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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,816 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,816
Hads: 6,280
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 386
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a clear and luminescent burnished copper. Very radiant! Small, but sturdy, almond head retains well before leaving behind island chain and sheet lacing.

Aroma is unique and quite rare. Honeydew and watermelon, tropicals like mango and guava, pink grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Some caramel maltiness lurks underneath. Wow!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit slick.

Taste opens with sweetish, even syrupy, malts but the hop parade quickly catches up. Tropical fruits are all over the spectrum here lending an amazing complexity. Solid hop bitterness is evidenced by a juicy pink grapefruit presence edged by a note of fresh cedar. Some oaky vanilla sneaks into the melange, adding additional substance. No hint of the big alcohol. Finishes clean and even.

Very impressive! Possibly the best DFH I've sampled. Certainly the most drinkable. Very comparable to Stone 10th Anniversary in many ways. An intense experience here.

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Photo of cproioi
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red body with an off-white head that stuck around nicely. The smell was largely of citrusy, floral hops with notes of vanilla and oakiness. The taste smacked hard of hops at first but then opened up to a huge strong malty backbone. The oakiness was also very noticable in the taste. The mouth feel was slightly sticky finishing with a long bitter finish. This beer was mighty tastey but I don't think I could drink more then one in a sitting.

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Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with a 2 finger head that dissipates slowly.

Sweet malt, oak and hops greet the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with a well balanced complexity that belies the usual overwhelming hops character of this style. Sweetness more predominate than in your usual Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation and has quite a bit of density.

Drinkability is good for a brew of this style, the aging helps tremendously in this respect. Main concern is the high alcohol content.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2005ish vintage salvaged from the closeout sale at Sindee's Market. 12oz bottle poured into a pokal glass. Body is a pretty brown-copper hue with burnt orange highlights, topped by a creamy light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Intense aroma of sweet caramel malt, with notes of raisin, a little vanilla and bourbon. Considerable alcohol is present as well.
Palate is a nice, mellow blend of sweet malt and deep, fruity hops. The aging has mellowed the sharp hoppiness of the 90 Minute very well, and the barrel-aged component certainly helps to smoothe things out. Some mild heat from the alcohol comes through on the finish, with a strong vanilla-bourbon flavor right at the end. Body is smooth and just a tad sticky, which is to be expected for a 10+% beer. Very approachable and drinkable for a strong, complex ale. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper color. Thick & creamy off-white head. A lot of lacing.
S - Light fruits. A little bit of alcohol. Slight oak.
T - A little more hoppy than the 90-minute and the alcohol is more present in this one, which is expected, but still not too much. Very smooth all the way through with a warming finish. When you swish it around your mouth, the flavors jump out, and I mean jump. The malt is definitely there, which makes it sweet & syrupy. There are a few others flavors I'm close to figuring out. You can taste the effects of the oak-aging which smooths out the tastes and alcohol.
M - A warming mouthfeel which coats the palate very well.
D - Very drinkable. I wish I had this in a bomber. Neither the hops nor the malt are overwhelming, which makes it very easy to drink. It's so smooth that you drink it faster than expected. I had to slow down. This is yet another great brew from Dogfish. Similar to the 90-minute but not at all similar in the same respect.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear copper color with a creamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Not quite an in your face boquet of hops, but the aroma is pleasing. This beer has a nice bready nose.

Flavor has a myriad of complexities ranging from fruit to wood to the background of 90 minute this brew is blended with. Mouthfeel is smooth and lush with a satisfying carbonation and finish. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by the alcohol and the flavors can get cloying as the brew warms IMO, but these are but minor quibbles when a beer has this good a taste. Another interesting brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of WilliamHardgrove
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit pricey, but worth a try. The great hop characters are complimented nicely with a rich sweetness I assume comes from the oak conditioning. Out of the 10 of us that split the 4 pack it was a dead split between love it and hate it, hopefully you have the chance to try one too.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4 pack of 12oz bottles was $14 at GrapeVine Market in Austin, TX. This was my 2nd sample:

Way too sweet for me, reminiscent of an over-sweet barley wine and their Midas Touch in that respect. Not as hoppy as I would have thought; little to no hop bitterness. Vanilla clove sweetness dominates. Complex flavor though. I like their 90 and 120 minute a lot better, although not to so say this is my third favorite of theirs. Definately a let down based on the packaging and high score on BA. I'm so glad I bought them at room tempaeraure, and I'm not going to open another for a long time in the hopes they will not be as sweet.
At the end of this 2nd sample I added a touch of their IBA and liked it alot better. I wonder how good a mix of their BB and 120 would be.

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Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear deep amber color with a very good looking white head.

Beer smells quite sweet, fruity, candied, and with a bit of pine from the hops.

First thing I notice upon sipping this is how full bodied and well rounded the mouthfeel is. It is excellent.

Flavors are quite full, a very dark stewed fruit like quality is dominant. This reminds me much more of a barleywine than of a double IPA. Malts are the main player here, they impart a sweetness in addition to the fruit flavors. Beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop finish, that is also quite crisp.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting beer. It hides the alcohol very well. Even though this is a very enjoyable beer, I am not sure I'd have more than one in a setting.

Gotta love Dogfish Head for being so creative.

Many thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending me this one.

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Photo of psinderson
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter-type glass.

Appearance: Clear, light red amber color. Thin off-white head with some lacing. Nothing too spectacular.

Smell: Strong maltiness with a fruity background - dates or raisins. A note of spicy hoppiness, too.

Taste: Hop wallop up front followed by a strong vanilla sweetness. There is a long-lasting sweet aftertaste that I did not really care for. Oak background with a little strawberry.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied as expected with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but sweet aftertaste will probably hinder some drinkers.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled on 1/08/2007. Consumed on 2/19/2007.

A - Pours gorgeous translucent copper color with a medium caramel colored head. Mild carbonation. True to the style, with good consistancy throughout.

S - Very pronouned hops - smelling the beer actually tickled the inside of my nose. Almost a new car smell coming through. Sweetness comes through on subsequent whiffs.

T - Caramel is the big flavor here. Extremely sweet, not as hoppy as I usually think of IPAs being (I suppose that comes from the oak aging process). Alcohol is very present as well. I like this beer, though I am confused by its classification. This bottle was low in carbonation as well as bitterness. As I continue to spend time with the beer, I find it definetely to be too sweet for me. An interesting beer though, certainly complex, which I have tried to reflect in my numerical score.

MF - Very thin, does not go down easy.

D - Definetely a sipping beer. I imagine even someone who is a big fan of this beer won't want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Byeast
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear , copper-orange , with a half-inch of solid offwhite foam.

Smell: lots of floral and pungent hop scent , a fair dose of malt , and a nice and noticeable backing of vanilla. Also just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Perfect balance! The big malt presence and heavy hops are melded together so well. First to hit my taste buds is a sweet malty character accented by some vanilla , some fruityness , then the oily and floral hops show their force , followed by a flash of warming alcohol. The oak ageing has definatly left a mark on the flavor of this DIPA blend. Nice hints of the oak and vanilla , and a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , slightly viscous

Drinkability: Exellent flavors and balance make this a highly drinkable brew for me. Truly unique. Very good buy for the price. Delicious!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 01.08.07

Pours an orangish amber color with a thin white head with good retention that sticks all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is malt, a floral sweetness, bubblegum, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is creamy with a nice maltiness in the beginning that is followed with a flowery and fruitiness with the hops rounding out the finish and some warming from the alcohol. You can also pick up on the influences from the oak as well in the taste. Overall, this is another solid offering from DFH. Not something I would drink every night, but it certainly is interesting enough to revisit again. Recommended.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin off white head on a crystal clear deep amber/copper body.
S- Sweet, wood, light grass and citrus hops, malt body, and a weird kind of floral/tree/grass aroma. Not the big huge hop aroma I was expecting.
T- Really sweet caramel malts come through pretty big. Followed by that is a big wood flavor. The wood comes through very strong in this. You can taste the alcohol and you get a big warming in back of throat from it also. Some citrus and grass/floral hops come through nicely too. They are slamming in your face, they are more blended in with everything else. A pretty big bitterness cuts through most of the flavors (with a delicate touch though) and it is left lingering on the tongue along with some wood flavor and sweet caramel.
M- Full body with low carbonation, also kind of sticky/chewy.
D- It is good but it is not a hop assault I was expecting. It is well balanced and almost more on the side of an American barleywine. It is a sipper but in my eyes that is never a bad thing.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice coloration. Dark orange and ruby colors. Not much head to speak of and very little lace. It's still a nice beer to look at based on it's coloration alone.
I could sit and smell this beer all night. Rose petals, mangos. Lot's of floral and tropical aromas(not citrus though). They should make this into a perfume.
This is not the beer that I've come to expect as a double IPA. It's doesn't have the over the top citrus and pine flavors typical of the style. With that said it's a very good beer that exemplifies the uniques of Dogfish Head. This is not a hop bomb, but is a very flavorful and complex beer. Brown sugar, vanilla, and biscuity flavors lead to a very pleasant fruity finish. Mango.
Very dry in the aftertaste and smooth in the mouth.
This is a nice once in a while sipper but not a beer that I'd drink often. Even though it's not an everyday beer, I'd still say it's a must try.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Serving : 12oz bottle

A 10%abv barrel aged DIPA from Dogfish head, how could I resist?

Great looks sporting beige red-tinted froth measuring a finger thick that slowly settles atop a translucent reddish amber body alive with quickly flowing streams of fine carbonation.

Intensely sweet aromas of marschino cherries, fruit syrup, floral hops and butterscotch mingle on the nose with hop bitters, hints of dark brown sugar and woody bourbon barrels.

With flavors reminscent of a sweet aged barleywine, this delivers tons of sweet syrupy fruit with a dash of hop bitters on the entry slowly evolving into a exquisitely creamy and cloyingly sweet, floral mid palate. Wood aged characteristics take hold on a bold, tight finish revealing tart fruit, butterscotch and tasty dry wood flavors. What an odd twist on a DIPA, my hopes for abundant hops were dashed with volumous sweet syrupy hop infused fruit and bourbon soaked wood. Wrapped up somewhere inside all the sweet fruit is a load of undetectable alcohol that slides over my palate without leaving a single trace.

Closer to a sweet cordial than an oak aged ipa, this is quite viscious, syrupy and overpowering with dulled down drinkability. Sipping is the best method to enjoy this sweet treat.

Dogfish head has done it again by creating a new and interesting concotion that totally dashes my concept of what a DIPA can be.
What will the awesome brewing talent at DFH come up with next?


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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA pours a transparent burnt sienna color with a full finger of light tan head held aloft by a vast amount of swift carbonation

S - nice mellow aroma, hoppy, but not overly hoppy; a sweet caramel/toffee/vanilla note to it, with a citrus grassy aroma complimenting it nicely

T - oh man, this could get one in trouble, devilishly smooth and sweet, sweet syrup without the maple, a nice vanilla bean/toffee type sweetness to it that makes you beg for another sip, a masterful job of hiding a high ABV in the taste

M&D - a silky smooth mouthcoat that really rolls down your throat, warming as it goes, the higher ABV is the only drawback to the drinkability, with a flavor like this and an ABV that high you can really get in over your head quick with this one, DFH really has mastered their craft

as if i didnt feel this way before, but i would try anything this brewery puts out

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Pours an appealing golden-copper color with a thick light tan head. Good lacing and an amazing retention, as at least half a centimeter of foam stays on top throughout the course. Aroma is a bit barleywine-esque at first. There are floral and grapefruit notes, as well as caramel and mash whiskey scents.

Taste is definately sweet, with citrus and velvety malts bursting through. Strong alcohol notes as well. Only a slight amount of hop action here, but it's a nice surprise. Mouthfeel is lush and juicy, amost "starburst" in its texture. Very smooth across the palate with a sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer is complex and tasty, but the strong alcohol content paired with a powerful sweetness make it tough to imagine having more than one in a single sitting (not to mention the price!).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. Did I say sweet!

The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the rebost flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overally done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet to have more then one or two, but is perfect as a sipper after dinner. Really a good sweet dessert, very nicely done, and at 10%abv, should be a nice sipper anyway!

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass, copper color with smallish head and some lacing on the glass. Smell is more of liquor and vanilla and less of the citric hops of the DFH90. Some vanilla in the flavor and the hops are not as upfront, but still there. Sweeter than the 90 minute and more mellow for sure. I'll cellar a couple of these to see what happens to them. This beer is a definite treat, different enough from the other DIPA's one that I will make a point to revisit every year.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DFH seem to be a brewery that takes their ipas damn seriously. I have had the 60,90, and 120, but now Burton Baton comes along. Poured from the bottle (with a really cool looking label) into a cisco brewery pint glass a nice enough looking copper color, with a small white lace at the top.Smell was the highlight for sure, with some gummi berry smells, some chardonnay, and a bit of vanilla. Taste was big on the sweet side. The vanilla from the oak barrels really pulls through, making it a much smoother, and sweeter ipa then it's numbered brothers. Hops were there, but in back of the sweet flavors. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy, and not exactly highly drinkable. The sweet tastes seem to overwhelm everything. While this might be one of the most interesting ipa's i have tried in a long time, i did not think it was something that i could come back to all the time. I will continue to stick with the 90 minute. Either way, I applaud calagione and company trying something new and cool. Cheers

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Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. DIPA: Half fresh - half aged in oak barrels.

Clear deep amber color with a red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a bubbly rim. Thin string and spotty lacing along the glass.

Sweet and spicy hop aromas dominate the aroma. Almost a hint of caramel.

Very sweet malts, almost giving a sugary taste. The flavor from the hops is more sweet and syrupy than bitter, but they still hold their own in that department. Hints of vanilla (from the oak) are in the background. Full bodied with lower carbonation, giving it a thick oily feel in the mouth. The finish is a little sweeter than other DIPAs, with lingering hop flavor and a little bit of sugar.

Overall, this one is a little sweeter than other DIPAs, where the flavor is the focus rather than the extreme bitterness. Since this is a mix of an aged DIPA and a young DIPA, the sweetness is more pronounced. The high %ABV (10%) is well hidden, so don't get carried away. A 12oz bottle is ideal for one sitting, however you may want to tackle the 750 with a friend.

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Photo of Braudog
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour into a nice English pub glass with the dimpled bottom that encouraged a tornadic production of a giant head from the fury of bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Shiny reddish-orange. It’s like a vision of heaven in a glass. This has the syrupy goodness of the 90-minute, but with an added syrupiness ... robust and smooth, like a desert sauce, you could pour this over a bowl of vanilla ice cream instead of a caramel sauce, with it’s own french vanilla creaminess ... the ONLY thing that detracts here is an odd light metallic twinge at the finish that didn’t seem to fit. Otherwise, this is a beaut of a big beer with a light profile. Well done Dogfish! (#2703, 2/14/2007)

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to see another offering from Dogfish Head on the shelves at the local's popular liquor store!

I brought home my four pack and immediately opened one and poured into a pint glass. The aroma was wonderful-- carmel, hop, and almost something akin to brandy!

The taste was much sweeter than I anticipated, but wonderful. Not as hoppy on the finish as I would prefer, but an excellent beer anyway.

The alcohol in this one is quite sneaky. The sweetness of the beer hides the high alcohol content, that's for sure.

As I drank a delicate lace appeared on the glass, and just a hint of froth remained.

I tried to drink two of these in a two hour period, and although I succeeded, it was not easy. This beer wasn't at all disappointing, just a little too sweet for me. I'll save it for the occasions that call for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After popping the cap a thin white swirl of "smoke" rises up out of the open bottle.

Pours sparkly clear, copper-colored with quickly rising bubbles and a half-inch of frothy looking beige foam.

Aroma of caramel bready malt, sweet fruit and light citrus and floral hops.

Rich flavor, initially very sweet, just this side of cloying. Vanilla extract, cinnamon and orange zest. A bit of a tingle in the finish, followed by an alcohol warmth, and hints of brown sugar and sweet dried fruit. Alcohol strength doesn't seem to jump out, nor do the hops.

Thick mouthfeel, syrupy and slick with a fine carbonation tingle emerging in the finish.

Average drinkabaility due to the heavy sweet flavor and heavy mouthfeel.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,816 ratings.