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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bitches brew

A: Pours a dark black with a thick creamy head that is about a finger wide. The head is caramel around the edges, and remains on top of the beer for an extended period of time. Looks black as night.

S: Dark roasted malts are the heaviest smell on the beer on the first smell. Has a chocolaty, almost a dark cocoa kind of smell laced in there. Has a hint of sweetness, but you need to sniff hard for it. Has a bit of an alcohol smell to it as well.

T: Dark toasted malts again are on the pallet here, not overwhelming, but right on the point there. I'm reminded of Ol Rasputin from the taste, but not nearly as dark. After several sips of the beer, it does have a little bit of sweetness, but i'm not picking out the honey that is indicated on the bottle. It isn't overly sweet, but it mellows out the darkness of the stout. This is a slow drinker in my opinion, but I wouldn't recommend trying a tasting around this beer (or this style). This will completely bomb out your taste buds.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, and a creamy head. It has the toasted malt after taste that will stay with you for a good bit.

O: I'll admit that this isn't my favorite style, but I appreciate these beers. Comparing this with some others, Ol Rasputin and Ten Fidy, I'd have to say its a little behind Ten Fidy, but not far at all. Perhaps if it aged a little bit more some of the other flavors would come out. I wouldn't stay away from it as its good, but I think there are better things out there.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black poured out of the bottle into a snifter. No light is getting through this one. Thick two finger head at first, then it dissapates down to a thin sea foam sheet, dark khaki in color. The smell is of rich dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee and it has a sweet quality to it that rounds it out nearly perfectly. Very rich and aromatic and extremely pleasant.

Lighter in the feel than I expected, but bold and rich in the taste. Sweet up front, like boozy dark chocolate and honey. Complicated mix of coffee, dark roasted malts, lactose, and sweet honey in the back, with a nice hoppy bite in the finish. Toasty malts combine with coffee and a overall boozy feel to create a very well balanced beer. Sweet without being cloying and creamy without being too heavy. The lactose taste is a little sour, adding another dimension to this already deep beer. Ultra smooth mouthfeel. The lingering aftertaste mirrors the flavors as a complicated mix of bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol is always present and detectable throughout the taste, but is integrated smoothly into the flavors of the beer.

This is just a really good beer, forget the TV show hype and the collaboration with Sony. This beer would stand up on its own as a great RIS and is definitely worth trying. I'm glad they brewed it again as I probably wouldn't have gotten a chance to try it otherwise. This would make a welcome addition to the DFH line if they decided to do this yearly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured almost pitch black and formed a medium tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, chocolate, coffee and molasses. The flavor is of malt, molasses, coffee and hint of chocolate and anise. The body is medium light and the finish bittersweet. A little light for and imperial style but a good one nonetheless.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 3,378 ratings.