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Entries in Dogfish Head (2)

Thursday
Jan122012

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

I've always been a fan of this beer but have never had the pleasure of having it on tap. Traditionally sweet hoppy flavor similar to a Dogfish 90, but with a smooth very mild bourbon finish. A bit more bitter than you'd expect, but it works well here. If you're in between having a bourbon or a beer, this is your answer for the evening.

Thursday
Dec152011

Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Dogfish Head's official description of this beer is as follows:  This recipe is the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! Our recipe showcases the known ingredients of barley, white Muscat grapes, honey & saffron found in the drinking vessels in King Midas' tomb! Somewhere between a beer, wine and mead, this smooth, dry ale will please with Chardonnay or I.P.A. drinker alike.

I've been a fan of this "beer' since it first launched 5+ years ago.  It pours a very nice golden color and has an unremarkable head. The flavor is strong and complex with flavors that you usually don't get in beers. It's dry and crisp like white wine, with a decent alcohol bite. You can really taste the muscat grapes to the point that it almost tastes like a slightly less sweet moscato mixed with a pilsner...and saffron.  Suffice to say it's weird, but in a good way. 

When this beer launched I thought it was just a gimmick, and in a way it is, but it's a gimmick that obviously has commanded some staying power over the past few years. While it's not a beer you'd want to drink all the time, I think it's a wonderfully tasty departure from the normal strong ales, IPA's, and stout that we all normally drink.