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RATINGS: 858   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 Davis’ 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, we’ve created our own Bitches Brew - a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.Featuring the album’s iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew will be unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, June 5, National Building Museum, Washington DC. Haven’t experienced the Bitches Brew album? Two 40th anniversary editions of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew -- a Legacy Edition and a deluxe Collector’s 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." "There’s a spirit of innovation, of creativity and individuality, thats at the core of Miles’ 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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan ring of suds.

Aroma: Roast, hospital disinfectant and maple sugar.

Taste: Dark chocolate, burnt roast that finishes the beer bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Silky with modest carbonation.

Overall: A very dry Imperial Stout. It wasn’t my favorite, and I tried it on two separate occasions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2010
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark esters, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, dark esters, and chocolate. The dark fruits linger a bit in the finish. Full body. A good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Beer (and almost as exciting, the bottle) from thirdeye11 via Cavie. Pour is black with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry, alcohol, a little baker’s cocoa, and roasted. Taste is almost fruity up front, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted, and with just a touch of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle big thanks to thirdeye11. Very dark brown color that is difficult to see through. Aroma is a fantastic amount of dark milk chocolate, roasted notes and sweetness. Very flavorful amount of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of heavy fruit. I like this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Pours a darkish brown to black color with a brown colored head. Smells of burnt coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of sweetness. Taste is of burnt coffee and honey? Weird taste mixture. I think it is honey. Burnt coffee taste is pretty good. Not sure how i feel about the rest of the flavors in here. Not bad just not great. We’ll see how the rating goes :)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
bottles, thanks to thirdeye11 and trade with dkachur, black brown color with good tan foam, creamy vanilla and cocoa aroma, flavors of bitter cocoa, roasted malt, grape syrup

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2010
(750ml bottle). Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Small, active carbonation bubbles. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, Taste is roasty bitterness with some underlying sweetness of the honey. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish is slightly roasty, but there is a sweetness that is lip smacking. I think this beer is a very good beer now and I think it will be absolutely phenomenal in a year.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
750 mL bottle shared by obguthr at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a dark brown color, nearly black, with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Roasty, nutty and lightly smoky aroma with some honey notes. The taste is honey, roasted malts, light smoky notes, nutty notes, a bit tart and a bitter finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Draft. Mahogony beer with a light brown head. Toffee aroma. Toffee and honey flavor with mollasses, light spice, and sweet malt. Medium bodied. Toffee and honey lingers with mollasses and sweet malt.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eli723 (20) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Deceivingly tasty. Pours thick black with velvety brown head. First impression prior to sipping is too thick and dark. But, tastes great. Coffee, sweet and bitter at the same time.


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