Tonight’s beer is one that had been hanging out on the shelf awhile. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Strong Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “First brewed in the 1930s, Ballantine Burton Ale was given as a gift to close friends and family of the brewery after being aged for several years in American Oak barrels. Master Brewery Gregory Deuhs has recreated the original recipe and cellared a limited number of cases to further develop its complex character. The maturation process transforms the taste of sweet malt into nuances of sherry, stone fruit and raisin, with the oak mellowing to a sweet, toasted vanilla-like flavor. We are making available our limited batch as a special holiday winter warmer for under your tree.”
Random: Ballantine was originally brewed in Newark, NJ.
The beer poured with a quarter finger of tan head. It went away rather quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown and slightly cloudy. I couldn’t see any carbonation. I let the beer warm up for a few minutes before trying it. The nose started with some booze and quickly transitioned into pine, dates and brown sugar with some wood and vanilla. The taste was intense at first. It started with the same booze punch, but didn’t seem to have the same pine note that I picked up in the nose. It went towards the sweeter side with brown sugar, dates, vanilla and sherry. The body was on the thicker side with low amounts of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with sherry. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This was an interesting beer with a lot of depth of flavor. I will be looking for this beer next Christmas.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0