Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by TheFightfan1 on 06-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,739
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
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Photo of Antc2382
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of hoponit
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmasher85
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
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

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Photo of Curt3
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timc32
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of handmuffin
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of KevCan
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of RAFH
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Had this on draft a few years back. From my notes:

Black liquid.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Black licorice, fresh honey, candle wax & tobacco in the nose. Complex!

Thick mouthfeel.

Hint of cinnamon, star of anise, licorice, honey & candle wax flavor. Super unique & surprisingly tasty. Wow!

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3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wesmaze
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

2014 bottle.

A - Dark, opaque body, dark tan head tinged with brown and purple, slow fading to nothing, with little lacing. A nice looking RIS.

S - Dark fruit, prunes and raisins, roasty coffee and chocolate, and a lot of burning alcohol.

T - Following the nose, with dark fruit in front, sweet malts and dark chocolate, a bit of coffee acidity, and a close that brings the floral hit of honey and mild bitterness in equal measure, but the bitterness wins out and finishes.

M - Mildly thin, for a RIS, but drinkable and dangerous at 9%. The sticky open comes with a dry close. Makes for an easy tipper that can knock you on your a$$ if you do not pace yourself.

O - A nice RIS, very dangerous. Sweet but not too sweet. Rich and tasty.

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