Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a nice dark mocha colored head, which has tight bubbles and good lacing. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and some roasted malt and coffee notes, and there is a lingering presence of some earthy notes and some honey. The taste has those chocolate notes up front, and a complementing bitterness from the malts/coffee in the back. Again, the earthy notes and the honey are very complimentary instead of dominating (I noticed more of the earthiness in the taste than in the aroma). The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and the finish is nice and clean.

Overall, a fantastic and unique stout from DFH, glad I have a couple more of these around. This is definitely one of the best all-around stouts I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cuttsjp
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with garnet hues around the edges, healthy tan head with a noticeable reddish tint to it, head dissipates into a thin ring that remains throughout most of the tasting

Aroma: coffee, sweet honey, and some dark fruit notes--particularly dates--with a wee bit of alcohol warmth/sweetness

Flavor: espresso, cocoa, moderate bitterness, and some definite earthy, mildly floral hop character on the palette, with a sort of bright, floral, herbal character that I can't quite put my finger on...must be the T'Ej (beer made from honey and gesho root) and that is blended with the imperial stout to make Bitches Brew

Mouthfeel: chewy, silky, sweet, and just a tad syrupy, but totally appropriate for an imperial stout...really rounds this one out as a perfect dessert/after dinner beer

Overall: one of the best imperial stouts I have had the pleasure of drinking, particularly because it has all the great qualities of a top-shelf imperial stout (I would put it in the same league with Old Rasputin, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, and Founders' Breakfast Stout), but with an added complexity from the T'Ej...definitely something I would be interested in trying to recreate in my own brewing

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter and served at cellar temperature. Figured it was a good idea to open this while the weather is still cool.

Appearance: Dark brown to midnight black in color. Pours a nice, one finger dark brown head that recedes into a thin lacing around the rim of the glass pretty quickly.

Aroma: Chocolate and roasted coffee beans upfront. Definitely some hints of the honey and a spicy note from the gesho. Undertones of vanilla and caramel sweetness. Really nice.

Taste: The chocolate and coffee beans give off the quality of the stout portion of this upfront. A light acidity lingers after the initial roasty notes. I definitely get the honey and gesho root in there. Nice balancing touches of vanilla and caramel on end. Nice and complex. All the flavors really work well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, a really solid and well balanced stout. Incredibly easy to drink with nice clean flavors. This would is really good on its own, but putting this in barrels would be great. Hopefully, I will get to try this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark black color with a thick chocolate brown foamy head.

Smell is roasty and slightly sweet.

Taste is chocolate and roasty malt with the sweetness of the honey. A very smooth finish.

An excellent and slightly different stout. Will not hunt for it but would not pass up the chance to have it again.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of haazer
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third beer at the Blue Dog Pliny event.

A- Completely opaque, midnight black beer, no light at all. Forms a good 1 1/2 finger of brown sugar foam. Settles down to a nice cap and leaves webbed lacing.

S- The usual stout suspects here. Charred malt, vanilla, chocolate, toffee crisps, coffee, but there is a "freshness" to this. Must be whatever root that they used that I can't define but this smells great.

T- It's a bittersweet, symphony this beer. Bitter chocolate malts upfront with vanilla and coffee beans. Then the beer turns sweet with honey, and the natural flavors of the root. Delicious.

M- Medium bodied brew with mid to high carbonation. Could be a lot thicker but this still drinks easy.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It brings a different element to the regular stout profile. This beer proves the possibilities with stout variation is endless. I hope it inspires other brewers to experiment like Sam has. Hats off to Dogfish.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of pjs234
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark, almost pitch black, with a decent size three finger head that is brown in color. The head fades quickly with hardly any lacing.

S - The smell is roasty with a little bit of chocolate. Also, pick up a touch of sweetness, maybe honey.

T - Has a smokey or roasty flavor to start off. Picked up a lot of chocolate flavors. The finish is a tad bitter, but not in a bad way. A real nice after taste hangs out for a while

M - A touch on the thin side. Was really hoping it would be a bit more chewy.

O - A decent stout, but honestly nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Samstronaut
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of zachary80
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, cellared since purchase.

Black body. Dense brown head that is impressive. Near perfect lacing. Retention could be slightly better.

Aroma is slightly sweet with big maltiness. Slightly more muted than I'd prefer.

There is a slight minty/herbish flavor, something unfamiliar, so I'm guessing it's the gesho root. The primary flavors are coming from the roasted malts of the stout base are bold and welcome. Dry and sweet are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, carbonation is relatively low, alcohol hidden. Good for an imperial stout.

Overall a good/very good imperial stout but nothing particularly stands out about it beyond what I think is the gesho character, which doesn't really improve the beer beyond making it unique.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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