Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Today (yeah, was last night) I'm drinking Burton Baton, an oak-aged imperial IPA brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. This is a "two-thread blend of young and wood-aged Imperial IPA", with thread meaning "batch" according to their website. "Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers." Quaint label design with an old-school cowboy type sitting on a barrel and playing his guitar. Nice rich brown colors too. "Lush and enjoyable now, this beer ages with the best of 'em."
Bottled on date is a smudge/completely missing. I bet that's the topic of Thursday's Brew Masters episode on Discovery: The Mystery of the Unknown Bottled On Dates! Anyway, I'm about 98% sure this is the freshest version out there since it just arrived after a many-month absence. Let's call it a 2010 beer. Oh, and I reviewed this over 19 months ago if you dare to compare.
Fruity and black pepper spicy aroma, with a distinct wood smell. Yes, it smells like 90 Minute IPA with wood, unsurprisingly. Fruity flavors start things off, flavor-wise. Initially sweet with caramel and brown sugar. That sweetness is overtaken with some pine and spicy black pepper bitterness. However, there is a very interesting softening of that spice (and later the alcohol) by the wood flavors--an excellent twist! The 10% alcohol is not shy as the beer progresses, providing a mild alcohol burn. Creamy smooth, low carbonation, good body, very flavorful, and again, the enhancement from the wood and the subtlety it imposes on some of the bigger components is really creative. For sure check it out! Great beer!
Sorbee Sugar Free Lollypops, Wild Fruit Mix, 5 Pound Bag
Billboard Beanie Burton
Jasmine By Takamine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar