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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown to black color with a tan head with little retention or lacing

S-rich roasted malt and coffee flavor with hints of chocolate

T-roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with slight hints of bitterness

F-medium body with light carbonation and some smoothness

O-a good Imperial stout but not in a class with the best

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

Impenetrable Raven black with a thick root-beer colored head, decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma is probably the most complex and inviting part of the beer. Very light roast, a whisper of smoke, hint of black patent, and something more prominent that reminds me of black licorice. Perhaps this is the gesho? It isn’t hot, but there is enough booze wafting off this stuff to open my sinuses a little wider. Altogether, it is not overcomplicated but still fairly complex and deep.

A nip of black patent and roast, and coffee notes lay down the dark foundation. Malty sweetness is ever so vaguely present, adding some depth. The licorice like element described in the aroma is similarly minimal as the sweetness, but it too is noticeable and enhances the flavor. Very mild, consistent bitterness is apparent from start to finish.

Strong carbonation, full body without really being rich, not particularly viscous or drying, with a super clean ever so finite bitterness.

Damn, I just swallowed the last drops. I wish there were more! While there were moments when I wished it were just a little bit sweeter/richer/maltier, this is a pretty amazing beer. If I could obtain more and get it home I’d love to see how it cellars. But I’m grateful to have tried it. The smoothness, balance, complexity and the synergy of those elements (with many other contributing factors tucked inside them) is pretty impressive. And delicious. Thank you to Sam and his crew at DFH! Seems to me like a lot of folks do way too much “hating” on DFH, but I really appreciate their expertise and experimentation (even if some of those experiments fail to hit the mark).

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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 legalpete19340
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown almost black with copper highlights. Thin skim of head appeared but gave up right away. Coating was amazing.

S: Very sweet with dried, candied cherries and some dark chocolate. Almost a candied ginger note to it. Not getting much else.

T: Comes on very mild with roasted malt delivered via toasted multigrain bread then immediately the sweetness comes through. Not really chocolate covered cherries but similar, dates maybe? and then a sense of Milano cookies. Almost honey almond granola flavor. The end is nice and clean with an earthiness in the back. Leaves me wanting another sip.

M: Syrupy and a bit chewy, but nothing over the top. Very flat.

O: Very unique beer. Enjoyed drinking it and would take another swing at it given the chance. The sweetness really dominated but not in a typical chocolate or fruity way. Wanted just a bit more roasted grain and malt.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of chilly460
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very syrupy, clean looking black. Very minimal mocha colored head to start, dissipates to a ring on the outside of the glass. Minimal lacing, but the beer coats the glass with a sticky sheen.

S: Interesting beer. Initially, not much in the way of roasty malts that I'd expect. Get a lot more of the honey in there, clean sweetness. Also more of a tart, tannic smell, thinking green apple. As it warms up, get more of a sweet chocolate aroma.

T: Again, fairly unique beer. Initially on the palate, standard light roast malt is what I get, like a mild porter really. Switches to some semi-sweet chocolate. The unique profile is the tart cherry, or maybe green apple that I'm getting...similar to a clean cider. Honey aspect clearly impactst this beer.

M: She's a heavyweight for sure, syrupy, low carbonation. This is my preference for this style, so this was a positive. The bit of tartness in the flavor keeps it from being overly heavy though.

O: Enjoyed this one for the unique aroma and flavors. Liked the tart kick that it provides. Would like to see the roastiness be more robust, otherwise it's a nice change of pace.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Batch 1. 2010.

A: Pours black with a half inch of dark brown head that faded into a soft fuzzy collar that left wispy lacing down the glass.
S: Rich notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. I get a touch of alcohol as well.
T: Follows the nose with dominant flavors of thick chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, coffee and a hint of caramel and vanilla. I get a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar in the finish, and the aftertaste is chocolaty and smooth. There’s a bit of marshmallow, solventy alcohol, and roasted coconut in there as well.
M: Tingly carbonation is noticeable, body is thick but not the thickest, and the mouthfeel fairly fluffy, smooth and soft. The solvent alcohol isn’t warm, but it is a bit off-putting.
O: Better than I was expected, and thankfully not to sweet. The solvent isn’t too bad at this point, but it is still present.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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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%

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

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a very deep black with a huge 2 finger dark tan head with great retention and lacing.

S - Lots of roasted malt character with slight alcohol notes and slightly sweet.

T - The beer starts rather silky with the malt up front and slowly fades into a more developed medium/full body with mild bitterness. There is a detectable sweetness, perhaps from the honey, and notes of fruit. The beer finishes with a nice alcohol warmth but not overpowering. Rather dry.

D - Very

Overall, I really didn't know what to expect after watching Brew Masters. I ended up really enjoying this beer. If they brew it again I'd love to grab a few to enjoy and a few to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-08-2011 19:34:58

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black, allowing zero light to come through the edging. There is over an inch of mocha colored head that sits for a while and leaves webby lacing behind.

The nose is unique and unusual of course - DFH's calling card. There is some sweet honey and a strange medicinal scent. A bit of licorice. Where's the roast?

The flavor is similar but holds more stout-like characteristics than the nose suggests. There is some of the same notes noticed in the nose which must be the gesho or whatever the hell it is. It is unusual and strange as always. I get a strange Robutussin flavor within that is anything but appealing. Damn it Dogfish Head! Can't you just release a brew that has some traditional (non-werird-as-fuck) flavors to it!!

The mouthfeel is nice a creamy with a medium body and a suiting amount of carbonation. Possibly the best characteristic of the brew.

Overall, this is NOT your average stout and has some unusual and unpleasant flavors that I do not enjoy so much, not because of their unfamiliarity, but rather how they were placed within a category which should be made traditionally. Where's the roast?

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seeswo for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous, solid black with a cap of light brown head which quickly recedes to a ring. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Roasted and chocolate malt meld very nicely together, some earthiness/bark/spice, vanilla, and honey as well. I was expecting more honey.

T: Similar but with the malt being more prominent, cherry bark, finishing dry with a bit of bitterness. This has a bright note characteristic of the style, but it's sometimes showing as almost sour.

M: Full bodied and medium carbonation. Creamy. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

O: An interesting take on an RIS. Smells quite good, taste doesn't quite live up.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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