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RATINGS: 964   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2011
I brought my 2010 bottle up from the cellar and poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body is black as sin and forms a large, frothy/creamy dark tan head which leaves plenty of lacing and retains very well.

Smell: Rich milk chocolate and black licorice. For an unflavored imperial stout it is surprisingly sweet-smelling with little to no bitterness scents.

Taste: This is definitely not your average imperial stout, then again Dogfish Head rarely does anything by the book anyway. The label indicates it is brewed with honey and gesho, although theres no mention of anise since black licorice is a very prevalant flavor throughout the palate. The first half is very rich and sweet with a mix of semisweet chocolate, a candy-like sweetness of black licorice, and a distinct honey component.

The second half becomes much more bitter with a slight coffee flavor and a slightly dry, almost sandy texture and sensation. The aftertaste is a mixture of all the flavor components of rich, sticky, syrupy sweetness and dry bitterness. Im not sure if the beer is brewed with gesho instead of hops or addition to hops. Either way it is not an extremely bitter brew, but enough to help balance out the sweetness. That being said, DFH Bitches Brew is not the most delicious imperial stout, as the black licorice smell and flavor seem to grow stronger with each swing and begin to become a little cloying too.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, only medium-thickness with a noticeable fizzy sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability: It took me quite a few servings to taste and feel the 9% ABV weight of this beer. It starts out very light on its feet drinking and tasting similar to most other stouts, but once into the second serving it starts to throw its weight around. As a single serving beer it would be great with a hearty beef meal, or as a complement to a light dessert.

Overall, this is an impressive beer to be sure, but not a perfect one. Very satisfying, but not mind-blowing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Great beer. Reminds me of their Palo Santo Marron. Pours extremely dark with a syrup quality. Formed a nice head that was also pretty dark. The aroma has some coffee, honey and toasted fruits. Taste is very smooth with a fruitiness up front and then some molasses. The uniqueness must come from the gesho root that they use. Glad I have one more bottle to consume.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (2716) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
750ml bottle, first batch. Dark brown with tan head. Vegetable, roasted malts and booze. Bit sweet, some sourness, decent carbonation, vegetables and some honey on the finish. This is an odd beer - maybe I just dont get it or it has sat too long but not something I would want again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3575) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Draft @ Cervezas Dogfish Head night. Batch #2. Pours black with thin brown head. Aromas of burnt malts, chocolate with some coffee. Similar flavors. Thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. A pretty decent impy stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a dark brown/black with a moderate beige head. The aroma had roasted malt, mild sweetness, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and honey. The flavor has the molasses come through more with dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, honey, and some spices. Medium plus bodied and very interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2807) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Pours black with a nice tan hean. Roasted aroma. Deep roasty flavors with light hints of the tej-brew. A great stout. Notes: Bottle at my wedding!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is heavy on the roast and chocolate with some molasses as well. Some licorice, leather and a touch of smoke, a light spicing, earth, a few dark fruits, and a bit woody. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolate and hard roasts up front with some molasses sweetness and caramels. A light spicing throughout as well as a good amount of earth to balance the sweetness nicely. Some more dark fruits and licorice come out towards the end as the chocolate and molasses grows a bit. Finishes sweet, but with a solid roasty and earthy bitterness that has some leathery tobacco to it. Lengthy aftertaste following a somewhat oily, very smooth, medium-full body and soft, moderate carbonation. Not cloying or overly full in body at all. Overall, a very solid imperial stout. Not the most complex, but very tasty and enjoyable. Fairly sweet with plenty of chocolate, but lots of roasts and a good amount of earth to balance nicely. I liked this one.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2616) - JAPAN - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle shared with the old man. A good, solid slightly roasty Istout. Big black pour with a roast brown head that holds for some time. Nose has the usual overripe dark fruit and a little espresso. In the mouth it has a decent body and a slightly tar like stickyness. Not full bodied and sticky by any measure, but just about right for the style. Dark fruit and milky chocolate give way to a low to medium roast before a slight white pepper like spicyness makes it self known after the sip. Doesnt develop too much in the glass as it warms. Solid with the two step at the end.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Very very nice. Primarily and overwhelmingly an imperial stout, with a lovely sense of richness, chocolate, roastedness, etc. But there is a slight hint of the honey...a lilt that happens in mid-palate. The "gesho"? Who the hell knows what that is, or what it should taste like. But, this is a very enjoyable beer. Thanks Jazz88...great pickup. Bottle.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours black/brown with a tan head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, booze, honey. Dry and mild on the palate. Pretty nice.


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