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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 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."


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark robust black color with a big milk chocolate foamy head. Nose is cocoa, light alcohol, lactic, more chocolate, big dark roast malts. Palate is light up front with a big heavy oil in the finish. Tongue and molars are super sticky and coated in oil. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt notes, alcohol, a nice stinging hop bitterness. Very chewy, even some light oak and vanilla make an appearance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2011
25oz bottle batch 3, although I have had on tap, but that was batch 2. I forgot how dark the head is on this one, like chocolate syrup making chocolate milk. Aromas are big chocolate, medium dark, not bitter or sweet. Palate is balanced and smooth, roasty, the chocolate and coffee has a slight bitterness in the finish. Really fantastic balanced stout, and with a reduction in price point a must have for the winter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Great cocoa and chocolatey taste this beer. Pours a dark color with a nice creamy stout to accompany it. Hints of citrus with loads of chocolate and a little bitterness. Great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pours a viscous black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, earthy hops (Iím guessing thatís where the gesho comes in), and a faint hint of smoke. Sweet milk chocolate flavor and very roasty. Nice amount of hop character to it as well. Rich and full bodied mouth feel with a bitter sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrodooo5 (1417) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2011
A beautiful poor of dark black with a tan head that quickly diminishes. The aroma is full of rich chocolate goodness. It is very smooth for a 9% beer. The taste starts light and creamy followed by a dark roastiness. A hint of chocolate lingers at the finish. One of my all time favorites!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (940) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
From notes: from the 1st bottling, pours ink black with almost no head-just a small, dark tan ring of bubbles along the glass. Chocolatey aroma with a lighter note behind it...not sure of this is the honey or something else I canít put my finger on. Thick and deep, with a slight oilyness that isnít enough to become unpleasant. Deep, rich cocoa flavor up front. As it warms, the cocoa gives way to some honey-sweet notes in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10655) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
A rich RIS on the sweet side. Pours a deep brown body that looks very thick. It is a thick chocolate malted milk consistency, with a retained bubbly head. Milky roasted aroma. Very drinkable and chocolately, with some wierd tastes in addition to the anise.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2011
Thanks to dedollewaitor. Blind tasted. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, heavy coffee, light mineral and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorish, mineral and ash.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
From the first Bottle release; Sampled October 2011
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost three finger thick, dark brown colored head. The beer looks thick as it pours from the bottle, and sits in my glass an opaque, almost perfectly black color. The beer smells of burnt, dark chocolate, tons of amply toasted whole grain notes, perhaps a hint of juniper, or is that a touch of anise, it is almost something berry like, or perhaps even a bit like childrenís aspirin; really though this beer mostly smells like a rich stout, but there is something interesting and different towards the finish that adds a bit of something else.

The beer is perhaps a touch lighter bodied than expected, but is still somewhat viscous and definitely rich feeling. There is lots of roasted malt notes that even get a touch bitter in its burnt character towards the finish. There is a burnt fruitiness to the middle of this beer that somehow reminds me of blueberries, though in a very non-descript way. This beer has a somewhat prickly carbonation, it perhaps lightens the presence of the beer just a bit, though this is mostly a sipping beer through and through. There is some sweetness to this beer, and perhaps you can tease out some distinct honey flavors, though the influences are clearly here (the fruit notes are accentuated by the honey, and there is that sort of medicinal like note that honey has in the finish that is also found in this beer). There really are a lot of dark chocolate and bitter cocoa notes to this beer, at times this can seem quite a bit bigger than the pure roasted notes; this is especially true towards the front of each sip as the bitter, slightly burnt roast character dominates in the finish.

This is quite a bit better than I expected it to be, I had no idea it was an Imperial stout, and I wouldnít necessarily have said I actually wanted a beer like this, but it has definitely hit the spot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Ported from BA. Appearance: Dark, black, not seeing through it any time soon. Not much head, but it leaves a nice lacing behind. Smell: Coffee is at the forefront, with sweet roasted malts, a hint of cacao, and... What is that? Licorice? Probably not really, but thereís something in there I canít quite place. Taste: Toasted malts and coffee really take center stage here, with the odd licorice flavor coming in behind it. Itís a bit sweeter than a dry stout, but not sugary or definitively "sweet." It tastes really interesting. Thereís a certain amount of hoppy flavor to it, with just a touch of bitterness which feels mostly like cacao. Mouthfeel: Unlike any other stout Iíve ever had. High carbonation. If I ignore the taste, it feels like Iím drinking a well-carbed pale ale. Itís not nearly as thick or chewy feeling as other stouts I frequently drink. Overall: This is pretty solid. I can drink it during the summer without feeling weird, which is a huge plus for me. I kind of wish it was going to be available more often.


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