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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 4767
Reviews: 1671
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 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
Photo of dpgoblejr

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
Photo of joemetric


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
Photo of SilentBob2u2


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
Photo of craftbeerbyob


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
Photo of TheDoctor

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
Photo of poolemhore


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
Photo of BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber/orange or red, translucent with a white head.

S: Nose is nectary with notes of dark fruit, orange, citrus peel, oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T: Citrus, orange, mango, delicious hop character, oak, vanilla and caramel. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, less than smooth, but smooth enough, especially for an IPA.

O: Really really really really good. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:02:07 | More by BierJager89
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 9-02-13.

A dark honey/amber body, generous head, excellent retention sitting at a strong 3 fingers with drooping lacing all over. Aroma of strong wood, pine, all alcohol infused. Flavor is heavy on the pine, some sugar making it sweet but smooth. Drinks remarkably well despite the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:52:08 | More by papat444
Photo of utfiero


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

Color- cloudy apricot amber. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- apricot marmalade and grapefruit zest.

Taste- Starts hoppy but quickly mellows with malty buttery smoothness with a hint of burnt toast and vanilla finishing with a long and strong grapefruit with subtle evergreen notes. A suburb imperial IPA.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1-3-14.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:47:24 | More by utfiero
Photo of bryangb

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle bottled 3 months ago. Smell: Citrus hops, burnt wood, malt. The booze smell becomes much more noticeable as the beer warms. Taste: Dried fruit and hops. The hop flavor doesn't over power the beer though. Allows you to keep searching for the other flavors. Very malty. A burnt woody flavor is there, but not a lot. Very smooth and the 10% is hidden well in my opinion. You could tell me 7-8 and id have no trouble believing it. Definitely up there on my favorites list. I first had it 3 years ago and I keep coming back

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:02:09 | More by bryangb
Photo of PSU_Mike


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - A dark copper color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. There is low carbonation with some sediment.

S - Resiny hops up front but still a very sweet malt presence in the background. Smells similar to barleywines I've had. Very subtle oaky hints.

T - Shockingly low amount of hops. Very sweet malt presence. Malt-forward with the oak presence showing its face shortly thereafter. Very odd for an IPA...different for sure but not in a totally terrible way.

M - A nice mouthfeel...a little creamy with a dry finish. Bitter on the sides of your tongue.

O - Very different from anything I've had before. I would say it drinks more like a barleywine than a DIPA. It's very malt-forward for an IPA but enjoyable. Although, this is definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:09:05 | More by PSU_Mike
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a dark coppery color with a sense of cloudiness throughout the glass.

Smell - The oak jumps out more than the hops. Notes of vanilla and dark fruits are available if the drinker searches.

Taste - The initial taste is sweet grass and dark fruits. The oakiness from the aging gives a sense of vanilla, but it fades quickly. The lemony hops come toward the back of the taste and are somewhat abrasive. The hops are most notable in the grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thickness is a little more reflective of a barleywine. Certainly, this beer has some staying power.

Overall - I am really not a fan of aged IPAs/DIPAs. I would drink this one, but I would not seek it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:56:17 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of jjamadorphd


4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely a delicious beer. High alcohol content does not overpower the flavors of hops and malts - but for me - mixes well compared to other 10%-ers. The beer pours a beautiful caramel color with a lightly tanned head, thick and puffy. A nice smell of malt that I found very appealing, with mouthfeel that was smooth and easy on the tongue. Overall, it was the best 10%-er I've had to date and would like very much to partake of more.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:49:52 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of moorerm04


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a pint glass with a less than aggressive pour, leaves a two finger soapy head that hangs around for a while. Beautiful clear orange hue, with loads of lacing that hangs to the side of the glass.
S- The first thing I get in the smell department is sweet malt. There is less hop aroma than I had expected but some citrus none the less. I get hints of vanilla and a light booze aroma as well.
T- Unbelievably smooth for an imperial IPA, lots of citrus mango's and peach blossoms. There is a sweet malt backbone to make the 70 IBU's taste more like 40. The oak is present but not overwhelming, as it only adds to the complexity of this beer. Hints of vanilla from the oak are present. As I let the beer warm to room temp I finally picked up the alcohol warmth, but not hot by any means. One of the best tasting Oaked IPA's I have ever tasted.
M- Pretty much what you can expect from any good imperial IPA, nice and smooth, no bite from the carbonation. I suspect this beer around two volumes.
O- One of the best oaked IIPA's I have ever had, in fact I'm upset that I'm just now getting to this beer. I will be back for more of this, if you want to venture into oak aged IPA's this would be an excellent gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:37:23 | More by moorerm04
Photo of Hammer35


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber color with great carbonation. A very slightly tan head, good retention and nice lacing. A really beautiful beer.

Smell: Sweet malts and hoppy citrus up front with a nice, oaky hint at the end. A bit of caramel too.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth. Malty and sweet with a nice burst of citrus. Notes of oak, caramel and vanilla round it out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, leaning toward the thicker side. I would have liked just slightly more carbonation.

Overall: Amazingly complex and well balanced. Blending two batches of differently aged beers produced an extremely unique flavor and the oak aging makes for a smoothness that hides the high abv very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 22:52:39 | More by Hammer35
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,767 ratings.