Miles Davis' Bitches Brew
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.21 | pDev: 11.16%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew
Notes: 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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mothman from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 bottle. Tan head. Black color.

Toasted malts, bitter chocolate, burnt coffee. All the roast. The adjuncts seem to have faded. Full bodied. Carb is fine.
Just seems to have peeked. Not very drinkable.

Aug 29, 2021
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DerekP from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 1 pint, 9.4 fl oz champagne style bottle, gifted to me by my brother-in-law on Christmas 2016!

Big chewy malt in the nose. Raisins, currants and almond milk. Dark nougat head with a pitch black body as expected. A little boozy up front, then spicy hops and bread crust with a dark, dry, malty finish. Heavier body, but fits the style. Sipping on this one!

p.s. this one brought me back a decade in terms of the experience of searching out the aromas, flavors and feel. Well done Dogfish!

Feb 08, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours dark black body with thick brown head with excellent retention and lacing
S: dark, toasty notes with hints of sweet honey and burnt toffee
T: roasted taste with some honey notes and hints of a floral notes; toasted aftertaste with some fermented fruit twang
F: pretty thick and a decent amount of carbonation
O: ok feel and taste combo; decent drinking beer, overall

Aug 14, 2019
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 5/25/18. Pours black with a medium sized dark khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, and honey. The taste follows with roasted malt, dark fruit, char, earthy hops, licorice, cocoa, and honey. Fairly complex. High bitterness and light sweetness. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, an interesting bitter stout with a lot of depth. Worth a try.

Apr 26, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 10/15/12: Pours inky brown-black producing a single finger of frothy, mocha,rapidly receding head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, honey, dark fruits, earth and leather with hints of coffee and smoke. Taste is a more robust and sweeter version of the nose: dark roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, honey dark fruits and a hint of vanilla through mid-sip where the earth and leather come in. The finish is a peppery bitter roast (with a cinnamon like mouthfeel), coffee and alcohol. The aftertaste is a roasted bitterness. There is a bitterness here that is different from that derived from hops, maybe it is the gesho(?). Mouthfeel is full bodied with low but adequate carbonation, sticky-thick yet creamy and velvet smooth except for the cinnamon prickle in the dry finish. The dry and bitter roast of the finish become more intense as the brew warms.

Dec 14, 2018
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DonPotter from Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This brew is one of my favorites...its got a great coffee chocolate taste that always draws me to stouts in the first place.
It's got that mild bitterness that can't be beat.
This is one of the craft brews that is slowly turning my fiance to be more of a craft beer drinker instead of those "ultra" light beers that taste more like beer flavored seltzer water.

Dec 03, 2018
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frankd65 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a snifter ... very dark pour, a deep, dark brown. Roasty aroma. This has a few characteristics that I would not typically expect to find in a stout or imperial - a somewhat wine-like character, noticeable carbonation, and a thinner body being among them. Along with the malt, wood, and prune/plum/raisin/currant/cocoa overtones, I find the honey to also be present to a lesser degree, but that comes across in an almost mead-like way (although not necessarily sweet), probably due to the somewhat vinous character of the brew. As is often the case with beer and food, I find myself this time suggesting a music pairing. Should you have access to the album of the same name, cue up the track “Spanish Key” for your first sampling. At seventeen minutes or so, this will allow ample time to sip and listen - let the beer warm - listen and sip. And enjoy. It’s a complex brew and a challenging treat to the taste buds, much like what Mr. Davis himself had so graciously gifted to our ears in his time.

Jul 02, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

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

From the neck of the bottle in yellow ink: "BOTTLED ON 01/26/18 2022"

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and it has a short creamy textured light khaki head. The head doesn't stay up for long but it leaves a nice thick ring of foam on the edge of the glass and a couple large floating bubbles encircled by more foam.

Aroma: There is an interesting bit of a dried prune and raisin aroma. There is a bit of bakers chocolate and a light aroma of coffee. There is a bit of what smells like bourbon but not quite that. It is a very unique smelling beer.

Taste: Up front there is this slightly acidic and tart fruity flavor which is similar to red wine. This is then joined by an acrid charred carbon flavor. After a while, building up layers of flavor, there was a bit of a cinnamon flavor that joined the aftertaste. The beer has a very unique flavor that is memorable.

Moutfheel: The beer has this tartness and this bitterness that keeps the beer lively on the palate. It has a prickly sensation that keeps things interesting. It finishes dry and it really works well with the overall presentation of the beer on the palate. It leaves only this powdered dry coat of flavor on the tongue.

Overall: The beer is highly impressive and it's definitely worth picking up. It is certainly not your standard stout as it incorporates some tartness and a bit of a fruity flavor which gives it an almost wine quality. This beer is a real winner in my book and I would love to buy it again. I would caution those who are looking at buying this beer who are stout lovers that this doesn't feel or taste like a normal stout; the adventurous will be rewarded

Jun 16, 2018
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sphmiel from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black, minimal head, aroma of dark fruits and roasted grain. Medium mouthfeel, creamy, not sticky, with flavors of a stout mingled with dark fruits. Exceptional

Jun 16, 2018
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Captain69 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25



Jun 06, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby-black color I would associate with cola-brown. The honey in here is amazingly prominent, far more than expected. Thick roasty malt but light bodied. Clean finish, slight warming but the alcohol is hidden for the most part.

Apr 09, 2018
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz, bottled on 1/28/18.

Was excited to see the Miles Davis themed stout on these 12's, especially in a group of 6. Never tried before. Nutty and grain flavors accompany the standard stout. Light bodied enough that I would have called it a porter had it not been for the nice smokiness emparted by the barrel ageing. Very enjoyable beer that very much uses honey to its advantage. Looking forward to aging a few. Cheers DFH!!

Apr 04, 2018
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nperrier from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A rich, mildly tart and smoky stout. Pretty thick and fluffy, I enjoyed the artwork very much. A little expensive for a six-pack ($19.95!) but I would definitely drink it again.

Mar 27, 2018
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color that has no interest in letting in any light whatsoever. Has a creamy looking tan head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a very thick surface coating that covers the beer's entire surface along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malts along with some caramel sweetness and salted chocolate along with a hint of coffee. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted caramel malts with caramel and salted chocolate sweetness along with a hint of coffee. Also some dark fruit notes, roasted nuts, and a distinct woodiness. Very little discernible hop presence here, but that's okay. An excellent flavor profile overall with a wonderful mix of flavors. The 9% ABV is well masked here indeed. Has a crisp, slightly sticky and oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The body does seem a bit thin for a 9% ABV stout, but it somehow works very well here. Has a clean finish with a sweet, roasted, woody aftertaste. What a fantastic beer overall.


Mar 18, 2018
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thin coffee and cream colored head. Some slight lacing.

Smells roasted malts and earthiness.

Taste dark fruits and coffee are the first notes. Chocolate and honey follow. All kind of blends into an earthy/smoky/woody flavor on the tail end. This is one of the few beers where I can say that the wood plays a noticeable role that I actually enjoy. Makes me wish more beers would be wood aged sans bourbon or whiskey.

Thin for a stout. Too thin.

Overall- I wouldn't drink a ton of this, but I would definitely say it's a unique beer worth trying. A lot going on, but not so much that it isn't enjoyable.

Mar 07, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage.
A: Pours a deep chocolate brown, not quite black, with a deep, two finger, khaki head.
S: Dark fruit, coffee, and a certain earthiness, nothing is overly pronounced.
T: Immediate coffee and to a lesser extent dark fruit, with a lot of mild roastiness, a slight tannic bitterness, and a definite earthy note.
M: Far too thin.
O: Honestly, it's just not that interesting. I'm assuming that the earthy note is the Gesho root, but it does not have a very distinct flavor. I taste no honey whatsoever (which might have been attenuated out at this point if this beer is bottle conditioned), and everything is pretty mild. I expected something with a little more presence than this with dogfish head, kind of disappointed. I think the greatest offense that this beer perpetrates is just being an okay to good beer, if it was bizarre and offensively bad at least it would be onto something, but it's just okay, that's it. I'm gonna assume that this was much more interesting fresh.

Jan 30, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black with a large, foamy dark tan head that slowly settles like punched down bread dough.

Smell is savory roasted malt, molasses, salted chocolate, wafer, coffee, honey, and dark bread. As it warms I get hints of vanilla or banana skin.

Taste is salted chocolate, molasses, roasted nuts, pumpernickel and a little scratchy, cedary ash.

Body is medium but velvety slick. Tangy, and almost sharp, with a semi-dry, powdery finish.

Hey, it doesn't hurt that this beer is actually great to drink with the actual inspiration playing in the background. 2015 bottle.

Jun 13, 2017
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a black color with a very thick head 2-3 fingers on agressive pour. Aroma-chocolate, grape, smoky, soy sauce. Taste- grape, molasses, smoke, burnt things. Mouthfeel, is thinnish and slick. Overall, not terribly delicious beer. Different for sure.

May 17, 2017
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at their Fairfax brewpub. Full body with tingling carbonation. First impression is that it's bitter, with lots of dry cocoa, coffee, and charred wood notes. Further exploration reveals hints of earthy honey flavor, some red wine fruitiness, hints of roasted malt in the finish. Surprised by the low IBU count considering how much charred and coffee influence is in here. A sipper for sure, and it was a mistake to pair it with BBQ chicken, as sweet as it is. Probably better with something savory but light.

Apr 20, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Foamy, short, brown head fading to a ring after a little while.

Smells roasty, chocolate, dark fruit, hints honey. Probably the gesho

Tastes dark fruit, sweet caramel malt, roasty, chocolate, light floral and light earthy. Finish is drier with a roasty linger. Medium to full body. Creamy, soft, lower carbonation. Pretty complex beer

Apr 04, 2017
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handmuffin from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours deep black in color; opaque with creamy espresso colored head. Roasty malt aroma with no detectable hops. Rich biscuity, toffee and molasses flavor expected of stouts but accompanied by another flavor reminiscent of marshmallow. Velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation. Warm slightly boozy finish.

Feb 28, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Damn a pretty awesome beer logo, the Bitches Brew album cover. Pours out substantially black. Pretty brown head, 1" on it. Really looks impressive in a style that is hard to stand out, great retention. Aroma is just straight up roast.

Taste, slightly bitter, acrid, ashy, wood and much heavier roasted feel to it. Decent mouth feel that hides alcohol, imparts more malt and roast, stays away from any chocolate feels other than just ones you get from the malt instead of an adjunct. I guess since DFH had the album gimmick, they didn't need to stray too far on this one, yes, I guess there is honey and some root, but those things don't seem to make the beer stray from traditional style norms really. A slight wood aspect in the mouth feel, possibly that root shit. Not a ton of dark fruit RIS notes. Definitely better than average for style.

Feb 23, 2017
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Pours very dark black with mocha foam that settles to a cocoa ring. Aroma is phenomenal - roasty, chocolate, and something sweet akin to honey but not quite. Flavor follows similarly with roast and cocoa leading, but whatever that sweetish aroma is comes across the palette somewhat acrid and tangy. Strange flavor (assume the honey/gesho stuff) that's interesting. It'll take me the whole bottle to determine if I like that aspect or not. A little bit of black licorice comes out in the finish and aftertaste which are both pretty clean.

Feb 23, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(2013) Roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a slightly tangy dark fruit. Tastes somewhat oxidized. Super thin. Short finish. Dry. It's OK.
(2014) Richer, fuller. Milk chocolate, roasted malt and some sort of root beer like flavor. Medium bodied. Slightly bitter. Decent lingering finish. Way better than the 13.
(2015) Bitter dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, chocolate malts and some umami richness. Smooth. Nice bitterness. Out of the 3 years, would say the 14 was the best followed very closely by the 15. The 13 was a distant 3rd.

Feb 22, 2017
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KevCan from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750mL bottle from the brewery in Milton, Delaware. Bottled 11/18/15. Poured into a tulip glass. Served while listening to the album itself.

Look: Dark brown with generous, frothy medium-brown head.

Smell: Dark, rich, and complex. Roasted malt, obviously, but also fruity. Berries and tropical fruit? I guess it's the gesho and honey.

Taste: Very unusual. Body of a stout, but with strong flavors of African wood and bitter fruit. Earthy, in a good way.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation. Savory aftertaste.

Overall: Yet another very unique offering from Dogfish Head. Great!

Feb 12, 2017
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