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Miles Davis' Bitches BrewMiles Davis' Bitches Brew
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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
920
Ratings:
3,719
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
23.24%
 
 
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497
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1,459
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Reviews: 920 | Ratings: 3,719
Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of dark brown head on top. I smell the honey, and sweet, dark malt. The flavor is a blend of sweet dark malt and bitter gesho that are cut by the sweet honey. The mouth is thick and creamy.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another "oh yeah" beer from Dogfish Head. Instead of complex, this beer is downright brilliant. I love Imperial Stout, but the addition of a honey element is brilliant. Again, one of the very best beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head fades very fast. Very minimal lacing.

S - Aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - The flavor is strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some light espresso. The honey adds a nice sweetness to the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This is a nice take on an Imperial Stout. The honey adds some nice depth to the flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of founddrama
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit. So dark. So robust. So… imperial. That big roasty stout flavor with those hints of honey; flirts with hop bitterness at the end like a finishing punch.

LOOK: So brown it's black. Totally opaque. Delicate brown head that settles quickly down into a thin ring around the glass.

SMELL: Low-key aroma that hints at the honey and roasted malt flavors ahead.

TASTE: Highly assertive. Big roast malt flavor like you'd expect from a stout, but then that sweetness from the honey. (Such a nice change from lactose or chocolate. Also: I don't know what flavor gesho is supposed to contribute but…)

FEEL: Thick, full, oily. Really coats the mouth and sticks around. And despite the serving temperature… warming.

P.S. After reading about gesho, I'm guessing that's the buttering agent here instead of hops. That must be the "finishing punch" I got.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unique "imperial" stout. Has a nice mead like finish. Very dark pour and head... Very smooth and sweet , thin body for how black it is. I like this a lot. I wonder if they ever barrel aged this?

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Photo of trickynicky
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a fan of honey but I wanted to try this beer based off it's great reviews, but I was not able to really enjoy this beer. I'm also not a fan of stouts, so that was probably why I did not enjoy this one.

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Photo of stompilator
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle, split between two snifters.

L- Poured a thick, dark brown, very light head.

S- Very inviting aroma of chocolate, honey, and malt.

T- Very characteristic of an Imperial Stout - chocolatey, roasty, with a subdued but very welcome hop flavor. Lots of subtle and complex notes, with the honey pleasantly fading in on the back for a fantastic finish.

F- Just what you'd expect from an Imperial Stout - full-bodied and lingering on the palate, but certainly not syrupy.

As Bitches Brew is perhaps my favorite album of all time, I had to really press to set aside any pretensions regarding this drink, but the complexity and balance simply can't be ignored. Just as big, wandering, and wild as the album for which it was brewed.

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Photo of marieli
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. I really liked this stout. Poured dark brown and looked great. Smelled subtly wonderful and inviting. Packed lots of flavor; nice blend of coffee, chocolate and malts. Started it a little cold which caused a slight bitter finish, but it warmed up nice and smooth. I recommend this beer and look forward to another some day.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweetness. Not bad.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smells of fruit, raisins, and coffee. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, and slight fruitiness. Beer is carbonated just perfectly with full body. Overall a very, very good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is sensational and something totally different. i cannot believe some of the negative write ups of this beer on here, totally unwarranted in my opinion, which is only as good as the next guys, but i honestly think this is pretty special beer. a nice gift from my girlfriend, who no longer really buys me beer, so i was feeling special myself when she did that for me. this is so sexy in appearance. inky shiny dark brown, plenty of viscosity, and a pillow soft mocha head with nice lace and stickiness as it slowly fades. aromas of tobacco and licorice along with the dark roasted malt. not too sure about gesho root, i have zero experience at all with it, but the beer does appear hoppy on the nose, so it could be contributing the bitterness and slight vegetal aromatic. the flavor is all about that honey with the dark malt richness. notes of jet puff marshmallow, espresso, and chicory are all here, earthy but really sweet too, molasses or some other raw sugar. it doesnt really come across like other stouts to me, there is more going on here, wonderful depth and complexity and nuance. a mild spice in the finish, could be the gesho but i just dont know it well enough to venture there. slight apple wine and marker finish, booze shows through a touch, but the more i sip the more i love this. a unique and wintery glass of ale, made all the better by sharing it with someone who i deeply admire. also, props for the miles davis tribute, his contribution to culture in this country is second to none.

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Photo of danh53
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with thin tan head a nice lacing. Smell is coffee and molasses. I get more honey in the taste. The mouth feel is medium bodied. Overall I'm getting a lot of sweet molasses in this one, and that's not my favorite flavor. This is a fine beer, just not what I am looking for. Don't think I will be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
1.93/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

This beer is NOT worth the money in my opinion. There was absolutely nothing special about this beer, it drank more like a strong porter or a weak stout. Apart from a cool special edition label to add to your collection / graveyard, this brew is a total waste of money.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review of Sept 2010 release. Consumed 4 years later Sept 2014.

A: thick light brown head, light brown as it pours into the glass. More carbonation than expected after 4 years of cellaring.
S: Pleasant aroma of sour fruit, tart cherries, dark chocolate.
T: Starts with tart fruit & cherries, middle taste of smooth creamy dark chocolate, nice clean dry finish.
M: Medium to high carbonation, medium body.
O: Lighter body than expected for a dark ale. I was expecting a thick dark stout not a medium body fruity sour and I was pleasantly surprised. A very tasty and extremely smooth sour ale that grows on you as it warms up. An amazing beer and its possible its not at its peak. I'll cellar the next one 5 years (unfortunately the only one I have left is a 2014 so I've a ways to wait).

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head, dark tan, with fantastic retention, and leaving tons of lacing behind. Beautiful black brew.

Sweet, roasty stout aroma with nice notes of molasses and liquorice. A bit of banana; just a bare hint of booze.

Flavor follows, with quite a bit of spice up front, nice roasty notes, molasses, a little slightly overripe dark fruit, and just a bit of dark chocolate lending to a bitter finish.

Fairly thick, extremely smooth feel. No real hint of alcohol; minor sting; silky smooth.

An excellent imperial stout. Just different enough to stand out, but not so different to taste odd or bad. Not quite incredible, but quite good.

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Photo of zac16125
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates but purchased within the last couple of months so presumably vintage 2014

A: Jet black, just over 1 fingers width of dense dark mocha colored head, which has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves only a few very small patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Quite unique, theres an astringent characters thats almost tart and some herbaceous characters. These odditiess are coupled with traditional stout flavors including roasted malt, smokey char, and leather. Subtle sweetness, but no real indication that its brewed with honey. 4

T: Heavy roasted malt, cream, char, oaky herbaceous. Theres a sweetness to it, but I wouldn’t have guessed it was made with honey if I wouldn’t have read that on the label. The astringency from the nose persists in the taste, but to a lesser degree and certainly no tartness. Ok palate profile, but I’m a bit disappointed. 3.75

M/D: Lighter side of full bodied, could def stand to be thicker. Carbonation is on the higher end which adds to a lighter mouthfeel. ABV unnoticeable. Drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Its good, but nothing special. Didn’t really get any honey characters like I was hoping for. Worth checking out, but not something I would seek out. 3.75

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There was an off flavor like burnt (not roasted) malt along with a strong vinegar flavor that threw me off a bit here, as well as a pretty watery mouthfeel that I was not expecting.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

350 ml bottle into a Stone IRS snifter.

A- 1-1/2 finger, dense, rich, dark brown head. Near black body shows dark brown-red edges when held to light. Head settles to a thin foam and leaves excellent rings.

S- Very aromatic and complex. Dark chocolate and strong brewed coffee with a brown sugar and hints of honey. Light raisin. Warmth brings a chocolate chip cookie quality.

T- More complexity. Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins met by lighter, sweeter component (maybe the blending of brews referred to on the bottle). Roasted flavor almost gets smokey. Hints of tart berries or cherries.

M- Full body, well-hidden alcohol. Smooth with moderate carbonation and a clean finish considering the "size."

O- Very bold and complex. Maybe a touch too much roasted flavor, though it mellows with warmth. Glad I tried it. Worth the extra dough, but I probably won't seek it out.

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

A: deep brown - no light even on the edges; creamy dark brown head that receded slowly to a thick collar; sheets of lacing;

S: coffee, roasted grains, mocha, maybe a touch of smoke

T: coffee is most prevalent; alcohol is noticeable; pretty sweet from mid-palate through the finish - could be the honey coming through; as it warms, the sweetness fades somewhat;

M; full bodied; creamy carbonation;

O: a little sweet for my taste, but the aroma and body are tremendous;

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Dark, complex, and full of harmony. This dogfish head release is fantastic and a fitting tribute to the great musician it is named for. I was impressed with the grassy hoppy notes mixed into the darker coffee and chocolate tastes. Not an everyday beer but one to be celebrated without a doubt

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Usual black stout color with a creamy tan head.

A bit of chocolate and honey on the nose. Big maltiness but not super powerful.

Nice cream and clean taste. This has got chocolate (sweet), honey suckle, wood notes, char, nuts, and ginger root.

Thick feel and very creamy. Goes down smooth and velvety.

Awesome beer! I got this on tap so I'm not sure how different the feel is compared to the bottle. But this is excellent.

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Photo of UncleDankins
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 750 ml into a Dogfish Head Snifter

Appearance: Color is a very dark brown, almost black, with an mocha colored head. Looks absolutely delicious sitting in my snifter.

Smell: Very sweet smell of chocolate, and strong smell of roasted barley.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and mocha with a bit of a burnt note thrown in. Not sure if the honey is what's adding to the sweet taste/aroma. Very mild bitterness. Lots of roasted malts towards the finish which adds some dry flavor.. A very light taste of alcohol which is reminiscent to brown liquors.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, silky texture. Very slight bitterness followed up by a dry taste.

Overall: A very good beer. Will most definitely be picking up another bottle for aging!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is only a review of an aged Bottle 2013

750 ml bottle poured into sniffer


A: beautiful dark rich blackness with a mocha head 


S: heavy licorice burnt roast chocolate 


T: licorice aged beers it goes that way usually.  It's not bad but I've had this beer fresh and its amazing 


M: fantastically thick mouth but with that added licorice taste that aging adds its cloying 


O: just ok aged I think fresh this beer is a contender the geisha root and honey is very hidden aged 

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle dated 08/2014. Served in a chalice at cellar temps.

Appearance: poured kind of thin with a thick brown head that rode the glass to the bottom, not quite black but more brownish with some turbidity.

Nose: chocolate, herbal, light coffee, honey, toffee, butterscotch

Taste: coffee, herbal, sweet coaco, honey, smooth, alcohol numbing sensation, menthol or mint

Dogfish says this can be aged with the best of 'em.. I'm going to acquire a few more bottles before they are gone for this year and see how they do over time.

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Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

750 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours almost pitch black with a mocha head that lingers a little and leaves a nice lacing around the side of the glass.

Smell: Heavy coffee smell with a little bit of honey and something I can't quite pinpoint.

Taste: it's like a nice imperial stout, but with a twist. Not picking up the honey so much as whatever else was on the nose. Either way, it's pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Lingering coffee aftertaste.

Overall: it's different, for sure. I like the different twist on a stout.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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