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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."


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Was very happy to hear the news that South Florida was going to get a shipment of this delicious brew. Dogfish was one of the first breweries that I really got into after stepping into the craft beer world, so my expectations were more then a little high for this one, and they didn’t disappoint by any means. Poured into my Delirium snifter glass the color was pitch black, almost syrup like in the thickness of it. The head is a pretty sexy brown color, bubbly and not too thick. The aromas I got were a lot like the description, honey, coffee bean, and chocolate. The carbonation was spot on. A great enjoyable, sip-able beer. Maybe a cigar to match with it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle shared by sahlholdt. Pitch black pour with a creamy brown head. The aroma is honey, roasted malt, hops and light chocolate. Complex flavour of roasted coffee, sweet fruit, honey and light smoke. Creamy texture. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2010
75 cL bottle, courtesy of Sahlholdt. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Dark roasted malt, liqourice and coffee. Liqourice dark roasted malt. Dark roasted malt and liqourice finish. Thick. Vague smoked. Smooth stuff - nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (3686) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Wow. Thanks obguthr. What a nice surprise! Big near black pour with ring of brown head. Awesome roasty, smokey, brew. Chewy, moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable. Great reference.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of obguthr at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Big chocolate and caramel aroma. Sweet chocolate, roast and light smoke flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Obguther) Dark malts with some smoke in the aroma. Black with fine tan head. Chocolate and dark malts with some spicy hop notes. Very light sour astringency. Medium light body and mouth feel. Finish is medium with light sourness and some warming. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Guyute_Pig (100) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bomber to tulip. Pours dark, oily brown with a nice frothy tan head that dissipates leaving a thin film of lace. Nose is roasted coffee, blueberry, & honey. Taste baker’s chocolate, honey, burnt coffee, super sweetness but I get a metallic/penny finish with slight bitterness. Disappointing beer behind that awesome label.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
On tap Bridge View Tavern. Black with a nice brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, molasses. Taste is roasty with chocolate, molasses, slightly metallic. Body full but could be a bit thicker for my taste. Light to moderate hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3090) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle at T&Ms. Pours an opaque black with a tanned head. Smells of band-aid. Sweet with aromas of roasted malts. Also aromas of dried fruits. Quite bitter finish. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12770) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle at home - Jannik. Pitch black - brown head. Burned, milkey, coffee, honey, chocolate, nice hoppy, sweetness, nice bitterness, sharpness.


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