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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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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

The color is a dark black with no highlights and three fingers of foamy dark brown head with some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is roasty at first with some dark malts there in the nose. There is a bit of dark chocolate with some nutty aroma that is hard to place. Some slight honey aroma does come out in the background while it's pushed aside by a dark earthy aroma.

The taste is big toasted malt with some bitterness in the back. Some dark chocolate flavor is there with some slight coffee flavor that is also a little chocolate moose flavor as well. There is some sweet flavor that is outlining this beer with the earthy bitterness taking the drivers seat for a short while.

The feel of this beer is big but has some interesting character that you will be involved the whole time with some interesting flavor. There is a good sized ABV here and lets itself be known before long.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle from the first release in 2010.

Appearance: The initial pour looks dark brown with reddish highlights, but its more opaque in the snifter. Dark brown head with retention thats not too great. Pretty decent lacing. 4.0

Smell: Malty with chocolate and a bit of almost peppery spiciness. There's a bit of old coffee. A touch of bandaid phenolic is unwelcome. 3.5

Taste: Its a strange, but not bad tasting imperial stout. Bittersweet chocolate and again old coffee. There's a bitterness through the middle which provides balance to the otherwise pronounced sweetness. 3.5

Mouthfeel: I think age has not been good to this. It feels sort of thin, and strangely a little fizzy. 3.0

Overall: Its OK. I had it on draft fresh, and seem to remember it as being quite good. Maybe its the aging. 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Stunner97
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark brown to black with not a speck of light coming through on this one, real nice brown foamy head, nice appearance perfect for stout

Smell- really rich roast y smell, coffee and espresso tones with faint dark chocolate smell

Taste- roasted malts up front and bitter coffee notes on the back end are very strong, nice balance overall but i would say the flavors on this are a bit thin and light for the style flavor lacks that extra kick of oomph but pretty nice flavor

Mouthfeel- the carbonation is little, overall the body is thin and light considering the style and the high abv,

overall/drinkability- overall this beer is very drinkable as its light and smooth and no one aspect of the beer is quite over powering, its leaves a nice long lingering flavor, overall its certainly probably far from the best russian imperial I have ever had though certainly a decent effort and perhaps one most drinkable examples i have had in while do to the lighter body

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed blind, part of blind bif #6

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of frothy tan foam that left lots of good oily lacing.

S - It has a nice roasted, slightly smokey and ashey aroma. There is also just a little bit of vanilla as well. Not overly done but just enough to be there but not overpowering.

T - The taste is a bit thin. A bit of chocolate, with some sort of weird chalky taste to it. There is hints of dark fruit as well. Its possible that this is aged as the flavors seem somewhat muted. I've let this warm up a bit and It has a nice mellow aftertaste, maybe some molasses or honey. there also seems to be almost a hint of pepper or spice coming through.

M/D - almost thin body with just a bit of creaminess to it. very light carbonation. It starts out a bit rough when cold but as it warms this really comes out of its shell and becomes very enjoyable.

I'm at a loss again on this one.
Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, batch 2. Very nice. I've had batch 1 but its been awhile and I wasn't able to pick it out.


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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Nubian goddess of a beer is edgy, angular and abstract, much like the inspiring music.

But, also like the music, isn't outwardly approachable. Its' more cool and distant on the palette. As you taste this, you feel like you can understand it better in a few years.

Think of a velvet painting of a Nubian warrior with a slinky, afro-laden vixen wrapped around his nether regions with both clad in a leopard-skin loincloth.

This really has some funky edges that might settle in time. But props to Dogfish head on matching the theme so perfectly with the tasting style.

I'd say this feels Kind of Blue. But that's another album.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 3,773 ratings