Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Burton Baton

Surprise! Yep, I was surprised this morning with the news that four year old had a morning physical including tetanus and polio vaccinations and that I was responsible for taking him. To warm up for the shots, the "difficult accent to understand" doctor lectured us (me + kid) on needing to set up a dentist appointment, cutting back on fruit juices, eating more vegetables, and a few other things. I'm not sure my kid understood anything though he nodded that he did. And a crappy sugar free lollipop for an hour of testing, poking, proding, peeing-in-a-cup abuse? What a shitty treat!

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


marie said...

I've got one of these in the fridge, I think I'll have it tonight!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Nice choice, if I do say so my damn self!

Telissa said...

I LOVE LOVE this! So jealous...I did not get enough of it this time and I couldn't control myself and drank it all with out saving any of it for down the road

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Telissa. Glad you got your commenting account fixed. This blog makes me be a mostly one-of-each-beer type person, with a few regulars as exceptions. This one, however, I grabbed two. Very nice beer!