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RATINGS: 962   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (26389) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle at Paps. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel with notes of dried fruits. Roasted flavour of caramel with notes of dark chocolate. Roasted finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
750ml bottle drank into a tulip...Black and oily pour with only a little medium tan head. Poor retention and lacing. Not appealing...Aroma is light, mostly malty, lots of molasses, honey, a little spice and coffee on the back. Decent, not getting me too excited...A so-so taste that is pretty hot, especially on the feel a warm harsh burn. Taste is alcohol, bitter dark chocolate. Not appetizing in taste or feel...This is a tough one to drink. Not understanding all the hype here, another dfh let down, at least its only gimmicky in name and not as much in ingredients.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (35022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, exotic herbs, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, wood, and exotic herbs, leading to a dry, woody, and roasted finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11959) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
pitch black, small brown head. roasted malts, herbal note , mild aroma. flavor is roasted malts, herbal note , flowery note, but the roasted malts clearly dominate. cocoa, slight sweetness as in vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of wavers1. Pours a pitch black with a small off-white head. Intense hard roast aroma with a whiff of smoke. Solid body, hard roasted malts, sweet and juicy dark fruit yet with an unpleasant metallic tang. Again a discreet smoky touch. Hard roast finish. The metal is quite off-putting. 290311

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11497) - Sborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottled. Almost pitch black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of coffee, sweetness, light roast, caramel, cocoa. Flavour of roast, cocoa, espresso, liqourice, sweetness, grass, some herbs. Medium to full bodied. Has a grassy and roasty bitterness in the end. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. although high in ABV it does not drink as such. It gives generous notes of choclate, malt, and light hops. The finish gives an almost vanilla cream like nuance. A great effort!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2011
had this beer from a bottle while waiting in line at darkness day. I also have a bottle of this in my cellar aswell. This beer is so tastey!! Black pour with a brown head. The taste is of chocolate and roasty malt. There is also a hoppy finish to it. Great Beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours dark with little head. Tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout should, but the smell is a bit off due to the African influence. By off, I dont mean bad, just different from a normal imperial stout. I wish DFH would produce an Imperial Stout all the time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (8056) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle from Boca Park Lees Discount Liquor, Las Vegas- sampled the only way anyone should sample the beer: listening to the album on headphones. I fell in love with this beer the second I saw the bottle, which bears the coolest and most beautiful label I have ever seen. As A Thing I knew instantly I HAD to sweep it 5000 miles across The Atlantic to gather dust and the tutting disapproval of my missus on my CD shelves forever. So here I am uncapping it as my ceremonial 4,000th beer. What of the contents? They pour glossy, reflective pitch with a low tan collar the colour of chocolate ice cream. They exude the slightly dribble-making bouquet of cranberries, cafetiere dregs, Spangles (remember them?), dunked Crunchie and chocolate Mini Milk lollies- bag of retro English confectionery, basically. They taste at once abrasively alcoholic and decadently chocolate-smothered with those initiatory sips, gathering soft plummy Belgian tones, a lactic touch, soap, nectarine skin, dark berries, red apple peel, Murray Mints....(deep breath, refills glass, adjusts headphones)...liquorice, burnt pistachio and occasional citrus like fresh brewed coffee can sometimes have... (trumpet break like the death-throes of an hallucinating albatross)... nothing of the honey but a faint tackiness on the lips. As the throaty, Black Rider-era Tom Waits clarinet and funky finger clicks kick in on the 3 minute mark they shift for a second into something more visceral and subterranean; earth, Twiglets, bittering herbs, strange, unnameable African roots turned to toast. But in its heart this beer is immeasurably more well-adjusted, personable and less cacophonous than Miles muthaf**ckin meisterwork, which in my book is no bad thing...by the time he started running the voodoo down Id switched to shuffle (true story), Townes had crooned Dont You take It Too Bad The Kinks had sang Stop Your Sobbing, Terry Jones had bemoaned the baggage retrieval system theyve got at Heathrow and Joy Division were riffing through Interzone...


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