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RATINGS: 948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, we’ve created our own Bitches Brew - a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.Featuring the album’s iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew will be unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, June 5, National Building Museum, Washington DC. Haven’t experienced the Bitches Brew album? Two 40th anniversary editions of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew -- a Legacy Edition and a deluxe Collector’s 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." "There’s 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Let this one warm up a little, maybe 45-50 degrees, Really opens up! This is a really great fusion beer that you respect a lot once you understand the process. Sweet for the style, but really well balanced by the roasted malt. Smooth and complex, one of the really good ones!

Hopper8 (241) - Holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2017
It's a really good beer that has really interesting flavors. It's got nice chocolatey notes with a supple amount of honey. It's got enough familiarity with enough avant garde brewing to be a fitting homage to a groundbreaking jazz record.

Jrwhitney6 (505) - - AUG 13, 2017
Sample at Dogfish Head restaurant in Rehobeth. Cocoa on the nose (Larry says Coca Cola). Nutty taste over a malt backbone. Ok. Fine with just a sample. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

klm1 (1870) - Bled/SF, - APR 1, 2017
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darb85 (302) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Chocolate and Honey nose. Black pour. Coffee coca cola lead with a bit of Honey. Sightly thin. Decent.

handmuffin (40) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours deep black in color; opaque with creamy espresso colored head. Roasty malt aroma with no detectable hops. Rich biscuity, toffee and molasses flavor expected of stouts but accompanied by another flavor reminiscent of marshmallow. Velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation. Warm slightly boozy finish.

tekstr1der (501) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2017
2014 bottle. Pours very dark black with mocha foam that settles to a cocoa ring. Aroma is phenomenal - roasty, chocolate, and something sweet akin to honey but not quite. Flavor follows similarly with roast and cocoa leading, but whatever that sweetish aroma is comes across the palette somewhat acrid and tangy. Strange flavor (assume the honey/gesho stuff) that’s interesting. It’ll take me the whole bottle to determine if I like that aspect or not. A little bit of black licorice comes out in the finish and aftertaste which are both pretty clean.

rederic (3344) - montréal, 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.

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. I’ve 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 it’s 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.

cobaink2 (800) - 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.

sinfull (1802) - 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.

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