Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 6,131
Reviews: 1,813
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
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Gots: 1,291 | FT: 35
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004

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
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Reviews by brewerburgundy:
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 10/14/10.

The color is a lightly hazed deep peachy orange with a persistent light tan head. It looks much like the 2011 Bigfoot I had last night.

Aromas of subdued hoppiness with a big sugary toffee malt body. Vanilla, peach, brown sugar, floral, and mango. The oak is definitely there giving the sweetness some depth.

Strong vanilla at the beginning trails through the whole sip, followed by floral and citric hop. It comes down to a moderate hop bitterness and tannic oak with solvent in the finish.

Carbonation is too low to make the flavors pop. This is still supposed to be an IIPA, not a Barleywine. The body is syrupy.

The alcohol is well disguised behind what seems like a high FG and the oak. This might be better aged because it isn't all that hoppy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Jumbo_James
4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delightful beer. Citrus, vanilla, and woody nose. Not too oaky and very smooth. It didn't taste at all boozy to me despite the impressive 10%abv.

Photo of schmoyer1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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!!

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.79/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know this isn't exactly a hard beer to find, but I've been on the lookout for a few months now, being increasingly interested in trying it. I got a $4 single and, as usual, poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 1/27 and poured 2/26.

Appearance: Poured straight down the glass and got a pretty modest finger of head -- creamy and soapy, but more creamy, and egg shell colored. The beer is a moderately hazy orange-brown color.

Smell: Since it's almost frozen from the fridge, it's hard to get a good nose on it. I definitely get the woodiness from the barrels first and foremost. I don't know if Dogfish head specifies if they use bourbon barrels, but I'm pretty sure they don't, and I'm thankful for that -- bourbon barrel non-stouts tend to underwhelm me. The oak also gives a vanilla vibe, with some citrusy hops in there as well. Even pretty much ice cold, this beer smells great. Not extremely potent, but super pleasant.

Taste/feel: The hops really shine on the tongue -- juicy, fresh, sweet, somewhat tangy (!?), and just delicious. Herbal hops with some citrus are the dominant hop flavors I get, followed by the barrel and the malt which all combines to make for a phenomenal aftertaste. The feel is also incredible on this beer... it has about a medium body with a fairly high prickly carbonation that really suits this beer well: it just makes the hops "pop". As far as alcohol, it's untraceable -- nowhere to be found. For bitterness, well, this is a DIPA. It's obviously hoppy, but *too* drinkable at 10%, and isn't very bitter at all to my tongue.

Just an excellent, excellent beer. I liked it the more I went on. The smell was better than the appearance, the taste was better than the smell... Burton Baton is a must try. The bottle suggests maybe cellaring this beer, but I wouldn't ever do that. The fresh, bursting hops is what makes this beer -- the barrel just adds a bit of depth. If you see this beer, pick it up.

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy two finger head after a harder pour that leaves no lace behind as it settles, pretty alcoholic on the nose alcohol dipped peaches and apricots with a light toasted grain note.A bigger chewey mouthfeel but it slides down quite easily,the oak aging of this beer is very evident its very prevalent thru out from beginning to finish the high alcohol content is also big.Flavors are more fruity than anything else mainly overipe peaches there is a nice piney hop profile that interacts well.This is not a big hopped up DIPA extremely balanced I think the alcohol and the sweeter malt base is just as big as the hop profile.I like it not quite what I thought it might be but I liked it and would try again for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is a thick, heavy-looking, orangish-brown in color, like a dark copper, with a beautiful lasting slightly off-white head.

Smell – This is a monster hop nose filled with giant PacNW hops. I’m looking for the English-style Old Ale but it is nowhere to be found. Well maybe there’s a light funky yeast in here but this is all about the huge, resiny hops.

Taste – Although the hops are still big here I do get a slight since of the malt from the EOA thread. It’s lightly bready and a bit toasted, but you really have to search for it because the big pine from the nose, now mated with a small citrus flavor, is here in force.

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, bigger than medium-bodied if not quite full, and slick in between the cheeks. It has some bitterness but not like you’d think from 70 IBUs.

Drinkability – This is a hop-lover’s dream. If you’re looking for a balanced mix between the DIPA and EOA threads you will be sorely disappointed. But boy I sure enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 8-14-10.

A: BB pours a pretty golden-amber into my snifter and a clumpy, 1 finger head dissipates slowly. The retention of the head is ridiculous, and the lacing left behind by each sip is splashy and epic.

S: A lovely blend of bright citrus hops and caramel malt greets my nose. I'm not really detecting any oak presence fresh out of the bottle. As the beer warms a bit, the caramel malts take over balance from the hops. As I swirl the beer round my glass, a dry woodiness from the oak aging is released.

T: Wow, the oak really jumps all over palate at the get-go. As I travel longer into my tasting, a lovely caramel and peach blend emerges on my palate. This guy is definitely malt heavy for an Imperial IPA and I'm not sure if it is because it was bottled on 3/1/10 or if that's just the nature of the beerst. The oak mellows over time, but remains in the background throughout the sip as a biting, acidic taste on the tip of the tongue and the sides of the mouth. This beer finishes like a crisp and dry Chardonnay.

M: The biggest difference between the MF of this and a non oak ages Imp. IPA is that the big nature of the beer is reigned in a bit by the drying qualities of the wood. I've found that most Imp. IPAs coat the palate; this dries. It is intriguing for the style.

D: I certainly didn't struggle drinking this, but the oaky bite makes it a little less drinkable for me than other Imp. IPAs that I have tried.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a solid orange hued fluid that has a nice one inch head that remains for the life of the twelve ounces. Outrageous sticky lacing relentlessly hangs on to the walls of the glass as if its life depended on it. Amazeing structure for a wonderful and intising
"drink me" look.

S- Quite familier smell of 90 minute ipa... consisting of ripe star fruit and plums with a hint of alcohol fumes that fills the nose with the feeling of need to drink what it is experenceing. Fresh and solid scent of an ale that plays no games.

T-M- Warming rum-like alcohol flavors hit the beginning of the tongue followed by a medium sweetness of brown sugars ,malts and barley, smooth fresh hops are also noted in the taste. Nice oak flavor is a added to a great 90minute brew. Mouthfeel is excellent thick but a very inviting aftertaste. That is all the ale drinker wants. With the best feel i've ever experienced... ever...overall.

D- Very drinkable and dangerously addictive if you have love for the 90 minute ipa... but want more. This is it... the one and only 100 minute IPA. Thats what I think. Will buy as much as I can find.

Photo of joemetric
4.45/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of drumline
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a 2 finger thick creamy head and some sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Floral hops, lots of oak, and a slight malt sweetness

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very silky and creamy mouthfeel up front, with a low to medium carbo bite. Very sweet flavor, slight vanilla notes, that is borderline cloying, but it kept in check by the floral and piney hops.

Drinkability - Very delicious. DFH are the masters of making very drinkable strong ales, and certainly succeed here. Amazing.

I'm not sure if this should be labeled a double IPA, to me there's a enough malt backbone here to classify it as an American strong ale. Those looking for a big hop bomb may be disappointed. This is one fantastically complex brew, and truly a pleasure to drink. Love it.

Photo of steelerguy
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice golden amber color, with good carbonation, and a nice head. Was a slightly cloudy since some yeast made it into the glass. Carbonation died down rather quickly like a British ale, and the head dropped to about a finger high with a good amount sticking to the glass.

S - Had a great malty smell with a hint of spicy hot aroma, kind of surprised at how little hops I smelled. Smelled kind of like a barely wine.

T - Great malt backbone with a nice hop undertone. Would not normally thing of an Imperial IPA as having a hop UNDERtone, but this one does. This is not really a bad thing, the IBUs are there but the awesome malt flavor balances it out very well. This seems to be a trait of a lot of Dogfish Head beer, awesome balance not hop overkill.

M - Again, reminded me of a barley wine. This is definitely a high OG beer that was not fermented dry at all. In a beer with this much character the slightly syrupy mouthfeel was spot on.

D - I thought this was a great beer to sit down with an enjoy one. I could see myself having another simply because it is very well balanced, but nothing close to a session beer.

Overall, this was another really good Dogfish Head beer. I have not been disappointed with any of their beers that I have had.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to sample this one. Glowing golden orange pour with a nice thick, creamy white head atop. Lacing appears in patches on the glass. An enthraling, interesting mix of citric, somewhat piney hops, caramel/vanilla sweetness and a big woody, oaky aroma. Earthy.

First sip brings an awesome blend of mixed citrus hoppiness and earthy, oak barrel wood notes. There's a sweet caramel maltiness and vanilla tones that makes this one suprisingly not very bitter. The blend is lovely and oak is not overbearing...it complements the hoppiness perfectly. Alcohol is very well hidden as well. Damn tasty...gotta love the hoppy oak burps.

Mouthfeel is rich and full....with a nice creamy aspect as well. I wouldn't mind having a few of these...I wish it wasn't so rare. I hope DFH makes more of this! Thanks to Cornboy for the opportunity to sample one of my new favorite Dogfish brews!

Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade from warriorsoul...thanks man...

Caramel or maple syrup colored body, nice and clear with a little carbonation apparent. Just barely off-white head on top. Not much formed initially and only a ring around my glass remains.

Immediately the oak jumps from the glass and is the dominate aroma. Some biscuity malts play in with some floral and a touch of citrus hops, maybe some apricot. A little sweetness and a little woodiness...unique to say the least...

This is definately hopped like a DIPA, but has the complexities of a strong ale or a barleywine. Initially some spiciness hits my tongue and turns to bitterness midway through turning to caramel sweetness and then an earthy, malty bitterness remains. Oak is evident in the finish as well. The bitterness is accompanied by some resinous hops that don't want to go away. Alcohol is present but not a detractor. This is a super complex brew that tastes a bit different everytime it goes down.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than medium, I'd say. Carbonation makes it crisp. Drinkability is okay. This one is a sipper and not an easy to quaff DIPA like many others. Alcohol is definately noticable on the stomach. I'd love to have this again, just not tonight. A super-unique brew that is quite a bit different than the usual west-coast hop bombs. I like...

Photo of nickadams2
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in October 09.

A_ Dark amber almost copper color with a thick, creamy, white head. Lacing coats the glass nicely.

S_Grapefruit and pine mellowed by the woody, earthy smell of oak.

T_ Just like the smell the grapefruit and pine are finished out well balanced with the oak. Wouldnt be able to tell this is a 10 percentage.Its got a good bite to it but its also smooth. The hops are well noticeable but kept in check by oak.

M_ Full bodied and finishes dry. A little sticky.

D_Its one to savour but more than one would be easy.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby color that the stronger IPAs tend to have. Smells inviting - sweet and not too obnoxiously hoppy.

The taste is getting toward the sweeter, syrupy side, much like the 120 min, but kind of a step down. I'm not knocked on my ass by the hop character, which is nice. It is seemingly well balanced (as well balanced as an imperial ipa can be) and smoothed out by the sweet malt flavors. Full bodied and mouth-filling.

The best way to catagorize Burton Baton is that its the perfect step between 90 min ipa and the 120 min ipa. I would be very interested to try the three of them in a row, one after another.

Photo of ROBORB
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. The pour produced a dark orange color with a minimal 1 finger head. I could pick up citrus, pine, and wood notes. The initial taste comprised of grapefruit and then switched to a vanilla, syrupy taste on the way down. The booze and the syrup distract from an otherwise nice take on the style. For the cost I find it hard to get a lot of these but I wouldn't mind revisiting it from time to time.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color with a thick creamy head. It had a predominately sweet caramel odor to it. Some complexity showed in the taste. It was fruity, with some woodiness noticeable, and a very faint hoppiness. A very smooth beer, and quite drinkable. I had this right after trying the Shelter Pale Ale, and the higher alcohol content is quite noticeable but not unpleasant.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great beer!

Poured into a frosty pint glass, a nice thick head formed at the top of this amber IPA.

Tasted like the amazing 90 minute ipa but with more bite (probably the oak barrel aging)

Tasted super hoppy but not unbalanced. I am glad my father has a second 4 pack waiting for me back in jersey. This baby is really really good. Kudos to DFH and I am glad it will be available three times this year!

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a cloudy dark copper color with a dense, long-lasting head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The aroma is rich with oak as well as pineapple, lemongrass, a little toffee from the malt and a hint of vanilla.

The beer tastes great. Loads of flavor: Piney resin, pineapple, lemon, oak, vanilla, caramel. It's mouthpuckering goodness that makes you want to go back for more.

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- so smooth, almost creamy and a wee bit sticky.

Overall, simply an outstanding brew that i wish I could get on a regular basis. Great stuff.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-amberish color, nice head. Oak and malt dominated aroma. Alcohol is well hidden, for 10% abv. Sweet, sweet finish, with a hint of heat. I wouldn't drink more than a couple bottles in a sitting, but it is a tasty, interesting brew. Plus, I already have a bit of perma-smile after two...

Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazed amber topped with a very tightly laced finger thick creamy head with some glass stick action and ample retention.

Some biscuity tannin aromas in the nose, framed with floral and wood.

Very smooth upfront, and a bit creamy in mouthfeel. The malty body flexes with a full and even bready sweetness and doughy and soapy edges. A citric bite throws down on the taste buds with some herbal spice, flower pith, leaf, and some oily stick, with piney notes. Loads of fruit presence, like a fruit mélange of blood orange and grapefruit steeped in a rose-hip peel tea-like character. An aggressive spicy alcohol presence waits beneath, hitting the head with a warming sensation that targets the forehead region and numbness forming in the temples. A deep oak flavor comes about towards the finish, and especially throughout as the beer warms. A very distinct and subdued dry and semi-tangy flavor that’s pulled from the oak and is a bit vinous at times, layers this beer with much depth. Suggestions of vanilla as the beer warms, with hints of brown sugar sweetness. Bready and soapy lingers.

A two-thread beer, blended with a new Imperial IPA aged in French oak for four months and 90 Minute IPA. The latter is noticeable, perhaps too noticeable to make this truly unique, but the end result is a welcomed familiarity, and none-the-less deliciously complex. Burton Baton is a concept that I've come to expect from Dogfish Head. Kick-ass.

Photo of marvin213
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like a bad-ass beer. Dark brown like a bronze medal or something. Perhaps the best non-brew physical thing I can compare it to is a hot-tanned female Brazilian body...it's appealing like that, anyway. The head might be a little lacking, but what's there lingers for the sitting's duration. The thin layer of foam left atop this beer leaves it a little enigmatic to me...kinda like the mix of young and old mentioned on the bottle. Who would've thought this would work so well?

Smells delicious. Considering my earlier hot body type imagery, the aroma is decidedly more masculine. It is a delicious--even yummy--concoction. I have to sip and taste it to figure out why I shouldn't give it a perfect score. My reason--it's too simple. It's just a delicious DIPA bolstered by oak. That's what you have here. It reminds me of a wine in the way it improves as it seems to breathe. Every sip's worth savoring. Though I'm no certified expert on the nuances of beer, I'm confident that's not what's intended here. Without anything overly, outwardly unique, the key here is that the beer is simply delicious. Hoppy yumminess with a taste of the perfect beverage medium--oak. The mouthfeel is like the rest--wow good without complexity. I really just hold each sip and...can't really explain why it's just so good--just a DIPA with oak. Still, it seems better than any other I've had.

I'd give it a 5 for drinkability, but I will pass on another one for now. It's just too simple.

Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet woody caramel malts with a little acidic hops and a lot of sharp alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts with a decent bitterness in the finish and a lot of sharp alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's overly sugary sweet and alcoholic with no real hop flavor.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 6,131 ratings.