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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,394
Reviews: 1,704
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 282
Gots: 838 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

wolf_switzer, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle from feb/08 in a perfect pint glass.

A nice mahogoney color with almost a two inch think layer of layer off white head, which left nices rings as it continued to settle.

Vanilla and burnt caramel were the dominate smells up front with some pine and oakiness to follow. A bit sweet in the nose. Would have liked a bit more hops, but it has been cellared for a while so that's to be expected.

Lots of spicey alcohol and a lingering burnt caramel taste. Lots of sweetness but more bitterness comes out over time creating a much better balance. The oak and bitterness blend very well and provide great texture.

Probably could have another one but not too many in any one session.

mikey711, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz Bottle, dated 3/28/12 so about 3 weeks old.

A: Pours a clear amber/rusty/copper, slightly darker than typical IPA. Rather large foamy head, subdues into a thin cap, leaves some webbing.

S: Juicy Tropical/citrus hops, pineapple,mango,grapefruit, some oak, honey and whiskey maltiness too. Some booze in scent too.

T: Initially a kick of grapefruit/grassy/herbal floral hops, quickly In the middle theres a sweet oak/bourbon/maple flavor that comes through, very smooth, then in the finish a mix of citrus/pine hops and honey/camamel sweetness, much like a rich barley wine, with a slight alcohol burn at the end. Lingering taste is a dry syrupy sweet.

M: Carbonation, medium to low, very smooth, syrupy, silky and soft, very full bodied. No session beer but not a palate wrecker.

O: Interesting beer, kinda like a highly hopped barley wine, a little age would be interesting to see if it can smooth it out, though I enjoyed the fresh hop aromas and initial kick. Its actually pretty well balanced, and a smooth sipper. As it warmed got far less hop based, and oak/bourbon flavors came through more. I'd recommend trying this at any age.

BigCheese, Apr 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

hinemk76, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

NumberNone, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

bccrosley, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Moses_Malone, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%

I had this beer a few times a few years ago when i first got into craft beers, and thought it was Meh. lets see how my palate has matured. This bottle was filled exactly 60 days ago, not bad for an IPA, even less bad for an aged IPA.

After the pour this beer has good clarity, with it's caramel amber color. Solid lacing too, Above average.
The aroma is really solid. probally the biggest standout feature. the combination of Resinous Pine & Oak, like fresh loamy soil in the PNW, this is a woodsy mountain smelling beer.
The flavors come through in the same woodsy way but with some toffee and sweetness mixed in with the sticky resin. The alcohol is noticable, but i did have to look to see what the percent was, 10% doesn't seem off, but i would have believed 8%. It is warming, i can feel it in the chest more then on the palate.
This one is drinkable more like a big barleywine is, where it's better to take it slow to enjoy it. the carbination is rather biting so that adds to the slow nature of it.

So after a few years, i enjoyed this one more, maybe it was that it was fresher, maybe just me. It is an above average DIPA, better served in the winter, and sipped slow. This would be a good one for hearty pairings, or cold camping trips around the fire.

ChadQuest, Jan 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JLapadura, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

linnymtu, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Dank26, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of berley31
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that quickly became a thin film. Fair lacing on the glass. Body is a dark copper, almost orange/red color, and hazy.

S: Wonderful aroma... hoppy and very citrusy. VERY light hints of oak are there, but I'm not sure how easily I would have picked them up if I didn't know to look for them, to be honest.

T: Flavor that lives up to the aroma. Strong notes of citrus; finish is bitter, but not as hoppy as you would expect. Slight alcohol warmth, but deceiving at 10% ABV. The oak is also present, but thankfully it's not arrogant at all.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, very creamy, with average carbonation.

D: An absolutely awesome beer... you wouldn't want to pound it back all night, but it's really pretty fantastic. One of my new top favorites from DFH... and that's really saying something with their lineup.

berley31, Mar 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jakecattleco, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 1+ fingers of white head, which fades very slowly to a thin cap.

S- Full of grapefruit/citrus hopiness. Hints of malty sweetness....oaken notes.

T- Fairly assertive, citrus hops notes. Solid oak presence, but does not overpower or detract. Solid caramel malt keeps the sturdy bitterness in check. Really excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a smooth, medium-full feel. Again, quite good.

D- Excellent. All around winner....and easy to drink in spite of it's hefty 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Gonna' have to suck it up on the price and grab some more of these...

DoctorDog, Jan 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

CreightonSM, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Thishops4u, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Furley80, Mar 29, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

Purchased a bottle of this in NYC, and got another from AlohaC as part of Secret Bunny 2007; not sure which this one was, so I'll thank AlohaC anyway! Thanks!

Poured a dark golden or light brown into an oversized wine glass. Very little head, but lots of lacing as I drink. Oak and vanilla are prominent in the aroma, with a little bit of piney hops and soap in there for good measure. Smells sweet, and the taste follows up big time. I actually was not a huge fan of this -- I realize the oak aging dulls the hops and increases sweetness, but for me it was surprisingly cloying. Maybe it was just the surprise factor, but I didn't find it as amazingly drinkable as some people have. Flavour is heavy on the vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, and molasses. A little bit of field fruit and grassy hops in there as well. Mild bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Well above average, but not knock-me-out wow.

crwills, May 09, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter; born on date 03/01/10

Pours a dark bronze with orange highlights, capped by a creamy white head.

Presents a welcoming aroma of a strong malt backbone, and a notable hop presence. Not a killer with the hops, as some I.I.P.A.'s may be but then again that is only one half of this beer. The oak aging seems to give a noticeable vanilla like aroma but not a strong oak scent.

Taste greets the palate with sweet dark fruit flavors, a bit raisiny. Hops are mostly citrus-like flavors, but not as noticeable as they would be in 90 minute I.P.A. Again the oak aging seems to give off vanilla flavors more than anything else.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth but will be interesting to see how this ages. A few months behind it could polish it off even more.

Dogfish Head really puts it all on the line with this amazing offering. Simply put, this is a great sipping beer for a quiet evening.

Kinsman, Apr 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

dailyminefield, Mar 04, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on 3/20/09. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a bright gold/amber with a finger of off white head. Piny/citrusy hop aroma with a little alcohol, also a bit of oak. This started off with a good malt base. Not as much hop bitterness as the aroma might suggest. In the flavor, the oak is pretty subtle, mostly in the finish. Solid medium body. Good beer, nice balance.

homebrewhawk, Jun 14, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A solid 2 fingers of buttery foam formed slowly on top of the body. The color of this offering is pretty amazing...slightly hazy amber with a dense ruby center and lighter golden edges. The head had great retention and really clings to the glass well. Starting off great!!

The nose is awesome! A huge blast of refreshing, citrusy hops hit first. Tons of fruit aromas...apricots, pineapple and lemon zest. The backbone has toasted grains and a slight oaky aroma.

The taste has bitter hops from start to finish. The first flavor that hits the palate is sweet and almost fruity. This fades quickly into an oaky center that finds some of the graininess from the nose. The finish is woody and boozy.

Medium - heavy mouth feel, oily at first but finishes dry; moderate to high carbonation.

The drinkability suffers a little due to the boozy finish. This is a very complex and flavorful DIPA that I would recommend trying!

mgbickel, Jul 09, 2010
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%

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

GossageBrewery, Aug 30, 2013
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