Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew
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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of output01x
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Dan3279 for digging this one out of his personal stash for me.

Poured from a 750 mL. capped bottle (Bottled In 2011) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger mocha-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin island and thin foam ring. The body is a near-black mahogany that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass between sips but never lasts long.

The nose is strong and sharp, with an emphasis on dark, bitter chocolate. Notes of cacao, dark fruits, and licorice are accompanied by an overlying earthy quality. As this beer warms, an alcohol aroma separates itself from the dark fruit aromas.

A sharp sweetness stings the tongue at the beginning of each sip. As the beer is held in the mouth, light flavors of burnt coffee beans, dark and milk chocolate, and honey. As the beer is swallowed, flavors of caramel, licorice, and plum come out. These are soon met by a slight alcohol flavor that mingles well with the dark fruit flavors.

The medium to full body does a great job of transporting and delivering the flavors while remaining smooth and playful. Even though it is rather sticky, it is not coating at all. The carbonation is barely noticeable but does create a nice, slightly foamy swallow.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of justintcoons
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 6 months aged.

A: Pours an impenetrable black with 3 fingers of deep brown head. Webbed lacing.

N: Dark chocolate, cola, cocoa, marshmallow, black coffee, honey and root beer.

T: Deep roasted barley, milk chocolate, raisin and some honey sweetness upfront. Mid-palate brings in some bitter dark chocolate, cola, cocoa nib, fig and black coffee along with hints of vanilla and marshmallow. Finishes with honey, sugary caramel and earth along with a subtle American hop presence.

M: Full bodied, silky, smooth and sticky.

O: This is easily DFH's best stout to date. Yes, much better than WWS which is just overkill. Big and malty. Bitter mid-palate but finishes sweet. Loads of chocolate and coffee along with some dark fruit, honey and a light earthiness. A solid Imperial Stout.

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4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark chocolate or espresso; a warm, opaque, earthy brown.

S: Burnt cacao nibs with a slight bitter edge.

T: Black coffee, soil, a slight sweetness and bitter vegetation.

M: Velvety and smooth but not as full bodied as the dark appearance indicates.

O: An amazing dark beer with a wonderfully complex flavor. Far more restrained and drinkable than a typical Imperial Stout. A worthwhile tribute to a great album.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a DFH signature pint. Bottle date 2010/03.

Appearance: Borderline black, head is thick on the first pour coming roughly a full inch off the body.

Smell: Bitter chocolate smell; not as as strong as some other stouts.

Taste: Complex, a beer that could be renamed "bitter-sweet". Has the properties of chocolate, slightly sweet but bitter like a wood.

Mouth: Medium, almost full to some tongues leaves you wanting more.

Overall: A gem in it's own right. This is not good beer at all it is GREAT! I haven't had this since the 2010 holiday season and I am gonna take my time finishing this bottle on hand. A lot of DFH beers are limited here in the Long Island area. Regardless you see it grab it, pour it in a glass ....Salud!

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Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost exactly a year and a half from trying this on draft upon it's release... This is a Batch #1 bottle that I've been patiently sitting on since then...

A - Two plus fingers worth of cascading dark brown froth that visibly churns and bubbles as it settles... Above average retention gives way to a full slightly creamy even lacing... The color is a deep dark opaque flat black... Mostly still with only an occasional stray carbonation bubble here and there... A little bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Lightly roasted malts... Milk chocolate... A mild coffee presence... All in equal proportions that ebb and flow and continue to fight for the spot light... A touch of honey... Perhaps some dark fruits as well... Just the faintest kiss of licorice...

T - A very subtle sweetness permeates throughout... Honey... Raisins... Some other dark fruits... A touch of caramel... The roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee alluded to by the aroma take a distant back seat to the sweetness... Perhaps some light vanilla notes as well... There is a very subtle touch of licorice on the finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly viscous... Very lightly carbonation... Sleek... Smooth... Moderately sticky... Even and consistent...

D - A very very nice American Double / Imperial Stout that does very well with a bit of cellaring / aging... Even though I'm not the biggest fan of the Bitches Brew album, any brew in honor of musically genius that was Miles Davis is all right by me...

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours opaque black with slight copper hues around the edge. A thin ring of head that stuck around

Heavy tones of coffee along with a honey sweetness and some stone fruits. I get some fig as well.

Coffee is the dominant flavor, but also a unique floral character that I'm assuming comes from the gesho as it's not quite like any hop profile I've had before. The honey provides an additional sweetness that made it a bit cloying at times when warmed.

Fairly thick mouthfeel. A bit chewy and syrupy as it warmed.

Fairly good beer. There are a lot of good things going on here, but it's just a bit too sweet dinging the drinkability. The first few sips were delicious, but it got taxing to finish. I'd love to see how this one is with the honey dialed back a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

I have searched for this beer for two years and finally had an excellent trade. I almost hated to open the bomber, afraid it might not live up to the hype. This beer poured a thick, burnt umber into a snifter and left a two inch chocolate milk colored head. Scent is of roasty malts and a subtle, berry. Tastes of dark roasted malts and bitter, dark chocolate with a hint of tartness. Has a creamy, soft mouthfeel with a soft effervescence. I am searching for the honey but it's not there in an "in your face" sweetness. Somewhere in there is a salty, soy sauce note and a whisper of smokiness. Maybe some chicory root and anise or licorice. As it warms, it grows more complicated and had a dark chocolate with raspberry tone and a splash of coffee. Nicely layered and balanced, this beer does not disappoint. I can see why it's so highly rated. I am going to be sad when I get to the bottom of the glass.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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