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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,665
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 304
Gots: 941 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MidwestBA, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

archero, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Bevmo yesterday.

Appearance- amber color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, citrus hops, oak

Taste- vanilla, citrus hops, some oak

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This is very good. I will definitely drink it again. Definitely an off centered beer for off centered people! Good job Sam!

jeffjeff1, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has 6 months of age on it, so I'm excited to see how this held up.

A- Slightly hazy with a nice slight head that leaves excellent lacing. The beer itself is a nice copper amber color. This looks great. When I popped the top there was plenty of gas released, and it wasn't from me.

S- There is a very sweet hop smell that is very grapefruity. I can pick up great smells of woody smells. Great smelling beer. Very fragrant.

T- The taste is sweet with a nice vanilla taste to it. The hops are there with a great greapefruit taste to it. The age has made this beer very well rounded and has calmed down the alcohol very much so. When this is fresh it packs a hot alcohol taste. Nice spices with a very hearty taste.

M- This is feeling good in the mouth, and is friendly to the tongue.

D- Hell yes, I have another bottle I'm planning on aging for another 6 months to see how a year does with this beer. The age is the only way to go. Its just too raw to have fresh.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of watermelonman
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a deep and dark orange with a nice medium head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

In the smell, alcohol and oak come through stronger than any malt or hops. The taste leads in with some sweet fruit, then finishes with alcohol on top of oak. The wood flavor is strong without taking over. The mouthfeel is sharp while drinkability is very good.

This is a unique and tasty beer.

watermelonman, Aug 22, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 12 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa.
Appearance: Pretty carbonated, a brown body with an dark eggshell head. The head was only a couple of fingers tall, and left not much lacing and disapated rather quick.
Smell: A sweet, tart, boozy aroma. I was a bit suprised at the alcohol smell with "only" a 10% ABV.
Taste: Very sweet and boozy, not as tart as the aroma. Very intense, and not as hoppy as I was expecting from a DIPA from DFH.
Mouthfeel: Very very smooth and syrupy.
Drinkabilty: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jul 18, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jakecattleco, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, a little hazy with a tiny bit of white head.

The smell is fruity almost like a brandy. There's a lot of hops malts and some sugary sweetness.

The taste is malty with a syrup like quality. This is quite sweet but it is balanced well by the piney hops. The syrup taste gives way to a bit of alcohol and medicine. You can definately taste the 90 minute in there.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, dry and sticky with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall a very original and tasty beer. It's a good sipper reminds me off brandy. I'll definitely get this again next time I'm in Dogfish heads.

Dave1999, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CCutch, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of errantnight
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I feel like all I'm doing lately is reviewing great beers. Somehow.... I'll survive.

When brewers use oak with restraint it can be perfect, as here. Contributes to a rich, vanilla, malt middle with a touch of tannin. Hop flavor is predominant, citrus fruits, particularly orange. Malt is a smooth bread, all in the background. Nice head and lacing on this copper, brilliant clear brew.

Only issue is that towards the end, as it warms, when it should really be shining strong... it gets a bit solventy. Alcohol comes through. Hop character turns a bit musty. It's all a bit "meh."

Great that it'll be in CA (hopefully) now that they're distributing here, again.

errantnight, Apr 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

riemster, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into tulip. Pours dark orange with a thick white head that sticks around. Smells sweet and mellow, yet hoppy and floral at the same time. Like sweet citrus fruit blended with the spicier hop aroma. Taste is like the regular 90 minute, but mellowed out; sweetness predominates up front sliding cleanly into a tastefully bitter hop finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, which is surprising for 10%. Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively full. Overall a great beer; perfect for IPA lovers who also want a more mellow complex sipping beer.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Bfarr
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with a fluffy tan head. Citrusy hop sweetness and oak aroma. Nectarine with brown sugar and a counter balance of citrus peel bitterness. Nicely balanced although overall a little sweet though it seems to tip that way from the fruit flavors, not the malts. An oaky semi-dry and clean finish with a hint of alcohol. A fairly syrupy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A very tasty beer with a lot of sweetness and good hops. A very interesting semi-dry finish despite the syrupy feel and sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Bfarr, Jun 21, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jminch, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Cloudy orange amber color, small off-white head with some thin lace.

smell - Fruits, floral, and toasted grains here.

taste - Has a hoppy taste up front and then taste of fruits, like raisons and grains kick in.

mouthfeel - Medium body with some carbonation.

drinkability - Enjoyed , stored for almost a year. Can't wait till Feb. kicks around again.

auxiliary, Jan 05, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled to tulip

A - copper, amber, orange, darker then most IIPA's assuming from the barrel, sticky lacing, small off white head.

S - Oak, roasty malt, hops, citrus, cherry nyquil, alcohol

T - wood, hops, citrus, grass, malt, cherry alcohol

M - medium feel, spicy on the lips after

O - A good beer I would defenitly be happy to have more of.

BdubleEdubleRUN, May 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DrStiffington, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of WesMantooth
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My scores are all over the place on this one, but like many Dogfish Head brews, it is a tough one to pin down.

Pours a very non-transparent, golden orange.

Not a bunch going on with the aroma. Smell some oak barrel, a little bready malt, and alcohol.

The oak really comes through in the flavor along with some piney hops, then finishes with a biscuit and carmel like smooth malt that is sweet and somewhat brown sugar like. Thicker bodied with stickiness to it. For me this sits somewhere between an american barleywine and an old ale. I would describe it as a hoppy Founder's Old Curmudgeon without the molasses.

I have really enjoyed every beer of theirs that I have had and this one is no different. Really curious to age some and see what they taste like with faded hops. If you are looking for a big distinctive beer that delivers on the oak, I would recommend.

WesMantooth, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jemarent, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

J_Dub, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of hoppymeal
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark copper with very little head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of vanilla. My first sip is not at all what I expect, so I try again searching for the hops. This beer tastes much like an eisbock with sweet maltiness riding the strong but balanced alcohol. Hints of vailla come thru in the taste. There is just a hint of bitterness in the background of the finish of the taste, but even this fades as it warms into malty goodness. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol strength was nicely balanced and left me feeling quite content. A very unique beer from Dogfish Head, not what I was expecting at all, but I was very pleased nonetheless.

hoppymeal, Apr 02, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with plenty of carbonation, it pours with a rich light tan head that stick around long than most. When the head finally does subside, I'm treated to a bountiful amount of lace clinging to the side of my pint glass. The aroma is a combination of hops, lightly toasted grains, and fruit (I think I smell pineapple). It's much sweeter than most DIPAs I've had, yet well balanced. The alcohol is just noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy.

This one gets better the more you drink it. I made mistake of not waiting long enough before the first taste. Definitely improves as it warms up.

LittleDon, Apr 11, 2009
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,665 ratings.