Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dogfish Head Burton Baton (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOB: 7/21/17

2015 BJCP Category: 33A Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 22A Double IPA; 17B Old Ale))

AROMA: Strong American citrusy/floral hop presence. Remarkably sweet nose with an almost candy-like character. Oxidation is present in the form of honey/lemon sherry (acceptable for the style). No obvious alcohol presence. Oak is extremely subtle and likely combines with the natural sweetness from the malt and oxidation. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy rusty copper/brown hue (13-17 SRM). Large off-white froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: A big beer in every way. Strong hop flavor and bitterness immediately with citrusy/floral flavors. Sweet, almost cloying, pale malt presence (no Maillard character whatsoever). Oxidation also adds to the sweetness with a honey/lemon sherry flavor. Vanilla from the oak blends seamlessly. Aside from a slight spicy taste on the finish, it's rather subtle. Hops linger in the aftertaste as do the confectionery-like flavors. Alcohol is present, but neutral-tasting. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with a creamy, smooth texture. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth from the 10% ABV is noticeable, but tame. Very drinkable for such a strong brew 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting and creative brew to be sure. I'd prefer even more oak presence, but this does meet the guidelines. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: