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RATINGS: 951   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."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3123) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2011
on tap at Tylers Apex, 02/08/11. Good aroma, sweet, Chocolate, coffee, honey, nutty, little smokey. Brownish black color, good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Nice, very drinkable. met expectation, very enjoyable aroma, alot going on. tad brash in the flavor, but not surprised by that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
Smells very rich coffee and chocolate. Beautiful beer. Taste is well balanced With honey and coffee apparent. Very nice beer for reading 300

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2011
750ml bottle. Roasty, malty aroma, full of cocoa and honey, with lighter notes of burnt caramel, coffee and faintly spicy, earthy hop. Dark, opaque brown-black color with a very fine, lasting head of brown. Flavor follows the aroma very closely, with big, dark, roasty maltiness dominating, along with plenty of honey character and dark, dusty chocolate, finishing with notes of mild spice and faint alcoholic tones. Very full and rich on the palate, thick in body as well. Interesting beer here. Not one I recommend tackling alone, though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
750ml bottle from Winooski.
Appearance : Deep black with a small head.
Aroma : Roasted malt with a great sweetness. Nice spices and dark chocolate. Quite sweet but appealing.
Taste : Very sweet with interesting herbal and fruity hops. Nice roasted malt. Roasty finish with nice dark chocolate.
Overall : Interesting stuff. Very sweet but I liked it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
750 mL bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, served in a snifter. Pours black with a minimal tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving a thin remnant. The nose has big earthy and roasty notes, along with subtle notes of coffee, hops and herbs. The flavour is moderately sweet and surprisingly smooth, with honey and chocolate notes. The finish is long and roasty with a subtle bitter overtone. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and flat carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent imperial stout that is more mellow than most impys. The honey provides a nice rich smooth quality and the gesho gives a nice earthy accent. Well worth a try. 2011-04-08

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2011
Fra flaske, dufter af lakrids....flot sort...smager dejligt af lakrids...dejlig blød eftersmag...i alt en dejlig stout...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts, spicy greenness and various fruit adorn this Imperial Stout’s oily, full body, moving into black tea and chocolatey solos here and there.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam decorates the brown-edged blackness.
-This is very sweet (which is to be expected, right?), but still complex. A unique Imperial Stout, to say the least.
-The strangely earthy and green finish is somewhat muddled by the zealous residual sugars.
-Alcohol wasn’t too prominent.
-The gesho root somehow recalls jasmine rice in the aroma.

Bottles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - APR 1, 2011
Bottle with courtesy of Papsø, thanks! It pours dark brown with a brown head. Nice roasted aroma with notes of caramel, honey, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Pleasant mouthful and body with strong notes of coffee, heavy roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate and a hint of honey and alcohol. It has a nice bitter balance and a long roasted, honey after taste.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3997) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
29-MAR-2011, bottle @Papsø tasting. Black, dark brown head - beautifull. Not in your face, but lovely stout. Quite sweet´, very roasted with coffee. Low carbonation, smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25383) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel with notes of dried fruits. Roasted flavour of caramel with notes of dark chocolate. Roasted finish.


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