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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,651
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 302
Gots: 933 | 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%

Focusf111, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

alex_hart, Oct 10, 2013
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
Photo of Dithyramb
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the big bomber.
Carbonation filled orange with a bit of darkish sediment. Big creamy head
A citrus and floral mix, like oranges and roses.

Drinks like a fine champagne, but one with real mouthfell and a slicker tongue accent. A medium mouthfeel, with the same citrus and floral mix. Accents of oranges and lemons, with a chewy hop profile.

An almost perfect combination of chewy malts, hops, citrus notes. I could drink this one everyday

Dithyramb, Jun 06, 2005
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of NCSUdo
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 2008

A: Kind of hard to describe the color. A bit amber, copper and brown, under a small creamy white head. Decent retention. not a lot of lace.

S: I get a little bit of toasted malt, some slight vanilla and oak hints, some grassy hop, not really citrus. Pretty unique.

T: If the smell was unique, then the taste is whatever is above unique on the unique scale. Very "refined" if that makes sense. Sweet, woody, bit of vanilla, slight spirit character, mild bitterness, a bit of warming, toasted, very slight chocolate, bready, a bit sugary. This is one complicated taste. Never really intense, but just really excellent and different.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit high but OK, full bodied. Drinkability is good really because of the taste alone. It's pretty filling and it's a sipper, but I could really sip one after another. A really excellent and unique beer.

NCSUdo, Apr 05, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

blknikon, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a great golden color, as most IPA's do. Smells just great with the hint of the aging that was blended as well as the hops themselves for a DIPA. Surprising smooth finish for me. Very almost velvety quality to how it goes down. I could have a few of these and be in deep trouble without even realizing it. Has the smooth oak aged feel but still has the bitterness at the very end that lingers nicely. If you get a bottle or are thinking of getting one, I highly recommend it. Very good and different take compared to the burgeoning number of DIPA's out there. Treat yourself.

Sound_Explorer, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

twowheelssoar, Nov 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JLapadura, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jman005, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

OUJayhawk1799, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CreekyJarls, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Unibroue tulip. Bottle is 3.5 months old. Amazing aroma of fresh hops and sweet aged malts combined into one of the best smelling beers on earth. When other people drink this beer, I ask them if I can have the bottle after its empty so I can smell it from time to time to motivate me, knowing I can drink one at the end of the night. For a special treat, you can leave one ounce of beer in the bottle and put it in your car in the hot sun for a few hours. Makes a great air freshener...seriously. Love it at any age, fresh or old, love it warm, love it cold. Basically a combination of my favorite two styles...double IPA and aged strong ale. In my opinion, Burton is one of the best beers ever made, maybe THE best.

KickbacksSteve, Oct 02, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber/orange or red, translucent with a white head.

S: Nose is nectary with notes of dark fruit, orange, citrus peel, oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T: Citrus, orange, mango, delicious hop character, oak, vanilla and caramel. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, less than smooth, but smooth enough, especially for an IPA.

O: Really really really really good. Definitely worth a try.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Mack, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

-NESTO-, Sep 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jemarent, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mrchrisray, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

athomasPSU, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

seplo, Jul 07, 2012
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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
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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