Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA: Brewed in Delaware, this Imperial Oak Aged IPA comes in at an impressive strength of 10% alcohol, with approx 80 IBU’s and the oak aged beer is apparently blended with younger Imperial IPA (likely to cut some of the oak flavour) and was enjoyed thoroughly at home from a 12 oz bottle poured into a glass.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a hazy amber with a thick two finger fluffy head with some nice little bubbles on the side of the glass. The aroma consists of grapefruit and citrus with caramel and spicy malt.
Flavour: I get sweet bready and earthy malt upfront, some citrus and mango (but not much) and lots of oak character throughout this beer, especially on the finish which is dry and bitter with a wondrous mild spicy aftertaste. I am really digging the oak flavour in it, it works well with the style.
Overall Impression: I think this is the most well balanced Imperial IPA I have ever had, the aging worked well to combine the flavours and once again this kick ass brewery delivered. I love this beer, it’s outstanding.
Rating: I give it a 10/10 as in outstanding, best double IPA I have had and I think there isn’t much better out there to be had for this style and my palette – except maybe Russian River’s offerings.
Food Pairing: I think with a beer this good, you don’t pair it with anything.
I have a lot of respect for Dogfish Head brewery, let me know what you think of this or other offerings from this place!