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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,520
Reviews: 1,718
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 295
Gots: 880 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ianmatth, Aug 22, 2013
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beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - An excellent dark amber that sits and looks somewhat cloudy

Smell- A faint smell that has a somewhat oak cask smell to it

Taste - An excellent taste that despite being in the double digit for ABV has not cut or bitterness. Similiar to Three Philosphers. It is very smooth and has a slight woody taste. Quite simply a well crafted beer

Mouthfeel - So very smooth. It never stops being smooth and leaves the mouth feeling somewhat coated but in a nice way

Overall - A fantastic beer and one of the greatest higher alcohol beers on the market

jtw004, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Boone757, Aug 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

GrantBrennan, Aug 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

BradleyR, Aug 21, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass. Bottled 01-31-13

A - Dark amber color with one finger white head that fades quickly into a very thin layer.

S - Malt forward smell with caramel, and other sweet scents. Hops, Oak, and Citrus also present.

T - Malt forward taste as well. Caramel sweetness with a strong DFH hop character. Hints of oak come through on the back end, along with the booze flavor on the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation. leaves sticky feeling in the mouth, as many DIPAs do.

D - Definitely a DFH IPA. Similar hop character to both 60 and 90 minute. Excellent year round offering, but tough to find fresh, probably due to the price.

waston, Aug 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

StlHopHead77, Aug 21, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Tiernan, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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army01, Aug 20, 2013
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Drs3, Aug 19, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Bottled 1/8/07
$14.99 4-Pack
Liquor Depot

I'm trying this bottle fresh. I'm also cellering some bottles and if things go as planned I will add to this review in 6 months and then in 12. I'm anxious to see the results.

Burton Baton poured a crystal clear sunset amber into my snifter. Many tiny carbonation bubbles rise fairly quickly to the big creamy billowy head. The slightly off-white head was a healthy 2+ fingers on the pour but after a few minutes it dropped to a 1 finger creaminess. This beer looks excellent. Small sticky patch lacing after each drink. This beer deserves the highest rating for appearence.

The smell is deep with complexities. Right off the bat there's a sweet caramel maltiness that goes hand-in-hand with the mild oak creaminess. Very lightly toasted grains as well. All the aromas are surprisingly mellow and they mingle nicely. I get aromas of the 90 Min. Mild fruit in the form of ruby grapefruits and orange. More mild hops come through with a grassy and herbal quality. Even a little bit of hop resin is showing up in the mix. I keep getting more as it warms. Now there's some banana coming through. If all this is in the aroma I can't wait for the drink. Smells like a mix of a bitter with IPA qualitys and even certain high quality yeast aromas.

Now on to the bread and butter. The flavor is surprisingly mild and unoffensive. I thought it would be a little on the brash side as fresh as it is. Tastes are much like the smell. A wonderful combination of caramel malt, mild oak, and very lightly toasted grains. All familiar from the smell. There's also a solid amount of dark fruits in the flavor as it warms. Blackberries and plums come to mind.The 90Min. shows again in the flavor with the same hop profile but there's so much more added. If I focus I pull out the layer upon layer of fruit and resin hoppiness I detected in the aroma. There's even sense of the alcohol fumes in the back of my throat but you can't hardly tell they are there. Very unique.

The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely top notch. The body is on the thicker side of medium. Sweet but in no way cloying with a velvety smooth mouthfeel from the oak. The mild carbonation makes this beer sluggish which is exactly what it should be with all the delicate flavors. Perfect!

This is an extremely easily drinkable beer, especially for the ABV. I have a hard time believing how easy this goes down. It's a sipper no doubt but one I could sip for a long time.

Overall this is a total shock to me. I expected Burton Baton to be good but nothing like this. I thought it would be along the lines of an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Not at all. This is in a class of it's own. I thought it would be a little harsh in it's fresh form and maybe even a little too sweet like some of the big Dogfish Head beers are but this is a gem of a beer. The flavors are so subtle and enjoyable. This is where the experimentation really pays off. Keep it up over there at Dogfish.

Reviewed: 1/22/07

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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