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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,720
Reviews: 1,730
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 302
Gots: 958 | FT: 25
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DeFaz
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,720 ratings.