Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.21/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sit back, relax and ENJOY. Not a beer to hurry through.
My bottle poured with a nice, thin mousse that settled fairly quickly. It has the restrained carbonation that one should expect in an ale of this age and type. What really caught my attention was the color and the lively appearance of the ale. It seems vibrant, copper orange with a depth. Beautiful to look at.
I'm not one to pick up oak scents, they just seem to escape me. At first I do pick up lighter malt and yeast on the nose. Nothing too strong. As the ale warms I get the hoppy notes. I imagine that there is some dry hopping done but it's not a "sock on the nose" like most American IPAs.
The hop bitterness comes through very quickly, and it's needed to balance out the sweetness of the malts here. There are a lot of hops in this ale. I do not detect the alcohol warmth that one expects in a 10% ABV ale, it's hidden in layers of velvet malt, lemon rind and a musky white grape. This is no beginner beer.
The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, as you WOULD expect for an Imperial IPA.
Enjoyable and a successful brewing strategy ("two threads" of ales blended.)
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2013 21:48:18 | More by mttaylor1066
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
"This special ale is a two-thread blend of a young & wood-aged Imperial IPA. Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers." Brewed in the style of an Imperial IPA, blended with English Old Ale & barrel aged. Available year-round in 4 packs. Date on bottle is 12/11/12.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Dogfish Head Signature glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) A vivacious pour yields a booming off-white cream head of a thick, creamy consistency over a medium hazy copper-orange body. Carbonation is moderate, retention is very good. Lacing is sticky but light and streaked. Impressive qualities through the appearance. 4.25
(Smell) Pungent, spicy, floral and piney hop aromas are up front and a wet bready grain note, a touch sharp with a hint of diacetyl and fruity esters lingers closely behind. Aroma is pleasing yet approachable in its simplicity for a beer that appears to require a lot of time and effort to produce. Despite a touch more pronounced malt sweetness and depth, there isn't much that separates this from your typical Double IPA. Aroma is somewhat dry, potentially from the oak aging and the hop bitterness, although the rough malt profile may also have some impact on that. 3.75
(Taste) Expect notes of clean bready, biscuity pale malt and mildly toasted caramel malt, cleaner than the aroma predicts. Mild diacetyl blends nicely with a passive resinous and floral hop flavor. A mild bitterness rounds out the light malt sweetness, fruity esters are at a bare minimum and too shallow to note. A tiny impact from the oak aging aids in a mildly dry finish, nothing too strong or off-putting in terms of flavor or texture. The drag-out finish is of a lingering note of mellow caramel candy sweetness followed by a resinous, sudsy hop pop. The approachability of this beer and the lighter-than-expected flavor profile assures very high drinkability. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Mellow carbonation and a clean, slick malt profile gives this beer a medium thickness and a mild, creamy texture. Finish is mildly dry with a shallow bite from oak and moderate alpha hops. Body is light/medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium at strongest. Really enjoy the malt and carbonation texture, the body could thicken a notch or two but isn't all that bothersome where it stands. 4
(Overall) I'm taken aback by the high drinkability of this beer. It came off much lighter in flavor then I expected, with a mellow, charismatic malt bill and matching mildly bitter floral and earthy hops to balance. Texture is fine and the quality of appearance was pleasantly in-tow with my expectations. It may not be as seriously bitter, hop heavy or abrasive as a Double IPA should stand with its casual drinkers, but it's good to see that Dogfish Head can put out a beer that is as delicately crafted in its malt qualities as it is with the hops. This beer is astoundingly quaffable for the alcohol and style. I should certainly see how this may age with a few years on it. 4.25
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Serving type: bottle
06-03-2013 22:39:43 | More by Jadjunk
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,165 ratings.