Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

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:
3,737
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
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497
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of lochef81
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of majorbase2
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Nightmare1972
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweetness. Bottle was about a year old so next time I would like to try more fresh.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very strong smell, pours beautifully, heavy taste.

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

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

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

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Studfarm69
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of colts9016
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few years back I was watching a program on some educational show and it showed a commercial about beer brewed by Dogfish Head. I was hooked, I sat and watched that program. The details are fuzzy now about what the program was called or when it aired. Sam from Dogfish Head wanted to create a brew for Miles Davis, and this is the said brew. Okay enough blabbering, I acquired this beer a year or two after the programmed aired and now I am drinking it. Poured into my Stone RIS at about 50 degrees. The beer created a nice one and half finger dark tan head with really good retention, after a vigorous pour. The beer is as dark as night.

A very rich roasted malt, honey, molasses, espresso, earthy, woody, bready, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of floral.

A very pleasant roasted malt, honey, dark roasted coffee, earth, herbal, toffee, vanilla, yeast, floral, and some wood.

The mouthfeel is coating, a little thin, little carbonation, and the finish last.

I don't know what gesho is, but I will be finding out soon. The beer is fairly balanced, with a medium body. The beer is rich with flavors, yet seems so simple, with some sweetness. The more I drink this beer the more I am seeing seeing things that could be better. The body is really thin, better stouts are thicker. the beer is good not great.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 3,737 ratings.
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