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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."


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
In ticking aroma and heady black pour with a complex taste and mouthfeel with an after kick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1558) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Clunky black pour with heavy brown head. Nosr of deep roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is smooth, smooth roast, burnt marshmallow, bitter chocolate and faint honey. Juicy vegetal bitterness from the gesho hanging in the background. Probably the best DFH brew I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkleu357 (333) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Dark black pour with a very big head. Lots of carbonation. Sweet honey aroma. Light mouthfeel. Fairly light in flavor. Fairly bitter with a hint of molasses. Easy drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
katrinaez (83) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Dark flavor. Rich bitter and gritty almost. Heavy hitting. Dark foaming head. Need to accompany with food in order for taste to be accurate. Even crackers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (585) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle pour split. Pours a near black with a roasted malt, slightly sour aroma. What a unique stout this is. Tan head. Some interesting date and plum like flavor. This stout was a lot more dark fruit based then the usual chocolate and/or coffee flavor stouts. Super smooth flavor with minimum sweetness. A standout stout for sure. Loved this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (107) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Pours a jet black with a creamy brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Tastes like burnt coffee and chocolate. Decently bitter and not as heavy as an imperial stout usually is.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Underdogs88 (119) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Creamy roast character on the nose. Appearance is jet black with a tan head with excellent retention. Flavor has high fruity esters with a smooth roast character. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a great, smooth tasting tasting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7238) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Draught at the Dogfish Head Alehouse, Fairfax, VA. Pitch black colour with a small brown head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, sweetness, mild medicine notes and liquorice. The flavour is roasted malt, sweetness, Coke and some dryish herbal notes. Heavy, strong and rich. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (810) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2014
This pours a dark black color with a foamy brown head. The aroma is bold and sweet with hints of honey. The taste is big, bold, and complex. It finishes with an unique spice after taste.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (360) - USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish tulip glass uber black with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet coffee with vanilla cream Flavor is honors the aroma with a bittersweet finish. Quite nice. Balance is there but not absolutely pristine. Have a 2012 bottle aging. Maybe should crack open & see how this one grew over time. Better than just a decent brew.


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