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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 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."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4396) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Tan head quickly recedes to mottle surface. Sweet chocolate and smoky espresso aromas. Sweet soft honey upfront turning to a smoked caramel and bitter honey finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a dark black with brown edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, tobacco, dark fruits, and earthy. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, roast, some licorice, and earthy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 17, 2010. Being two-thirds imperial stout retains an imperial stout-like appearance. Looks silky, a dark brown, almost black color with a medium-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and honey (makes sense, I guess), pretty yum! Pretty thin mouth feel, but in the mouth this is quite amazing. Warm and alcoholic on the lips. Flavor of roasted malt with a slight sweetness. Light, but with some roasted malt behind it, giving it a good body despite its light character. Very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Settles in snifter without much carbonation, a murky black-brown. Nose leans sweet and roasty, touch peppery. Flavor is bold, starting with bitter chocolate and a minerally quality before satisfying with milk chocolate cream and toasted malt. Good easy to drink RIS, though lacks some depth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a dark black with some light, sits inky black in the glass. Head is one to two fingers thick and chestnut brown. Nose is very disconcerting, has a very light and floral sweetness and notes of honey with no dark character coming through at all. Flavor is even more strange, medicinal honey character and a flowery sweetness. No roast or any character that I associate with this color. Palate is smooth and velvety and pretty carbonated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1290) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
The aroma is nutty roasted malt, like a burnt porter. Spearmint. Dry and dusted. The appearance is pitch black. Chocolate brown head, lasts for 3-4 minutes. Color of a bowling ball. The flavor is ginger and mint, on top of sweet grapes like a red wine. Burst of alcohol, mocha dusting. The malt is between roasted and burnt. Chocolate and grapes are a symphony. The palate is oily and little chewy on the back end. A dark and challenging beer; roasted and sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle split three ways among friends. Poured into pint glasses. It produced a three finger tan head sitting on top of a pitch black colored brew. The honey gave me a lasting impression in the nose. It was almost dominant. I did get some slight roast or, was it my mind trying to find it there. The flavor was reminiscent of a sweet chocolate bar with a light coffee flavor. There was no trace of the alcohol present in the flavors or the nose. It had a strong medium feel to it with good carbonation. It was a easy to drink stout I could have grabbed a second glass if available. I will grab a second bottle to age some and see how things settle out

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2154) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle brought to me by a friend at my Oktoberfest party. Pours a jet black. tastes of coffee, charcoal, vanilla, dark fruits. slight bitter on the end with good enough carbonation to make it pleasant to drink. pretty cool bottle as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Black! couldn’t even shine a light thru it. Chocolate coffee nose. Bitter chocolate and coffee taste. noticed a little woodyness in the taste and the finish. Only a hint of alcohol. Thick. A little honey in the end. Leaves a dryness in my mouth. This will get better with some age. It lackes a little sweetness for my taste, to balance the bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours jet black with a medium sized beige to tan head. Toast, roast, sweet chocolate. Burnt roast and char, vanilla and coffee. Big metal flavor, sweet and tangy, honey. Long sweet roast. The metal flavor really kills what would have been a very nice beer otherwise. Still pretty good though.


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