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RATINGS: 905   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."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours black with a nice creamy beige head - looks incredible. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoke, brown sugar, touch of honey. Flavor is dark roasty chocolate malt, subtle burnt coffee, a hint of smoke and earth, with a slight honey sweetness in the background. Very nice imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours an opaque black with small amount of foamy tan head. Aroma is burnt brown sugar, raisins, sweet chocolate and sugared pear. Flavor is really nicely balanced. Very smooth creaminess, chocolate, some bitter coffee flavors but not too much, bit of tart fruit and citric hops. Extremely drinkable for an imperial stout. Wish I had a few bottles.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zootfinster (209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
A really interesting beer. While clearly a stout, the malt is toned down a bit by the addition of the specialties. Very enjoyable. Donít kn ow if Miles would have liked but id sure did.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2609) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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 (1199) - 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 (2142) - 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 (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, 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 (478) - 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.


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