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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,344
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 387
Gots: 1,442 | 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a clear light brown, nice carbonation. The head is one finger, but a gentle pour, it's white and leaves a small bit of lace.

The smell is great, wow so nice. Oaked ale malty and a bit of hops.

The taste follows a great blend of oaked ales. Smoky oak, bourbon, vanilla notes, Just great.

The mouthfeel is good, very good, This beer is nice to drink but i sip it to make it last.

The drinkability is great, I big 10% ABV beer that I would drink all night long. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of DrJay
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep orange/amber colour toped by a short cap of foam off a vigourous pour. Bubbles were of various sizes and formed a little short-lived lacing. The head dissipated over a few minutes, but left behind a long-lasting collar. Wow! The results of my first sniff were a bit unexpected - and in a good way. There's a really rich malt character with lots of caramel. Notes of vanilla, wood, and alcohol blend well with a muted hop presence. The first sip didn't disappoint either. Initially heavy, nearly syrupy, the sweetness slowly gave way to vanilla, oak, and alcohol - a definite whiskey vibe. Subsequent sips flashed back and forth between strong yet tempered bitterness, rich malty caramel and toffee, faint citrusy hops, and high end whiskey. Each time I went back it was almost like having a different beer. Superb. Full bodied all around, bordering on heavy, with carbonation on the light side. Alcohol warmth was apparent almost throughout, made more pronounced yet retaining some softness due to the oak aging. Unfortunately, this numbed my taste buds a bit after about half a bottle. To me, this was more like a fine old ale rather than a DIPA. Regardless of semantics, this is a sophisticated gem of a beer - truly a work of art.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, lightly hazy amber with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Smells malty and of fruit, dark berry and such. Also some citrusy aromas from the hops. Alcohol and toffee back there somewhere. Hints of sweet vanilla.

Taste is malty, some dark fruit and toffee. Vanilla is stornger here. Strident hops as well but they don't take over and it balances the sweetness. Mouth is still lightly sticky and full bodied. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty and drinkable. An experiment that works!

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

The appearance is slightly more ruddy than a typical double, but I suspect that is from the wooding.

The smell is very balanced, a light nuttiness mixed with mature floral hops. Just beautiful.

The taste is a fruity hops with a little pineapple, some light pine, and a good amount of wood sense, but not at all overpowering.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with ultra chewy lacing.

If you can find it, get it, this beer is awesome.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from friend who is member of MJ Rare Beer Club

A -beautiful shiny copper body with very clear appearance. Head was insane! Fluffy white cloud just stuck to everything.

S- As soon as the cork popped, the sourness of the oak blended with the huge hop bouquet was unforgettable. A cotton candy smell was followed perfectly by the splendid funkiness that was evident from the oak aging.

T- A one-of-a-kind taste that was a terrific blend of bitterness, oakiness, and malt. The alcohol was nicely hidden, but warmed the body.

M- Incredibly smooth, with the sourness just perfect. High abv was hardly noticed.

D- Although not your typical everyday beer, it was a phenomenal experience and one of the most unique brews I have had the pleasure of trying. Any DIPA fan should seek this out!

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color with a large light tan head and a surprising amount of creamy lace down the glass considering this beer is 9 months old with half of it being older than that.

Really big nose on this one with a slightly peanut buttery oak smell. Once this one warms up alcohol starts to take over the nose. There's a slight dried plum smell with some creamy peanut butter still around.

Very unique flavor to it. It starts slightly raisiny with a warm alcohol feel and taste with a little of the peanut butter/oak flavor still there. There's pretty much no hop flavor left in this one. This beer is a bit old. It's held up well but the hops clearly haven't.

I'll definitely pick this one up again if I get the chance. Cool beer.

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Photo of Tbone
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled dated 12/19/05 (9 months old)

Cloudy at first, but became a very clear deep amber as it warmed.

Very yeasty aroma and a slight sourness that dissapated after sitting for 15 minutes. A slight oakiness starts to come through as it warms.

Taste is much like the aroma with the addition of sweetness and slight flowery hop. Very little bitterness.

I remember this beer being more complex and woody when I first bought it. The hops have really subsided (too much IMO). I won't lay this down as long next time.

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Photo of BillyB
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a thin white head.

It has the typical hoppy aroma of a DFH IPA but this has a more complex aroma profile. Wood, vanilla, earthy, nutty, caramel and honey.

As usual DFH has stretched the limits of the style guidelines.

Taste and smells of aged oak wood and vanilla marry with the sweet malt and floral hops to make an incredible drinking experience.

An unusual beer but highly satisfying and intriguing.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light hazy, copper, color with a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Oak, citrus hops, sweet bubblegum, and the signature DFH yeast aroma. Taste was very oaky, with citrus hops, toffee, vanilla and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish/brown golden in color, some carbonation, basically no head or lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts, citrus, grapes, and some spices.

T - The taste is sweet and slightly bitter, can taste the grapes. The alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a totally different DIPA than any that I have ever had in the past, kinda tastes like a Beligian Strong Dark Ale. I've never had a oaked aged DIPA, that could be the difference. Not hoppy at all, but very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a deep and dark orange with a nice medium head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

In the smell, alcohol and oak come through stronger than any malt or hops. The taste leads in with some sweet fruit, then finishes with alcohol on top of oak. The wood flavor is strong without taking over. The mouthfeel is sharp while drinkability is very good.

This is a unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of cbl2
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$13.99 4 pack 10.00% No best by date, but bottle indicates it "ages with the best of them".


Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby brown with a thin head of tight tan foam.


Oaked alcohol with a burst of malty sweetness. A little over the top even for Dogfish.


Mellow soft mouthfeel with caramel sweet overtones coupled with rich ripe tropical fruits. Oaked accents are detectable, but where are the hops? How is this a DIPA? Don't get me wrong, this is delicious, and highly drinkable, but I think it's categorized incorrectly.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, appearance is a beautiful slightly hazy reddish orange, with the thinnest off white head that rapidly dissipated to a faint rim of sticky whitish lacing that doesn't cling to the glass. Aroma smells sweet and warmly of alcohol, malt and caramel, woody and earthy undertones present. Taste is sweet and malty, slight hop presence as the sweetness fades. Smoother than silk, by far the smoothest Double IPA I've ever had. Excellent all around, medium body paired with low levels of carbonation, slightest tingle on the tongue. Leaves a slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is dangerously high, another smooth criminal from the good folks at Dogfish Head, the 10% abv is there, but practically hidden under the sweet and smooth qualities of this excellent beer.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish color, head quickly subsides.

Aroma is of fruity sweetness and a lot of alcohol.

The taste consists of a lot of maltiness and fruit in this one. Hops aren’t very prominent in this one. The finish primarily consists of alcohol and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, especially for the amount of alcohol.

Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer but I think it would be difficulty to appreciate more than one in a sitting, might even be a good idea to share the bottle with someone.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very red, almost like saffron. Or perhaps strawberry and cherry juice blended...well hazed. Thick, creamy off white head.

S: Oak, apricots, vanilla and very floral

T: Bizarrely sweet butterscotch with a fruit flavored candy cane aftertaste. Any hop presence has been axed down by the ageing in oak. Alcohol is very present on the tongue and in the vapors, especially as the beer warms. Sweetness overtime becomes a bit cloying and clingy to the tongue. A hint of bitterness towards the end but its a far cry from anything expected from other IPA's.

M: Full bodied and creamy

D: Very interesting beer. Certainly doesn't fall in line with other IPA's but intriguing none the less. I couldn't drink another one, much too sweet and cloying. If I drink this beer again, I'll share the bottle with someone.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic pour on this beer - the body is a deep orange bordering on brown with just a bit of haze. Crowning the beer is a three finger sticky head of lumpy off-white foam. The head sticks around for a surprisingly long time and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very inviting with primary notes of oak, malt and alcohol coupled with a strong fruity note of apricots and green apples. For a double IPA there are surprisingly no notes of hop - most likely mellowed with age.

The flavor is equally wonderful - though again pretty far from IPA territory. There's a good bit of sweetness up front both from the alcohol and the residual sugars. There are strong grain notes of biscuit and sweet rolls and a bit of fruitiness as well. Very prominent oak flavors as well as a strong scotch ale like flavor from the caramels. I'm guessing from the flavor that this was aged in a whiskey barrel but can't find specifics on the Dogfish site. Surprisingly no hop notes to speak of. There are a few very muted floral and earthy flavors (likely Golding) but for something claiming to be a DIPA it's a surprising omission. I'm assuming that between the barrel aging and the bottle aging the malt and alcohol components have overwhelmed the aging hops. This is closer to a strong ale or a barleywine than a DIPA but it is damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's a medium or heavier bodied brew very much like a barleywine but with a velvety smoothness that's inspiring. No bitterness for a dry finish but the alcohol burn almost does the job. A few residual sugars are left after each sip tasting as much like a fine, smooth scotch as a beer.

Really a nice beer here - one well worth keeping in the cellar to pull out for special occasions.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Burnt copper with steady carbonation rivulets and a meaty and serene manilla foam cap. Citrusy hop aromas blend with a sour, almost funky malt and mineral scent. Huge bitterness, like Chinooks or something on a thick bed of malts spiked through with ferrous metal flavors. Citrus pith lingers in the aftertaste, while alcohol warms from the belly upwards. 10% abv is pretty huge, and the interesting flavor profile valiantly struggles to stay in front of it. I think this is about a year old, but the alcohol has not quite finished melding yet. Medium-thick mouthfeel with prickly alcohol slickness. Not syrupy, which is good, but still too hot to be considered really drinkable. Oaky dryness emerges midway through. Interesting stuff for sure, and truly cool label artwork.

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Photo of bigman147
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, brown with a 1-2 inch head. Very little retention with some lacing. A small amount of head remains perceivable. It looks like a deep hue of old aged wood. Very fitting look to the style.

Aroma: This beer is powerful in its oaky, malty sweetness. Some piney hop notes in the background as well as a slight buttery note. I was surprised how much this smells like some of the good wines I have had (minus the malt)

Taste: Taste is not of a DIPA as expected. It has alot of the lack of balance of the 120min IPA. Malt and alcohol notes lead to a slight sharp hop bitterness with a quick sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Very fast and quick. Not very lingering on the palate and the carbonation lends its to cleaning the palate as opposed to helping create a creamy lingering taste.

Drinkability: Just the 10% alcohol along makes this nearly impossible. The balance of malt to hop is not correct for the style. Its a solid offering and a wonderful attempt. I would imagine this beer is best left to age for a few years.

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Photo of maestrotmbg
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a four-pack of these a couple of months ago and just polished off the last of them today. All I can say is I wish I had more! I'm generally a fan of Dogfish brews and I find this to be one of their best. While no doubt strong and full bodied the Burton Baton has a real balanced richness to it that is incredibly appealing.

For my taste I preferred the first bottle I had to the last. The head seemed to stand up better and the richness and complexity of the flavor stood out more with the fresher bottle.

Poured into a pint glass the four I sampled varied from a finger of fairly thick foam to a fairly light lacy head. They all had a beautiful stained cherry-wood color, very dark for a beer labeled 'pale ale.'

The beer tasted distinctively sweet yet mild at first blush but soon blossomed in the mouth to a very full flavor. Smooth for a hoppy beer, the oaky, roasted, molasses flavors were not overcome by the liberal brightness of the hops. The balance was remarkable. This is a beer for all seasons and all situations. Outstanding.

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange / reddish color with a super big three finger head. For a high alcohol beer, I was quite surprised at the head retention.

Smell: easily detectable alcohol and strong piney hop bitterness.

Taste: this is one malty beer that has numerous strong flavor tones like grapefruit, alcohol, and pears. There are woody and peat tones lingering in the background. General sweetness is nicely balanced by strong piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly dry throughout. The aftertaste is loaded with alcohol, caramel sweetness, grapefruits and bitterness. Heavier in body.

Drinkability: down for me as this is a one beer per session brew. Very tasty but tends to overload tastebuds near the end. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of custardcb
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a new specialty wine and beer store the other day. After pouring out into my glass and catching the first aromas I immeadiatly wanted to lick the inside of the bottle to make sure I got it all out. Wow!

The overall appearance of the beer was pretty average. Its color being orange and amber that wasn't quiet clear with a little haze. Hardly and head stayed on the beer but a good bit of sticky lacing held througout.

The rich oak tones come through immeadiatly. The smoothe sweetness follows with other hints of candied fruits. The taste of honey comes out right away and the incredible smoothe qualities follow. I wondered where the hops were but I guess the aging in oak mellows them out substantially and leaves the behind their flavor profiles. I really enjoyed this and will probably pick up a few more.

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Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY MOLY! What a massive reverse cascade of foamy goodness. Finally settles on top of a clear amber/honey glass of heaven. The currants and oaked malts really tingle in the nose. Then, the quaff, an execptionaly well balanced DIPA, more like a barley wine to me, very strong on the malt side. Hints of whiskey really add a nice element.

Full, thick bodied, malty, rich. Just a pleasure to sip. Hey, paired well with my Caribbean jerk chicken!

Thanks to beerbeing!

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Photo of Phatz
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I only had a chance to get a small sample of Burton Baton to make notes off of. I am not sure when or if I am going to get to try this again so I am going to put my notes record in a review. My friend who regularly visits DFH said they already quit selling this year batch having put it back to the cellar as vintage. So until next year, if someone can get there in time, this will have to do.

I know this is a mix of Oak aged Old Ale and the ever so sweet 90 min IPA. I got out of this beer a remarkably sweet and smooth caramel and toasted malty characteristic. A bit of oak and cinnamon sugar as well. This is definitely a sweet-tooth's heaven. For a DIPA it is a very malty brew, and super smooth.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of bort11
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of sulldaddy.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Good looking cream colored head a finger high. Good lacing. Dark amber color. Smell is a bit on the malty side and sweet. This is my first DIPA, so I'm not sure if this is to be expected. There is some hops, but very mellow. The taste is fantastic. If this is the norm for DIPA, then I want more. It is spicy, smokey, and woody, which must be from the oak-aging. There is a pleasant alcohol warmth to the taste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and chewy. It feels very rich, so I wouldn't want to drink too many of these at once, but I would love to get more.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz bottle bearing no freshness date but stating it can withstand cellaring and ages well. Poured into my Stone IPA glass.
Nice clear bronze color with a modest white head and random carbonation. Nose was quite fruity with a touch of diacetyl. No real citrus or herbal aromas associated with a hearty hops presence.
Tasted very fruity and bearing a solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of oak and butter. But where, oh where, are the hops? Sweet, yes. Citrusy, no. Herbal, nope. Sorry folks, the hops profile is sorely lacking here. A bit hot in the finish thanks to the 10% ABV. The feel was medium-bodied and a bit slick.
Overall, rather disappointing. Burton Baton might even be mis-cast as a DIPA, IMO. This brew simply lacks the one essential necessary to fall into that style: hops. I'll stick with DFH's 90 Min IPA, thanks. There are many other DIPA's I'd rather spend my time and money on over this offering.

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