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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm light tan head, very good retention, light lace.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, light honey.

T: Heavy dark chocolate with some nice brown sugar flavours. Dark malt dominated with a nice undercurrent of honey.

M: Quite smooth, full-bodied, lightly boozy.

D: A good beer, but quite a sipper, the 750 lasted me well over 2 hours. Put on some Miles Davis and enjoy.

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Photo of silentjay
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a viscous dark brownish black that is opaque and creates a very dark mocha colored head that is made up of tiny cascading bubbles that give the impression of a nitrogenated pour. it quickly settles to a thin film and leaves tons of lacing. very nice.

lots of dark malts in the aroma with a nice honey sweetness and a good amount of bitterness and charcoal as well. some dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. amazing.

first sip and i immediately have that big sigh release from my body. you know that sigh, the one you have after a long day of work with unneeded stressors and all you want is a beer, and after your first sip you just release all of your day's problems. Yah, that kind of sigh, and I had the night off of work and i had a couple of beers at dinner time.

the flavor starts off roasty and chocolatey but quickly transitions to a honey sweetness with a quick lasting sharp hop bitterness. the honey again takes over for the aftertaste. Its nice, but as I move through the bottle, I wish the honey was toned back just a bit and the roastiness was a bit stronger.

medium to full bodied with a honey sticky sweetness on the swallow that isnt quite right for a stout. would like a more drying roasty finish, but this is ok.

drinks very well. alcohol is integrated very well and provides a bit of warming, but no harshness. not the best, nor most complex stout i have had, but close to it. I will definitely pick up a couple more of these before its all gone.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bomber with "Bottled in 2010 F" stamped on the neck. Pours a brackish deep brown, almost black. Very little head. Aroma is sweet. Hints of honey and coffee. The taste is more sweetness. Has some honey with a bit of a chocolate coffee taste. A bit lighter mouthfeel than I had expected. Overall its decent but I thought this would have a bigger taste to it, seeing as how it was a limited, one time brew. Good RIS, but I've had better.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown bomber. Label states beer is brewed with honey and gesho. Had to look that one up; gesho is a tree native to Ethiopia and is often used in their form of mead called Tej.

Beer pours a thick dark brown with a light brown head. Light is impenetrable.
On the nose, is deep roasted malts, espresso, a touch of honey, and chocolate.
Medium body with mild carbonation. A light hop bitterness mixes nicely with the deep chocolately roasted malts and honey. Alcohol comes through in the finish. There is an earthy character to the palate that must be from the gesho. This ones sticks to the roof of your mouth.
A strong sipper.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly bitter chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of vanilla flavors and very slight amounts of molasses. The molasses fades out quickly allowing the malts to carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this wasn't the most flavorful beer in the world but it was still pretty damn good. This one had the intangibles but unfortunately missed the chance to hit it out of the ballpark with more robust flavors. Still, a solid beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, opaque brown that is almost black. A small, bubbly tan head forms that recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Toasted malt and toffee. Lots of dark, milk chocolate. Lightly syrupy molasses with a woody aroma. Some herbal aromas as well, maybe from the Gesho? Really nice and intriguing.
T: Full on big and lushes malt character. Lightly roasted, but more of a toasted toffee flavor. Big milk chocolate with a dry woody flavor. A light herbal flavor lingering. Very nice and nuanced.
M/D: A full body that is low on carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Velvety smooth, creamy, and decedent. So smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is almost nonexistent. A great beer to sip on.

This is really well incorporated. One of the best I have had from Dog Fish Head. Unlike the notorious album, this has lots of nuance and complexity. Highly recommended.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to ericwo.

Pours black with one half finger of tan head with an underwhelming retention.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, and a very light spice. The scent is not too roasty and has a nice sweetness with no presence of alcohol.

Taste of sweet dark fruit, bitter roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, honey, oatmeal, oak, and cinnamon. A tasty Imperial Stout, I would really like to see how this tastes with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with a fairly strong carbonation.

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Photo of hdofu
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well you know I get excited about Russian Imperial Stouts, and the idea of one based on a jazz Great Like Miles Davis (Imperial Stouts seem to like doing that as I recall another one based on a Frank Zappa Album). This beer pours motor oiled color with almost no trace of a tan head which didnt hang around. It smells like burnt coffee and it tastes bitter sweet, with alot of complicated shades to the bitter such as berries, chocolate, coffees. It is very thick too and hot from the alcohol. Overall I think its pretty drinkable although being as strong as it is it might not be great to down too much of it

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
It pours the typical pitch black but looks much thinner. Not much lacing from the head. It smells of honey, molasses, roasted malts. Taste it fairly similar to its smell. Not much depth here The after taste was slightly metallic. .
Lots of carbonation and a very light body. This one was pretty one dimensional with the honey. Its boring and just didn't have much flavor overall. I was looking forward to this one but ended up getting disappointed.

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Photo of DKter
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head has done Miles Davis' legacy proud. Like a little cousin to DFH's Worldwide Stout, the flavor big but not overwhelming, and it's not quite as sweet or bubbly. But it's smoother and very tasty, and drinkable enough that if you split a 750ml, you'll be fighting for the bigger glass.

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Photo of Brew33
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bitches Brew 2010

Pours a very solid black with a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. The aroma is dark malts, some sweetness. No hops to be found. Light aroma.
The flavor was really good. The integration of flavors in this beer is exceptional. Everything is integrated perfectly. Really nice balance. Sweet but never too sweet. Very little grain or hop bitterness. Butter smooth. Little evidence of the alcohol. Sticky on the lips. Medium bodied. The drinkability is very high considering the style and abv. A really nice beer at a reasonable price. Well done DFH!

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Photo of bierguru
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - up there with the darkest of dark chocolate color lace keeps fairly well looks like a typical russian imperial stout

S - im guessing that the first smell i get that i cant pin point is the gesho very interesting very odd but not in a bad way you also get a slight roast coffee smell

T - awesome!!!! flavors pop more as well as change as the beer warms up Ive never had gesho before but im thinking there is a strong taste of it as well as honey and as it warms up the gesho fades and a flavor of cuban coffee takes over

M - smooth cuban coffee like

D - i would literally drink this all day its that good

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Photo of flannelman808
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very dark midnight black and has a rather thin light brown/purple head. poor retention with ok lacing.

S: Nice smell to this one! Interesting herbal component (Im assuming a result of the Gesho). Dark roast coffee bean with maybe a hint of honey and clove in the follow through.

T: This stuff is really effing good. Extremely unique flavor combination. French roast coffee bean bitterness as expected what isn't is what must be the effect of the gesho. Its a really nice spicy compliment to the coffee... kind of like chicory but part something else I cant put my finger on... GOOD for sure.

M: prickly

D: very high for me even higher given the abv

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

Found this at McScrooge's in Knoxville, TN of all places, in a 22oz bomber with red bottle cap. They got it in the day before.

As it comes out of the bottle it seems looks like a porter, dark with a thin mocha foam and not much carbonation. After it settles it takes on the appearance of flat cola.

Maybe it was the way it looked, but I also got cola in the nose, but not as the dominating scent. Buckwheat honey was the primary player and coffee made a showing as well. Some herbal presence stalked around in the background.

The taste was interesting and took a while to get a good handle on. This is definitely sweet and the cola theme continued onto the tongue, but more dominantly. The honey contributed and the herbal presence added a bitterness to the taste. There was also an iron-like astringency after the beer warmed. The iron tang you get from the blood that enters your mouth if you split your lip. Distracting, but not a total deal breaker.

Your first sip gives an immediate tingle on your lips so although the beer looked like flat cola, it has quite a lot of carbonation to it. This gives it a lighter than expected body.

Overall, not a bad beer and one of the better ones DFH has yielded outside of more standard styles. It still seems to be muddied concoction that could use resting for a little bit.

UPDATE: I've since had another bottle and wonder what was in the first one I had. The second one showed much better head along with retention and lacing. The carbonation level was much better and the mouthfeel was thick, but not overly so. The cola flavor was still there but not n early as strong and may be a matter of tongue-memory from the last one. LOL The stout showed through more clearly with more assertive bitterness than I remembered and the honey supplied some nice balance with its earthy sweetness.

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Photo of electrobunny
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Rich black body with a finger of frothy tan head.

S: Killer aroma. Rich chocolate, graham cracker-like grains, molasses, toffee and a touch of earth in the nose.

T: Fantastic flavor. Chocolate sweetness and roasted nuts hit the palette right out of the gate. Toffee and brown sugar are also prominent with a nice underlying floral spicing. Earthy finish with some soft notes of honey and sweetbread. Coffee is a little more prominent as it warms.

M: Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Almost chewy and slightly coats the palette. Has a nice full body with good amount of carbonation.

D: I'm loving this beer. Dessert in a bottle. ABV is very well hidden. Maybe a little cloying but well put together with some great chocolate and herbaceous spicing.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is actually the second bottle I've bought of this beer. The first was savored as part of a celebration. This bottle will be reviewed.

Pours a pitch black color with a one-finger brown head into my glass. Good as always.

Aroma is full of coffee with a slight hint of chocolate. Just a bit of cream on the nose as well.

Taste is full of coffee and cocoa with a creamy texture. Alcohol is kept well-hidden at the back. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel has lingering chocolate, coffee and cream. Nothing unusual. Very much what I had expected out of the style.

It's certainly a good example of the style. People expecting something off the wall may be disappointed. Otherwise, if you want another great example of a RIS, try this.

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Photo of Anaz
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the deep black color of this beer and it's huge, foamy coffee colored head. The head lingered forever and left a great lacing down the glass.

The dark malt aromas mingled with toffee, coffee, licorice and a touch of sweetness really beckoned my first sip, which did not disappoint. The roasted malt flavor was beautifully accented by bitter coffee and complex dark caramel sweetness with underlying flavored of chocolate, raisins, and plums.

I loved the fine carbonation and surprisingly light body. The slight syrupiness was well balanced by the bitterness and alcohol warmth. This was a big beer that was far too drinkable for it's strength, and I was both glad and sad to have only bought one bottle. Great job, and I hope I can find more before it's gone.

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Photo of foogerd
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black as night with bubbles from carbonation surrounding the glass. Huge coffee colored head after an aggressive pour plenty of lacing
S- you got all the typical aromas of a RIS roasted malts expresso coffee light vanilla theres a slight twinge of honey then theres some floral quality that surrounds these typical smells
T- for an RIS it feels really light on the palette nothing unique and unexpected of a stout of this style , there is a slight sweetness from the honey which balances out the bitterness typical of a RIS. Whatever this gesho is i cant find it.
M- a little bit on the thin side of the spectrum for the style
D- very very drinkable watch out!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium globe.

A: Opaque black with a two finger tan head.

S: Very strong smell of fresh coffee beans and dark chocolate. Some sugary sweetness and faint alcohol is also apparent.

T: A mildly spicy earthiness (I assume this is the gesho root) gives way to sweet sugars, then dark chocolate and a very pleasant and slightly woody roastiness dominate the finish. Honey also pops up again slightly in the finish, and even after I finish the last sip, I can still taste the sweetness when I lick my lips.

M: Moderately heavy. A bit thinner than I expected though.

D: It was a bit sweet, but I didn't have much of a problem finishing the 750ml bottle.

This beer is just what I have come to expect from Dogfish Head. A very creative brew and a solid offering. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown as it pours, black in the glass. Deep, rich, dark, brown head on this. It looks creamy and delicious.

S: Sweet chocolate, some light coffee and a slight bit of tang in an almost lactose way. Something in there, that I can't define.. perhaps a little salty?

T: Roasted malts right away. Then it fades to a bit sweeter flavor, perhaps this is the honey coming out. I am still picking up a hint of lactose... but that seems to fit pretty well in this brew. Don't know if I can pick out the Gesho, but it is certainly an interesting brew. The finish is nice and roasty, and the booze is well hidden. As it warms it does seem to become a bit more herbal, or perhaps spicy.

M: Medium bodied, and fairly high carbonation. Overall it is nice, and the flavor lingers on your tongue for a while.

D: Very good and tasty, the mouthfeel is good, but this doesn't really impress me in the flavor category. Very nice, though it does not really stand out from a lot of other stouts, interesting yes. Amazing.. no.

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Photo of jonB
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours a deep black with a small ring of foam. The nose has a faint smell of alcohol and a strong malt presence. The first sip delivers a strong taste of a roasted malty stout, which is followed by the higher alcohol sweetness of a mead. It has the bitterness of coffee, but balanced out by the sweetness of dark fruit and finishes smoothly. Great beer to get a taste of.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that I have not been a big fan of DFH brewery with very few hits and more misses of the beers I have tried from them.

A - OK, let's start with the bottle. An absoultely cool bottle, one that I will share. Cool concept paying tribute to the great Miles Davis. Pours very dark with a nice tan head.

S - Very nice. RIS that is toned down a bit. Coffee/Chocolate/Fruits all come through.

T - Really good. Has some of the typical RIS with dark fruits,coffee, chocolate, and then just enough of a change up in the sweetness profile to make you take notice. Great job.

M - Very rich and satisfying.

D - Very nice. Hides the ABV and is very pleasant.

All in all, my favorite beer from Dogfish. I am going to go out and pick up some more of these. Very nice.

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Photo of garbercury
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to this one, served in my favorite snifter...This might be my favorite bottle art ever...Miles Davis in the house!

A--Dark opaque brew, nothing unusual.

S--Oh yeah, I smell the honey, enjoy the sweet aroma off of this one.

T--This is a nice RIS. Malt and barley for sure, but in typical DFH fashion, unique. You can taste the honey in the finish, it is a different flavor. Definitely dark coffee flavor in this one, it IS an RIS.

M--Good silky MF

D--I am glad I grabbed a couple of bottles of this, I want to age this one and see how it develops. I recommend this one if you enjoy the RIS and edgy beers DFH is never afraid to brew!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured black like motor oil with barely any head that was brown and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: off the bat I got dark fruit notes with a minty smokey character, black licorice , chocolate malts, slight lacto notes, and faint underlying booze aromas; pretty complex.

T: Upfront the licorice, chocolate malts, and slight coffee notes come together with slight smokey character but had raisins, brown sugar, and dark fruit accents.

M: The brew was medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, silky, and slight bitter finish.

D: It drank decent but was a bit too smokey for my liking when it comes to RIS's. Still a decent offering from DFH but it really didn't tickle my pickle.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to come across this one in my local beer store. 750ml bottle...

A: Super pitch black with no light shining through. A thick 1 and 1/2 inch dark mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Perfect!

S: Bitter roasty coffee upfront followed by some faint hints of dark fruit. Chocolate in the middle with hints of raisin. Faint vanilla. Good.

T: Bitter roasty hops upfront quickly followed by sweet vanilla malts with hints of eathiness on the backend. Very burnt coffee bitter brew. Decent.

M: Leaves a nice syrupy stout feel on your palate. Heavy body with decent carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the bitter roast, this goes down very easy. Good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not great, not bad, but decent. I wouldn't bother hunting it, but if you have access, it's a good one tim try.

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