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RATINGS: 856   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10468) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and honey aroma. Medium to heavy sweet toasted malt flavor with a Medium to heavy sweet of moderate to long duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a interesting good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2010
75cl bottle. Black body with large creamy brown head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some roast, light honey, chicory. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa/bittersweet chocolate, some chicory, light honey. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1090) - Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Alright, Dogfish-Head is running out of ideas for beer. This would have been fine if they had just called it Honey-Stout or something. Anyway, it poured black with a dark brown stable head. Aroma has lots of coffee with some chocolate malts, vanilla, and honey. Taste is chocolaty with lots of creamy honey flavors. Slightly nutty with coffee. Finish is a little thin, but it has a good amount of honey and coffee. Overall it is pretty sweet. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. I feel like the honey combines weirdly with the chocolate malts, but it’s still tasty. Overall a very interesting brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Dark brown, red tints, puffy dark tan foam. Aroma is chocolate, dark cacao bean, weird spicing, maybe whatever gesho is, honey. Taste is distinct berry, chocolate, more sweet, honey, light spicing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Wow, crazy smooth. An exploration of malt roast and depth that smells like port and sherry mixed and taste like a medium roast buffet of earthy raisins and fig without any of the associated sweetness. Really beautiful texture here is balanced making it a star of a stout but so enjoyable to drink the entire bottle, this thing is no work at all. Very earthy and approachable, this one seems to be ready to drink right now, as the flavors already feel developed. Thanks Dogfish Head. 2010 25 oz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured near black with a creamy, deeper tan head. The aroma picked up honey, treacle, and husky coffee accented by some sour, dark malt notes, vanilla, and alcohol warmth.. toasty overall and well-balanced. The flavor was more sour than anticipated, mostly malt-inspired.. primarily molasses and coffee, along with vanilla beans.. picked up honey and more molasses on the warm finish.. a touch smoky too. Medium-plus bodied on the palate.. the sour character wasn’t necessarily bad, but it didn’t help the flow.. solid brew overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2010 A dark roasty treat. Funny story. A table of blondes across from us ordered this based on the name and none of them could stand it. So of course I told them to send it over because that’s how I roll. Dark roasted malt, coffee, deep rich taste. Creamy with a sweet taste and mild bite. Sweet liquid nectar. Seriously spectacular. Friggin’ skirts, man. What do they know, anyway?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Picked up while in San Diego. Quite complex brew with many flavors such as chocolate, spice, vanilla, raisin, berry, and honey. Interesting brew for sure. Almost over the top, but not quite. While I’ll probably never buy this again, I am glad I got to try this once.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a stout black with a two finger thick tan head. Aroma has roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of honey, along with a bit of smokiness. The taste is much bigger then the nose. There’s a nice chalky, roasty, smokey flavor, along with dark fruit and cocoa. Also has a coffee bitterness that lingers. Very smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Light on the carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
That is the longest beer description ever. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Sweet malt aroma, coffee. Sweet and easy to drink, touch of coffee, roasted malt. Honey is in there. Well done.


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