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RATINGS: 855   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."


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
acaffar2 (16) - - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 This beer is very rich. It had a heavy flavor. Dark brown in color and the thick texture of the beer is visible while pouring. It has a good flavor, but it's far too strongly flavored. Not very accessible.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
750ml bottle - $13.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/16/2013.

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black body with a firm, creamyish, dark tan-hued head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Ground up roast, predominately, with supporting notes of aromatic anise, a middling fruitiness, and unsweetened cocoa, tied up with a ribbon of alcohol.

Taste: Deep roast maltiness interplayed with a trace of warm alcohol. Faint, ineffusive baker’s chocolate. Light honey taste. Anise. Understated, subtle fruitiness. Roasty, spicy, with an encroaching warming alcohol presence until the drying, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium, fluffed carbonation.

Overall: It was fine, that was about it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2013
1 pt 9,4 fl oz (750 ml?) bottle thanks to Nisse666! Sampled on December 21, 2013.
Miles Davis Bitches Brew - Dogfish Head.
Black color, big dark brown head. Malty, salty, alcohol, smoked taste. Salty, smoked aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, smoked, malty scent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4023) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2013
Big Bottle thx to adnielsen (trade) -Thank you Sir! cons 2013-12-21 Göteborg AR: roasted malt, dark chocolate, home brewed coffey AP: dark brown body, high frothy brown head - great lacings F: chocolate truffle, home brewed coffey, thai vanilla - this is the beer with the most beautiful I ever seen...

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Dogfish head never let's you down. Super smooth stout with a slight coffee flavored finslish. Pours a dark brown almost black like most stouts. Not much aftertaste. Ha at acre ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours basically black with a creamy mocha head. It looks pretty nice, poured perhaps a bit thin. The aroma is a bit light, I definitely get semi-sweet chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts. The flavor is slightly muted as well. I was expecting a much bigger punch, but it’s more slight semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. I don’t detect any honey. It tastes pretty safe. Its good, nothing off-putting, but nothing truly spectacular either.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2152) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Poured at a good temp with a vast, frothy, textured, light brown, settles after a while, and a bit o lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is fresh and on the mild side & mellow- cocoa, roast malt, old leather. Flavor’s like nose, understated, esp for an imp stout tang & very easy bitterness up front, fairly dry with sweet being residual. Body/carbonation are perfect, a tad chewy, a bit soft, yet not too. Finish is like flavor, longish, and super drinkable. Only the barest suggestion of alcohol. Solid beer

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (421) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2013
On tap at Mayor of Old Town. Appearance: small brown head with good lacing, black color, clear seeming. Aroma: chocolate, charred, alcohol, fruit. Palate: creamy smooth texture, full body, soft to flat carbonation, slight astringent finish. Taste: fruity, medium sweetness, lightly sour. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. A lot going on in it and it all is good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours black-brown with a big creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of roast with sweet malts.

The flavor is lots of roast with black licorice and a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a pretty watery.

Overall, a decent sweet and roasty imperial stout. Almost tastes like a nitro. I don’t really notice the honey other than a little residual sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Dark syrupy black brown pour. Herbal notes with chocolate, smoke, and honey. Little goopy mouthfeel.


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