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."
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let this one warm up a little, maybe 45-50 degrees, Really opens up! This is a really great fusion beer that you respect a lot once you understand the process. Sweet for the style, but really well balanced by the roasted malt. Smooth and complex, one of the really good ones!
ttroha (304) - Americus, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Delicious!
fitwitchik (352) - USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Julie give a 3.72. She would like it more it was not smokey.
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ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is roast, chocolate, darker fruit, spiced, grapefruit. Medium bodied, fairly dry. I had a Black Albert prior to this and itís night and day. Sorry you can write a story of this beerís history but if it doesnít meet the bottom line no one cares.
Pfunk1976LS (8) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not your typical Imperial Stout. Finish is slightly sweet, as notes of honey come through but not overly so. Strong alcohol content that slowly builds. Extremely well-balanced and one of the best examples of its style.
MaBeer1972 (1344) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Julioís. Poured into a tulip glass. Rated when slightly cool (not cold). A thick black brew with a big frothy dark tan head. It settles to a medium lace. Sweet earthy malt aromas. Flavor is very roasty with a well-balanced sweetness. Honey is noticeable. Bitterness is unique. From the gesho? Bitterness lingers on the backside. Very smooth drinking too.
jsnicholas (176) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml $15): Black with tan head. Good lacing. Toasted chocolate. Slightly sweet with subtle taste of homey.
keanex (1478) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled August 21, 2014.
Glass: Carton teku.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall caramel colored dense head.
Aroma: Cocoa with a dash of brownie batter comes to mind with a hint of honey sweetness. Mildly sweet with a dash or roast. This smells nice, back to the original smell I remember. A bit mild, but smells nice.
Taste: A nice balanced stout with flavors of honey and cocoa, slightly dark chocolate and slightly sweet syrupy chocolate. A good beer to sip on with a light bitterness and a mild roastiness. Back-end is a bit more bold and bitter than the front with a slight milk presence. Nice drinking beer.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A good stout, from memory this release is the best since the original, which I thought was the best. A little more honey sweetness and a little more mouthfeel and this would be excellent in my opinion. Worth buying each release though!
BlowOffTube (485) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour tan head. Some roastiness in the aroma Chocolate and vanilla. Oily body but not as thick as expected. Some wheat and honey..Moderate body light carbonation
OmegaX (1269) - Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite dofgish head brews to date. Nose is chocolate, roasty, light honey notes, molasses, coffee. Very nice. Pours black and oily. Flavor is big chocolate and honey notes with a solid roasted malt backbone. A very nice Imperial stout. Big but enjoyable.
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