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RATINGS: 862   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."


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to my brother for xmas; sorry I couldn’t wait. Poured a rich dark brown color with a small but enduring brown to light brown head. Aroma of caramel, honey, molasses, alcohol, licorice, cocoa, vegetables with a slight touch of roasted malt. Very pleasant and smooth flavor. Molasses, caramel, cocoa and a bit of honey predominate. Alcohol just a whisper. Some earth and a bit of coffee. Very solid beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Dogfish Bitches Brew (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Milton, DE; Russian Imperial Stout; ABV: 9.0) is as smooth as the late jazz legend, and pours a jet black color. There’s notes of honey and dark chocolate complimented by dark fruit, roasted malt, and gesho root with a hint of smokiness at the finish. While I liked it on tap, I found that drinking Bitches Brew from the bottle, slightly chilled, captured the true essence of this stout. The alcohol presence wasn’t as noticeable as other imperial stouts, so Bitches Brew is quite easy to drink. http://www.billysbeerblog.com/2010/09/bl

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle @ Utah Holiday Tasting: Dark black color with a nice tan head and good lacing. The nose is big and fresh, lots of dark chocolate and licorice notes with a creamy marshmallow note to pair. The flavor is chewy and robust, nice intense roast and coffee. Balanced creamy finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2011
bottle.. Jet black pour , thin beige head , some lacing . Aroma of roasted barley , sweet and herbal . Moderate sweetness ,cocoa , light honey , earthy and roast . Medium bodied , soft carbonation ,smooth and interesting .

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Roasted malt, molasses, milky coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is toasty, tartness, cherries, sweet malt. Pretty good brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Thick, massive stout. Chocolate and coffee are prominent, but this is more complex than a typical imperial stout. The honey adds another level of sweetness. This is one of my favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
pours almost black with a tan head. caramel, roasted malts on the nose. you can really taste the honey with caramel and roasted nuts. palate is great with no stickiness and full body. one of my favorite dogfish heads.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2011
One of dogfish’s experiments that worked out really well. Poured a deep hazy coffee into a snifter with a light milk chocolate colored head. Nose was full of chocolate and roasted walnut with hints of banana and licorice. Slightly smokey, slightly woody. Flavors of coffee and chocolate on the tongue with sweet caramel hints and an earthy-rooty bitterness that was really pleasing and balanced. Palate was creamy and rich in texture with a lingering that allowed all the flavors to shine in their complexity. Long smooth finished had a bit of alcohol and bitter root bite after the sweetness began to fade.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2011
2nd Batch Release 750ml - Pours oily jet black with a creamy full tannish head that won’t quit. Nice lacing and legs. Looks like a delicious Imperial stout. Nose is chocolate, malt, nuts, earth, hops, grain, wood, and slight alcohol at the end. Taste is pretty much the same, big malt and chocolate dominate upfront and then there’s a woody, oaky favor with a bit of earth. The mouthfeel is particularly complex starting with slight carbonation and then a sliky smooth creaminess and then gives way to a tiny alcoholic dryness. Really smooth and incredibly balanced, the alcohol percentage is incredibly well hidden for such a young beer. Really nice!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750ml bottle pours a lightly viscous, opaque black with a thin, creamy, spitty tan head. Nose has strong roasted barley, burnt toast, nuts, earthy, tobacco leaves, some light sweetness. It smells dirty, like wet dirt. Smells and tastes like decent homebrew. Flavor is sweet, malty, burnt/dry toast, coffee, burnt sugar, pencil lead. Full bodied and sweet, a little silky. There’s a lingering off roasty character that takes away from the finish. It seems a little heavy handed and a little sloppy.


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