Beer 384/365 – Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very malty, I have a feeling this was a bit old.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes i want to try it fresh

Grade: B+

3/28/2011: My first schedule Monday update! I now have my google calendar set to remind me every Mon and Thur to update. I’m usually doing 982,734 things at once during a typical work day, so this should help kick my ass into gear. Anyways onto the review.

The nose is not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, it was more sweet like a light ABV barleywine. That being said there are some citrus hop notes in the smell. The flavor is really good, but again doesn’t remind me a lot of a DIPA. A lot of caramel malt, some earthy hops, a hint of wood, and the finish is a little boozy. Actually this reminds me of what a “105 minute IPA” would taste like (half 90 minute, half 120 minute). Actually after just reading some of the reviews apparently this is not due to the beer being old like I suspected, most people actually feel the same about this being very malty. A bit heavy/sticky on the mouthfeel. All that being said this tasted great, just wouldn’t consider it an Imperial IPA.

Picture of the day: Sounds like a fun date to me!

Beer 225/365 – Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 18.0%

Purchased at: Dogfish Head Brewpub – Rehoboth DE

What makes this beer different: So amazingly smooth for how strong it is.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I love a good strong beer that hides the alcohol well.

Grade: A+

6/21/2010: This bottle of World Wide Stout is a 2006 vintage. It cost me $18 bucks, which I guess isn’t terrible considering fresh bottles run $10-$11 around Pittsburgh. I have only sampled WWS once before, and it was a fresh bottle. So I am pretty pumped to try a bottle with a few years of age on it.

Smell is boozy as all hell, with a lot of roast malt, and maybe some dark fruit. I am completely expecting this first sip to be similar to when you pour a mix drink thats just a bit too strong, but thankfully I was wrong. The main three flavors are a lot of chocolate, coffee, and some raisins. Caramel and Molasses also jump out at me. It is really amazing how well the alcohol is hidden in this beer, and I am also amazed at how the body of this beer is not all that heavy. Its slightly on the heavy side of average, but not by much. How does Dogfish Head hide all this alcohol is such a mediumish bodied beer? This beer was worth every penny. It took me about 45 minutes to drink on an empty stomach, and right after I finished it I took a hour our nap. Well done Sam Calagione.

Picture of the day: Super Mario Bros meets BP.

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Beer 224/365 – Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Dogfish Head claims this is the oldest fermented beverage in the world

Will I be drinking this again: It was very unique, but not sure if I would go out of my way to drink it again.

Grade: B

6/20/2010: Dogfish head has a little blurb on their website claiming that this beer is the oldest fermented beverage in the world. They say the recipe was found on the walls of King Midas’ tomb. Which is odd because as far as I know, the tale of King Midas is a complete myth. But what do I know? I just drink good beer and make websites.

The pour of midas touch produces almost no carbonation at all. I am getting little to no smell with this beer. Maybe a little bit of money, but that might just be because I know its in the brew, and I’m trying to hard to find something in the nose that I am convincing myself its there. The flavor no doubt has a mead type characteristic. Honey is the main event here. The flavor is almost medicinal in a way? Really hard to put into words. This also has a lot of dry white wine characteristics as well. Not overly complex, again this is mostly about the honey, with some grape. Mouthfeel is pretty damn heavy, and it doesn’t help that there is little to no carbonation. Gets a little easier to take down as it warms. This beer is very unique, but not something I would go out of my way to drink again.

Picture of the day: Bono is an evil evil man.