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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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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  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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- Ale brewed with honey & gesho.

A: Black viscose motor oil pour is dead black in the glass with a nutmeg colored head that was thick and foamy with a milkshake like consistency that displayed a good rate of retention. Good skim coating for lace.

S: Rich roasted malt and roasted chocolate. Smoky charred wood, bitter, with a solid sense of strength.

T: Robust nature of roasted barley, wow, dark cocoa, rich dark coffee grounds. Believe it or not even through this dense nature of roasted malt you can still pick up traces of the honey here and there as well distinguish its consistency it lends to the body. Pleasant hints of currant and sweet dark fruitiness (plums) are about with a nice leave of silty wet campfire ash.

M: Malty, full bodied with an oily texture and a noticeable tingle of carbonation. Warm roastiness that leaves a pleasant reminder after the swallow of dark roast and sweet dark fruit.

O: very nice dark roasted nature that is surprisingly easy to drink. Rich, roasty and robust. Solid, would hold my attention on multiple occasion. Feels about right @ 9.0%.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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2/5  rDev -51.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with dry black chocolate notes and some light vinous notes. Taste I also dominated by light dry coffee notes with some black chocolates notes. Light vinous notes are also discernable and some light hoppy notes can also be detected. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and enjoyable though lacking a little something. Definitely not the best stout form this brewer.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very deep –deep brown color that let very little light penetrating through. The beer had a medium brown/dark tan head on it which faded relatively slowly giving way to very nice lacing.

Smell – The bitter chocolate and coffee aroma were strong in this brew. It mixed nicely with a bit of caramel aroma and some brown sugar.

Taste – The nose deceives the mouth in this case. I was originally expecting something with a bit more milk chocolate/ sweet coffee flavor, but instead was met with a quite bitter cocoa and coffee flavor. While it was unexpectedly bitter, it was quite nice none the less. The bitterness did lighten, a bit, as the taste advanced on from the initial flavor. It sweetened ever so slightly with some dark fruits and caramel mixing in. As the brew warmed, it also sweetened as well, but was still more bitter in nature and nothing I would call a sweet stout.

Mouthfeel – Moderate to heavy with a nice creaminess. Its carbonation was on the lighter side and allowed the beer’s bitterness to really settle on the tongue, leaving a bitter chocolate flavor lingering in the mouth.

Overall – Dry and bitter cocoa describe it the best. It was a nice brew to sit and sip and one that would go ideally with a light-sweeter meal ; providing a nice contrast.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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