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RATINGS: 892   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."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
750 bottle poured into a snifter, pours dark black with a decent brown head, aroma is sweet with a nice touch of chocolate on the nose, the flavor is of sweet malt with a great finish of chocolate, overall this is pretty solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1163) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 26, 2010
the aroma is of roasted malts and a little hop note that suggests this is going to be a bit different than the other imperial stouts ive had. The taste is equally impressive with the sweetness of honey in the forefront that really adds to the flavor and does not dominate in any way. the roasted malts have a bit of a chocolate flavor and coffee not unlike their world wide stout without the abv burn. and thats the last thing, the abv is not present anywhere in the taste, maybe a little burn in the back of the throat, but really nothing that would make it off putting. great beer,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2067) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, coffee, caramel, honey, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and some hops; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, wasnít sure what to except with all the hype surrounding this one - but it was pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Thanks Nolan and bro! Pours pitch black with a small coffee colored head. Aroma has rich molasses, dark fruits, and a nutty/woody characteristic. Slight bitterness that fades into toffee and caramel, and ends with warm malt. Very smooth and incredibly full-bodied. Not sure it lives up to the hype, but in itís defense, there was a lot of hype to live up to. Very tasty offering.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2010
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma of roasty malt and coffee, not much else. Taste is not very sweet at all, lightly bitter and a bit sour and medicinal. Highly carbonated for an imperial stout. I donít get any sweetness from the honey, nor any chocolately sweetness normally associated with an imperial stout. As someone else said in their review below, mostly tastes like a cup of sour, cold coffee.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Tap at the Flying Saucer Houston, at the debut of the Brewmasters TV series. Pure solid black with a big silky medium-brown head. Looks very viscous. The nose brings rich heavy malt, a bit of smoke, and a little fruity/tart tone hidden away. Opens in the palate with chocolate malt and some fruity tones, almost like raspberries, then finishes with solid roasty coffee bitterness. Very tasty.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Interesting concept, but mostly a mediocre marketing ploy. It smells a little sour. Itís not as coffee or harsh tasting as youíd expect when you see the deep brown, mocha pour, but it still has hints of that. Kind of a sour cold chocolate. Gets points for ambition, but ultimately didnít do much for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2377) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Black pour tan head .... sweet honey and chocolate aroma ..... taste of light smoked and sweet chocolate malts, honey and roasted bitter malts, light herbal root (licorice like) ... oily mouthfeel .... dry bitter finish ..... a good brew interesting and abv hidden well

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
750ml bottle, batch 2010 3E (2nd Batch). Served cool cellar temp into a DFH Signature Glass. Pours thick black with a two finger brown head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a great cap. Aroma is espresso, coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, earthy and herbal, moderate to good strength. Flavor is rich milk chocolate, smooth coffee, roasted malts, some raisins and dark fruits, honey sweetness, lingering sweet/roasted finish with a bit of citrus hops and an herbal note, perhaps the gesho and Tej at work. No noticeable alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is foamy, creamy, velvety, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. An incredibly drinkable Imperial Stout, very, very smooth, this is going down way too fast! Got a bottle of Batch 1 aging in the cellar, but after having this Iím not sure it really needs any age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3245) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Poured from a four month old bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a dense black with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, honey, and coffee. Taste is exactly like the smell. This beer is utter bliss. Its like God himself made this beer. Heavy on the palate in the bxst of ways.


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