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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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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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Reaper16
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a cup at the hotel

Pours a deep dark black color. 1.5 fingers of mocha colored head. There's not much to say about an imperial stout that looks good. Nothing strikes me as outstanding here, but it does everything that it wants to do.

The first aromas I get are of the malt variety. There's roasted malt here, for sure, but there seems also to be as much caramel in the aroma as there is roast. Lots of sweet malt scents here, but not really as in sweet chocolate. My mind keeps registering caramel, but it's probably the tej honey talking. There's a medicinal, herb quality too that makes things interesting. Too sweet for me, but of obvious quality.

This beer's aroma predicted it's sweetness. This reminds me of a milk/sweet stout in some respects. There's no lactose here that I'm aware of, but that honey really changes the essential character of what would be a fairly roasty stout. The roast doesn't really hold up to the sweetness, but it is assisted by the herbacous roots. Together, those bitternesses help to balance the sweetness. I don't love this beer, but it's solid.

The mouthfeel is very disappointing to me. It's quite thin. Quite thin. I don't understand the reviews that talk about a full mouthfeel. What I drank was slick and slight. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout. I don't like the mouthfeel, but everything else is at least above-average. Perhaps not worth the price of admission, but a solid beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Augustiner Maßkrug

Pours a pitch black, dark brown head. fun to watch the bubbles during the pour. Smells like an RIS: dark roasted malt, bitter.Taste is the usual intense stout stuff (coffee chocolate), quite sweet, good amount of booze in the taste, nice and bitter and a tad dry. Mouthfeel has some creaminess, but really not like an RIS, good amount of carb esp for style.

Fairly sweet and decently carbed, I couldn't really pick up on the special roots and such. A good beer but not exactly a 'knock you socks off' one especially given the $14 price tag.

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