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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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."


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
DFH Bitches Brew A-Pours very dark almost black with a finger deep brown head. S-Smells like your standard stout with some honey notes, good amount of leather, bitterness and alcohol. T-Smokey, bitter chocolate with a hint of tartness. Honey, tobacco and nuttiness comes through on the finish. M-High carbonation, medium sticky mouthfeel lets you taste it well after your last sip. Has a lingering flavor to it. O- Pretty good. One of the better DFH beers I've had. But just like every other DFH beer, it's overpriced. I'll buy again though...maybe. -


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1228) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. 2015 vintage. Pours deep black, rich tan head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Beautiful. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt. Nice bitter coffee note. Slightly metallic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2927) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Draught at City Beer. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, hops, nuts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, hops, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dar fruits, coffee and a bit of nuts. Exquisite imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3099) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Been sitting on this one a while. Pours inky black with a dark brown pillow. Aroma is light roast, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is a nice silky mouthfeel, Light roasted malts that work so well with the low coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is there but it doesn’t burn just a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (664) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle pour from The Drinkery, Londonderry. Appearance is opaque black with negligible light brown head, no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with dark fruits and sort of mix of tart/bitter that I can only assume is gesho root. Taste is moderate roasted malt and dark fruits along with sweet honey notes, earth, herbs. Palate is medium bodied with average texture and mix of sweet/bitter/tart finish. Overall, a cool concept with the intermingling of different influences to mirror the fusion of the Bitches Brew album. My brother in law is really into jazz, and this album in particular, and after the first sip he said, "I get it." I don’t have the same appreciation for jazz but will take his word that this works on a level I’m not aware of. That counts for something but just as this album is a little difficult to listen to, this beer isn’t something I’d have over and over again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stef73 (544) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
Pris lors d un voyage au usa, de couleur noir avec un everfesssance et le col et moka . On des note de chocolat noir avec une bonne torrification.c est une stout classique ou le chocolat et le torrifier se mélange .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Black appearance with a beige head. The aroma contains some chocolate, coffee, honey, dark fruit, and spices. The flavor is slightly bitter and sweet with honey, chocolate, espresso, and raisins. There is a bit of smokiness present. There is also some alcohol showing in the finish which is slightly dry. Overall very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2016
“Glugs” out of the bottle with murky dark brown body and a moderate, tiny bubbled tan head. Decent alternating sheets and rings of lace. Aromas of roasted malts dominate. Dark caramel and toasted malt, along with some tar, and dark cocoa. Alcohol and some saltiness are noticed as this one warms. Fairly sweet and mild English hops components. A good imperial stout. 7/10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot8726 (85) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle into snifter. Pours a pitch black with a chocolate milk head. Aroma of sweet malts, roastiness and chocolate. Taste is bitter dark chocolate with smokiness, brown sugar, honey, roasted malts and alcohol. Fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
N3lson1 (951) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Drank on tap in a fancy glass, at Eddies Roadhouse in Warwick, NY. Pours a nice black color, with a bit of light beige head. Wonderful aromas coming from this brew. This beer has a wonderful, nice, complex, and smooth flavor, awesome brew!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beern (34) - Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Black, brown appearence with a lingering brown head. Taste of chocolate, coffee & malt. Robust alcohol & whiskey finish. Very, very good.


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