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RATINGS: 964   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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   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 (5300) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7620) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml capped bottle. Black as night pour with some purple tints in the light. Barely there beady khaki colored head. Aroma is earthy with some potting soil, a hint of molasses and a touch of licorice. Flavor is bold and strong. Day old black coffee, potting soil, dark unsweetened bakers chocolate. Nice, thick, chalky mouthfeel. Solid stout - leans more to an English style Impy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2361) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - NOV 18, 2011
Fone. Great thick viscous pitch black pour. Half a bottle down at this point. Massive deep brown cap that destroyed my glass. Thick aroma: reminds me of Mikkeller George even if its been a while. Oatmeal, smooth not rich roast, good dose o choco, light sweetness, honey and maybe a faint smoke? Not sure about that. Good aroma that doesnt confuse. Holy shit - how awful is non HD TV? Its like playing MW3 on my Intellevision. Love the taste and somewhat glad that its not too crazy strong as tasting the flavors that I usually find in stiff strength. Honey, light bitterness related to the sark choco, light spice of some sort, bit of toast, good amount of roast, licorice, caramel, The sweetness seems to build and cuz Im drinking at a fast rate the mild bitterness is actually taking its toll. K, bottle gone - slightly silky feel, full bodied, odd bitter residue. I liked everything about this beer especially the lower dose of stronger thingamadoos. Ankles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msindall (12) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Really nice darkish brown head (which is somewhat misleading). Its smell very stout like but does not have that complex body as the Dark Lord or Speedway. You can definitely taste the gesho root which if you have not had is very sweet and honey like wine. Great beer with a complex and good first impression when it hits your lips.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle shared by maniac. Pours opaque with a large, fizzy brown head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast malt with coffee and dark fruit esters, leather yeast and medium hops. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt with fruity esters and earthy hops, dry and spicy finish. Full body, high warmth and carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours black with a fair dark tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, honey, toffee and smoke. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, honey, some alcohol, caramel and smoke with a nice balanced, bitter finish.


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