Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dogfish Head - Burton Baton

Burton Baton
ABV 10%
IBU 70

"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!
Burton Baton is brewed and released three times per year."

the Look: A rich orange glow emanated from the glass, somewhat opaque, with solid head that lasted the duration, almost encouraging you to drink more.
the Smell: It was a blend of both syrup and mellow on the nose, slightly hoppy but not over done.
the Taste: Light hoppy flavour, hits your sweet taste buds up front and the bitter towards the back, great lasting flavour across your whole tongue.
the Feel: Smooth albeit slightly syrupy feel, a little heavy, but matched the flavours and look
Overall: This was a very contradictory beer, sweet and bitter, heavy yet light, in the end I decided on sweet oranges, but it can't be summed up that easily.  I think it would go amazingly with spicy Thai dishes, however, good luck getting your hands on some.  If you can, grab it and drink it fresh before the hops fade out.


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