Dogfish Head Burton Baton

12 Jun

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A friend brought me a few beers he picked up in Atlanta last weekend. Among them was a Dogfish Head Burton Baton, an oak aged imperial IPA.

Here’s a description, according to Dogfish Head:

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.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

The color is a beautiful amber with some golden hues. The hops are evident when you smell the beer, but there is a hint of woody vanilla. The taste starts with the hops, but then mellows towards the finish when you get a subtle oak and vanilla flavor. It definitely doesn’t assault your palate as some imperial IPA’s do, and it doesn’t have any sort of boozy finish.

This is my kind of IPA. While I like the hoppy ones, I seem to gravitate toward the more balanced ones like this.

The only question I have, is why is there a picture of Tommy Tuberville playing guitar on the bottle?

Definite 4 1/2 bottle caps out of 5 from me.

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