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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."


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Saga (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
One of the best stouts Iíve ever come across. Though anyone who has seen the "Brew Masters" episode featuring this beer can attest that its not exactly true to style. However, the nose on this beer is impeccable (roasty, coffee-like), the flavor is delicious (an earthy chocolate with a hint of vanilla), and the finish is long with a subtle warmth. Combined with a viscous, resiny body, and a smooth mouth feel, this is something that will never disappoint--unless it comes to finding a bottle! Letís hope that Sam decides to do another run of this fantastic brew. If you can find a bottle please do yourself a favor and pick it up. You will not regret it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a tan head. Aroma on the sweet side smelling of chocolate and coffee. Taste is amazing with a coffee start with a slight hint of a honey finish. Outstanding beer for you stout lovers, highly recommended. The body is light enough where you can pound this, but that would be a waste, this is a beer you want to drink slow and savor the beautiful this beer provides.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours black with a tan head, laces the glass nicely, Aroma is subtle at first, soft and sweet, almost overly sweet but as it sets, strong and dark like old coffee, big and roasty. Taste, at first its smooth and creamy, as it sits it gets bigger and bolder almost nutty at first, then the hops bite, a little effervescent on the tongue, thens comes the roastiness bringing with it its friends bitter chocolate and coffee. The hop dyyness leaves you salivating for aother drink. I like this a lot

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours almost completely black with an active tan head. Aroma cocoa, a little coffee, brown sugar/molasses. Flavor begins dry, bitter cocoa nibs, subtle sweetness mid-palate - not long though, finished dry with a slight herbal quality. Palate is full mouthfeel, roasty and drinkable. I enjoyed this beer a lot, please brew more Dogfish Head.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
On tap at the Dogfish Alehouse in Falls Church - 09.04.2010. Pours a deep brown-chestnut with a nice tan head that leaves around a good amount of lacing. Smells very nice with some roasted malt, anise, good amount of sweetness, honey, and a touch of fruitiness. Taste is much the same, with the honey coming out a bit more. Mouthfeel is fairly full, although not entirely viscous. Great drinkability. A very unique brew, and Iíll be picking up quite a few for the cellar. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-05-2010

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Magnum poured into a Belgium style goblet glass immediately after watching Samís documentary about this beer on the Discovery channel. Dark oily black with a very dark brown head. Smoky and roasted malt aromas with some definite cocoa compliments. Beer starts off with chocolate and toasty malt and even marshmallow flavors. Definitely noticed some honey sweetness in the middle. The beer finishes with more of a mellow cocoa flavor. Creamy, milky mouthfeel, low carbonation levels but very full bodied and flavorful. Very drinkable and smooth stout -- the honey and cocoa flavors mellow the traditional roastiness and coffee flavors of what you might expect with a RIS, making this a bit more sessionable beer that what you would expect from a RIS.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - 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 (1372) - 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.


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