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RATINGS: 863   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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8042) - 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? that’s funny. low acid. pasty finish, somewhat plain. overall an enjoyable beer from a brewer I’m often disappointed in.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6114) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Light roasty aroma with some molasses-like sweetness and a hint of dark chocolate. The flavor has roasted malts, some coffee, molasses, raisins, and a hint of dark chocolate. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcos (1540) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle split with Dave. Nice coffee aroma. Dark appearance. Coffee taste with slight honey taste. Smooth palatae.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matty (197) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours black in color with a thin tan head that disapears quickly. Chocolate/roasted aroma. Thick mouthfeel, has a roasty taste with a touch of chocolate. Slight sweetness from the honey? Roasted coffee aftertaste. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4003) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2010
750 thanks to Tony. Black IPA like taste. Hoppy. Warms to chocolate and roast. Overall very tasty and unique. The hops throw the stout label off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1253) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Fully opaque black, without any highlights even when raised to the light. Nice one-finger brown head that dissipated to a ring that held to the side of the glass. Strong coffee and espresso aroma with some dark fruit, a touch of honey,a dn something else that I assume is the gesho root. Honey-sweet chocolate flavors dominate, with hints of roasted malt, spices, and a slight hops bitterness. Big full body, no carbonation to speak of, viscous mouthfeel, and a lingering sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Beautiful dark black pour with a slight ruby hue, has a big dark tan head. Strong cocoa aroma, roasted malts and dark sugars. Full creamy body masks the moderately high alcohol content. Initially the flavor is mostly malt and cocoa, as it starts to warm it becomes more diverse, with honey, vanilla and molasses. It is definitely a sipper, becomes very sweet as you work your way through the large 25.4 oz bottle. Another tasty and unique brew from dogfish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A rich chocolaty aroma with some coffee. The beer is very tasty. The flavor has plenty of chocolate. I don’t taste the root, but then I don’t know what that tastes like, but the beer seems a little lighter near the end then one would expect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2010
If I were to say that it tastes like grape soda mixed into strong black coffee, your reaction would probably be "eeewww". But it actually works here, Nicely sweet, but not too much. Hints of vanilla and red wine. Pretty tasty stuff, actually.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle… Pours pitch black with a large, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is of cocoa nibs, cinnamon and tangy berries alongside a lesser note of caramel. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with supple carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet chocolate and cinnamon balanced by earthy bitterness. Dark chocolate, herbal, cardboard finish.


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