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RATINGS: 858   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."


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Wow, a lot of verbiage up there. This beer really speaks. Puliní out the TRUMP CARD on this one. Just fantastic in texture, classic color and lingering pancake. Soft and creamy to touch. A big roast compliments the sweetness balancing this beast.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
byonush (2) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2011 does not count
I love this beer. I canít say much more than that other than it is just great.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rruhl1981 (25) - medina, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle poured dogfish sniffter, color is dark dark dark brown nearly black with a milk chocolate colored head, aroma is rich in chocolate and coffe notes with hints of honey, the flavor is a chocolatey delight with coffee hints, thick and rich with a satisfying aftertaste

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sjohnny (365) - - SEP 29, 2012
Strong coffee and honey aroma. Pours a thick mocha black. Caramel brown head with lacing forever. Very smooth, sweet, bitter, strong black coffee. Absolutely sublime. Updated: I had this on tap today. It was even smoother than from the bottle. An amazing beer all around.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonovanMiske (2) - - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
Price: $11 / 750ml Appearance: Deep dark and muddy thick. The tan head has great fantastic retention which is better than most in the similar category. Lasting, creamy, huge. Aroma: Classic expectations from the style, roasted coffee, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, blah blah blah. Whatís interesting is that you get heavy smoke and the honey is so thick it reminds me of a block of fresh honeycomb. The alcohol is masked by the heavy chocolate. Flavor: This full bodied brew is deep and complicated. Though creamy it is delicate and though flat it is complicated. I get innumerable roots and heavily intertwined flavors of gesho root (which reminds me ginseng and rutabaga). There are very intense interludes of dark flowers, purple fruit, and raisin followed by a crescendo of pleasant brown sugar & dry spice (never thought I would say that ever). Overall: This beer is just about perfect. It has a long finish, moderate sweetness, a completely muted acidity, light tannic character and an overall amazing experience. This beer has been in the cellar for a year now it simple got better. Where should it be placed: This beer is perfect for your cellar, to be drank independently and I would definitely recommend it for a beer list (though itís extremely seasonal).

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
closey22 (847) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Opaque black with rimming tan head; aroma is rich sweet malty and chocolaty and syrupy with some spicy notes; Flava is rich roasty malt with sweet molasses and chocolate notes ; feels thick and chewy and creamy; finishes dry roasty and slight hops notes

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matty (186) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours black in color with a thin tan head that disapears quickly. Chocolate/roasted aroma. Thick mouthfeel, has a roasty taste with a touch of chocolate. Slight sweetness from the honey? Roasted coffee aftertaste. Very good.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Saga (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
One of the best stouts Iíve ever come across. Though anyone who has seen the "Brew Masters" episode featuring this beer can attest that its not exactly true to style. However, the nose on this beer is impeccable (roasty, coffee-like), the flavor is delicious (an earthy chocolate with a hint of vanilla), and the finish is long with a subtle warmth. Combined with a viscous, resiny body, and a smooth mouth feel, this is something that will never disappoint--unless it comes to finding a bottle! Letís hope that Sam decides to do another run of this fantastic brew. If you can find a bottle please do yourself a favor and pick it up. You will not regret it.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
voodoosmojo (2) - Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2012 does not count
Amazing brew! My favorite imperial stout and DFH to date. Pours black as night. A roasty or smokey aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Amazingly smoothe. Sam and the crew at DFH found a way to put heaven intova bottle!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (971) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2012
I had been looking for this particular beer for a very long time. Finally found it up in Ohio and only bought one bottle. After tasting it, I wish I had bought 20. Seriously, this may very well be the best stout I have ever tasted in my life to date. So delicious. Pours a dark used motor oil black into the glass with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of honey. Big robust flavor with lots of roasted malt characters and that honey with the gesho root adds a wonderful complexity to it. Seriously delicious. If you can find it buy a bottle, better yet buy two trust me. If you even remotely like stouts you will love this one.


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