Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery
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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
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