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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 4758
Reviews: 1670
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 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
Photo of reebtaerG


4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass
A-pours a dark ruby color with a thin white head
S-grapefruit honey and pine hops with a vanilla oak aroma
T-great fruity hops with the warm vanilla from the oak barrels
M-great well balanced great hops then the sweetness of the malts and oak. Excellence!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:51:43 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Hoperator


3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light amber with a touch of haze and a light tan head that doesn't stay on the glass. Carbonated perfectly. The aroma has an almost sour presence with citrus notes behind it and woody overtones. The taste starts with a strong Warrior hop punch right out of the gate, moving to an oaky bitterness in the middle when the malt depth and prune notes surface. It finishes citrusy with a bit of lingering, drawling mouth feel. You certainly get the English Ale yeast throughout the experience providing a somewhat sweet foundation to the taste. Surprisingly drinkable for a 10%er. Another nice "Big Beer" from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:45:47 | More by Hoperator
Photo of delta490


4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy amber with a big creamy white head. Head has solid retention and leaves lacing on the DFH goblet.

S-subtle. A mixture of the 90-minute IPAs big hop presence (citrus, floral) and some oak from the barrel-aged portion

T- follows right in line with the aroma, but with the addition of the caramel malt backbone that supports the whole structure

M- silky smooth. A slight bite from the hops on the tip of the tongue

O-This is a big flavor and easy drinking oak-aged IPA. The oak doesn't overwhelm as it can in many others, but adds a nice subtle flavor. This big ABV beer hides it exceedingly well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 21:16:39 | More by delta490
Photo of schwemjw


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: thick caramel with a brilliant white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: sweet vanilla and oak immediately followed by classic dogfish Head IPA. Some sweet tropical aromas and a caramel base. Enticing!

T: picks up where the aroma left off. A dominate vanilla bean followed by a pleasant layer of caramelized grapefruit. A middle mouth that is slightly floral with hints of pine and underlying oak. Boozy. A full citrus finish that is quite dry.

M: a medium to full mouth feel with decent hang time on the finish.

O: just a great beer. The alcohol is definitely present but the oak gives it a wonderful complexity. /92

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 19:16:17 | More by schwemjw
Photo of -MK-

New York

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

I bought a four pack of this, spending 16 dollars. Now, I am by no means cheap, but thats a lot so I expect a lot- like I should see jesus or something.

The appearance was a glistening reddish gold, smelled of sweet and sour, followed by a complex variety of flavors ranging from cherries, malts, green apple, and slight hops. For an imperial IPA I was hoping for more distinct hopiness, which this beer does not have. Though the alcohol content is high, its a very smooth drink.

Overall an exceptional beer in many ways, but I didn't see jesus. Probably not something I will get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 14:22:52 | More by -MK-
Photo of Silverpath6


3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX. Not really a big fan of Dogfish head, but it sounded intriging. I really like the flavor on the back end , but the front end was "soapy" - not sure if it was the beer, or some other issue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 17:33:20 | More by Silverpath6
Photo of ISmith87


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

A - 4- I don't really knock beers for taste ever. It's a nice caramel amber color with a thin film of white bubbles that leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.25 - bourbon, vanilla, caramel, like a nice old ale. Maybe some breadiness in there too. Pretty damn good so far.
T - 4.25 - Nice light bourbon taste with vanilla, caramel, bready malts. It's really less of a double IPA and more an old ale/barelywine in my opinion. There's some light citrusy hops in there too, but very balanced.
M - 4.25 - Medium mouthfeel. alc is present but appropriate. Aftertaste is boozey bourbon and vanilla. Some hops in there too. Like a good barleywine.
O - 4.25 - I like it. It's a solid beer. For the price? I'd probably spring for Third Coast Old Ale by Bell's first, or Double DBA if I had the money laying around and could find it. This one's an interesting take and it's interesting the way it's made.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:32:38 | More by ISmith87
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Burton Baton is a clear brown/mohagony color. Pours a large, dense, and creamy, light tan head with good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of booze, dark fruit, malt, and a bit of floral hops.

Booze is showcased in the taste as well, along with heavy caramel malts, dry dark bread, raisins, floral hops, and a bit of pine. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, with average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:26:01 | More by JG-90
Photo of JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Bottled on May 2013, drank end of October. I wouldn't normally keep an IPA around this long but the bottle says it will age very well!

A: Caramel brown with minimal head - turns to lacing pretty quick.

S: Much more malty than I expected. Caramel, sweet banana bread, some pineapple and peach.

T: Oh man. It's like a pale ale that had both the malt and hops turned way up. Big caramel notes with a great range of hops flavours: chamomile, lavender floral notes, earthy notes of pine and oak, and orange citrus. Ends with earthy bitterness but coated in caramel, so the bitterness of the hops is totally taken care of.

O: Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. Much more malty than I had expected but it struck a great balance because of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:56:16 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,758 ratings.