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RATINGS: 858   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."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (568) - 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 (564) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2246) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Notes of wood, dark chocolate, grainy, herbal. I am glad that I got a chance to try this.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
eIsaacPrice (7) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2014 does not count
From the tap to a 10oz tulip glass at Samís QuickShop, Durham, NC. Pours dark, with thin a caramel colored head, that dissipates quickly, but leaves large lacing on the glass. Aroma of burned branches and mushrooms. Taste brings burned dark chocolate up front, milky in the center, and although nicely hidden, the higher ABV comes through in the end. Mouth feel is slightest carbonation which also quickly dissipates.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1190) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle (dated 10/14/13) poured into Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with about a 2 finger tan head. Head dissipates at a decent pace leaving nice webby lacing behind. Aromas of cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, something I canít quite identify which may be the gesho. Tasting notes of dark chocolate, herbs and spices, caramel, honey, a bit roasty. Medium body, would like it just a bit thicker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (664) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle bought at Redstone Liquor (Stoneham, Ma). Pours black with medium creamy beige head. Aroma: lot of chocolate, plus coffee, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is the same. Pretty amazing mix. Medum to full bodied. Really nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (737) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Stout with a fruity punch. Strong sweet after taste. Strong alcohol flavor. Different but very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
delnoche (441) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JAN 11, 2014
1 pint 9.4fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours opaque with a large brown head. Aroma is subtle, toasted malts, biscuit, honey. Flavor is burnt malts, biscuit, honey. Bold tastes, someone close to me described it as "jazzy". I can't argue with that. Finish is long and bitter with some alcohol present. Interesting brew. I want to take Sam's advice and listen to Miles Davis' album while I drink this next time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle served in snifter: Pour is opaque with a frothy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of anise, fig, over ripened plum, roast, char, and lovely earthy esters. The taste is sweet malt (let not overly sweet), roast and burnt toast, deep dark fruits, light coffee and mocha, with just a hint resiny and piney hop bitterness. The mouth feel is pretty lively and a touch oily but not sticky, short finish adds to drinkability. Not as boozy as I fear it could be. While I have had this is the past, each time my palate was already trashed so I did not rate it but luckily this time the bottle is all mine and my senses are a go.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1149) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle pour. Inky black brew with brown head. Aroma of roasted grains, burn grain, coffee, sour fruit. Taste is slightly sweet malt at first, mixed ith burn grain - old coffee flavor, heavy toast. Sour fruit from the start. Sourness rides through to the finish, with a bit more burnt offerings. Palate is refreshing and the sour fruit keeps things lighter than Iíd expect. A bit of alcohol int he finish. Nice.


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