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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,092
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 429
Gots: 1,130 | 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

(Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 06-13-2010)
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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 12 December 2010
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 750ml bottle

Temperature 50ºF, poured into 2 standard snifters and shared with my father. Poured gently to give a 2-finger head with excellent retention, lacing that covers 80% of the glass, carbonation is quite nice and fluffy, color is pure black, head is caramel-brown. After letting this sit to release some carbonation, the aroma consists of fantastic dark malts, chocolate, and a unique bitterness that I've never tasted...could it be the gesho in the brew? There is an aroma in this beer from the malt, like a pale malt that I smell in pale ales, just very slight -- but I've been wrong many times before. It could be the crystal malt. Overall, the aroma is dark, earthy/woody, ending with chocolate. Taste is described similarly, with very smooth chocolate malts, coffee, and raisins. Excellent body with bitterness that doesn't linger. I think I'd love spicy food to pair with this beer, even though I'm not sure what the general consensus would be on pairing.

This beer is not as wild and "off-centered" as typical DFH beers, but I believe it was done just right as a great beer collaboration with Sony. I recommend letting this beer sit for a few minutes to release carbonation....it is much better with less. I hope to cellar a bottle for a while, and that will be an easy thing to do if I am positive that Dogfish decides never to make this special brew again. Time to listen to some Miles Davis Bitches Brew.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 1,000th review:

Served in a crystal snifter, pours dark brown and opaque, nearly black, with a cocoa brown frothy head that rises up thickly and settles out to a low cap with wispy legs of lace up the sides of the glass.

Rich aroma of cocoa and sweet fruit, hints of ripe berries, some coffee and brown bread.

Flavors of cocoa and roasty malt, hints of toasted nuts, subtle leather and marshmallow, caramel, mild bitterness, honey emerges in the finish. Anise emerges at the end and lingers in the cheeks. Rich and complex and ever-changing.

Full and rich mouthfeel, but slightly powdery, finishes a bit tannic. Delicious beer and highly drinkable, proud to have this one for a milestone review.

far333, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of JoeBloe
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a real nice opaque dark brown and puts up a thick 2 finger head - this stuff is thick -coats the glass and leavessome spotty lacing - smells like a nice roasty stout with a bit of sweetness - and WoW! this tastes really good! - a lot of subtle notes of chocolate, coffee,cocoa and maybe that gesho root, if i had any idea what that tastes like - and i can taste the honey in the finish - mouthfeel is right on, thick bodied without being syrup-ey - alcohol is dangerously well hidden - drinks very easily - great stuff

JoeBloe, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/03/2010:

750 mL bottle at 45* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours pitch black with two fingers of thick, dark-khaki colored, nitro-looking head that laces exceptionally well (super-thick Guinness in disguise?).

S: The nose features notes of chocolate, mild coffee roastiness, honey (from tej) and dark fruits but also shows unexpected notes of sour berries.

T: It is of sweet and sour berries, honey, caramel, medium-roast coffee, and a touch of milk-chocolate.

M: It is oily with a medium-thick body and a creamy finish.

D: This is a very intersting blend (as expected from Dogfish Head) that provides for a more enjoyable experience after seeing how it was produced on t.v.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jabel9
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head's Bitches brew is the liquid equivilant to the Miles Davis masterpiece. It represents the complexity and fusion of the musical piece as well as the creativeness. The appearance is dark and robust. The mouth feel is exceptional. This is a roasty, malty brew. Stout like in appearance but with an english strong ale feel. Dogfish Head has once again expanded the pallet of the educated brewer. Cheers!

jabel9, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of sirnosed
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at POPe -Pub on Passyunk. I'm a HUGE fan of Dogfishhead, especially their 90-minute IPA. We saw it on the menu after having another IPA and went on the adventure.Bottle pour a lovely dark complexion into a wine glass, the serious appearance gave way to a damn good taste with knock-out affect. I can't wait to get me another.

sirnosed, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark mahogany, moderate head, not much retention or lacing, but stays ringed with bubbles. Ruby/espresso fringing.

S - toasty malts, mocha, honey, notes of sweeter/lighter Malta (esp caramel) too

T - pretty standard sweet stout at first. But the lasting impression is how nicely balanced it is. The light honey ale that's blended in is easy to notice, but never gets in the way of the RIS; certainly never cloying.

M - plenty slick, but not thick; medium bodied at best for a RIS. Overall effect quite pleasant.

D - crazy drinkable for the style. The dual nature of the brew really shines here. Could easily consume dangerous amounts of this stuff...

Richardberg, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of roasted malts, baker's cocoa and mild dried fruit. The taste is a smooth complex blend of roasted malts, dried fruit, cocoa, mild coffee and molasses. The beer is medium bodied with well hidden alcohol and nice mild carbonation. This is a truly delicious beer, I hope they make this at least an annual release.

atsprings, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Genuine
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd Batch brewed, poured from the Bomber into my Sam's perfect pint glass. Poured as dark as night, with a deep sand on the beach khaki head, which lingered for quite a while and left beautiful lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate notes is what I first picked up, some booze but not much.

Taste - WOW, immediately picked up on the very nice heavy roasted grains, espresso and dark chocolate. The honey was noticable, but worked with the flavors instead of against it. The finish was coffee, with a bit of lingering sweetness, just to remind you that it's there. I'm sure the gesha root was there, Just didn't know what flavors it gives off.

Mouthfeel - medium to full body, velvety smooth.

Drinkability - This one is very drinkable. I could have another glass of this without any problem whatsoever. Very tasty and delicious beer from DFH. Glad I was able to try such a brew. Well done, Sam and Company!

Genuine, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half pint at DraughtHouse in Austin.

Love the espresso crema colored head. It's dark.

Smells of espresso and leather.

All the imperial stout flavours, honey finish, but not too sweet.
I don't know if I taste the gesho. Very roasty. Reminds me of their Palo Santo, at several points.

I'd guess most people would think it's just an imperial stout.

Not as thick and oily as some of my favorite ISs but still great. This is my second of the evening, after two in between.

Over-hyped, but definitely worth trying.

MEsquandoles, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black! Huge frothy head on top of this.

The nose seems very complex. Large amounts of chocolate and something of a cinnamon note in the nose.

Whoa this is complex. Loads and loads of burnt roasted character with some spice. The taste is amazing with a finish of dark chocolate and molasses. The lingering aftertaste is of currants and a smooth velvety chocolate.

It's hard to get enough of this beer. One of my favorites from Dogfish Head so far.

stewart124, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a big dark tank head
Malt with a subtle. Sweetness of weak honey

Start smooth with a sweet maltyness finishes roasted and sweet like real milk chocolate and leaves an alcohol feel, but not taste on the tongue.

I had this with a honey bbq steak and it was great

bishopdc0, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a small red wine glass, this sits the darkest shade of brown, characteristic to the style, and could be called black. There is a well sustained dark beige head that resembles that of a chocolate milk color.

S: Wondrous aroma of dark chocolate, sweet malt and roasted nut. A very alluring blend that shines through.

M/T: Opens up with a sweet, creamy and just lightly sour feel into a smooth, sweet and earthy dark roasted malt center. A pleasant smokey noted cocoa bean aftertaste. A complex multi-level feel throughout in general.

D: Paired fairly well with rotisserie chicken but I'd love to try this again with a good basic hamburger or even a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Great session ability for a Russian Imperial!

albertjr21, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank during the series premiere of Brewmasters. Poured into my DFH Signature Glass with a pitch black color and a medium-brown head. Consistency is creamy with great lacing and good retention.

The aroma is very fruity and mellow, with dark malt aromas contributing gentle chocolate and roast notes. An earthy, dirt-like aroma is there as well. The overall character is not very aggressive, and reminds me of a well aged RIS.

The flavor is sweet, with very little perceived bitterness. The dark fruit, dark chocolate interaction is great here. I'm easily picking up blueberry, pomegranate, and cranberry flavors that integrate really well with chocolate notes. A mid palate sweetness is here that I don't find in a lot of stouts, which really brings the beer into another level. The ABV level for this style of beer is ideal for me, it has a big, robust profile but is easily drinkable.

jeffthecheff, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours pitch black, with tannish brown head nice lacing. The aroma is not particularlly strong, but I can twise out roasted malt, dark chocolate, some toffee and roasted coffee. The flavor is strong dark fruits, choclate, some roasted malts, some sweetiness. This is a smooth ber with a bold tasting beer, Great beer!!! It gets even better and more compex as it warms.

beersensei305, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a samuel smiths pint glass

A: pours a deep black with a nice amount of creamy light brown head, leaves nice lacing

S: nice deep malty tones, slight chocolatey notes, also a very slight caramel note

T: deep maltiness, nice dark chocolate finish

D/M: smooth drinking yet incredible depth, great deep finish, leaves a nice lingering maltiness on the pallet

BigPlay1824, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from LarryG, cheers Larry! Review based on notes, wish I'd known about the Brewmasters show I would've saved it for then.
Had it about 4-5 weeks ago.

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of cocoa colored head. Nice lacing & average head retention

S: Dark chcolate, cherries, plums, smokeyness & booze

T: Smokeyness, molasses, dark cherries up front, plus dark chcolate. Chocolate, dryness, plummyness & cordial cherries as this warms. finishes fruitty dry & oaky, but doesn't quite pull together for greatness

MF: All over the place medium bodied, with sharp carbonation up front, then smooths out once warms & becomes fairly warming

I appreciate what DFH was reaching for here, but I consider this another example of the hit or miss nature of this brewery when it comes to their special releases. I think this one one would improve with age by a bunch

russpowell, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one right into a Snifter, the aroma was intense and strong. A strong toasty malt elevated from its creamy head. The beer was dark, almost pitch black, with some ruby hints when held to the light... Miles Davis all over man...

The aromas carried on like I said a roasted coffee, chocolate smell, and of dark goodness. Dark fruits, burnt leather, and herbal hickory.

The flavors were intense and explosive. My palate was almost overwhelmed at first, but then it finishes smooth and creamy... sweet malt, but not at all a sugar bomb. The subtlety of the sweet malt backdrop makes the abv level approachable. A taste of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, mocha, dry fig, and earthy.

Overall, this was a very intense and complex brew, and it is understandable for it's cannon in the beer community. I believe that this beer was a phenomenal accomplishment.

StevenBilodeau, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle pulled from my fridge and allowed to warm up for a bit. i take this to be batch #2 as it says BOTTLED IN: 2010 2B on the side. poured into my SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a pitch black, reveals just a slight rubiness in the light. big frothy dark mocha/ caramel colored head. really nice retention, and a good sticky sparadic lace.

not as big as an aroma as i might of expected, typical of the style. some big heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, some toffee and roasted coffee. a touch of smoke and dark fruits and maybe a touch of some sort of sweet herbalness, but you really gotta dig deep.

big heavy full body. mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, smooth and creamy. lots of big chocolatey dark roasted/ burnt malts. a hint of roasted coffee. some dark dried fruits, raisons, figs. a bit of smoke and toffee. alcohol is definatly in the taste, exspecially as it warms. carbonation is fine and minimal which compliments the beer nicely. decent amount of bitterness which is most likely a result of the roasted malt and maybe the gesho root. some honey and maybe a touch of an herbal flavor are just barely noticable in the aftertaste.

this is a really nice RIS, the special ingredients are not as noticable as i might have expected however. one of the better beers from DFH and definatly worth a try. also very nice to see exactly how this was made and the story behind miles davis' "bitches brew". to me it just adds something to the brew and makes it that much more enjoyable.

dogfishandi, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it cold into a goblet

A-Dark, DARK brown. creamy brown head that runs away quickly

S- herby, chocolate notes, hard to explain, but the nose is very WET

T-starts sweet and herbal. Honey comes in sweet and smooth through the middle and it finishes chocolaty

M-very full yet surprisingly smooth. its a mouthful!

D- very nice. not mind blowing but pretty dang good!

TheLVBeerGuy, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dirty coffee colored head over a deep rich black/brown body.
S: Roasted dark malt, coffee, and some leafy stick aroma that has some smooth hints of honey.
T: Nice deep coffee chocolate stout flavor with soem slight earthiness from the gesho root. The honey gives the beer some good sweetness to hide that alcohol.
D/M: The honey makes the beer very silky smooth and it really coats the palate with a rich flavor. Great sipping beer.

pzrhsau, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a deep charcoal black with a light tan cap of foam sitting atop the brew. Looks good in the glass. Aromas start with bold, vibrant roasted malts. Hints of cocoa and coffee meld with a nice honey sweetness. Floral touches along with earthy, herbal accents. Quite nice.

First sip brings smooth, dark roasted malts with cocoa transitioning into some honey sweetness. Floral and earthy with a bit of coffee as well. Flows down with a kick of herbal bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Smooth, chewy finish. Well played.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy accent and good carbonation. Goes down smooth and is not overly heavy or syrupy in any way. This ranks up there as one of my fave DFH brews and I hope they continue to brew this one!

orbitalr0x, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of BruceWineworks
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 bomber poured into a snifter.

A: very dark brown, with a reddish lacing.

S: oats, coffee and malt fragrance.

T: taste of a creamy coffee stout. No trace of the honey or gesho comes out. The stout overpowers it.

M: light and watery with some fizz and creaminess.

D: its a very decent stout but I don't think the blend of the african style honey and gesho worked mixed with a stout. All I tasted was a typical american stout. Good but not worth the hype.

BruceWineworks, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I pour and to no surprise a thick rich multicolored head that stays for quite some time rises up and parks itself on top of an almost black brew. Tons of khaki colored lace. Light does not penetrate. Aromas of the usual RIS suspects. Coffee, chocolate, faint vanilla. Charcoal and burnt toffee. There are a bunch of layers here and only patience and will reveal them. Taste is smooth and full flavored. Burnt and charred sweet sugars and toffee. Nice big caramel malt core. Some firm earthy hops in the finish. Finish is clean and hoppy. Feel is thick and mildly carbonated. There is some creaminess which has you slowing down to savor each sip. Drinkability is super for a beer made this strong. There is no trace of alcohol the feel is warm and inviting.

scootny, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From batch #2

A - Pours dark as night with a one inch dark mocha head. Great retention and nice lacing

S - Roasted malts, breakfast blend coffee, chocolate and cocoa; a bit of alcohol

T&M - Probably as close in flavor to the nose as any beer I've ever had. Lot's of roasted and chocolate malts, cocoa nibs, a bit of coffee bean and espresso. Some feint hint of spice that I can't identify (this seems to be a theme for me lately). Creamy, smooth with just a hint of alcohol, full bodied. Smooth and velvety in the finish with a pleasant warmth

D - Very tasty, and a good take on a RIS. ABV within normal for the style; smooth and creamy feel lends to drinkability

ZeroSignal, Dec 05, 2010
Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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