Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 6,164
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 375
Gots: 1,306 | FT: 34
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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 Estocker
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber.

Smells of strong citrus notes including orange juice, and grapefruit. Some oakiness as well.

Tastes similar to the nose. There's a lot of citrusy, mainly orange, flavor. The oak flavor comes out more on the pallet now.

Oddly enough, it becomes more drinkable as I have more.

I usually don't like Dogfish Head's IPAs, but this one isn't bad. (366 characters)

Photo of M-girard
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: it had a nice amber orange with moderate head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

Smell: the aroma is definitely interesting. The first notes are of oak and alcohol, with piney overtones. There is also tinge of marshmellow-y sweetness that round everything up in a surprising balance.

Taste: despite the high alcohol ABV, the taste is very well hidden behind a mask of sweet malts and fruits (banana and dates). This is then followed by a finishing bitterness from the hops as well as oak characteristics. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium low carbonation and leaves a film-like texture in your mouth even after ten seconds or so.

Drinkability: Really drinkable despite the 10% and the intense flavors that are at play. (746 characters)

Photo of scorched
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Michael Jackson tasting glass, this near-red pale ale is a real beaut. A thin head, which quickly dissipates, bit laces the glass and stays put throughout.

The smell is fantastic. Rich, hoppy, malty, oakey.

The taste... almost overpoweringly malty, which is a bit surprising, being a double IPA. The hops are definitely there, being a dogfish head beer, I'm sure the IBU's are pretty high up there. Definitely an oaked beer. VERY smooth and robust.

Mouthfeel, as described in the taste, is extremely smooth.

Drinkability is a bit lower, being so overpoweringly malty and boozy, but an all-around fantastic brew.

Drink it. (650 characters)

Photo of zebulon
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had trouble catagorizing this one. The sweetness threw me it is almost in a catagory by itself. A sweet sipping beer.

Color was a dark warm orange, pleasant looking some foam that didn't last.

Bottle openned with an orange/citrus aroma.

It started with a sweet malty or brown sugar taste. Hops didn't appear directly, but rather dried out the sweetness on the tongue which made for a good balance. Fizzy which also helped cut the syrupyness.

I drank this slowly, it reminded me of bourdon, by the time I was done it was room temperature and the fizz was gone. At that point the sweetness was too intense. I felt like I should have started it and finished it colder.

As I said at the start this was hard for me to catagorize. It was cold and windy out and this was a great warmer up. I actually liked the sweetness but can only handle one at a time. (864 characters)

Photo of JVEyck309
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

four pack of 12 oz bottles $15
Poured into large snifter
golden ruby sunburst with a sticky icky thin head
smells are floral hops and bready malts
tastes thick and bready creamy malt stickiness heavy buttery fruits and citrus hops well balanced with a creamy biscuity malt character, alcohol warms the back of the throat sweet love and joy in a bottle laced with ecstasy and vanilla oak aged threesome flying on wings of apocryphal anthems.. buttery thick and palatable. Heavy booze equals smiling face and goofy exuberance. Jetwaves and dramamine. Fancy bottle means I've been tricked into it... placeboed into a beer I paid too much for but I'm too dumb to care. This is a heavenly nectar. Ambrosia. Something of a myth come to reality. I know what you're thinking.. should I spend this much for a beer.. well, how you living? Big, small? Round, thin? just formalities
Give her a go, she might have something interesting to say!

hare krishna! (948 characters)

Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, mild haze. Seems dark for an american IPA style. Thick white head.
S - Hops, and wood (imagine that).
T - Very meaty, savory flavors and grapefruit hops, balanced by a sweet malt. Very boozy as well. A lot like the DFH 120min IPA.
M - velvety smooth.
D - Very strong beer, not for the faint of heart. Slow sipper, one at a time. (339 characters)

Photo of Remydakine
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The is beer is pretty, if you hold it up to the light its looks like a glowing amber aura. I am partial to anything oak aged, that being said this is the best IPA dogfish has to offer, and one of the best Double IPAs easily available.

Sweet and malty with a smooth bouquet of various floral notes. Subtle but lingering oaky finish. (332 characters)

Photo of edfish
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass. Cloudy ruby color.Thick lacing from the 1" head.
Smell- Light pine light citrus with a touch of malt, can't smell the 10% alchol. If a beer can smell smooth and rich I think this does.
Taste ... is similar to the 90 minute ipa but with a bit more rich malty flavor, almost a sweetness ...almost a bitterness, but very smooth!! An exceptional complex flavor! This is one of the best IPA's I tasted!Did I mention the thick lacing?
Mouthfeel is warm and hoppy very full! Swish it around and it's rich and hoppy and warm, quite tastY!!
Drinkable, very drinkable! This is the way you want to finish an evening! (639 characters)

Photo of huhl23
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a bright copper/orange color with a medium white head that leaves a ring of lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is the grassy/piney note that you expect from the DFH offerings mellowed by the oak that lends a hint of vanilla. The vanilla combines nicely with the toffee character of the malt. Taste does not have the “malt-up-front” I’m used to and expect in the DFH IPA. Much more subtle. The vanilla/toffee character comes across stronger than I expected too. Very rich and smooth mouth feel. Very little hop bite. Mellow alcohol warming. Very drinkable beer. Dogfish does it again. (610 characters)

Photo of Jnashed
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip from a bottle. Bottled 11/21/13

A: cloudy, brown amber. Thin head but some retention

S: lighter than I would have thought. Resinous hops and wood. Some light sweetness. Underwhelming smell

T: Nice... All those smell that we're muted come out in full! Oaky of course, with pine of hops. Not citrus but dank. Syrup like sweetness wonderful malt backbone. Nutty and figs present But in the end the hop and sweetness is there. Slight alcohol burn too. Almost a slight maple taste

M: wonderful, heavy and full like a syrup, backs the taste. Slight carbonation and it lingers.

O: I like it a lot. Balance of sweet and dank hops. Reminiscent of Hopslam really but clearly more available. The oak comes thru. Only strange thing for me was the lack of nose. The taste is really special though. (810 characters)

Photo of chefboy812
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured deep copper, clear with not a lot of head. and what did foam up went away somewhat quickly. almost no lacing.

big woody nose witha whole orchard of fruit coming through. apple, pear, banana, and passion fruit. a hint of vanilla hangs in the background with a bit of hops and raiseny malt. there is a perceivable alcohol note.

Big and Bourbon-y. literally, the alcohol presence helps that notion. I usually deduct for alcohol perception but it gives this a fine sippn' beer it's personality. lots of resiny hops that remind me of spruce and cedar; spicey. hops pull through to a textural hang and let the malts wrestle the tongue for the remainder of the sip. The malts are a bit sugary and cloying but release into a roasty, burnt barley sugar finish that work well with the hops.

Nice warmth that I felt gave it that bourbon character again, and a great chewy fiish that left your mouth a bit sour. keeps you thinking about that next sip.

I like this one, not an everyday drinker, but something for special occasions.

I think that this would be a great beer to give anyone who poopoos beer for brown liquors. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Greencoat
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 10/18/11

Pours to a slightly hazed orange-red with a one-finger white head. Head quickly settles to a few foam islands.

Nose is fantastic - Boozy and hoppy. Your standard 90 Minute nose with some nice alcoholic undertones.

Great carmel sweetness with boat loads of citrus hops. I don't particularly pull much wood, but there's certainly a more complex malt profile than strait 90 minute. Plenty of bitterness to go around.

Certainly a sticky one, but it's offset by a nice scrubbing carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. I'd be interested to try one with some age on it, but I feel that drinking it fresh may be the way to go. While it certainly isn't a mind-blowing "you have to try this before you die" beer, I will always pick a couple up given the opportunity. (787 characters)

Photo of mash4077
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to glass

A- Pours a cloudy dark orange with a very light head. 3.0

S- Strong citrus hops smell, a sort of peach scent. Mellow malts, some caramel in character.

T- Very interesting taste. The oak is right up front, followed quickly by sweet creamy vanilla malts and strong citrus hops. The abv leaves a slight burn, but isn't terribly noticeable in the taste. Balance is great. An IPA with real character, as to be expected from DFH.

M- Light, creamy enough, carbonation could be a little better, not bad.

D- Good for the style, but the hops and abv can be pretty intense. (581 characters)

Photo of KSac4115
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orange color with some reddish hints. Very cloudy letting barely any light through. Half in foam head just a slightly off-white that barely dissipates.
Smell is very floral and hoppy. Definitely citrusy smells as well. Grapefruit, lemon. Also very piney notes as well. The smell alone is enough to get you excited. Overall very aromatic.
Now comes the taste and BOOM, a rush of hoppy citrusy and piney flavors hit you immediately. This beer is not short on flavor whatsoever. The taste is initially very strong and floral. A wild mix of flavors comes together and changes and mixes during the taste. The finish is smooth as ever. The middle of the taste is bitter like it should be expected of an imperial IPA. It finishes sweet and delightful leaving a very pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is quite good. The massive mix of flavors creates an almost syrupy-like consistency (although nothing like the DFH 120 minute). Carbonation is at a real good level to create a delightful mouthfeel that counteracts the strong flavorful consistency. Drinkability is not very high as the flavors are very intense.
Overall this is a fantastic beer. The flavors are seldom unmatched. While the price is very high it definitely makes sense as this is a one at a time type of beer. Couldn't sit down and have more than one. Very well done brew. Great dessert beer!
Cheers! (1,374 characters)

Photo of RyanCave
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Red, mahogany small small amount of purple when help up to the sun light. a little hazy Incredible color. aggressive pour into a FFF Teku glass which gave me about a quarter inch thick white head. easily agitated into 1/8th inch head. great lacing.

N: little citrus, lots of malt, carmel, fruit-non specific,

T: malt, citrus, brown sugar

M: thick, rich, coats the inside of your mouth

O: not one of my favorites from DFH. I think I prefer it fresh, but this wasn't kept in ideal conditions throughout its cellaring life so I would want to try a few more to be sure. (573 characters)

Photo of sirpsycho
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark amber, not much to the off-white head. Aroma is sweet, slight citrus, taste is sweet and sticky, overall, a little too sweet for me. Complex, but the sweetness is overwelming. I wonder if this would be better with a little age on it. (254 characters)

Photo of sketchpunx
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the the recommendation of my local beer store owner. I was not disappointed...

Let me start by saying that I'm not always in love with DFH brews. Some i like better than others, but I'm not huge on the IPA's (90 min in particular). I'm generally more of a West Coast IPA guy who likes his tropical fruit notes and lower malt levels than the alcohol forward thickness of IPA's like the 90 min.

That said, DFH hits it out of the park with this one.

Pours a massive 2 finger head that sticks and slowly turns into a thin film. Real dark copper color.

The smell is a bit subdued. Malty vanilla and oak. not really what i was expecting for an IPA.

Taste. This is where this one kills it. Take the alcohol forward almost metallic taste of 90 min and replace it with smooth oaky goodness. Slightly sweet with vanilla and a light smokiness that remind me more of a good porter or stout than an IPA. Has a nice long dry finish.

The feel is creamy as hell. not a ton of carbonation but just enough.

This is the IPA that DFH was born to brew. Very distinct oaky IPA that stands out from the rest. I'm a west coast IPA guy, but this is a very strong East coast IPA. I'm glad I tried it and will have it again. (1,225 characters)

Photo of MURF0320
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Stubbie's Gainesville, FL. Served in Chimay glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, one finger of fluffy head and moderate lacing throughout.
Rich smell of piney/citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, and oak.
Tastes of bitter citrus, sweet caramel malt, and oak. The oak flavor is prevalent and mixes well with a noticeable alcohol burn.
I love the mouthfeel of this beer. It coats the mouth with a heavy hop bitterness, the hops begin to yield to the sweet malt and oak flavors, and finishes dry with a warm alcohol burn.
Drinkability is great. If you like the style of beer you will be happy until the end. Drink it slowly, complexity changes as the beer warms. Overly drinkable for such a potent beer.
A great beer by a great brewer, highly recommended. (762 characters)

Photo of CONOR8832
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence - This beer has a very beautiful dark caramel color that really stands out at first but then as you examine the colors of the beer you will notice some tints of redish orange tones. The head is nice and creamy with a light caramel color to it that disipates and leave a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Nose is invaded with a sweet citrusy twang that has a fresh hop aroma that is followed up with a slight blend of caramalized surgar.

Taste - Nice hoppy bite at first (it is a Imperial IPA) then it is followed up with a roasted nutty sweetness, mild vanilla mixed with a citrusy spice. The beer finishes off very earthy leaving a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Very medium bodied, coats the palate with a wave of pure excellant craftsmanship, leave your mouth watering for more.

Drinkability - Very good, nice smoothness about this brew, it is almost like a fine single malt scotch, since its an occasional brew from DFH I highly recommen giving it a try when the opportunity presents itself. As always with DFH this is another wonderful creation and another one gets hit over center field out of the park. (1,137 characters)

Photo of joeack
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with little to no head. Smell is citrusy with some wood coming through. Taste of grapefruit, pine and vanilla. The hops are not overpowering at all and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a well crafted beer and goes down quite easy for a beer of 10%. (278 characters)

Photo of scotvega18
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch (April 2011) Poured into 12oz Southern Tier Tulip

A - Deep orange with a nice tight off white head. Fantastic lacing.

S - Citrus and Sweet Fruit, a lot or orange, grapefruit, maybe even some peach and pineapple. The alcohol is definitely noticeable through all of that.

T - The hops slam up front with a big citrus blast, then mellow out into some faint oakiness. The finish is a big, bitter and dry one, with the heat of the beer giving a warming sensation at the end.

M - Nice, with some age this would go down just a bit too smooth...

Notes - For an oaked beer, the oak really isnt very present, which is good because it does tend to be a bit too present in IPAs. (683 characters)

Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light caramel color with a small head, with very nice sticky lacing on glass. Smells of a big alcohol burn (very boozy), with a smell of burnt sugar, candied fruit, and pears. Very sticky sweet taste, little bitter, nice malt backbone. Hops all throughout taste.

Overall an amazing brew - sweet, hoppy, malty, and I would love to see how one tastes with a couple years behind it. (389 characters)

Photo of dutchlq7
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden honey/amber color, head is a nice creamy off white. Hazy, looks great.

Smell-A biscuity aroma, with a fuity smell also. you can smell the alcohol coming through.

Taste- big toasty malt up front, well balanced by a combo of grassy, floral hops at the end. Finishes leaving a fruity vanilla, oak aftertaste. Feel the warmth of the alcohol in your chest.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is one amazing beer. So complex but so good. If you keep trying to pick out diffrent flavors you'll drink yourself stupid. Sip and enjoy. (586 characters)

Photo of timmlimestone
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rock On Dogfish!

Once again the reasoning behind my bottle collection being so heavily populated by The ales of Maryland. I am constantly challenged by Sam C's prowess in leading this group of great brewers.

App - Dark Amber with a tight head.

Sm - Hop Hop Hop, but so slightly sweet of a hop smell. Man it is beautiful.

Ta - Rock On. Hop Wallop was taken, but this could live up to it. Strong alcoholic taste with a very definitive floral character.

Mo - Mo better Mo Blues thick and alcoholic on the tongue. This is jazz in a bottle.

Dr - I could have a couple as the taste is smoother as you go along. It takes you on a small journey of self discovery. I love it! (675 characters)

Photo of Hammer35
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber color with great carbonation. A very slightly tan head, good retention and nice lacing. A really beautiful beer.

Smell: Sweet malts and hoppy citrus up front with a nice, oaky hint at the end. A bit of caramel too.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth. Malty and sweet with a nice burst of citrus. Notes of oak, caramel and vanilla round it out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, leaning toward the thicker side. I would have liked just slightly more carbonation.

Overall: Amazingly complex and well balanced. Blending two batches of differently aged beers produced an extremely unique flavor and the oak aging makes for a smoothness that hides the high abv very well. (679 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.