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RATINGS: 858   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 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."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 4, 2011
750. Pitch black body with a beautiful tall dark mocha brown head with a bit of a dark earthy red hue to it. Brilliant lace. The flavor is bitter with strong notes of coffee and chocolate, with some noticeable hops in there to balance and dry out the finish. The falvor follows through similarly, but with some more pronounced vanilla notes, which go absolutely perfect with the chocolate. This beer is absolutely bursting with flavor, and yet is superbly balanced and is in no way "over the top" as many beers in this style are, and as I feared BB might be. Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall: this beer absolutely blew me out of the water. It is by far one of DFHís best (if not its best) offering. Congrats guys, you did it really right with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1475) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
exceptionally smooth brew. Palate felt weak to me. Not the best offering from one of my favorties brewers but this is worth a taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
New Years Eve Beer. What the hell is Gesho??? I had to wiki this... Poured deep black with lots of fluffy brown head, lace traces. Aroma of burnt plastic, saffon spice, chocolate, molasses and wine. Initial taste is of cocolate with a finish of this gesho stuff, which was not to pleasing. Had an annoying nose at the end of the taste. Pretty difficult to finish this on my own, would have prefered this in a 12 oz version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2347) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, coffee and nuts. Taste of roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, black licorice, nuts and coffee. Hint of dark fruit detected.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maverick34 (2209) - New York, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled. Pours an inky calm dark with brownish head. Chocolate and honey amoing other things. Finishes somewhat dry. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1658) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks to Chalsk providing a bottle back in October with the Dogfish glass. Finally got around to drinking. Pours deep dark dark brown with a mahogony head. Aroma is roasted malts,florals and honey. Taste is roasty caramel with lots of sweetness tempered by an earthy finish. Exceptionally smooth with alcohol hidden well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle from Samís in Durham, for the sweet price of $7.99. Pours nice and black with a generous dark mocha head. Nose of bitter chocolate, mild smoke, some tobacco and perhaps chicory, and almost a chili pepper note. Sort of earthy smelling. Honey comes through first on the taste, but only briefly, much to my delight. Then some bitterness and a dry finish. Soft palate. Surprisingly good. Just when I was ready to hate on Dogfish some more (itís the cool thing to do, in case you havenít heard), they put out an affordable beer with a cool label that tastes purty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle shared with Ryan pours a dark brown, almost black body with brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Dominant flavors are coffee, chocolate, and honey. A well-balanced, smooth, creamy stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huevos (5) - Middle Island, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2010 does not count
Perfectly balanced stout. Just the right amount of sweetness. I didnít want to share the bottle with my friends!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bomber. Pours black with a light tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is chocolate and honey--on the sweeter end of the stout spectrum. Not a fan of Dogfishhead, and wasnít expecting much from the beer; I was pleasantly surprised.


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