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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,139
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 269
Gots: 723 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
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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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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep orange amber color, like pale maple syrup. Almost no head at all, with some sticky lacing evident.

I pick up a resiny sweet sugary pine aroma right away. The more I sniff I also get a sweetened over-ripe orange kind of smell, passion fruit also rounds out this interesting smelling brew. The hops have obviously faded and there is inherent alcohol in the end of the nose.

The taste is different. I get sugary sweet over ripe pineapple right away, then comes the oak. The wood bitters the sweet front with a phenolic twang. More over ripe citrus fruit, and then it gets boozy. Sweet, syrupy and lacking any sort of real bitterness. Cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel fits the profile of a DIPA, somewhat syrupy and medium bodied. Carbonation was a little low, but the bottle is not new so I'm not really surprised.

Man, I had high expectations for this one. A very complex crazy brew, but what a let down. I'm a staunch defender of DFH, but dammit sometimes they just try too hard.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:12:01 | More by BDLbrewster
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beerdrifter

Germany

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber copper pour with decent head and lacing. Strong dark fruit and candy nose with lots of malt. Very chewy and resiny. Extremely syrupy and a bit too sweet for my taste. The dark fruit flavor overpowers the hop bitterness which was subdued to say the least. The sweetness kills the drinkability for me. Pretty disappointing for Dogfish Head. I'll give it another try considering the great reviews I've seen for this. Maybe an old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:53:47 | More by beerdrifter
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopDawg from whom I received this beer. I am on a long quest to try every DFH beer I can.

Poured from a 12 ounce beer into a Unibroue oversized wineglass.

A. A beautiful beer. Poured an orange red brew with a durable one finger head. Bountiful carbonation arising from the glass.

S. Too much malt. In my humble opinion a DIPA should reek of hops. They are mildly apparent but the overwhelming smell is a toffee like malt.

T. Like it smells. The hops are in the background. Too sweet. Too malty for a DIPA.

M. Mild body and sweet cloying feel.

D. The abv and limited ability would drop this score. I have like many of DFH's beers,but like 120MIN this is too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 18:16:31 | More by MarkSCCOT
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served into a large flared tulip glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap bottled on date 1/8/07.

Deep,amber/reddish color with a golden hue.Off white head dissapated quickly into a constiant layer of foam. Spotty lacing with lots of tiny strings of tighly knitted bubbles racing from the center of the glass.

Fruity aromas with a charred wood aroma with oaky notes.Earthy,floral,no real hop aromas a bit grassy. Moderate aromas with good complexity.

Very sweet,sugary lots of booziness. A woody,oaky taste is very present. Earthy,grassy finishes with a dry,crisp,clean bitteness that lingers on the palate. Good balance,very sugary and boozy.

Very dry and creamy leaves a sugary coating all over the palate. A sipper for sure,had a hard time finishing a bottle a bit too sugary for me overall, would be an interesting beer to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 21:34:05 | More by jcdiflorio
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GeeL

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First taste of this tonight. 12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance wasn't too unique, reddish-amber with a small foamy head that dwindled down to fine lace after a couple minutes.

Smell: very fruity, malty. Was very surprised by this. I was expecting a hop bomb given the "Imperial IPA" title. I could smell some woodiness, but if I didn't know it was oak, probably wouldn't have placed it. Lots of fruit and floral notes. Can't emphasize enough how sweet the beer smelled, almost like a Belgian something or other, not at all like an IPA.

Taste: could taste the woodiness at first few sips, then this characteristic seemed to dissipate as my tastebuds acclimated to the beer. Was surprisingly sweet and fruity. I initially liked it. A lot. Not too oaky. My buddy thought it was too fruity for an IIPA.

After a few sips, we decided that it was cloyingly and over-the-top sweet. However, it's late winter and quite cold out; we decided that this beer ice-cold on a hot and humid deck in mid-summer very well might kick ass. But today, we decided it was too sweet. Fruitiness: citrusy, but hard to tell if it's acid like grapefruit or sweet like an orange. Really needed more hops to counter this, or at least some tart citrus to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth. Not over carbonated.

Drinkability: I had little difficulty finishing my share. A whole bottle might have made me crave some really salty potato chips or something, as it was getting pretty sweet. I definitely would not have finished the 12-oz bottle.

I initially liked the beer. I may have been influenced by the description on the label and really wanting to like it, as I like most DFH beers. But the more I drank, the more I was seeking hops and something to cut the malty, fruity sweetness. Won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:43:46 | More by GeeL
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle consumed on 1-24-13. Reviewed from notes

A: Translucent copper color with a settled foam on top. Bubbles speckle the glass.

N: Oak, soap, and grapefruit. A deeper inspection reveals grass, pineapple, and caramel sweetness. Pine and tree bark aromatics. Biscuit, straw, and honey. Good.

T: Bittersweet. Spruce is the front end dominant flavor with a biting brulee of burnt sugar in the middle. Yee gods, this is harsh, and not in a West Coast hop way. Pepper corn and dried pineapple combine into a divergent taste, so figure that out. Very tannic; lots and lots of oak. More bitterness, yet, somehow cloyingly sweet like hopped honey in a barrel.

M: Biting and sticky. Alcohol carries a hobo shotgun with Rutger Hauer.

O: Oak and hops can work, but when they don’t, they lead to this abrasive assault. I can’t believe the ratings for this one. Have a 2011 Doggie Claws instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:13:30 | More by writerLJBerg
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sirpsycho

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark amber, not much to the off-white head. Aroma is sweet, slight citrus, taste is sweet and sticky, overall, a little too sweet for me. Complex, but the sweetness is overwelming. I wonder if this would be better with a little age on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 17:54:42 | More by sirpsycho
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Onibubba

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nic. Beautiful clear amber with a short lived beige head. A bit of swirling brings it up again and leaves nice clinging lace. Smells of auslese and carmel. These smell assert themselves in the taste as well. So very sweet. Cloying. The taste gets better and the sips get larger after you let yourself get accustomed to the sweetnes. I think there may be hops in here somewhere, but I can't be sure ;)

Nice mouthfeel, creamy and full. Drinkability is not so good because of the sweetness and the warming alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not one I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 12:44:19 | More by Onibubba
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timahood32

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-01-2013 00:07:46 | More by timahood32
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thomismydad

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-09-2012 17:01:12 | More by thomismydad
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metalblack


3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-10-2012 23:03:34 | More by metalblack
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JonNunes

Nevada

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-02-2013 08:46:01 | More by JonNunes
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -29.1%

09-13-2013 15:52:15 | More by Caudalie
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maryd837

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-19-2012 22:26:42 | More by maryd837
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-06-2014 12:22:19 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

3/5  rDev -29.1%

09-08-2013 01:56:58 | More by Bobbydigi
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-06-2012 16:53:57 | More by cfalovo97
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humulusphile

California

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-13-2013 02:58:53 | More by humulusphile
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FullObs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-15-2013 00:53:08 | More by FullObs
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StretchZep

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-03-2013 21:12:01 | More by StretchZep
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justincourts

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-14-2014 05:18:35 | More by justincourts
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cfrances33

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

06-30-2012 00:57:44 | More by cfrances33
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JRHeikk

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-10-2013 23:33:39 | More by JRHeikk
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -29.1%

05-31-2012 18:27:12 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.1%

07-31-2013 21:39:56 | More by Hoptoudrop
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,139 ratings.