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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2448) - JAPAN - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle shared with the old man. A good, solid slightly roasty Istout. Big black pour with a roast brown head that holds for some time. Nose has the usual overripe dark fruit and a little espresso. In the mouth it has a decent body and a slightly tar like stickyness. Not full bodied and sticky by any measure, but just about right for the style. Dark fruit and milky chocolate give way to a low to medium roast before a slight white pepper like spicyness makes it self known after the sip. Doesn’t develop too much in the glass as it warms. Solid with the two step at the end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Very very nice. Primarily and overwhelmingly an imperial stout, with a lovely sense of richness, chocolate, roastedness, etc. But there is a slight hint of the honey...a lilt that happens in mid-palate. The "gesho"? Who the hell knows what that is, or what it should taste like. But, this is a very enjoyable beer. Thanks Jazz88...great pickup. Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours black/brown with a tan head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, booze, honey. Dry and mild on the palate. Pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3660) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours a solid black with a good sized long lasting creamy tan head that leaves a respectable amount of lace on the way through the glass. Smells of roast coffee and chocolate. This also has a sweet maltiness and an herbal minty aroma that I can only assume comes from gesho root. Mix that all together with a touch of ethanol and you get an unusual and unique aroma. I get the usual stout like tastes of chocolate and roast but this one has a bit more going on. I get a spicy minty herbal character that almost gets to the point of turning me off, but then subsides. I am reminded of the woodiness that I get from Palo Santo Marron. Long lingering roasty and menthol finish. Medium body and carbonation with a creamy/oily mouthfeel. I’m not sure I would call this a RIS, but then again how would you classify it? I was put off with the herbal flavors a little bit at first, but as I polished off my first glass it was growing on me. Nice to try this because it is a bit different, but probably not something I would seek out again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2011
(bottle - 750 ml) Jet black with a creamy tan head. Big roasted coffee aroma with a light caramel and honey sweetness. Roasted malts and chocolate at the beginning of the flavor with a mild sweetness and a lightly bitter and chocolatey aftertaste. Lingering roasty and bitter finish. Smooth and very good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Glass at common table dogfish head beer and cheese paring. This beer pours black with a thin tan head. The aromas are chocolate, coffee, some dirty of fruit(wieird I know). The mouthfeel is set, bitter and roasty. This was a great beer. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Pours jet black with a thin caramel head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and honey. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of honey. Medium bodied and smooth for the style. Very interesting brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Tell me again why I paid $40 for a bottle of beer? This was one of the first CDs I bought but still for $40 I should have got another copy with the beer. Bottle. Very dark black with a soupy brown head. Thick molasses and almost burnt toast aroma. Excellent mouth feel. Like drinking a pillow or a bitter chocolate marshmallow. Reminds me a bit of Alaskan Double Black IPA. A very nice bitter chocolate stout with strong coffee notes. Very smooth. But not the best and you can buy a lot more volume of better stouts for $40. Makes Rogue and Rasputin look cheap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Thanks to Secret Santa!! Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with weak hints of hops. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with weak hints of honey. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
Courtesy of 5000

Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, plum, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has mild coffee and a touch of vanilla. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.


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