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RATINGS: 838   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."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. A black beer with a thin brown head. Dark roasted, burnt nose, notes of chocolate, caramel, and light spice. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Interesting flavor, roast forward with a moderate honey sweetness, rich chocolate, caramel, slightly herbal with a woody earthiness. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Wasn’t a fan of this one. Dark mahogany pour bordering pitch black with a creamy latte head that truly never left. Nice sheeting on the inside of the glass. Aroma is dark fruit, cocoa, roasted malt, and honey. Flavor has an odd grape quality that accompanies dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and burnt brown sugar. The grape/dark fruit/licorice component is really distracting for me. Medium to velvety mouthfeel. Just didn’t care for it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Big ol’ bottle, shared with mowz. Thanks! Chocolate and bitter coffee smell starts as we pour. The glass shows a nearly solid black body, with a parfait type brown head. In tasting, the texture is like a Coke, nicely bubbly. Dark and bitter impy stout taste with the expected chocolate roast. Honey is well established, as well. Don’t know if the gesho adds to it, but the total sweetness is like buckwheat honey. Finishes a little lighter than most overdone strong stouts. Ends up more like a strong porter, or even a braggot/mead. When the neighbors came over—even if they did bring a Berghoff—they helped us drink this and found it very interesting. So enjoyed by geeks and neophytes alike.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Pours a deep, dark, brown color with light brown head. Aroma is of intense roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee and a honey sweetness. Taste is much the same which lends to a delectable treat with a big, roasty imperial stout balanced by this honey sweetness. Finish is very robust and highly drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1315) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2010
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet (and enjoyed while listening to "Spanish Key"). Perfect black pour with a bubbly brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, licorice, smoke, and espresso. Coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice dominate the palate. There is some alcohol warming. Certainly a top notch Imperial Stout and a cool label to boot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2010
A super unique stout that left me wanting a lot more. Lots of roast, lactic notes, chocolate, and dark sugars. The element of honey really came through. Great rich viscous mouthfeel and a delightful finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Pours a deep brownish black with a rich brown head. Aroma is cacao nibs, chocolate, coffee, honey, with hints of what may be some type of chili or spice. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, and some very flavorful complex honey like elements. Bitter chocolate and the honey come out in the finish quite nicely. Tasty brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ddemmingjr (667) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Pours a thick,chocolaty,creamy brown. Looks like it could run a motor.Coffee, smoke and woody notes linger through ta long finish. If you like interesting stouts that push the envelope, here’s your beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Beautiful jet black pour with a big frothy tan head. Aroma holds notes of roasted malt, honey, cream, and a touch of ginger root. Flavor is full of more roasted malt and bitter chocolate, with the honey really coming through near the finish. The palate isn’t quite thick and rich enough to get a 5 for the style, but it hides the 9% ABV exceptionally well and is still beautifully creamy and drinkable. Very interesting and tasty beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4078) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
750 ml bottle. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, honey, ... and ... and ... why is this so highly rated, this Imp stout is not impressive at all. No richness, not very complex, and it’s over carbonated. It’s not bad, but man I am disappointed. Maybe I need to try it again sometime.


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