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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,632
Reviews: 1,725
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 299
Gots: 919 | FT: 23
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a recycled paper label. On the label is a Country Music musician (Hank Williams Sr?) sitting on a barrel. Surrounding him is the name of the beer, 2 weird looking vines, and stars. On the sides of the label is where you'll find a brief description of the beer, DFH's address and number, and the mandatory US info. On the neck of the label I found a stamped bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 05/20/13 at 23:30.

I chose to pour this oak aged IPA into my 7venth Sun Snifter. From behind the Country Music Star came a lightly hazy amber orange with a small glimpse of lemon yellow at the bottom. On top of this beer was a 1/4 of an inch light beige colored head of foam. It had good retention that left behind clingy spots and small streaks of lace. Nice appearance.

I was surprised to find the aroma to be on the fruity side. I smelled this beer for a long time before my nose could decipher what kinds of fruits they were. I really couldn't. It was just simply fruity. The hops were minimal until I swirled the beer around. Swirling woke up the hops. Swirling also killed the fruitiness. The hops smelled like dried piney hops. Following the hops was a nice whiff of caramel, malt, and a few citrus notes. If was after the citrus when the oak and some subtle vanilla notes washed in. Not bad. A little unique.

The label didn't state what kind of barrels this beer was aged in, but if I had to base it off the taste, I would say bourbon barrels. The taste of my bottle was very bourbon and oak forward. Some caramel malt sweetness came in to try to balance the taste out, but the bourbon and the oak were too powerful. Citrus hops and a pinch of pine tried to help out the caramel and malt, but that bourbon was just too powerful for them. I prefer the aroma over the taste.

If there's one big thing this beer had, it would have to be that it masked its high 10% ABV. I couldn't feel it despite actually tasting all of the bourbon in the taste. This beer had a nice sweet yet boozy aftertaste. This time the caramel and malt had enough energy to counter the booze.

I'm one of those people who believe that you shouldn't barrel age Double/Imperial IPAs. The barrel aging takes away all of the beer's hoppy goodness and replaces it with boozy bourbon. This bottle had too much booze for me to buy again.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,632 ratings.