Beer of The Week: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

Posted on December 7th, 2010

About The Beer: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew is a very special beer indeed. As documented on the new Discovery Channel show Brew Masters this beer was brewed by the Delaware brewers in collaboration with the estate of Miles Davis to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Davis’ landmark album Bitches Brew. When it was released in 1970 the album helped usher in an entire new type of jazz: fusion. Using electronic instruments and unusual time signature Davis merged rock and jazz in a new and exciting way that has made it one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. In keeping with the album’s bold hybrid of two different music genres Dogfish Head made a brew which combines two different types of beer. It consists of three parts imperial stout to one part honey beer with gesho root that come together to make one tasty beer.

In a Nutshell: Like Miles Davis’ album, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew combines two styles into one unique taste everyone should try. 4 out of 5

Review: The back story to this beer is obviously what’s attracting the most attention to it, but when you get past all the hype it’s actually a pretty solid beer on its own. Because it’s made with 3 parts imperial stout to one part honey beer the heavy sweetness of the stout is what shines through the most. The honey beer adds a lightness and crispness to the beer that is most noticeable in the after taste. Overall it tastes like a very good stout with a clean and light finish. It’s not exactly as boldly experimental as the album, or some of Dogfish Head’s other brews, but it is a delicious brew that honors Davis’ legacy.

Beeriety Rating: 4 out of 5


  • Three parts imperial stout and one part honey beer! One of my all-time favorite creations by Dogfish Head, I gave this beer a 5 out of 5.

  • I agree. Dogfish Head nailed this one. I give it 6 out of 5.