Dogfish Head Burton Baton Oak-Aged Imperial India Pale Ale from the "occasional rarities" releases Dogfish Head Brewing.
Dogfish Head Burton Baton Oak-Aged Imperial IPA poured a crimson mahogany, extremely hazy and mildly carbonated with a thin white head. The nose reminded me of an extreme IPA... stewed citrus, pine, whiskey, and vanilla.
Dogfish Head Burton Baton drank with a rich hop front that eased into a sweet vanilla and caramel body. The ale lingered for quite a while and ended on a sweet note of brown sugar, vanilla, and ripe fruit with a sticky mouth feel.
Like many of the more experimental offerings from Dogfish Head, Burton Barton is more an experience and challenge than your average ale. There is a lot going on with this Imperial IPA, and the oak, more felt than tasted, adds an extra level of intensity to the event. The ABV of 10% is well hidden, but the sweetness and thickness of the ale made for a beer I was as happy to be done with by the end of the bottle as I was to drink it for the first half.