So you might be wondering why I’ve neglected to write an article about them before now. The answer is, uh … here’s a review! To avoid a biased critique, I chose a Dogfish Head beer that’s completely new to me: Burton Baton, an oak-aged imperial IPA, which I have nicknamed Burt. According to Dogfish Head’s website, it’s actually their 90 Minute IPA (which I love) blended with an oak-aged English strong ale. Whatever they did, it worked. I even bought a second bottle — you know, just to be sure.
I get the second bottle home, wrench loose the cap, and tilt. It pours the color of crystalline sap and carries aromas of caramel, citrus, and fresh, clean grass. Burt definitely smells like an IPA — but at the same time doesn’t. Discombobulated, I go in for a sip. Sweet malt assaults my palate. The hours this ale spent in oak have imparted huge vanilla and caramel flavors. The hops add grapefruit and pine on the finish. At 10% ABV, the alcohol nips at the tongue a bit, but overall Burt is well-balanced and extremely drinkable. Sweet, intense, and full-bodied. It rolls over the tongue like Valhallan nectar.
It’s also an outstanding ale for any occasional, although I think it would pair particularly well with barbecue. If only it weren’t so pricey (see Stats!), I’d drink a Burt every day … OK, the nickname thing is getting weird. Let’s just say that after this beer, my opinion of Dogfish Head has changed absolutely not at all.
Check out more reviews at beer(ein)stein.com!
What did you think of this review?