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RATINGS: 889   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."


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
750mL. Pours a clear brown to near black with an average, healthy, tan to brown head. Great retention and lace. Nose is pretty much all black olive tapenade, tobacco along with barbecue ribs, chocolate, sweet honey, maple glazed barbecue. Taste is chalky, watery, thin, bittersweet, some caramel, toffee. But as I savor this, I come to a very haunting conclusion. This beer tastes almost exactly like grape flavored cough syrup, namely Dimetapp. I was enjoying it and now all of a sudden I cannot finish my pour. Literally, this went down the drain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2010
An inspired beer that for me is one more beer that has helped DFH regain imo some momentum of late. I love their spirit but after a few too many misses I’ve been real happy with some of the latest offerings.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2010
750mL Bottle. Shared with friends. Very heavy, but smooth and a little sweet. Great for dessert.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Beautiful black pour with one finger head. Deliciously roast and chocolate aroma. First sip, silky smooth with lots of roast and some milky chocolate sweetness and THEN...it finishes with a weird, distracting sour-like spice (gesho, I’m guessing) that just killed the beer. What a shame. I had trouble getting through my half a bomber. Ugh. Just brew a good beer and quit with the whacky gimmicks. Thumbs down.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5843) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Black, low head. espresso nose, plenty of sugar, light cigar. Heather and coffee flavour. creamy and dry mouthfeel. Sweet honey coffee aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pour is black as night with a dark brown head of small bubbles. Aroma is dark roasty malt with a hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is thick and a bit sticky. Flavor is very in your face with lots of dark roast flavors and a distinctive taste of black olives. Finish is fairly smooth and the beer improves as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
25.4oz bottle-thanks hbmason-pours a rich brown head and miles davis black. Aroma is roasty dark malt-herbal sweet honey. Taste is roasty dark malt-molasses/herbal sweet honey, some earthiness. Soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Flavor of honey, coffee, artificial smoke, chocolate, dark fruit. Not wild about it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
fantastic, nice and rich and oily. lots of dark malt, a little toasted. lots of full bodied with a slight tangy at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
The aroma is very dark and toasted with burnt malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of grass. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a toasted bread and coffee finish. The palate is average for the style. Overall a very good beer to say the least.


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