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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 4758
Reviews: 1670
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This oak-aged gentle giant has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two "threads," or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they're transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you'll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

70 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004)
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Photo of GregA135


4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish head is one of my favorite breweries!
This IPA had a golden amber color.
Smelled of malt, hops, a hint of orange and oak
Taste was great! A great Imperial IPA with a nice oak hop bite.
A full bodied IPA with a great taste
Dogfish Head makes great IPA's!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 20:54:41 | More by GregA135
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P: Clear effervescent pale golden body with an off white milky head. Chunky lacing that sloshes around like succulent whale blubber.

S: Rich syrupy amber malts, resinous hop oil, saltine crackers, orange peels, taffy wrappers, damp oak and doughy yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose with thick amber malt, resin, orange oil and wood. Chewy body with moderate carbonation finishes dry with a floral bouquet.

O: Fantastic oaked IPA. Chewy and rich. Malt forward with an appropriate balance of resinous hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:46:03 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Franziskaner


4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a hazy complexion. A good inch of tightly knit off white head rests on top. Light Brussels lacing. Fantastic aroma is a blend of oak and piney hops. The mouth is dry and the texture is creamy. The front of the palate is piney hops and then the earthiness of the oak eases in and sticks with you well into the fade where it intensifies. The alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:15:19 | More by Franziskaner
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Bevmo yesterday.

Appearance- amber color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, citrus hops, oak

Taste- vanilla, citrus hops, some oak

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This is very good. I will definitely drink it again. Definitely an off centered beer for off centered people! Good job Sam!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 19:37:07 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of EvoRich


4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A friend of mine introduced me to this beer as "like the 90, but less bitter". In a nutshell, he was right.

Look: Amber in color. Cloudy, not clear. Decent head.

Smell: Sweet, hops, slight vanilla and citrus

Taste: Less hop bitterness than the 90 Minute. Spicy, slight citrus flavor. Hoppy aftertaste. Dogfish head has the IPA game down. Even though this is technically only half IPA, it tastes like an IPA to me. A very good one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied. Refreshing and high on carbonation.

Overall: I prefer this over the 90 minute, but barely. I keep comparing it to the 90 Minute, because to me, it's so very similar, but slightly different. The main difference is it's just less bitter, and less strong hop flavor. Maybe it's a bit sweeter, but I give this the edge over the 90 Minute. One of my favorites from Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:15:06 | More by EvoRich
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, deep orange/amber with a whopping three-finger frothy head from a normal pour. The head stuck around for about 10 minutes before finally deflating to it's current state—a 1/4" creamy head that's holding up strong. Absurd amounts of sticky lacing down the glass. This is right up there with one of the prettiest brews I've seen.

S: Deeply floral hops with a touch of citrus, but closer to orange than grapefruit. A bit of wood-like Earthiness. Slight touches of grass and warm booze are faint, but linger beneath. Floral, rustic, gorgeous.

T: Everything meshes flawlessly into a truly unique flavor... It's taken me almost half a glass to pinpoint exactly what I'm tasting. Caramel-like sweetness from the malts, followed up by a plethora of citrus. Fresh-squeezed orange, light touches of lemon, a respectable hint of grapefruit. Towards the end, you get a BIG wave of floral hops, close to that of a flowery herbal tea. In the finish, especially as the beer warms up to room temperature, the oaken flavors really begin to shine through and add something almost unexplainable... This is a masterpiece and DFH have truly outdone themselves.

M: Definitely a full-body here. Substantially creamy with a mellow carbonation that lets this one glide along the palate and embrace your entire mouth in utter bliss. 10% ABV offers a bit of warmth to the back of the throat, as well as the face.

O: I'm running out of words to use here... Burton Baton has earned my first perfect 5 in the flavor category and is damn near a 5 in the overall category. I'm not sure what's holding it back, and maybe a 2nd exposure will earn it that coveted 5 in the overall category... Until then, just know that this is absolutely my favorite brew to date and I tip my hat to everyone down at DFH for brewing such an absolute delight of a beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:39:55 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a copper/amber body with a dense inch or more of light tan head. The aroma brings sweet bread, dank hops, bread, booze. Robust and bold. An agressively hopped beer with a big malt body. Sticky and resinous. Without a doubt one of the better offerings from Dogfish Head. Some tangy citrus, lightly sweet. The oak character is mild, which is probably a good thing. Overall, an interesting beer and one is have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:56:34 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of lochef81


4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this in my fridge for awhile and finally decided to crack it tonight. This offering pours a handsome but unremarkable hazy orange with a thick foamy white head that lasts throughout the pour and leaves a very thick frothy lacing. The nose is quite sweet and malty with just a hint of hops and some vanilla oak notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasant with a great coating of the palate. It is definitely on the thicker side of medium bodied but given the taste one relishes in the lingering flavors. The flavor is outstanding. Deep and rich with malty sweetness yet fresh with a hop bite. All this is accented by the rich buttery oak and vanilla flavors from the aging process. This is a great beer and worth every accolade it has received. If you are looking for a hoppy dipa, then search elsewhere; but if you want a boatload of balance and richness, then look no further.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 04:55:22 | More by lochef81
Photo of SHODriver


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010

A: poured into a snifter to a nice deep brownish orange with a half finger of off white head that is quick to fade to a collar around the glass
S: smells of citrus and caramel with some nice vanilla notes
T: taste is citrus and orange marmalade with some caramel and vanilla. slight piney and floral notes as well. swallow is more citrus and orange marmalade with some caramel, vanilla, and oak
M: pretty full bodied with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate.
O: It's ancient for a DIPA but it still tastes great. hops are subdued but it's still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 05:11:36 | More by SHODriver
Photo of brutusmuktuk


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color with a very healthy white foam head. Smells of sweet citrus and a touch of oak. The oak aging comes through strongest in the flavor, which also has hints of citrus and sweet honey. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. I enjoyed this, yet I found the combination of sweet citrus and dry oak a bit awkward, though interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:52:22 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of MattyG85


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus, wood, and sweet caramel. Upfront blend of earthy and floral hops with big hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Barrel hints of oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and dates. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, pine, wood, and caramel. Upfront juicy and oily taste of earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, and lemon. Solid balanced barrel presence with notes of wood, oak, and vanilla. Sweet bready malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, yeast, and cracker. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, dates, and fig. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Oily and fairly chewy. Somewhat boozy but still fairly smooth for its size.

Overall: A really good twist on a imperial IPA. The barrel adds some interesting notes without overwhelming the hops. A very good balanced blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:50:19 | More by MattyG85
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New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Caramel-orange color with a slight off-white head that quickly retreats with virtually no lacing along the glass. Wow, this is one smooth hopped-up high ABV brew! The oak-aged properties are obviously in play with this beer. Yes, the alcohol content is 10% but hardly noticeable among the citrus, oak and spice aroma. The taste appeared to be citrus, pine, some spices, and something else; not quite sure. There was an almost thick-like mouth feel with a creamy finish on the palate. Personally, for me, as the beer rose in temperature I enjoyed it even more. Again, Dogfish Head has amazed me with their ability to concoct an amazing craft beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 22:13:53 | More by dpgoblejr
Photo of i4ourgot


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer has a beautiful hop aroma that is rounded and not over powering, with an oak aroma to it. I was also getting some subtle pineapple like aroma. Caramel in color and not a clear beer there was a slight haze. There was a small off white head when poured into a glass. The mouth feel of the beer had some thick malt body to it. Very subdued hoppiness, the malt and hops were very well rounded. I could pick up some vanilla oak notes on the tip of my tongue.
After lots of bourbon barrel aged beers this was a nice change, if I want a whiskey I will go and get a whiskey. Although it would be nice to try this beer in a bourbon barrel just to compare the two. . For 10% this beer is really easy drinking until I tried to leave the couch.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:35:41 | More by i4ourgot
Photo of CDAtkinson


4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The beer poured a rust colored orange chrome, with lively carbonation dancing about in fine bubbles.

S: Pine and citrus.

T: Banana, spice, peppers. I concur on the french toast that "Lambic Petumeter" noted. There was even a note of banana smoothie at the end. Wonderful.

M: Creamy, smooth, but shaped by spritzy acidity.

O: This may be the finest imperial IPA I have had the pleasure to taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 18:34:25 | More by CDAtkinson
Photo of BWE


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dogfish head never ceases to impress me. This beer is fantastic. Surprisingly clear for an IIPA. Smell is very smooth. Not extreme on the hops side as I'm sure the Oak Barrels lay it down a bit.

The taste is whats killer. I really cant decribe it. Not too bitter, but has a bight. Not very alcoholish though you can taste it. Yea, Just try it yourself. Maybe others can review it better than me. But I've had a lot of different beers, and this is one I always try to keep in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:10:13 | More by BWE
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of March 2013. Even though this is a double IPA and not really intended for cellaring, Burton Baton is different in that it is a blend of a DIPA and an Old Ale, which is then aged in oak. Meaning, there seems to be a beer that should be plenty capable of holding up over time, even if it isn't quite the same beer it was fresh. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - an aggressive pour yields a one finger head of ecru foam that is mostly made up of fine bubbles that create a frothy consistency, with a few larger soap-like bubbles from the aggressiveness of the pour. Beneath the foam lies a hazy caramel brown body with hazelnut highlights. The foam remains for a few minutes, eventually dissipating to leave a mottling of light foamy islands across the surface of the liquid and no lacing to speak of.

Smell - The overall aroma is not terribly aggressive, requiring some focus to extract the various elements at play. In spite of the 11 months on this beer, I get a faint hint of citrus from what I can only assume are the hops included. But the bulk of the smell is dominated by notes of sweet malt, oak tannins and vanilla. Pleasant and unassuming. Light and aromatic.

Taste - Many of the aroma profiles are present in the smell as well, in this case, particularly the oak and vanilla. But now the malts are coming more to the forefront, with characteristics of caramel, lightly toasted barley, french toast and even a hint of coconut, although very faint. Finish has some bitterness, perhaps also a remnant of the supposedly long-gone hops?

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium-bodied, with moderate to light carbonation. Finish is semisweet, with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall, a wonderfully tasty beer. It reminds me more of an English Barleywine at this point in it's life cycle than a Double IPA, but that is to be expected I suppose. The wood-aging has certainly turned this into a beer with a much longer acceptable drinking window. Now I must get my hands on a fresher bottle and see what the difference is like.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 15:31:41 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of CTbrew32


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose starts with a sweet malty presence with a definite oak aroma. Taste is definitely on the maltier side for an ipa but there is a noticeable citrus taste to compliment the caramel malt. As it warms the vanilla and oak flavors come through, but they are still subtle. This is a really great and unique beer. Instantly one of if not my favorite dogfish head beer. Its such a complex beer with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:53:25 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of GreenThumb


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle aged about 2 years.
To summarize: I was blown away by this beer. The level of complexity in aroma and flavor is enlightening. Very smooth for 10% ABV. This is an iconic craft beer.

A: Clear copper beer with good lacing.

S: Complex. Mixture vanilla and oak dominate with some citrus and other fruits shining through.

T: Dark fruit flavors with a strong hop bitterness balanced with sweet malt. Bitterness fades quickly to a smooth vanilla / oak flavor with sweetness blending the two flavors together. Again, very complex flavors. Extremely smooth flavors. As it warmed, the vanilla became more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel, almost a thick / slick texture.

Overall: I'm off to find a clone recipe for this because I need more!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 13:27:00 | More by GreenThumb
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A. Copper with good clarity, nice head retention and lacing.
S. A potpourri of complex oak notes, esters, citrus, and malt.
T. Caramel malt and vanilla up front that melds perfectly with NW hops finishing with a pleasing alcohol spice and warmth.
M. Surprisingly creamy and smooth.
O. All of the complex elements in this beer work in harmony with one another surprisingly well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:56:02 | More by joemetric
Photo of TheBrouMaster


4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- One-finger white head, lasts about a minute. Some delicate lacing. Reddish-amber color with medium clarity. Not a bad looking beer. Very pleased.

S- Semi-sour. Oak, cherries, northwest hops, pine. That wood-aged, mellow aroma is quite nice.

T- Amazingly smooth. Alcohol content is wonderfully well hidden. A slight hint of scotch. The mellowness of the English Ale and the hoppiness of the IPA is blended expertly. I am a huge fan of this flavor. Hoppy, mallow-y, scotch. Yum.

M- Medium bodied, slightly alcoholic feel. Perhaps the lowest point of the beer.

O- This beer actually exceeded my expectations. I am very impressed

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 23:57:25 | More by TheBrouMaster
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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up in Prairie Teku Glass

Bottle stamp: 11/22/2010

Been stored in my storage unit since purchased in 2010. Storage unit is temp controlled at 62 degrees

I'll jump to the point here, I'm pretty disappointed in the way this has aged. As soon as I poured it, it smelled slightly soured, slightly oak-ey, and was certainly able to smell the alcohol. This is a tough review to write; the oak smell and taste is still in tact, but this sourness funk mixed with the oak is just not working. The hops have obviously subsided and the old ale flavor comes through with a slight burn on the end. Not much vanilla at all, but more burnt/toasted toffee but not in a smooth, sweet way, more abrasive.

In conclusion, it tastes like it has aged but the aging didn't do much for this. I had high hopes as the label reads "ages with the best of them", but it fell short. I have a 2nd I have been saving, I'll probably open it sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 03:15:59 | More by SilentBob2u2
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a great collaboration of an English Old Style & Imperial IPA! The appearance is a nice copper color with good head. The nose is full of wood, sherry, and vanilla notes with subtle hops. The Northwestern hops taste amazing blended with the oak wood richness. This beer is very thick in the mouth, if you slush it, the beerexpands and deepens in flavor. I am not an over the top fan of 60 & 90 minute IPA but love Burton Baton. Treat yourself to a snifter or 4 pack of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:47:34 | More by craftbeerbyob
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Quebec (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber honey with a textbook two inches of sturdy, creamy beige head that holds like stone after rockily settling to one inch. Great retention; a little stringy lacing. Awesome.

Strong hop aromas with a little astringency. Lemon rind, leather, caramel malts, earthy woody background.

Wow. Really interesting taste/feel with a lot going on. Wet grass, weed, dryness (if that is a possible taste), maple syrup, bitter orange potpurri and an underlying oak flavor that changes as you taste but lingers warmingly after you swallow. Very whole and complex.

Lovely. Nicely carbonated (both subtle and prickly) with a creamy and coating feel in general. Medium body and a warming tingle from the hops, alcohol, and barrel (at least I assume so). Very nice.

A very fine beer.
I am not a huge fan of barrel aging in many instances, but this is a fine tasting beer that is in your face and bold without being needlessly 'fancy' (for lack of a better term) with it.
The beer pours beautifully and has a very pleasant aroma that hints at the beer's complexity but doesn't give it away. The first taste made me audibly say 'Wow!' if that means anything to anyone. A very long and multi-faceted flavor experience hits you and the beer has a near-perfect tingly, creamy, rich and bone dry palate. All-in-all: Delicious.
Would have again; worth getting ahold of.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:18:36 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of elmore


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber nearly opaque with yeast sediment. Nice thick head with decent retention. Smells of darkfruits, citrus and orange peel. Moderate hop flavor for an IPA with more than average malt sweetness. Not cloying. Getting some spicy tannins from the oak barrel aging in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is better than average. Decently thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. A very good beer. The oak aging adds some interesting complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 16:04:12 | More by elmore
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip glass a rosy copper color with a thin head. Medium bubbles and little lacing on the glass.

S - slightly spicy with floral and citrus notes.

T - sweet to start, finishing malty then back to sweet with an aftertaste reminiscent of barleywine. Pretty well balanced but a bit sweet and in my opinion could be more bitter.

M - smooth and pleasing; lightly carbonated

O - good beer by a great brewery but not overly exciting. I would definitely recommend to friends with a taste for barleywine. I think the hoppiness of an IPA gets lost a little though.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:36:35 | More by poolemhore
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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,758 ratings.