Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Burton Baton
IPA, English strong ale, oak-aged
10.0% ABV
12 oz bottle into tasting glass

Dogfish Head makes two basic styles of beer: (1) high-quality continuously hopped IPAs and (2) “experimental” beers that include wacky, often disgusting ingredient combinations and over-the-top alcohol levels. This beer is from the murky territory in between those two.

Some things shouldn’t be barrel-aged. Dogfish Head took their 90 minute IPA and subjected it to oak-barrel aging and this beer is the result. In the barrel the nose changed from gloriously hoppy to sour, bile-smelling hoppy. This is the beer equivalent of sending a 10 dollar bill through the washing machine. On a more positive note, it had a complex spiciness, creme-caramel/raisin-y taste, and a  pleasantly bitter finish. But these features didn’t come close to making up for the overpowering sweetness, blatant alcohol taste, and steep price tag. Like most Dogfish experiments, this is one that we are glad to have tried…once.


~ by nininja on December 23, 2009.

2 Responses to “Dogfish Head Burton Baton”

  1. No way! My nose goes sour in a barrel, too!

  2. I think this was one of the bottles that you brought over? I liked it! Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t be admitting that…? I tend to like overpoweringly sweet stuff, though 😛 😉

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