson, WI. After watching the first installment of Brewmaster's on Discovery, my wife wanted to try this right away.
Pours black. Looks lovely, but really, that's the snifters talking. Smells more truly chocolate than any beer I've had to date, very sweet, with a baseboard of roast. The roast really roars forward as the beer warms.
This beer flies the flag of Dogfish Head unusuality high & proud. There's a big stout in here that's been dropped on its head, chewed up, & shuffled back together. Big roast notes up front, then a hard flash of bitterness that might be hops or might be gesho (or the gesho might be the sweetness, how the heck would I know?). The bright lights vanish quickly, & it's a cool downhill slide of malts, sweetness (the honey?), mild chocolates, black licorice & dying roast. Wow. Lots going on here. The complexities & layers keep me sipping far more rapidly than befits a 9% stout & a man of my advanced age.
Excellent beer. Recently I had my first revelation of a stout mixed with honey, & now I must try them all. Bitches Brew not only delivered in that respect, but it would take a better palate than mine to peel back all of its layers.
11-25-2010 02:52:09 | More by maximum12
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Bought at local Total Wine & More and poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Dark black with a thinner bubbly head. Not much lacing of the glass. The notes are of honey and roasted coffee beans. The taste is much the same as the aroma. There is a touch more of the honey that comes through. The spice reminds me of a mild spruce leaf. The carbonation is slight and the body is full. An interesting brew and one of their better experiments.
11-24-2010 13:47:14 | More by phishgator
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
poured into a tulip
pours pretty much black. Some light showing through during the pour but very black once in the glass. A huge amount of brown frothy head.
first smell is dark malts with some earthy floral aromas. Definitely smells like raw ingredients.
**HOWEVER...after the glass is finished, the aroma is more of the floral aroma than the standard stout aroma...just like someone threw in real raw ingredients. Very unique and very beautiful smelling!**
bitter chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee. Not much sweetness I'm getting, considering it has honey in it, however getting some bitter earthy flavor and a little citrusy flavor. I'm guessing the taj? A decent amount of bitterness in the finish which makes it slightly dry, but in a good way. No funky aftertaste. Overall a great stout. very unique!
medium bodied. huge amounts of carbonation with lots of lacing that slides down the glass. A little dry finish but nothing too bad. Goes down smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well.
very high. The ABV is kinda high but you can't taste the alcohol at all. Finding this beer is a bit tough, but I could easily finish a whole bottle myself. Luckily I have 1 more bottle. Hopefully they make more than 2 batches of this!
11-24-2010 02:45:12 | More by cetherid
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an oversized snifter. the cover art from the Miles Davis album beautifully rendered on the label.
Pours a deep, deep dark brown, with an ochre colored creamy head that settles into a thin skin on top. Excellent swirling retention.
Malty, even bready smelling, with molasses, black licorice, mocha, and honey. Smells like dessert in a glass!
Taste is much more bitter than it smells. Bitter, like baker's chocolate, with a bit of copper on the tongue and breadybmalt toward the end. The taste is in some ways backwards from shat you'd expect from an imperial stout; bitter first, malty later and no real bitter aftertaste.
Mouhfeel is full, and dry.
Relatively drinkable, I look forward to finishing this bottle throughout the evening.
11-24-2010 02:11:50 | More by TheHoppiest
5/5 rDev +19.3%
A - Pours out black , with a two finger mocha head. The head fades off quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.
S - malt and smokiness i can also smell the seetness of honey.
T - Wow what a suprise it looks like a stout but the first thing that comes to the taste buds is honey and malt it reminds me almost of mead ( because of the honey ) the abv is misleading as its 9% but the alcohol is really not present at all.
M - Smooth is all I can say very drinkable.
D - overall a extremely enjoyable beer I would put this easily in my top 5 but that is my taste. not a everyday beer but maybe for the holidays or a wedding etc. Dogfish head has def outdone themselves on this one kudos.
11-23-2010 22:18:35 | More by Arinthos
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured dark, really dark, but came out thinner than stouts do.
It smelled lightly sweet and floral. Had the stout/coffee hints to it but this was definitely a different type of beer.
The taste was light, sweet, and malty. Had a defined earthy tone to it. You could sip this many times and still be working through the mainly flavors going on. The Gesho root really plays a role in this.
Almost a citrus feel on the tongue. It wasn't bad but you get thrown for a small loop since its 3/4 stout but doesn't drink like one.
This beer was fantastic and well worth the try. It's one of those that you can enjoy and not get totally filled up on.
11-23-2010 17:50:57 | More by cjacobsen
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
750ml bottle into tulip.
Pours with a black body and a foamy chocolate head that dissipates fairly quickly.
The aroma is predominatley of chocolate malts with a very lightly hearthy and sweet tone.
The taste is of more chocolate malts upfront, with the Tej beer adding a very pleasant lightness to the overall feel. This really is one of the smoothest and easiest drinking RIS' that I have yet to try. The honey sweetness really takes almost all of the bitterness away.
The body is medium to thin for the style with a very low yet quite enjoyable carbonation that really adds to the creamy smoothness of the beer.
This is a very well balanced and blended beers. I really enjoy the honey sweetness and earthy qualities that are imparted onto the RIS part of the beer.
11-23-2010 07:33:10 | More by vkv822
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.
A - Pours out black as motor oil, with a nice one finger dark mocha head. The head fades off quickly and leaves some spotty lacing. Leaves a dark mocha ring around the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted malts, and a slight smokiness. Somewhat earthy spice provided by the gesho and some sweetness from the honey.
T - Definite roasty and smokey flavor profile, which is what I believe they were after with this one. Slight sweetness in the middle, and a little cinnamon spice at the end of each sip. The abv is barely noticeable.
M - Smooth and creamy, but a bit light imho for an RIS. Probably due to the blending of the honey beer. Still chewy with a nice dry finish.
D - Definitely a different flavor profile for an RIS with the fermented honey and gesho. But altogether a unique beer that is very drinkable. Lots of dark roasted malts and earthy flavors. So smooth and the abv is almost undetectable.
11-23-2010 06:49:19 | More by kk73
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Okay, I bought into the hype and was totally inspired by the series premier of "Brew Masters." Even though my wife is generally not a fan of beer, she tends to like the thicker, chewier, chocolaty ones like this. So after a nice romantic dinner, we went into the TV room, cracked this open, and watched the show in style!
I had this one at a tasting over at my place a couple of months ago, but with "Black Tuesday" and "Older Viscosity" on the menu before it, this honestly tasted like chocolate milk next to those bourbon bombs. Fast forward to the present ... here is my unspoiled palate assessment:
This was a bottle from the 1st batch.
A: Poured a thick (but not too), dark bistre brown, with the mocha looking head only a couple of shades lighter than the dark liquid below it.
S: DFH signature taste profile first, followed by milk chocolate (not bitter), and a candy quality that was very reminiscent of a Tootsie Roll.
T: This was not like any Imperial Stout I had ever tasted. I had to really look for the honey, and I got some sort of sense of it in that I could taste the skeleton of Midas Touch inside the goop. I got all this, along with milk chocolate, and a mild bitterness on the finish, that was almost toffee-like. What the heck is Tej supposed to taste like anyway? Anyone?
M: Definitely one of the smoother Imperial Stouts I've ever tasted, and the booze was hidden AMAZINGLY well. The carbonation was great for this style, and the sweet element was very scrumptious. The lacing was very good, and the texture was perhaps the honey's greatest contribution.
D: Wonderfully drinkable, with just enough alcoholic bite to stop me in my tracks. Even though there is still a good bit of this stuff left on the shelf around here right now, this sucker is going to be a collector's item. I need to hop to it and grab some more ASAP!
11-23-2010 03:15:51 | More by Chaney
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours completely black with a full, brown head. Head falls quite slow. Coating lace.
Roasted malts in the aroma with a earthiness and smell reminiscent of a campfire.
Nice roasted malt flavor that has hints of chocolate and coffee with a mild sweetness. Ends bitter and burnt with coffee flavors.
Rather fully mouthfeel and pretty smooth yet biting from the alcohol.
I like it. Tastes like a mild RIS and is quite drinkable.
11-23-2010 00:03:58 | More by dstc
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
750ml bottle poured into Maudite tulip. From notes
Like many others before me I'm sure, I cracked this one just as the new BrewMasters show went on the air. I thought it would be kinda cool to drink the beer that they were showing how it came to be.
A - Black, dark brown edging, dark mocha brown head that dissipated very quickly which was kinda disappointing. Slippery lacing
S - Roast coffee, chocolate, some sweetness. This this smells really good and complex, building anticipation for the taste
T - Roasty! Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toast, bready malt and a touch of sweetness which is the honey from the Tej but is hard to differentiate.
M - Medium body and not overly heavy, which in this case is good considering what DFH was trying to accomplish with this beer. Creamy and low carbonation.
D - A sipper. A little disorganized but the flavors complement each other nicely. I had a hard time noticing the Tej beer which is a bit disappointing but the stout is still very good!
11-22-2010 18:37:25 | More by OakedCanuck
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
750 ml split with themedievalist into a tulip and a chalice. Consumed while watching get made on "Brew Masters," which was a pretty cool experience.
The beer pours into the glass deep black, with a bit of dark ruby around the edges. It's got a puffy tan head that leaves a boatload of lacing along the side of the glass. The aroma is delicious, with dark chocolate, roasted malt and a powerful molasses scent. So far, so good.
The taste is a bit different from the aroma. What comes across as dark, bitter chocolate in the aroma is more like milk chocolate in the taste. Actually, it tastes quite a bit like chocolate ice cream. This beer was made with a lot of honey, but I don't taste honey per se. There's a molasses flavor that I suspect comes from the honey as well as the malt, but I don't know for sure. It's also nicely bitter from the large amount of roasted malt in the recipe.
The mouthfeel is silky, with low and lazy carbonation. The effect of the feel combined with the chocolate ice cream flavor is something like drinking the tail end of a root beer float. This is an excellent imperial stout. A half-step off the truly elite examples, but damn good. I need to grab a couple more bottles before they run out, because I'd love to see what some age does to this brew.
11-22-2010 18:32:11 | More by CharlatanSin
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Though usually Dogfish beers have a bottled on date, this just says "Bottled in 2010" stamped on the neck of the bottle.
Popped this open to watch the first episode of Brew Masters and I have to say, watching your beer get made while drinking it makes for an interesting experience! Ok, so lets get to it...
Look: looks like a Russian Imperial Stout, all right. Pitch black body that doesn't give me any highlights even when I hold it up to a light. The head is very thin, maybe one finger if I use my pinky and that's with an aggressive pour. It is mocha coffee colored. It falls away quickly in my glass leaving me with just a thin layer of bubbles circling the sides of the tulip. One interesting thing I see is carbonation bubbles popping to the top of the beer. Usually Russian Imperial Stouts look flat so I wonder what that is about.
Smell: roasted malt, a lot of sweetness, some chocolate and coffee notes, hints of honey (but that one might be the powers of suggestion). There's also a very earthy aroma. The smell is very pungent to the point where I can smell it when I was pouring it into the glass on the coffee table in front of me.
Taste: this is where it is interesting. Rich chocolate flavors, with milk and dark chocolate in there, some earthiness from the hops, and a good deal of sweetness. One thing that is missing from this is a sense of booziness. I don't detect the alcohol very much at all, which is unusual for the style but truthfully its something I am fond of. Very nice.
Feel: full bodied but unusually for the style, it has some carbonation to it. I wouldn't say its chewy, but its certainly creamy and a little oily. The carbonation lends a degree of crispness to it that is actually quite inviting.
Drink: I could drink this all night, that's how pleasant this one is to drink.
Overall, I really liked this one. Its an RIS that might be a little bit more accessible to non-RIS drinkers. Its also one of the beer Dogfish Head beers I've had so hopefully it comes out regularly. Give it a try. Cheers!
11-22-2010 15:55:10 | More by SkunkWorks
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
Appearance: Black, with a two finger fine mocha head. The head leaves a lacing with staying power.
Smell: Sweet and malty, and smells of sweet cocoa.
Taste: a honey sweetened stout that is unusually balanced with a significant bitter component rounded out by a hint of the alcohol. I can't quite place the ingredient that leaves bitter traces as the sip's malt sweetness fades, but the malt flavor reminds me of cocoa.
Mouthfeel: very well carbonated for a stout. The sweetness makes this a slow sipper.
Drinkability: Again, this one takes a little while to drink. This is best enjoyed slowly, and whilst listening to Miles Davis.
11-22-2010 05:36:34 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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