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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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5,514 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,514
Reviews: 1,716
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 295
Gots: 877 | 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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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

brentk56, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +17.9%

GRG1313, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

mikesgroove, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jaydoc, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Knapp85, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -46.9%
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!

ChainGangGuy, May 17, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

oberon, Jan 28, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

JAHMUR, Dec 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

largadeer, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

TMoney2591, Jul 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

SocalKicks, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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

emerge077, Apr 25, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, another from a nice new lot of DFH offerings to show up in Alberta, just in time for Christmas indulgence...

Into my Mom's ancient Michelob chalice, this beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with one finger of thin creamy pale beige head, which retreats slowly, eventually revealing a low wall of lace around the glass. It smells of bitter grapefruit, and lightly woody caramel malt. The taste is strong pine and grapefruit hops, caramel nougat, some resinous woodiness, and a very slight warming. The carbonation is quite soft, the body dense, and smoothly syrupy - I kept looking for a burn that just wasn't there. It finishes fairly bitter, the woody, fruity hops eclipsing the malt.

A pretty impressive DIPA - the oak influence is applied with a subtle hand - split between the varied sweetness supplementing the base caramel malt, and the further astringency lent to the big hops. And the nice round 10 points of booze? Seamless. Sure is nice when it feels like I'm opening presents again so soon!

biboergosum, Dec 27, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle. Nice appearance with a hazy orange-ish body and a creamy dollop of white foam atop. The head retention is very good and it leaves some nice splotches of lace at the outset of the glass. Oddly enough, the Dogfish Head yeast is more prevalent in the nose than the hops are... odd, unless they were looking to show off some or the oak-aging. There's some wet-straw, a spoonful of sweet fruit, some nuttiness, a brush of woodiness, a touch of diacetyl, and a drip of honey. It's intriguing. The body is medium-full and dextrinous; and it slides so smoothly, almost oily across the palate with only a caress of very-fine bubbled carbonation on the tongue. The flavor mirrors the aroma with little more to offer than a mild vinous quality and a note of vanilla, but again, it's intriguing and engaging! The wood is clearly a massive part of this beer, and that alone deserves some attention as it's a great example of the type of flavors that the wood imparts, and it can even give you an idea of how these similar characteristics appear in in wine. On that same note, the 10% alcohol is apparent in the same way that it might be found in a fine wine. It's doesn't ever step from the wings but you always know it's there; and it plays a major role in the direct flavor and overall character of the beer. It appears in the finish once the dribble of juiciness runs off the palate, and it helps to dry things; but it's almost immediately backed by the drying, raspy nature of the wood. Tied together just a little more tightly, this could be a brilliant beer.

NeroFiddled, Mar 24, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gnarley brew, definitely for the hop lover. pours like fresh honey with bits of the comb still inside. smell is citrus hops bigtime, with some biscuity english malts in the background. flavor is huge hops, similar to the 90 minute with that sweetness at the end to balance of the IBU count. alcohol is well hidden, although this is definitely a big beer in taste. mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. not their biggest hop bomb, but its way up there. nice brew fresh at the dfh taproom

StonedTrippin, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no vintage or freshness date, the website says it was brewed in 2004.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with a thin lining of off-white lace, good stickage on the side of the glass.

Smell: Flowery with an almost rosewater like aroma, ripe fruit is in the back with some toasted grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Super creamy with a mellow smoothness, nice showing of malt upfront … good to have a sturdy beginning. Herbal, flowery and mildly soapy hop character. Bucket full of fruity esters and oak punch through but the hops hold strong. Suggestions of ruby red grapefruit and mango come to mind. Mild alcoholic bite leaves a long lingering warmth.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one hefty double IPA, I paired it with a creamy Danish blue cheese and honey wheat crackers. Big time kudos to DFH for keeping it real as usual.

Jason, Feb 03, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a value buy $2.50 a piece at my local sixpack shop. Appears a copper amber with a fluffy cream colored head leaves lacing all around my chalice, very nice look to it. Aroma has deep leafy citrus pine scented hops alcohol presence is noticeable vinous green hops, Sam and Co. have truly tamed the hop it brings layers of grapefruit and other tart fruit notes along with the oak presence with evident sugary caramel malt. Smells of candy coated hops syrupy alcohol over ripened fruit tones. Taste has a complex orgy of malts, hops and complex characteristics from oak barrel aging giving this one a mellow charred oak vanilla character and the hops have a citrus, pine, and earthy dirt qualities sugary malts matched with the more than ample bitterness finishes with a just a cinge of acohol...one quality creation. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied syrupy textured with oily resinous streaks coming through the lucious body is handled with an even carbonation which flows surprisingly smoothly along the palate. Drinkability is amazing...one extreme IPA very solid tasty offering great flavor that keeps you wanting more and more, well done I'm sold on this Woody Guthrie tribute brew.

WVbeergeek, Feb 08, 2006
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,514 ratings.