Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew
3,750 Ratings
Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 930
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer with a thick body and a nice cap of rich brown foam for a head. Retention is modest; lacing is decent. Things become still fairly quickly.

Aroma is a combination of roast maltiness, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and trace booziness. Sweet honey underneath everything else but it’s subtle.

Decent tasting stout that I’d say falls well short of extraordinary. All the flavors of the aroma are there; with the most prominent being roastiness, honey, and anise or black licorice. Bittersweet chocolate and an underlying solvent booziness are also apparent. Mildly sweet but not cloying.

Medium bodied in the end; could use a bit more chewiness. Somewhat sticky and moderately carbonated. Lingering aftertaste combines alcohol, licorice, and a vague medicinal note I didn’t particularly relish. A good but certainly not a great stout. Glad I was able to try this at a decent price (10.00 for the 750ml bottle).

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll freely admit that I'm more of an IPA guy, but this is a wonderful stout. Pours a dark black, with some brown tones and creamy head.

Smell is just wonderful. Chocolate and dark chocolate. Taste is well-balanced and the Russian Imperial hops shine in the mouth, and notes of honey comes through as well.

Easy drinking imperial stout that's really, really solid.

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Photo of tut2528
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter, a dark thick appearance with some carbonation. Decent head retention, leaves a thin lacing.

Smell: huge, huge bold chocolate along with sweet molasses. A smoky aspect is present along with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Taste:great balance of chocolate, malt, molasses, and slight honey are most noticeable aspects. It does provide a great unique smoky aspect that compliments everything else.

All around a good beer. This beer is extremely bold in character and drinking a "bomber" could be a bit much for one person depending on how much you enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage (Bottled in "2010 3E")

Beer is jet black with a large, thick cocoa coloured head. Dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing behind.

Smell contains honey, chocolate, roasted malt, plum. Some coffee. Quite rich and nice. I found that the honey and plum flavours were the most noticeable initially, while the coffee and roasted malt began to dominate after awhile.

Taste has a lot of chocolate, and the honey adds a bit of sweetness (though the honey is more recognizable in the nose). Quite well balanced between bitter and sweet, leaning toward the former. Interesting beer - noticeably different than most imperial stouts, but not so different that it is outside the style. Hard to finger the exact differences, though certainly the honey sweetness is part of it.

Moderate to high carbonation, full bodied. Fairly creamy.

A very good beer. I was close to a 4.5 as far as taste goes, but not quite there. This is the first time I have had this beer so I cannot say what (if anything) has changed in the time since it was bottled.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice oily black body. Head with brown and quickly faded away. No carbonation to speak of.

S - A nice mix of both chocolate and Coffee malts. Heavy on the chocolate. A nice leather presence.

T - Like the aroma was very heavy on the chocolate malts. Bittersweet chocolate! The roasted coffee notes were just enough to take the edge off the sweetness from the chocolate malts. There was almost a ginseng type flavor to the finish; which may have been the honey and gesho. Never had gesho.

M - Smooth and rich. Somewhat creamy. Although it was thick I really did not find it heavy on the stomach.

O - Great beer. I'm not really sure if I got the honey flavor. I also am not familiar with gesho. It certainly had a unique aftertaste that made it different from other beers from this style.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wow. Based on the pour alone I could have swore DFH bottled tar. This beer is dark. Not a lot of head, but the little there is stuck around until the last drop. The head is a cocoa color with hints of red. The beer itself is black as night. Dark enough where the SRMs become immeasurable.

Scent: The first thing that hits you are very dark malt aromas. Following the punch of malt comes the subtle flavors that add depth to this beer. Coffee. Honey. I even pick up a hint of tobacco. Very complex aromas. The honey shines through and isn’t overpowered by the strong roasted malt. The more you stick your nose in here the more you pick up. The complexity just keeps building.

Taste: This beer definitely drinks like an Imperial Stout. Very heavy roasted malt flavors. Warm, rich coffee notes. There is a hint of honey in the background, but unlike the aroma I find the taste is a bit overpowered by the dark malts. I can taste the alcohol on this one. Finishes with a bold, malty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: There is no denying that this beer is heavy bodied. I swear I could feel the weight just when I poured it. Only a 9% alcohol content but there is no hiding it. You will feel it’s boozy warmth come through when sipping. On my first pour, I found that the carbonation was quickly lost. My second our seemed to have a nice, sharp carbonation level with a bit more staying power.

Overall: This beer not only packs a punch, but is complex and delicate enough to seduce you into drinking more and more. As soon as you pour it you can tell this beer will be a rough Imperial Stout. That is exactly what comes through on both the nose and mouth, but what follows is the complex flavors from the honey and gesho root. The two sides of this beer combine to play beautiful music on your tongue. A true embodiment of the fusion between rock, funk, and jazz that we now know as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of brown head, nice lace, deep black body.

Rich malt in the nose, some chocolate.

Sweet and rich up front, barky and bitter, faintly tart at the end. Quite nice; drying and roasty.

Smooth, ifne carbonation.

A magnificent, complex, barky (gesho?) stout.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 3,750 ratings
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