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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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Photo of copasetic
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle, pours a brilliant clear copper with a thin and quickly-disappearing head. It looks thick in the glass, with a few slowly rising bubbles. Given the backbone of this ale, its aroma is suprisingly muted -sweet hop resins, caramel, and a slightly metallic twang. The first sip is thick and sweet upfront, with a buffered bitterness that rolls off the back of the tongue. It has many of the character features of a strong ale, but is thicker, sweeter, and has a hop profile that comes out of left field (the chewy bubblegum flavors of simcoe or amarillo -hard to tell). Burton Baton is oak aged, but this ale is not particularly oakey.

Overall, a pretty good and (as always) interesting offering from the people at Dogfish Head. It's far from a session beer, or even its easier drinking high alcohol peers from the Belgian family, but definitely worth a good tasting.

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

Appearance: Very attractive brilliant orange/red color, sparklingly clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Decent head, off-white, retention is okay. Lacing is less than impressive, perhaps due to the 10% abv.

Smell: Very reminiscent of DFH 90 minute IPA. Same malt/hop profile, but perhaps a little bit more mellow and complex. A hint of oak poking through. Very nice.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet at the front of the palate - too sweet, I think. Some citrusy fruit follows... Definitely some honey, along with the hops bitterness. Not as much oak as I was expecting - I'd have liked to try this before it was blended. Aftertaste reminds me of cream soda - maybe it's the vanilla from the oak coming through. In some ways barleywine-like.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, creamy. Well-carbonated. Good!

Drinkability: I just wish it wasn't so sweet... Limits drinkability for me, personally, but I enjoyed all that I had.

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Photo of Hollister
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the color. Very intriguing. Rich, deep orange, unfiltered. The head retention is amazing considering we have been saving this bottle for over a year. The smell is complex and bold for the style. You get a lot of malt up front followed by a hint of citrus. The nose is much bolder than the initial taste. (If the nose was indeed the taste, this would be even more amazing.) For a 10% ABV it's very drinkable. One of my favorite aspects of the flavor is the hint of buttermel, that's right buttermel - that's wosion (woo-shun) (word fusion) of Butterscotch and Caramel... especially present in the aftertaste. One of the few problems is the mouthfeel. This beer just doesn't want to waste time sitting in your mouth... it wants to go to it's home... deep down into my belly.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty interesting. Taste is an interesting mix between light oak flavour and some sweet malt reminiscent of a barley wine with some honey and very little hops. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. This is not what I was expected since it is more reminiscent of a barley wine then an IIPA but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Every year for the past 3 years I have bought 2-3 four packs of this beer with the intention of aging them.... I never can. This beer is too good.

My most recent experience with this beer was a trade with a buddy of mine (who has some self control). Don't know the exact brewing date but it was last years batch.

Good amout of head and a golden rich golden pour. Strong whiskey notes. I had this in a snifter which allowed for a real distinct whiskey aroma. My only complaint is that toward the end of this beer the alcohol taste became more intense. Since I would consider this a true sippin beer by the end it tasted very strong. Overall one of my all time favorites and what turned me on to oak aged beers.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottled on date 12-9-05. big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this stellar beer.

A - A glowing burnt orange, Head is decent then resides to a patchy surface on the beer. Looks are very appealing.

S - Caramel, toasted malts, sllight sugary fruit scents, honey. Dude this stuff smells awesome.

T - Caramel, burnt sugar, roasted malt, slight alcohol on the back of my tongue, bitter finish. Wow.

M - Sticky and viscous, great weight on the palate. An all around awesome beer.

D - Being 10% is the only downfall, and its not even really a downfall except in this category. Aaron, you are a freakin saint for sending me this delectable piece of brewed art.

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a bit of an off-white head that drops off quickly and leaves no lacing. This has an interesting aroma. It is much more like a Belgian than an Imperial IPA. Caramel, fruitiness and some alcohol to the nose. Perhaps a hint of the oak also. The taste has some caramel sweetness to it, as well a slight citric hop taste, but no real bite like you would expect from an Imperial IPA. I am really enamored by this beer. Hard to really classify, but excellent.

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

Appearance: Light amber body. Small initial tan colored head dies down to a constant bubbling lace.

Smell: Blast of sherry, whiskey, molasses. Sweet pine resin. Very malty nose, despite this being a DIPA. Very impressed with the aroma. The best aspect of the beer.

Taste: Malt and hops really fighting it out in this one. Both show up strong in various flavors. Hard candy, honey, sweet and sour, caramel, piney hops, and some peaty notes. Subtle apple in the finish. One of the sweetest DIPA's I've ever had. May even be a bit cloying to some. This is a very unique brew.

Mouthfeel: very nice texture. Full bodied, oily and sticky. Just the way I like my IPA's. Nothing missing here. This brew is the stit.

Thanks to brentk56 for the trade.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep hazy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong barley sweetness with a mild floral hop.

The taste was upfront barley malt with a nice smooth sweetness. Touches of heavy oak are detectable as well. Mild flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a warming alcohol.

Overall a heavy hitting malty DIPA. Much maltier than I imagined it would be. Suprisingly drinkable though.

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

Was really looking forward to this one. Pours a hazy red/brown, thick off white forms, nice lacing, settles to a thin layer and ring. Smell is nice, sweet toffee, vanilla, wood, citrus and floral, really nice. Taste is big toffee and oak, vanila, some chocolate, super malty and bready, exploding with flavour, the oak comes through very nice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. This one is strange, not really a double IPA, not really a barleywine but a whole different beast, excellent oaking, fantastic beer. Thanks DrJay!!!

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Photo of orsulacp
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottled date on this beer was 12/29/05. It poured an amber color with a small white head that quickly disappeared. The nose is piney with a hint of citrus and some biscuit notes hiding in the background. This thing is smooth and creamy, very nice. The bitterness and the sweetness are nicely balanced. The bitterness is piney and the sweetness reminds me of vanilla. When I had this back in January the oak was very prominent, now it is just mixed in with the vanilla, and that is good, I thought it was a little too much then. Very low carbonation smooth and creamy a real after dinner sipping beer.

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

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for the bottle. 12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/29/05. Served at about 50 degrees in a snifter.

Bright orange to ruby red hues in the body. Streams of carbonation are pretty steady, though the head is very light. What was there quickly settled to a ring of slightly toasted white. Very subtle aroma. Mellowed citrusy hops with some light alcohol notes. Taste is like a more refined DFH hopped-up offering. I'm not sure if I'm happy with the masked hops. The hop head in me wants them to come out, but the oakyness that seems to be pulling them down is thoroughly appreciated. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, light carbonation. Easy to drink with the alcohol hardly being noticed. Not your typical DFH experience -- a lot of malt and hop balance. Full of complexity. One of the best DFHs I've had.

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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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