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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes from RIS tasting

A- opaque black with a finger of khaki head, coats the glass

S- dark chocolate bark, espresso beans, leather, roast, very enticing, bold, and dark

T- biggest improvement i've noticed from last year's batch, much bigger roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavors, bittersweet, some honey on the finish. some smoke even and a hard to describe leather/tar/tobacco note

M- could be a bit more viscous but still very coating and think

O- great example of an RIS, heavy in the dark cocoa/coffee department, much more so than i remembered from last years. not overly sweet and at $10 a bottle, very hard to resist

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a nice 2-finger dark tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some sticky lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has quite a bit of roasted malt. There are some aromas of chocolate and coffee. There are some scents of honey, mint, and a little bit of fruitiness. A very interesting nose.

T - The taste starts off with a good amount of roasted malt. There are some nice flavors of chocolate and coffee. A pleasant honey sweetness comes through. There are some other flavors of mint, a little bit of dark fruit, and a touch of booze. The finish leaves a lingering roasted bitterness behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a little bit of an oily feel to it. There is some sweetness, but it is mostly dominated by the roasted malt bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a little bit of a sipper, but it tastes really nice. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer. It is really interesting and unique. This beer just really worked for me, and i enjoyed it a lot. I recommend trying this one out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a 9 oz snifter for $6.25. Sampled 9/1/10.

A: Served with a finger and a half of medium dark brown head. Retention is incredible. The color of the body is 'middle of your eye' black with absolutely no light penetrating or colorful edges. Lacing has taken the form of BB shot sheets on every visible surface of the glass.

S: Very roasted. Chocolate and coffee dominate with a light organic solventy aroma in the background. A combination of mentholly tobacco, anise and sarsaparilla remind me of 'dipping' from my days of baseball. The nose is good overall but there is a slight awkwardness to the combination of aromas.

T: The taste is an improvement from the nose, as the flavors seem to marry up a little better. Sweetness is low, giving way to a pleasant hoppiness providing big bitter flavors of pine and resin. The yeast contributes some leathery notes. As expected, this beer is extraordinarily different from any other imperial stout that I've had to date.

M: Full body with a very thick and creamy texture. The finish is long and accentuates the astringent feeling on the tongue.

D: [Drinkability] A 9 oz pour was perfect for this intriguing beer. No need to age as the flavors are well integrated already and the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Sidenote: I've recently had a subsequent batch at the brewpub and, yikes, what the hell happened?!?!? I was not impressed at all. The taste was much more mushroomy and earthy. Such a complete cluster of flavors, I couldn't even choke down the small pour.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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