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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."


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Pours a thick black with a tiny white head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a slight metallic/alcohol smell. Taste is super smooth and balanced with all the above flavors and a hint of honey. Full mouthfeel. and a long sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
this is freaking aweome pours black head hat goes away pretty quick you can taste the honey but not really hard to explain highly recommended

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours black with a beautiful thick tant head. The aroma is subtle. Honey, chocolate, coffee, and cream. The flavor is very nice. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, honey, prune, limestone, lilac, and spice. Amazing length. Great beer. But $38.00??? This is made from barley, hops honey, water and yeast. No beer should cost this much. Period.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Looks great black as black with a thick brown head. Aroma is dull . Mild roasted malt notes. Flavour is great long and lingering with some coffee and chocolate and booze. But tjere is also a Very sweet unique flavour from the honey. Floral in the finish. This is an excellent brew. Very unique. I love it. Unique and complex like the album for which it is named.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
21-01-11 Bouteille 750ml: Noire opaque, légère mousse. Premiers aromes d’olives noires, suivie par des notes de grillées et une touche de café. 7 pour l’originalité des aromes. Saveurs asser spéciales avec des notes également d’olives noire, mélangé a du pain grillés et des grain de café léger. Minuscule touche de chocolat. Corps moyen, avec une texture asser légère et volatile. Finale sur des notes de racines et d’herbes. 2 pouces en l’air pour l’originalité de cette bière, mais malheureusement, elle ne se retrouve pas dans ma palette de saveurs.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3541) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2011
750ml bottle 1/21/11 (Binny’s Willowbrook)-50° in snifter-Pours pitch black with a nice small tight tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and honey. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. I was expecting a sweeter taste but this is awesome. This full bodied brew is well balanced and it hides the ABV really well. Great job.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Pours the usual RIS pitch black with a nice tan head that didn’t stick around long. Decent lacing. Incredible sweet malty aroma one expects from the style but there’s something more here. Slight honey aroma. One of those great smelling beers that just draws you in. I was hooked from the first sip - deep roasted malts and an intruiging mellow sweetness in the after taste. Alcohol content is well hidden making this quite drinkable for 9%. I wanted another immediately. Another world class offering from Dogfish Head made even cooler by being brewed for the seminal Miles Davis album of the same name

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badwhale (396) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bomber to chilled pint glass. Pours an almost completely black ruby color. Very dense and thick looking. Not much head, and not much lacing. Lots of fruit notes, such as dates and prune. Thick mouthfeel, and has a smokey roasted woodsy flavor. Pretty darn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Pours a pitch black, with a mahogany hue and a small cappuccino head. Aroma of roasted malts, lots of coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, honey, coffee, and very earthy. The finish is sweet, alcohol, bitter, and lingering. Overall very well balanced, and worth the money

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and floral showing notes of honey, cocoa, molasses, and coffee. Flavor shows pretty much the same. Overall body is somewhat sweet with a touch of alc on the finish.


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