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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.Featuring the album’s iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew will be unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, June 5, National Building Museum, Washington DC. Haven’t experienced the Bitches Brew album? Two 40th anniversary editions of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew -- a Legacy Edition and a deluxe Collector’s Edition -- will be available Tuesday, August 31. The newly created ale is designed, according to Dogfish founder and president Sam Calagione, "as the ultimate partner for chili or spicy curry chicken" and best enjoyed "sipped cool, not cold, from a snifter or red wine glass while listening to the Bitches Brew album." Calagione was drawn to the alchemical spirits in Bitches Brew right out of college, acquiring a copy of the album "within months of the first time I brewed a batch of homebrew in my apartment in New York City. I listened to it when I was writing my Dogfish business plan. I wanted Dogfish Head to be a maniacally inventive and creative brewery, analog beer for the digital age. You could say that my dream was to have Dogfish Head, in some small way, stand for the same thing in the beer world that Bitches Brew stands for in the jazz world. You can imagine how excited we are to be doing this project 17 years after I wrote that business plan." "There’s a spirit of innovation, of creativity and individuality, thats at the core of Miles’ music," said Adam Block, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Legacy Recordings. "Sam and Dogfish Head approach their art from the same place and consequently the marriage is an easy and cool one." Dogfish Head and its "off-centered ales for off-centered people" were the subject of "A Better Brew," an article in The New Yorker (Nov. 24, 2008) examining the rise of extreme beer. "Beer has lagged well behind wine and organic produce in the ongoing reinvention of American cuisine. Yet the change over the past twenty years has been startling," wrote Burkhard Bilger. "Dogfish is something of a mascot for this unruly movement. In the thirteen years since Calagione founded the brewery, it has gone from being the smallest in the country to the thirty-eighth largest. Calagione makes more beer with at least ten per cent alcohol than any other brewer, and his odd ingredients are often drawn from ancient or obscure beer traditions. It is to Budweiser what a bouillabaisse is to fish stock."


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1488) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Pours a dark brown almost classic black color with a true dark malt and alcohol aroma. Taste is deep and rich with coffee notes. Burnt malt flavor with a tinge of bourbon in the aftertaste. A good tasting complex beer for the style, I just wish it was a tad bit smoother.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerowulf (83) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Bomber into snifter. Strong raisin aroma. Sinewy lacing. Hint of alcohol mostly masked by chocolate and coffee notes. A very good, drinkable stout

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6318) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a medium sized fluffy brown head that left good lacing. The aroma was roasty, cocoa and floral hops. The flavor was very bitter with strong floral hops, roasty malts, coffee, anise, a bit of cocoa and a vibrant smoky note. Long finish of smoke and floral hops. Medium body. Ok.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1176) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2016
750ml bottle pours an opaque dark brown/black with tight tan head that leaves some lacing. I followed the brewer’s advice and am drinking this slowly while listening to a live version of Miles Davis’ "Bitches Brew" band from 1970 at the Fillmore East. Aroma has lots of dark roasted malts, raisins, chocolate, and chicory. Taste is slightly sweet with a bitter finish. Body is full and chewy with average carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. I read about this one soon after I discovered craft beer 5 years ago and thought about going out of my way to find a bottle. Eventually one showed up on the shelves of my neighborhood store. This is not the holy grail of dark beers I once thought it might be after reading reviews and all the hype. After 5 years of trying many imperial stouts and after 38 years of listening to the album, I can say that album Bitches Brew is still a classic, and this is one of the better Imperial Stouts I’ve tried. I wonder how much Dogfish Head had to pay Miles Davis’ estate to get the name. When I want a heavy beer for bizarre jazz listening, I rely on Brother Thelonious, which is always available, and which supports the music phynancially.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (616) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Shared bomber. Snifter. Creamy, smooth, slightly sweet. Light chocolate and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1623) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 27, 2016
backlog. Bottle. Pitch black, small firm brown head. Aroma is molasses, roast, chocolate, port. A bit sweet but not overpowering, very tasty. Medium bodied but complex. Super drinkability. Really nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5190) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Black pour from 22oz bottle at home. Tan foamy head. Cocoa and raisin aroma. Milky licorice and cocoa taste. Complex. Pretty good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (341) - - JAN 22, 2016
Big roast, chicory (probably from the geisha root), and some anise. Taste is roast, anise, and chicory. Wish there was some more honey, not really getting any. After it has warmed up, a more pronounced dark chocolate aroma appears. The taste also is more chocolate, and some slight honey.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (670) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bomber to a pint. Viscous black pour with mocha head. Ample dark chocolate and espresso. Some sweet honey notes. No idea what a gesho root tastes like? Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (940) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Tap at Stone Tap. Black with a medium brown head. Dark chocolate, dried raspberries, mollasses, ashy and slight alcohol aromas. Opens with a light berry sweetness before transitioning to a dry ashy finish. Medium to heavy body with a fizzy feel.


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