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RATINGS: 859   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."


3.8
   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 (715) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
From a 750ml into a pint glass. Pours a dark black with thick brown head. The head doesn’t stay around too long and it doesn’t 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 that’s different), smoke... pretty much the way it smells. Damn good stout. Here’s 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 (6441) - 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 (10979) - 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 isn’t!!!

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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (2719) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle - Pours deep, dark black with a big foamy tan head. Smells of molasses, brown sugar, licorice, and a bit of menthol. Taste is smoky and roasty, with a bit of ash. Not terribly bold, and no sweetness. Definitely a roasty stout, but pretty boring. Not even that excited about tasting an aged version of this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6648) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
bouteille partagée avec ibrew2or3 brune foncée, moka. arôme, on y note du miel, malt ressort avec des notes de chocolat, il ressort des racines de gesho une fine amertume qui tend a remplacer le houblon. goût, une approche intéressant du style, je trouve le coté malté un peu léger, mais les saveurs se développent et se mélangent à merveille. D’un cote, on ressent la présence de malt grillé avec une fine douceur du miel, ceci donne a la stout impériale et petit coté braggot. L’usage de la racine de gesho en tant que remplacement a l’amertume du houblon, dans le style africain, rend à la bière un palais sec avec un arrière goût qui garde des notes de grains, poudre de cacao / chocolat et d’herbes. Encore une bière où DFH innove dans l’usage d’ingrédients exotiques.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Not bad, but not great. Hope some of the flavors develop with a but of time in the cellar. Bit of honey and roast come through, but very subtle. Again not a bad beer I just had higher expectations.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle. A rich black color with a creamy brown head. Dark roasted malts with chocolate and coffee in the aroma with a light smoke throughout. The honey comes through in the flavor that is otherwise filled with coffee, roasted malts and bitter chocolate. The flavor is not particularly complex, but its fulsome with a great full bodied finish. Although I have no idea how to identify the gesho root, I did that they included it.


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