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RATINGS: 887   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."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Beautiful dark black pour with a slight ruby hue, has a big dark tan head. Strong cocoa aroma, roasted malts and dark sugars. Full creamy body masks the moderately high alcohol content. Initially the flavor is mostly malt and cocoa, as it starts to warm it becomes more diverse, with honey, vanilla and molasses. It is definitely a sipper, becomes very sweet as you work your way through the large 25.4 oz bottle. Another tasty and unique brew from dogfish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A rich chocolaty aroma with some coffee. The beer is very tasty. The flavor has plenty of chocolate. I donít taste the root, but then I donít know what that tastes like, but the beer seems a little lighter near the end then one would expect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2010
If I were to say that it tastes like grape soda mixed into strong black coffee, your reaction would probably be "eeewww". But it actually works here, Nicely sweet, but not too much. Hints of vanilla and red wine. Pretty tasty stuff, actually.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
BottleÖ Pours pitch black with a large, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is of cocoa nibs, cinnamon and tangy berries alongside a lesser note of caramel. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with supple carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet chocolate and cinnamon balanced by earthy bitterness. Dark chocolate, herbal, cardboard finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
750mL bottle, purchased at Petaluma Market. Pours a very dark chocolate-brown color, almost pitch black; short, creamy, fine-bubbled, dark-tan head with modest retention and lacing. A pretty reticent aroma on this, though very thankfully lacking fusels (unlike... well, where to begin); bakerís chocolate, a licorice quality, and something approximating cola; even some spearmint is very prominently presented (alternately, those wintogreen lifesavers); decent, well-attenuated, interesting aroma profile. Medium-full body; average carbonation; minimal alcohol here at all, surprisingly, and generally creamy and smooth in the mouth; loads of dark chocolate and a modest roasted malt character (without an excessive amount of bitterness; Carafa?); medium acidity; again, really nothing to complain about here, relatively speaking: well-restrained sweetness, some spearmint / minty notes, a very dense and pleasant dark / bakerís chocolate character, and some solid roasted notes; not particularly effusive or generous for an imperial stout, but very much restrained in comparison to the nonsense DFH often busts out as of late; a well-brewed beer, to this palate, and a commendable effort. Long finish of bitter chocolate, mint, honeyed maltiness; reasonably dry, though still slightly on the acceptably sweet side at the far end of things.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4528) - 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 (9133) - 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 (1526) - 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 (4136) - 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.


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