Dogfish Head – Burton Baton

Tasting: March 14, 2012
Style: IPA (Imperial)

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Last week while my wife and I were having dinner we saw a bat flitting around the inside of our house. Now, as the man of the house, I had to question myself — how do I get this out of my house without contracting rabies or destroying a good tennis racket? Long story short – I got the bat out thanks to my 5-year old son. You see, I was unaware that he stunned it by stomping on it twice with his socked feet. I guess he might be the new man of the house.

What does that have to do with beer? Nothing. For some reason the “bat” part of “baton” stirred this recent memory and I have a short attention span.

It’s an interesting name for a beer and this beer has an interesting story. Michael Jackson (not the singer — but the renowned beer icon) created a rare beer club that still offers subscribers a new rare beer each month. This brew was first made as an offering for this club in 2004. It contains two threads — or two separate beers that are blended. One beer is an English-style ale reminiscent of the Burton region of England (think Burton-on-Trent and Bass Ale) — the other is an big American IPA. Then the blend is aged “on” wood. It’s 70 IBU with an ABV of 10% and is said to age well.

I love the label — reminds me of the Americana styling of their “Olde School” label. I read on line that the work is attributed to artist, John Langford and I’ll assume he did Olde School as well. I’ll make one other note then I’ll drink this beer already. This was a seasonal offering – Dogfish Head recently added it to its year-round line up. Smells like Froot Loops to me for some reason. I assume the combination of sweet malt and citrus hops. First few sips and the flavors are flying everywhere. Big sweet backbone from the Burton ale — with potent hops of (say) a big IPA. Has a smoky, woodsy flavor tucked in the background. Funny, it does remind me of an American barley wine. Booze is nicely concealed. All in all a very interesting and enjoyable offering from DFH – 89 points.

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