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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,747 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4747
Reviews: 1669
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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Roguer

Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark garnet pour, pulpy, and nearly opaque. Pours a thin, <1 finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin, bubbly rim. Lovely thin but complete lacing.

Warm, delicate nose of tannins, flowers, oak, vanilla, and hints of tobacco and mint. You can tell it's a hoppy brew, but there are no major traditional hop aromas that jump out at you.

Flavor comes across as a mix between 90 and 120 minute: malty, slightly boozy, and with a dry yet flowery hoppiness that manifests as a quality vice distinct hop flavors. The oak barrel makes a noticeable appearance with a strong oak backbone. Malts are well represented yet extremely well balanced and not overpowering; hint of caramel, with some grains and oats.

Not a thick mouthfeel, but still a sipping beer. No alcohol or carbonation sting. Thick clingy hop oil residue, and a beautiful palate-cleansing astringency.

This is a very complex brew that is extremely tasty. There's an absolute ton going on, and every sip might reveal something new. 90 min is well-represented by the strength of flavor and the impeccable balance, but the time spent in French oak adds a lovely special little something.

For a 10% ABV beer, this is an easy-sipping, fantastic beer. Some DFH odd-balls are worth a try; this is worth buying regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:37:23 | More by Roguer
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DeFaz

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark golden amber color with a large head that recedes to almost an inch leaving blotchy lacing.

Smell: Not what you'd expect from a double IPA, the smell is sweet with fruit and bread flavors along with the wood. Smells good, but again it's a little surprising.

Taste: Starts off with a dominant wood taste followed by ambiguous fruit flavors, sweetness from malt, and some pine flavors from the hops. It's more sweet than bitter, but the hops come in there toward the end. The alcohol is concealed very well.

Mouthfeel: Perfect thickness, minimal bite from the alcohol, and moderate carbonation to keep it crisp. With as sweet as it is it never becomes sticky.

Overall: There's a lot going on, and some of it works and some of it doesn't. The woodiness of the beer was well-executed because it wasn't overdone, but the hops struggled to make an impression. The alcohol was dangerously hidden. Overall, I'm glad I tried the beer, but I wouldn't spend the money to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:24:24 | More by DeFaz
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hmich176

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up at the local Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA. I love everything about this beer. The appearance, taste and mouthfeel are absolutely top notch. It pours a nice gold, brown color with a nice white head. The lacing on the bottle is a nice bonus. You really pick up the sweet, hearty flavors on the nose, and get the oak flavor in the taste. For a 10 percenter, there was absolutely no booziness to it; if you didn't read the label, you'd never know this was that high a percentage. It's very well balanced and just a satisfying brew.

Overall, this is one of my favorite IPAs, easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 06:08:55 | More by hmich176
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a really nice golden-brown with a thick white head that quickly settles. Leaves a small amount of nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A sweet tobacco smell backed with a slight hop back and dried fruits. A dark bread scent.

T: Definitely oaken as the wood taste is the first and last flavors on the tongue. Hops are present but really just compliment the sweetness of the malts.

M: Coats the mouth with the bitter wet hops, but leaves a nice dry acidic aftertaste. Very nice and not too heavy.

O: The sweet and bitter flavors play well together adding complexity to this brew. Obviously crafted with great care, this is a good brew to sip with friends, not your everyday chugger. 8/10 would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 18:33:52 | More by xseanprimex
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arizcards

Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from Total Wine at the end of August for $3.99. Can't determine the bottling date from the cryptic numbers on the bottom of the bottle.

Beer poured amber orange with an OK white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is classic barleywine, sweet malts, raisins, and dark fruit predominate.

Taste is malt forward, raisins and vanilla dominate. Decent amount of hopping to keep this moderately sweet but malts win in the end.

Mouthfeel is superb, full and smooth and richly satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty solid barleywine...definitely give it a shot if you have the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:19:45 | More by arizcards
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 9/03. Consumed on 9/28.

A - Reddish amber hue. Gentle pour yielded no head with light foam around edges of glass. Distinct lines of carbonation. Almost no lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Very fragrant. Hints of molasses, dried apricot, and peaches. Alcohol hints present.

T - Interesting complexity of flavors. Has a slight tartness composed of pineapple and kiwi. Has a sweetness composed of vanilla (oak aged), molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar and anise. Also, has a cinnamon pepper aspect and sweet alcohol notes. The alcohol is not hidden, but rather has a warming feel. Also, has a well balanced malt backbone.

M- Full bodied with luxurious foaming in the mouth. Tingly on tongue. Even after carbonation dissipates if drunk slowly, does not take on a syrupy texture.

O - In a blind taste test, I could tell this was a DFH product, but so much better that 60/75/90/120 Minute IPA's. This is a beer to drink slowly and savor. I held off trying this beer since I am more of a West Coast IPA fan and also have been lukewarm on other DFH products, but this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:20:53 | More by Duane_Opfer
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark amber. Resilient off-white head. Huge citrusy hop aroma. Taste has a great malt backbone. Tons of hops. Not overly bitter initially, but with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Just a touch of burnt oak from the aged beer, although I'm not sure I would have noticed it if it wasn't in the description on the bottle. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Boozy but it's not really noticeable. Dangerous. Overall, an absolutely great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:14:51 | More by burnstar
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear dark orange-amber with a thin skim of white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Soft pine and citrus hops. A distinct oak note. Vanilla, bourbon, and darkly sweet caramel malt.
T: The oak and vanilla hit first and take the slight advantage over the less powerful hop notes (pine, citrus, herbal). Mild tobacco, mint, and bourbon. Caramel malt backbone.
M: Smooth and slightly sweet. A medium body...deceiving since it drinks a bit lighter than the ABV would suggest...dangerous. The hop notes are present, but subdued (mildly bitter and dry) from the oak aging and blending.
S: A nicely complex and solidly drinkable (sippable) brew. Excellent example of style. Seek it out!
Thanks to Kris for this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:59:27 | More by mwilbur
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear orange/copper with a creamy, one-finger, eggshell colored head. Nice spider web like lacing. Excellent head retention for a 10% 'er.

S - Moderate strength aroma which smells more like an old ale than an IPA. Toffee, butterscotch, tobacco, wood, clean booze, with some hints of pine, mint, and grass. Smells pretty good.

T - Again, woody, old ale taste characteristics take center stage, and the taste matches the nose. Not much of the toffee/butterscotch detected in the aroma. Just enough hop bite to make things interesting, which manifests itself mostly of pine/spruce. Wood and hops combine to make this pretty bitter, but not unpleasantly so. ABV is noticeable throughout.

M - Medium bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Slightly acidic feel on the tongue.

O - Quite good, but something I'd have to be in the mood for. I found myself wishing it was a little sweeter. The alcohol heat and bitterness from the wood makes it a slow sipper, taking it out of the "refreshing" category. That said, it's very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:08:18 | More by TempeBeerMan
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dwalters

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had two bottles from 2007, one from March and the other from June. Pours dark brown/amber, smells of raisins and dates a touch of licorice. No head tastes like a sweet wine, always been one of my favorites, aged very well even though it aged much longer than I wanted. Really doesn't taste like an IPA, kinda like a sweet stout and barleywine concoction - very good!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:11:21 | More by dwalters
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jonrx

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is one of the best beers on the market right now. Dogfish Head always impressed me with everything they put out, and Burton has been growing in popularity (rightfully so!).

I'm posting this review about the last time I had it -- at their brew pub and on tap.

The oak aging process that this beer goes through really does wonders. I've had a lot of oak aged products from other brewers in the past, and most of the time they end up just being OK.

This is a hell of an IPA, though. The beer itself (even without the oak aging) would be great. But you add in that oak touch and it just sets this beer off from the rest of the pack. Honestly, I could drink this alone for the rest of my life and live in bliss.

Interesting to note is that the beer is a lot heavier than you'd think by looking at it. It's super sticky once it dries in the glass and is not something you can pound at all. I mean, that's true of a lot of IPAs, but Burton even more-so.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 03:22:57 | More by jonrx
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Cheld

Maine

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle poured into a pint glass revealed a nice colour with a decent head that dissipates after a bit, but leaves faint lacing along the edges of the glass. The smell has some of the fruity notes one would expect from an IPA, mixed with a great oaky smokiness. Really fantastic. The taste is similar- a great balance between a hoppy IPA and a barrel aged ale. Definitely one of my favourite beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 23:21:41 | More by Cheld
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CMoPink

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I can't get enough of this beer. Has a strong oak-aged flavor, but isn't overpowering. Easy to drink, and the hops are a great addition to the imperial oak-aged body. I really hope this isn't a beer that is going to go away or is only around seasonally. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:52:43 | More by CMoPink
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AltBock

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a recycled paper label. On the label is a Country Music musician (Hank Williams Sr?) sitting on a barrel. Surrounding him is the name of the beer, 2 weird looking vines, and stars. On the sides of the label is where you'll find a brief description of the beer, DFH's address and number, and the mandatory US info. On the neck of the label I found a stamped bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 05/20/13 at 23:30.

I chose to pour this oak aged IPA into my 7venth Sun Snifter. From behind the Country Music Star came a lightly hazy amber orange with a small glimpse of lemon yellow at the bottom. On top of this beer was a 1/4 of an inch light beige colored head of foam. It had good retention that left behind clingy spots and small streaks of lace. Nice appearance.

I was surprised to find the aroma to be on the fruity side. I smelled this beer for a long time before my nose could decipher what kinds of fruits they were. I really couldn't. It was just simply fruity. The hops were minimal until I swirled the beer around. Swirling woke up the hops. Swirling also killed the fruitiness. The hops smelled like dried piney hops. Following the hops was a nice whiff of caramel, malt, and a few citrus notes. If was after the citrus when the oak and some subtle vanilla notes washed in. Not bad. A little unique.

The label didn't state what kind of barrels this beer was aged in, but if I had to base it off the taste, I would say bourbon barrels. The taste of my bottle was very bourbon and oak forward. Some caramel malt sweetness came in to try to balance the taste out, but the bourbon and the oak were too powerful. Citrus hops and a pinch of pine tried to help out the caramel and malt, but that bourbon was just too powerful for them. I prefer the aroma over the taste.

If there's one big thing this beer had, it would have to be that it masked its high 10% ABV. I couldn't feel it despite actually tasting all of the bourbon in the taste. This beer had a nice sweet yet boozy aftertaste. This time the caramel and malt had enough energy to counter the booze.

I'm one of those people who believe that you shouldn't barrel age Double/Imperial IPAs. The barrel aging takes away all of the beer's hoppy goodness and replaces it with boozy bourbon. This bottle had too much booze for me to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 13:50:49 | More by AltBock
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Note: ratings on the 2012, which more resembles the beer I am used to having.

Just doing an aged-vs-new tasting (although it turns out the new isn't *that* new):

The old (sold as aged) is from Thanksgiving 2011, the new a year later (we bought the "new" about 3-4 months ago, both have been refrigerated since then, we just couldn't find the time to do the comparison tasting we wanted, so hopefully the time in-house didn't affect anything).

When we did Flying Dog tour, they gave us a side-by-side tasting of an aged beer (sorry do not recall which, it was of course, one of their higher-ABV brews), and it was interesting to taste the difference.

A: 2011 pours cloudier, maybe a little darker amber with a little more head retention, although the 2012 has better lacing.
S: There is a little more pungent nature to the 2012, little more malty notes in the 2012. The 2011 has a stronger nose overall, plum-like to me; the 2012 is less fruity.
T: 2012 has more hop bite and (shockingly) more like what I am used to getting in the bar. The 2011 is smoother with a little more alcohol tinge to it. I believe I like the 2012 better, because of its sharpness.
M: 2012 has the stronger feel on the mouth, with the hops giving a dry tug through the malt. The 2011 malt lingers, without the bite of the 2012.

O: I think I like the 2012 better, due to the "bite" of the hops having not been mellowed by aging. However, it is interesting to again note the differences in and aged beer from a "fresh" one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:04:39 | More by cjgiant
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utopiajane

New York

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy and deep amber/ orange. Copper. Had a small but creamy head that fell fast and clung to the glass with some pretty wet lace.

When I first observed the nose, I thought "is that it?" There's some wood, bread and a gentle citrus and floral. The taste was fabulous. It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a hearty bread that's sweet and smooth. Maybe a little doughy it's so smooth. The citrus is on the palate with some orange and grapefruit pith. Floral and while there is no pine on the nose there is a little in the drink. The oaky flavor and the malt are supple and expansive. It flows and then some brown sugar comes on to the malt as it warms. There's a spice that compliments the oak and brown sugar perfectly. Some alcohol to warm on the way down and an aftertaste that is greater than the sum of it's parts.

When dogfish says that this beer is a "gentle giant" you can believe them. It drinks sophisticated. For as sweet and deep as the malt is, it stays just shy of heavy. It has tea like qualities but it's not that light. The body is full. The orange becomes more prominent as it warms. The oak makes it drink so smoothly and accentuates all the other flavors so delicately. It's not a hop bomb, it's not a fruit bomb. The citrus is well integrated and the spice is just right with all the bread.

Dogfish head has made a beer that is unique, flavorful, has depth and complexity. It drinks deliciously and they say it ages well too.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 14:10:59 | More by utopiajane
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jeff1973

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Bottled on 11/12/12, so almost 10 mos old.

A - Clear dark burnt orange. Off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Booze, dates, figs, oak, a little catpiss. Not a lot of hop aroma going on.

T - Although the booze was upfront on the aroma, it is really mellow in the taste. Again, figs, dates, vanilla, oak. Only a little bitterness on backend, which dries the beer out to prevent it from being too sweet. You can taste the booze on the finish also. Reminds me of Bigfoot a lot. If you like Bigfoot, you would definitely like this.

M - A little light for this ABV. Mouthfeel is the light side of medium, with a watery finish. Medium carbonation.

O - A really good beer. I had it fresh a couple of years ago and seem to really liked more than I am liking it today, but again that was a year ago. I am missing the hop presence in it. I will have to get a fresh bottle now to compare.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:50:48 | More by jeff1973
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed fresh:

Awesome large fluffy white head with a kick of yellow tint. Head lingers nicely too. Brew is fantastic clear amber color with deep browns.

Aroma is full of vanilla, pine, apricots, raisins, malty, sticky.

Heavy viscosity, sticky, deep, expeditious variety of flavor, biting, nicely bitter with rounded sweetness. Pine, apricot, grape, oak, vanilla, flavors all back up the aroma. Carbonation is medium placed and elegant.

A super solid brew from DFH, it's one of my favorites now that I've discovered it... I can't wait to see where this one goes with some age. I will continue to purchase DFH four packs, not so much the bombers... Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:31:41 | More by chugalug06
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber-ruby hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly darkish-white head. Slight amounts of rising effervescence. Settles to a thick beer ring, and a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Solid spiderweb lacing.

S: Pine, plenty of honey, orange citrus, apricot, and lavender.

T: Lots o' pine hop, oak barrel, and fresh flora.

M: Syrupy and thick. Very liquory. Floral nature infiltrates the nasal cavity as you consume, and pretty much lingers there throughout. Bitter, biting, dry finish. High alcohol, apparent.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is great. Amber hue, nice bubbly head, and persistent lacing. Nose is a complex concoction of resiny hops, with sweet, fruit, and floral components. Hops, wood, and plant material. Hoppy, syrupy, liquory, and a little sweet. Overall, this is an excellent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 04:00:29 | More by bmwats
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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

Poured this imperial IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IIPA poured a orange amber color, produced an average white head, left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. above average retention. The aroma consisted of toasted malt and floral citrus fruit. Full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel-There is a foundation of malted grain, herbal hop flavor, fresh fruit, citrus grapefruit and oak. Outstanding Imperial IPA another great offering from Dogfish Head

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:04:05 | More by GossageBrewery
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this for a long, long time. My last vintage bottle of this, bottle 02/18/08. Yep, 2008 vintage!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a wonderful crystal clear mahogany hue with a quarter inch creamy light tan head that doesnt really fade. Light, creamy side lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, toffee, rich oak, light alcohol. A super faint yellow cake batter aroma.

T - Similar to the nose here. Tons of sweet malts, but not cloyingly so, flash of dark fruits, lots of rich caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak. The hops have completely faded away, not a trace of bitterness. Very, very tasty, and while the alcohol is hidden wonderfully this is a big time sipper.

M - Mouthfeel is quite smooth, lower carbonation, works great for what it is.

O - Overall, a delicious beer. Age has changed this in to something wonderful. Love it, wish I had more of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:34:41 | More by rudzud
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brurevu

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes: My sample aged for 9 months so I expected more of the hoppy Imperial IPA flavors to have diminished, but there was still plenty of that hop pop. This was a very hefty malty brew with enough hops to keep everyone honest. This opaque and syrupy concoction was akin to an American Barleywine. There were flavors of caramel malt and fruity undertones with a hop bitterness that was signature Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 17:42:27 | More by brurevu
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jtw004

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - An excellent dark amber that sits and looks somewhat cloudy

Smell- A faint smell that has a somewhat oak cask smell to it

Taste - An excellent taste that despite being in the double digit for ABV has not cut or bitterness. Similiar to Three Philosphers. It is very smooth and has a slight woody taste. Quite simply a well crafted beer

Mouthfeel - So very smooth. It never stops being smooth and leaves the mouth feeling somewhat coated but in a nice way

Overall - A fantastic beer and one of the greatest higher alcohol beers on the market

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:40:56 | More by jtw004
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waston

Michigan

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

12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass. Bottled 01-31-13

A - Dark amber color with one finger white head that fades quickly into a very thin layer.

S - Malt forward smell with caramel, and other sweet scents. Hops, Oak, and Citrus also present.

T - Malt forward taste as well. Caramel sweetness with a strong DFH hop character. Hints of oak come through on the back end, along with the booze flavor on the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation. leaves sticky feeling in the mouth, as many DIPAs do.

D - Definitely a DFH IPA. Similar hop character to both 60 and 90 minute. Excellent year round offering, but tough to find fresh, probably due to the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:34:44 | More by waston
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Haymarket. Served in a 4oz taster glass.

A - Transparent golden honey body, with off-white foam settling to a thick cap and generous glass-coating lacework.

S - Lots of oak character, and negligible accompanying spirit; guessing this is just straight oak? Malt-forward, with some light citrus and floral notes, and fruity English ale yeast. Notes of honey, cookie, dough, cake batter, and light toffee sweetness. More evocative of an English Strong Ale in the malt/hop balance and oak-aging. Alcohol is well-disguised.

T - The taste has more citrus hop character and less aggressive oak. Sweet sugary malts, light toffee and caramel, toasted grains, some nebulous fruity notes. Fairly low bitterness, and quite smooth and restrained in alcohol.

M - Smooth, creamy body, with some lingering stickiness and a bit of dry oak in the finish. Lower carbonation, and perhaps a faint alcohol warmth.

D - The malt character of other Dogfish Head beers is quite recognizable here, and it integrates nicely with the oak and hop flavors. Appreciate the well-hidden alcohol and excellent mouthfeel. Curious on the freshness here, but liked it quite a bit all the same.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 23:26:56 | More by MasterSki
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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