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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,731
Reviews: 1,731
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 300
Gots: 972 | FT: 27
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mwilbur
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear dark orange-amber with a thin skim of white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Soft pine and citrus hops. A distinct oak note. Vanilla, bourbon, and darkly sweet caramel malt.
T: The oak and vanilla hit first and take the slight advantage over the less powerful hop notes (pine, citrus, herbal). Mild tobacco, mint, and bourbon. Caramel malt backbone.
M: Smooth and slightly sweet. A medium body...deceiving since it drinks a bit lighter than the ABV would suggest...dangerous. The hop notes are present, but subdued (mildly bitter and dry) from the oak aging and blending.
S: A nicely complex and solidly drinkable (sippable) brew. Excellent example of style. Seek it out!
Thanks to Kris for this one!

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear orange/copper with a creamy, one-finger, eggshell colored head. Nice spider web like lacing. Excellent head retention for a 10% 'er.

S - Moderate strength aroma which smells more like an old ale than an IPA. Toffee, butterscotch, tobacco, wood, clean booze, with some hints of pine, mint, and grass. Smells pretty good.

T - Again, woody, old ale taste characteristics take center stage, and the taste matches the nose. Not much of the toffee/butterscotch detected in the aroma. Just enough hop bite to make things interesting, which manifests itself mostly of pine/spruce. Wood and hops combine to make this pretty bitter, but not unpleasantly so. ABV is noticeable throughout.

M - Medium bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Slightly acidic feel on the tongue.

O - Quite good, but something I'd have to be in the mood for. I found myself wishing it was a little sweeter. The alcohol heat and bitterness from the wood makes it a slow sipper, taking it out of the "refreshing" category. That said, it's very well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dwalters
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had two bottles from 2007, one from March and the other from June. Pours dark brown/amber, smells of raisins and dates a touch of licorice. No head tastes like a sweet wine, always been one of my favorites, aged very well even though it aged much longer than I wanted. Really doesn't taste like an IPA, kinda like a sweet stout and barleywine concoction - very good!

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jonrx
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is one of the best beers on the market right now. Dogfish Head always impressed me with everything they put out, and Burton has been growing in popularity (rightfully so!).

I'm posting this review about the last time I had it -- at their brew pub and on tap.

The oak aging process that this beer goes through really does wonders. I've had a lot of oak aged products from other brewers in the past, and most of the time they end up just being OK.

This is a hell of an IPA, though. The beer itself (even without the oak aging) would be great. But you add in that oak touch and it just sets this beer off from the rest of the pack. Honestly, I could drink this alone for the rest of my life and live in bliss.

Interesting to note is that the beer is a lot heavier than you'd think by looking at it. It's super sticky once it dries in the glass and is not something you can pound at all. I mean, that's true of a lot of IPAs, but Burton even more-so.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Cheld
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle poured into a pint glass revealed a nice colour with a decent head that dissipates after a bit, but leaves faint lacing along the edges of the glass. The smell has some of the fruity notes one would expect from an IPA, mixed with a great oaky smokiness. Really fantastic. The taste is similar- a great balance between a hoppy IPA and a barrel aged ale. Definitely one of my favourite beers out there.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,731 ratings.