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RATINGS: 872   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Black. Dense creamy tan head; well retained and laced. Grassy, earthy near Piney aromas, Mocha, dark chocolate and nuts, light roast, anise or near medicinal with a light honey and caramel sweetness. Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Piney, grassy Bitterness and flavours balanced well with the complex, yet smooth and creamy body. Roasted malts, sweetness from honey and caramel malt. Touch of near anise/medicinal notes toward the end. Finish is semi-sweet and contemplative, smokey-woody burnt toffee notes linger. Great brew to be enjoyed as instructed with the right soundtrack.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2700) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle with great thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Coffee & leather, dark berries, chocolate, quite a creamy ’baileys’ like notes to it. Almost a spearmint. Flavour: woody, lots of coffee, quite a good peaty flavour with such a good chocolate backbone, long malty finish. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (1873) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours nearly black, but closer to deep dark brown with a darker tan head. Molasses, chocolate, light roast, honey sweetness all come through in the aroma. Slightly less roasty in the taste but there, lots of chocolate and pervaded by a light sweetness. Very viscous and soft carbonation. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (762) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap at Cervezas for DFH Night. The "last" keg of this brew in all of South Florida, tapped out in an hour. Almost black beer with a creamy, brown head. A disappointing nose, weak coffee aromas. Tastes much better than it smells. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, licorice, and raisins all combine to make this syrupy brew. There is definitely some honey in the finish. Thick, and a bit oily palate. A very good imperial stout. Drank while listening to Miles Davis in the bar.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lace. S - Aroma is roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and some dark fruit with some honey and a touch of smoke. T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts some honey and a bit of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through alongside a bit more honey sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, honey, and some light coffee. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. I like the balance of honey flavor and the Imperial Stout base. It gives it a nice complexity and smoothness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2268) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a black as night hue with a deep dark tan head. Head is not very abundant and thins out to still cover the beer for almost the entire session. No lacing. Chocolate, roasted malt, slight sweetness, but I don’t really get any of the honey aroma at all. Smells delicious. Sweet, but not overly so. Chocolate, honey, roasted malts. A slight hoppiness, but muted. Very good tasting beer. Smooth velvet coats the entire mouth. There is a slight bitterness that takes a away from the sweetness, but doesn’t take away from the overall profile. A little less bitterness and this would be a bit better. Very drinkable, especially on a cold winter night. Hope they keep making this one, and in a smaller package.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Initially thick and dark brown head that quickly fades. Aroma is honey, medicinal herb, roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is honey, chocolate, sweet and roasted malt, and the signature tinge from the brewery’s in-house yeast strain. Very different and interesting beer with a light and silky feel in the mouth. Fairly clean finish as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2011
Deep black pour with a tan brown head. The nose is very chewy and roasty. Lots of dark dry cocoa and a bit of dark chocolate. Soft and chocolatey with some lingering bitterness. Sort of syrupy texture with some distinct fruity backnotes. Full-bodied and chewy with a light herbal backnote. There is a little bit of light vanilla flavour along with some caramel mid-notes. Lingering bitterness. Pretty tasty stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle share. Fantastic brew. Not as amazing as i had built up in my head, but truly a great one. Rich and complex with great flavours developing over the share. Pours deep dark blackish-brown with a deep brown head. The aroma is malt, honey, chocolate and hazelnut. Creamy and rich mouth with intial sweetness overpowering the dark malts. This balances out over a few sips and opens to a rich caramel-honey "earthy" sweetness with a complex rich body. Very enjoyable. Fantastic brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description and abv (9%) but no freshness date. Appearance: The pour is slow and thick like the darkest used motor oil. Its body is a very dark brown to black color and opaque. Up top a tall brown head sits and slowly settles to small cap of dark tan foam that makes tons of lacing all the way down the glass. Smell: In the nose I pick up its sweet and roasty malt lots of chocolaty cocoa notes. Deep in the background are very light earthy herbal hints of hops or maybe the gesho root. Taste/Palate: There is a mellow honey like character just coming through but the sweetness seems to come more from the dark roasty and chocolaty malt. Its not all sweet and do get some coffee notes and mellow herbal bitterness with a slight side of earthy/woody tannic bitterness. This gives some balance to the finish and rounds everything out nicely. Its palate is full bodied, very smooth and creamy on the tongue with mellow carbonation. Notes: In my opinion this beer lives up to hype and delivers a symphonic or harmonious and Blues like interpretation of a stout beer. Well done!!!


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