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RATINGS: 960   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."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12716) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Black with a thick and lasting light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit with a hint of soy sauce. Sweet roasted flavour with a hint of cherry and dried fruit, and a mineral note in the aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle originally on 9/9/10 @ azwine. thick, oily brown color on the border of black with a thick creamy brown head. ashy aroma ... mixed with notes of smoke, roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and some peppery spiciness. the flavor has the same qualities as the aroma... along with some peppered salami and charcoal. light astringency and sourness on the finish. it is a rich velvety medium/full body with a lux texture and incredible smoothness. 8/4/8.5/5/17

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (9748) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2011
1100th Rating. On tap at Texas Beerfest. Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy tan head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth roasted malt and bitter hop with a nice smooth finish. Hides the alcohol very well making it easy to drink. Highlight at the beerfest, a very impressive Imperial stout from Dogfish Head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle. Listening to the legacy release album of Bitches Brew as per Calagioneís instructions. Does the beer taste better for it. Nope. But itís good music. Black body. Thick, tan head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malt, honey, caramel, herbs with hints of dark fruit , cocoa and smoke. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a slight metallic aftertaste. Taste of honey, caramel and roasted malts. A bit of licorice and honey. Thought this would be too sweet to finish the glass, but a nice balance and complexity of flavors keeps it from getting too cloying. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2011
750ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a good amount of hops, and hints of the honey/gesho. The flavor of the beer is very much like a standard imperial stout, but a little milder. Thick texture. A really good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2011
750 ml bottle shared with a friend. Pours as black as a moonless night with a 1 finger beige head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, honey, dark fruit and something I canít put my finger on. The gesho root, perhaps? Flavor has less sweetness than the nose. The chocolate notes are darker. There is a hint of expresso. There are hints of licorce. There are hints of oak. Thereís a lot going on in this beer. Palate is smooth, creamy and syrupy. Almost zero carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2011
I brought my 2010 bottle up from the cellar and poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body is black as sin and forms a large, frothy/creamy dark tan head which leaves plenty of lacing and retains very well.

Smell: Rich milk chocolate and black licorice. For an unflavored imperial stout it is surprisingly sweet-smelling with little to no bitterness scents.

Taste: This is definitely not your average imperial stout, then again Dogfish Head rarely does anything by the book anyway. The label indicates it is brewed with honey and gesho, although thereís no mention of anise since black licorice is a very prevalant flavor throughout the palate. The first half is very rich and sweet with a mix of semisweet chocolate, a candy-like sweetness of black licorice, and a distinct honey component.

The second half becomes much more bitter with a slight coffee flavor and a slightly dry, almost sandy texture and sensation. The aftertaste is a mixture of all the flavor components of rich, sticky, syrupy sweetness and dry bitterness. Iím not sure if the beer is brewed with gesho instead of hops or addition to hops. Either way it is not an extremely bitter brew, but enough to help balance out the sweetness. That being said, DFH Bitches Brew is not the most delicious imperial stout, as the black licorice smell and flavor seem to grow stronger with each swing and begin to become a little cloying too.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, only medium-thickness with a noticeable fizzy sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability: It took me quite a few servings to taste and feel the 9% ABV weight of this beer. It starts out very light on its feet drinking and tasting similar to most other stouts, but once into the second serving it starts to throw its weight around. As a single serving beer it would be great with a hearty beef meal, or as a complement to a light dessert.

Overall, this is an impressive beer to be sure, but not a perfect one. Very satisfying, but not mind-blowing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Great beer. Reminds me of their Palo Santo Marron. Pours extremely dark with a syrup quality. Formed a nice head that was also pretty dark. The aroma has some coffee, honey and toasted fruits. Taste is very smooth with a fruitiness up front and then some molasses. The uniqueness must come from the gesho root that they use. Glad I have one more bottle to consume.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (2552) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
750ml bottle, first batch. Dark brown with tan head. Vegetable, roasted malts and booze. Bit sweet, some sourness, decent carbonation, vegetables and some honey on the finish. This is an odd beer - maybe I just donít get it or it has sat too long but not something I would want again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3507) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Draft @ Cervezas Dogfish Head night. Batch #2. Pours black with thin brown head. Aromas of burnt malts, chocolate with some coffee. Similar flavors. Thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. A pretty decent impy stout.


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