Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA
After reading a review on the Burton Baton, I was trying to remember the beer. We had sampled it for Beer Brawl™ 9 and I know I really liked it, so here is a more in depth look at the Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA.
The Beer was a really gorgeous mahogany crimson color, crystal clear. A small column of bubbles rises from the middle of the glass like an inverted waterfall. Thin head of thick foam sits on top. It was fairly hardy and left nice lacing.
Has a strong hoppy oak aroma, the two aromas have almost melded together. Hints of Vanilla from the oak were also present along with a touch of citrus.
A heavy hand of oak dominates the first sip of the flavor profile. After a couple of sips you can start pulling a number of different flavors out. It really taste like an IPA in oak. The first part of the sip is a vanilla orange flavor, which transitions to an oaky sweetness of caramel. While the caramel dissipates in the flavor replaced by a bit of heat from the high ABV, the oak sticks around for a bit to play with the finishing hops.
Not a beer for the weak, this is a fully bodied high octane explosion of IPA and Oak. The flavors are extremely well balanced for such a complicated beer. Oak can be a finicky beast, along with the 10% abv which can really mess with the flavors, but I have to hand it to the folk at Dogfish Head. This is a kick ass beer.
Calories: 10% abv, will give you about 300-325 cal per 12oz
Simply Beer Rating: 96