Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.94/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottled on 4/31/13.
Appearance: Amber/orange and opaque. Frothy cap of off-white foam.
Aroma: Deep pine and orange tones from the hops. Touch of alcohol.
Taste: Big initial bitterness with good hop flavor to keep it interesting. Similar to the aroma with lots of pine and a fair amount of orange along with other sweet fruits. Wasn't expecting this much hop flavor and bitterness from an oak-aged beer. Some good barley flavor in there with hints of caramel. Not getting much oak but definitely a bit of heat from the alcohol, especially on the back end. Finish is smooth and there is lingering alcohol and bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall it has a similar flavor profile to a Scotch Ale or Barleywine but more rough around the edges.
Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body. The oak-aging has given a great smoothness to the beer which helps to counteract the bitterness and make this big beer quite drinkable.
Final Thoughts: Perhaps it's my penchant for big IPAs and Scotch Ales, but Burton Baton nearly surpassed my expectations. Oak-aging an IPA seems counterintuitive but the chosen hops definitely stand up to the challenge and mixing in a non-aged IPA recaptures all the fresh bitterness hop heads like myself crave. Good one DFH. Would I drink it again? Yes.
07-08-2013 01:22:39 | More by JamesMN
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.