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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,517
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 295
Gots: 879 | FT: 24
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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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found on tap for a limited time only at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Seems no one knows exactly what this beer is, but the consensus there is that its DFH 90 mixed with oaked DFH 90. Anyways, on to the review...

A: Pours a ruby hued brown color into a snifter and produces a majestic 2 inches of creamy thick head.

S: The aroma evolves as the beer warms, starting with the expected DFH 90 minute hop profile with burnt sugars in the background. It moves to a more vanilla, caramel, and oakey flavor with subdued and muted hops as the beer warms.

T: Taste is hoppy, as expected, with undertones of caramel, vanilla, and caramelized sugars. Sweet, but not overpowering, the oak is strongly evident in the finish, rounding out the beer's flavor nicely.

M/D: Sticky malts and abundant smooth and flavorful hops combined with the oak character make this a beer with some great and interesting complexities. A great texture means that this is a great one to go back for more on!

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

In_Control_Mike, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ToadiesForCody
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ToadiesForCody, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Petey_the_Quiet, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a translucent, fiery golden/red color with a finger odf khaki head atop and a bit of lacing. Nose is light - floral hops, vanilla creme, oak, and some tropical fruitiness. Taste reminded me of a muted, casked version of 90 Minute. Creamy vanilla, wood, apricot and peaches, a short but sharp floral hop bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite at the end, though still quite drinkable for 10%. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. I really enjoyed this one. For those days when you want 90 Minute, but just don't have the energy, this is your best bet. Vanilla, oak and fruity tones make this a refined IIPA for the distinguished BA.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of dwoolley1
4/5  rDev -5.7%

dwoolley1, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Envelopes
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Envelopes, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Hopsiam14
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +12%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of changeup45
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I admit I had pretty high expectations here. The beer pours a copper, kind of ruby reddish color. The aroma is hoppy and fruity, a little winey, not tremendously strong but nice. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, some fruits, wood (oak?), a bit sour and syrupy. There's kind of a medicine taste to it. This ended up being a little different than I expected but still good and enjoyable.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of bishopdc0
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy reddish amber. I nice thick head forms with a beautiful lacing.

The aroma is hops first then a sweet earthy oak with a slight alcohol in the end

This starts like a DIPA full bodied its carbonation lightens the body and ends light and fluffy carbonation. The taste is sweet hops to start, slight citrus but big natural floral taste it ends with a earthiness either from hops or oak its hard to distinguish.

The feels is great with a slight numbing at the end i love it.
for a DIP very drinkable if cost isn't taken into account but I do....
My wife said its like sweet hops and pineapple

bishopdc0, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

linnymtu, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of blknikon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

blknikon, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Sturmthis, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of dataylor21
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dataylor21, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of mzwolinski
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper in color, with a massive off-white head and plentiful, even carbonation. Very lacy as the beer sinks down the glass. I must admit, I get a bit nervous about oak-flavored beers. Very often the oakiness overpowers just about everything else in both the aroma and the flavor. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I took my first sip. Mercifully, however, the oak character here is fairly restrained – difficult to detect, even. Instead, the aroma is characterized by a mild spiciness, citric fruit, with something of a brown sugar scent. The flavor bears a significantly heavier imprint of oak than the aroma, but is still restrained enough to allow some of the other characteristics of the beer to show through. Malty, sweet, and sugary at the start, the beer finishes with a rather unexpected slight sour tinge. My biggest complaint with the flavor, however, is actually its sugary sweetness. There are some interesting features to this beer, but this feature renders it a bit too cloying for sustained drinking.

mzwolinski, Jan 20, 2006
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2.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served into a large flared tulip glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap bottled on date 1/8/07.

Deep,amber/reddish color with a golden hue.Off white head dissapated quickly into a constiant layer of foam. Spotty lacing with lots of tiny strings of tighly knitted bubbles racing from the center of the glass.

Fruity aromas with a charred wood aroma with oaky notes.Earthy,floral,no real hop aromas a bit grassy. Moderate aromas with good complexity.

Very sweet,sugary lots of booziness. A woody,oaky taste is very present. Earthy,grassy finishes with a dry,crisp,clean bitteness that lingers on the palate. Good balance,very sugary and boozy.

Very dry and creamy leaves a sugary coating all over the palate. A sipper for sure,had a hard time finishing a bottle a bit too sugary for me overall, would be an interesting beer to age.

jcdiflorio, Mar 03, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of whitenads
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
Photo of Pellinore1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, clear amber into a pint glass, producing about two fingers of light tan head. This fades slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is a very nice combination of slightly muted, fruity hops, with oak and a slight malt presence.

The flavor begins with citrus hops, then follows with just a bit of malt, caramel, and vanilla. It leaves some nice bitterness on the tongue.

This beer is medium-bodied, with a nice mild carbonation, and very drinkable considering the ABV.

Pellinore1, Dec 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Sonofalime, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dfh shaped pint glass

A: pours a beautiful cloudy amber color similar to apple cider, pours with a thick head of creamy white head that lingers well, leaves a considerable amount of lacing

S: incredible citrusy smell that is intensely deep and ever present

T: nice citrus taste backed up by an intense depth of hopiness. Has a slight alcohol bite just to let u know it is there

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, very smooth on the pallet, hopiness lingers on the tongue and filters its way into the nose so you can almost smell it as it is being swallowed. This brew is easy drinking but has such an incredible depth it is hard to put down

BigPlay1824, Dec 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

riemster, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

rodlavers, Jun 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

bccrosley, Jul 20, 2013
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,517 ratings.