Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew
3,750 Ratings
Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 930
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +9.6%
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 -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wesmaze
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of gobuccos
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzedup
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Black with a two finger, light brown head.

Aroma: Dates, bourbon, black licorice, vanilla beans, raisins, chocolate, toasted malt.

Taste: Smooth, woody, fruity and chocolaty. Bitter upfront with gentle flavors of smoky roasted malt, hazelnut and black chocolate. Ever so slightly sweet midpalate with deep notes of dark red fruit like plums, raisins and tamarind. A silky milk chocolate, wafer cookie and vanilla bean taste encompasses the finish with floral notes from the gesho in the background, similar to a star anise taste but it's very mild. Not getting any honey, but maybe that's because I'm drinking this cold.

Feel: Mid-heavy with low carbonation. Creamy. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

Overall Comments: I was expecting the gesho root and honey flavor to be more pronounced. On the tail end of the finish you can kind of pick it out but it's very subtle. If you gave me this blind I would just think this is an average (albiet an exceptionally tasty) stout with no specialty ingredients used. This just tastes like a very well made, albeit simple, imperial stout to me. Still a very good beer, notes of red fruits and decadent chocolate and roasted malt save it from falling below a 4 but I'm not sure I would buy this again though. Happy I tried it once.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of majorbase2
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a big foamy brown, chocolatey head. Decent retention leaving a very small amount of lacing.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate malts, with a touch of molasses and espresso.

Taste starts like your typical stout, but has a much sweeter finish. Hints of honey and a bit of dark fruit, possibly cherry and raisin. Very complex flavor profile, typical of DFH. Very little alcohol presence for its ABV.

Medium-heavy bodied. As light as you'll find for a stout this size. No bite from the alcohol and finishes bitter and sweet. Very drinkable for a stout.

Another excellent entry by DFH. A stout with some unique properties, definitely worth a try.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 3,750 ratings
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