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RATINGS: 905   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (342) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (760) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andy_ (857) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1283) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brandon1989 (395) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
aumentm (196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Love the idea. Love the label. Love the experience. Didn’t love the taste. It was just too malty and imperial for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Dark black pour, 1 finger khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, bourbon minus the alcohol, and roasted malts. Mild carbonation and a bit thin. Smooth and velvety, oily. Very good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
climberbob (232) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
On tap. Black beer with thin head. Toasty roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and malt. I could not taste the honey beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1702) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (524) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Une mousse splendide, une des plus belles que j’ai vue, se dresse majestueusement sur une bière noire et opaque. Une pointe délicatement florale perce au travers des arômes sucrés mettant en vedette le chocolat noir et le miel. Ces arômes sont habilement transposés en bouche, l’amertume de la racine de gesho ajoutant une couche de complexité intéressant. Costaude, mais aucunement lourde, la gazéification très adéquate contribue à rendre cette bière assez facile à boire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle from Sundance Natural Foods, Eugene. Pours a translucent reddish brown, little to no tan head. Aroma dried fruit, figs, cherries, some slight coffe and roast character. Body medium-thin, with a dry, crisp roasty finish, but just a bit of rounded sweetness from the honey. Well-balanced, unique, but not on the level of the very best.

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