Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 6,165
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 375
Gots: 1,307 | FT: 34
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Delaware, United States

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 lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color with a thick creamy head. It had a predominately sweet caramel odor to it. Some complexity showed in the taste. It was fruity, with some woodiness noticeable, and a very faint hoppiness. A very smooth beer, and quite drinkable. I had this right after trying the Shelter Pale Ale, and the higher alcohol content is quite noticeable but not unpleasant. (386 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

This beer poured a clear amber body with a thick white head.

This nose is very complex yet VERY subdued. You have to strain to smell it, but when you do it has layers of smell. Fruity malt, thick citrus hops, pepper, and touches of sharp alcohol.

Full bodied but very clean. Nice fruity rich caramel malt. Layers upon layers of ripe juicy fruit. The hops in this beer are so well balanced I barely noticed them at first, but when I stopped and payed attention you could totally tell how strong they were. What an interesting effect. Large bitterness and a dulled, but very intense, citrus peel hop taste. A very dry wood flavor that almost gets lost in the taste. Not your typical over the top woody flavor.

Basically tastes like a dulled version of the 90 minute IPA kicked up in alcohol just a tad with a very very very very subtle wood flavor. As a fan of big oak beers I was honestly a bit disappointed with the subtlety in this. It's good, don't get me wrong, but for TWICE the price of the already expensive 90 minute which I love, well... I probably won't be buying this again anytime soon. (1,121 characters)

Photo of bultrey
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is one interesting barleywine. Oh... what's that you say? It's not a barleywine, but an "American Double IPA?" Whatever.
Very attractive shiny copper color with persistent quarter-inch head throughout almost the entire beer. Very candyish smell, with quite a bit of tropical fruit, like pineapple and papaya. Initially sickly sweet slick phenolic flavor, reminiscent of cotton candy, juicy fruit gum, and cream soda. I also get a slightly chalky finish, like milk of magnesia or peptol bismol. The hops just don't come through to balance much here, although they begin to assert themselves a little after a while. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy for such a seemingly viscous beer. Drinkability can be summed up as "Ooof, my stomach hurts." Unique but not great. (765 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a translucent, fiery golden/red color with a finger odf khaki head atop and a bit of lacing. Nose is light - floral hops, vanilla creme, oak, and some tropical fruitiness. Taste reminded me of a muted, casked version of 90 Minute. Creamy vanilla, wood, apricot and peaches, a short but sharp floral hop bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite at the end, though still quite drinkable for 10%. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. I really enjoyed this one. For those days when you want 90 Minute, but just don't have the energy, this is your best bet. Vanilla, oak and fruity tones make this a refined IIPA for the distinguished BA. (711 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper with a reddish tint, small amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Pine, oak, and a bit a thick syrupy malt odors.

T - Slight pine hops under a dominant caramel malt, smoked oak and alcohol. The aftertaste is a strong pine hop bitterness with a much fainter coffee bitterness to it.

M - Creamy, smooth and moderately viscous.

D - Not bad. I can't see myself drinking more than one of this in a sitting, because the flavor is so potent, particularly the sweetness. I will have this again, if it is ever released again. (576 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy and frothy, slightly off white head that fades after a moment to a few pools of bubbles. Trails of thin and spotted lacing with decent strength. A rounded copper with clean amber hues.

Creamy, sweet vanilla aroma. Sour-tinged hop oils and tart fruit: lemon, apple, orange. Generous whaffs of sharp alcohol.

Moderately sweet vanilla, creamy malt backbone. A very bright and aggressive hop character: alcohol enhanced hop oils, bittered citric fruit: pear, lemon, apple. A vanilla sweetened, young bitterness, leaving an aftertaste of alcohol, oak, and light fruit.

Medium bodied; sweet, slick, and oily on the palate.

A big, aggressive Double IPA; young tasting. Could definitely stand to be cellared for a few years to mellow this out. The alcohol presence is very raw. (788 characters)

Photo of counselor
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish, cream soda colr with a well formed head. There is not much in the way of aroma, slightly sweet with no hop aroma. the beer is full bodied, smooth across the tongue. The taste is silky smooth, deep sweet grain, cool and fills every nook and cranny with caramel, fig and set off by just the right amount of hops. Not Piney, grassy or anything else, just dry and equal to the task . Wow, only a slight bit of heat at the end, just enough when inhaling to let you know how bug this baby is. Really steep ay $17+ per 4pack, but man what a great tasting beer. (570 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into an oversized snifter. It pours a deep, reddish amber with a thin head.

The smell is of biscuit with some floral and citrus notes.

There is a lot of 90 minute IPA in there. There is also a piney, woody flavor that reminds me of cedar a little. Faint alcohol follows, with slight wine like flavors. There is a citrus hop presence as well. The malt is sweet and offers decent balance.

An interesting and complex brew. Dogfish Head is sometimes hit or miss for me, but this one is a hit. I would like to enjoy it again soon. Not tonight though because I showed some restraint and left 2 of the 3 left on the shelf for other beer lovers. (660 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/29/05 (I love the stamped neck date labeling DFH is using these days)

Clear amber color with a thin, tight head of microbubbles. Smells alot like 60min to me. Sweet, caramelly, and hoppy. Alcohol lurks in the background

Upon first taste I definately can tell a huge difference between this and the 90min. This tastes like 90min with a half shot of bourbon or sherry added to it. Alcohol is present in the taste but not overpowering. Very warming upon swallowing. This is a sipper for sure. Not the kind of beer you want to slug down. Molasses like sweetness. Hoppy and bitter at the finish.

I think the oak may be a bit much for my taste. A good beer, but maybe Im not yet ready for an oak-aged IPA. If I lived where it snowed I would seek this out in the wintertime though.

Anyway, an interesting beer from the mad scientists at Dogfish Head. (866 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear brownish red with a large two finger white foamy head. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is hoppy,yet subdued. The oak mellows the hops. The taste has some hop bitterness with some mollasses sweetness. The aftertaste is very sweet, but refreshing for a high alcohol beer.The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well balanced. Each sip should be savored because the flavors change as the beer moves down your tongue. Another interesting and different beer from Dogfish Head. (505 characters)

Photo of sacfly
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 12/29/05 stamped on the neck.

Pours a beautiful clear copper/orange. Big head on the pour at first, but dies out quickly leaving a thin layer of medium tan bubbles. Aroma is of sweet oak and light citrus.

First sip yields a very smooth almost creamy texture of IPA and Bourbon. Sweet caramel transitions to bitter with a long bitter pine aftertaste. A well crafted brew. Has all the intangible, hard to describe qualities that I like… I wish I could give more detail, but the flavors seem to blend perfectly for me. I guess it is an awesome IIPA rounded out with sweetness and oak. Very complex and exciting. (633 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't really had an "excellent" DIPA in a while. I've been looking forward to this one for a while and DFH hasn;t disappointed with this style in the past so hopefully it'll break the slump.

12 ounce bottle poured into a brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours out a very nice deep copper color with a fluffy two finger head of off white foam. The foan stays around rather nicely and laces the glass fairly well.

S - The bitter floral and citrus hop aromas I expected along with a not so expected malty sweetness. Som alcohol definitely present on the nose too. Very nice.

T - Hop bitterness leads the way with a rather strange malt presence underneath. I say strange as in unusual, not as in bad. A bit sweeter than many other DIPAS out there. A nice taste overall though. ALmost a bit of sugary sweetness in there, with a great hop profile of some floral hops.

M - Nice and smooth ont he tongue, fairly low carbonation and very nice alcohol warming. Nice.

D - Pretty good. You can sip on this one after a long day and it'll take the edge off, but goes down smooth and has an interesting flavor to say the least. (1,121 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a value buy $2.50 a piece at my local sixpack shop. Appears a copper amber with a fluffy cream colored head leaves lacing all around my chalice, very nice look to it. Aroma has deep leafy citrus pine scented hops alcohol presence is noticeable vinous green hops, Sam and Co. have truly tamed the hop it brings layers of grapefruit and other tart fruit notes along with the oak presence with evident sugary caramel malt. Smells of candy coated hops syrupy alcohol over ripened fruit tones. Taste has a complex orgy of malts, hops and complex characteristics from oak barrel aging giving this one a mellow charred oak vanilla character and the hops have a citrus, pine, and earthy dirt qualities sugary malts matched with the more than ample bitterness finishes with a just a cinge of acohol...one quality creation. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied syrupy textured with oily resinous streaks coming through the lucious body is handled with an even carbonation which flows surprisingly smoothly along the palate. Drinkability is amazing...one extreme IPA very solid tasty offering great flavor that keeps you wanting more and more, well done I'm sold on this Woody Guthrie tribute brew. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased in a four pack of twelve ounce bottles. It pours a orange/amber color with a nice tan head. The aroma is kind of tough to describe, some floral notes are present, maybe some grapefruit as well. Very malty tasting up front, slight metallic taste that fades quickly. The alcohol is noticeable. I really don't taste the oak (as I have in other beers that have oak aging), but I think I detect some grapefruit in the taste as well as the smell. I wonder what this will taste like in a year or two, I'm putting down the other bottles to find out. This is an interesting beer, I don't love it, yet it is very interesting. Definitely worth trying. (664 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler , revealing a gorgeous orange amber color, with a 1/4" head that lasts a few minutes.

A; Very subdued surprizingly. Slightly hoppy nose, with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: First sip shows creamy, complex maltiness up front, with a nice somewhat metalic bittering hop finish. Very slight hint of oak.... it's somewhat hard to detect. Well balanced all around.

M: Creamy, thick, chewy and viscous. The taste lingers fow quite a while, and it's very pleasant.

D: As with most high ABV Dogfish Head brews, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I think the alcohol is hidden very well.

I'm glad I had a chance to try this one. Think 1/3 DFH 120 minute mixed with 2/3 DFH 90 minute. I think that's pretty close to the truth. (791 characters)

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample was taken from a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. A light mahoghany color with a white head. Smells of wonderful sweet hops are easily detectable. Compared to the 90 minute this has a greater malty finish with vanilla and a bit of the wood aging on the finish. Overall, a great offering from DFH (316 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Burton Baton is one terrific well balanced, full bodied beer. It pours a clear dark copper color into the glass. A creamy white head forms on top just below the strong hoppy aroma. The aroma is mainly citrus hops with its strong scent of pine, orange and grapefruit.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth on the palate. There is no burn from the 10% alcohol. The flavor begins with hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit. However, the malt moves in quickly balancing out the bitterness and offering some caramel malt, vanilla and raisin flavors. It finishes with some bitter hop notes leaving behind a slighly sticky palate.

For all the flavor in this beer I found it to be well balanced. It's smooth on the palate, has an excellent aroma, taste's wonderful and looks great. What more can you ask for? (813 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper crystal clear body with a hint of brown. The carbonation is a gentle net of slow moving tiny bubbles. The head is a thin film of light tan foam.

S- The smell of green grassy pineapple hops with a mellow aroma of wood in the background. There are some notes of slightly sweet malt aswell.

T- The taste of green hops with notes of grass and pineapple dominate the flavor. There is a strong alcohol taste that boost the hops flavor but could really use more age to soften. The finish has some sweet notes of caramel malt and crystal malt with a nice oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some fizz in the texture. There is some hot alcohol warmth in the middle and it hangs on with a sweet texture.

D- This beer has nice complexity of hops and wood with some sweetness but the alcohol kept if from becoming a great beer. With a few more months to a year this should be a much better beer. Although the hops may diminish too much at that point. (1,050 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, overpriced a $4.99, but whatever

appearance: another sweet label from dfh and the sweet neon cap to go with it. pours a vibrant ruby-amber, fluffy beige head forms and leaves a bountifully fluffed lace...fairly clear, syrupy and full appearance...looks like another winner from dfh

smell: very floral, a nice hop bouquet on the nose, woody nature, aromas commonly attributed to a barleywine. sweet fruit - pear, apple grape, etc...heavy caramel malt, alcohol, vanilla, oak

taste: delightful flavours in this one...definitely walks that thin line between dipa and b-wine. lots of sweet pear, green apple, grape. sweet heavy malts lay the foundation...woody, piney hop...oak aging has left its subtle mark on this brew, and the alcohol is come out to play a little, but in a good way. certainly worth trying

mouthfeel: medium-full and quite juicy, creamy...glorious

drinkability: all too drinkable (932 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal clear copper, like a shiny penny. Two fingers of light tan head assemble and retains well. Arches of lacing span the inside of the glass.

The aroma first puts forth citrusy hops along with the resin of pines. A slight hint of earthy wood flirts with a caramel malt element. Flits of alcohol drift in and out.

On first taste, there's a neck and neck race between a biscuit and caramel malt sweetness and a juicy grapefruit crush of hops. Twists of cherry and berry and oak duel with a heady tide of alcohol as well. A softer current of vanilla and currants slides along before a genuinely spicy hops bitterness linger along at the finish. It's a mix of all the good things that come from the earth, at least as far as beer goes.

Medium bodied, the oily hops and dense malt slip and slide and coat langorously. There's then a tangy, dry hops glow.

This is one healthy, earthy beastie! There's an impressive balance of the best of malt and hops, and the yeast lends a sensuous swing. A touch of woody musk imparts a grounded overtone to some lofty bits. The ABV is also beefy, always obvious, but never obnoxious, and nciely warming. You won't have many of these in a sitting, but what you do have flows sweetly. Once again, the mad scientists at DFH have come up big, bold, and brassy. (1,317 characters)

Photo of hopsaplenty
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, Bottled on 12/29/05

Dense and tightly packed tiny sand colored bubbles sit atop the tawny copper colored beer. There are multitudes of carbonation streamers rising to the surface as the head slowly, slowly settles into uneven mounds that left minimal lacing. The smell is both malty sweet and hop fruity, with notes of oak and bark. Oranges and floral notes stand out as well. The taste is lush and sweet initially. The hops presence becomes known only in the finish. Oak and wood notes are present as well. Big, full bodied and with a creamy slick mouthfeel. The 10% alcohol shows up only after swallowing and as a gentle warming. This is definitely more malty than hoppy, as I expected a distinctly pronounced hop bite, but it still goes down quite easily. Perhaps too easily. As it warms the malt sweetness becomes even more pronounced. Nice overall, but I was expecting something slightly different for a DIPA. (931 characters)

Photo of unclederby
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/29/05...almost an exact month in the bottle.

Comes off in appearance and bouquet as an American strong ale or barleywine (you can argue the difference).

A fairly syrupy amber pour with little head and mild carbonation, sweet smells of dates, figs, white raisins, cherry, and caramel malts. Faintly reminiscent on the nose of Stone's Double Bastard.

You get these flavors up front (though not as sweet as what the nose preps you for) and then a mild dose of spicy hops, but the finish falls flat and hardly anything lingers. It dries out very evenly at the end... almost parching.

Nice, thick and chewy mouthfeel, with plenty of both graininess and carbonation.

I just now looked at the ABV, and though i do get some alcohol warming, the 10% is nowhere near as apparent as it could be. Pretty easy to drink really, and tasty even though for the style i'd like a little more oomph in the finish.

If i were looking to session a barleywine, this would be the one i'd choose. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12-23-05: Pours with good carbonation, body is a clear burnt orange. Smells of big citrus and floral notes, slight oak character.

Taste is good. This month old bottle tastes like 90 minute with a hint of oak. Flowery and grapefruit hops are strong, the oak is just background noise. Mouthfeel is slick, thick, and oily. Drinkability is great, too bad this has such limited availability. I will try to age about five of these. (440 characters)

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

Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy two finger head after a harder pour that leaves no lace behind as it settles, pretty alcoholic on the nose alcohol dipped peaches and apricots with a light toasted grain note.A bigger chewey mouthfeel but it slides down quite easily,the oak aging of this beer is very evident its very prevalent thru out from beginning to finish the high alcohol content is also big.Flavors are more fruity than anything else mainly overipe peaches there is a nice piney hop profile that interacts well.This is not a big hopped up DIPA extremely balanced I think the alcohol and the sweeter malt base is just as big as the hop profile.I like it not quite what I thought it might be but I liked it and would try again for sure. (750 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small off white one finger head. A little dark than the 60 minute and almost the same as the 90 minute. A bit of lace is left.

S: Aromas of floral and fruity hops with a grainly sweet and spicy malt background. The maltiness definately overrides the hops, but no complaints as they seem to be well balanced and play off each other well. High alcohol content is noticeble to the nose.

T: Sweet and spicy flavors all blend together making it hard to distinguish individual flavors, but definately some fruity hops in there somewhere followed by a woody caramel and smokey malt flavor. End with a nice, but faint bitterness which is actually more refreshing than not.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and silky as if it coats your whole mouth. Slight burn on the backend roof of your mouth as it goes down, but this keeps you awake and wanting more. Drinkability depends on the type of beers you like. if you like IPA's or DIPA's, this is a great beer to have one or two, but definately not a session beer as you would probably leave stumbling.... (1,082 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.