Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 3,312
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
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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 oline73
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with hardly any light coming through at all. There is one finger of thick dark tan head.

Smell: Quite sweet and very roasty. I'm picking up some dark chocolate and sweet dark fruit notes.

Taste: Initially I pick up the sweet roast. There are hints of dark chocolate, dark fruit, honey, and a bit of alcohol. This beer is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thicker side. The carbonation is delicate and very smooth.

Drinkability: This one is quite good. I think it's very well balanced and would definitely search this one out again.

Photo of jdb8507
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am normally not a coffee/stout drinker. I do not drink coffee, although I enjoy the smell.

However, if I had to choose a beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be in my top 3. It has a great flavor, strong, but not overwhelming. It has a coffee nose, a mead body, and a coffee finish. As you drink it, it gets sweeter, but not in a bad way.

I highly enjoyed it, and braved a blizzard to drive over an hour just to try this. If you get the chance to even get a sip, do it.

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

taste- sweet roasted malt backbone, milk chocolate notes, cocoa, green apple

color- cherry chestnut

clarity- clear

smell- sweet porter aroma, toasted wood

body- smooth on the palate

appearance- looks like a light-bodied stout with nice lace, active carbonation when agitated, effervescent

overall impression- a light bodied stout, not as unique as i anticipated, fits well into the library of stouts now being served

notes and comments- could have been fuller-bodied, lean for an imperial stout

glassware: tulip

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

750 ml bottle, poured into an oversized snifter. Near black body with a thick cap of tan foam that retains quite nicely. Patchy lacing is left behind.

Smells much like a nice big RIS- roast and chocolate aplenty- but with the addition of a rosy/berry combo that I assume can be attributed to the gesho. This berryish presence becomes a distinct aspect of the flavor profile as the beer warms. It blends very nicely with sweet milk and dark chocolates and vanilla. The underlying dry roasted and toasted malts and a hefty dose of bitterness keep the sweetness in check (vastly superior to WWS in that regard). Medium/thick, with a prickliness that also aids in keeping the sweetness from clogging up the palate.

Overall impression: Very nice brew, and the best stout I've tried from DFH to date.

Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, honey and earthy. Medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and honey. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice smooth taste. The chocolate aroma fades a little as it warms. A touch of honey sweetness at the finish. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of heebes
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint. Bottled 2010.

Pours a dark black with a three finger foamy tan head. Slowly dissipates leaving incredible lacing all the way down. Nose is roasted malts, sweet toasty notes of cocoa and coffee. Auromas of honey and spices. Taste is outstanding. Huge upfront roasted stout flavour profile with a sweet honey middle and a long dry bitter finish. The ABV is perfect for this at 9 and is hardly noticeable. I appreciate this not being a boozy mess. Crafted with a lot of thought and special ingrediants. Amazing job Dogfish Head.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Beverages 4 Less

A: Impossibly dark in color. Almost as dark as The Abyss (but not quite). Impressive.

S: A lot of honey with some coffee and molasses. I picked up a deep earthy smell in this that I loved.

T: Unbelievable. A little milk chocolate sweetness, then some coffee, dark chocolate, a wonderful earthiness and some roasted malt. Leaves a velvety coating in your mouth that makes you never want to drink another beer in your life. One of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of wikk3d
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review on my phone since my laptop died so bare with me.

Appearance: Very dark body pours with a very thin brown head that fades quickly. Not see through.

Aroma: Chocolate, very prevalent, hint of honey. Very strong bitter smell.

Taste: Very strong cocoa flavor, bitter but not overpowering. There's some sweetness that comes through at the end. Vert heavy.

Mouth: Again, this is an extremely heavy beer so the taste lasts for quite some time. It's not bitter to the point that it's unbearable.

Drinkability: I'm glad I got ahold of this beer. It's not too filling, it's just the right amount of chocolate character, and an entire bottle is easily drinkable in one sitting. I'd definitely recommend picking one up.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle; bottled December 2010

A: Heavy, early black body with great dark brown, foamy head, thickly laced, lingers long
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, touch of diacetyl
T: Coffee, stewed dark fruit, honey, chocolate, some alcohol
M: Lighter-than-expected body, but still well-rounded, smooth, silky almost
D: One glass is a meal; the bottle is gluttonous. Delicious, but I need a nap afterwards

Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a trade with STEG. Thanks man!

From a 750 into a snifter.
Batch no.1

APPEARANCE: Black and thicker looking, opaque pour produces a very small, medium-thin looking mocha colored head that quickly vanishes. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing. Thick dark beer, but lackluster head.

SMELL: Some roasted malts with notes of chocolate and honey. The gesho has imported some minty bubblegum notes, like mint flavored Hubba Bubba. Some light, faint roasted coffee beans play a part as well. Very nice indeed, though not quite bold enough to really make a statement.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel malts with some obvious honey in there. Hints of cocoa and espresso, but the honey is still in the leading role. A touch of bubble gum is still there, but the roasted malt and honey more prevalent. Medium strength and lingering aftertaste is roasted, smoky, with some sweet honey to balance out the mild bitterness. Interesting and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate as well. Mildly creamy, goes down with some prickly carbonation and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fine, but a little more body would help out for sure.

OVERALL: Interesting and enjoyable imperial stout. The palate could be bigger, which would give the intriguing flavor profile a push, and the head a more persistent, but regardless, this is one of the more unique interpretations of the style. Probably the most enjoyable brew I've had from Dogfish Head to date, but not something I'd need to seek out again. Thanks again for sending one my way STEG.

Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL ~ consumed by my selfish self.
Batch 2 ~ Into an oversized snifter.

Appearance- The pour is damn near jet black with a large creamy tan head. No light is entering the glass. Great retention and laceing.

Smell- Dark roasted malts. Notes of coffee and chocolate. An earthyness and a hint of smoke. A dab of honey. The aroma is very inviting.

Taste- Very well banlanced. An intermingeling of smoke, roasted malt, bitter coffee, and sweet milk chocolate. A subtle earthy hop presence and a hint of the honey tej is noticed. I am going to assume that is what is giving this its final sweetness, before the ultimate lingering roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Looks thicker than it is. ABV's are hid well.

Overall- Finally got around to trying more than just a little sample pour of this. Not a world changer, but it does not dissapoint. Very drinkable for a 9% stout, the honey addition does wonders in smoothing this out. (3 more in the cellar for ageing/sharing :))

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the DFH Brewery in November 2010 and was purchased just after the first "Brewmasters" show premiered. There was a limited amount available, even at the brewery, and there was a two bottle limit on the BB so I bought two.

Purchase price: $12-750ml bottle.

Shared and enjoyed with fellow BA member "BeerConnoiseur". Cheers, Pat!

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a pitch black, totally opaque color. Creamy, tan colored, two finger head that lasts a good 4-5 minutes. Slowly dissipates to a thin, beige color layer on top of the beer. If you tilt the glass, a syrupy film slides down the sides of the glass. Good amount of lacing left on the side of the glass during the tasting.

S - A burnt malt, smoky and chocolaty aroma is noticeable. A faint smell of alcohol is also present.

T - A very distinct burnt wood taste is the overwhelming taste. A coffee or mocha flavor is also present. The alcohol is well disguised but is present.

M - A very thick feel to the beer. There is a bitter aftertaste after each sip but nothing off putting. Moderate carbonation.

D - A very good stout. This is a bold, in your face stout that offers great taste but it is on the heavy side. Not an everyday beer and I recommend having someone to share the 750ml bottle with.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. A great offering from the folks at DFH.


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

Thanks goes out to Bartrash for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy dark tan head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind, and small islands in the glass. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, and caramel. The taste is really nice, malty, sweet, chocolate/toffee notes, some vanilla, slightly roasted. Medium body, a nice creamy, slightly bitter finish. Very Drinkable, finally got a chance to try this one out, Thanks Pete.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, dense black with a small tan head that quickly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted malts, honey smacks cereal, cut grass, mollasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, and earthy aromas.
Taste is of the aromas with a citrusy, lime zest, earthy vitamin flavor that takes a back seat to roastiness, and cocoa powder.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, sticky, with an herbal kick at the end.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2

Pours dark black with a good amount of brown head. Well carbonated and pretty. Smells roasted with a hint of honey on the nose. A great malt profile on the nose and tongue. Tastes sweet but dry. A solid roasted flavor that carries the beer. Very good mouthfeel despite the bitterness of the dark roasts.

Photo of brew3crew
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had during a dog fish head tasting

A-jet black with moca head. Leaves a ring all the way down.
S-coffee and malty. Very nice
T-tastes like it smells. nice roasty malts with coffee overtunes
M-full bodied and smooth
D-very drinkable for the abv

Thanks cam!

Photo of cbak999
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle. A small tan head quickly fades to nothing. A very small amount of lace sticks to the glass. Aroma is sweet honey, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Tastes are very earthy. Great balance of sweet malt and earthy hops. Like drinking dessert. A treat.

Photo of BamaViper1
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass while listening to the groundbreaking album.

The Brew pours dark and easy forming a thick off-white head. It looks like a quintessential RIS. The beer leaves great lacing.

The beer smells very rich. Chocolate, molasses, and a bit of earth make up the nose of this beer.

As the album sometimes changes unexpectedly, this beer doesn't taste like the smell. Instead of a super-rich brew, the honey mellows this beer out considerably. Hints of mocha and oak make up the body of this beer. The finish is of cocoa nibs/unfinished, slightly burned chocolate.

The beer is full bodied with a littl carbonation.

This beer is too easy to drink. Delicious. Now I may be biased because this is a rare beer, but it's different and delicious and I am a big fan. Dogfish Head, you should make this every year.

Photo of Kakaraht
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost black with a thick few inches of caramel color head that last the entire beer.

S: It has a slight smoky aroma, with a chocolate coffee back bone.

T: Sweet to start, nice coffee flavor with a burnt bitter aftertaste. It is extremely malty with many different subtle flavors hiding within.

M: It is thick and dry, coats the mouth excellently and lingers for a good while. Very little carbonation.

D: Good beer, bit price but definitely a very high class brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been waiting a while to try this one and finally got around to it. Served into a chalice and warmed by the fire I enjoyed it while watching tv.

Pours a thick black color, dark as night with a light crown of tan that just barely covers the top of the glass before receeding and just sticking to the sides. Aroma is roasted malts, sweet with hints of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, notes of chocolate, coffee and hints of leather and tobacco. Very sweet, roasty and complex aroma which impressed me very much. Smooth sipper with light hints of warmth around the outside which seemed to yield a touch of light coffee bitterness and nice hop presence in the finish. Smooth, silky with a really nicely done profile and a wonderful balanced palate. A heavy hitter, this one through me for a loop.

Overall really well done, I was impressed, not the greatest thing ever, but very, very solid.

Photo of MaxBrewell
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to share a 750 with a couple friends. Thanks Brandon.

A - Deep, dark-black color with only a hing of reddish-brown tones. Thick, creamy-beige head with lacing that lingered.

S - Smoked malts and hints of chocolate, but not much more in the nose. I expected honey, but came up short.

T - Rich, roasted malts and hints of black licorice, with a honey sweetness on the back end. Not sure what gesho root tastes like, but the taste is very well balanced.

M & D - Smooth and very drinkable for such a strong and complex beer.

Note: I was extremely saddened when Scott's son Alex jumped on the couch and knocked the glass from my hand as I was tasting it. I managed to save most of it, and it was well worth it.

Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A jet black with a one finger head with solid retention. Looks like motor oil almost.

S-Coffee, Roasted Malts, Chocolate

T-Starts off very sweet with coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Ends with some bitterness. Very well balanced.

M-Medium bodied and creamy

D-Very sweet makes for a drinkable brew, the 9% abv is low and makes for easy drinking.

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Shady McGrady's downtown back before it changed names to Anthony's Micropub downtownn. Enjoyed with Idesofmarch83, johnmichaelsen, tenderbranson69, and carlos and Stout Tasting part deux.

Poured from the 750ml into a tasting glass cool.

A big brown color with small cream cap. Lots of lace clings and the bead is tight. The look is slightly like cappuccino. The smell has a pretty strong caramel element which gives a slight candy aroma with toffee and nutty honey candy impressions with mainly malt and honey presenting in the nose. The feel is thick, chewy and slightly mild with a slightly toasted and earthy feel, slightly roasted and herbal as it warms with more of the stickiness settling.

The flavor has a lot of toast and caramel with subtle cocoa up front. As you work your way in to the middle there is more honey flavor and less roast with slight fisherman's friend cough drop accent from the gesho root giving a clean woody and herbal flavor which is complimentary with the honey flavor. The stout is sweeter than most with the floral aspects of the honey giving the feel levity and making it less cloying than it sounds. The flavor strikes me like a toffee/honey candy bar with mild cocoa and light nuttiness from the roast with the honey pretty high in the flavor with the gesho there standing out slightly but not distracting from the stout flavor. I consider this very tasty and interesting in its own right. It has stout elements but for a pure imperial stout it isn't something I consider highly drinkable. I enjoyed this and understand the idea and concept but would probably only drink it if I was in the mood for a beer with honey flavor.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark stouty brown with ochre head that is just a thin crown for me, with nice small, tightly packed bubbles though. Lace is wonderfully clingy but drops in slow-mo cascades. Pretty damn nice.

Nose is very meaty and smoky. Huge whiff of bacon with that really strongly smoked edge to it. Slight roasty bitterness underlying it, but yeah, not much other than smoked meat. Pretty nice aroma though.

Taste is less smokey and meaty, kind of just tastes like a strong stout. Slight vanilla sweetness on the front with a touch of darker caramel that gets slightly sour with a touch of smoke; melds nicely into a more bitter finish with espresso coffee and more oaky notes, quite nicely tamed by the end with toasty notes which trail off pleasantly to a bitter finish with some lingering sweetness. Yeah, very pleasant indeed.

Feel is a little bit thin. It's sticky and malty but somehow the body doesn't seem to be all there.

Surprisingly drinkable, this. Balance is there and for its obvious strength it's really quite gentle.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very black with subtle reddish overtones. One finger brown head subsided into a sheen, with a ring around the outside of the glass. Fine, whispy lacing that sticks all over the glass.

Smells of chocolate, malts, coffee, and honey.

Tastes very nice, not at all over the top, but very well balanced. Coffee, chocolate malts, honey, and an earthy, woody flavor all blend together to make a very nice RIS.

Feel is slick, thick, full bodied, and a bit silky, presumably from the honey. As it warms it becomes smoother and silkier.

Drinks well for the style. I'd certainly like to drink this beer again. It very much grows on you by the time you're done with the bottle.

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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