Ballantine Burton Ale
Pabst Brewing Company

Ballantine Burton AleBallantine Burton Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #64
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,917
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10.75%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
146
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Pabst Brewing Company
 
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Ballantine Burton AleBallantine Burton Ale
Notes: Ballantine Burton Ale was first brewed in Newark in the 1930s and aged for up to 20 years in American oak. Designated a “Special Brew,” the beer was given as a gift to prestigious friends of the brewery, including the White House. We are excited to share the reincarnation of this rare brew. Like the original, our Burton Ale is sweet, strong, yet balanced by a robust hop character true to the Ballantine name. The oak essence and notes of toasted vanilla make it the perfect holiday treat. Season’s Greetings!
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Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an auburn/amber with ruby hues; nice creamy khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of sweet caramel along with some dark fruits. Raisins are there. Hints of vanilla and toffee. The flavors are bold and sweet. It starts off pretty sweet, but quickly becomes more "balanced". Lots of caramel. More raisins and dark fruits. More hints of toffee and vanilla. Some cocoa in the mix. Hints of oak/wood, especially in the finish. Subtle spiciness. Moderate bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Some syrupy characteristics. It finishes warm, but it's not hot or boozy. Alcohol is noticeable, but it's not over the top. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's thick, slick, creamy, velvety and fluffy.

This is a great brew. It definitely has a "barleywine" vibe going on. It's a big beer that drinks big. It's very bold and flavorful. This one is perfect for the colder weather. It's well crafted and fun to drink. I really like it. Great beer, great value. I also appreciate the history of this beer.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A unique brew. Very enjoyable. Essentially no carbonation. More like a spirit. Heavy alcohol but well hidden. Smell is a little off putting actually but taste is all brown sugar caramel and nutty goodness. Slick, thick full mouthfeel. Warming finish lingers on the tongue. Paralyzing. Shocking craftsmanship for an adjunct lager veteran.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent brown with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is sharp and heavy spice, with toasty, nutty, earthy, bready malts with herbal, spicy hops. Caramel and toffee add a little sweetness to this holiday ale. Flavor profile is heavy spice, with caramel and toffee that drive a harsh sweetness. Malts are nutty, earthy, and bready with herbal and spicy hops. Spices and sweetness are sharp. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a velvety texture. Overall, a fair holiday ale except for the heavy spice.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of tasteless
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just tried a Ballentine Burton Ale and wow what a kick ! 11.3% ALC/VOL ! This brew has a sweet vanilla malty flavor that taste MM good ! I will definitely pick up a few more over the Christmas holiday season. This is a limited batch so hurry if you'd like to try it !

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Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my brother. Old school rules! What a perfect example of the old brewing recipes. Dark amber, thick body lazy carbonation, lasting head. Caramelly malts dominate the aroma. Taste even more so, beautifully slick feel, caramel and toffee. No sign of the ABV. This is unbelievable!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an excellent beer this one is, 2016 vintage drinking really well right now. somewhat of a barleywine/old ale type here, chestnut in color, a little cloudy, and with a tall and rising khaki head on it, pretty and dense looking in the glass. light oxidation in the nose that i always think works in these styles, bready english yeast, and heavy oak, maple syrup, and vanilla. i also get a little cardboard, dried cherry and raisin, brandy, and bran, its complex and inviting, and just a tad boozy. the flavor is excellent as well, and once i attenuate to the high sugar content here, i settle in to a wonderful cold weather sipper, laced with strong vanilla and old oak notes, toasted bread, brown sugar, and a whole host of rich long boiled english malts. cool fruity sweetness to this, prune and date and raisin, and a nice cognac sort of regal booziness. this warms up really well, has lots of complexity, and really was a pleasant surprise this weekend. clearly this ages pretty well, id like to find some more and taste it with a little more time on it. this would be great for the holidays!

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Photo of LeRose
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a bottle with 2015 on the date. Pours with a little ring of brown bubbles over a murky orange brown liquid. Watching it, there are little bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass in sheets as the beer gracefully cascades down the glass after the sip. Interesting. So no head to speak of, but I guess wine folks would say it has legs.

Smell...well, not overly hoppy obviously at this age. But still some pine, a little citrusy. Graham crackers come to mind, brown sugar sweetness, malty. Boozy, but in a good way.

Taste...getting fruit notes I did not get in the smell. Raisins and dates, but not enough to make it conjure the words dark fruits. Apple, slight vanilla, slightly citrus. Sweet...definitely would not want it any more sweet. Brown sugar, a mint-like note. Slightly spicy phenols. Hefty but short-lived bitter hit mid-taste.

Full bodied to the verge of being syrupy. Quite warming as the alcohol washes through, but not burning.

Anything Ballantine brings back memories of my grandfather, but this would certainly not have been his thing. Yes..I know it is brewed by Pabst, but the artwork remains classic and familiar. Overall, I like it and think it is a nicely made brew that I would enjoy again. DEfinitely a sipper.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 dated bottle. Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label lists the brewer as 'P. BALLANTINE & SONS, COLD SPRING, MN'.
Clear, dark amber colored body, Off white head dissipates to ring and islands. Strings of lacing.
Aroma of brown sugar, graham cracker, dark fruit (raisin and prune). Very sweet and sappy. Wafts of alcohol.
Taste of sugary dark fruit, like cherry and raisin. Vanilla and oak as the beer warms. Sweet bread. Floral hops. Some alcohol burn.
Full, syrup like mouth feel. The length of the taste profile lends to sipping of this beer.
A cold weather beer for sipping, which is quite sweet but high in alcohol.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle courtesy of Zid. Thanks Chris!

It pours a ruddy brownish red with an inch of off white foam and sticky lacing.

Lots of brown sugar like sweetness in the nose with aromas of really dried fruit, light vanilla.

The taste isn't nearly as sweet. Brown sugar I taste but it's not overwhelming.
Dried fruit like figs, which I perceive to add a butterscotch flavour. I was going to say initially that there's some oxidation, which is quite possible, but I lean more towards the fig explanation. Oh and the alcohol is noticeable.

I get a full bodied mouthfeel.

Just now, I got some woody notes that I didn't get earlier. Warming up brings out more flavours..just like most beers on the planet. I should have pulled the bottle from the fridge sooner.

All in all, I dig this "reproduction" of an American classic. I have had bottles of the original before so it's a real treat to try it with just a couple of years on it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Nabbed as part of a sixer at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO today. 12 fl oz brown glass format. Has a classic old-school looking label. Branded green and yellow pry-off crown cap. 2016 vintage (from the bottom of the label).

75 IBUs and 11.3% ABV per the label. "Special brew." "Burton ale." "robust hop character." P. Ballantine & Sons, Cold Spring, MN.

Served chilled into a nonic half-pint. Allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Pale khaki colour. Soft in appearance. Frothy. Slightly creamy. ~1-2cm in height. Retention is excellent given the high ABV - ~10 minutes.

BODY: Vibrant copper colour. Clear, obviously filtered, and clean, lacking any visible yeast/lees within.

Absolutely an appealing beer, no question about it. Its impressive head retention coupled with its vibrant body makes it an inviting brew.

AROMA: Amber malt, 2-row, possible Vienna malt sweetness, subtle herbal hop character, English yeast aromatics, heavy residual sugars, hints of imitation vanillin, and heavy malty sweetness.

Suggests a sweet yet strong ale with obvious English influence and no detectable hoppy notes or alcohol presence. I find no off-notes, but I am suspecting this will be imbalanced towards the sweet end based on its aroma.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Residual sugars, copper malt, 2-row or 6-row sweetness, amber malt, artificial vanillin, esters, chewy barrel sugar-like toffee-ish notes, hints of herbal hop flavours, syrupy malts, crystal malt.

Sweet, absolutely. And I'm missing the "oak essence" and "toasted vanilla" mentioned on the label. Hop profile is hardly "robust." But coming from Pabst, frankly...it ain't bad. It seems they did stick to the original recipe (or at least grain bill) somewhat faithfully. The result is an admittedly strong but overall enjoyable brew that'll get you drunk.

Smooth, wet, warm (but not fusel or hot), unrefreshing, slightly syrupy, full-bodied, viscous, well-carbonated, and sticky. Not gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, boozy, or sharp.

It's definitely too sweet, but it's not bad fare - particularly not for the price. It has more character than your typical get-you-drunk-on-a-budget beer (like a malt liquor) and there is a certain winter warmth quality to it that I do dig in spite of its sticky syrupy viscosity (which I do find off-putting).

OVERALL: Syrupy sweet but oh-so-drunk-inducing, Burton Ale is an American shout-out to what may have formerly been a nice English-inspired brew - but ultimately fails to live up to its reputation (or at least to the legend Pabst would like for us to believe). I'll enjoy polishing off the remaining 5 bottles in my sixer, and I have my doubts this is making all that much money for Pabst, but for an 11.30% ABV $12.99 per 6 pack beer you could do a hell of a lot worse. Within the acquired Ballantine label this isn't the best of the bunch (that belongs to either Ballantine XXX or Ballantine IPA), but it's worth trying once and it'll warm you up plenty - if not trash your candy ass - so I guess that imbues it with a wintry quality.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: complex, spiced, bready, dark fruit, woody oak, cinnamon, semi sweet malt and boozy finish. Same with the nose. Copper hue, mostly clear, tall amber colored head with ring of lace. Full body. 75 IBUs

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep ruby with a minimal head. The aroma features brown sugar, woodsy notes, cooked banana, raw almonds, baked peach, nutmeg, and wet wood. The flavor starts sweet with brown sugar and dried cherries, sweet bread, dates, figs, raisins, baked fruit, cinnamon, creme brulee, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds, pine, mint, golden raisin and cedar. The mouthfeel is very full with soft, subtle carbonation. Overall this is a superb beer, rich, hoppy but balanced, just enough bitterness. Really a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear dark amber, good head.

Smell: Oxidized malt--muted sweetness, cardboard, some dark fruit. Smells like aged barleywine.

Taste: Fruity, boozy, sweet, apple/cherry/cranberries? Just a wall of malt coming at you with an earthy finish.

Overall: This said 2016 on the label but purchased in Nov. 2017. I've read about the old Ballantine Burton ale, and I tried the Pabst/Ballantine IPA and enjoyed it a few years ago, so I was excited to try this recreation. It was definitely interesting, the smell was straight aged/old barleywine but the flavor was still quite vibrant.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, cherry-orange color with one finger of foamy, ecru-colored head that dissipated quickly. The nose features caramel, cherry, oak, brown sugar, mild hops, and discernible alcohol. The first thing I taste is vanilla, raisin, and cherry. If ever the term "cloying" is apt, it's with this ale; it's sticky sweet. The sweetness increased as the glass warmed. It also has a distinct oak flavor. It finishes with a touch of bitterness. This ale is rather heavy and sticky in its feel with light carbonation. You can taste the alcohol and feel the 11.3% ABV. Overall, while I appreciate the history of this ale and the fact that it was first brewed in Newark, it's a tad too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a mahogany color with a thin white foamy rimmed lacing after the head dissipated. The smell had some sweet caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, cherries and toast. The taste was basically the same with a bit of a nice sticky caramel to oaky aftertaste. Semi-dry oaky finish. On the palate, this one sat about light to medium on the body with a nice sticky, not cloying, feels really nice on my tongue. Overall, pretty nice as an English strong ale, but somehow I seemed to have missed the extra "hoppiness" that would assist in portraying this as an American strong ale. I'd still have again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(2016 12oz bottle, packaged on 09/09/2016... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: deep, orange-amber liquid with a very mild haze of speckled sediment... spongy, eggshell-colored foam that doesn't hold, but leaves a thin collar, thin arches of lace to and fro... the label is magnificent... I suppose it looks like a carbonated scotch

S: pine resin, menthol, spicy orange... sweet boozy heat... graham cracker crusted in brown sugar... medium-L, sugary crystal malt with a subtle toastiness... the smell was tantalizingly potent upon popping the crown off

T: orange oil, pine grease, moderate cinnamon/clove-like spicy red hot phenols (but not so much the flavor of either), golden raisin, hint of dried apple... malt liqueur... attenuated, crystalline caramel cascade through the finish... the vapors of menthol and a snail trail toasty-burnt sugars hang around, hint of the fruit flesh dangling in the rear

F: medium-full bodied, damn near nectary, but the alcohol lightly cleaves a flat top across each sip and a vicious whisper of heat settles at the roof of the mouth, stabbing it with tiny fire shivs... the warmth doesn't quite reach the belly, but my lungs and heart are stimulated - a second wind

O: without thrill, allow me to dispose of the rest... surprisingly delectable and full-flavored (for the price)... quite English - not quite the spectrum of malt found in a JW Lees, but not too far off... I'm not even going to question why this was still sitting on the store shelf in April, I'll just quietly buy and savor some more

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Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dang! I had every intention of drinking this beer during the Christmas holidays, but as usual, time & the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody got away from me & I missed my window of opportunity. I am making up for lost time at this point & my progress is n=both noticeable & measurable.

From the bottle: "Special Brew"; "Purity [-] Body [-] Flavor"; "Ballantine Burton Ale was first brewed in Newark in the 1930s and aged for up to 20 years in American oak. Designated a 'Special Brew', the beer was given as a gift to prestigious friends of the brewery, including the White House. We are excited to share the reincarnation of this rare brew. Like the original, our Burton Ale is sweet, strong, yet balanced by a robust hop character true to the Ballantine name. The oak essence and notes of toasted vanilla make it the perfect holiday treat. Season’s Greetings!"

First, my young 2016 vintage bottle. I began with another Pop! of the cap & simply conducted a slow, gentle pour. I am coming to realize that with bottle, this is generally the way to go since I can always perform an in-glass swirl afterwards. This action raised just over a finger of foamy, light-tan head with modest retention that quickly fell away, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Gorgeous! Nose smelled like the earlier English Barleywine with notes of leather, dried figs & dates, bready malt and a light heat. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but it felt like there was the potential for it to thicken over time, There was a LOT of available sugar in there, kind of like a burnt or browned sugar, but very evident. The taste was a little unfocused, but this was again probably indicative of its youth. I was getting the leather, dried Mediterranean fruits, burnt sugar but along with them was a slightly medicinal taste, evocative of the taste of my late maternal grandparents' Geritol that I snuck as a kid. Ugh. It still gives me the shivers. This taste gave the beer a sharpness that will undoubtedly smooth out over time, but in the interim, it was not to my liking. Finish was dry, but sharp and unfinished. It had a cheesiness that will also smooth out over time, but for now, I was ready to try the next-oldest vintage.

A 2015 bottle on Su, 02 April 2017. Another Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour. I am getting smarter as I grow older, wiser and slower. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a finger-and-a-half of foamy, soapy, light-tan head with low retention that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was much improved, much less sharp and leaning towards a bready sweetness. Now, the leathery quality was from=nt and center and the fruitiness had become more like dried dark fruits as opposed to Mediterranean fruits. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, becoming bigger and stickier on the tongue, but still with a lot of potential. The taste was very evocative of Summit's English-style Barleywine with a malt-driven leatheriness and a dark bready, dark fruitiness that simply lingered and filled my sinus cavity with a waft of alcohol heat. Finish was dry, but left my lips sticky with its sugariness. I really liked the way that the leathery taste was becoming prevalent. I have more of 2016, but this was it for 2015. Awww.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear light red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a collar around the edge and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has strong notes of oaky vanilla to compliment the sweet malts.
M: It feels full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little warmth from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer isn't overly complex but is pleasant to sip, particularly on a cold winter night.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 brew, properly cellared for over a year. You'd think, though, that they would wax cap this. I dunno.

Pours into a 10 ounce glass. Very fizzy, full bodied, bright, translucent amber with a very respectable head, for its size.

Smells sharp and pointedly aged. I've read a decent amount about the original Ballatine Burton, which was meant to get sweet and sugary as it aged, and I while I obviously can't tell for sure I don't think this is what the original would have been like. It hasn't gotten any smoother than it was 15 months ago; just more sugary, as if it's breaking down into its component parts.

It tastes okay but messy, much less cohesive than it was when it was fresh. Oaky and alcoholic and sweet and bready with an almost acidic hop finish. Again, never bad, but certainly not a true reflection of the original beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Clear ruby in color tawny head. Smells of brown sugar, prunes, plum. Dark fruit. Taste is similar. Candied dark fruits. An odd sweet though. It's weird. Can't say exactly what it is. But an odd sweet. Like fermented yet still sweet fruit. Feel is way too sticky and semi heavy.

It's OK. Wouldn't drink again though.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2017-02-25 in Columbia, PA from a 2015 12 oz bottle

A - Surprisingly-clear mahogany with a short tan head, mild lace and some alcohol legs.

S - Caramel, raisins, figs, graham crackers drizzled with honey. Sweet and appealing.

T - Medium toasted cinnamon raisin bread, oak, orange candy, molasses, fig, dried plum, vanilla, pepper and earthy spice. Although sweet from the residual sugars and alcohol, there's plenty of balancing bitterness, which finishes on the sharp side along with some alcohol heat.

M - Thick body and light carbonation deliver a syrupy, rich feel that I enjoyed.

O - A nicely-made brew. Not the most subtle Barelywine / Strong Ale I've had but definitely worth checking out. Glad it is being made!

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a ruby copper potion. Skightest ring of bubbles. Crisp clear.

Smells like a bit of metal, wet fireworks, old hops, slightly sweet caramel, and a tinge of dark fruit.

Tastes earthen up front. Oaky; slight tannic tartness and wooden. Sweet. Mild hop character. Very sweet.

Not too hot for a 10%+ beer. Decent mellow carb.

Overall not too shabby. In some areas was expecting worse, in others was hoping for better. Just overly sweet for my liking. If they could have dialed that back a bit, I'd pay in a little throatburn.

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Photo of flaskman
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased for 3.99 a sixer at my favorite ghetto grocery store (it's February and it's a holiday beer). Poured into an IPA glass at room temp. Poured an attractive amber with a great head. It was a little sweeter than I expected but they pulled it off due to it being a holiday beer. Probably better cold. The first impression was 'sweet' but after a couple of minutes I appreciated it for what it was meant to be. A 10.9 ABV holiday beer. I enjoy the "dark fruity" raison plum taste in my stouts so I really enjoyed the dark fruity taste in this offering. The ABV was hidden by the sweetness but the hops helped keep it balanced. The bottom line was it was kinda sweet but still a very good holiday beer that is a "sipper".

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Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, Thick, Toasty, Bitter

Rich, bright copper in color with a creamy head and gorgeous lacing. Candied and overripe fruits join spicy alcohol notes in the nose. Silky smooth, syrupy, and viscous. The sweetness is thick with a deep fruitiness, candied oranges, raisins, caramel, golden treacle syrup, and a peppery booziness. Toasty with a slight char, a good dose of vanilla and suggestions of holiday spices in the background. There’s a nice level of bitterness, too (75 IBU), with some citrusy hop notes that complement the layers of malt. Oaky with slight signs of oxidation. Very warming. Ballantine's Burton Ale is a tasty nod to its original 1930s recipe.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #120 (January 2017).

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Photo of lastmango
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful caramel amber with a two finger head. Sweet aroma . . . like something in my past but not the typical malt aroma I am used to. Whoa! This has to be the sweetest beer I have ever had. Extremely sweet malt and brown sugar bowls you over. Just a tad of bitter hops on the end. After a few sips you notice more complexity with caramel, vanilla and grass. The back of your throat becomes a bit numb as the flavor and alcohol linger. Heavy body and a bit oily. As others have said, this is not for everyone. Two or three of these and you are extremely full and happy. :)
Kudos to Pabst for resurrecting a beer that has some substance to it.

OK . . . Several minutes later after finishing the brew . . . I am definitely feeling happy but confused. ;
How could a major American brewery produce such a complex malt bomb? More BAs need to try this and rate it.

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Ballantine Burton Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 146 ratings