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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 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."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6603) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3845) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Smoke and dark roasted malt aroma. Black, thin yellow head. Dark roasted malt flavor with a chewing gum (not bubble) finish. Doesnít come together well, quite disjointed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2010
750 ml botle from Spirit of 76.Poured a great looking pitch black velvety body with an average to slightly large foamy beige head. Aroma has lots going on with a large roasty prescence and an undertone of sweetness. Aromas of charcoal, dark bakers chocolate, vanilla extract, earth, dark fruits, dark cherry flavored tobacco. Medium/full body with a silky mouthfeel and average carbonation makes for an easy sipping beer. Flavors of dark roasted malts, tobacco, soy sauce, lots of dark fruits adding sweetness (dark cherry, figs, prunes, plums), brown bread toast, lots of earth, bark and charcoal. Interesting but I would suggest drinking it now because I have a feeling that the roastiness will drop off leaving an overlly sweet, high ABV Impy Stout with no stout qualities left other then the color.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6646) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours near clack with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Flavor has a nice chocolate and nutty coffee note with a bit of backing roasted malts. Flavor begins with sweet chocolate that becomes more bitter and is joined by a roasted malt note as well as a bit of coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Deep black with mocha head. Slight sweet honeyed funk smelling with a twinge of apple and chocolate covered peach. Faint coffee aromas with a brandying burn to smell and taste in the finish. Slightly sweetingly luscious mouthfeel gives a burnt lingering and bittering dusty lip smack. Drying earthy chocolate and warm caramel hints are there. Faint alcohol to smell and taste with slight figs in the olfactory glands.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Odd but complex aroma that is intense on the palate and somewhat enjoyable...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dagimp (718) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
From a 750ml into a pint glass. Pours a dark black with thick brown head. The head doesnít stay around too long and it doesnít leave much lacing either. Smell of cocoa nibs, molasses, mild alcohol, wood and light smoke. Mouthfeel is spot on! Perfect amount of carbonation, not too heavy but with some heft that a real good stout should have. Taste is tingly alcohol, cherry???, wood, oak (yes, in my mind thatís different), smoke... pretty much the way it smells. Damn good stout. Hereís hoping that DFH re-releases it sometime in the future. Hopefully, it will have the lasting effect that the album does.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head and a treacle and chocolate aroma. There is a great chocolate taste with honey overtonesand a dry bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11098) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black black with a creamy dark tanhead. Aroma is very coffee. A little smokey. A little chocolate. Full bodied with frothy carbonation. Flavor begins coffee and flows into some darkish honey. then something a little veg/bitter. Like BA, but it isnít!!!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Aroma is that fudgey chocolate brownie, molassas,and roasted pretty straight malting,the kind I really treasure, flavor is not as boldy bakers malting,little more bitterness, but still a very satisfying German chocolate flavor with just that touch of anise,good mouth filling body,everyone in the group loved it,great price


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