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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 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2011
Deep black pour with a tan brown head. The nose is very chewy and roasty. Lots of dark dry cocoa and a bit of dark chocolate. Soft and chocolatey with some lingering bitterness. Sort of syrupy texture with some distinct fruity backnotes. Full-bodied and chewy with a light herbal backnote. There is a little bit of light vanilla flavour along with some caramel mid-notes. Lingering bitterness. Pretty tasty stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle share. Fantastic brew. Not as amazing as i had built up in my head, but truly a great one. Rich and complex with great flavours developing over the share. Pours deep dark blackish-brown with a deep brown head. The aroma is malt, honey, chocolate and hazelnut. Creamy and rich mouth with intial sweetness overpowering the dark malts. This balances out over a few sips and opens to a rich caramel-honey "earthy" sweetness with a complex rich body. Very enjoyable. Fantastic brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description and abv (9%) but no freshness date. Appearance: The pour is slow and thick like the darkest used motor oil. Its body is a very dark brown to black color and opaque. Up top a tall brown head sits and slowly settles to small cap of dark tan foam that makes tons of lacing all the way down the glass. Smell: In the nose I pick up its sweet and roasty malt lots of chocolaty cocoa notes. Deep in the background are very light earthy herbal hints of hops or maybe the gesho root. Taste/Palate: There is a mellow honey like character just coming through but the sweetness seems to come more from the dark roasty and chocolaty malt. Its not all sweet and do get some coffee notes and mellow herbal bitterness with a slight side of earthy/woody tannic bitterness. This gives some balance to the finish and rounds everything out nicely. Its palate is full bodied, very smooth and creamy on the tongue with mellow carbonation. Notes: In my opinion this beer lives up to hype and delivers a symphonic or harmonious and Blues like interpretation of a stout beer. Well done!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4288) - Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Jet black, Smooth imperial stout with a honey sweetness in the background. Very very faint have to pay close attention to find it, wouldíve been nice is more prominent

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2443) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color - no highlights. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is earthy and roasted coffee, flavor is same - earthy and roasted to burnt coffee. Not finding the honey. The higher ABV is hidden. $11.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tullyís Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1399) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
On tap : It seems to me, all around, that the backstory is far more interesting than the beer itself in this case. Aromas provide the roasted malt, chocolate, honey. Sipping this brew after allowing it to warm to cellar temperature provided a brew that in all ways was underwhelming, and conversely and simply drinkable. Cocoa, Chocolate Liquor, a hint of dark fruits, and a finish that is quite boring, really. Thereís my impression. Perhaps the bottle is an improvement.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Huge thanks to Steph for sharing this one. Black pour, with a dark tan head. Somewhat smokier than I expected - roasty chocolate is dominant, and Iím actually not getting any honey out of it (nor do I have any idea what gesho root tastes like). A bit on the light side - I was hoping for a fuller mouthfeel. Certainly a perfectly decent stout nonetheless, and Iím happy I got the chance to try it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2011
(thanks to Daknole for this!!) Listen up: if youíve still got a bottle and are waiting to try this, make damn sure you have Miles Davisí Bitches Brew album at the ready, because a brew this fine can only be made finer with the soulful moans of a sultry jazz-line (why yes, I did win a free album thanks to Discovery Channel and Sony Records back when the beer was first presented). Sexy, rich, and dark are the very base words I could use to describe such an amazing drink as this, but thatís not telling you even the beginning of it. I could write another thousand words about the way this beer warmed me to my very core, about how it swung with my soul and stole a little piece of my heart in a smokey back room filled to the brim with a trio of voices from a saxophone, a piano, and a trumpet. What I could say and what Iím about to say are never going to be able to do justice to what really is. An experience such as this has to be first-hand or you will never be able to fully appreciate just what it is that makes the dresses stretch a little bit tighter, the fingers fidget steadily faster, the hips sway more loosely and the steps trip to the beat of the heart behind them rather than the beat of the drums. Maybe Iím being dramatic, maybe Iím caught up in my own empirical evidence and personal observation, but isnít that how every beer wishes to be savored? Building a story out of a fermented beverage is no easy task; brewing an ale that creates its own story and manages to pass it along to any who will sit and listen for a while is an even more difficult endeavor. Miles Davis does it. Dogfish Head does it. Bitches Brew does it. Listen to the music.--- Bitches Brew poured an opaque tar-like jet black into my snifter with a dark chocolate-mahogany aura glowing in just the right light. It built a finger-thick deep mocha head of dense, creamy foam that held on with slightly better than average retention. Thin sheets of continuous lacing clung to the glass with ease, leaving nice rings of dark tan residue. Once the head finally receded, a thin velvety blanket of tiny bubbles was left just on top with two or three minuscule islands of medium bubbles slowly popping their way into the dark oblivion below them.--- The nose was full of rich dark toasted barley malts, salted caramel toffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, and covered with a good slathering of burnt brown sugar and vanilla. There was something deliciously herbal that lingered just within the sweetness of a light honey, leaving me at a complete loss of words for how it smelled exactly. Hints of a milky coffee poked through here and there, though not as much as I expected out of an Imperial Stout, especially when the beer is 3/4 stout and 1/4 honey beer with gesho root. Huge roasted aromas smothered everything in a way that kept it warm and inviting, but they were stopped just short of overwhelming by a round smokyness and a rather sharp, sweet aroma Ė almost a second bite of saccharine honey Ė that cleared my nose. Near the end of the glass, as the beer became more room temperature, a soft and mildly noticeable alcohol became present, but it was far from off-putting and was actually rather inviting.--- Not able to wait much longer after I started picking apart the different scents, I carefully pressed the edge of the glass into my lips and let the rich, dark liquid trickle across my tongue. Right up front, a deliciously rich bittersweet chocolate malt flavor stroked my taste buds while a mellow undertone of grainy, bready malts filled in any gaps. I found it particularly enticing that the one thread of honey beer with gesho root was so prevalent despite the other three threads being Imperial Stout Ė I also found it interesting that this created an environment that was much sweeter than it was bitter with virtually no coffee flavor. Instead of coffee, I was treated to a caramel sweetened honey, brown sugar, and a dark, earthy molasses all bathed in a rich smoky cedar. Somewhere deep in the murky depths, a hint of dark pitted fruits Ė plums, black grapes and overripe cherries Ė accompanied by just the right amount of herbal hops and dark chocolate kept this beer smooth, silky, and easy to drink. Though Iím positive the full body and medium mouthfeel with low carbonation definitely aided the relaxed, yet exciting, drink down. The amalgamation of flavors that erupted from this brew and maintained their ground while joining hands with all of the others during every step of the drink is impeccable. I donít think Iíve ever tasted another beer that has used such interesting ingredients and had them work as well as this one. There isnít enough I could say about it! Ending on a very clean note, with little bitter aftertaste, each sip leaves me a little bit warmer than when I went inÖmaking me crave more while enticing me to hold back and wait.--- I apologize if it feels like I rushed through this, but a relationship of this distinction canít last and needs to be taken to bed quickly, if you know what I mean. It will be gone in the morning and all youíll have left to hold on to is a memory of a night in a smoky room, being serenaded by a saxophone, a piano, and a trumpet; youíll have a story you can tell to anyone whoíll listen.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
750 cc over X-mas 10. Pours dark black with off-tan head. Nise is black patent malt, cacao, molasses. Tastes rich, malty, with a big cacao, molasses, and some nuts. Palate is very thick, dense, and rich, with a high degree of complexity. Well made.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle shared by Dschiller. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. The nose is coffee, dark chocolate and booze. The taste is burnt marshmallow, light hops, cocoa and bitter coffee. Medium bodied. Good stuff. Thanks Dave.


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