Miles Davis' Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
3,738
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
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Photo of colts9016
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few years back I was watching a program on some educational show and it showed a commercial about beer brewed by Dogfish Head. I was hooked, I sat and watched that program. The details are fuzzy now about what the program was called or when it aired. Sam from Dogfish Head wanted to create a brew for Miles Davis, and this is the said brew. Okay enough blabbering, I acquired this beer a year or two after the programmed aired and now I am drinking it. Poured into my Stone RIS at about 50 degrees. The beer created a nice one and half finger dark tan head with really good retention, after a vigorous pour. The beer is as dark as night.

A very rich roasted malt, honey, molasses, espresso, earthy, woody, bready, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of floral.

A very pleasant roasted malt, honey, dark roasted coffee, earth, herbal, toffee, vanilla, yeast, floral, and some wood.

The mouthfeel is coating, a little thin, little carbonation, and the finish last.

I don't know what gesho is, but I will be finding out soon. The beer is fairly balanced, with a medium body. The beer is rich with flavors, yet seems so simple, with some sweetness. The more I drink this beer the more I am seeing seeing things that could be better. The body is really thin, better stouts are thicker. the beer is good not great.

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Photo of corywalston
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Robert-Alexander
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cnoonan73
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gambyt20
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franktankthe
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeanninewright
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of aufie
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Jet black nice thin mocha colored head, decent lacing.

Smell - Nice rich chocolate some coffee, vanilla and honey. Roasted malts and an earthy smell I assume from the gesho root.

Taste - roasted malts and dark chocolate dominate, little bit of sweet from the honey and again the earthy flavor from the gesho root.

Feel - Full feel coats the mouth good carbonation.

Overall - Very nice flavor and well balanced taste and smell.

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Photo of GangOf1
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atpbass7
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: pitch black, no light coming through. Really nice mocha head.

SMELL: typical imperial stout.. roasted malts, bitter chocolate, but with some sweetness from the honey. Not sure I detected any gesho root, but not like i know what the hell gesho root smells like.

TASTE: a lot of roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, and only a touch of sugary sweetness from the honey. Pretty smooth actually. Finishes with an interesting dry bitterness, I'm assuming from the gesho root??

FEEL: very thin and carbonated for an imperial stout. Feels more like a black ipa rather than a velvety stout. I personally downgraded this brew for its mouthfeel for sure, not a fan.

OVERALL: well crafted brew but not spectacular. The taste is actually well-balanced and pleasant, but the mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me here. Worth a try but nothing more.

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Photo of tregan_20
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corrado42
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of damndirtyape
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle, split with the Mrs., served in a snifter. No date on the bottle so I'm not sure when it was produced.

Appearance: Pitch black with a dense dark tan head. Thick stands and fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, hint of smokiness, and a woody/licorice-like aroma which I'm guessing is the Gesho root.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, honey, and a lightly herbal bitter finish. Very unique tasting stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with just right carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: A very unique stout and I'm enjoying having a stout which isn't a chocolate/coffee/bitter wallop of flavor. Don't get me wrong - I like all of those things in a stout, but this stout hits the style but brings along some other complementary flavors which are not dessert-like. A fine sipping beer and easily drinkable - went well with food as well (Mac & Cheese Lorraine - Gruyere/Bacon base). I would not mind trying this again even with the high cost.

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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