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RATINGS: 838   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."


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2010
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma of roasty malt and coffee, not much else. Taste is not very sweet at all, lightly bitter and a bit sour and medicinal. Highly carbonated for an imperial stout. I donít get any sweetness from the honey, nor any chocolately sweetness normally associated with an imperial stout. As someone else said in their review below, mostly tastes like a cup of sour, cold coffee.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Tap at the Flying Saucer Houston, at the debut of the Brewmasters TV series. Pure solid black with a big silky medium-brown head. Looks very viscous. The nose brings rich heavy malt, a bit of smoke, and a little fruity/tart tone hidden away. Opens in the palate with chocolate malt and some fruity tones, almost like raspberries, then finishes with solid roasty coffee bitterness. Very tasty.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Interesting concept, but mostly a mediocre marketing ploy. It smells a little sour. Itís not as coffee or harsh tasting as youíd expect when you see the deep brown, mocha pour, but it still has hints of that. Kind of a sour cold chocolate. Gets points for ambition, but ultimately didnít do much for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2234) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Black pour tan head .... sweet honey and chocolate aroma ..... taste of light smoked and sweet chocolate malts, honey and roasted bitter malts, light herbal root (licorice like) ... oily mouthfeel .... dry bitter finish ..... a good brew interesting and abv hidden well

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
750ml bottle, batch 2010 3E (2nd Batch). Served cool cellar temp into a DFH Signature Glass. Pours thick black with a two finger brown head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a great cap. Aroma is espresso, coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, earthy and herbal, moderate to good strength. Flavor is rich milk chocolate, smooth coffee, roasted malts, some raisins and dark fruits, honey sweetness, lingering sweet/roasted finish with a bit of citrus hops and an herbal note, perhaps the gesho and Tej at work. No noticeable alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is foamy, creamy, velvety, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. An incredibly drinkable Imperial Stout, very, very smooth, this is going down way too fast! Got a bottle of Batch 1 aging in the cellar, but after having this Iím not sure it really needs any age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Poured from a four month old bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a dense black with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, honey, and coffee. Taste is exactly like the smell. This beer is utter bliss. Its like God himself made this beer. Heavy on the palate in the bxst of ways.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Listened to the album of the same name whilst drinking this number...very good brew! Aroma is synonymous with most stouts, very coffee-like. You know youíll be getting a nice flavor when you look at that mid-brown colored lacing. The first sip is very classic stout, then later with a sour aftertaste, along with some milkiness. As you work your way down the bottle the drink becomes very chocolatey, almost changing personality midway. I canít really taste the tea but there is a consistent thickness throughout. I am glad I acquired two of these, because I look forward to re-rating in a couple years.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trufflupagus (16) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
Terrifically complex stout. Robust without being overwhelming. Another hit from Dogfish Head. Had a 22-oz bottle at home.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2010
THOUGHTS: Nice, but not what I was expecting. With the honey, I was expecting sweeter and thicker, but this was dryer and lighter. Very dry for an imperial stout. It grew on me, but I still feel it could have been better. Hid alcohol pretty well. Finally caught up to imputing my ratings. A little over a month ago I was about 100 ratings behind. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a very small, light brown head that almost fully diminished, leaving just a ring around the edges of the glass. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and chocolate syrup; along with sour cherry, honey, dark and sour fruit and light alcohol. The initial flavor was sweet, bitter and slightly sour; while the finish was rather bitter; rather sweet and sour with an average to long duration. There was lots of roasted malt (very roasty), honey, dark and slightly sour fruit, chocolate covered fruit, cherry, slight soy sauce, a little smoke or wood, burnt malt and dark chocolate. The medium to full body was very oily and then very dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfenkopf (170) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Pour this one easy, itís quite vivacious and wants to burst right out of the glass. The aroma is a stouty chocolate with notes of honey and roastyness. The head is quite frothy, almost like a root beer float. It is a bubbly medium brown, leaving laces along the glass. The brew is a deep brown, almost black. Like the aroma, the taste is that of roasty malt with big notes of chocolate. Honey is right there behind it, and it is smooth, without a hint of bitterness. The brew hits the palate light and silky, the aftertaste remains honey-like. Honestly, I have no idea what a gesho root tastes like, but there must be a bit of it in here, probably accounting for much of the roasty notes in the background. A thoroughly enjoyable stout.


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