GarrettB (1158) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
radiomgb (2460) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JFowler (30) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little stronger than 90 Minute with more complex flavoring. Good aroma I must say my sampling was after a long night at dogfish drinking everything under the sun so I hope to visit again and not ruin such a fine product with my drunkeness.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma was of caramel malts and hops. Flavor was caramel with a touch of hops in the back ground. The alcohol was well hidden, but there is a very nice alcohol warming as it goes down.
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. I am very impressed with this beer. It has a wonderful gold color with a lasting head. The nose has a large hop characteristic, and the oak aging just makes this beer go down smooth. The 10% alcohol isnt apparent in the mouth. Great flavor, again the oak comes through big time. This beer makes it into my top 20 beers easily. Dogfish does it again.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 2008 Bottle rating...Copper body, head dies, it was beige...smells quite hoppy-a sugary floral malt, a little honey also...thick creamy body, a bitter raisin honey flavor, not overly bitter but the burst comes mid-palate...its good, but muddled a bit...low carbonation...hoppy malt finish-bitter...some alcohol in the finish as well---->
2006 rating----->>>Very surprisingly no harsh alcohol taste, dark amber color with a solid head. The foam actually has a silky appearance. The oak is subtle and in no way unpleasant. Underlying citrus muffled in the thick creamy texture. Pretty clean finish; ending with a mild hoppy bite.Aroma=7, App.=5, Flavor=8, Palate=5, Overall=17
eaglefan538 (2917) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an amber color with a nice little head that provided only average lacing. Carbonation was low but upon agitation, included nice slowly rising bubbles amidst the syrupy thickness. The aroma was musty, oak-like, citrus, resinous. The flavor was also musty, somewhat resinous hoppy flavored, grapefruits. Quite nice, alcohol hid well. The DIPA’s are fantastic and this one is in the top of the class for me. Mouthfeel full and thick with a somewhat sweet finish.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot, Peach, hops, bit of alcohol in the aroma. Ruby with a thin white head. Taste is sweet with black cherries and alcohol warming.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Great hoppy aroma. Nice dark color with a decent sized head. Interesting flavor. Like an IPA meets a liqueur. Almost like candy at the finish. Definitely makes you want another sip. A little too sweet for my IPA loving taste, and certainly not dry enough, but I like the complexity. I recommend this to any IPA lover looking for something similar but not the same old same old.
IrishBoy (3920) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, clear dark amber small beige head. Oaky roasted malt aroma; flavor of roasted malts with small rasiny notes and only the tiniest hop bite in the finish.