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RATINGS: 913   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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle from Boca Park Lee’s Discount Liquor, Las Vegas- sampled the only way anyone should sample the beer: listening to the album on headphones. I fell in love with this beer the second I saw the bottle, which bears the coolest and most beautiful label I have ever seen. As A Thing I knew instantly I HAD to sweep it 5000 miles across The Atlantic to gather dust and the tutting disapproval of my missus on my CD shelves forever. So here I am uncapping it as my ceremonial 4,000th beer. What of the contents? They pour glossy, reflective pitch with a low tan collar the colour of chocolate ice cream. They exude the slightly dribble-making bouquet of cranberries, cafetiere dregs, Spangles (remember them?), dunked Crunchie and chocolate Mini Milk lollies- bag of retro English confectionery, basically. They taste at once abrasively alcoholic and decadently chocolate-smothered with those initiatory sips, gathering soft plummy Belgian tones, a lactic touch, soap, nectarine skin, dark berries, red apple peel, Murray Mints....(deep breath, refills glass, adjusts headphones)...liquorice, burnt pistachio and occasional citrus like fresh brewed coffee can sometimes have... (trumpet break like the death-throes of an hallucinating albatross)... nothing of the honey but a faint tackiness on the lips. As the throaty, Black Rider-era Tom Waits clarinet and funky finger clicks kick in on the 3 minute mark they shift for a second into something more visceral and subterranean; earth, Twiglets, bittering herbs, strange, unnameable African roots turned to toast. But in its heart this beer is immeasurably more well-adjusted, personable and less cacophonous than Miles’ muthaf**ckin meisterwork, which in my book is no bad thing...by the time he started running the voodoo down I’d switched to shuffle (true story), Townes had crooned ’Don’t You take It Too Bad’ The Kinks had sang ’Stop Your Sobbing’, Terry Jones had bemoaned the baggage retrieval system they’ve got at Heathrow and Joy Division were riffing through ’Interzone’...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 [3616-20110304] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Richly roasted chocolate malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Roasted coffee malt flavour is heavy on the roast and butter and light on any medium notes. Full body. Not great balance but a wonderful aroma. (9/4/7/3+/15-) 3.8
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, garthicus, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)

[4186B-20111210] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Richly roasted sweet bandaid booze caramelized coffee grounds. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy brown head. Rich and roasty grains and bold boozy coffee notes in the flavour. Full body is quite thick and boozy. Delicious. (7/4/8/4/17) 4.0
(w/ jerc, tuqueboy, others)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
In short: Yet another syrupy molasses-heavy imperial stout. Been there, done that.
How: Bottle 750ml. First batch, approximately 6 months of age.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is the typical nose of a big sweet syrupy stout. Taste has a lot of highly roasted malts, a lot of cheap generic grocery store honey, lots of molasses, some cacao, some burnt chestnuts, caramel, figs, and tree/plant roots. For some reason mix of liquid honey and dark roasted malts just didn’t work for me. Each time I swallowed a sip I got this overwhelming sweet honey rush along with an awkward roastiness. Some resinous hops try to save the day. Body is thick and unpleasantly syrupy. This is a type of beer that can do well in a tasting but drinking a full 750ml proved to be a bit of a challenge. This beer is named after a Miles Davis album of jazz music, a style of music that was invented when a studio engineer accidentally recorded a rock band while they were warming up and tuning their instruments.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours black with ruby hues, almost oily looking, and with an average size frothy mocha head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, leafy hops, cream and honey. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and leafy hops. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. A creamy/oily mouthfeel. Simply put, I loved it!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (9503) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
750 ml caped bottle. It pours a dark blackish brown with a ncie foamy tan head that leaves some great lacing as it recedes. The smell is interesting, it smells like an imperial stout with some rootbeer thrown in there, not bad at all, very interesting. Along with the root beer there is a sharp spiciness and a honey graham cracker aroma along with the typical dark impy stout scents. The taste is significantly different from what I was expecting. It is a dark, roasty imperial stout. The honey doesn’t seem to add an overbearing sweetness, instead it is dominated by smoked peat, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a unique herbal character that is surely from the gesho root and it is intriguing. Often times Dogfish Head falls off the deep end with their experimentation, but this one seems to be well thought-out and it was a great idea, a delicious brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-14-2010 03:51:07

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3388) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2011 soooo dark! smells like an average stout. tastes like a big stout w/ some herb/nettle background. this is a great beer but i admit i was hoping for something amazing or revolutionary.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Poured deep dark brown with a chocolaty head. Aroma is of dried fruits, coffee, and a bit smokey. Taste is coffee, slight alcohol, toasted marshmellow, and raisins. Enjoyed this one very much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8041) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle, shared with neighbors. Heavy oily black pour, thick bubbly light brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, with coffee and aniseed notes, and an underlying cream-like sweetness. Richly flavored, heaps of chocolate and bitter roast, nicely balanced with a sticky sweetness that I’m guessing is imparted from the honey, and complimented by wonderfully subtle notes of vanilla, mace, and bitter tea leaves. Complex and bold but soooo drinkable! One of my favourite DFH big brew limited releases that I’ve tried. Just fantastic!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
microakes (159) - CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Toasted chocolate malt nose, black liquid, dark brown head. I think the name is fitting,.as I am at a loss as to how to accurately describe it. Dark, complex and mysterious. And possibly made while on drugs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
2011-03-04. Black body with a small frothy brown head. 3+ Flavour is interesting. Bitter up front, sweet malty middle, roast in the finish lingers, hints of honey? A light spice character in the background. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate. 3+ Aroma of dusty dry roast malt, modest alcohol and mild floral character. 7+ Rather nice but I am not sure I was quite in the mood for this one. Bottle shared by Blankboy


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