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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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Canít drink this one without thinking of the song on the short lived beer masters TV show. Kinda sad that one ended, would have been nice for them to travel around the country and check out all different places. Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a creamy brown crown that fades quickly. Aroma is roasty and herbal with peated malts, honey, chocolate and a bit of chili and roots. The honey and whatever that root is are evident and just seem misplaced here. Dark roasted malt, herbal notes, chocolate and earthy hops round out the bill. A touch sour, this one never gets there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (366) - - NOV 26, 2013
From bomber. Pours dark with a finger of caramel head. Nice aroma. Dark stout taste with a hint of something else. Even better with a touch of bourbon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle, dark black pour, aroma is a nice roast and a light sweetness, taste is very nice lots of roast and chocolatey, really nice offering

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (330) - USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours back with a finger and a half of dark tan, slowly dissipating head. Chocolate and raisin in the nose. Interesting stout flavor. Thereís some chocolate mixed with fruity sweetness that ends in a burnt toast aftertaste. Unique, complex, and hard to describe. But good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCaptMatey (7) - Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
Poured from bottle after chilling. Poured a thick dark brown with cream head. While the initial taste through the head was a bit bitter, a rich and smooth flavor is achieved once one tastes the liquid without interference.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hanuta06 (274) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Serving: from tap at Manderes. Aroma: none detected. Appearance: huge, creamy light brown, initial head with good lacing and mostly lasting longevity. Brown body. Taste: lightly sweet, raisin-like initial flavor and lightly bitter finish. Average duration. Palate: medium-to-full body, dry texture, lively carbonation. Overall: Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Beautiful dark beer with a strong roasted malt flavor. Coffee body will give way to a sweet honey finish. Deceptively high ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Wonderful. On tap at the brewpub. Oily black pour with frothy brown head. Loads of roasted malt flavor, spices, and woodiness. Finishes with a very dry, roasted flavor. Creamy and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (824) - Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2013
$10.59 for the 750mL bottle purchased at Plainfield Hardware a few weeks ago. Consumed with a close friend in East Montpelier. To stemless wine glass, it pours a viscous, syrupy charcoal dark brown/black combination which sat under a burnt sienna-hued beige head one pinky nail in length. Aromas of coffee malt, dried blueberries, earl grey tea, lavender, roasted pistachios, char/roast, Madeira lees, sakť yeast, molasses, orange blossom honey, cloves, caramelized sea salt, and buttered artichoke hearts: t was brief, but oh so cute and fragile. Tastes the same only the addition of a more tangible bitterness: hops, kale, parsley, tarragon, limes, and mint by mid-palate. Semi-sweet dark chocolate, coconut, kuri squash, leather, and coriander by swallow. Decadent and wonderfully smooth; pleasantly warming. This is something really remarkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle split at the Kernel, big thanks to Leighton, 09/11/13. Pitch black with a moderate dirty tan covering. Nose is roast malt, molastic blastic, light smoke, bitter dark chocolate waftings, boozey tones. Taste comprises tangy dark fruit, bitter chocolate, hint of soap, touch of spice. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dark roast malt linger and sweet tones in the finish. Ok drinkable impy affiar but pretty low to mid ranking for the style in my book.


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