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RATINGS: 862   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."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (340) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
The pour is slow and thick like the darkest used motor oil. Its body is a very dark brown to black color and opaque. Up top a tall brown head sits and slowly settles to small cap of dark tan foam that makes tons of lacing all the way down the glass. In the nose I pick up its sweet and roasty malt lots of chocolaty cocoa notes. Deep in the background are very light earthy herbal hints of hops or maybe the gesho root. There is a mellow honey like character just coming through but the sweetness seems to come more from the dark roasty and chocolaty malt. Its not all sweet and do get some coffee notes and mellow herbal bitterness with a slight side of earthy/woody tannic bitterness. This gives some balance to the finish and rounds everything out nicely. Its palate is full bodied, very smooth and creamy on the tongue with mellow carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Deesinha (4) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2014 does not count
Rich Dark color with a heavy coffee liquor taste. Mouth feel is very smooth. Rich caramel nose. Loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (641) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Wow, I was expecting a lot more from this. Pours a deep, oily black with zero head. Surprising level of fizzy carbonation. Aroma promises dark fruits, chocolate, coffee--your typical imperial stout. However, the flavor is just a touch off. I cantít believe Iím asking for a stout to be sweeter, since so many are overly so, to my taste, but this has almost no sweetness to it at all. The chocolate, fruit, anise, and coffee flavors are there, just not very fully developed. Thereís a touch of booziness to the aroma that doesnít really show up in the flavor. A very dry tasting stout. Kind of misses the mark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on-tap into a Bellís Tulip at Alís of Hampden.

A - Pours motor oil black with a small, dark brown, that dissipates quickly leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Plenty of roasty aromaís in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of spices? A little bit of booze comes thru, not too strong, but it is noticeable.

T - Lots, and I do mean lots, of roast. Strong coffee flavor up front giving way to a faint sweetness similar to chocolate and a bit of hop bitterness. Finish is strong roast but it fades quickly. Booze is fairly noticeable but not overpowering.

M - Medium body with a heavy flavor and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.

D - Nowhere near the best RIS I have had but still a very enjoyable one none the less. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells of honey, hints of chocolate and coffee, and mild spice. Taste is chocolate, honey, mild spice, a touch of coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew finishes with a subtle bitterness kissed by honey sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbaaron (1245) - Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottled 10/14/13. Poured 8/5/14. Pours black with a good sized lasting brown head. Hard roast with an herbal touch. Bitter chocolate. Touch of coffee. Some licorice. Bigger Medium body. A bit of tang. Fair dryness. Kind of dusty. Not much sweetness, mostly roast accompanied by subtle herbal. Not quite my style, but I can appreciate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (339) - - JUL 20, 2014
pours black with a thick, tan head; aromas of roasted malt and chocolate; a thick, creamy, silky smooth beer with a chocolaty, roasted malt flavor and a bit of sweetness, presumably from the honey

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Tasted at Gregís honey-themed beer gathering, thanks for sharing Tony. It poured an opaque, very dark brown colour with short-lived tan foam. True-to-style Russian Imperial Stout aromas and flavours: caramelly, roasty, VERY toasty, with a very dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, well-concealed alcohol. I donít know what gesho root is, nor what it mightíve added to this brew. Well-crafted and tasty, but I canít help but think itís a bit over-hyped like so many Dogfish Head releases.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pours dark brown with a small dense burnt orange head. The aroma has lots of caramel, some honey, smooth roast, dark fruit and a very clean and creamy aspect to the notes. It has a pretty full mouthfeel with some grainy feel and some minor carbonation. The flavor starts fairly dry with dark chocolate, alcohol warmth, mild honey, some anise and hints of hay. The finish has a cracker and roastiness added. Interesting beer & enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1090) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Quite chocolatey. Jet black. Sweet. Kinda thin. Smooth and tasty. Surprised at alcohol. Thanks tony b.

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