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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 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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Photo of TheBungyo
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know if I could write a bad review of this beer if my life depended on it. I've been meaning to try this forever but am only now doing so. Pour is heartstoppingly beautiful scarlett orange. Tiny nappy head and little lacing. Nose is cognac, fruit, and warm caramel. This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine ... on steroids. Mouth is thick and viscous. I LOVE this beer, which is easily the best DFH beer I've ever had. Do NOT drink this if you lust for a double IPA, do so if you'd like a Barleywine. It will hit the spot and make all but the greatest it's BITCH.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

Pours a clear dark amber colored ale with a heroic if short lived off white head.

Smell is sweet fruity and malty with more than a little scent of fig Newton’s. After a bit the scent gets to be somewhat spicy and full of citrus scents.

Taste is malty and well not much in the first sip. Not much here fairly fruity but where are the hops? Fair flavor of figs and some caramel but not really bitter at all. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This an OK drinkable beer but I am confused, shouldn't this have hops in it? Disappointing is the only word that fits this beer.

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Photo of krantul
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, but it's also something of a niche beer. If you're uncertain how you feel about IPAs, you may want to sneak a taste of this somewhere before investing in the whole 4-pack, or start with the 60 or 90-minute IPAs. If you know you like IPAs, most of you will adore this rich brew, unless you have an aversion to lower levels of carbonation. If you drink nothing but Bud Light, your weak beer-constitution will betray you and you will enter a state of anaphylactic shock, knowing only a brief moment of awesomeness as you slip away into the nether realm.

Appearance: Burton Baton is a rich amber color, a tad darker than one expects from an India Pale Ale. IIt is remarkably clear, but my pour resulted in virtually no head whatsoever.

Smell: A characteristically hoppy scent derived from Dogfish's rather citric hop bill, sharp but not at all unpleasant.

Taste: Enjoyment is probably quite dependent on prior appreciation of the IPA style, because this is a big, bitter, floral beer. It is a fantastically balanced blend of the distinct characters of high alcohol, citrusy hops, and oak flavors; no aspect seems to outweigh another. While I'm certain this is highly hopped, it is not overwhelmingly bitter. You might detect a certain salty flavor, derived from the tear rolling down your cheek when you remember how much this cost you.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps the most notable departure from the IPA style is Burton Baton's relatively low carbonation. There's enough going on with the flavor to balance this out, but some IPA drinkers will find it curiously flat for a hoppy beer.

Drinkability: Burton Baton gets some points here for that lower level of carbonation; it is not a filling beer in that respect, and despite its powerful and complex flavors, a second bottle is not out of the question. At 10% abv, though, some drinkers might have to search for their socks before having a second tipple.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A full creamy tan sits atop a maroon clear body, little carbonation action visible.

Smell: Wood and carmel sweetness, a touch of honey.

Taste: Hops are asserive, yet slightly subdued, most likely because of the barrel aging. Woody and sweet, this beer comes off somewhat murky and disorganized, I think I like the 90 better. Alcohol lingers with more earthy sweetness, but this beer isn't what I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and buttery, adds to the murkiness of the beer.

Drinkability: I like many other Dogfish Head beers better than this, that is not saying it is a bad beer, just that it is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From what I've read at DFH's website this is actually a blend of oak aged English Strong Ale and 90 minute IPA.

This one poured into the glass a clear rich amber color. Head was a dense biege froth, lace was thick and sticky.

A complex mix of scents greet the nose. Sweet malts, molasses, buttery, grapefruit, piney, florid hops and a mellow oak woodiness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Taste is sweet, alcohol is more overt than the smell would indicate. Hops are much less pronounced than expected, but still leave a nice hoppy dry signature.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A thicker mouthfeel.

I have to say this is a damned fine brew from our friends in Delaware. I wish it was more readily available. A wee bit heavy, but would be very nice to warm my bones beside the fire.

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Photo of fingolfin72
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Crystal clear copper with a rapidly departing beige head.

Nose- lovely butterscotch and sherry with a pleasing hint of some earthy funk. It made me think of country ham.

The Palate is bold with flowery hop notes, pine, grapefruit, amontillado, toffee and alcohol. Lots of in your face and up your nose alcohol. Things just don't seem to be in balance here. It has a lot of good flavors, but it's not a particularly easy beer to drink.

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

Another fine beer from DFH . . . pours a two finger, white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet a lot of malt but balanced with a lot of hops, finish has hints of molasses, high ABV is not noticeable. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's amazing the brews that DFH comes up with. This one poured out to a dark bronze color with a small head of foam and uniform rings of lace. Nice. Lower level of carbonation. Aroma was heavenly; candied sugary malt and grain, with some dark fruits and yeasty notes. Wow. Taste was very complex and enjoyable; fermented grain, dark fruits, molasses, wood notes, warming alcohol, mild yet solid hops. Nice. Mouthfeel was slick and had a chewy element about itself. Drinkability is fair enough. Not an everyday brew, or even one that fits the term DIPA, but a good beer all the way around. Recommended.

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

This beer boasts an appealing orange nearly new copper colour. The head was an edematous pinky's worth of tannish froth until it fell asunder. Lace is cast forth and a steady ring of foam lives on. The bubbles are nice to watch. The nose is super sweet. Normally this would put me off, but this sweetness is strikingly pleasant. The oak qualities come through with some vanilla brilliance. The hop factor seems to be somewhat subdued while the malt character and woody textures flourish. The taste is sweet and sugary. It remains very clean though and avoids the overdone crusty dirtiness that ruins other less fortunate beers. The oak qualities lay some accents on the flavour and truly add benefit. Slight alcoholic heat. Quite nice. I am not quite sure this reminds me of an Imperial IPA in any way however. Looking past labels I am still inclined to say this is a treat. The mouthfeel is thick and slick. It has a bit of a buttery finish as well. The drinkability is good. This beer is an example of one that prospers from barrel aging. Solid. Whatever it is.

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Photo of walleye
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a copper amber with a very small light tan head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma malts, with brown sugar all over it a long with hops the alcohol didn’’t show up until it warmed up a bit, light fruits. flavorthe malts and sweetness comes out nicely the sweetness leans towards honey, hops, fruit semm to be almost like apricot. dry this is a good sipping beer

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Photo of jabocu
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent copper with almost no cap at all. I used a very vigerous pour and got very thin cap that was gone in a few seconds. Aroma was earthy-caramel malts with a floral and citrus nose. Not too strong. Flavor was obvious caramel sweet malts right off. Very nice earthy, pepper and citrus undertones with a little sourness. Alcohol became more apparant as the temperature rose. Medium carbonation with a dry warming finish. This beer hit strong. It didn't take long to feel the effects of the 10% ABV in this one. Very enjoyable to drink!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Dogfish Head Burton Baton pours out a partially cloudy amber color topped with a small head. The aroma is toffee and citrusy hops, with occasional whiffs of alcohol. Biscuity malt flavor. Sweet caramel comes in at the middle. Hops are spicy and citrusy. While this beer is quite hoppy, I wouldn't call it a hop bomb. Finishes with piney hop oil flavor. The woodyness is most noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick. Although the alcohol is noticable, drinkability remains high. Great balance for an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of SethB2
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice.

Pours a deep amber color and is non transparent. Little head and moderate amount of lacing. Smell is decent. I'm getting some fruit and alcohol, but surprisingly, not much in the hop department. The hops do finally make an appearance when tasted, but not a whole lot, especially for a beer that is classified as a DIPA. I'm getting a lot of fruit and vanilla and an alcohol warming. To me, this tastes like a ASA. But alas, I still like the flavor and don't want to ding it too hard for going outside it's advertised style. Mouthfeel is OK, though not spectacular along with drinkability.

To me, this tastes like a beer that got stuck in a zone somewhere between IPA and Belgian (if you can imagine that). It's a nice ale, but should really be categorized for what it is.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did this one throw me for a loop! The aroma was rife with floral hops, even a bit citrusy. I was ready to jump into hoppy goodness! And then...whoa, not very hoppy at all; in fact, hardly anything going on there. What the hell? Then, the sweet maltiness that dominates this beer takes over...very good! In fact, excellent; its just that this isn't what I expected at all! I didn't think it seemed like 10% at all, very easy drinking and smooth.
I loved it! For a DIPA, though, very off the beaten path! Pick this one up!

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Photo of scooter231
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This guy pours a rusty color with no head and no lacing. No delicate lacyness on this guy- he means business. He's not wasting time with carbonation and aesthetics.

Nose is so, so hoppy. Breadyness and some earthy grassy hops come through as well.. Just deliciousness. Taste lets you down some... nowhere near as hoppy and delicious, but it's alright. Mouthfeel is lacking the suds and thin. Drinkable for a 10% beer, and I love DIPAs- but I wish the taste had lived up to the smell.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark copper with very little head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of vanilla. My first sip is not at all what I expect, so I try again searching for the hops. This beer tastes much like an eisbock with sweet maltiness riding the strong but balanced alcohol. Hints of vailla come thru in the taste. There is just a hint of bitterness in the background of the finish of the taste, but even this fades as it warms into malty goodness. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol strength was nicely balanced and left me feeling quite content. A very unique beer from Dogfish Head, not what I was expecting at all, but I was very pleased nonetheless.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.