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RATINGS: 905   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."


4.3
   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 (8220) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3734) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Finally got to sample this at the H.M.O.G. at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It comes out of the bottle a deep sable with a buttery tan head. Aroma has tones of roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Rich flavor has firm coffee and chocolate tones as well as a hint of fruit, either apple or pear. Texture is smooth and a little tingly.

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 (2766) - 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 (1916) - 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 (770) - 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 (2479) - 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 (1416) - 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.


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