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RATINGS: 862   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."


3.8
   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 (7136) - 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 wasnít necessarily bad, but it didnít 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 thatís how I roll. Dark roasted malt, coffee, deep rich taste. Creamy with a sweet taste and mild bite. Sweet liquid nectar. Seriously spectacular. Frigginí 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 (1175) - 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 Iíll 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 (2099) - 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. Thereís 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Sharp roasted malt aroma. Black color with a medium brown head. Sweet beginning with a light but lingering bitter finish. A little light palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Nice dark brownish black pour. Mild sweet roast and mild coffee on the nose. Flavors are mild roasty malts, a dark coffee background, straight up burnt roast throughout, and some quite earthy to almost dirt flavors that blend well with the roast. The sweetness sets in through the finish, making this a very gentle, smooth, pleasant imperial stout. Lingering coffee/roast. Honey very detectable through the finish. Good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJJereme (375) - Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark color with a deep brownish-tan head. Thick bodied. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of honey. Easy on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2010
750ml. moderately strong belgian-like phenols in the nose (black pepper, plum/pineapple/nectarine fruit) with a moderate-to-heavy dry chocolate malt note. medium to thin body, surprisingly dry. honey is nonexistant. chocolate is present but seems absorbed by the roast. gesho root? thatís funny. low acid. pasty finish, somewhat plain. overall an enjoyable beer from a brewer Iím often disappointed in.


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