Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dogfish Head Burton Baton: A Tale of Two Reviews

For its Burton Baton, Dogfish Head says, "we brew two 'threads,' or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA."  The number two is fitting, as I have two reviews for Burton Baton.  Back in February 2012, I purchased a four-pack of Burton Baton that, according to the stamped date, was bottled on November 28, 2011.  So, before my first review on April 21, I had already had two of them; after the first review, I decided to hang on to the last one for a bit longer and review it again, which ended up being on June 2.  The April 21 review was almost at the five month point, and the June 2 review was just beyond the six month point.  As you can see in the latter review, the beer has definitely changed in terms of its flavor profile, as the maltiness has become more dominant.

I should note that my aging process, if you can even call it that, is fairly primitive.  I keep beers in a box or an unused cooler, stored upright, in my basement, doing my best to preserve them from light and temperature changes.  Maybe one day I'll work up to something a little more formal like a special refrigerator or other temperature controlled area. 

Dogfish Head Burton Baton
12 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Bottled on 11/28/11 

4/21/12 review (5 months) 

Pours an orangish amber with a thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates.  Good carbonation showing.  The beer is opaque and somewhat cloudy.  Minimal lacing.

Smell consists of vanilla and oak, sweetness with a touch of honey, touch of spice, the slight aroma of a fine liquor.

Taste has dominant flavors of vanilla and oak.  Malt, some hoppiness, somewhat bitter on the back end.  Alcohol taste comes through but not overly strong.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some earthiness.  Has a good balance of flavors with a good balance of bitterness and the feel of a fine whiskey.

Overall, this beer has a good complex mix of tastes, coming across as bold and unique.  A beer that's big and demands to be savored.  Pricey but superior.

Score: 97

6/2/12 review (6 months)

Pours a cloudy orangish-amber with a thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates.  Mild carbonation.  Mild lacing.

Smell consists of malt, vanilla, oak, bit of an alcohol/liquor note, faint spice and sweetness.

Taste has malt and some chocolate notes coming through.  Touch of vanilla.  Touch of spice.  Fading hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth with an earthy feel, and there's almost a chewiness coming through.  Dryness on the back end.  Fading bitterness.

Overall, this beer still has a good complex mix of flavors, though it has definitely changed since the 4/21/12 review.  The flavor profile seems to be moving more toward that of a stout, as the malty notes are more prevalent.  It still has a definite alcohol taste.  It's perhaps easier to drink than it was the last time.

Score: 97

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