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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,348
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,443 | FT: 30
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 Jwaks
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Serving : 12oz bottle

A 10%abv barrel aged DIPA from Dogfish head, how could I resist?

Great looks sporting beige red-tinted froth measuring a finger thick that slowly settles atop a translucent reddish amber body alive with quickly flowing streams of fine carbonation.

Intensely sweet aromas of marschino cherries, fruit syrup, floral hops and butterscotch mingle on the nose with hop bitters, hints of dark brown sugar and woody bourbon barrels.

With flavors reminscent of a sweet aged barleywine, this delivers tons of sweet syrupy fruit with a dash of hop bitters on the entry slowly evolving into a exquisitely creamy and cloyingly sweet, floral mid palate. Wood aged characteristics take hold on a bold, tight finish revealing tart fruit, butterscotch and tasty dry wood flavors. What an odd twist on a DIPA, my hopes for abundant hops were dashed with volumous sweet syrupy hop infused fruit and bourbon soaked wood. Wrapped up somewhere inside all the sweet fruit is a load of undetectable alcohol that slides over my palate without leaving a single trace.

Closer to a sweet cordial than an oak aged ipa, this is quite viscious, syrupy and overpowering with dulled down drinkability. Sipping is the best method to enjoy this sweet treat.

Dogfish head has done it again by creating a new and interesting concotion that totally dashes my concept of what a DIPA can be.
What will the awesome brewing talent at DFH come up with next?


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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA pours a transparent burnt sienna color with a full finger of light tan head held aloft by a vast amount of swift carbonation

S - nice mellow aroma, hoppy, but not overly hoppy; a sweet caramel/toffee/vanilla note to it, with a citrus grassy aroma complimenting it nicely

T - oh man, this could get one in trouble, devilishly smooth and sweet, sweet syrup without the maple, a nice vanilla bean/toffee type sweetness to it that makes you beg for another sip, a masterful job of hiding a high ABV in the taste

M&D - a silky smooth mouthcoat that really rolls down your throat, warming as it goes, the higher ABV is the only drawback to the drinkability, with a flavor like this and an ABV that high you can really get in over your head quick with this one, DFH really has mastered their craft

as if i didnt feel this way before, but i would try anything this brewery puts out

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Pours an appealing golden-copper color with a thick light tan head. Good lacing and an amazing retention, as at least half a centimeter of foam stays on top throughout the course. Aroma is a bit barleywine-esque at first. There are floral and grapefruit notes, as well as caramel and mash whiskey scents.

Taste is definately sweet, with citrus and velvety malts bursting through. Strong alcohol notes as well. Only a slight amount of hop action here, but it's a nice surprise. Mouthfeel is lush and juicy, amost "starburst" in its texture. Very smooth across the palate with a sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer is complex and tasty, but the strong alcohol content paired with a powerful sweetness make it tough to imagine having more than one in a single sitting (not to mention the price!).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. Did I say sweet!

The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the rebost flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overally done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet to have more then one or two, but is perfect as a sipper after dinner. Really a good sweet dessert, very nicely done, and at 10%abv, should be a nice sipper anyway!

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass, copper color with smallish head and some lacing on the glass. Smell is more of liquor and vanilla and less of the citric hops of the DFH90. Some vanilla in the flavor and the hops are not as upfront, but still there. Sweeter than the 90 minute and more mellow for sure. I'll cellar a couple of these to see what happens to them. This beer is a definite treat, different enough from the other DIPA's one that I will make a point to revisit every year.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DFH seem to be a brewery that takes their ipas damn seriously. I have had the 60,90, and 120, but now Burton Baton comes along. Poured from the bottle (with a really cool looking label) into a cisco brewery pint glass a nice enough looking copper color, with a small white lace at the top.Smell was the highlight for sure, with some gummi berry smells, some chardonnay, and a bit of vanilla. Taste was big on the sweet side. The vanilla from the oak barrels really pulls through, making it a much smoother, and sweeter ipa then it's numbered brothers. Hops were there, but in back of the sweet flavors. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy, and not exactly highly drinkable. The sweet tastes seem to overwhelm everything. While this might be one of the most interesting ipa's i have tried in a long time, i did not think it was something that i could come back to all the time. I will continue to stick with the 90 minute. Either way, I applaud calagione and company trying something new and cool. Cheers

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Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. DIPA: Half fresh - half aged in oak barrels.

Clear deep amber color with a red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a bubbly rim. Thin string and spotty lacing along the glass.

Sweet and spicy hop aromas dominate the aroma. Almost a hint of caramel.

Very sweet malts, almost giving a sugary taste. The flavor from the hops is more sweet and syrupy than bitter, but they still hold their own in that department. Hints of vanilla (from the oak) are in the background. Full bodied with lower carbonation, giving it a thick oily feel in the mouth. The finish is a little sweeter than other DIPAs, with lingering hop flavor and a little bit of sugar.

Overall, this one is a little sweeter than other DIPAs, where the flavor is the focus rather than the extreme bitterness. Since this is a mix of an aged DIPA and a young DIPA, the sweetness is more pronounced. The high %ABV (10%) is well hidden, so don't get carried away. A 12oz bottle is ideal for one sitting, however you may want to tackle the 750 with a friend.

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Photo of Braudog
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour into a nice English pub glass with the dimpled bottom that encouraged a tornadic production of a giant head from the fury of bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Shiny reddish-orange. It’s like a vision of heaven in a glass. This has the syrupy goodness of the 90-minute, but with an added syrupiness ... robust and smooth, like a desert sauce, you could pour this over a bowl of vanilla ice cream instead of a caramel sauce, with it’s own french vanilla creaminess ... the ONLY thing that detracts here is an odd light metallic twinge at the finish that didn’t seem to fit. Otherwise, this is a beaut of a big beer with a light profile. Well done Dogfish! (#2703, 2/14/2007)

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to see another offering from Dogfish Head on the shelves at the local's popular liquor store!

I brought home my four pack and immediately opened one and poured into a pint glass. The aroma was wonderful-- carmel, hop, and almost something akin to brandy!

The taste was much sweeter than I anticipated, but wonderful. Not as hoppy on the finish as I would prefer, but an excellent beer anyway.

The alcohol in this one is quite sneaky. The sweetness of the beer hides the high alcohol content, that's for sure.

As I drank a delicate lace appeared on the glass, and just a hint of froth remained.

I tried to drink two of these in a two hour period, and although I succeeded, it was not easy. This beer wasn't at all disappointing, just a little too sweet for me. I'll save it for the occasions that call for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After popping the cap a thin white swirl of "smoke" rises up out of the open bottle.

Pours sparkly clear, copper-colored with quickly rising bubbles and a half-inch of frothy looking beige foam.

Aroma of caramel bready malt, sweet fruit and light citrus and floral hops.

Rich flavor, initially very sweet, just this side of cloying. Vanilla extract, cinnamon and orange zest. A bit of a tingle in the finish, followed by an alcohol warmth, and hints of brown sugar and sweet dried fruit. Alcohol strength doesn't seem to jump out, nor do the hops.

Thick mouthfeel, syrupy and slick with a fine carbonation tingle emerging in the finish.

Average drinkabaility due to the heavy sweet flavor and heavy mouthfeel.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Nice orange color. Decent head and retention. Very nice looking and inviting beer.

Smell-Definite citrusy and vanilla smell. Hints of pineapple, perhaps. Picking up some pine in there, as well. Smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste-Sweet. Very sweet beer. Almost overly so. Definite hints of citrus. Nice hoppiness. But, the sweetness is what overwhelms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-This beer goes down very smooth and has a nice feel. It's medium bodied and carbonation is very good. I can't go so far as to say it's a session beer. The sweetness is a little overwhelming. It pushes the envelope in that department. Nonetheless, very drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DrJay for sending this as part of BC-2. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear orange coloration. Tight bubbling beads of carbonation rise to the surface. The well maintained head is a creamy biege coloration. Thick webs of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very tasty aroma. The beers smell is dominated by a sugary vanilla oakeyness. This combines well with a floral fruity aroma of pears, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Big time citrus hops creep about the smell.

Taste: The beer has a up front vanilla sugary surge. This goes into a clang of hop bitterness. The bitterness is followed by more honey sweetened apricot, and pears. The beer then goes into an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beers carbonation lightens the beer up. The thickness of the flavors are very long lasting. The beer wasnt hard to drink. One of these is definately enough for a session.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting flavors in this one- Beautiful piney resinous hops on the aroma with some dried fruit undertones. This brew is thick, nice syrupy sweetness from the casked ale, slight spice from the barrel. Very obvious hop profile, oily on the tongue, but not too bitter in the aftertaste- very nice melding and interesting flavors. Hopefully dogfish will go even further with the IPA in the future.

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Photo of smurphy77
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a mixture of 90 minute IPA and an English cask-aged ale to yield a double-IPA. Now I have to admit, I'm a huge fan of the 90 minute IPA. So, after full disclosure, I can safely say that this is one of the top ten beers I've ever sampled.

Poured from the tap as a burnt orange color with a tight, lacy head.

The hops were most discernible in the aromas, not so much in the taste, with scents of tropical fruits and peaches.

The taste was divine - a caramel overtone with hoppy, bitter undertones, all balanced to perfection. This beer is incredibly drinkable, especially considering the high alcohol content. One of the finest dogfish head beers I've ever had.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Appearance is gorgeous, not a lot of head, but some lacing and a rich, deep amber color that's very clear. Smells not much of hops, which is what I expected, but more of ripe fruit aroma with a little hops in the background. Taste is similar to that of a 90 Minute IPA but with some of the hops replaced by a sweet, fruity flavor (I want to say a peach flavor, but I can't quite be sure). The alcohol is completely hidden in this brew, which is remarkable for 10%, the only trace is a slight warming sensation that lingers on the palate along with some sweetness. The alcohol comes through a bit more as the beer warms, but still is very hidden. The taste is very complex and rich, I think I could contemplate for a while on all the different tastes that are going on here. Mouthfeel is very smooth with only moderate carbonation. With the hidden alcohol this brew is extremely drinkable, it'll be hard to force myself to cellar one of these brews.

Overall this is instantly one of my favorite beers. I would like a little bit more head, and it might be a bit too sweet for some, but those are the only flaws I can see. A damned fine brew from one of the great American breweries.

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Photo of blackie
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours into my wine-style glass with a low, off white head that soon recedes to a thin ring and a thin smattering of carbonation islands on the surface. The beer is a clear, rich orange-amber in color.

smell: Smells absolutely delicious. Fresh oak soaked with sugary, caramel malt syrup. A ton of fruits noted, inlcuding pulpy pear, apricot, pineapple syrup, and date. Great f*ing hop aroma, too...completely loaded down with juicy, fruity hops. Great ethanol spice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just a little above medium. The body is full, and slightly slick on the tongue. Creamy, juicy, nice.

taste: Loads of sweet caramel malts and sugar-crusted candied fruits. Caramel malt candy. Notes of dripping pear and apricot. A delicate, sweet spice reminiscent of nutmeg and mace, comes in after the swallow. Each sip leaves a malty lip-smacking, honeylike coating. Heavy hop flavor, syrupy and tealike. Low to moderate bitterness lingers into the finish with a medley of malt flavor.

drinkability: easy enough for a beer of this weight...the alcohol is very well hidden

Bottled on 1/08/07

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip, moderately aggressively, resulting in an orangey-red body when held up to backlighting -- back down on the table, it appeared more ambery-orange. Just a slight bit of murkiness kept this from being crystal clear. A cream-colored head quickly settled down from about an inch high from the pour to about a half-inch, where it sat for awhile. No rings of lace at all, though some splotches clung to the glass momentarily as I drank it.

S: Not particularly strong at first, but more so as it warmed. Caramel malt, maple syrup, and whiskey-like alcohol. You can tell from the nose that this is a potent beer, but it's not a harsh, burning cheap-vodka alcohol smell at all, but rather a warm, inviting waft of booze, like a good whiskey or cognac, perhaps. Nice.

T: Sweeter than expected given the alleged style (DIPA): caramel malt, butterscotch and candied tropical fruit flavors give it the sweetness. Vanilla shows up too as it warms. There's an oaky dry finish that's followed by the alcohol in the back of the throat and down the hatch. That dryness lingers, presenting a nice balance to the dominant sweetness in the front of the mouth.

M: Medium- to full-bodied and on the lower end of carbonation -- which feels proper given the taste and heft. Real smooth in overall feel.

D: Very good to excellent, especially for a beer of this strength. It's a sipper, but it's not hard to go through the 12 oz bottle real fast.

Notes: I believe this bottle's been in my cellar for about 14 months. I drank one when it was fresh and it's my recollection (I didn't review it at the time) that it was more harsh all around. It seems to have mellowed quite nicely in the year or so in the cellar. . . . A note on the style: it's misleading to call this a DIPA. I believe it's a 50/50 blend, with their 90 Minute DIPA making up just one half of the equation. In taste, it's lacking the hop assault most of us expect from a DIPA. In many ways it seems to be more like a barleywine. Whatever you call it, I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it as a night-time sipper, especially on a cold night.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear coppery gold, nice rising head that leaves a ton of lacing.
Smell is trademark Dogfish Head sweetness. Super sweet hops, but the sweetness overcomes the bitterness.
Taste is much more complex, honey sweet malts, vanilla, oak, alcohol in the after. Very nice with a sticky, thick mouthfeel.
Drinkability only suffers by the over the top sweetness and high ABV.
Probably one of my favorite DFH brews.

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Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I swear the last four or five beers I've reviewed have looked just like this. blood orange/mahagony with a thick retentive head that leaves some great lace behind. If Mr. Clean were a brewmaster his beers would most defnitely resemble this.

Loamy, piney very etheral hops mesh very well with the subtle yet stubborn oak aromas. Vanilla, toasted almond, light nutty and dried berry notes.

Have to admit I had this last year and really didn't care for it. Well this years to me is a night and day difference and one of the better tasting beers I've had in a long....long time. Rich sweet vanilla, meringue, oak. Nuts again with more dried fruits. Nicely hopped with again earthy type of resiny buds. RS is much higher than anticipated. Very chewy, and gummy mouthfeel. Delicious, almost a dessert drink. Huge, complex, and in your face.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yet another off beat brew from DFH. Love how they keep putting out new high quality stuff. A blended IPA labled as an Imperial and noted here as an American DIPA. I love category messes like this. How is this germaine to the review? Thanks for asking. I've run accross similar blending techniques prominently noted on the bottles of English and Belgian beers. Based on the sweet malty oaky flavors, high ABV and injection of fresh life to an aged beer by blending, I would look at this as more of a old ale or lighter barleywine than a DIPA.

I've noted my scores based on a DIPA or Imp IPA category. Just not hopy enough IMO to qualify. That said, I wouldn't change it. This tastes quite good and since I'm a barleywine fan rather than an IPA fan, I think it's better than their 90 min IPA.

FWIW - I would give them higher props if they would also step beyond the current hop craze marketing and use their rep and brews like this to bring other styles to the forefront. Instead, they lump this in the IPA hop craze category. Of course I don't have to sell this beer in hopes of making a profit so it's only my .02.

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Photo of westweasel
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. It pours out of the bottle like a thick elixir. The beer is a beautifully clear deep amber color, with a half-inch beige head. The head impressively lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is full of wood and alcohol and a faint burnt scent. The strong smell of alcohol though, overpowers other smells.

In this beer I taste caramel, butterscotch, and a lingering orange flavor. The mouthfeel is very full and thick.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but not fantastic. I find it too sweet, almost barleywine-like. It is nice from time to time, but I wouldn't be interested in drinking many of them in one sitting.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - deep burnt oragne color, fairly clear, one-finger off-white head with little retention and lacing

s - very citrusy hop smell, orange prominent, oak and vanilla notes, alcohol evident

t - sweet citrusy hop flvaor up front with a nice malty backbone, oak and vanilla provide a nice depth, finish is very smooth with only a slight alcohol presence and lots of vanilla, this is where the oak aging is most evident, taking the bitterness out of the finish

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied

d - quite drinkable, not very harsh at all as the alcohol is very well masked, could enjoy a few of these

Really great brew from DFH. This doesn't seem like a DIPA to me, but whatever style it is, it's good. Great variation of the 90 min in my opinion. Just wish this wasn't so pricey.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a mondo light tan head that resists fading and leaves behind a significant lacing pattern. It's clear, but very bubbly.

I'm struggling with the smell; not very aggressive. I guess it's more characteristic of an ESB than an IPA (or an oak aged IPA ta'boot). My numeric score is going to take a hit, but i guess that's how the cookie crumbles.

I like the flavor a lot though. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. I get a sweet malt flavor, caramel, brown sugar, a little smoke and some spice. I'm not getting the champaign-like feel that i thought i would with the effervescence that i noted.

The alcohol isn't noted in the mouth, but it is quite evident on the ride down. I could easily enjoy one more. The smell rating is going to skew my total score lower than my overall satisfaction with the product. I plan on buying another 4 pk and squirrel it away for the barbecue season.

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Photo of scott
2.38/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Great looker - nice deep amber coloring, with a thick gel-like appearance that allows only light carbonation. Very large alcohol rim. A typical olde ale/barleywine presentation.
Huge alcohol presence that stings, with a woody backnote. Some floral notes, that is stomped by more alcohol.
A syrupy, cloying mess that has more off-balanced wood than a boy with a Mature rated anime collection. One part simple syrup, one part rubbing alcohol, and one -quarter part attic wood and a dash of vanilla. Impressive?
NOTE - This actually becomes a great nightcap sipper if left open for a while. It numbs the gums, and it should have a little more definition. This could only pair with a cigar.

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Photo of drumline
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a 2 finger thick creamy head and some sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Floral hops, lots of oak, and a slight malt sweetness

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very silky and creamy mouthfeel up front, with a low to medium carbo bite. Very sweet flavor, slight vanilla notes, that is borderline cloying, but it kept in check by the floral and piney hops.

Drinkability - Very delicious. DFH are the masters of making very drinkable strong ales, and certainly succeed here. Amazing.

I'm not sure if this should be labeled a double IPA, to me there's a enough malt backbone here to classify it as an American strong ale. Those looking for a big hop bomb may be disappointed. This is one fantastically complex brew, and truly a pleasure to drink. Love it.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.