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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 4748
Reviews: 1669
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

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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Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 9-02-13.

A dark honey/amber body, generous head, excellent retention sitting at a strong 3 fingers with drooping lacing all over. Aroma of strong wood, pine, all alcohol infused. Flavor is heavy on the pine, some sugar making it sweet but smooth. Drinks remarkably well despite the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:52:08 | More by papat444
Photo of utfiero


4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- cloudy apricot amber. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- apricot marmalade and grapefruit zest.

Taste- Starts hoppy but quickly mellows with malty buttery smoothness with a hint of burnt toast and vanilla finishing with a long and strong grapefruit with subtle evergreen notes. A suburb imperial IPA.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1-3-14.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:47:24 | More by utfiero
Photo of bryangb

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle bottled 3 months ago. Smell: Citrus hops, burnt wood, malt. The booze smell becomes much more noticeable as the beer warms. Taste: Dried fruit and hops. The hop flavor doesn't over power the beer though. Allows you to keep searching for the other flavors. Very malty. A burnt woody flavor is there, but not a lot. Very smooth and the 10% is hidden well in my opinion. You could tell me 7-8 and id have no trouble believing it. Definitely up there on my favorites list. I first had it 3 years ago and I keep coming back

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:02:09 | More by bryangb
Photo of PSU_Mike


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - A dark copper color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. There is low carbonation with some sediment.

S - Resiny hops up front but still a very sweet malt presence in the background. Smells similar to barleywines I've had. Very subtle oaky hints.

T - Shockingly low amount of hops. Very sweet malt presence. Malt-forward with the oak presence showing its face shortly thereafter. Very odd for an IPA...different for sure but not in a totally terrible way.

M - A nice mouthfeel...a little creamy with a dry finish. Bitter on the sides of your tongue.

O - Very different from anything I've had before. I would say it drinks more like a barleywine than a DIPA. It's very malt-forward for an IPA but enjoyable. Although, this is definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:09:05 | More by PSU_Mike
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a dark coppery color with a sense of cloudiness throughout the glass.

Smell - The oak jumps out more than the hops. Notes of vanilla and dark fruits are available if the drinker searches.

Taste - The initial taste is sweet grass and dark fruits. The oakiness from the aging gives a sense of vanilla, but it fades quickly. The lemony hops come toward the back of the taste and are somewhat abrasive. The hops are most notable in the grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thickness is a little more reflective of a barleywine. Certainly, this beer has some staying power.

Overall - I am really not a fan of aged IPAs/DIPAs. I would drink this one, but I would not seek it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:56:17 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of jjamadorphd


4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely a delicious beer. High alcohol content does not overpower the flavors of hops and malts - but for me - mixes well compared to other 10%-ers. The beer pours a beautiful caramel color with a lightly tanned head, thick and puffy. A nice smell of malt that I found very appealing, with mouthfeel that was smooth and easy on the tongue. Overall, it was the best 10%-er I've had to date and would like very much to partake of more.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:49:52 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of moorerm04


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a pint glass with a less than aggressive pour, leaves a two finger soapy head that hangs around for a while. Beautiful clear orange hue, with loads of lacing that hangs to the side of the glass.
S- The first thing I get in the smell department is sweet malt. There is less hop aroma than I had expected but some citrus none the less. I get hints of vanilla and a light booze aroma as well.
T- Unbelievably smooth for an imperial IPA, lots of citrus mango's and peach blossoms. There is a sweet malt backbone to make the 70 IBU's taste more like 40. The oak is present but not overwhelming, as it only adds to the complexity of this beer. Hints of vanilla from the oak are present. As I let the beer warm to room temp I finally picked up the alcohol warmth, but not hot by any means. One of the best tasting Oaked IPA's I have ever tasted.
M- Pretty much what you can expect from any good imperial IPA, nice and smooth, no bite from the carbonation. I suspect this beer around two volumes.
O- One of the best oaked IIPA's I have ever had, in fact I'm upset that I'm just now getting to this beer. I will be back for more of this, if you want to venture into oak aged IPA's this would be an excellent gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:37:23 | More by moorerm04
Photo of Hammer35


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber color with great carbonation. A very slightly tan head, good retention and nice lacing. A really beautiful beer.

Smell: Sweet malts and hoppy citrus up front with a nice, oaky hint at the end. A bit of caramel too.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth. Malty and sweet with a nice burst of citrus. Notes of oak, caramel and vanilla round it out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, leaning toward the thicker side. I would have liked just slightly more carbonation.

Overall: Amazingly complex and well balanced. Blending two batches of differently aged beers produced an extremely unique flavor and the oak aging makes for a smoothness that hides the high abv very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 22:52:39 | More by Hammer35
Photo of reebtaerG


4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass
A-pours a dark ruby color with a thin white head
S-grapefruit honey and pine hops with a vanilla oak aroma
T-great fruity hops with the warm vanilla from the oak barrels
M-great well balanced great hops then the sweetness of the malts and oak. Excellence!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:51:43 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Hoperator


3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light amber with a touch of haze and a light tan head that doesn't stay on the glass. Carbonated perfectly. The aroma has an almost sour presence with citrus notes behind it and woody overtones. The taste starts with a strong Warrior hop punch right out of the gate, moving to an oaky bitterness in the middle when the malt depth and prune notes surface. It finishes citrusy with a bit of lingering, drawling mouth feel. You certainly get the English Ale yeast throughout the experience providing a somewhat sweet foundation to the taste. Surprisingly drinkable for a 10%er. Another nice "Big Beer" from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:45:47 | More by Hoperator
Photo of delta490


4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy amber with a big creamy white head. Head has solid retention and leaves lacing on the DFH goblet.

S-subtle. A mixture of the 90-minute IPAs big hop presence (citrus, floral) and some oak from the barrel-aged portion

T- follows right in line with the aroma, but with the addition of the caramel malt backbone that supports the whole structure

M- silky smooth. A slight bite from the hops on the tip of the tongue

O-This is a big flavor and easy drinking oak-aged IPA. The oak doesn't overwhelm as it can in many others, but adds a nice subtle flavor. This big ABV beer hides it exceedingly well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 21:16:39 | More by delta490
Photo of schwemjw


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: thick caramel with a brilliant white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: sweet vanilla and oak immediately followed by classic dogfish Head IPA. Some sweet tropical aromas and a caramel base. Enticing!

T: picks up where the aroma left off. A dominate vanilla bean followed by a pleasant layer of caramelized grapefruit. A middle mouth that is slightly floral with hints of pine and underlying oak. Boozy. A full citrus finish that is quite dry.

M: a medium to full mouth feel with decent hang time on the finish.

O: just a great beer. The alcohol is definitely present but the oak gives it a wonderful complexity. /92

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 19:16:17 | More by schwemjw
Photo of -MK-

New York

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a four pack of this, spending 16 dollars. Now, I am by no means cheap, but thats a lot so I expect a lot- like I should see jesus or something.

The appearance was a glistening reddish gold, smelled of sweet and sour, followed by a complex variety of flavors ranging from cherries, malts, green apple, and slight hops. For an imperial IPA I was hoping for more distinct hopiness, which this beer does not have. Though the alcohol content is high, its a very smooth drink.

Overall an exceptional beer in many ways, but I didn't see jesus. Probably not something I will get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 14:22:52 | More by -MK-
Photo of Silverpath6


3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX. Not really a big fan of Dogfish head, but it sounded intriging. I really like the flavor on the back end , but the front end was "soapy" - not sure if it was the beer, or some other issue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 17:33:20 | More by Silverpath6
Photo of ISmith87


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4- I don't really knock beers for taste ever. It's a nice caramel amber color with a thin film of white bubbles that leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.25 - bourbon, vanilla, caramel, like a nice old ale. Maybe some breadiness in there too. Pretty damn good so far.
T - 4.25 - Nice light bourbon taste with vanilla, caramel, bready malts. It's really less of a double IPA and more an old ale/barelywine in my opinion. There's some light citrusy hops in there too, but very balanced.
M - 4.25 - Medium mouthfeel. alc is present but appropriate. Aftertaste is boozey bourbon and vanilla. Some hops in there too. Like a good barleywine.
O - 4.25 - I like it. It's a solid beer. For the price? I'd probably spring for Third Coast Old Ale by Bell's first, or Double DBA if I had the money laying around and could find it. This one's an interesting take and it's interesting the way it's made.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:32:38 | More by ISmith87
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Burton Baton is a clear brown/mohagony color. Pours a large, dense, and creamy, light tan head with good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of booze, dark fruit, malt, and a bit of floral hops.

Booze is showcased in the taste as well, along with heavy caramel malts, dry dark bread, raisins, floral hops, and a bit of pine. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, with average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:26:01 | More by JG-90
Photo of JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on May 2013, drank end of October. I wouldn't normally keep an IPA around this long but the bottle says it will age very well!

A: Caramel brown with minimal head - turns to lacing pretty quick.

S: Much more malty than I expected. Caramel, sweet banana bread, some pineapple and peach.

T: Oh man. It's like a pale ale that had both the malt and hops turned way up. Big caramel notes with a great range of hops flavours: chamomile, lavender floral notes, earthy notes of pine and oak, and orange citrus. Ends with earthy bitterness but coated in caramel, so the bitterness of the hops is totally taken care of.

O: Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. Much more malty than I had expected but it struck a great balance because of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:56:16 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Photo of RyanCave


3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Red, mahogany small small amount of purple when help up to the sun light. a little hazy Incredible color. aggressive pour into a FFF Teku glass which gave me about a quarter inch thick white head. easily agitated into 1/8th inch head. great lacing.

N: little citrus, lots of malt, carmel, fruit-non specific,

T: malt, citrus, brown sugar

M: thick, rich, coats the inside of your mouth

O: not one of my favorites from DFH. I think I prefer it fresh, but this wasn't kept in ideal conditions throughout its cellaring life so I would want to try a few more to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:13:50 | More by RyanCave
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has plenty of hops, a bit of pine to it. Taste starts off dry and very bitter, get smoother as the glass goes down. Some tropical fruits, pine, very dry. Alcohol is present throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, a pretty good beer, but not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 12:12:38 | More by tone77
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a bright amber color with a fingers worth of creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-citric hops, bready malt, caramel touch of oak and vanilla. Definitely gets sweeter as the beer warms.

T-the taste certainly has a fair amount of citrus hops, but the taste is predominately sweet with a nice bready quality to it. Sticky caramel, vanilla, and a bit of oak finish things off. For 10% the alcohol is very well hidden.

M-medium body, good carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

Overall I am not picking up much of the IPA elements, but it is still an excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 21:48:55 | More by ksimons
Photo of Archimetez


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: nice amber color, cream colored head
-- Label is unassuming and if not for the dogsfish symbol, I likely would have miss it on the shelf.

S: Nice rich oaky malt smell with hops. Cannot smell the high alcohol content

T: Smooth, malty hops that is mellowed out hops. Cannot taste the alcohol even as the bottle warmed up.

M: Clean smooth finish

O: Nicely done, nothing specific stands out unique in comparison to the other barreled aged IPA's I have had but that does not mean much as I have yet to have one I do not like.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:03:47 | More by Archimetez
Photo of Roguer


4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark garnet pour, pulpy, and nearly opaque. Pours a thin, <1 finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin, bubbly rim. Lovely thin but complete lacing.

Warm, delicate nose of tannins, flowers, oak, vanilla, and hints of tobacco and mint. You can tell it's a hoppy brew, but there are no major traditional hop aromas that jump out at you.

Flavor comes across as a mix between 90 and 120 minute: malty, slightly boozy, and with a dry yet flowery hoppiness that manifests as a quality vice distinct hop flavors. The oak barrel makes a noticeable appearance with a strong oak backbone. Malts are well represented yet extremely well balanced and not overpowering; hint of caramel, with some grains and oats.

Not a thick mouthfeel, but still a sipping beer. No alcohol or carbonation sting. Thick clingy hop oil residue, and a beautiful palate-cleansing astringency.

This is a very complex brew that is extremely tasty. There's an absolute ton going on, and every sip might reveal something new. 90 min is well-represented by the strength of flavor and the impeccable balance, but the time spent in French oak adds a lovely special little something.

For a 10% ABV beer, this is an easy-sipping, fantastic beer. Some DFH odd-balls are worth a try; this is worth buying regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:37:23 | More by Roguer
Photo of DeFaz


4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark golden amber color with a large head that recedes to almost an inch leaving blotchy lacing.

Smell: Not what you'd expect from a double IPA, the smell is sweet with fruit and bread flavors along with the wood. Smells good, but again it's a little surprising.

Taste: Starts off with a dominant wood taste followed by ambiguous fruit flavors, sweetness from malt, and some pine flavors from the hops. It's more sweet than bitter, but the hops come in there toward the end. The alcohol is concealed very well.

Mouthfeel: Perfect thickness, minimal bite from the alcohol, and moderate carbonation to keep it crisp. With as sweet as it is it never becomes sticky.

Overall: There's a lot going on, and some of it works and some of it doesn't. The woodiness of the beer was well-executed because it wasn't overdone, but the hops struggled to make an impression. The alcohol was dangerously hidden. Overall, I'm glad I tried the beer, but I wouldn't spend the money to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:24:24 | More by DeFaz
Photo of hmich176


4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up at the local Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA. I love everything about this beer. The appearance, taste and mouthfeel are absolutely top notch. It pours a nice gold, brown color with a nice white head. The lacing on the bottle is a nice bonus. You really pick up the sweet, hearty flavors on the nose, and get the oak flavor in the taste. For a 10 percenter, there was absolutely no booziness to it; if you didn't read the label, you'd never know this was that high a percentage. It's very well balanced and just a satisfying brew.

Overall, this is one of my favorite IPAs, easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 06:08:55 | More by hmich176
Photo of xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a really nice golden-brown with a thick white head that quickly settles. Leaves a small amount of nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A sweet tobacco smell backed with a slight hop back and dried fruits. A dark bread scent.

T: Definitely oaken as the wood taste is the first and last flavors on the tongue. Hops are present but really just compliment the sweetness of the malts.

M: Coats the mouth with the bitter wet hops, but leaves a nice dry acidic aftertaste. Very nice and not too heavy.

O: The sweet and bitter flavors play well together adding complexity to this brew. Obviously crafted with great care, this is a good brew to sip with friends, not your everyday chugger. 8/10 would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 18:33:52 | More by xseanprimex
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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