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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,142 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,142
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 269
Gots: 725 | FT: 24
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Squidswillbsquids (shane). Hoppy and smooth, blend of I believe 90 minute and something else. Boozy. Light orange with big head. Nicely carbonated. Crisp, and yet oak ageing. Long aftertaste. Great with a meal. Well balanced, well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 04:53:56 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2012 00:39:51 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a tiny 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. A bit dirty looking in the glass. Spotty drizzles of lacing on the drink down. Smells of pine hops, pineapple juice, sweet malt, and a vanilla/oak wood note. Tastes of herbal pine hops, fermented pineapple, caramel malt, and a subdued woody taste. A mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Beer seems kind of flat overall. A bit thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall, beer is pretty good and interesting as an barrel aged DIPA but I am not too sure I would try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:47:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-05-2012 18:15:27 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 03.30.2009

G: Poured into an oversized brandy snifter.

A: Pours a light, reddish copper with a single-finger, ever-so-slightly-reddened head with plenty of carbonation bubbles. The beer itself is mildly transparent in the glass. An absolutely gorgeous color. Quite a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet hops and malt; very reminiscent of a barleywine. After the initial burst of sweetness and fruits, the hops come through. Finally, the oak becomes present and is extremely inviting.

T: Initial malty sweetness, balanced out by a large abundance of piney hops. Or, should I say that the other way around? Either way, this is one balanced East Coast-style DIPA. After the initial flavors, the oak definitely comes through, although it is quite mellow. The more-fruity flavors are there as well--not quite citrusy or very tart, perhaps a slightly-syrupy version of one of the sweeter berries. Perhaps the best description is sherry-like.

M: Very smooth and creamy; medium mouthfeel. Deceptively, there is very little alcohol presence, although I can feel some alcohol warmth on my cheeks after I swallow.

D: A little too sweet and alcoholic to drink too much of, but I am very, very excited that this release has come around again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:04:31 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, ripe, dusky kumquat with undertones of burnished bronze and edges of juicy orange. There's more carbonation than expected, which results in the creation of a fantastic cap of foam: lustrous pearl bathed in a pale orange glow, thick and frothy, mounded and bubbly, descending at a glacial pace, thick ribbons of lace... it's all here and it looks great.

I can tell as soon as my nose enters the glass that I'm not dealing with a hop monster. To me, the beer is most reminiscent of a young barleywine. It's toasted caramel malty, woody, spicy, medium range hoppy and slightly alcoholic. Even though it smells woody, it isn't what I would call oaky.

Anyone expecting a tongue abuser will be disappointed. Burton Baton is actually a 50:50 mixture of an oak-aged English strong ale and 90 Minute IPA, a beer that isn't the hoppiest DIPA on the block to begin with. Malt is large and in charge, delivering a full, mellow, sticky sweetness that I wasn't expecting. An added benefit is that aging is unlikely to lead to a lessening of the major flavor(s), as it does in the classic DIPAs, and may even result in a better beer.

The flavor profile consists of heavily toasted barley malt, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy, earthy, sapsticky hops. The hop bill includes Warrior and Glacier for those who care about such things. Woodiness is still present, and I can now appreciate an oaky quality (the power of suggestion is a powerful thing). The most impressive part of the entire experience is the seamlessness and the velvety power of the beer. Rarely has 10.0% been masked so well.

The mouthfeel is gorgeously silky smooth and is as polished as they come. I'm glad I had the foresight to put this bottle away for a 12 month sleep. It's full without being heavy, and is sweet without being cloying. An impressive amount of flavor linger allows me to pick up nuances long after the beer has gone to its reward.

Burton Baton (the name is a tribute to the spiritual home of British brewing in general and IPAs in particular) is a first-class beer even if it isn't much of a Double IPA. This is only speculation since it's my first bottle, but I'll venture a guess that round about its first birthday is the optimal time to enjoy this fantastically balanced, supremely sippable, gentle giant of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 21:27:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Some hints of vanilla appear as the beer warms up.
T: Unlike the smell, the overall taste is fairly balanced between flavors of sweet malts and bitter hops. There are also some hints of caramel, oak and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate. There is some warming from the alcohol.
D: The alcohol is noticeable but for the most part well hidden given its strength, although there's no way I could have more than one of these in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:52:15 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 bottles compared simultaneously, one bottled on 12/29/05 and the other on 1/18/07. Tasted on 1/26/08. Let's see what difference a year makes. First, I will review the one year old and then make some comments about the two year old, where appropriate -

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that lasts quite a while and leaves plenty of lace. The older it gets the darker the color

Smell: Big alcholic nose of caramel, and rum-soaked fruit (raisins and apricots); after two years, the aroma becomes more subtle

Taste: Opens with a sweet caramel base that has all the fruit from the aroma and then some; by mid-palate, the oak barrel and vanilla flavors become prominent; after the swallow, the sweetness intensifies and the smoothness builds; there is some residual bitterness from the hops but that is mostly gone by now; by the second year, much of the sweetness has settled down, allowing some of the fruit to shine through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; quite sticky; in the second year, the stickiness is gone

Drinkability: We are really in barleywine territory with this beer by now; just a bit too much on the sweet side and that overwhelms some of the subtler flavors; much easier to drink after two years of aging; the two year old version would get an added 1/2 point for taste, mouthfeel and drinkability

Quite interesting, overall. With DIPAs, you generally want to drink them sooner, rather than later; in this case, I don't really consider the beer a DIPA and, as a barleywine or old ale, it really benefits from extended aging

A few years later, I had the opportunity to sample a fresh bottle that was less than three months old and what a different experience - the piney hops are much more apparent in the aroma and on the palate, with the oaky elements adding a dry, woody touch, as well. Consequently, I boosted my scores by .5 for the T/M/D elements.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 21:11:59 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 12:00:32 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-05-2011 01:43:43 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty interesting. Taste is an interesting mix between light oak flavour and some sweet malt reminiscent of a barley wine with some honey and very little hops. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. This is not what I was expected since it is more reminiscent of a barley wine then an IIPA but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 17:58:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Now that's a seriously balanced IPA! Every ripe fruit imaginable is apparent from the aroma, taste, texture, and finish.

Burton Baton begins with a hazy deep copper color, a dense eggshell white head that blankets the top of the glass, leaving a ton of lacing behind. This is one good looking beer.

Everything from apples to oranges, pineapples to mangos, peaches and pears comes through the estery mix in aroma. Wood aging gave a complex nut and earthy character along with a little intriguing vinous note. Hops give a big grapefruit, orange zest, and pine flavor with bitterness that compliments the wood aging nicely. With so much flavor, the delicate bread and yeast flavors are still appreciated.

Very well blended and melded into a smooth, rich brew that's nowhere near thick or cloying. Strong and sweet, smooth and succulent. The 10% is nowhere to be found. Very good beer.

Thanks Clvand0.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 16:32:50 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to tendermorsel for hooking it up with a bottle of this in a recent BIF.

A: A bottle from 2005 poured into a Portsmouth brewing tulip glass. The color is a hazy light brown with reddish tints, there is no foam at all.

S: The smell is very rich, sweet, and malty. A lot of caramel and toffee, with some mild citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

T: The caramel and toffee flavors are very big and up front. There is also a slight bit of alcohol heat. The barrel flavors are quite present as well, with an excellent vanilla component. I don't detect any hops, so this seems to have become more of a barleywine, but still quite good.

M: There is very light carbonation and the body is quite full.

D: The alcohol presence detracts a bit from the drinkability. The beer is quite sweet, which makes it a bit difficult for me to drink.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer. I enjoy it though, and think it works quite well as a barleywine at this point.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 07:00:41 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-02-2011 18:04:56 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I feel I should review another beer with my pal AndoBrew or something. Let's do it!

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing head. AndoBrew, looking troubled, says it reminds him of "scary candy." Oh, how right he'll be!

Smell: Beyond a touch of wood shavings and an indistinct orange citrus note, its sweet-smelling candy sugar through and through. AndoBrew concludes Burton Baton has been conceived and made in the same vein as Avery's "Mephistopheles and Other Demons" line (i.e., jacked up sugar and alcohol content). I'm inclined to agree with him.

Taste: Terribly sugary, with a glaring sweetness that impairs the overall taste by laying waste to the other flavors of honey, apples, and pears. Even the bitterness is cowed by the sugar. AndoBrew's vote goes to "Watered down Toffee Brandy blended with a lil' bit of bad news." Right on, Ando.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but altogether cloying with a searing alcoholic warmth to it. AndoBrew says his mouth feels dried out and sugar-encrusted, like a "problem."

Drinkability: Essentially, I found this to be a flimsy IPA drenched in way too much sugar and alcohol. I feel fortunate to have survived this sugar-esque running of the bulls!

I wonder what beer AndoBrew and I will try next!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 04:09:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-19-2012 06:27:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-17-2011 04:22:52 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-01-2013 03:23:15 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-10-2013 02:07:58 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

A: single finger frothy head with nice lacing on a very nice clear amber with garnet hues body.

S: nice pine and citrus hops with a musty aroma in the background. mild oak and vanilla notes.

T: as advertised, oak, cedar, vanilla and citrus notes are all inter-mingled within this one. Toffee notes. The boozes are well hidden. A mildly tangy finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. This one was much smoother than I was anticipating.

Overall: For the genre you cant get a more drinkable beer. This one actually probably deserves a higher than 5 in that category.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 23:50:42 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy two finger head after a harder pour that leaves no lace behind as it settles, pretty alcoholic on the nose alcohol dipped peaches and apricots with a light toasted grain note.A bigger chewey mouthfeel but it slides down quite easily,the oak aging of this beer is very evident its very prevalent thru out from beginning to finish the high alcohol content is also big.Flavors are more fruity than anything else mainly overipe peaches there is a nice piney hop profile that interacts well.This is not a big hopped up DIPA extremely balanced I think the alcohol and the sweeter malt base is just as big as the hop profile.I like it not quite what I thought it might be but I liked it and would try again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 00:15:07 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-27-2011 02:20:01 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This is quite a special beer. It's much like the 90 minute IPA but the appearance is a little darker orange. The aroma isn't quite as hoppy, it's a tad bit more wooden and sweet. The flavor might actually be a little better than the 90 minute to me. The flavors give off this really great earthy yet citrusy hoppiness. The mouthfeel is smooth and yet bubbly, a little oily and semi thick. Really good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:08:03 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

It's like a gueuze...only with IPA constituents. Alright. It pours a somewhat cloudy orange-amber topped by about a finger of light ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises light, crisp grapefruit, green apples, vanilla, and a more-than-healthy amount of creamy caramel. The taste echoes the smell, with a strong caramel base highlighted by some sticky pine and light citrus. The body is a stoic medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly resinous finish. Overall, a more-than-solid DIPA, though it would have been nice to get more oak (rather than simply a firm maltiness). It also paired rather nicely with my stovetop Szechuan chicken in a peanut butter-enhanced sauce...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:55:22 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/14

Got this as a freebie, thanks Wayne!

Bright saturated orange, frothy cap of cream colored foam on the surface, lots of lace coating the glass, long lasting surface coverage.

Aromas of papaya, citric, oak smoothed malt.

Taste is similarly smooth, flirts with tropical fruit, dried papaya and mango, dried orange peel, mellow bitterness that eventually builds and lingers. Mouthfeel is great, not too sweet, but there's a crystal malt sweetness there, it's big and boozy but stops short of being syrupy.

Never age this beer! You've been warned...

4-25-2009

2.7/5 rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second time having this, this one was cellared two years, bottled: 1/10/07. "Ages with the best of 'em" on the bottle.

Poured into a fluted tulip glass, lots of sticky foam on the glowing orange body. Lace is sticky, and adheres itself all round. Fruit roll-up aroma with some old ale qualities. Flavor is cloying sweet, like 6 packets of nutrasweet in iced tea. Malty backbone is there, some dried fruit, but it all gets lost behind the sugar overdose. Thick and sticky, like an imperial sweet tea. Ugh...it's still a mess after two years, cellaring does nothing for it. Having it fresh before, I remember it being a sweet booze bomb, but this just reminds me to never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 00:43:27 | More by emerge077
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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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