Dogfish Head “Burton Baton Imperial IPA” Review (#091)

Dogfish Head
“Burton Baton Imperial IPA”

Milton, Delaware

From The Brewery

This is a blended beer that we’ve been brewing for the past several years and it’s recently been gaining in popularity.
For Burton Baton we first brew two ‘threads’ or batches of beer: an English-style Old Ale and an Imperial IPA. After fementating the separate beers in our stainless tanks, the two are 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% of the beer – so tread cautiously!

ABV: 10%


Appearance: This is a nice dark amber colored beer, with a nice creamy off white head, that left amazing lacing.

Smell: Strong smelling; biscuit malt sweetness, with hops and wood.

Taste: Potent! Up front a sweet with the old ale esters coming through, with a hoppy wood finish. Big floral hops. As it warms up, the last 3rd of the beer tasted and smelled absolutely wonderful; with the wood and vanilla standing out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied; I notice a similarity between the mouthfeel of Dogfish Head beers, which is not bad, just their style.

Drinkability: Low; one is hefty, two is a lot!

Notes: A very good, solid beer. I actually tasted this beer two days in a row; the first time in a Dogfish Head pint glass, the second night in my Duvel tulip. I really enjoyed the smell on the last 3rd out of the DFH glass, but the whole beer was more enjoyable in my trusty Duvel glass.


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