Style: Oak Aged American Double/Imperial IPA
Dogfish Head Brewer’s Notes from Website:
“For Burton Baton, we brew two “threads,” or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA. After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they’re transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.”
The bottle is a nice classic Dogfish Head bottle with some nice vines and stars on the neck, and a wonderful chalk drawing-like font choice for the beer’s name. The text on the sides is a little cluttered, but overall I like the mellow wooden colors, much like the wood the beer was aged in. This beer bottle is worthy of your shelf, especially if you are a Dogfish Head collector.
The beer pours a woodsy amber bordering on golden brown. The body is hazy with a cloud of murk with a slight ruby character to it. The head on this beer is light and fluffy with a slight cream coloring to it, and the lacing is Splotchy and drooping, but nicely splattered.
The beer smells big and grapefruity with pleasant undertones of sweet caramely malts and a cloying alcohol burn sitting below that. The sweetness is a little off-putting but the grapefruit hints are deliciously enticing. The beer tastes wonderfully bitter with an even better malty balancing that leaves this beer kissing my taste buds, with light spicy burning alcohol coming from the high ABV. The beer begins with bitter biting grapefruit and then opens briefly into sweet cloying malt and alcohol, before closing into a superb mixture of malty caramel and bitter grapefruit with light spicy notes from the bread and slight biscuity malts also coming through. This beer is superb, and gives me hope for barrel aged IPA’s. The finish is to die for, and the functions of both the imperial IPA and the English-style old ale. Mouthfeel is mellow and chewy, with lovely jelling feels on the tongue. It leaves the mouth dry with a slight linger of cloying malts and alcohol that’s wonderfully dampened by the bitters from the grapefruit hops. Overall this is a great off centered ale from Dogfish Head, and a superb balancing job. I’m very glad that barrel aged IPA’s work. I’ve heard that there are some great ones out there, and I’ve had some mediocre ones myself that dim the hops far too much, so I’m very happy to have seen one work. Try this beer.