Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew
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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

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3,745
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich RIS on the sweet side. Pours a deep brown body that looks very thick. It is a thick chocolate malted milk consistency, with a retained bubbly head. Milky roasted aroma. Very drinkable and chocolately, with some wierd tastes in addition to the anise.Aged more than a year.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan head on a jet black body with excellent lacing. Aromas of chocolate, honey, licorice, coffee, toffee and vanilla making this one very sweet smelling. Flavor is mostly roasted malts which are heavy with vanilla, dark fruit and honey notes and espresso in the finish. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Very flavorful but this one sits heavy in the stomach. Another nicely complex DFH brew.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010.

Pours a pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that settles to a nice 1 inch cap. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass like a ladder on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. I don’t get any honey smells off this one, but there is an alcohol aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Again, no honey flavors detected whatsoever. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and creamy mouthfeel, Overall, this is a very good stout from DFH but the honey beer part of this blend has all but faded. I should have bought another one of these when I had the chance to see how it tastes fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

this is sensational and something totally different. i cannot believe some of the negative write ups of this beer on here, totally unwarranted in my opinion, which is only as good as the next guys, but i honestly think this is pretty special beer. a nice gift from my girlfriend, who no longer really buys me beer, so i was feeling special myself when she did that for me. this is so sexy in appearance. inky shiny dark brown, plenty of viscosity, and a pillow soft mocha head with nice lace and stickiness as it slowly fades. aromas of tobacco and licorice along with the dark roasted malt. not too sure about gesho root, i have zero experience at all with it, but the beer does appear hoppy on the nose, so it could be contributing the bitterness and slight vegetal aromatic. the flavor is all about that honey with the dark malt richness. notes of jet puff marshmallow, espresso, and chicory are all here, earthy but really sweet too, molasses or some other raw sugar. it doesnt really come across like other stouts to me, there is more going on here, wonderful depth and complexity and nuance. a mild spice in the finish, could be the gesho but i just dont know it well enough to venture there. slight apple wine and marker finish, booze shows through a touch, but the more i sip the more i love this. a unique and wintery glass of ale, made all the better by sharing it with someone who i deeply admire. also, props for the miles davis tribute, his contribution to culture in this country is second to none.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I managed to score a bottle of this when Abe's got their first case of it. I love picking up these Dogfish Head brews that are limited releases. I anticipate these beers like crazy!

The Bitches Brew poured out as a dark black color with a foamy brown head on top. The lacing was decent on this beer. The smell was heavily roasted and had a sweetness on the nose as well. The taste is rich and complex, well worth the time sipping it down. The flavors of coffee and some bitter chocolate come through and leave ya with a dry roasted molasses aftertaste. The mouthfeel is heavy and has a decent amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was quite nice, I am glad that I got to try a bottle before it was gone for good.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts and honey in the nose.
T: Flavors of honey really stand out in the taste, with those of the dark roasted malts taking a back seat. It doesn't taste like other types of Russian imperial stouts. The honey flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I never would have guessed that this beer is 9% abv.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9.00% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current reviews, but Dogfish Head usually disappoints. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's one of the most overrated breweries in the USA. That said, I could go for a good imperial stout and I'm hoping for the best with this one.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I started pouring, it became clear no head was going to form, so I upped the vigor substantially.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger rich dark tan coloured head of nice cream, thickness, and retention. Frothy and appealing. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A good appearance for the style, but I had to coax the head out meself. Also, the colour of the head is a strange tan; this is not the rich gorgeous head of great imperial stouts. It's a cheap imitation.

Sm: Way too hoppy for the style; floral character abound. Strange honey. Almost nectary - in a bad way. Strange malts and sugars; I certainly get a raw sugar. Yeah, that's not appealing for the style really at all. No yeast or alcohol comes through. An average strength aroma. I'm not looking forward to this one. But the strangeness has a bent appeal. Let's give her a go.

T: Raw sugar joins with poor bland dark malts and honey to form the foundation. It's hopped a bit excessively, though the floral character doesn't compete with the malty sweetness. It's certainly a unique take on the style, but it lacks true body. It comes off a bit artificial, and the thickness seems to emerge from the carbonation and texture rather than the actual flavour. Lacks sufficient roast for the style. The alcohol is well hidden. No yeast comes through. No chocolate or vanilla here. A fair amount of caramel. As it warms, the honey seems to grow better suited to the dark malts. It's a tasty brew; it's just a different take on the style than what I usually like. Sort of like a good schwarzbier mixed with a mediocre imperial stout. Surprisingly simple for the style - and for a blend (even coming from Dogfish Head). I do like it for what it is, but it's not unique or special. Decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overly carbonated. Good thickness. It drinks more like an imperial porter than an imperial stout. That said, the mouthfeel suits the flavours pretty well. It just doesn't feel tailored to them. Good presence on the palate; though it is a bit much for its lack of flavour.

Dr: Hides its ABV quite well. It's drinkable; I'll enjoy polishing off this bottle. But I wish it were easier to quaff. It's a different take on the style than what most are used to. I heard this was meant to pair well with chili; I could definitely see that. In fact, it's probably an ideal beer to pair with chili. But it's not a great imperial stout. Still, it may be one of the better Dogfish Head brews I've had. It's too sugary for me to want another bottle. I won't be having this again, and I'm fine with that. It's far too pricey for its quality, but that's to be expected with this brewery. I guess it ultimately met my expectations: it's a passable imperial stout with an interesting touch. There's nothing wrong with that, but I could easily get a better imperial stout at well below this price point.

High B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out with a modest head and the black liquid leaves relatively little lacing

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and coffee hues and a hint of honey

Taste: Opens with a complex combo of dark chocolate, coffee and a layer of unexpected sweetness; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and add a touch of ash as well as some heat from the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: In that complex world of Dogfish Head beers, I will put this one on the side of the winners

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with dry black chocolate notes and some light vinous notes. Taste I also dominated by light dry coffee notes with some black chocolates notes. Light vinous notes are also discernable and some light hoppy notes can also be detected. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and enjoyable though lacking a little something. Definitely not the best stout form this brewer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Poured out an opaque. jet-black color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled like a sandbox or wet earth. It was odd but unique.

T - It tasted of chocolate, like a milk chocolate. It had a malty taste with a mild bitter hop bite.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied brew.

D - This is a really interesting RIS. It is quite tasty with an unusual aroma.

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