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RATINGS: 913   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."


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. There is a nice roastiness in the nose with a bit of booze, chocolate, and peat. The flavor is surprisingly subdued given the power of the nose. Lots of cocoa powder and chocolate liquor. Smooth on the palate but an unremarkable finish. Certainly easier drinking than most of it’s peers. Not bad but a little overhyped in my opinion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Appearance: dark browns bordering on burnt blacks. Tan and espresso crema head forms thick and fades slowly into a silken puddle. Swirls thick with spotty crema lace and a thicker collar.
Nose: black roots and burnt molasses. Faint tartness to the dark pitted fruits which weaves in and out of the unraveling aromas. Licorice root. Figs, touch of tar, black earth. Dried black cherries with stones still inside. Tobacco, smoke, and chocolate cake. Gentle sweetness or warm honey.
Palate: wow. Soft, smooth, creamy with a mouthfeel of all the above and whipped chocolate mousse. Moist decadent chocolate cake underneath. Smoke, root, and tobacco mingle. Dark fruit stones are nutty and earthy with a touch of dryness. Molasses and caramel melt into smoke. Dried black cherries here and there, concentrated cherries. Tobacco, brittle burnt chocolates, and burnt wood. Fudge in the finish with a dab of honey, thick and intense.
Final Thoughts: lovely brew if I do say so myself…and I do. Screams for a long luxurious session with a cigar and some Miles Davis making music magic in the background. Beautiful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2011
This is all I’ve wanted in an Imperial Stout. Nice opaque brown color with a strong tan head. Heavy chocolate malt aromas. Even a bit of honey. The scent of alcohol is just enough to be there but not overpowering. The palate is smooth maybe a tad sticky. medium sweetness of chocolate and mocha. Nice smooth finish which I appreciate with the extra amount of alcohol just lingering a bit in the mouth. Really enjoyed it for my bday.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordFatbottom (10) - Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
I recently stumbled upon this funny named beer. It reminded me of of a fellow I met at Blu Burger...quite the bitch he is. I cannot remember his name, however I wish to never to remember his face. Cheers Americans. Bravo to this masterpiece of beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2945) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Rick at Brewforia. Deep black color with a dark tan head. Big sweet toasty aroma with dark pitted fruits. Moderate palatte, some sweetness but dissipates qu key on the tounge. Roasted bit not overly sharp and bitter. Balanced and very tasty.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle, split 3 ways with Cole and hobbersr because of the LUDICROUS fucking $38 price tag. Jesus fucking Christ Sam Calagione! I hope you read my review, while sitting on your solid gold toilet, reading this off your diamond-encrusted laptop! Pours viscous oily black. Thick dark tan head, crazy persistent. Lacing is retarded good. Nose is young and hot - very sweet & spicy - some roast, plus the florals start to come through from the honey. An almost creamy" nose, though not in the traditional sense. A very oddly-scented RIS - Is this the honey coming through? Less roasty than it is spicy... Rich coffee, light dust, honey comes through sweetly, as opposed to he sour "tang" I get from Honey Browns. This is bizarre. Flavours are more rich, almost milk-shake-like in mouthfeel, coffee, spice, roast, honey, dusty mouthfeel, almost like tannins in Spanish wines... Flavours are less confused (and confusing) than the nose. Hedonistically amazing, technically less than a masterpiece. Dammit. I REALLY don’t want to score it this high, due to the price, but I can’t detract points for the price...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, honey and earthy. Medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and honey. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice smooth taste. The chocolate aroma fades a little as it warms. A touch of honey sweetness at the finish. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanx to D Kurtz for finding this rare gem.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2444) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle. Thanks to Mark from Vine & Barley for sharing! Heavy dark chocolate, burnt and strong coffee for the malt, moderate resin and earth for the hops and yeast, with background notes of charred wood, raisin and whiskey-like alcohol. Head is small, creamy, light brown with some slippery lacing and excellent legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown.flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy to syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a sticky yet dry finish. The flavor plays out perfectly in this exceptional Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brp10 (59) - USA - JAN 27, 2011
One of my favorite imperial stouts along with old rasputin. Amazing taste, and i have one sitting in my fridge as i type this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. thx jeff! clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. aroma of chocolate and coffee. nice earthy roasted malt character. it drinks like a big porter rather then an impy stout. nice one.


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