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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."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
750 batch 2. Pours dark with a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted malt. I know people are up on this but I was kind of underwhelmed, be it largley because of the hype. I tasted some for the original release and I had a better expreiance. Its not that I didnít like it, its good. Mostle bitter coofee malt and chocolate. I just thought it have a little more going on. I could be way off. Iím still rating it pretty well because it is good, just not mind blowing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by jb. Pour is a murky black, perhaps a hint of brown, along with a smallish light tan head. Aroma is roast malt, ashy, along with some honey spice and sweetness. Taste is big roast malt initially, followed close behind by pine hops and moving into the honey spiced sweetness of the nose. The roast honey lingers long in the aftertaste. Palate is medium to heavy bodies, coats the mouth fully, and then becomes viscous and slides down through the finish. Interesting take on an imperial stout. Thanks for lugging this one and sharing John, I had really wanted to try it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
750mL bottle. Pours thick and dark, completely black in my glass, topped by a small dark brown head. This is darker than I expected, being a blend. Aromas of coffee, sweet milk chocolate, raspberry mousse, honey, and some toffee and caramel. The flavor is latte with sugar, sugar cane, and milk chocolate. Sweet honey and slightly bitter mocha predominate the finish, along with an earthy, root-like quality, which I presume to be the gesho. Slight tart berry and vanilla/chocolate aftertaste. Medium carbonation, creamy, full-bodied, and really drinkable despite the sweeter quality imparted by the honey. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This is from the first batch, just getting around to reviewing it. Dark pour with a nice tan head, doesnít stick around for long but laces nicely. Smell is very sweet. Cocoa and roasted malts take a back seat to a honey scent from the tej used in the brewing process. The Taste starts off sweet, which gives way to coffee and a nice dry aftertaste. Very balanced, not too sweet. Smooth and creamy, not as thick as I would have expected. Very drinkable for a RIS. I enjoyed this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
750ml bottle with a few months on it. Pours an extremely dark chocolate-mahogany color, almost black in fact, with a small, smooth head of dark mocha foam. Settling quickly to a thin, patchy film with a ring at the edge, the head leaves behind wet arches that collapse and return to the body. The aroma is based in dark, bittersweet chocolate and burnt marshmallow, hinting at toasted honey and caramel, and suggesting also some dark barley roast. Thereís a healthy amount of earthen hopping to balance things out, along with suggestions of toaste coconut and mild dark spicing. Flavors largely follow suit, nicely roasty and cocoa driven, suggesting dry baking chocolate, burnt barley, licorice, toasted caramel and honey. Dry, estery, fruity yeast lends an ethereal, whipped sort of feel, as green herbal notes impart grassy, leafy tendencies. The palate is substantial, yet dry, showing above average, tingly carbonation and a chalky, drying, mildly astringent finish. Good overall. Different, for sure...but please donít do a barrel aged version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Iíve had this a few times; the original "Voodoo Down" incarnation on draft at the brewpub, then the draft and bottled versions of Bitches Brew. Pours very deep brown, almost black, topped with a medium sized mocha head. Roasted chocolate malt aroma, with notes of cocoa, molasses, licorice and hops. Chocolate, herbs, and molasses hit the palate first and are complimented by vanilla, spice, and a little honey. The Bitches Brew is a little sweeter on the palate than the Voodoo Down. Bittersweet chocolate lingers on the palate. I enjoyed this and would gladly drink it again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle generously shared by JB/customercopy. Pours jet black with a mocha skin and patchy lace. The nose is of sweet, dry cocoa, dark malt, honey and a sweet vegetal/herbal quality. Medium/fill-bodied and silky slick with a slightly drying finish. Roasty dark malt with a solid, sweet, honeyish supporting note... some coffee, and a vegetal note that must be the gesha root. Nothing like any impy stout that Iíve ever tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2010
This is a very nice looking beer. Despite being mixed with the tej, itís still basically black. The head is thick, dense and creamy tan. Nice retention. This is first and foremost and imperial stout. Roasty, generally dry. Iím not familiar with the gesho so I canít pick it out, but there is a slight herbal bitterness underneath the dominant flavors that could be it. The tej mostly comes through toward the end in an light wine-like flavor. Each sip leaves a sticky residue at the mouth of the glass, but the relative lightness of this beer probably comes from the tej cutting through the richness of the imperial stout. This is actually an excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bomber. very excited to drink this brew. shared with my friend Hodges. pours a dark, seductive, chocolate black color, with a light brown tan head. aroma: coffee, booze, light vanilla, some dark cherry. taste: ric, rich, roasted malt flavor, some sweetness coming through, kind of lemony, some nice coffee notes with some citrus still, a little hint of some hops coming through but not too prevalent. great brew

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Raw, rough and green beer nose, lots of chocolate and roast. Taste is relatively sweet, lots of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, but again, itís a bit rough and green, and thereís little in the way of bitterness. Still, itís a hell of a lot better than WWS.


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