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RATINGS: 1812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The elusive brew is made from pilsner malt and amber malt with an original gravity of 26.5?P, yielding an 11% abv. It's hopped with Warrior and Glacier varieties. Primary fermentation takes place in open vessels using two yeast strains, one American and one English. For added complexity, the beer is conditioned on barrel staves of French Oak for four months before being dry hopped with Glacier at the rate of a half-pound per barrel. This elixir is then blended 50/50 with 90 Minute IPA. After blending, the beer will measure 80 IBU and 10% abv. Bottled in corked bottles through Michael Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, vanilla, wood and fruits. Flavour of malts, caramel, wood and fruits with notes of dried fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Boittle (no cork). Pours a perfect copper with a thin yellowish head. Resiny oak-wood nose. White hot and fizzy on the tongue. Heat and bitterness masks some aroma. Looong finish. Cherries, oak, fruitcake. A smorgasboard of mouthfeel and depth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Hazy light cedar pour supporting a thick light khaki head with a great deal of lacing. Hoppy aroma with plenty of pine, some citrus, straw and alcohol. The flavor is very similar to their 90 min IPA but with more complexity and with added depth. The oak aging adds a touch of smoke and some mild port-like notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and the finish is rather long and while still full of hoppy bitterness, there is a definate sweet note at the end. The alcohol is also quite present in the finish. Thanks to the Foodery in Philly for getting there hands on some of these - unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed but it is still an interesting take on the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours a rich copper with a decent dense cream colored head. The nose is very strong with alcohol, conveying big rounded malt ranging from light and sweet to dark and nearly roasty and gentle floral hops. Hints of vanilla and oak are present. A thick viscous mouthfeel, lacking in visible carbonation almost to the point of, dare I say it, being too flat! Significant alcohol warming. The flavors in this beer are complex, perhaps to complex for its own good, or at least for my appreciation. Big sweet malt, caramel and darker malt flavor seem to appear, but it might be the wood providing those latter flavors. Great big alcohol here, complementing those woody flavors well. Also hints of vanilla. The oaky bitterness lingers overshadowing any sort of hoppy bitterness. I think the hop character is overwhelmed and subdued by the oak (and perhaps oak aging) as well as the big alcohol to the point of this not really being an IPA anymore. Perhaps this should under a catchall category like American strong ale, rather than IIPA. I just think there’s too much going on with this beer to give it an incredibly high rating. The alcohol and wood are too big for this beer, period.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2006
A reddish brownish colored beer with a nice fluffy tan head on top and very low carbonation. Smells more like a barley wine than an IPA, super sweet, a bit oaky, some caramel, some vanilla. Can smell/taste some alcohol, but wouldnt have guessed that its 10%. A bit sticky on the palate, thick consistency. Its got the hops in the flavor, but it also has a whole lot of sweetness followed by bitterness in the finish. Like the aroma, it has both oaky and caramel flavors and mild fruityness- especially grape.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours a medium copper with foamy white head. Heavy caramel, hints of wood, floral hops and a bit of alcohol. IPA qualities have been masked by the barrel aging making this one feel more like a barleywine. Finishes warm.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintocb (644) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2006
This is a pretty beer. The color was a rich, dark copper. Some fizzy white head. Bread and some faint citrus in the nose. The taste is rich, sweet and malty. As it warms the alcohol swells up and the beer sweetens a bit...maybe a bit too much, but I liked it. Not as hoppy as I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Nice dark body and thik pour. Aroma is of peach and apricot. Flavor is carmel and plum with a citrus finish. Interesting in its compexity, the downside being the punch is missing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 I’ve actually misplaced the notes I took while drinking my first bottle of Dogfish Head Burton Baton, but the impression it made on me was strong enough to imprint a sensory memory. It was one of those beers that I neglected to research. I knew nothing about it – in a way, the ignorance was bliss. You see, it wasn’t a mistake or error in planning, but very intentional. Well, blithely intentional. I though it was a dark beer, at least, maybe a porter or a stout, and that if it was worth noting then I could compare my jottings with the authoritative crowd online at Ratebeer. The liquid inside was far from any smoked, dark identity. It was a strong IPA, which makes it all the more fortunate to have been mistaken for something else. Two nights before I had shared a repulsive IPA with a friend which left another strike on the IPA’s already tarnished reputation. I had to face it: IPA’s and myself had had a rough time recently. Now we’re friends again, thanks to the somewhat hard to find Burton Baton. The body is much darker than your average light and prismatic IPA, swimming in a bolder, richer 1970’s shag carpeting colored orange, with a beige head atop, upon which a cluster of seven chromatic bubbles gathered. A head upon a head, as it were. The smell was the most unremarkable aspect of the Burton Baton, like a string of orange, lemon, grapefruit, wheat and pine resin. But the taste was altogether something new. Something refreshing! It was a Rennaissance of India Pale Ale’s; a time to recommence the work stymied by rude and crude hoppy beers before it. The Burton Baton acted an earthy, rich play upon my tongue; dramatic heaps of caramel, molasses and pine sap dripped from the flowing brew, hands held with the cookie-cutter hops and wheaty tastes. It was, in all, a pleasant surprise. Moreover, it was a bottled apologetic for its entire clan – a swarthy, brooding individual in a crowd of vivacious, hopped and rakish beers. My only hope is it isn’t as unique as I believe it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle shared by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank> beerhugger, thanks Steve. Rich copper in colour, thin white head, some lace. The aroma was very rich, quite sweet with caramel, some oak, chocolate, noticeable alcohol. The flavour starts off with some alcohol, some oak, dark malts and chocolate come through next. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes thick, strong with a bit too much alcohol. Not bad.


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