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RATINGS: 965   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Wonderful. On tap at the brewpub. Oily black pour with frothy brown head. Loads of roasted malt flavor, spices, and woodiness. Finishes with a very dry, roasted flavor. Creamy and delicious.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3307) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2017
750ml bottle, 2010 vintage, deep black color, with a bubbly tan-coloured head, with a mild spicy sweet licorice, molasses, burnt fruitcake, fruity burnt black currant, blackberry nose, with a light chocolate liquor, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee accent, and a subtle boozy gesho root, burnt chocolate cake, light roasted, black, wheat, toasted malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice warmth molasses, mild sweet honeyed black, roasted, chocolate, toasted malty, coffee, light licorice, burnt fruitcake character, with some faint prune juice, burnt chocolate cake, brownie, chocolate liquor, subtle black currant, burnt semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, fruity yeast, chocolate cake dough flavours, leading towards a dark chocolatey, chocolate cake dough, sweet molasses, licorice, gesho root, sweet fruity yeast, dry bitter chocolate, roasted, toasted malty finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerkybill2 (3) - Cumberland, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2017 does not count
I was lucky enough to get this once early before it disappeared forever. I am not a fan of stouts, but I and a huge fan of Davis- and as such- gave this a try. I do not know the terms involved in rating a stout- Ive tried others a hated them. This beer was the exception. I was immediately struck with the pleasant aroma upon opening the bottle- a mild honey/coffee smell that immediately proved the worth. the tast indeed reminded me of the music= not one word or combination of words can describe the taste. Ive been able to obtain a few bottles here and there and still have the second of the two bottles unopened from the first release. I noticed its best just a few degrees below room temp- in a wide mouthed glass that delivers the aroma immediately prior to taste. Like the music- hard to classify, easy to love.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (560) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Vintage 2010 which I think is the first year this was brewed. Almost no head and a cloying coffee taste with some figs. Maybe a bit of funk in there. Could be because of the age, not sure. Not bad.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1552) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Black color.Big , brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Chocolate, coffee and malt in taste. Balanced to perfection. Roasted bitterness at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (422) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Aroma chocolate, roasty, caramel, raisin, Appearance black, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, full body, Overall a nice roasted forward beer with some sweetness from the honey. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1524) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. 2015 vintage. Pours deep black, rich tan head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Beautiful. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt. Nice bitter coffee note. Slightly metallic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3331) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Draught at City Beer. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, hops, nuts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, hops, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dar fruits, coffee and a bit of nuts. Exquisite imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3282) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Been sitting on this one a while. Pours inky black with a dark brown pillow. Aroma is light roast, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is a nice silky mouthfeel, Light roasted malts that work so well with the low coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is there but it doesnt burn just a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (857) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle pour from The Drinkery, Londonderry. Appearance is opaque black with negligible light brown head, no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with dark fruits and sort of mix of tart/bitter that I can only assume is gesho root. Taste is moderate roasted malt and dark fruits along with sweet honey notes, earth, herbs. Palate is medium bodied with average texture and mix of sweet/bitter/tart finish. Overall, a cool concept with the intermingling of different influences to mirror the fusion of the Bitches Brew album. My brother in law is really into jazz, and this album in particular, and after the first sip he said, "I get it." I dont have the same appreciation for jazz but will take his word that this works on a level Im not aware of. That counts for something but just as this album is a little difficult to listen to, this beer isnt something Id have over and over again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stef73 (600) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
Pris lors d un voyage au usa, de couleur noir avec un everfesssance et le col et moka . On des note de chocolat noir avec une bonne torrification.c est une stout classique ou le chocolat et le torrifier se mlange .


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