Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by JWU:
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- a crystal clear amber with ruby highlights. A nice dense head, that dissipates quickly (it's 10% afterall)
S- I love the smell on this. So much going on. The hops shift from piney, to citric, to earthy, there's malt notes of biscuits, caramel, toffee, and a hint of molasses. DFH's yeast strain is in there as well.
T- all of the things I picked up in the nose are in the taste, although slightly muted under the hops, and a bit of a boozy taste. I really love the oaky/vanilla hints. The old ale components open up the taste (caramel/toffee/biscuits), and the 90 minute component finishes it off with big grapefruit and pine notes. Boozy flavor on the finish as well.
M- creamy, tight carbonation moves the flavor along, but the astringent and boozy finish is a bit aggressive.
O- 90 minute on steroids. Really oaky, malty steroids. A must try.
03-19-2012 01:08:18 | More by JWU
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy two finger head after a harder pour that leaves no lace behind as it settles, pretty alcoholic on the nose alcohol dipped peaches and apricots with a light toasted grain note.A bigger chewey mouthfeel but it slides down quite easily,the oak aging of this beer is very evident its very prevalent thru out from beginning to finish the high alcohol content is also big.Flavors are more fruity than anything else mainly overipe peaches there is a nice piney hop profile that interacts well.This is not a big hopped up DIPA extremely balanced I think the alcohol and the sweeter malt base is just as big as the hop profile.I like it not quite what I thought it might be but I liked it and would try again for sure.
01-28-2006 00:15:07 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance – This beer is a thick, heavy-looking, orangish-brown in color, like a dark copper, with a beautiful lasting slightly off-white head.
Smell – This is a monster hop nose filled with giant PacNW hops. I’m looking for the English-style Old Ale but it is nowhere to be found. Well maybe there’s a light funky yeast in here but this is all about the huge, resiny hops.
Taste – Although the hops are still big here I do get a slight since of the malt from the EOA thread. It’s lightly bready and a bit toasted, but you really have to search for it because the big pine from the nose, now mated with a small citrus flavor, is here in force.
Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, bigger than medium-bodied if not quite full, and slick in between the cheeks. It has some bitterness but not like you’d think from 70 IBUs.
Drinkability – This is a hop-lover’s dream. If you’re looking for a balanced mix between the DIPA and EOA threads you will be sorely disappointed. But boy I sure enjoyed drinking it.
11-19-2011 00:06:38 | More by RoyalT
3.89/5 rDev -8%
Drank a version bottled in 2010. A DIPA, barrel-aged, then bottle-aged for another (almost) three years. Wonder how this is gonna turn out... Pours a deep copper with some ruby accents, very hazy and opaque; capped off with a huge, creamy beige head that seemingly lasts for days and leaves incredible chunky lacing on the sides. I'm already impressed at how the carbonation has held up, this beer looks great.
Aroma is very sweet, super fruity and heavily on the malt side, despite being a DIPA. At times, the aroma reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles with some phenol alcohol strength to back it up. Bready and malty around the edges, but the collaboration of fruit rules this one. Some light spiciness around the edges, too - a sign of the hops, perhaps?
Just like the aroma, the taste is a big bang of fruit-type flavors, but it's quite a unique mix of two different styles or types of fruit. You've got the deeper flavors from the barleywine-like malt structure of the beer; candied sugary plums, booze-soaked raisins, dates, mild licorice. But you've also got the more tropical and citrus flavors from the hops; mangoes, oranges, pears. The hops also contribute a somewhat earthy and spicy feel, as well as some grassy and weedy notes that hit the tongue. Despite the flavors they contribute, however, the bitterness is very low, seemingly even non-existent. Could be another side effect of an extra three years of aging.
The malt configuration never lets up, with a constant onslaught of caramel and toffee sweetness pillaging in the background. Finally, near the end of the sip, and a little bit more towards the end of the glass itself, the woody, oak flavors come out a bit. Still, surprisingly subdued and not as strong as I was hoping. Aftertaste is a collection of musty fruits and some alcohol warmth. Body on the thick side, just a touch below syrupy; slick and a touch sticky, carbonation was surprisingly intact.
Don't expect a hop bomb out of this. You shouldn't - it's a barrel-aged DIPA. This is more like a spicy and sweet barleywine with lots of hop flavor (but not necessarily bitterness). Overall, just a bit on the fruity side, and the alcohol was apparent, though I guess it starts to get hard to mask at 10% ABV. Much better than I was expecting, being my first intentionally "aged" IPA. I'll have to try and seek out more of this type to compare.
01-29-2013 12:34:39 | More by tectactoe
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
Reviewed from notes on 8-14-10.
A: BB pours a pretty golden-amber into my snifter and a clumpy, 1 finger head dissipates slowly. The retention of the head is ridiculous, and the lacing left behind by each sip is splashy and epic.
S: A lovely blend of bright citrus hops and caramel malt greets my nose. I'm not really detecting any oak presence fresh out of the bottle. As the beer warms a bit, the caramel malts take over balance from the hops. As I swirl the beer round my glass, a dry woodiness from the oak aging is released.
T: Wow, the oak really jumps all over palate at the get-go. As I travel longer into my tasting, a lovely caramel and peach blend emerges on my palate. This guy is definitely malt heavy for an Imperial IPA and I'm not sure if it is because it was bottled on 3/1/10 or if that's just the nature of the beerst. The oak mellows over time, but remains in the background throughout the sip as a biting, acidic taste on the tip of the tongue and the sides of the mouth. This beer finishes like a crisp and dry Chardonnay.
M: The biggest difference between the MF of this and a non oak ages Imp. IPA is that the big nature of the beer is reigned in a bit by the drying qualities of the wood. I've found that most Imp. IPAs coat the palate; this dries. It is intriguing for the style.
D: I certainly didn't struggle drinking this, but the oaky bite makes it a little less drinkable for me than other Imp. IPAs that I have tried.
09-06-2010 01:18:44 | More by TCHopCraver
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
A- Pours a solid orange hued fluid that has a nice one inch head that remains for the life of the twelve ounces. Outrageous sticky lacing relentlessly hangs on to the walls of the glass as if its life depended on it. Amazeing structure for a wonderful and intising
"drink me" look.
S- Quite familier smell of 90 minute ipa... consisting of ripe star fruit and plums with a hint of alcohol fumes that fills the nose with the feeling of need to drink what it is experenceing. Fresh and solid scent of an ale that plays no games.
T-M- Warming rum-like alcohol flavors hit the beginning of the tongue followed by a medium sweetness of brown sugars ,malts and barley, smooth fresh hops are also noted in the taste. Nice oak flavor is a added to a great 90minute brew. Mouthfeel is excellent thick but a very inviting aftertaste. That is all the ale drinker wants. With the best feel i've ever experienced... ever...overall.
D- Very drinkable and dangerously addictive if you have love for the 90 minute ipa... but want more. This is it... the one and only 100 minute IPA. Thats what I think. Will buy as much as I can find.
09-18-2009 03:29:47 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.46/5 rDev +5.4%
A. Copper with good clarity, nice head retention and lacing.
S. A potpourri of complex oak notes, esters, citrus, and malt.
T. Caramel malt and vanilla up front that melds perfectly with NW hops finishing with a pleasing alcohol spice and warmth.
M. Surprisingly creamy and smooth.
O. All of the complex elements in this beer work in harmony with one another surprisingly well.
02-12-2014 03:56:02 | More by joemetric
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a 2 finger thick creamy head and some sticking to the sides of the glass.
Smell - Floral hops, lots of oak, and a slight malt sweetness
Taste/Mouthfeel - Very silky and creamy mouthfeel up front, with a low to medium carbo bite. Very sweet flavor, slight vanilla notes, that is borderline cloying, but it kept in check by the floral and piney hops.
Drinkability - Very delicious. DFH are the masters of making very drinkable strong ales, and certainly succeed here. Amazing.
I'm not sure if this should be labeled a double IPA, to me there's a enough malt backbone here to classify it as an American strong ale. Those looking for a big hop bomb may be disappointed. This is one fantastically complex brew, and truly a pleasure to drink. Love it.
02-07-2007 01:34:39 | More by drumline
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
A - Poured a nice golden amber color, with good carbonation, and a nice head. Was a slightly cloudy since some yeast made it into the glass. Carbonation died down rather quickly like a British ale, and the head dropped to about a finger high with a good amount sticking to the glass.
S - Had a great malty smell with a hint of spicy hot aroma, kind of surprised at how little hops I smelled. Smelled kind of like a barely wine.
T - Great malt backbone with a nice hop undertone. Would not normally thing of an Imperial IPA as having a hop UNDERtone, but this one does. This is not really a bad thing, the IBUs are there but the awesome malt flavor balances it out very well. This seems to be a trait of a lot of Dogfish Head beer, awesome balance not hop overkill.
M - Again, reminded me of a barley wine. This is definitely a high OG beer that was not fermented dry at all. In a beer with this much character the slightly syrupy mouthfeel was spot on.
D - I thought this was a great beer to sit down with an enjoy one. I could see myself having another simply because it is very well balanced, but nothing close to a session beer.
Overall, this was another really good Dogfish Head beer. I have not been disappointed with any of their beers that I have had.
12-03-2008 00:43:00 | More by steelerguy
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Very excited to sample this one. Glowing golden orange pour with a nice thick, creamy white head atop. Lacing appears in patches on the glass. An enthraling, interesting mix of citric, somewhat piney hops, caramel/vanilla sweetness and a big woody, oaky aroma. Earthy.
First sip brings an awesome blend of mixed citrus hoppiness and earthy, oak barrel wood notes. There's a sweet caramel maltiness and vanilla tones that makes this one suprisingly not very bitter. The blend is lovely and oak is not overbearing...it complements the hoppiness perfectly. Alcohol is very well hidden as well. Damn tasty...gotta love the hoppy oak burps.
Mouthfeel is rich and full....with a nice creamy aspect as well. I wouldn't mind having a few of these...I wish it wasn't so rare. I hope DFH makes more of this! Thanks to Cornboy for the opportunity to sample one of my new favorite Dogfish brews!
04-10-2005 19:38:20 | More by orbitalr0x
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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