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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."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (339) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (932) - 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 (1191) - 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 (277) - - 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 (1410) - 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 (3949) - 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 (1065) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Quite chocolatey. Jet black. Sweet. Kinda thin. Smooth and tasty. Surprised at alcohol. Thanks tony b.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2490) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a very thin ring of chocolate mocha head. Very sticky lacing. Aroma is very roasty and chocolatey. A great vanilla undertone mixed with some dark fruits, a lot of raisin. Very creamy. Almost like chocolate/coffee milk. Once again, a lot of roast and dark fruits. Smooth, with a slight bitter finish. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2162) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
This was exquisite and meant it to be my 100th IS, bottle share from Ron, thanks Ron! Turns out the one before snuck into the 100th. Dark with tan head, no visible highlights or any light through the murk. Great nose, nutty, spicey, fruity and chocolate with a hint of espresso. Chewy thick full palate, smoke, chocolate reside there among other things. Delicate, well balanced, oh so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3087) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Bomber from the states, courtesy of Anthony at the brew night, consumed whilst listening to the complete sessions. Quite a big deal getting this in the UK since dogfish stopped exporting. Pours dark brown with a long-lasting beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, spice, something vinous, brown sugar and chocolate, lots going on. Taste is dark fruit and roasted, spicy bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, bitter chocolate finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_MedievAle (164) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2014
aroma: toasted pumpernickel, charbucks coffee appearance: thick and creamy mocha head. great retention; not much lacing. pours dark brown motor oil. taste: bitter chocolate, tree bark give way to a VERY astringent chemical cleaner taste. palate: smooth mouthfeel; good carbo for being this long in the bottle. bitter and long lasting finish.

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