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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,645
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 302
Gots: 927 | FT: 24
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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 schmoyer1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great overall beer, I'm not by any means an expert on this stuff. I love my IPA's and when this came to me via a client who wanted to get rid of beer her ex left behind I figured what's the worst that could happen, like it or dump it down the drain.

This never got close to a drain, great beer!!

schmoyer1, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of ryannosaurus
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy dark red-amber with some floaties. Nice finger and a half of light tan creamy head, which leaves a bit of lacing despite the abv.

Smell is earthy oak, sweet dates and toffee, and a big hint of the 10% abv

Taste is big wonderful malt and oak, significant alcohol burn, vanilla, maple, and hints of citrus in the aftertaste. Balanced sweeter than 72 IBU's would let on.

Firm body is slightly lightened by significant CO2 and alcohol.

I haven't tried a lot of DFH's BA efforts, not through lack of interest but mostly lack of availability (and my own ignorance). This one is so big, boozy, sweet and woody it strikes more like a light barleywine than a double IPA. I'd love to taste one of these with a few years of proper cellaring, but it certainly is wonderful right now.

ryannosaurus, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank a version bottled in 2010. A DIPA, barrel-aged, then bottle-aged for another (almost) three years. Wonder how this is gonna turn out... Pours a deep copper with some ruby accents, very hazy and opaque; capped off with a huge, creamy beige head that seemingly lasts for days and leaves incredible chunky lacing on the sides. I'm already impressed at how the carbonation has held up, this beer looks great.

Aroma is very sweet, super fruity and heavily on the malt side, despite being a DIPA. At times, the aroma reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles with some phenol alcohol strength to back it up. Bready and malty around the edges, but the collaboration of fruit rules this one. Some light spiciness around the edges, too - a sign of the hops, perhaps?

Just like the aroma, the taste is a big bang of fruit-type flavors, but it's quite a unique mix of two different styles or types of fruit. You've got the deeper flavors from the barleywine-like malt structure of the beer; candied sugary plums, booze-soaked raisins, dates, mild licorice. But you've also got the more tropical and citrus flavors from the hops; mangoes, oranges, pears. The hops also contribute a somewhat earthy and spicy feel, as well as some grassy and weedy notes that hit the tongue. Despite the flavors they contribute, however, the bitterness is very low, seemingly even non-existent. Could be another side effect of an extra three years of aging.

The malt configuration never lets up, with a constant onslaught of caramel and toffee sweetness pillaging in the background. Finally, near the end of the sip, and a little bit more towards the end of the glass itself, the woody, oak flavors come out a bit. Still, surprisingly subdued and not as strong as I was hoping. Aftertaste is a collection of musty fruits and some alcohol warmth. Body on the thick side, just a touch below syrupy; slick and a touch sticky, carbonation was surprisingly intact.

Don't expect a hop bomb out of this. You shouldn't - it's a barrel-aged DIPA. This is more like a spicy and sweet barleywine with lots of hop flavor (but not necessarily bitterness). Overall, just a bit on the fruity side, and the alcohol was apparent, though I guess it starts to get hard to mask at 10% ABV. Much better than I was expecting, being my first intentionally "aged" IPA. I'll have to try and seek out more of this type to compare.

tectactoe, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain.

VashonGuy, 59 minutes ago
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3.74/5  rDev -11.8%

fureousangel, Yesterday at 06:25 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tylermac92, Yesterday at 06:10 PM
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

Meznard, Yesterday at 01:51 AM
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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

goods003, Sunday at 01:58 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

ScotB260, Sunday at 12:38 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Billybrewboy, Saturday at 11:14 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

kevin0422, Saturday at 06:06 PM
Photo of JustinAniello
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt amber with one finger of head, dissipates to a light cap and sticky lacing.

S - Wood, resiny hops, and grapefruit. A very mild burning, presumably due to the alcohol, if breathing in deep too quickly.

T - Sweet toffee continuing into roasted malt and hops with grapefruit and bitterness in the aftertaste. Bitterness is substantial but not overpowering like some IPAs. Impressively no alcohol really comes through despite the ABV.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly oily from the hops.

O - I very nice IPA, well hopped but not oppressive with a wonderful aroma. Adds some interesting depth to a normal IPA without deviating beyond recognition. Obviously not a session beer based on the alcohol content, but sure drinks like one.

JustinAniello, Saturday at 12:49 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Trashcat, Friday at 06:23 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

irish6174, Friday at 03:07 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

botchla, Friday at 08:20 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DrKarl, Friday at 04:40 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Gervaise, Friday at 03:30 AM
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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%

Goatdavemac, Friday at 12:34 AM
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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