Friday, July 14, 2017

Dogfish Head Burton Baton (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1812) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 33A Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Sweet nose with confectionery notes of toffee, caramel. Slight sherry oxidation character is fine. Citrusy/piney hops are present, but do not dominate. Moderate alcohol character. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Murky copper hue; very hazy body. Mammoth off-white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-sweet palette overall with English-style confectionery notes of toffee. Wood imparts slight vanilla and nutty flavors. Bitterness is strong, dank. Hop flavor akin to resin or citrus concentrate. Minor oxidation creates for sherry-like taste. Alcohol is quite prominent as it finishes with warming sensation. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Smooth, soft texture with noticeable alcohol warmth (not surprising consider it’s 10% ABV). 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting, impressive hybridization of styles. May be a little too big, though. 7/10