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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
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4,750 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4750
Reviews: 1669
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%


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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Burton Baton is one terrific well balanced, full bodied beer. It pours a clear dark copper color into the glass. A creamy white head forms on top just below the strong hoppy aroma. The aroma is mainly citrus hops with its strong scent of pine, orange and grapefruit.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth on the palate. There is no burn from the 10% alcohol. The flavor begins with hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit. However, the malt moves in quickly balancing out the bitterness and offering some caramel malt, vanilla and raisin flavors. It finishes with some bitter hop notes leaving behind a slighly sticky palate.

For all the flavor in this beer I found it to be well balanced. It's smooth on the palate, has an excellent aroma, taste's wonderful and looks great. What more can you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 22:44:15 | More by WanderingFool
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper crystal clear body with a hint of brown. The carbonation is a gentle net of slow moving tiny bubbles. The head is a thin film of light tan foam.

S- The smell of green grassy pineapple hops with a mellow aroma of wood in the background. There are some notes of slightly sweet malt aswell.

T- The taste of green hops with notes of grass and pineapple dominate the flavor. There is a strong alcohol taste that boost the hops flavor but could really use more age to soften. The finish has some sweet notes of caramel malt and crystal malt with a nice oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some fizz in the texture. There is some hot alcohol warmth in the middle and it hangs on with a sweet texture.

D- This beer has nice complexity of hops and wood with some sweetness but the alcohol kept if from becoming a great beer. With a few more months to a year this should be a much better beer. Although the hops may diminish too much at that point.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 03:08:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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dirtylou

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, overpriced a $4.99, but whatever

appearance: another sweet label from dfh and the sweet neon cap to go with it. pours a vibrant ruby-amber, fluffy beige head forms and leaves a bountifully fluffed lace...fairly clear, syrupy and full appearance...looks like another winner from dfh

smell: very floral, a nice hop bouquet on the nose, woody nature, aromas commonly attributed to a barleywine. sweet fruit - pear, apple grape, etc...heavy caramel malt, alcohol, vanilla, oak

taste: delightful flavours in this one...definitely walks that thin line between dipa and b-wine. lots of sweet pear, green apple, grape. sweet heavy malts lay the foundation...woody, piney hop...oak aging has left its subtle mark on this brew, and the alcohol is come out to play a little, but in a good way. certainly worth trying

mouthfeel: medium-full and quite juicy, creamy...glorious

drinkability: all too drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 03:33:47 | More by dirtylou
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal clear copper, like a shiny penny. Two fingers of light tan head assemble and retains well. Arches of lacing span the inside of the glass.

The aroma first puts forth citrusy hops along with the resin of pines. A slight hint of earthy wood flirts with a caramel malt element. Flits of alcohol drift in and out.

On first taste, there's a neck and neck race between a biscuit and caramel malt sweetness and a juicy grapefruit crush of hops. Twists of cherry and berry and oak duel with a heady tide of alcohol as well. A softer current of vanilla and currants slides along before a genuinely spicy hops bitterness linger along at the finish. It's a mix of all the good things that come from the earth, at least as far as beer goes.

Medium bodied, the oily hops and dense malt slip and slide and coat langorously. There's then a tangy, dry hops glow.

This is one healthy, earthy beastie! There's an impressive balance of the best of malt and hops, and the yeast lends a sensuous swing. A touch of woody musk imparts a grounded overtone to some lofty bits. The ABV is also beefy, always obvious, but never obnoxious, and nciely warming. You won't have many of these in a sitting, but what you do have flows sweetly. Once again, the mad scientists at DFH have come up big, bold, and brassy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 20:23:22 | More by Foxman
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, Bottled on 12/29/05

Dense and tightly packed tiny sand colored bubbles sit atop the tawny copper colored beer. There are multitudes of carbonation streamers rising to the surface as the head slowly, slowly settles into uneven mounds that left minimal lacing. The smell is both malty sweet and hop fruity, with notes of oak and bark. Oranges and floral notes stand out as well. The taste is lush and sweet initially. The hops presence becomes known only in the finish. Oak and wood notes are present as well. Big, full bodied and with a creamy slick mouthfeel. The 10% alcohol shows up only after swallowing and as a gentle warming. This is definitely more malty than hoppy, as I expected a distinctly pronounced hop bite, but it still goes down quite easily. Perhaps too easily. As it warms the malt sweetness becomes even more pronounced. Nice overall, but I was expecting something slightly different for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 12:42:03 | More by hopsaplenty
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unclederby

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/29/05...almost an exact month in the bottle.

Comes off in appearance and bouquet as an American strong ale or barleywine (you can argue the difference).

A fairly syrupy amber pour with little head and mild carbonation, sweet smells of dates, figs, white raisins, cherry, and caramel malts. Faintly reminiscent on the nose of Stone's Double Bastard.

You get these flavors up front (though not as sweet as what the nose preps you for) and then a mild dose of spicy hops, but the finish falls flat and hardly anything lingers. It dries out very evenly at the end... almost parching.

Nice, thick and chewy mouthfeel, with plenty of both graininess and carbonation.

I just now looked at the ABV, and though i do get some alcohol warming, the 10% is nowhere near as apparent as it could be. Pretty easy to drink really, and tasty even though for the style i'd like a little more oomph in the finish.

If i were looking to session a barleywine, this would be the one i'd choose.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 02:50:36 | More by unclederby
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12-23-05: Pours with good carbonation, body is a clear burnt orange. Smells of big citrus and floral notes, slight oak character.

Taste is good. This month old bottle tastes like 90 minute with a hint of oak. Flowery and grapefruit hops are strong, the oak is just background noise. Mouthfeel is slick, thick, and oily. Drinkability is great, too bad this has such limited availability. I will try to age about five of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 07:13:56 | More by Sephiroth
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 00:15:07 | More by oberon
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small off white one finger head. A little dark than the 60 minute and almost the same as the 90 minute. A bit of lace is left.

S: Aromas of floral and fruity hops with a grainly sweet and spicy malt background. The maltiness definately overrides the hops, but no complaints as they seem to be well balanced and play off each other well. High alcohol content is noticeble to the nose.

T: Sweet and spicy flavors all blend together making it hard to distinguish individual flavors, but definately some fruity hops in there somewhere followed by a woody caramel and smokey malt flavor. End with a nice, but faint bitterness which is actually more refreshing than not.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and silky as if it coats your whole mouth. Slight burn on the backend roof of your mouth as it goes down, but this keeps you awake and wanting more. Drinkability depends on the type of beers you like. if you like IPA's or DIPA's, this is a great beer to have one or two, but definately not a session beer as you would probably leave stumbling....

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 00:02:48 | More by bjohnson
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, ripe, dusky kumquat with undertones of burnished bronze and edges of juicy orange. There's more carbonation than expected, which results in the creation of a fantastic cap of foam: lustrous pearl bathed in a pale orange glow, thick and frothy, mounded and bubbly, descending at a glacial pace, thick ribbons of lace... it's all here and it looks great.

I can tell as soon as my nose enters the glass that I'm not dealing with a hop monster. To me, the beer is most reminiscent of a young barleywine. It's toasted caramel malty, woody, spicy, medium range hoppy and slightly alcoholic. Even though it smells woody, it isn't what I would call oaky.

Anyone expecting a tongue abuser will be disappointed. Burton Baton is actually a 50:50 mixture of an oak-aged English strong ale and 90 Minute IPA, a beer that isn't the hoppiest DIPA on the block to begin with. Malt is large and in charge, delivering a full, mellow, sticky sweetness that I wasn't expecting. An added benefit is that aging is unlikely to lead to a lessening of the major flavor(s), as it does in the classic DIPAs, and may even result in a better beer.

The flavor profile consists of heavily toasted barley malt, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy, earthy, sapsticky hops. The hop bill includes Warrior and Glacier for those who care about such things. Woodiness is still present, and I can now appreciate an oaky quality (the power of suggestion is a powerful thing). The most impressive part of the entire experience is the seamlessness and the velvety power of the beer. Rarely has 10.0% been masked so well.

The mouthfeel is gorgeously silky smooth and is as polished as they come. I'm glad I had the foresight to put this bottle away for a 12 month sleep. It's full without being heavy, and is sweet without being cloying. An impressive amount of flavor linger allows me to pick up nuances long after the beer has gone to its reward.

Burton Baton (the name is a tribute to the spiritual home of British brewing in general and IPAs in particular) is a first-class beer even if it isn't much of a Double IPA. This is only speculation since it's my first bottle, but I'll venture a guess that round about its first birthday is the optimal time to enjoy this fantastically balanced, supremely sippable, gentle giant of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 21:27:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/29/05…which means this might be the freshest beer we’ve ever gotten in Muncie.

Burton Baton evacuates its bottle an orangey copper with exceptional clarity. No bottle conditioning? Odd for a DFH beer, especially one that ‘ages with the best of ‘em’.

The nose reminds me of a softer-edged 90 minute. The oak coaxes a smoother, vanilla edge to the aromas. Gooey candy is also forefront: gumballs and cotton candy. Pillowy malt consistency – well synergized malt hop interplay. Buttery.

Perusing some reviews, I noticed that people faulted this beer for its lack of harsh hop-forward bitterness. I think this is the beer’s finest asset: balance. Hops are here and forefront, but not with bitterness but instead flavor.

The first sip of this beer floods the mouthfeel with strong flavors reminiscent of cherries…always a great hop flavor to bask in, and one I find in top-shelf I2pa’s. Red wine subtleties. Intense harshness of bitterness muted and rounded, presumably by the extended oak-aging. Some of the classically DFH nutrisweet flavors. Straight from heaven hop-burps. Oddly, seems to have more in common taste-wise with 60 minute than 90 minute.

Immaculate mouthfeel, and wickedly drinkable.

All in all, this beer rides the fine line between balls-out hop flavor and mellow, age-wizened restrained. It’s really the best of both worlds…and one that could totally be an introductory beer for those hop-fearing souls.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 17:02:33 | More by GreenWBush
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gdogalishus

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a small snifter. It was a pleasant amber color with a small head. The carbonation level was low. I expected a more powerful hop aroma for an American Double IPA, but it was not there.
Flavor was superb. The malt charcter stood out at first and the hops jumped up to balance it as it hit the back of my tongue. A sweet and spicy flavor that didn't diminish as I finished the glass.
Drinkability is a tough one for this beer. I think it is very enjoyable and I could drink more than one and still be happy with it, but the level of alcohol makes it unreasonable to just throw down with reckless abandon. None the less, I gave it a good score for drinkability mostly because I would not put this beer down without finishing it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2006 18:29:33 | More by gdogalishus
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

btld 12/29/05, lets call it the 06 version.

looks cool.. crystal clear reddish amber distorting other-side images with curvaceous density. slightest ring imaginable surrounding the surface.

aroma eminating from this beer is supremely divine. those 90 minute hops are here, fresher. the vanilla and oak are in the atmosphere. slightly floral. fresh-picked tobacco leaf and something slightly leathery contribute to the nose. it also has this strangely appealing roasty smell that i attribute to the interior of a busy starbucks. overall, the scent of this beer screams luxury. this is what dogfish strives for, and aromawise with 2006 burton baton they have freaking nailed it.

tastes great too.. sweet malts mingle with piney hops, accented nicely and NOT overwhelmingly by the wood character. slight smokiness left in the finish allows full enjoyment of the complex flavor even with smaller sips. bitterness is big but not chalky or damning to the flavor profile. the hops are in top shape here and surprisingly restrained.

overall, this is one of DFH's master creations.. a heartfelt lesson in both balanced restraint and luxurious excess. i hope this beer stays on the roster for a long time. i'll be buying 4-packs every year until i'm six feet underground- me and the guy on the label.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 04:59:59 | More by goodbyeohio
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mzwolinski

California

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper in color, with a massive off-white head and plentiful, even carbonation. Very lacy as the beer sinks down the glass. I must admit, I get a bit nervous about oak-flavored beers. Very often the oakiness overpowers just about everything else in both the aroma and the flavor. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I took my first sip. Mercifully, however, the oak character here is fairly restrained – difficult to detect, even. Instead, the aroma is characterized by a mild spiciness, citric fruit, with something of a brown sugar scent. The flavor bears a significantly heavier imprint of oak than the aroma, but is still restrained enough to allow some of the other characteristics of the beer to show through. Malty, sweet, and sugary at the start, the beer finishes with a rather unexpected slight sour tinge. My biggest complaint with the flavor, however, is actually its sugary sweetness. There are some interesting features to this beer, but this feature renders it a bit too cloying for sustained drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 19:34:32 | More by mzwolinski
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been on my list of things to find for a while. Having grown up in Jersey, home of the original Balantine Burton, I've heard tales of the legendary brew. Although I've never tasted the original, I was more than happy to partake in this tribute.

Bottled on 12/29/05. Purchased at Joe Canals in Princeton N.J.

Appearance is good. Truthfully looks like 90 minute IPA. Beautiful dark reddish amber color. Very clear. Tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell is the reminiscent of canned pineapples and cascade hops. I often find this with Dogfish head IPA's. I was surprised that I didn't detect any of the oak.

Taste is up front citrus. Grapefruit rinds and canned pineapple juice. This leads in to blossom honey. Smokey oak mixed with big alcohol on the exhale. As I continue exhaling through my mouth into my nose the oak is very prominent.

Mouth feel is thick, slightly syrupy. Not over carbonated by any means.

Drinkability is above average because of the taste, but hampered by the abv. At 10%, this is a beer to be savored.

As stated above, this tribute to the original Burton has been on my list for a while. While I taste enough of Dogfish Head's signature style to know this is not a faithful reproduction, I can also appreciate what they were trying to accomplish. Would most certainly drink again. Can't wait till my remaining bottles age a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 21:30:42 | More by Ieatlambfries
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried remembering the story behind this beer--something about this being two Dogfish beers combined - perhaps a 90 Minute and something else. Hoppy as sin, but not as complex or as tasty as the 90 or as drinkable as the 60 minute. Still a great brew by a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 03:08:15 | More by Backer2004
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color with a nice full creamy head, nice slow bubbled active carbonation, and solid sheets of lace. Fruity, oaky, and hoppy aroma, a bit of vanilla and tobacco notes. Wonderful huge malt and hop flavors -- perfectly balanced with nuances of oak, spice, and vanilla. Full-medium bodied and only a bit of alcohol note on the finish.

Hands down the best balanced IIPA that I've ever tried. About as close to perfect as it gets !

Per Label: 10% ABV & "Oak Aged Imperial IPA" & "Two thread blend of young and wood aged IPA"

Per MJ notes:
Pilsner malt 95%, Crystal malt 3%, Amber malt 2%.
OG: 26.5P. ABV: 11%
Hops: Warrior and Glacier. Dry-hopped w/ Glacier.
American and English Ale Yeast.
Aged on on barrel staves of French oak for 4 months before blending 50/50 with 90 Minute imperial IPA (90 IBU , 9%ABV)
Post-blend it is 80 IBU and 10% ABV.
Bottle Conditioned.

November 2004 Rare Beer Club bottle
Tasted: 12/27/05

(25.6 oz. brown champagne style bottle, corked and caged)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 20:30:37 | More by RBorsato
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 750ml bottle, December 2005
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that is a mix between largish bubbles and creamy froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish copper color. As I work my way through my glass of this beer it leaves a nice layered Belgian lace pattern. The aroma is sticky sweet with redolent hop notes like grapefruit, pine, and some sharp spicy notes. There is a bit of hot alcohol which adds to the spicy aromatics, plus a light caramel character is here as well. As the beer warms up a spicy oak note begins to be noticeable and it is joined by a woody aromatic note too.

There is a nice creamy thick mouthfeel in this beer. It is sweet up front with an intense fruity character that is a mix of citrus and berries. The oak character is nicely in balance with the huge hop character; which is to say that the oak is quite subtle and is most noticeable in the finish as a soft, woody, slightly tannic note that is also astringent in a spicy oak kind of way. This beer is really quite smooth and drinkable.

The hop character is probably a bit muted when compared to a fresh sample, but it is still quite evident and really strikes a nice balance with the oak and malt right at this moment in time. The malt has notes of raisins, currants and a bit of caramel. I really like how the spicy oak notes, along with the hint of woody astringency, combine with the spicy and herbal hop notes. The two accentuate each other and form a melodic whole. There are some really nice fruity notes here as well; it is a nice mix of grapefruit, raisins, currants, and even some general berry-type notes thrown into the mix. Quite and enjoyable beer, and I hope to sample this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 22:11:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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GClarkage

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/01/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off orange, approaching amber colored pour. Maybe a bit rust colored. Full inch head which subsides down to about 1/6 of an inch throughout the entire beer. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Hints of oaken brandy, so alcohol is in the nose. Orange-apricot scented hops and a mildly bready malt nose.

Taste- Huge oaken caramel malt flavored taste. Like chewing on kraft caramel squares. Hops have matured a bit I'm assuming because this beer is about a year old or so. Very mellow. Maybe a touch of pine sap in the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and fairly creamy. A bit lower carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel leaving mouth fairly bitter.

Drinkability- Digging the oak taste and texture on this beer. One of the few if not only oak IPA I've had. Seems fitted to have with a dessert. Quite tasty and different.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 20:38:32 | More by GClarkage
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Chadbrew

Delaware

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little murky with a few floaties swimming about. Fluffy head that lingers. Sweet hoppy smell with a solid background of oak, not dominating though.
Yeah! Complex mix of flavors that starts with tartness and a quick mouth coating of vanilla that diminishes to an almost yogurt-like finish. There is the fruitiness and hop presence of a 90 minute and the mild oak is such a perfect compliment to it.
This is a beer to slowly enjoy. I found this beer to impress me in it's individuality.
Go get some... You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 22:58:03 | More by Chadbrew
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a red hue and a quickly rising tall white head. As the head drops it leaves a few sticky rings of lace. Aroma was a mix of must, some hops and dirt. I though it the aroma was just a mish mosh of things that never really pulled together. Flavor was a bit better with a sweet caramel and biscuit base with notes of musty wood, earthiness and some light floral notes. Interesting but not all that cohesive as a whole. Solid body that was ample and smooth. Drinkability was ok but nothing special. After drying a dry hopped version of this I had higher hopes while not bad this let me down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 19:05:48 | More by meathookjones
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burton Baton

Appearance- cloudy brownish orange with such a thick head I had to stop pouring halfway through the bottle. Head lasted throughout the beer!
Smell- Malt, cherry vanilla, wood chips.
Taste- sweet and fruity with smooth malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- very sweet, alcohol warms the mouth.

Overall- unbalanced between the sweet fruitiness and malt. 1 of these to sit back and sip at is nice, but more than that and it would be too sickeningly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 21:05:15 | More by NJpadreFan
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a slightly hazy amber with a thick white head.

Smell is incredible, sweet citrusy hops with slight vanilla notes.

Taste is smooth and bitter up front with plenty of biscuity malt to balance. Medium body and a good fruitiness fills the mouth with very complex notes of wood and vanilla. Finish is long and crisp with nice bitterness.

This beer is awesome, you can taste the mixture of 90 Min IPA, but it has those added complexities from barrel aging. The taste is HUGE and well balanced. I'm at a loss for words to better describe it, I am just happy I got to taste it.

Incredible!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 15:18:37 | More by Beervis
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mentor

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been eager to try this one and a bottle was generously provided by LuckySevens82. Pours a half finger light tan head over a nearly clear copper rust colored liquid. Smells citrus hoppy, mildly oaky, caramelized sugars, orange oil. Tastes sweet and citrus hoppy to start. Sour and tangy then comes in with smoked malt and caramelized sugar. Apricot and pear with a touch of raspberry acid. The swallow produces dried wood, almonds, and a hint of chocolate. No single flavor stands overly strong over any other, but although they work well together, but some don't quite meld as married couples. Thick viscous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 07:08:23 | More by mentor
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Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. bottle with the dogfish head logo, and an illustration of someone (assuming burton baton) sitting on a barrel playing a guitar. "an oak-aged imperial india pale ale" is printed on the label. yellow-green cap. abv is displayed at 10%.

appearance: beautiful orange amber with oak yellow highlights in a tulip glass. head is a steady quarter inch light yeasty tan. some floaties bounce around in this highly bubbly brew. lacing and sticking is excellent.

smell: sweet and a little spicy. floral hop notes with a melon second sniff. strong alcohol aroma as mr. baton warms.

taste: biscuits and woody. starts sweet cantaloupe and becomes lightly spicy with grapefruit and a warming lightly bitter alcohol finish. more and more sweet cornbread as the beer warms.

mouthfeel: very smooth with a perfect viscous swallow. good carbonation and acidity.

drinkability: dispite the high abv, this iipa is down the hatch! a little strong, but very drinkable. i'd drink another, but i'm tryin' to wait 'til next year. maybe....

overall: very good brew. so different from everything else in this style, that i often wonder if it should be characterized as an iipa. one of my favorites just the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 02:56:29 | More by Px2GrafX
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,750 ratings.