Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.58/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, bottled 3-1-10...though it's an IIPA, this says it ages gracefully...guess we'll see. Thanks to Alewatcher for this one!
Appearance: Hazy amber brew; it was almost impossible to keep a decent bit of the substantial sediment out of the glass here. Into my lazer-etched New Belgium globe, this pours with a large, creamy ivory cap that shows good retention.
Smell: Sticky sweet pale and caramel malts, backed with a moderate boozy kick (a bit unexpected after two years) and fruity, woody (perhaps a touch of pine?) hops. No real oak presence detected. Sort of like an aged American barleywine?
Taste: More from the wood in the flavor. The DFH website says that this is actually two beers: an English-style Old Ale and an Imperial IPA blended together and aged on oak. It doesn't really quite taste like either of these styles. The oak is actually fairly light on the palate, but you definitely know it's there: you get a sort of dry, tannic woodiness. Hops have faded quite a bit, to a sort of sweet, candied citrus quality along with a hint of herbal character. Bitterness is moderate; likely it was much more when this was fresh. There is a hint of toasted coconut here, which is VERY nice, as well as some subtle fruitiness. It's not 'bad' beer in any sense of the word, but for me, it doesn't quite come together to be inspiring. Alcohol is hidden quite well.
Mouthfeel: Full, sticky
Overall: I'm a real fan of some of DFH's brews, but this one doesn't quite come together for me. However, the coconut notes, together with the sweetness and the hint of oak work very nicely. Still, at $12-15 a four pack, this is not something I'd pick up again (unlike DFH's Palo Santo and Worldwide Stout!)
B- to C+ overall
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2012 03:04:34 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, oak, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, light vanilla, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:22:01 | More by superspak
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,154 ratings.