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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 4729
Reviews: 1668
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

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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 CoalPorter

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half pour into a Palm goblet

A - rusty brown with a thick white head that settles to thin large bubbles at the rim

S - alcohol comes first, with caramel, raisin and nougat underneath, almost cloyingly sweet, a hint of the IPA hops coming through

T - caramel and malt sweetness with plum, currant, and maple syrup tones. I am looking for the hops...

M - syrupy and thick

O - Imperial IPAs are a tricky lot... I feel this one goes a little too far into malt land and looses some of the aggressive hop flavor that is the hallmark of the style

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 16:08:38 | More by CoalPorter
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4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- a thick head lingers, leaving a thick white ring when it finally dissipates, and a healthy amount of lacing. Warm amber yellow.
S- hoppy, floral
T- floral and bitter all over the tongue but not overly so. Sweet next, slightly resiny, rose
M- crisp, mostly clean with a touch of resin left behind

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 16:29:22 | More by Hollybee
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a slim pint glass.
A: Nice amber color with lovely head and good lacing.
S: Swet caramel and a little alcohol
T: Sweet malty character with a bit of alcohol but in a good way.
M: Great mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Overall, I loved it. This one will sneak up with you. I'm going to have to switch to something else in order to figure out a way to drive home after.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 23:41:02 | More by MightyCasey
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark amber and bronze. Thin white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Rich and heavy aroma with a lot of alcohol sharpness. Certainly some aromatic citrus notes, but this already seems to lean more closely to barleywine territory than that of a DIPA.

And this beer tastes like a barleywine as well. Hoppy and bitter, yet sweet and a touch syrupy, heavy and malty. Thick and heavy. Tasty.

A thick and luscious mouthfeel, a touch chewy, and since I'm basically considering this a barleywine and not a DIPA, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. A pleasure to sip!

A rich, thick, creamy, luscious, DIPA creation from Dogfish. Kudos to them for pushing boundaries. Although I think this is a terrific beer and a wonderful creation, I wouldn't seek it out. A pleasure to try, but I won't become a regular sipper of this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 04:23:09 | More by ehammond1
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Burton Baton on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in an 8-oz glass, Burton comes with a huge head, like a Belgian (I'm thinking it might have been improperly poured). Tons of lacing and retention, but low carbonation.Color is a slightly transparent amber (shiny copper honey), surprisingly light for such a huge IPA.

Smell: Citrus, pineapple, syrup, an evening at a tropical beach. Lemon zest. Clover honey, a tad of spice. Nice sticky sweetness.

Taste: Hot, hoppy. Grassy. Sweet and heavy, like a cheesecake or coconut cake. Remember sucking on wild honeysuckle blossoms in the summer when you were a kid? That's what I think of when drinking Burton. Flower overtones, as if I were visiting a botanical garden.

Mouthfeel: Hot and boozy at the end, full flavor, medium body, low carbonation. Sweetness, honey all around.

Overall: Nice! Eight ounces are mighty drinkable. Not as complex as the bottled version but plenty delicious, more so if you like sweet/heavy Double IPA's. HOWEVER! No oak to speak of in here, which is weird because in the bottle it sure is prominent. Still, I love this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 22:15:37 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light copper/amber with a hazy slightly off white head which left quickly...decent lacing

S - sweet, a brown sugar/vanilla smell with hints of cherry and picked up some booze as well

T - Syrupy sugar and a bit in your face...not getting any of the cherry taste which I was hoping for and finishs light on the hop

M- mouthfeel was good, wouldn't be difficult to have a few of these

O - A well balanced beer, the only downside was that I was looking for some cherry in the taste that i picked up with the nose...A bit sugary but still a very tasty easy drinking brew...another job well done by dogfish

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 13:10:34 | More by mjgooner13
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint on tap at Meridian DC.

Light gold/amber body given, with minimal collar off pour. Slightly light off white cream head. Looks good fairly straight forward.

Bouquet is a simple pine but also with a real nice apricot and a distinct smell of powdered sugar. Very nice!

Taste is soft and chewy, fleshy apricots and and interesting feel of peach like fuzz. I get dense peach fuzz off of this on tap with a fantastic feel of pillow softness and some malt backbone.

Drinkability is incredibly solid. Extremely unique fruit feeling with a wonderful mouthfeel. I get a fuzz bent off this which just hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 00:44:19 | More by smakawhat
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great looker- Amber color with perfect two finger cocoa head which sticks around for a while. Ok carbonation and above average lacing. Fairly clear, with some cloudiness. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Caramel, malt, hops, woody smelling. Nice. This ought to be really nice if it's as tasty as the smell. Some floral scents as well.

T- Very nice. All the smells come through, as well as some butterscotch and serious malt. Very smooth. I would never guess this beer is 10% ABV. I don't taste any alcohol at all. Some burnt toast in there as well. Nice addition to Dogfish Head's prolific lineup.

M- Really, really smooth and nice. Very balanced. This might be the strongest category of this beer. No bite at all. Very malty feeling/smooth feeling. Pretty good!

O- Very nice. Not my favorite beer in the style, or even from this brewery, but totally solid. It's definitely a sneaky 10% beer. You don't realize this until it's too late. Very solid, and definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 01:23:31 | More by jayhawk73
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This is actually a blend of Scotch ale and the 90 Min. IPA. And it's really good...
Poured dark amber, cloudy, with a white head that retained fairly well throughout. IPA hops in the nose, and some alcohol. Woody and hoppy up front with some citrus note, quickly taken over by sweet malts and alcohol. But these elements exist in a very nice harmony, providing an extremely drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 13:02:17 | More by Rifugium
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to small glass chalice. Color is nice; somewhere between orange and brown, and opaque. Smell is good, but I'm being somewhat arbitrary with that judgment, as my sinus allergies are killing me right now. Tastes great. Like an IPA meets a Belgian Strong Ale. Mouthfeel is equally appealing. Hearty, but smooth. I enjoyed the brew and will definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 20:12:25 | More by b3shine
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Had this on tap at Pizza Plant in Williamsville. Pours a pale orange colour with thin white head. Nice head retention and some lacing down the glass. Smells of citrus hops, oak and vanilla. The vanilla is quite apparent. Nice bitterness in the flavour, not as sweet as the 90 Minute, which is nice. Vanilla and oak linger in the after-taste with the hops. Certainly a sipper, but this was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 15:52:04 | More by kwjd
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a nice white head that has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is hops, caramel and little vanilla. Pleasant but not very strong.

Taste is wonderful: starts just like an ipa with sweet and citrus hops and then comes an avalanche of sweet vanilla nad oaky notes as well as some dark chocolate and coffe to round it up.

Body is medium to heavy with high carbonation. Ends very well without much bitterness and perfect balance between hops and oak/vanilla sweetness.

Overall an amazing take on the American ipa with nice wood and vanilla notes coming through.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 22:53:29 | More by paulozanello
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub - review from notes

Pours a dark copper color with some dirty golden hues. Very small head with plenty of streaky lacing left behind on the glass.

A burst of citrusy hops, roasted malt, caramel, and light warmth in the nose.

Bitter pine hoppiness with some sticky resin. Grapefruit and orange with some almost acidic rind notes. Full malt backbone, plenty of caramel and a touch sweet. Oak and earthiness towards the finish. Very bitter and some warmth at the end.

Fuller medium body, sticky and dry. Much less warmth while drinking than some other 10% abv beers, and some great flavor here. The boatload of hops on top of the typical DFH malt bill makes this one pretty memorable.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-04-2011 16:37:18 | More by xnicknj
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DFH poured into snifter glass. Poured a deep amber color with a 2 fingered white head that slowly disappeared into itself. The nose was brown sugar, malted barley, alcohol, oak, floral hops, pine, and hay. The taste is immediately malted barley, pineapple, sugar, and oak that transition into vanilla, and piney hops. This is a deliciously blended beer. I love the malt liquor or strong ale taste that also has the qualities of the 90 IPA.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-02-2011 16:29:46 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/17/11- Had this one earlier tonight at Tip Top in Columbus.
A: Red copper, and a nice cream lacing and collar and sparse film.
S: Very earthy and woodsy hops, orange citrus, boozy slight bourbon, green hops, and caramel. Nice.
T: Nice smooth creamy earthy woodsy hops, whiskey booze with a caramel nutty backbone.
M: Thicker, nice frothy carbonation turns crisp with the alcohol.
D: OK. One is good.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-18-2011 05:12:26 | More by ne0m00re
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Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice orange/copper with a big frothy white head. Good lacing and retention. Hoppy aroma. Citrus mostly, woodsy notes as well. Great flavor combination. Starts with some refreshing citrus hops, grapefruit and orange, before moving onto some more pine notes as you get into the beer. The oak is definitely present at the finish along with a little vanilla which creates a sweet malt to balance out the beer perfectly. The alcohol is almost completely masked, only showing up if the beer gets overly warm. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-05-2011 05:08:01 | More by uustal
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South Carolina

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

Pours a dark cherrywood into an oversized wineglass. Tastes a good pine and grapefruit mix of hops. Has a hint of carmel but is not a malty mess like i experience with typical double ipas. Finish is smooth and has a slight aftertaste i cannot identify. Very drinkable considering the high abv. It sneaks up on you but by the time i finish the glass i can feel it on my face. I very glad i tried this even at the price of $7 for a 10 oz glass. Best double ipa I have had.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-04-2011 02:51:30 | More by msnow34
Photo of Aguirre


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

Had this on tap at Rockwell Grill in Chicago

Nice color, nice head, very inviting. Smell was bitter, citrusy hops and some toast.

Taste was excellent. Very hoppy of course, but also woody in a way that balanced everything out. The oak is a very welcome addition.

It was hard for me to believe this was 10% until I'd consumed two of them and started feeling the buzz. A damn fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-27-2010 19:10:16 | More by Aguirre
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South Carolina

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

11 oz serving in a tulip glass

A - red amber/copper; clear. Tan head

Pronounced hop flavor builds then slowly fades, leaving a fine, long-lasting afterfinish. Although citrus hops dominate, there are notes of vanilla. High ABV is mostly hidden (by aging in oak, according to the brewer). This excellent beer has a potent bitterness with some balancing sweetness.

M - crisp; medium body; subtle effects of high ABV

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-23-2010 03:58:32 | More by chinchill
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm only going to review beers I absolutely LOVE.

This is my absolute favorite. There are others listed in my profile I thoroughly enjoy, but this is it.

90 min is awesome.
add some English Ale and age in bourbon barrels = bliss.
I await each spring for this release. I travel to DE to enjoy it at the source.

I personally love bourbon and will try any beer aged in its barrels.

Well done Sam Calagione

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

10-14-2010 01:28:18 | More by nismo80
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer during Raleigh Beer Week. Served in a tulip glass a slightly hazy orange with a thin somewhat lasting head. Aroma is a nice blend of pine hops with a decent bit of oak. The taste is a nice balance of caramel malts with brown sugar blending nicely with pine hops and a nice oak and vanilla kick, providing an enjoyable complexity. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but is still a very easy drinking brew, well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable draft beer, one I would certainly have again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

09-02-2010 03:20:01 | More by atsprings
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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass, poured for me from the tap at Prarie Moon.

A: Dark brown, some seriously good lacing with a thick head. Looks appetizing.

S: Sweet, in a sugary way. There is some serious maltiness and hoppiness going on here. Chock full of flavour.

T: Quite hoppy but oh so sweet. Like the nectar of the gods. Seriously, this is like nothing I've ever had before. This is the first 5 I've ever given out for taste. I truly think that looking at its style (and even maybe on its own) the taste of this beer could not be improved in any way

M: Oh so smooth, damn good, but oh sooo boozy. Very warm, but still light at the same time. It's like a sexy russian spy seducing you, and then killing you afterward.

D: Like Muhammad Ali, this one will knock you the eff out. Do not, and I repeat, do not have anything before this, because you will get drunk. It is so good, but so alcoholic.

This is one of my top beers, hands down.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-28-2010 23:12:52 | More by Whiteweasel
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter/goblet at Cobbletstone's in York.

A - A bronze colored w/ copper highlights and great clarity, the cap is ecru w/ light beige and thick lace that clings like glue. The bead is tiny

S - The smell is piney with caramel and toasted aroma w/ tinges of woody hops and wood from the barrel w/ a mild stone fruit and raisin-like aroma which is sweet and fruity w/ mild cherry acccents and subtle biscuit and doughy yeast elements

M - A fruity and strong feel w/ moderate bitterness and balance of texture w/ mild alcohol and slightly high residual sweetness. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is fairly dry considering the full malty middle

T - The taste is fresh, so great to enjoy on tap which brings another dimension to the oak and hoppy character which compliment each other. The flavor has an orangey hop quality similar to 90min's w/ subtle english ester in the yeast giving mild spice notes and tinges of creamy baked dessert.
There is a light black cherry and dark plum quality in the flavor w/ mildly oaky tannic accent leading back to the slight piney hop flavor. There is slight orange liquer quality with the high alcohol and citrus from the american hops and cordial quality with sweet texture but slight pepper taste w/ mild heat in the back of the throat. The taste has mild current and blood orange notes w/ gentle cinnamon and lightly toasted shortbread

D - I was pleased to try this on tap on my birthday - I really highly recommend it if you are a fan of American Strong Ales which it has more in common with than Imperial IPA. The flavor is like the beer equivalent of Grand Marnier - excellent drinkable flavor and a true nightcap, but so good anytime you can enjoy- World Class!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-01-2010 14:01:19 | More by Slatetank
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Gotta love these special Friday keg tappings - always something nice popping up!

This one was a dark amber color with a nice white head. Looks very appealing.

The smell was great, nice caramel base with some aroma hops. Touches of pine and citrus, but huge malt coming through as well. This reminds me more of an old ale than a DIPA.

Taste kinda follows the old ale route as well. Actually, this has quite a number of easily identifiable and well integrated flavors from hops, but there's a ton of malt and wood making this not too bitter. Wood and sweet malt give a barleywine like base, some vanilla and coconut even dance with citrus and pine.

Nice body on this one from the tap, creamy and smooth with medium to heavy weight and a kiss of carbonation. Really luscious mouthfeel here.

Overall, it's a big brew, so not the most drinkable even on a curve. But I love the flavors here and would certainly love to run across this on draft again soon!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-14-2010 17:11:52 | More by jampics2
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

This is based on the Ballantine Burton, right? So I should be expecting a really strong east coast IPA with a comparatively small dose of hops.

Pours bronze in the bar's low light. Nice head. A very thick-looking beer, actually, which is odd because it's translucent and usually I associate thickness with haze.

Smells of DFH yeast, dark fruit, and some of the smoothest, thickest cereal malt I've ever come across. It's like smellning a bowl of grapenuts and plums while sitting in a hayfield.

Tastes like big, smooth cereal--the nicest, firmest dose of pale malt I've ever come across in a double IPA. Not syrupy in the slightest, nor off in any way. It's just extra biscuity, accentuated well by chewy yeast and balanced just slightly at the end by some spicy English hops.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

05-27-2010 18:09:09 | More by mynie
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,729 ratings.