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RATINGS: 911   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."


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pours an opaque, dark brown. Head is practically non-existent, with minimal wispy lacing. Aroma is sweet and sugary, with chocolate malts and coffee overtones. The aroma of alcohol lingers in the background. Taste is predominately of roasted, but not necessarily burnt, chocolate malts and caramel. Sweet and slightly sour, but without any of the bitterness commonly associated with a stout. In fact, it’s closer to a porter or strong ale. Honey is discernible, but definitely secondary to the malts. Alcohol is extremely slight. Mouthfeel is lively, with moderate carbonation. Not watery, but there could be a bit more body here. In sum--a mostly successful experiment that is squarely in line with what Dogfish Head is known for. If you need a touchstone, think a cross of Chicory Stout and Theobroma, minus the chiles. Worthy and worth your time.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamT (251) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2015
2012 Vintage, cannot remember where I got this 1 pint bottle. Black hue, zero visibility with 1-1/4 finger thick frothy dark brown mostly lasting head. Decent lacing. Aroma of soy sauce, chocolate malt and booze. Chocolate malt flavor up front (hint of soy sauce) with more of an espresso coffee taste on the finish. As this beer warmed the finish was more of a dark fruit flavor. Creamy finish, always a really solid beer in my opinion. Glad I let this one sit, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be good or not.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1131) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2015
'10 vintage bottle. The pour is dark, almost black. The aroma is malty and some spice. The taste has a mild sour to it with a lot of spices. Not sure I get any honey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTron (424) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2015
Coffee black pour with a nice brown head. Aromas of roasted everything. Definite coffee ground notes and earthiness coming through. Bourbon barrel aging? Been wanting to try this for a long time, and it’s without a doubt a treat. Dogfish does it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (185) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2015
Smooth creamy mouth feel with a unique flavor profile. Not amazing but far from being bad. Glad i tried it, but wanted to like it more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparf (172) - Östersund, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2015
Aning syrlig doft med inslag av kaffe, honung, choklad. Inte så kraftig doft som jag förväntade mig men klart berömlig. Totalt svart brygd och ett väldesignat skum med lång varaktighet. Massor av choklad i smaken men här finns även en fruktig och söt malt som balanserar kompositionen väl. Särskilt i eftersmaken. Helt fyllig kropp och en mild, välavvägd småbubblig kolsyra. En öl väl värd sin tribut.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - APR 5, 2015
Black body with a red hued brown head. Smells like stale bread in the bakery with honey, and cocoa. Chocolate flavor with a sharp alcohol note. Shit, my dog just pissed on the floor in front of me. Lingering prune and grape notes. Strong under current of bitterness through this. Milk chocolate note builds as this warms.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Wow, this has to be the darkest beer I’ve ever seen! No perceptible light at any point in the glass under an intense halogen light. Also the deepest brown head I think I’ve ever seen. Deliciously deep dark chocolate and cocoa in the aroma with a woody/earthy undertone. The chocolate follows in spades in the flavor along with a dry, woody, slightly charred bitterness. Pretty much every kind of chocolate wells up in the middle of the sip with a good sweetness to balance the slightly acrid char, but nothing here is overwhelming or cloying. The alcohol peeks through, but there’s so much flavor and body here that it doesn’t really give an indication of how strong this is. Finishes sweet, dry and chocolaty with a nice charred wood aftertaste. I was afraid I’d held on to this too long (the bottle was marked "Bottled in 2010"), but I think this may have just hit it’s prime. I can’t imagine it could have been better years ago, but then maybe I should have bought another bottle and found out the answer to that.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andy_ (985) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
750 ml bottle
Dark brown opaque beer with brown head. Aroma and flavor have coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark bread, licorice and honey. Palate is quite full with medium carbonation. Finish has mild bitterness. Aftertaste is roasted with coffee and chocolate. A very smooth and enjoyable brew, could be still a bit thicker and have more bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1323) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
750 mL bottle served in shaker (from Twin Liquors at Parmer and Mopac)- poured an honest midnight black when held to a light source, half finger darkened brown head formed and laced very nicely. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, and a roasted malt. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt has smoke interlaced with it, middle holds up fine with some raw tobacco flavoring, finish is only slightly oily with a small amount of heat, but a velvet texture and a slight bittering lingerness. Listened to Davis and Coltrane while writing this (So What), nice accompanyment. Now time for some Hank 3, Slayer, and Tupac...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2015
This beer pours a dark black color with a thick creamy khaki head that has great retention and left a lot of lacing around the glass. The aroma is chocolate, dark roasted barley, coffee, and caramel. The taste is quite unique for the style. I pick up honey, chocolate, and some slight hop bitterness and it finishes with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is picked up slightly in the taste and also some hints of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is on the medium side and the drinkability is quite high but as the beer warms the alcohol is more prevalent.


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