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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
   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 (36) - 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 (10208) - 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 (4577) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Tasted from a 750 mL bottle purchased at FreshCraft in Denver, Colorado. Deep coal black appearance with thick brown head that dissipates quickly. Quite sweet honey aroma, surprisingly without a dark malty smell. Mostly a dark, burnt malty, creamy flavor with a definite honey flavor. Hoppy ,smooth with a honey soda finish. Very complex and interesting.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robgibbens (417) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
aroma: nice coffee and caramel aroma. appearance: extremely black with a nice thick brown head. taste: slightly bitter with a sweet creaminess. Itís not overpowering and just begs to be drank. palate: creamy smooth with a nice bitter finish that lingers overall: i was excited about this beer after watching Brew Masters and it does not disappoint. You can taste exactly where the honey takes the sharpness off the stout to smooth it out. Iíll have to go buy some more for aging!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, earthy, some raisins, coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, some hints of honey and citrus, chocolate, peppery. Full bodied with the alcohol well masked.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bth122 (1296) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Poured black color. Chocolate, coffee, aroma. Full head. Taste light sweetness with light to med bitterness. Smokey taste near end. Did not taste much honey (nor aroma) unitl the beer got warmer. Creamy, velvety texture. Well done. Smooth, no sourness at end that sometimes is associated to these type beers. Thanks to bro-law for pulling this one out of his arse.


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