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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1219) - - MAY 20, 2014
From BA review on 2-25-12 - Served in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a very deep –deep brown color that let very little light penetrating through. The beer had a medium brown/dark tan head on it which faded relatively slowly giving way to very nice lacing. Smell – The bitter chocolate and coffee aroma were strong in this brew. It mixed nicely with a bit of caramel aroma and some brown sugar. Taste – The nose deceives the mouth in this case. I was originally expecting something with a bit more milk chocolate/ sweet coffee flavor, but instead was met with a quite bitter cocoa and coffee flavor. While it was unexpectedly bitter, it was quite nice none the less. The bitterness did lighten, a bit, as the taste advanced on from the initial flavor. It sweetened ever so slightly with some dark fruits and caramel mixing in. As the brew warmed, it also sweetened as well, but was still more bitter in nature and nothing I would call a sweet stout. Mouthfeel – Moderate to heavy with a nice creaminess. Its carbonation was on the lighter side and allowed the beer’s bitterness to really settle on the tongue, leaving a bitter chocolate flavor lingering in the mouth. Overall – Dry and bitter cocoa describe it the best. It was a nice brew to sit and sip and one that would go ideally with a light-sweeter meal ; providing a nice contrast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lacing cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, honey, herbal, light anise, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/herbal spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, light anise, honey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, light anise, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of big roasted/bready malt and moderate honey/herbal spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity of robust roasted/bready malt and moderate honey/herbal spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (264) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Bitches Brew in the background. Pours like thick sauce. Brown creme head. Nice traditional stout bouquet. Quite bubbily, a bit sour at first or at least herbal. Gets bitter and and sweet and sticks around like a bitter coffee aftertaste. Dif but you know, I expected something cool from DFH and yup, it’s here.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (599) - HUNGARY - MAY 8, 2014
0.75l bottle. Pitch black body, creamy brown head. Arona of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, coffee, cream, grassy hops, caramel and some interesting sourness that is hard to describe for me. Medium full creamy body. Awesome beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redtechnj (205) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Appearance- Deep rich dark brown color with an average light brown head. Aroma- Chocolate and roasted malts scents. Flavor-Very mild flavor considering the color and style. Flavors of chocolate, honey, malts,molasses ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3381) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer and Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours black with a huge Brown head, aroma of chocolate, cocoa, honey, molasses, burnt molasses, sweet, flavor is Alcoholic, coffee, burnt caramel, smoked, sourish, medium to full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
Thanks DuffMan for this one. Drank while listening to the album of the same name, which is better than the beer though the beer is still quite good. Cocoa and roasted elements as well as a bit of fruity malt vinous lactose and so on. Taste is sweet. Overall a decent stout but not mind-blowing like the album.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (275) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
5/3/13@ TGL. 3/23/14 at home after sitting on it for a few months. Tried to drink it while listening to Bitches Brew by Miles Davis. The beer was wonderful. The music unlistenable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barbarino2000 (77) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2014
Delicious! But not to be drank after 4 pints of Anti-Hero. Has a grainy chocolatey texture. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iRavali (37) - Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours dark, mild lace with a white/purple head. Has a fruity aroma almost like a wine. Dark full bodied finish that doesn't linger too long like some imperial stouts. Def would try it again. 8/10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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