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RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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, 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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (334) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Pours black with no head. Notes of honey raisin coffee roast malt and a kiss of hops. Palate is roast coffee with touches of cocoa. Subtle hints of honey. Too bad this is a rare beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
I must be getting used to imperial stouts, or Ive just had some pretty good ones recently. Black pour, dark roasted malts and coffee aroma. This one is sweet, with light bitter aftertaste. Typical Dogfish Head, lots of complexity, unique tasting beer. Has a good balance, usually this style are usually too sweet for my taste, but this one was enjoyable. Can taste the 9% av in finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2857) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Small brown head thats short lived, minimal lace. Black brew with faint ruby highlights. Nose of chocolate and roast, mildly earthy, faint coffee. Body is full, oily and slick on the palate, chewy also.Surprisingly dry (for DFH anyways) roasty chocolatey notes, vanilla, spices and some woody notes. Just caught off guard by the dryness of this brew and how quaffable it was. Notes of cocoa and anise show as it warms, little booze. Dry, roasty finish. Nice. 750 from statelineliquors.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Beautiful dark color and a tall cocoa colored head. Has a nice scent of chocolate and a very smooth roasted coffee/chocolate taste. Worth the $30 I had to drop on it off eBay!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On tap at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ. Pours a sinewy ribbon of deep, dark midnight brown with a rich light brown head and thick curtains of lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate fondue. Complex, swirling flavors of coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and sweet butterscotch. Velvetty texture and long, sweet finish. Alcohol exceptionally well-hidden. Too bad this was on one-and-done limited brew because its pretty damn delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15770) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle @ Blindtasting, Odense, July 2011. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Roast, coffee and vague smoke. Dry, sweet and roasted flavor with a whiff of soy, ash and honey. Smooth and full bodied. Tasty! Ps. Miles is a legend!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13158) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Black with a thick and lasting light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit with a hint of soy sauce. Sweet roasted flavour with a hint of cherry and dried fruit, and a mineral note in the aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle originally on 9/9/10 @ azwine. thick, oily brown color on the border of black with a thick creamy brown head. ashy aroma ... mixed with notes of smoke, roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and some peppery spiciness. the flavor has the same qualities as the aroma... along with some peppered salami and charcoal. light astringency and sourness on the finish. it is a rich velvety medium/full body with a lux texture and incredible smoothness. 8/4/8.5/5/17

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (13179) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2011
1100th Rating. On tap at Texas Beerfest. Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy tan head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth roasted malt and bitter hop with a nice smooth finish. Hides the alcohol very well making it easy to drink. Highlight at the beerfest, a very impressive Imperial stout from Dogfish Head.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2647) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle. Listening to the legacy release album of Bitches Brew as per Calagiones instructions. Does the beer taste better for it. Nope. But its good music. Black body. Thick, tan head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malt, honey, caramel, herbs with hints of dark fruit , cocoa and smoke. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a slight metallic aftertaste. Taste of honey, caramel and roasted malts. A bit of licorice and honey. Thought this would be too sweet to finish the glass, but a nice balance and complexity of flavors keeps it from getting too cloying. Very enjoyable.


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