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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,402 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,402
Reviews: 1,706
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 282
Gots: 842 | FT: 25
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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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I feel I should review another beer with my pal AndoBrew or something. Let's do it!

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing head. AndoBrew, looking troubled, says it reminds him of "scary candy." Oh, how right he'll be!

Smell: Beyond a touch of wood shavings and an indistinct orange citrus note, its sweet-smelling candy sugar through and through. AndoBrew concludes Burton Baton has been conceived and made in the same vein as Avery's "Mephistopheles and Other Demons" line (i.e., jacked up sugar and alcohol content). I'm inclined to agree with him.

Taste: Terribly sugary, with a glaring sweetness that impairs the overall taste by laying waste to the other flavors of honey, apples, and pears. Even the bitterness is cowed by the sugar. AndoBrew's vote goes to "Watered down Toffee Brandy blended with a lil' bit of bad news." Right on, Ando.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but altogether cloying with a searing alcoholic warmth to it. AndoBrew says his mouth feels dried out and sugar-encrusted, like a "problem."

Drinkability: Essentially, I found this to be a flimsy IPA drenched in way too much sugar and alcohol. I feel fortunate to have survived this sugar-esque running of the bulls!

I wonder what beer AndoBrew and I will try next!

ChainGangGuy, May 17, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite a special beer. It's much like the 90 minute IPA but the appearance is a little darker orange. The aroma isn't quite as hoppy, it's a tad bit more wooden and sweet. The flavor might actually be a little better than the 90 minute to me. The flavors give off this really great earthy yet citrusy hoppiness. The mouthfeel is smooth and yet bubbly, a little oily and semi thick. Really good stuff!

Knapp85, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy two finger head after a harder pour that leaves no lace behind as it settles, pretty alcoholic on the nose alcohol dipped peaches and apricots with a light toasted grain note.A bigger chewey mouthfeel but it slides down quite easily,the oak aging of this beer is very evident its very prevalent thru out from beginning to finish the high alcohol content is also big.Flavors are more fruity than anything else mainly overipe peaches there is a nice piney hop profile that interacts well.This is not a big hopped up DIPA extremely balanced I think the alcohol and the sweeter malt base is just as big as the hop profile.I like it not quite what I thought it might be but I liked it and would try again for sure.

oberon, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

It's like a gueuze...only with IPA constituents. Alright. It pours a somewhat cloudy orange-amber topped by about a finger of light ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises light, crisp grapefruit, green apples, vanilla, and a more-than-healthy amount of creamy caramel. The taste echoes the smell, with a strong caramel base highlighted by some sticky pine and light citrus. The body is a stoic medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly resinous finish. Overall, a more-than-solid DIPA, though it would have been nice to get more oak (rather than simply a firm maltiness). It also paired rather nicely with my stovetop Szechuan chicken in a peanut butter-enhanced sauce...

TMoney2591, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/14

Got this as a freebie, thanks Wayne!

Bright saturated orange, frothy cap of cream colored foam on the surface, lots of lace coating the glass, long lasting surface coverage.

Aromas of papaya, citric, oak smoothed malt.

Taste is similarly smooth, flirts with tropical fruit, dried papaya and mango, dried orange peel, mellow bitterness that eventually builds and lingers. Mouthfeel is great, not too sweet, but there's a crystal malt sweetness there, it's big and boozy but stops short of being syrupy.

Never age this beer! You've been warned...

4-25-2009

2.7/5 rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second time having this, this one was cellared two years, bottled: 1/10/07. "Ages with the best of 'em" on the bottle.

Poured into a fluted tulip glass, lots of sticky foam on the glowing orange body. Lace is sticky, and adheres itself all round. Fruit roll-up aroma with some old ale qualities. Flavor is cloying sweet, like 6 packets of nutrasweet in iced tea. Malty backbone is there, some dried fruit, but it all gets lost behind the sugar overdose. Thick and sticky, like an imperial sweet tea. Ugh...it's still a mess after two years, cellaring does nothing for it. Having it fresh before, I remember it being a sweet booze bomb, but this just reminds me to never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

emerge077, Apr 25, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

largadeer, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, another from a nice new lot of DFH offerings to show up in Alberta, just in time for Christmas indulgence...

Into my Mom's ancient Michelob chalice, this beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with one finger of thin creamy pale beige head, which retreats slowly, eventually revealing a low wall of lace around the glass. It smells of bitter grapefruit, and lightly woody caramel malt. The taste is strong pine and grapefruit hops, caramel nougat, some resinous woodiness, and a very slight warming. The carbonation is quite soft, the body dense, and smoothly syrupy - I kept looking for a burn that just wasn't there. It finishes fairly bitter, the woody, fruity hops eclipsing the malt.

A pretty impressive DIPA - the oak influence is applied with a subtle hand - split between the varied sweetness supplementing the base caramel malt, and the further astringency lent to the big hops. And the nice round 10 points of booze? Seamless. Sure is nice when it feels like I'm opening presents again so soon!

biboergosum, Dec 27, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

JAHMUR, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle. Nice appearance with a hazy orange-ish body and a creamy dollop of white foam atop. The head retention is very good and it leaves some nice splotches of lace at the outset of the glass. Oddly enough, the Dogfish Head yeast is more prevalent in the nose than the hops are... odd, unless they were looking to show off some or the oak-aging. There's some wet-straw, a spoonful of sweet fruit, some nuttiness, a brush of woodiness, a touch of diacetyl, and a drip of honey. It's intriguing. The body is medium-full and dextrinous; and it slides so smoothly, almost oily across the palate with only a caress of very-fine bubbled carbonation on the tongue. The flavor mirrors the aroma with little more to offer than a mild vinous quality and a note of vanilla, but again, it's intriguing and engaging! The wood is clearly a massive part of this beer, and that alone deserves some attention as it's a great example of the type of flavors that the wood imparts, and it can even give you an idea of how these similar characteristics appear in in wine. On that same note, the 10% alcohol is apparent in the same way that it might be found in a fine wine. It's doesn't ever step from the wings but you always know it's there; and it plays a major role in the direct flavor and overall character of the beer. It appears in the finish once the dribble of juiciness runs off the palate, and it helps to dry things; but it's almost immediately backed by the drying, raspy nature of the wood. Tied together just a little more tightly, this could be a brilliant beer.

NeroFiddled, Mar 24, 2005
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SocalKicks, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no vintage or freshness date, the website says it was brewed in 2004.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with a thin lining of off-white lace, good stickage on the side of the glass.

Smell: Flowery with an almost rosewater like aroma, ripe fruit is in the back with some toasted grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Super creamy with a mellow smoothness, nice showing of malt upfront … good to have a sturdy beginning. Herbal, flowery and mildly soapy hop character. Bucket full of fruity esters and oak punch through but the hops hold strong. Suggestions of ruby red grapefruit and mango come to mind. Mild alcoholic bite leaves a long lingering warmth.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one hefty double IPA, I paired it with a creamy Danish blue cheese and honey wheat crackers. Big time kudos to DFH for keeping it real as usual.

Jason, Feb 03, 2005
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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. There's a strong but subdued hops bitterness that brings a little balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. A mild alcohol sting comes in at the end. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty but a little too sweet for me, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style but the aging puts this beer into barleywine territory as happens with most 2IPA's, there are definitely several other beers whether they be 2IPA or ABW that I'd choose over this one, but it's still a good beer for being an intentionally aged 2IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darker amber with a white head that falls to nothing after a while. Nose is slightly hopped with a thick raisin quality to it. Flavor is extremely sweet at first in a syrup like kind of way. Very slight noticeable alcohol. Raisin flavor is strong. Feel is thin with bubble and thick and strong with syrup qualities. Almost seems elixir like. Definitely drinkable. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is one of the best DIPAs around, but it is pretty interesting in a Dogfish Head kinda way.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very attractive beer out of the bottle. Reddish amber color, crystal clear with sparse, lazy bubbles climbing to the surface. Ample, white head that has no problems sticking around.

S - Tofee and caramel. Very slight hop aroma with some grassy notes.

T - Distinctly malty taste with detectable alcohol. Sweetness with a charred, slightly vanilla oak barrel flavor. Bitterness in the background with slight hop flavor, but overall low hoppiness for a double IPA.

M - Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Lingers in the mouth and seems like it is an even bigger/ stronger beer than it is.

D - Overall a very plesant beer, supprisingly devoid of the excessive use of hops that sometimes comes with a I2PA. The very heavy mouthfeel and percieved alcohol makes it seem more like a barleywine than anything else. Quite a good beer, but the 12oz that I had was all that I would want in one sitting.

nickfl, Feb 25, 2007
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a value buy $2.50 a piece at my local sixpack shop. Appears a copper amber with a fluffy cream colored head leaves lacing all around my chalice, very nice look to it. Aroma has deep leafy citrus pine scented hops alcohol presence is noticeable vinous green hops, Sam and Co. have truly tamed the hop it brings layers of grapefruit and other tart fruit notes along with the oak presence with evident sugary caramel malt. Smells of candy coated hops syrupy alcohol over ripened fruit tones. Taste has a complex orgy of malts, hops and complex characteristics from oak barrel aging giving this one a mellow charred oak vanilla character and the hops have a citrus, pine, and earthy dirt qualities sugary malts matched with the more than ample bitterness finishes with a just a cinge of acohol...one quality creation. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied syrupy textured with oily resinous streaks coming through the lucious body is handled with an even carbonation which flows surprisingly smoothly along the palate. Drinkability is amazing...one extreme IPA very solid tasty offering great flavor that keeps you wanting more and more, well done I'm sold on this Woody Guthrie tribute brew.

WVbeergeek, Feb 08, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear amber with a thin white head that quickly dissapates and some nice lacing around the edges. Wow, what a sweet malty aroma! I also picked up some mild hoppiness & alcohol.

Taste is big on sweet malt up front with some hints of vanilla & oak. Nice but not overly hoppy finish that seems to stick to the tongue. Nice thick, sweet body with some great carbonation that really sticks it in the end.

Wow, Dogfish does it again! A fantastic blend of a strong ale & their IPA products that is a perfect blend of both.

Kegatron, Mar 22, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cheers to Beeronthebrain for this one! Bottled on 12/12/08 as far as I can read???

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight fruittyness & some honey

T: Herbal hops, fruittyness, booze, appleskins, caramel, & resiny pine & grapefruit up front. Fruittyness, honey, more piney hops,& a touch smokeyness once warm. Piney with a bit of Drambuie in the finish

MF: Sticky, with a bit of carbonation & chewyness & near perfect balance

Drinks pretty good despite the abv & the style, a different kind of DIPA, but tasty, none the less

russpowell, Apr 20, 2008
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Haymarket. Served in a 4oz taster glass.

A - Transparent golden honey body, with off-white foam settling to a thick cap and generous glass-coating lacework.

S - Lots of oak character, and negligible accompanying spirit; guessing this is just straight oak? Malt-forward, with some light citrus and floral notes, and fruity English ale yeast. Notes of honey, cookie, dough, cake batter, and light toffee sweetness. More evocative of an English Strong Ale in the malt/hop balance and oak-aging. Alcohol is well-disguised.

T - The taste has more citrus hop character and less aggressive oak. Sweet sugary malts, light toffee and caramel, toasted grains, some nebulous fruity notes. Fairly low bitterness, and quite smooth and restrained in alcohol.

M - Smooth, creamy body, with some lingering stickiness and a bit of dry oak in the finish. Lower carbonation, and perhaps a faint alcohol warmth.

D - The malt character of other Dogfish Head beers is quite recognizable here, and it integrates nicely with the oak and hop flavors. Appreciate the well-hidden alcohol and excellent mouthfeel. Curious on the freshness here, but liked it quite a bit all the same.

MasterSki, Aug 20, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lookin' at it... a hazed deep orange, with a fullish, creamy head capping it
Aroma: ahhh!!! that's my favorite aroma right there, in the first sniff...tropical fruits, banana and mango, peach and citrus, a truly beautiful mix, a gorgeous blend....so far, this is just what I'd desire in an uber-IPA, and I haven't even tasted it...
Oh, delicious...fullness of body, richness of flavor, dominant fruit, minor, relatively, bitterness, yumm...I can taste the whiskey flavor, from the oak-aging, I can get that character...and it's amazingly flavorful, with vanilla and oak twisting into the mix, what a wicked concoction...
If I had a 10-gallon hat, it would be off in honor of this immaculate creation.

feloniousmonk, Apr 25, 2005
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter/goblet at Cobbletstone's in York.

A - A bronze colored w/ copper highlights and great clarity, the cap is ecru w/ light beige and thick lace that clings like glue. The bead is tiny

S - The smell is piney with caramel and toasted aroma w/ tinges of woody hops and wood from the barrel w/ a mild stone fruit and raisin-like aroma which is sweet and fruity w/ mild cherry acccents and subtle biscuit and doughy yeast elements

M - A fruity and strong feel w/ moderate bitterness and balance of texture w/ mild alcohol and slightly high residual sweetness. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is fairly dry considering the full malty middle

T - The taste is fresh, so great to enjoy on tap which brings another dimension to the oak and hoppy character which compliment each other. The flavor has an orangey hop quality similar to 90min's w/ subtle english ester in the yeast giving mild spice notes and tinges of creamy baked dessert.
There is a light black cherry and dark plum quality in the flavor w/ mildly oaky tannic accent leading back to the slight piney hop flavor. There is slight orange liquer quality with the high alcohol and citrus from the american hops and cordial quality with sweet texture but slight pepper taste w/ mild heat in the back of the throat. The taste has mild current and blood orange notes w/ gentle cinnamon and lightly toasted shortbread

D - I was pleased to try this on tap on my birthday - I really highly recommend it if you are a fan of American Strong Ales which it has more in common with than Imperial IPA. The flavor is like the beer equivalent of Grand Marnier - excellent drinkable flavor and a true nightcap, but so good anytime you can enjoy- World Class!

Slatetank, Jul 01, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gnarley brew, definitely for the hop lover. pours like fresh honey with bits of the comb still inside. smell is citrus hops bigtime, with some biscuity english malts in the background. flavor is huge hops, similar to the 90 minute with that sweetness at the end to balance of the IBU count. alcohol is well hidden, although this is definitely a big beer in taste. mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. not their biggest hop bomb, but its way up there. nice brew fresh at the dfh taproom

StonedTrippin, Dec 19, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Dogfish head pub in Gaithersburg, MD. Beer is red, darkish, clear, tight head, white, two fingers, hops in aroma along with alcohol. Interesting flavor, high malt, lots of alcohol, bitterness not as much as I expected. Drinkability high, Low carbonation and lacing left on the glass. This was a pleasantly surprising beer. It smelled like and IPA and tasted like a strong ale. It was incredible. Find it.

drabmuh, Sep 20, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

oline73, Jan 01, 2014
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,402 ratings.