Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 879
Hads: 3,484
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 23.49%
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - black body, tan colored head
S - roasted barley, fruity, chocolate
T - cream, chocolate, roasted barley, modest piny bitterness, toasty grain
F - full body, very creamy and smooth
O - definitely different, which I always appreciate from DFH. This was a fun one to try; got to learn about Ethiopian beer and gesho while drinking it.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split a 25oz bottle with another dinner guest at a dinner party. Beef bourguignon was on the menu and of all of the beers served, bitches brew was the best pairing. It is truly a unique beer and a bit of a departure from other beers I've had from dogfish head. It has become a favorite, and I picked up another one to have at a later date.

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Photo of Damian
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on: 09/16/2013
Served in a snifter

The super thick and viscous, jet black liquid was topped by a three-finger tall, creamy and dense, cappuccino colored crown. Very solid lacing. Large, drippy patches coated much of the glass. The head eventually faded to a bubbly cap.

The aroma was very unique and dynamic. Roasty and robust stout-like notes paired well with an interesting floral/perfume-y character. Not sure if this could have been from the gesho root and/or the (perhaps lavender?) honey. Touch of milkiness. As the beer sat, the nose began to take on some of the characteristics found in the flavor profile. Notes of char and ash were detectible. Some heavily roasted grains. Dry with slight metallic notes. The roastiness later died down and the smooth, chocolatey malt sweetness and floral notes reappeared.

Deeply roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. The malts displayed a charred, almost burnt quality. Espresso was detectible in the center. Touch of dark chocolate on the back end. The bitter, ashy finish contained some metallic notes initially, but they faded with time. At 9% ABV, the alcohol was very well buried. As the beer warmed, some floral notes also came through. Hints of powdered cocoa appeared as well.

The beer seemed lighter bodied for the style and contained a spritzy, somewhat aggressive carbonation. On the palate, however, the liquid settled to become surprisingly creamy and smooth. Almost fluffy.

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew is an an interesting beer, and the gesho root and honey added some interesting elements. Overall, however, the roast and char presence was a bit much for my liking.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/14/2013.

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 light-brown head that fades to a thin ring on top and leaves nice spots of lace.

Smell is of bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, flowers and a hint of booze.

Taste is black coffee, herbal honey, faint dark chocolate and accents of plum.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Subtle flavors impressively playing off one another to create a solid imperial stout.

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A really amazing stout. Takes a while to open up, but it's well worth it. One of the best stouts I've ever had, and probably one of my Top 5 beers overall.

Appearance: Really, really black. Completely opaque, which got me super excited right off the bat. The head pours a rich cocoa brown and slowly dies off to more of a cream color. The only reason I deducted a couple points was because there was basically no lacing as I drank it, which I don't really care about honestly but some people might.

Smell: Basic stouty smell. Can't really pick out the honey at all, chocolates pretty obvious.

Taste: Amazing. Especially when it opens up a bit. This beer really evolves throughout the bottle. I recommend drinking the whole bomber yourself because that should give you time to experience the whole palette that the beer has to offer. For me, it took about 75% of the way through the beer before I could get the honey, but once I did it was incredible! A roasty, chocolate stout in general and an incredible hint of super sweet honey. Really complex and really awesome.

Mouthfeel: Great. Just the right amount of carbonation for a stout, kinda thick feeling. You'll feel the alcohol in the back of your throat. The beer is really pretty heavy.

Overall, I can't recommend this beer enough. It's expensive, but it's absolutely worth it. One of the most complex, rich and just generally good stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deliciously black with a small/medium mocha colored head
Smells strong of dark coffee, chocolate and a slight hint of alcohol
Packs a strong punch of coffee and chocolate, slightly bitter and roasted malt. Tastes fantastic!
This is an awesome beer I will be buying again no doubt. I couldn’t help but drink it fast because I couldn’t get enough of this. Worth it, totally worth it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Earthy (gesho root?) nose with dark, roasty coffee notes and dark chocolate.

T: Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and some earthy notes.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: One of my favorites from Dogfish Head. Highly recommended. That said, I must admit, I listened to In a Silent Way instead of the album after which this was named, while drinking it.

Fun Fact! Gesho root is used in an ethiopian type of mead (honeywine), called Tej, so this beer contains two ingredients used in Tej.

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Photo of Tony49er
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type- On draft into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance- Dark chocolate in color, brown sugar colored head, almoste a roasted coffee appearance

Smell- every 5-7 minutes this beer changes which I liked a lot, tons of dark fruit, honey, roasted notes very stout like, sweet smell form the honey

Taste- Once again the taste of the beer changes every 5-7 min, tons of dark fruit, bark, roasted notes coffee, chocolate, honey very smooth taste and nice and sweet on the finish which I liked a lot on this beer

Mouth feel- Smooth, silky not too viscous which I like when it comes to this beer alot

Overall- One of the best beers I have had in a long time if not one of my TOP BEER of all time...a great beer once again by Dogfish Head this beer to me lives up to the hype and I am glad to have had the chance to have this beer....CHEERS

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pitch black. Dark brown head. Average head size. Quick retention. Not too much lacing. Honey's viscosity may account for the lubrication of glass, in which every drop drops down and doesn't stick.

S-Fresh milk. Vanilla. Cream. Cocoa. When warmed a stronger lactose smell, like powdered milk. Too few smells for my taste, or, smelling.

T-Dark chocolate. Dark fruits like blueberry. Sour plum in the middle. Resin. Woodsy finish. Swimming around the dark roasted chocolate you find the honey. More spiced and herbal tea in taste than a stout. Interesting.

M-Medium-heavy body. Thought it'd be creamier. But wait! With time warmth gives a great texture. The honey imparts a creamy, yet gelatinous and fluid feel. Thick but slick. Tongue is left lubricated from honey. A thin oily veneer. I would rub my tongue against the roof of my mouth. This touch of honey is important. With a touch it feels like a nitro. Oh and wow. The gesho root I'm assuming, gives a comfortable spicy feel. Cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper in feel. Gets very, very sticky. So much going on here. And it all works. If the initial first sip feels were better, it would get a classic 5 feel rating.

O-Great for those who want a unique straightforward bold stout, with a touch of sweet. One of the best transformative beers I've had. Every 6-8 minutes or so the whole experience changes. The taste blossomed when warmed. More nuanced than a standard chocolate-coffee stout. I suggest drinking a whole bomber to yourself. Drink it like food. Make your senses the fork, knife and spoon to indulge in this treat.

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Photo of MannyBats
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark only black with a thin tan crown great lacing to glass

Smells of toasty malts coffee chocolate licorice and earthy sweet

Taste of malts chocolate and sweet due to honey and gesho

Mouthful is medium and bold but smooth

Overall great beer

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $13.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/16/2013.

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black body with a firm, creamyish, dark tan-hued head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Ground up roast, predominately, with supporting notes of aromatic anise, a middling fruitiness, and unsweetened cocoa, tied up with a ribbon of alcohol.

Taste: Deep roast maltiness interplayed with a trace of warm alcohol. Faint, ineffusive baker's chocolate. Light honey taste. Anise. Understated, subtle fruitiness. Roasty, spicy, with an encroaching warming alcohol presence until the drying, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium, fluffed carbonation.

Overall: It was fine, that was about it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour down the middle yields a big thick brown head and a black body. Plenty of lace left and good retention.

The aroma brings some lightly roasted coffee and chocolate.

The roasted malt dominates the flavor. Light sweetness and bitterness.

Super smooth and silky mouth feel that is softly carbonated and medium bodied.

Was wanting so much more from this. The Miles tie-in and the mix of stout and honey beer was intriguing. A little too expensive for what you get.

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Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a good temp with a vast, frothy, textured, light brown, settles after a while, and a bit o lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is fresh and on the mild side & mellow- cocoa, roast malt, old leather. Flavor's like nose, understated, esp for an imp stout tang & very easy bitterness up front, fairly dry with sweet being residual. Body/carbonation are perfect, a tad chewy, a bit soft, yet not too. Finish is like flavor, longish, and super drinkable. Only the barest suggestion of alcohol. Solid beer

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Photo of drewsif22
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a craft bottle into a pint glass.

A - Impressive. I poured this thing and stopped the pour 3/4 of the way up, and the head almost overflowed the glass. Nice and dark, and excellent lacing.

S - Fruity; smells like berry to me. Not terribly strong, that's my only complaint.

T - Again, not as strong as I would like. It's still very good. I can sense the complexity, I just can't quite pinpoint some of the notes since it's not strong enough tasting. Definitely get the sense of berry. I'm not used to this in a stout; usually the malt makes it taste caramelly, but this is very different.

M - Very well balanced. Medium bodied. Feels very good going down.

O - I would definitely recommend trying this beer. Taste is the most important aspect to me, and I just wish it was stronger. Overall though, I'd give it a shot, especially if you're interested in it after watching the episode of Brew Masters (as I was).

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Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours black-brown with a big creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of roast with sweet malts.

The flavor is lots of roast with black licorice and a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a pretty watery.

Overall, a decent sweet and roasty imperial stout. Almost tastes like a nitro. I don't really notice the honey other than a little residual sweetness.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with a thick, mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Lots of chocolate sweetness at the front of the tongue giving way to the dark roast coffee. Finishes dry. Full mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, this is a very well crafted ale. The honey ale component gives this thick as motor oil stout a nice dry mouthfeel preventing it from getting cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured on Snifter

Appearance: Dark black

Aroma: Coffee, Chocolate, Dark roasted malts

Taste: dark coffee, chocolate. It's fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: thick syrupy, moderate carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: this is a great stout I will re-write my review.

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Photo of pkalix
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

delicious-looking milk chocolate head with nice medium-sized bubbles... and super-nice soapy lacing...
smell is rather generic, not getting anything special from it. vague chocolate... roasted malts....
taste is bitter with some sweet chocolate. aint got a clue what gesho root is but I aint getting any honey, for sure... is the bitterness from the root or the hops? some interesting flavors in there, for sure, but I cannot discern them....
very much a "stout-like" brew but with a funky after taste (and mid-taste!). not sure what to think of this... nice-looking lacing, nice chocolate flavor, not a genuine stout (in my opinion) and has a funky taste. but decent, and interesting. but definitely not a great brew, for what I think....

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Photo of Samuel906
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the first time I've given a perfect for appearance. Appearance is usually the least important factor for me, but this time it hit a home run for me! Absolutely pitch black like a stout should be, but what stood out was the head. it was not the usual khaki or off white; it was a dark, chocolaty brown... Gorgeous! For the smell: bakers chocolate, toffee and espresso, a bit more bitter than stouts usually smell. Taste is similar, not the most complex stout, but there are a lot of good flavors! Tons of dark chocolate, i don't know what "gesho" tastes like but there are some earthy notes that are uncommon. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, mild carbonation. Overall, solid beer, and I can't get over how great a pour it is!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Bottled on 9/1/13.

A very good imperial non-BA stout. No added coffee or chocolate. The metallic/minerally finish holds this beer back from greatness. - 4

A – Pours black, opaque (duh!), slightly viscous, with a three-finger brown dense head that dissipated to a thin layer but a swirl brings the head back quickly. Some minor alcohol legs. Good lacing. 4.75

S – All roasted malts, some faint coffee, sweetness. – 4.5

T – Roasted malt, medium bitterness, faint tea, metallic/minerally taste (-) in the finish (like sucking on a penny). As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more obvious. – 4

MF – Medium bodied, some creaminess. - 4

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 10/14/2013 printed on the bottleneck, so this beer is exactly one month old. A long-time want of mine, I managed to snag this from the local beer store. Expectations are moderately high based on this beer's good reputation.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a viscous oily black body with three big fingers of fluffy creamy mocha head. Some spotty fluffy lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - The honey sweetness is what struck me first. Graham cracker malt comes next. Faintly herbal smelling, probably from the gesho root. Light powdery cocoa / chocolate and semi-bitter coffee are in the background.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry graham cracker malt, honey sweetness, indistinct dark fruitiness, a slight bit of char, and lightly bitter chocolate / cocoa in the background.

M - Feel ends sticky and semi-sweet and semi-bitter with some chocolate and honey sweetness lingering.

Overall, a nice beer with good flavor, but it didn't have the level of depth or complexity that I was hoping for, in all honesty. It definitely feels incomplete in some way, but still highly drinkable by all means, with a well masked 9.00% abv. Glad to have tried it, but I will probably skip it next time.

Dogfish Head Miles Davis' Bitches Brew ---4/5.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bitches Brew was on tap at the newly opened Pickle Shack in Brooklyn. The Pickle Shack is a bar/pickle joint collaboration between Dogfish Head and Brooklyn Brine. Naturally, I had to order the 60 minute fried hop pickles to go along with my beer.

Bitches Brew pours so dark, I couldn't see the DFH logo on the snifter. It might be the darkest beer I have ever seen. Lacing was good after each sip.

The aromatics of this beer were quite unique. My guess is because of the honey (for sweetness) meshing with the gesho root. It gives it an herbal/medicinal feel which is balanced out nicely by the malt, coffee, and chocolate.

The flavors of this beer are outstanding. I got lots of chocolate and coffee upfront. But then something funky came into play. Maybe a little of a smoky pit cooked chocolate flavor. Wild, and outstanding.

Take one part Miles Davis's legendary and creative album and add one part Dogfish Head's creative brewing style and you get a perfect match.

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Photo of mattbk
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black. Rich, tan, luxurious head, long lasting lacing. Not pouring as thick as I was thinking it would though.
S: A little off here - sharp, a bit minerally, Acerbic black grain aroma. Some malt sweetness coming through.
T: The same minerally, burnt grain flavor coming through, offset by a high level of sweetness. The flavors don't exactly meld well, they are very contrasting in fact. In other words, the beer is burnt grain and sweet, but not at the same time. Some bitterness, light hop flavor, but fairly muted compared to malt flavor. Honey is not completely missing, some remnants of a honey-like sweetness. Fairly clean, not much of a sense of alcohol or warming, which is nice.
M: Medium-full, the carbonation is nice, could use a just a bit of a fuller mouthfeel.
O: I don't particularly care for this beer. The flavors don't meld well, and it's actually lacking in complexity. Too burnt and too sweet. Sorry.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black with a really nice thick foamy opaque head.

S: Chocolate and peppery smells. With toffee, earthy, and sweet smelling hints. Also, dark smelling berries.

T: Pepper, chocolate, coffee, licorice, honey, black berries...the list can go on.

M: Strong yet smooth. Complex yet simple and pleasant.

O: Great, great Imperial Stout. Does not feel as strong as it actually is. Definitely complex while managing to be extremely drinkable and flavorful; also is elegantly smooth. Cheers to Miles Davis and Dogfish Head!!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick viscous opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amount of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts with lighter notes of honey and dark fruits. There are some light notes of leather as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of chocolate malts with some light notes of honey and moderate flavors of dark fruit which contribute a light amount of sweetness.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer - I would never have guessed that it was as strong as it is. Due to the richness of the flavors and the higher ABV, I think this one is an excellent beer to be slowly sipped and enjoyed.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Brewery
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