How do you Burtonize your water? Pours a semi-hazy reddish amber color with some brown highlights. A good head with decent retention and lacing throughout.
The nose has a nice complexity and a nice malt base. To start there is a sweet caramel note with some hints of sugar notes. Good complexity but a bit sweet. Some nice woody notes come out as well. The hops are not over the top but are still noticeable. A good blend of citrus, pine and floral notes. Some minor yeast notes and big alcohol note though limited fusel.
The taste has more of an American barleywine thing going on. The malt is similar nose with a sweet caramel note. Not as complex as the nose though. Some brown sugar and honey notes. A bit sweet overall. The hops come out nicely with a more herbal/floral taste mixed with a piney and some English hop notes with more of a earthy tinge. The yeast comes out but still really clean considering the alcohol. Some pepper notes and a touch of diacetyl but not overwhelming.
The body is big. There is some alcohol heat but note overwhelming. Carbonation is low but ok. Overall I would call this a barleywine over a double IPA, but ok.
Served In: Pint Glass
I got this at Green's in ATL. 4 pack of bottles. Half bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.
A: Nice amber color that glows dark orange when held to light. A good inch of head quickly disapated down, leaves great lacing.
S: Citrus, maybe grapefruit, hops, light malt, alcohol, and maybe caramel. The hops are not overpowering as I was afraid they would be. This beer is very well balanced.
T: Oak, pine, hops, orange, definitely grapefruit, touch of caramel and alcohol.
M: Smooth with a little bit of tingle on the back of the tongue. Got some carbonation but good for this beer. Much smoother than I expected.
D: Good beer, that is a little strong but the strength matches the flavor. Very happy with this beer, but it is a sipper.
Edit: I drank one, got me two proper pours last night. It got me buzzin' though. Might have been because it was late, but it had a good effect for a 12 oz. Still love it.
Served In: Wine Glass
Pours a slightly hazy, earthy-looking amber color. Nice two finger off-white head that falls to about 1/4 inch, and remains there. Highly active carbonation tends to the task of maintaining such a head. Impressive lacing.
Aroma is of grassy pine hops - with a hint of citrus- and sweet caramel malts. Vanilla. Oh, yeah.
As for taste... at first sip, this puppy is hop aggressive! And I like it! As you sip away... it begins to mellow a bit, and shows some nicely balanced flavors. Strong, yet non-assaulting pine/orange zest hop presence. Smooth, somewhat sweet and earthy malty spine. Nice balance between the two... and the oak age of this does come through, as it has that mellow, vanilla feel to it, especially through out the finish - and it is here that the alcohol really makes its presence known by adding it's warmth to the mix.
Medium in body, smooth, slightly dry mouthfeel. This could be described as almost creamy, if it wasn't for the scrubbing hoppy-ness. Mild, and appropriate carbonation.
I enjoyed this big yet mellow sipper, and would definitely have again. Imp hop-heads will love this... Another solid brew from the people at DFH, and they continue to confirm their status as on of my all-time favorite breweries.
Served In: Bottle
I'm trying this bottle fresh. I'm also cellering some bottles and if things go as planned I will add to this review in 6 months and then in 12. I'm anxious to see the results.
Burton Baton poured a crystal clear sunset amber into my snifter. Many tiny carbonation bubbles rise fairly quickly to the big creamy billowy head. The slightly off-white head was a healthy 2+ fingers on the pour but after a few minutes it dropped to a 1 finger creaminess. This beer looks excellent. Small sticky patch lacing after each drink. This beer deserves the highest rating for appearence.
The smell is deep with complexities. Right off the bat there's a sweet caramel maltiness that goes hand-in-hand with the mild oak creaminess. Very lightly toasted grains as well. All the aromas are surprisingly mellow and they mingle nicely. I get aromas of the 90 Min. Mild fruit in the form of ruby grapefruits and orange. More mild hops come through with a grassy and herbal quality. Even a little bit of hop resin is showing up in the mix. I keep getting more as it warms. Now there's some banana coming through. If all this is in the aroma I can't wait for the drink. Smells like a mix of a bitter with IPA qualitys and even certain high quality yeast aromas.
Now on to the bread and butter. The flavor is surprisingly mild and unoffensive. I thought it would be a little on the brash side as fresh as it is. Tastes are much like the smell. A wonderful combination of caramel malt, mild oak, and very lightly toasted grains. All familiar from the smell. There's also a solid amount of dark fruits in the flavor as it warms. Blackberries and plums come to mind.The 90Min. shows again in the flavor with the same hop profile but there's so much more added. If I focus I pull out the layer upon layer of fruit and resin hoppiness I detected in the aroma. There's even sense of the alcohol fumes in the back of my throat but you can't hardly tell they are there. Very unique.
The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely top notch. The body is on the thicker side of medium. Sweet but in no way cloying with a velvety smooth mouthfeel from the oak. The mild carbonation makes this beer sluggish which is exactly what it should be with all the delicate flavors. Perfect!
This is an extremely easily drinkable beer, especially for the ABV. I have a hard time believing how easy this goes down. It's a sipper no doubt but one I could sip for a long time.
Overall this is a total shock to me. I expected Burton Baton to be good but nothing like this. I thought it would be along the lines of an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Not at all. This is in a class of it's own. I thought it would be a little harsh in it's fresh form and maybe even a little too sweet like some of the big Dogfish Head beers are but this is a gem of a beer. The flavors are so subtle and enjoyable. This is where the experimentation really pays off. Keep it up over there at Dogfish.
Served In: Pint Glass
12oz bottle, bottled on 01/08/07
A - Nice clean amber colored body. Lots of tight bubbles rising to the surface. Head is about a half inch thick and consists of tan, tight bubbles. Nice sheets of lacing.
S - Loads of pungent, floral hop aroma. More piney than citrusy, but some of both. Caramel and toffee rich malts. Slightly woody with a hint of alcohol.
T - Not your typical DIPA, but very smooth and delicious. Sweet caramel malt blends nicely with some citrusy hops at the front. Works into a slightly woody vanilla taste with a touch of warming alcohol. Ever so slightly bitter finish.
M - Lovely. This beer is medium full bodied with syrupy, but slick hop oils. Carbonation is super smooth. This is about as good as it gets for an India Pale Ale.
D - This isn't your run of the mill DIPA, but I really enjoyed it. Super smooth and goes down super easy.
Served In: Pint Glass
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