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RATINGS: 909   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."


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18767) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Thanks to Secret Santa!! Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with weak hints of hops. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with weak hints of honey. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
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Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, plum, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has mild coffee and a touch of vanilla. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle courtesy of pailhead. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, with sweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is much the same. Body is medium full,with a clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6567) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
Thanks to Bill who brought this to Black Sunday III .. . Pours a plum black, light foam .. . cooking chocolate, coffee grounds, touches of honey in the mouth .. . has a nice feel to it, and not to heavy so the dorky jazz fans can sit back and get looped .. . Yes! It was a lot like the Monster Mash, except this was definitely not a graveyard smash.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
(750ml bottle - Rating #2900!) near black pour, thick dark tan bubbled head. Nose of honey, dark chocolate, some root type vegetable, cola, macadamia nuts, and sassafras. Taste of cola, honey, nice sassafras spice, fudge, cocoa, and a very cream and very thick body. Great linger. I really liked this beer. One of my favorite Dogfish brews to date.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2011
Big thanks to djrn2 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt with some light bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as complex as I would have liked it to be, but still a very nice strong stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 22, 2011
De botella. Deep dark brown almost black colour. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits and chocolate. Good filling mouthfeel. Pleasant roasted maltiness in the flavour with dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and bit alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
bottle that i shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is huh? Odd. Smells fruity and some malts, but not your normal impy stout. No chocolate or coffee or licorice. Taste is fruity and roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. OK, other people were thanking me for bringing this and saying how good it was, but how much of that was based on expectations? I was actually quite disappointed as this one did not stand up to great or even good Impy Stouts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2011
on tap at Tylers Apex, 02/08/11. Good aroma, sweet, Chocolate, coffee, honey, nutty, little smokey. Brownish black color, good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Nice, very drinkable. met expectation, very enjoyable aroma, alot going on. tad brash in the flavor, but not surprised by that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
Smells very rich coffee and chocolate. Beautiful beer. Taste is well balanced With honey and coffee apparent. Very nice beer for reading 300


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