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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,966
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 413
Gots: 1,077 | 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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Photo of emerge077


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Found this in on a dusty forgotten shelf in the SW burbs.
Queued up the album on the stereo... let's have at it.

Looks really nice in a Duvel tulip, black with mocha foam forming a sticky crown around the edges of the glass. It billows at first, with a barley audible rice krispies fizz. Retains an attractive head, that seems unbreakable after several sips, though it eventually ebbs apart at it's seams.

Carob aroma, an unpleasant herbal spice, and pine.

Pleasant flavor, not overly roasty but more sweet and fruity. Thinner body, but not thin, medium overall with low to moderate carbonation. Dry, vanishing aftertaste, hints of honey and sawdust. Some astringency, thankfully doesn't linger, but is distracting enough. Alternately creamy and smooth at times, with a clean simple roast barley flavor, honey traces, not really bitter... astringency must be the gesho root. Interesting to try once, can't say i'd try it again though.

09-21-2010 02:02:57 | More by emerge077
Photo of Zodijackyl


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml bottle, thick brown glass decorated with Miles Davis' artwork from the album that is the beer's namesake - no freshness date.

Pours black with a rich, dark mocha head. Strong and complex aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, honey, root vegetable (gesho), and rich yeast with a touch of astringency.

Taste has a lot of bitter caramel malt up front, a touch of honey, and not a whole lot else. Hints of vanilla, caramel, and coffee are present, and the gesho blends into the malt/honey flavors. Feels very smooth and clean, not overly bitter. Quite drinkable for an RIS, though not the best that I have had.

09-21-2010 01:32:42 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Grabbed this cause, really DFH can do no wrong in my eyes, especially when it comes to their big brews. Happy to have found it for $9.99, as well. This is really a big, delicious beer. Pitch black, engine oil type look, with a half a finger of tan head. Aromas are huge roasted malt, some smokiness, and a ton of chocolate, with the flavors likewise. Maybe a touch of that honey that's on the label got mixed in with the chocolate. Body is nice and thick. Overall, a really nice, tasty RIS, although maybe not a lot going on that's unique with this one. But sure as hell is tasty. Finished the bottle and wanted more...

09-20-2010 22:38:23 | More by soupyman10
Photo of mstyne

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottled in 2010. Purchased from Beverage Mart on NY 66.

Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Pours a lot like coffee into a Leffe goblet. Dark, dark, brown; no head or lacing. No carbonation. It really resembles coffee or wine more than beer -- not that this is a problem.

The more it comes up to room temperature, the stronger the aromas become -- coffee, chocolate, maybe even maple.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, coffee, chocolate, maybe oak(?) with a very slight alcohol nudge -- just to remind you this is a big beer. This is a special brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

You keep brewing 'em DFH, I'll keep drinking 'em.

09-20-2010 22:16:53 | More by mstyne
Photo of xnicknj


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz bottle poured into large tulip glass

A - Thick and completely black with a hazy, filmy tannish brown head which retains nicely. Spotty lacing spreads around the glass while drinking.

S - Dark roasted malts and grains, slight alcohol warmth, a touch of sweetness and honey.

T - Plenty of heavier caramel malt along with a surprising amount of bitterness. Richer flavors populate the midsection, with notes of honey and booze. Bread and earth qualities swirl through as the beer finishes with roasted malt and a distinct bitter punch.

M - Viscous, heavier body, very bubbly, some dryness towards the end.

D - A little beefy and boozy but still some pleasing drinking.

Definitely an interesting beer from DFH, as the unique ingredients are pretty detectable. I can see the mead and honey influences, which give the beer a pretty interesting flavor.

09-20-2010 00:57:12 | More by xnicknj
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew is sweet, smooth, and refreshing.

It poured black with a short milk chocolate-colored head. It left a heavy amount of thick lace on the glass. The smell was very roasty with a hint of coffee. The flavor was very sweet, also with a hint of coffee, but dominated by dark fruit (possibly plums). It was exceedingly smooth, with little-to-no bitterness or mouthfeel; it left a clean feeling. One of the side-effects of the clean feel was the drinkability--this ale was surprisingly more suited to a hot day than a cold evening.

Bitches Brew is very sweet, yet delicious, with notes of dark fruit and none of the metallic aftertaste many malty-sweet dark ales have. It's also too smooth and refreshing for an RIS, yet smooth and refreshing in an unexpected and good way. I was saving it for a cold day but broke down and had opened it up on a hot day. I'm glad I did.

09-19-2010 18:17:13 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of ne0m00re


3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

09/07/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this.
A: Nearly pitch black, nice silk chocolate film and collar.
S: Chocolate honey, boozey dark cocoa, espresso (slightly), vanilla spice.
T: Clean honey, simple syrup throughout, milk chocolate, not a lot of hops, bitter chocolate at end like candy.
M: Creamy smooth, slightly sticky.
D: OK.

09-19-2010 17:26:14 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of RustyDiamond


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Black as night pour with a smallish espresso brown head.
Aroma a little tough to detect...faint cigar tobacco, honey.
Sweet up front, with some of that pre-advertised honey. A touch medicinal along with black licorice. Very smooth at the beginning. Nice herbal roastiness, sweet milk chocolate, bitter espresso. High drinkability.

09-19-2010 01:56:54 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Bitches Brew pours black with a big, thick, creamy tan head on top. Looks pretty good. The head has good staying power and leaves elegant lacing on the glass.

Lots of cocoa on the nose with some yeast. Honey is apparent as well as dark roasted malts make up the base. Sweet cocoa, touch of dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Overall, the nose is fairly light, but not too bad.

The flavor is interesting and not exactly what I'm used to tasting for a RIS. A good helping of roasty malts and honey. Cocoa and earthy sweetness. Interesting. Alcohol can be tasted, but is light. It would be nice to see a little more going on here in terms of complexity.

Body is smooth and almost silky. The carbonation is just a tad high for the style, but age may take care of that. On the lighter side of being thick, but still decently thick. Touch of warming alcohol.

Drinkability is good. This is an enjoyable stout. I'm not sure if I would classify it as a RIS, but I guess it's probably too sweet to be a regular IS, so RIS fits. The ABV is mostly unnoticeable, which makes this an easy sipper. Not my favorite beer for the style, but still a good brew. I'm interested to see where a couple of years will take this brew. I'll probably crack the next one in the cellar in about 2 years. Another quality addition to the DFH lineup.

09-19-2010 00:40:02 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -21.7%

Poured into a snifter, revealing thick tall crema head over a black-dark body. Nice staying power, nice lacing. Very, very pretty. Smells roasted and more nutty than coffee-like with maybe the slightest tinge of vanilla.

Tastes very bland for an RIS. Light roasty malts on the tongue mingle with a slight nuttiness and hints of floral honey. Touch of bitterness but not the astringent type. Otherwise the taste is rather watery and not overly-complex. What's there, however, is clean and nicely done. Carbonation is small and tingly in a thin but otherwise creamy mouthfeel. Body is on the heavier side of medium. Decently quaff-able for an RIS though.

Overall it's ok, but not delivering the malt bomb I have come to know RISs for. If you're looking for a lighter, more refreshing stout that still has dark character, this fits the bill.

09-19-2010 00:36:43 | More by abuliarose
Photo of begforme4484


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours pretty much black in color with a 2 finger width of chocolate colored head. Really sticky lacing on the sides and decent retention.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Very slight hint of honey in there as well.

The taste is sweet and bitter at the same time. A warming honey flavor hit my palate first but was quickly overwhelmed by the darker and heavier flavors. Coffee, chocolate, and a very intrguing spiciness that tastes like herbs? The gesho perhaps? A slight bit of alcohol sting at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly sticky. Light carbonation.

09-18-2010 23:08:44 | More by begforme4484
Photo of Daktyls


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours a viscous pitch black liquid that looks similar to motor oil. Dark brown highlights with a half-finger tan/mocha head.

S: Bold coffee and dark chocolate are the first aromas. These are followed by roasted malts and a very slight hint of honey.

T: Mostly similar to the smell, dark chocolate follows a hint of alcohol on the first taste with the subtleties of the roasted malts and licorices. Honey follows nicely adding a nice amount of sweetness to this beer.

M: Lightly carbonated which lets the beer sit on the tongue without tingling too much. Definitely feels somewhat viscous but definitely not in the sense as a syrup.

D: Very drinkable, which with these high ABV beers can be a little dangerous as we all know. Definitely worth the price I paid for it, which I think was around $13-15 for the bottle.

09-18-2010 23:03:04 | More by Daktyls
Photo of DaveHS


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A-Pitch black, with dark brown highlights. Lots of sticky lacing and excellent retention.

S-Chocolate and coffee, roasted malts

T-Chocolate and coffee up front, followed by a big burst of wonderful honey flavors. Earthy and rich. Everything works in this beer except the bitter gesho root. It feels like an afterthought and doesn't add anything to the otherwise elegant flavor profile.

M-Rich and lush.

D-Would be high if this weren't a one time brew. Gonna hold on to one and see if the bitterness fades out.

09-18-2010 22:03:26 | More by DaveHS
Photo of BEERchitect


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A rich and lucious Russian Imperial Stout with big emphasis on balancing the roast with sweetness and spice.

Almost black in color and opaque, the beer releases a dense tan head that eventually falls underneath the weight of the alcohol. The beer laces reasonably well.

Bold aromas of bitter chocolate and barley malt with a fruity, grape-like roundness. Roast gives a nutty, coffee like impression.

Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and licorice dominate the taste while rich honey flavors do more than simply balance. Bold yet delicately balanced. Herb-like spices give bitterness and intriguing woody flavors to accompany the usual hops.

Full bodied and creamy early, the beer takes on a velvety and almost oily texture going into the finish. Powerful and smooth, the alcohols warm the throat but are tucked away nicely into the honey sweetness.

Bold and smooth, just how Miles Davis would have had it if he brewed it himself.

09-18-2010 20:22:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Brysky


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

ST: Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Dark black color with not much head

S: Malty caramel smell

T: Tastes how it smells with a hint of honey, goes down surprisingly easy for a Imperial Stout

M: Heavy in the mouth but doesn't leave the mouth feeling grimly it sits well.

D: A Bomber or Two should be enough to please anyone. very nice beer

09-18-2010 20:06:48 | More by Brysky
Photo of KYFriedChildren


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Picked myself up a bottle of this at the wonderful Pinocchio's Beer Garden in Media, PA. Beautiful rendering of the album cover as the label, poured into 22 oz. giant bier glass.

Appearance- It pours pretty much jet black with a fluffy coffee colored head resting on top. Looks to me like a delicious RIS.

Smell- This bad boy smells a bit like honey and a lot like alcohol. The honey masks the alcohol smell a little, there also is some chocolate thrown in for good measure.

Taste- There is the distinct taste of alcohol right up front and the sweetness of the honey. Also has a teeny tiny irony taste that is slightly off putting. The honey helps it go down smooth and nicely though.

Mouthfeel- Medium thickness, little bit sweet resting on the tongue.

Drinkability- I polished off the entire bottle but I probably wouldn't drink more than one at a time. I don't want to compare the beer to the album because I personally don't see the comparison. All in all it's another solid (if flawed) entry in the Dogfish Head canon.

09-17-2010 07:38:14 | More by KYFriedChildren
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, the pour is midnight black with a thin little tan head. Lots of sweet cocoa on the nose, light alcohol rounds out the aroma. Chocolate, dark fruit and some sweetness(honey) up front. There is a definite alcohol burn with this in the lingering bitter finish. The beer is a full bodied sipper, and a solid RIS. Not sure what gesho root is or if it added any flavor. Definitely worth checking this one out.

09-16-2010 22:47:21 | More by bonkers
Photo of Halcyondays


3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm light tan head, very good retention, light lace.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, light honey.

T: Heavy dark chocolate with some nice brown sugar flavours. Dark malt dominated with a nice undercurrent of honey.

M: Quite smooth, full-bodied, lightly boozy.

D: A good beer, but quite a sipper, the 750 lasted me well over 2 hours. Put on some Miles Davis and enjoy.

09-16-2010 07:23:02 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of silentjay


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

pours a viscous dark brownish black that is opaque and creates a very dark mocha colored head that is made up of tiny cascading bubbles that give the impression of a nitrogenated pour. it quickly settles to a thin film and leaves tons of lacing. very nice.

lots of dark malts in the aroma with a nice honey sweetness and a good amount of bitterness and charcoal as well. some dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. amazing.

first sip and i immediately have that big sigh release from my body. you know that sigh, the one you have after a long day of work with unneeded stressors and all you want is a beer, and after your first sip you just release all of your day's problems. Yah, that kind of sigh, and I had the night off of work and i had a couple of beers at dinner time.

the flavor starts off roasty and chocolatey but quickly transitions to a honey sweetness with a quick lasting sharp hop bitterness. the honey again takes over for the aftertaste. Its nice, but as I move through the bottle, I wish the honey was toned back just a bit and the roastiness was a bit stronger.

medium to full bodied with a honey sticky sweetness on the swallow that isnt quite right for a stout. would like a more drying roasty finish, but this is ok.

drinks very well. alcohol is integrated very well and provides a bit of warming, but no harshness. not the best, nor most complex stout i have had, but close to it. I will definitely pick up a couple more of these before its all gone.

09-16-2010 02:23:39 | More by silentjay
Photo of PicoPapa


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%

750mL bomber with "Bottled in 2010 F" stamped on the neck. Pours a brackish deep brown, almost black. Very little head. Aroma is sweet. Hints of honey and coffee. The taste is more sweetness. Has some honey with a bit of a chocolate coffee taste. A bit lighter mouthfeel than I had expected. Overall its decent but I thought this would have a bigger taste to it, seeing as how it was a limited, one time brew. Good RIS, but I've had better.

09-15-2010 04:10:10 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of FleeVT


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Brown bomber. Label states beer is brewed with honey and gesho. Had to look that one up; gesho is a tree native to Ethiopia and is often used in their form of mead called Tej.

Beer pours a thick dark brown with a light brown head. Light is impenetrable.
On the nose, is deep roasted malts, espresso, a touch of honey, and chocolate.
Medium body with mild carbonation. A light hop bitterness mixes nicely with the deep chocolately roasted malts and honey. Alcohol comes through in the finish. There is an earthy character to the palate that must be from the gesho. This ones sticks to the roof of your mouth.
A strong sipper.

09-15-2010 00:17:49 | More by FleeVT
Photo of glid02


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly bitter chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of vanilla flavors and very slight amounts of molasses. The molasses fades out quickly allowing the malts to carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this wasn't the most flavorful beer in the world but it was still pretty damn good. This one had the intangibles but unfortunately missed the chance to hit it out of the ballpark with more robust flavors. Still, a solid beer that's well worth a shot.

09-14-2010 22:52:46 | More by glid02
Photo of champ103


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a dark, opaque brown that is almost black. A small, bubbly tan head forms that recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Toasted malt and toffee. Lots of dark, milk chocolate. Lightly syrupy molasses with a woody aroma. Some herbal aromas as well, maybe from the Gesho? Really nice and intriguing.
T: Full on big and lushes malt character. Lightly roasted, but more of a toasted toffee flavor. Big milk chocolate with a dry woody flavor. A light herbal flavor lingering. Very nice and nuanced.
M/D: A full body that is low on carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Velvety smooth, creamy, and decedent. So smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is almost nonexistent. A great beer to sip on.

This is really well incorporated. One of the best I have had from Dog Fish Head. Unlike the notorious album, this has lots of nuance and complexity. Highly recommended.

09-14-2010 03:57:39 | More by champ103
Photo of paco1029384756


3.98/5  rDev -5%

Bottle thanks to ericwo.

Pours black with one half finger of tan head with an underwhelming retention.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, and a very light spice. The scent is not too roasty and has a nice sweetness with no presence of alcohol.

Taste of sweet dark fruit, bitter roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, honey, oatmeal, oak, and cinnamon. A tasty Imperial Stout, I would really like to see how this tastes with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with a fairly strong carbonation.

09-14-2010 02:11:06 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of hdofu


4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Well you know I get excited about Russian Imperial Stouts, and the idea of one based on a jazz Great Like Miles Davis (Imperial Stouts seem to like doing that as I recall another one based on a Frank Zappa Album). This beer pours motor oiled color with almost no trace of a tan head which didnt hang around. It smells like burnt coffee and it tastes bitter sweet, with alot of complicated shades to the bitter such as berries, chocolate, coffees. It is very thick too and hot from the alcohol. Overall I think its pretty drinkable although being as strong as it is it might not be great to down too much of it

09-14-2010 00:30:31 | More by hdofu
Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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