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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,816 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,816
Hads: 6,280
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 386
Gots: 1,405 | FT: 33
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004

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
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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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...


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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very attractive beer out of the bottle. Reddish amber color, crystal clear with sparse, lazy bubbles climbing to the surface. Ample, white head that has no problems sticking around.

S - Tofee and caramel. Very slight hop aroma with some grassy notes.

T - Distinctly malty taste with detectable alcohol. Sweetness with a charred, slightly vanilla oak barrel flavor. Bitterness in the background with slight hop flavor, but overall low hoppiness for a double IPA.

M - Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Lingers in the mouth and seems like it is an even bigger/ stronger beer than it is.

D - Overall a very plesant beer, supprisingly devoid of the excessive use of hops that sometimes comes with a I2PA. The very heavy mouthfeel and percieved alcohol makes it seem more like a barleywine than anything else. Quite a good beer, but the 12oz that I had was all that I would want in one sitting.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -45%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear amber with a thin white head that quickly dissapates and some nice lacing around the edges. Wow, what a sweet malty aroma! I also picked up some mild hoppiness & alcohol.

Taste is big on sweet malt up front with some hints of vanilla & oak. Nice but not overly hoppy finish that seems to stick to the tongue. Nice thick, sweet body with some great carbonation that really sticks it in the end.

Wow, Dogfish does it again! A fantastic blend of a strong ale & their IPA products that is a perfect blend of both.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a four pack of this for $12.99 (it must be new in 12 oz. bottles?).

Bottle reads "oak aged Imperial IPA"... wow, can't wait to taste that one, two of my favorite tastes... wood-sy and bitter. Pours a light brown color with a big head to it and tons of lacing. Smell reminds me of a forest with the usual hoppy aromas. Taste is a lot like the 90 minute but with the oak kick in there (what else would you expect?). Has a bit of a strong alcohol taste (well, it is 10% ABV) but it's wicked smooth and absolutely delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable. Maybe a tad under Palo Santo Marrone for my fav DFH beer but damn I love that a brewery can make something as good as this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It self identifies as a blend of an imperial IPA and an old ale. I'm reviewing it as such (not as merely an imperial IPA as is currently the listed style for this beer). Picked this up in a SoCal beer store earlier tonight as it's a known classic. Granted, I'm not usually big on Dogfish Head beers, but of their beers that I do like, 120 Minute stands out - so I have high hopes seeing as this is also a high ABV imperial IPA. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic label and standard red branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed. Bottled 03/04/13.

Served cold, straight from the fridge - I erred on the side of imperial IPA serving temperature rather than old ale serving temperature, but if it seems to warrant some warming, I'll let it. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive six finger head of light khaki-beige colour head, nice thickness, decent cream, okay frothiness, and damn good (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Not real soft looking, but it's fluffy. Quite impressed with the retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looking spot-on for an imperial IPA, and the head retention is a highlight. No overt flaws are noticeable. Lacing is uneven, inconsistent, thin, and weak. If you told me this was half Old Ale, I doubt I'd believe you.

Sm: Sugary. Brown sugar. Wood - less a refined oak wood and more just your run-of-the-mill barrel. Perhaps more of a cedar aroma? Some spicy kick too. Light floral hop character and some buried citrus. Red/amber malts. Some red fruit - perhaps stone fruit or cherry; it's quite concealed. The flower notes come through more and more as I sniff this one out; it's hard to distinguish the floral hops from the actual flowery notes I'm getting. Very intriguing, but rather restrained for the purported complexity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, interestingly. It certainly doesn't fit neatly into either of the constituent styles, but it's got my attention. I'd call it a good aroma all around; I just wish it were deeper and more evocative. Below average in strength.

T: Interesting. Tannin-heavy woody notes up front. Malty woody sweetness. Some unrefined sugars - mixing with those tannins. Hop character is floral, and surprisingly restrained coming from the imperial IPA side of things. Malts definitely win the war against hops here. Some deep biscuit/toffee notes from the old ale side come off murky against the pale malt sweetness of the IPA side. Amber malts seem to edge out others for slight dominance. I do notice some alcohol, but it's decently hidden for 10%. Oak? Vanilla? No such luck on either account. The wood is of a more generic barrel or cedar character. I expected more complexity than it provides. Far more subtlety too. No yeast character comes through. Not at all acidic or harsh. Low on the esters. Balance is decent; it's not a mess but it never comes off cohesive or seamless. A slight spicy character does emerge as it warms. Not finding the stonefruit/cherry I got on the aroma. Not citrusy, nectary, oily, or piney. In fact, it's pretty disappointing in terms of hop character. Vague brown sugar. Maybe some blood orange when I look for it?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick and full-bodied; you won't be quaffing this one. Pretty good presence on the palate. Slight overcarbonation, but it isn't biting, harsh, or sharp. Not as soft as it could be. Sticky. Creaminess is about right for what they're after. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Clean and approachable, but not ideal.

Dr: One of the more interesting Dogfish Head beers I've had, to be sure. But I hoped for better. It does hide its ABV pretty well, but I wouldn't say the drinkability here is high. I wouldn't want more than one in a given night. It has none of the characteristics I want from either of the constituent styles, and it doesn't balance them particularly well, but it's still strangely likable. I'd have it again, preferably on-draught. The execution could be so much better, though. I like the concept of the beer, but I think it can be done better. I do applaud the experimentation, and I'm not disappointed by it.

Low B-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. There's a strong but subdued hops bitterness that brings a little balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. A mild alcohol sting comes in at the end. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty but a little too sweet for me, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style but the aging puts this beer into barleywine territory as happens with most 2IPA's, there are definitely several other beers whether they be 2IPA or ABW that I'd choose over this one, but it's still a good beer for being an intentionally aged 2IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter/goblet at Cobbletstone's in York.

A - A bronze colored w/ copper highlights and great clarity, the cap is ecru w/ light beige and thick lace that clings like glue. The bead is tiny

S - The smell is piney with caramel and toasted aroma w/ tinges of woody hops and wood from the barrel w/ a mild stone fruit and raisin-like aroma which is sweet and fruity w/ mild cherry acccents and subtle biscuit and doughy yeast elements

M - A fruity and strong feel w/ moderate bitterness and balance of texture w/ mild alcohol and slightly high residual sweetness. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is fairly dry considering the full malty middle

T - The taste is fresh, so great to enjoy on tap which brings another dimension to the oak and hoppy character which compliment each other. The flavor has an orangey hop quality similar to 90min's w/ subtle english ester in the yeast giving mild spice notes and tinges of creamy baked dessert.
There is a light black cherry and dark plum quality in the flavor w/ mildly oaky tannic accent leading back to the slight piney hop flavor. There is slight orange liquer quality with the high alcohol and citrus from the american hops and cordial quality with sweet texture but slight pepper taste w/ mild heat in the back of the throat. The taste has mild current and blood orange notes w/ gentle cinnamon and lightly toasted shortbread

D - I was pleased to try this on tap on my birthday - I really highly recommend it if you are a fan of American Strong Ales which it has more in common with than Imperial IPA. The flavor is like the beer equivalent of Grand Marnier - excellent drinkable flavor and a true nightcap, but so good anytime you can enjoy- World Class!

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This is actually a blend of Scotch ale and the 90 Min. IPA. And it's really good...
Poured dark amber, cloudy, with a white head that retained fairly well throughout. IPA hops in the nose, and some alcohol. Woody and hoppy up front with some citrus note, quickly taken over by sweet malts and alcohol. But these elements exist in a very nice harmony, providing an extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cheers to Beeronthebrain for this one! Bottled on 12/12/08 as far as I can read???

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight fruittyness & some honey

T: Herbal hops, fruittyness, booze, appleskins, caramel, & resiny pine & grapefruit up front. Fruittyness, honey, more piney hops,& a touch smokeyness once warm. Piney with a bit of Drambuie in the finish

MF: Sticky, with a bit of carbonation & chewyness & near perfect balance

Drinks pretty good despite the abv & the style, a different kind of DIPA, but tasty, none the less

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

Pours a clear darker amber with a white head that falls to nothing after a while. Nose is slightly hopped with a thick raisin quality to it. Flavor is extremely sweet at first in a syrup like kind of way. Very slight noticeable alcohol. Raisin flavor is strong. Feel is thin with bubble and thick and strong with syrup qualities. Almost seems elixir like. Definitely drinkable. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is one of the best DIPAs around, but it is pretty interesting in a Dogfish Head kinda way.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, oak, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, light vanilla, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz serving in a tulip glass

A - red amber/copper; clear. Tan head

Pronounced hop flavor builds then slowly fades, leaving a fine, long-lasting afterfinish. Although citrus hops dominate, there are notes of vanilla. High ABV is mostly hidden (by aging in oak, according to the brewer). This excellent beer has a potent bitterness with some balancing sweetness.

M - crisp; medium body; subtle effects of high ABV

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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-dark amber color with a slight haze to the liquid. Initial three-finger head retreats very slowly and leaves excellent ring lace on the glass.

Strong pineapple and grapefruit hop nose. Very fresh smell. Some raisin and current in the background. Superior.

Somewhat prickly on the initial sip--both in the carbonation and the citrus-like hop. Good body to counteract the effervescence. The malt does stand up but only in the background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Strong oily alcohol feel that is notable after the swallow as well.

I would put this in the category of extreme beers. It is delicious particularly for hop heads, but it would be extremely difficult to have more than one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 07/20/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of wood, caramel malts, sweet fruits, light hops, toasted malts, and toffee. I'm liking the nose, though I don't find it overly hoppy and it is not what I think of when I think of a DIPA.

t - Tastes of wood, caramel malts, citrus hops, some honey, sweet fruity malts, toasted malts, and light toffee. More hops than the nose and nice, but again, not what I think of in a DIPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer, but again, not what I look for in an IPA. Lots of wood and caramel and not a ton of hops. Would like to have this one again, but not when I'm looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lookin' at it... a hazed deep orange, with a fullish, creamy head capping it
Aroma: ahhh!!! that's my favorite aroma right there, in the first sniff...tropical fruits, banana and mango, peach and citrus, a truly beautiful mix, a gorgeous blend....so far, this is just what I'd desire in an uber-IPA, and I haven't even tasted it...
Oh, delicious...fullness of body, richness of flavor, dominant fruit, minor, relatively, bitterness, yumm...I can taste the whiskey flavor, from the oak-aging, I can get that character...and it's amazingly flavorful, with vanilla and oak twisting into the mix, what a wicked concoction...
If I had a 10-gallon hat, it would be off in honor of this immaculate creation.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,816 ratings.