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RATINGS: 856   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 Davisí 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, weíve created our own Bitches Brew - a bold, dark beer thatís a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Milesí masterpiece.Featuring the albumís iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Headís Bitches Brew will be unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, June 5, National Building Museum, Washington DC. Havenít experienced the Bitches Brew album? Two 40th anniversary editions of Miles Davisí Bitches Brew -- a Legacy Edition and a deluxe Collectorís 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." "Thereís a spirit of innovation, of creativity and individuality, thats at the core of Milesí 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."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5634) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Black-colored with a nice brown head. Very pleasant aroma, roasty, with some chocolate and a light honey touch. Sweetish roasty flavor with dark chocolate, coffee, light spiciness and a bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied. A good Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle to glass. Dark oil black pour with a hearty milk chocolate Brown head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee. Taste is bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, a tangy sweetness in the finish, could be from the honey. Nice dark and smokey.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (840) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2011 bottle. Black with very dark brown head. Aroma is sweet and chocolately with a bit of roast. A lot of roast, surprisingly thin, finish is roasty tart. Not my favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pen & Paper Log (June 2011) Aroma - there is a complex and full aroma, with rich sugars, chocolate, licorice like anisette, alcohol, and some roast Appearance - body is black, opaque, and with a 1/2" beige head Taste - the flavor is on the sweet side with chocolate, coffee, rich caramelized sugars, and some roast Palate - the body is full, the texture is sticky, the carbonation is average, the finish is strong and has alcohol in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (605) - Apopka, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
25.4oz bottle. Pours black with creamy brown head and soft carbonation. Sweet chocolate aroma. Rich chocolate flavor, slight bit of tartness becomes evident in the finish. Full bodied and very rich. Unique and good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3166) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2014
As a long term fan of the album, I had always wanted to try this... cool that I got the chance.
Pours basically black with loads of head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma offers plenty of coffee & generally does the big, rich, & roasty thing pretty well. There is an earthy element to it, itís pungent & inviting.
cool.

The flavor offers much in the way of dark fruit & boozy warmness. Itís lightly tart with some honey and ashy notes. Itís a touch sweet, but itís got enough roasty bitterness to balance to a certain degree.

Neat.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours a dark black color with a tan head. Carbonated and thick mouth feel. Bitter, malt, roasted caramel, herbaceous root, bark, anise.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2993) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Draft - Dark chocolate, cocoa, roast malts. Jet black with a rich dark brown head. Dark chocolate and malted milk, with some dark fruit. Surprisingly little bitterness considering. So nicely balanced it is understated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (544) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
750 mL bottle. The bour on this is a dark, dark brown, and allows some light to pass the edges allowing ruby hues to be seen. The head is a light caramel color that fades quickly to a thin film, leaving some great lace all over the glass. The nose is very chocolatey. There is a great round of licorice, dark fruit, and a light vanilla that comes along with it. The flavor is very similar There is a light booze that comes through on the back ed of the flavor, but itís just solid all around. The mouth feel is really creamy and clingy, with a good thickness and a coating of flavors that are delightful. The aftertaste hangs around, and I will look forward to enjoying this one again!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (509) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours black with a brown/tan/mocha, half- finger head. Aroma has notes of booze, slight roasted malts, spices, and slight coffee. Taste is slightly sweet with roasted malts and coffee with a drawn out aftertaste. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Creamy texture with a full mouth feel. Overall big and full. Not the easiest drink but well worth trying. Would get again. Cheers!


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