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RATINGS: 969   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, weve created our own Bitches Brew - a bold, dark beer thats a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles masterpiece.Featuring the albums iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Heads Bitches Brew will be unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, June 5, National Building Museum, Washington DC. Havent experienced the Bitches Brew album? Two 40th anniversary editions of Miles Davis Bitches Brew -- a Legacy Edition and a deluxe Collectors 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." "Theres 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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Batch 2 - Bottled 2010 3E. Purchased in December 10 and stored in a wine cooler at cellar temperature. Poured into an over sized wine glass while blasting Miles Davis...hell yes! A - Pitch black body with a small red tinted dark khaki head. Very nice lacing and retention. S - Extremely roasty and savory. Coffee grinds, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight honey sweetness. The end has a touch of booze and herbs. Pretty complex and unusual. T - Starts with some honey sweetness followed by roasty malts, coffee, and vanilla beans. The finish is herbal, flowery, and slightly bitter. I even get some meaty, almost soy like qualities in the end. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.The flavors are very unique and complex, but nothing mind blowing. M - Kind of a let down. The mouth feel is thin to medium and seems watery. Theres a ton of complex flavors happening, and the body is just too weak for it. Carbonation is still great though. O - I drank a fresh bottle of this last December and I loved the sweetness of it and I thought it was a fantastic RIS. I dont think this has aged too gracefully. Its starting to take on some more savory flavors and the sweetness is falling out. Still solid at this age, but I will be drinking my batch 3 relatively soon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Unexpectedly black with a big brown head. Notes of cocoa and dark chocolate malts dominate the aroma. Taste is the same, but finishes in a bitersweet / sourness, and some minerality. Overrated, like the album of the same name.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cakes (421) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
10 oz from a bottle. Yes this is dark and bold, so black that it looked purple in the dimly lit restaurant! Aroma of Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, honey and gesho. Nose is chocolate and a bit fruity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Poured 22 oz into a sniffer glass. It has a rich black color with burgendy edges. It has a compact espresso head. Roasted chocolate aromas. A fine imperial stout with chocolate favors and hints of smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2011. Had last years and this years is quite a bit more smokey and burnt with less sweetness and chocolate. Aroma is smokey, burnt, dark chocolate. Pour is sexy I must say. Huge reddish brown head. Taste is smoke again, soy, sour, dark chocolate, licorice. Body is not as full as I remember/expect. Overall not bad but at that price Im going to skip it next time. Better selections at half the cost.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Pours like molasses, thick dark tan head. The pungent aroma is of smoke, wood, old leather, and roast. The flavour is nice, but it isnt nearly as wild as I was hoping. Its a touch sweet, but more so tart. Has a nice roasted quality. The palate is quite complex, and lingers and evolves. My friend, Sean, says it reminds of him of dried leather in the back of an old Cadillac, and has the nostalgia of seasons change. Woody, leather, smoke, with the heartiness of potatoes. Its really good, but left to Desire something behind.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle. Aroma of Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Black body with medium tan head. Flavor is begins like bittersweet chocolate, with roasted malts, wood, a bit smokey, followed by sweet honey to completely balance it out; prevents an overly bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Pours beautiful very dark with thick foamy brown head that holds for the whole drink. Aroma of roasted caramel or chocolate and taste is fantastic. Malty with very little bitterness. Smooth, not a heavy stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (5633) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Au nez un trange mlange de fenouil, daneth, de bois sec avec de lgres manations dalcool. En bouche cest diffrent dune gorge lautre, chocolat, miel avec un fini bois probablement d aux racines de gesho. Les tannins sintensifient au fur et mesure que je la boit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle:   Black, moderate light brown head, spotty lacing. Strong musty roastiness and sweet soy on the nose.   Not as musty on the tongue, a bit roastier, sweet soy finishes.   Some bittersweet chocolate.   Wished it were a bit more chocolate in the non bittersweet sense.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Very respectable, but nothing that shocked me.



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