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RATINGS: 915   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (210) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2015
1 pint bottle from Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpellier Vermont.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with half a finger of tan head. Short retention, zero lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, must, hint of pine, moca.

Flavours: Dark malt, root beer, molasses, black coffee, bit of charcoal, caramel notes as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thicker and coating with good carbonation.

Overall: Really nice Imperial Stout with a number of different aromas and flavours. This one has some subtle nuances and the aromas and flavours become more pronounced as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (426) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2015
The aroma is malt, caramel and coffee. Pours just about black, big light brown head with excellent lacing. The taste is bitter and a little sweet. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. A very good stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle: Pours black with a soapy tan ring. Roasty coffee, chocolate and cream aroma. Flavour is dry, coffee bean and grounds...dark chocolate malt, vanilla..... I can "feel" the honey, rather than actually tasting it....not sure what gesho root is supposed to taste like, honestly, but I assume that’s the herbal/spice note.... Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (9274) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Coffee, milk chocolate, malt, and wood ash aroma. Oil black with large tan head. Sweet latte, milk chocolate malt, and mildly bitter herbal hay flavor. Nice balance. Not quite as smooth as the great Miles, but still a nice tribute.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamT (255) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1148) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTron (431) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (230) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparf (185) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2158) - 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.

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