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RATINGS: 863   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."


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (4880) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750ml bottle pours a lightly viscous, opaque black with a thin, creamy, spitty tan head. Nose has strong roasted barley, burnt toast, nuts, earthy, tobacco leaves, some light sweetness. It smells dirty, like wet dirt. Smells and tastes like decent homebrew. Flavor is sweet, malty, burnt/dry toast, coffee, burnt sugar, pencil lead. Full bodied and sweet, a little silky. There’s a lingering off roasty character that takes away from the finish. It seems a little heavy handed and a little sloppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2011
25oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a med tan head, cloudy. Aroma is roasty nuts, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Flavor is caramel, bitter chocolate, toffee, honey, dark fruits, nuts, and a little earthiness. Med bodied with some nice warmth. One of the better DFH brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Pours an oily opaque black with some thin bright copper edges. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some faint honey and milk chocolate notes. Starts with a rich creamy dark caramel and honey sweetness with some plum complexity and light toffee before a bittersweet dark chocolate finish. An enjoyable and complex brew. I hope DFH puts this in their normal lineup.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (1967) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2011
bottle poured a black in color with a covering of brown head. aroma has molasses, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and nuts. mouth feel is medium and coated in sugar with a low side carbonation. flavor has a big roasted malt base, licorice, honey, dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of bitterness on the end. I guess what we have here is a blend of mead and stout making for an interesting flavor.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle shared with good friends. Pours thick and black with a creamy tan head. Honey, roasted grain, huge chocolate notes and notes of herbal hops peaking through. Lots if chocolate in the taste with notes of smoke and roasted grain. Honey peaks through later. Lots of flavors and balance. An amazing brew.

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 DFH’s 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 (1478) - 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 (1828) - 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 (2358) - 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 (2255) - 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.


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