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RATINGS: 856   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."


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1143) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Dark black pour with tan head. Aroma was very herbal with hints of honey and roast maybe a little mint. Taste was roasty with a nice mild sweetness. Pretty good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Dogfish Head Bitches Brew is a dense, opaque, brown-black beer with a thick, foamy, brown head that has outstanding retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a huge, boozy, roasted aroma with notes of chocolate and smoke. Itís full bodied and very smooth and soft. The finish is quick, dry and tidy. The flavors are bound very tightly. Smoke seems to be the most prominent. There is a slight flash of sweetness and a tanginess throughout the taste. It seems almost salty right before the finish. The aftertaste is bitter and kind of sharp. A dark, grainy flavor lingers. I can taste the tej up in my nose. This is a really solid imperial stout and the addition of tej gives it a unique signature. I bet it would go well with some injera.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle shared with frostyone. Black pour with a small brown thick head and some sticky lace. Nose is roasted malts, fresh coffee, breads and intense malt sweetness and molasses. Taste is sweet yet just a little bitter and the coffee really comes through. Not lacking in carbonation but full bodied. Good brew but no the best Iíve had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2010 750mL bottle. Bottled in: 2010. Batch: 2B. Pours an oily jet black color with a thick & creamy chestnut head. A rich and roasty aroma that features lots of cocoa, caramel, molasses, dark & milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, a little honey, some citrus, and hints of spiciness. Full-bodied and kinda creamy. Very sweet upfront taste-wise with lots of caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, and some honey. Vanilla extract follows. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee qualities finish things off. There is no sourness or harshness at the end that usually exists with an imperial stout. Not too dry and not too bitter. Never cloying. The 9% ABV provides a little warmth but never detracts. A very pleasant and drinkable imperial stout. I passed on this one a handful of times before my interest was piqued while watching Brew Masters. Well done.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - NOV 28, 2010
Jet black with a fluffy tan head. I smell mostly roasted malt with a bit of bitter chocolate. Full bodied. Iím sorry but I just donít think there is much going on in this beer. The flavor to me is all bitter roast malt and it comes across as rather lifeless all the way through the finish. With the way other people are talking about it maybe I got a bad bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GadgetGeek (35) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Very dark in the glass and a fairly good head for a stout. Coffee aroma, nice nutty flavor, no honey flavor for me? The end is a bit bitter. I like it, but I donít love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, light coffee and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, light vanilla and lighjt licorice with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Super black with a thin brown head. Definite sweet notes, with a bit of honey, chocolate, roasted barley in the nose. Big beer with big flavor. Much stronger than I expected with the honey. Definitely more imperial stout than sweet. Very smooth on the palette, with a nice well balanced finish. If you come across a bottle, definitely worth a try!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (3966) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Pours out super dark brown, almost black, with a brown head that sticks around and leaves good lace. Smell is odd yet playful. Iím getting all kinds of aromas like chocolate, wood, grain-seed, earth, and honeymustard. Intriguing nose, in a good way. Taste is super unique. Of course thereís the obvious chocolate stoutiness, with roasted smokey malts with a touch of booziness. But then thereís this flavor profile in the middle of sweet wood and earth thatís hard to put words to. But it is very delightful. Maybe itís damp firewood and mild herbs. Anyhow, itís super unique and a fantastic twist to the tired formula of imperial stout. Great brew, wish I had another to age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark black with a very small light chocolate head that leaves a small amount of lacing when swirled. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, honey, and light alcohol. Initial taste is sweet with honey and chocolate, then some light licorice. Finish is dark, bitter chocolate and some honey. Dark, unsweetened chocolate taste left in the mouth. Light-medium body. Medium carbonation.


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