DFH Burton Baton and DH Double Crooked Tree

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by myersk27, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. myersk27

    myersk27 Aspirant (284) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana
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    was going through my beer fridge and stumbled across a single bottle of DFH Burton Baton from 3/2012 and last years Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree. The bottles both say "ages well" but am wondering what people's experience has been with these beers as they age so that I may be prepared for what to expect? Loved them both fresh so was a little bummed to find them stashed away.....
     
  2. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Well Burton Baton is already barrel-aged, so more age definitely won't hurt it any - you won't have to worry about it losing it's "main" characteristics like you would a regular D/IPA. I'm assuming DCT will start to lose hop characteristics and turn more into a spicy barleywine, thanks to the malt bill.

    Haven't had DCT aged but I've had an 18 month old Double Trouble and that's how it turned out. Actually pretty tasty, but still much better fresh. Give it a shot - they're already "old", so what've you got to lose?
     
  3. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Turn on #41, crack them open and find out!
     
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  4. Kmccabe33

    Kmccabe33 Aspirant (213) Nov 4, 2011 Georgia
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    Burton Baton is quite good with age, mellows out nicely with age, but I also love it fresh. Had an '09 back in the fall and it was stellar.
     
  5. KevinGordon

    KevinGordon Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 North Carolina

    yeah, those beers aint getting any younger. Drink em!
    The Burton should be fine.
    DCT I dunno, I've never had one, but the regular Crooked Tree sux
     
  6. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Both should be fine. DCT will be vastly different than it is fresh. This beer is sort of the post child for "IPA's that turn into barleywines over time."

    Also, regular Crooked Tree is a perfectly fine beer.
     
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  7. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I agree, Crooked Tree is a damn fine IPA. And it's different enough from Two Hearted and Centennial to keep me coming back to it every so often.
     
  8. myersk27

    myersk27 Aspirant (284) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana
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    thanks for the input everyone....i think i will enjoy them soon....
     
  9. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey

    I had a 2007 Burton Baton last year and it was amazing!
     
  10. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    I had a 2009 and 2010 Burton Baton a few months ago and I didn't care for either of them.
     
  11. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (355) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Burtons are incredible with age, apricot flavor recedes and turns into a more toffee/raisin flavor. DCT turns into a great barleywine.
     
  12. Rocklaunch

    Rocklaunch Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2007 Virginia

    I love burton aged.
     
  13. C20Percent

    C20Percent Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2011 Virginia
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    I've only had DCT with some age on it -- probably between 6 and 8 months, and I was pleasantly surprised that it drank so well.
     
  14. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (706) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    Just had a DFH BB from the latter part of '11 and it was fantastic!!
     
  15. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Sorry for the old thread bump, but I didn't want to start a new one.

    I'm drinking a 6-month old Burton Baton right now and all I can say is...wow!

    So smooth, more "scotch-like" qualities than fresh. I guess there are some imperial/double IPAs that age wonderfully. I wish I would have aged the entire 4-pack.
     
  16. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    I will only drink Burton Baton aged...it's like 100% different than fresh. Put 2-3 years on BB and enjoy!
     
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