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RATINGS: 957   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msindall (12) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Really nice darkish brown head (which is somewhat misleading). Its smell very stout like but does not have that complex body as the Dark Lord or Speedway. You can definitely taste the gesho root which if you have not had is very sweet and honey like wine. Great beer with a complex and good first impression when it hits your lips.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11979) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle shared by maniac. Pours opaque with a large, fizzy brown head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast malt with coffee and dark fruit esters, leather yeast and medium hops. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt with fruity esters and earthy hops, dry and spicy finish. Full body, high warmth and carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours black with a fair dark tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, honey, toffee and smoke. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, honey, some alcohol, caramel and smoke with a nice balanced, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (608) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2011
(bottle) Pours very thick and dark brown/black with a dark brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Flavor is sweet, dark roasted malt, nice roasted bitterness, and dark fruit. Thick and sticky.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3036) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours out black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roast, honey, licorice, and some odd spice notes. Taste is roast, honey, some chocolate, sweet licorice, light spices with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a pitch black beer with a chocolate head. The aroma is malt, roasted and coffee. The flavor follows the nose with additional liquorice and some sweetness. The palate is dry. Overall a good beer.

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.


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