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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,996
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
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Gots: 1,175 | FT: 33
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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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Ratings: 5,996 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of gskitt
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be my favorite DFH offering. Pours a amber/pale orange color. Not much of a head, decent lacing. Smells of oak and vanilla. Tastes of sweet malt, vanilla, has a smoky oak character. Not a lot of carbonation, alcohol is hidden eerily well. Smooth mouthfeel and finish. Wow! Love this beer.

Photo of spree92
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a bottle I had yesterday. Bottled on 4/07/11.
A cooper Orange pour with a massive creamy head. Head was thick and took a while to settle. Good lacing and retention. Smell of pine, oak, and sherry, possibly from the barrel aging, first appear. As the beer sits and warms, the hops that make this an IPA begin to show up on the mode and in taste. Taste is also if pine. Oily textures and it I'd evident that this gas been aged in oak barrels. As it warms, the alcohol starts to peak its ugly head. A low carbonated beers makes it smooth to drink. Complex as there are different levels at various temperatures. I keep checking the bottle that claims 10% abv. This is hard to believe because it is easy drinking us very well balanced. Alcohol us hidden well.

Photo of ebby82
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber into a tulip glass with a very nice two finger head.

The smell is a mixture between hops and malt. A very slight wood like or vanilla aroma as well.

The taste is where this beer shines. A nice, bitter hops presence, rounded off by malt. Even better, there is a slight vanilla or oak presence which really smooths out the rest of the taste. I'd say it tastes like a more mellow, wood ages 90 minute. WHich is to say, outstanding.

I'm cellaring a few and I look forward to trying them again in the future.

Photo of HugePlume
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, packaged 10/2010 poured into a pint.

A- Tight 1 finger doughy head atop a cherrywood red body with just hints of amber around the edges. Excellent head retention. Exceptional lacing, there is just a wall of foam down the side of my pint. Best lacing I have ever seen. Slight chill haze.

S- Whoa! Booz hits you right away. At 10% I wouldnt expect any less. Lighter notes of hops and vanilla-esque oak scents drift upwards.

T- Very strong! Initially booz and hop bitterness dominate. As it warms, you get the alcohol punch right away, but then a rapid succession of wood, malt, fruity hops and bitter hops lap at your tongue like waves on a lake. A strong breath of alcohol tops it off as a finale.

M- Very good. Carbonation is extremely light which lets the bitterness counteract the alcohol on the finish.

O- Great intense brew. If you can find it get it! It will not disappoint!

Photo of mjgooner13
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light copper/amber with a hazy slightly off white head which left quickly...decent lacing

S - sweet, a brown sugar/vanilla smell with hints of cherry and picked up some booze as well

T - Syrupy sugar and a bit in your face...not getting any of the cherry taste which I was hoping for and finishs light on the hop

M- mouthfeel was good, wouldn't be difficult to have a few of these

O - A well balanced beer, the only downside was that I was looking for some cherry in the taste that i picked up with the nose...A bit sugary but still a very tasty easy drinking brew...another job well done by dogfish

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish-orange color with a really nice head and thick lacing.

S: Vanilla up front for sure. Hop aroma is largely subdued or is just drowned out I suppose - but you can still smell a bit of citrus in there. Maybe a little alcohol too.

T: Strong vanilla upfront with typical old ale toffee/molasses and a bit of caramel. Fades away with the hoppy bitterness of an IPA. Very complex and well-rounded, I like it.

M: Quite heavy indeed. Relatively light carbonation.

O: A little bit heavy on the oak/vanilla but otherwise quite good. Hard to categorize this beer, it's a bit out of place in the double IPA category, the old ale is definitely the dominating half of this beer in my opinion. Regardless, very complex and quite good. Think of it as a lighter, hoppy old ale. Tastes especially good at basically room temperature too.

Photo of jester5120
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH snifter

A- poured a dark copper color with nice white head that quickly dropped down. nice lacing down the glass as i drink it.

S- Strong smell of vanilla from the oak tanks. Also a slight hint of pininess.

T- Nice blend of both english ale and iipa styles. nice hoppy flavor with an upfront vanilla taste.

M- medium bodied with some warmth from the higher alcohol.

O- Nice vanilla character carried through both the smell and taste from oak aging. Mellow warming from the alcohol.

Photo of andrewinski1
2.51/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This one was bottled sometime in April, so it's little more than a month old. Poured into a tulip. Light amber hazy body with a thick off white head. Good lacing.

The smell is sweet and exactly like the artificial cotton candy bubblegum smell. There is a hint of citrus in the aroma as well.

The taste is very sweet, with a bit of the vanilla oak flavor. The hops are very subdued; maybe adding a little floral flavor to the candy sweetness.

The body is medium-large, and the carbonation nice and prickly.

Not an offensive tasting beverage, but I can't say I'm a fan by any means. This is close to being a barleywine, but there isn't any complexity in the taste and it's just too sweet.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge blast of citrus and fruitcake like smells and as I got halfway through the beer the vanilla, wood, and spicy notes came out a bunch more especially when I swirled the beer around. The taste is almost unlike any other beer with a a smooth velvet thick and rich body that has toffee sweet malts and ending with that 90 minute like bitterness that consists of the fruity citrus taste and bitterness. Just as the smell the wood, vanilla,

and spicy tastes come out a lot more as you drink it more. You can tell they made sure that every single taste wasn't full on in your face but everything is just enough there so that it has this complete unique blend to it where it all combines into one taste instead of a bunch of separate tastes. Alcohol is very well masked and if anything adds the spicyness that mixes in with the subtle vanilla and oak wood tastes perfectly. Almost too perfectly well balanced. With it being well balanced the two most outright flavors are of course the sweet toffee malts and citrus hops with the other tastes (oak, wood, vanilla) coming in subtly. A plus beer all the way around and another all time favorite from Dogfish Head.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice clear amber with a very sticky 3-finger off white head that seemes to last forever. Lots of nice lacing.

S- A boat load of citrus in the aroma. There's also some sweetness in there and a slight hint of alchohol. Definately mostly grapefruit and pineapple.

T- The sweetness and the citrus flavors meld together very nicely. They really complement each other without blowing the other away. The grapefruit and pineapple flavors do stand out a little more than the sweetness.

MF- Nice full dodied beer with just slight carbonation.

O- As this beer warms, it gets much, much better; the body gets bigger and the flavor gets bolder. Very good.

Photo of scotvega18
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch (April 2011) Poured into 12oz Southern Tier Tulip

A - Deep orange with a nice tight off white head. Fantastic lacing.

S - Citrus and Sweet Fruit, a lot or orange, grapefruit, maybe even some peach and pineapple. The alcohol is definitely noticeable through all of that.

T - The hops slam up front with a big citrus blast, then mellow out into some faint oakiness. The finish is a big, bitter and dry one, with the heat of the beer giving a warming sensation at the end.

M - Nice, with some age this would go down just a bit too smooth...

Notes - For an oaked beer, the oak really isnt very present, which is good because it does tend to be a bit too present in IPAs.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint on tap at Meridian DC.

Light gold/amber body given, with minimal collar off pour. Slightly light off white cream head. Looks good fairly straight forward.

Bouquet is a simple pine but also with a real nice apricot and a distinct smell of powdered sugar. Very nice!

Taste is soft and chewy, fleshy apricots and and interesting feel of peach like fuzz. I get dense peach fuzz off of this on tap with a fantastic feel of pillow softness and some malt backbone.

Drinkability is incredibly solid. Extremely unique fruit feeling with a wonderful mouthfeel. I get a fuzz bent off this which just hits the spot.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled to tulip

A - copper, amber, orange, darker then most IIPA's assuming from the barrel, sticky lacing, small off white head.

S - Oak, roasty malt, hops, citrus, cherry nyquil, alcohol

T - wood, hops, citrus, grass, malt, cherry alcohol

M - medium feel, spicy on the lips after

O - A good beer I would defenitly be happy to have more of.

Photo of KajII
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a clear medium amber that had a slight yellow hue around the edges of the glass with a large (2-3 finger) rocky white head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing.

The aroma was heavy of herbal hops, caramel malts and a sweet yeast with hints of oak, honey and citrus (Grapefruit and maybe a little orange).

It tasted mildly sweet and a little acidic with a nice caramel note in the beginning. Then progressed into a hoppy-bitter-sour flavor with a nice citrus note and a mild alcohol finish, which left the flavor lingering for a good long time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with the texture being smooth and creamy and having a very nice soft carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Imperial IPA that has a nice mix of sweet and hoppy with a nice citrus undertone. I really enjoyed this brew, even though I am just starting to appreciate hoppy brews.

Photo of jgreenearrow
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly translucent amber brown color. A thick white, fluffy head forms at the top of the pours with moderate lacing throughout the glass.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose along with the presence of some bourbon, malt, and sweet molasses.

T: Sweet malts and oak flavor envelope the tongue at the onset of the sip. Citrus hops dominate in the middle followed by some bourbon and slight sweetness in the finish. Slight alcohol burn in the trail.

M: The beer has a light to medium body with prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It is one of the better offerings from dogfish head. The flavors are beautifully balanced and complex, creating a delightfully refreshing beer that effectively masks the high abv.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great looker- Amber color with perfect two finger cocoa head which sticks around for a while. Ok carbonation and above average lacing. Fairly clear, with some cloudiness. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Caramel, malt, hops, woody smelling. Nice. This ought to be really nice if it's as tasty as the smell. Some floral scents as well.

T- Very nice. All the smells come through, as well as some butterscotch and serious malt. Very smooth. I would never guess this beer is 10% ABV. I don't taste any alcohol at all. Some burnt toast in there as well. Nice addition to Dogfish Head's prolific lineup.

M- Really, really smooth and nice. Very balanced. This might be the strongest category of this beer. No bite at all. Very malty feeling/smooth feeling. Pretty good!

O- Very nice. Not my favorite beer in the style, or even from this brewery, but totally solid. It's definitely a sneaky 10% beer. You don't realize this until it's too late. Very solid, and definitely worth picking up.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage
served into snifter at a bit cooler than cellar temp

Color: A hazy amber/brownish tint. looks a lot like raspberry iced tea. Very well carbonated and it also forms a dime thin white head. Hardly any lacing.

Nose: First thing that hits the nose is the nice balanced hop aroma, followed by these waves of sweet vanilla and charred wood... yummy! The smell of citrus then comes through most likely from what I believe may be north-western hops.

Palate: Definitely a big beer with some kick. Full bodied and delicious. Oaky notes float on the the tongue then they are washed away by tangy grapefruit and orange.

Finish: Great, Awesome, and complex. Explodes with all sorts of texture and artistry. Its a beer meant to be sipped and enjoyed all the way through. Good job Dogfish Head!!!!

Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light caramel color with a small head, with very nice sticky lacing on glass. Smells of a big alcohol burn (very boozy), with a smell of burnt sugar, candied fruit, and pears. Very sticky sweet taste, little bitter, nice malt backbone. Hops all throughout taste.

Overall an amazing brew - sweet, hoppy, malty, and I would love to see how one tastes with a couple years behind it.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck stamped Bottled 04/07/11 105. Another one of those beers that I've drank a bunch of but never rated. Quick review:

Pours a clear and bright amber with some orange hues and 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head with great retention. Leaves lots of lacing. Nose is all about citrus-bomb hops. Smells like a bright, juicy East Coast sugar-bomb IIPA. Palate is slick with alcohol and sugar right up front. Lots of citrus hops on the palate, then the oak board flavors start to take over. There's something in there a little unpleasant, like sugar that is on the border of burning. But it's mostly a sticky-sweet IIPA. Hops mostly play a flavor role. ABV is fairly well integrated with a mellow warming feeling instead of a straight-up prickle.

This is a big, sweet beer. Not for fans of dry, bitter IIPAs, but rather folks that like 120 Minute or Southern Tier Un*Earthly.

Photo of davidbowers13
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Servied in a snifter from the bottle.

A - Copper/orange color. Very thin layer of white head.

S - A nice combination of hops, malt and oak when cool. Once it warms the alcohol and oak flavors really start coming out.

T - The citrus and hops stand out when its cool. Once it starts to warm the oak and alchol is really noticable.

M - Smooth, retains carbonation well and coats the mouth well.

O - Not my favorate DIPA, but a still a good beer. Maybe a little malt heavy combined with the oak. It is interesting to see how it changes once it warms slightly.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours copper orange with a light brown to tan head that leave a nice lace on the glass.
S: malty first then grapefruit and a little orange hops.
T: nice east coast ipa, with a smooth sweetness, a light vanilla woody-ness. Hops are not overpowering yet obviously there, a nice blend between grapefruit, pine and floral.
M: smooth, a little bit coating. Carbonation is enough to be smooth yet maintain the head till the end.
O: great brew, hides its abv too well, never knew it was a blend of an old ale and an ipa till I looked at the DFH website.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a snifter a hazy dark amber with 2/4 in creamy white head and good retention of lacing. Aroma is of hops, citrus, spices, grassy, cherries, oaky, and slightly boozy. Mouthfeel is of good carbonation and medium bodied. Taste is pretty much all of the aroma. This is an excellent, refreshing brew and in my top 5 for DFH.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky orange/amber body. Small white head with loads of lacing.

S: A nice balance of floral hops and sweet malts. Also getting some citrus hops & light oak which gives it some vanilla undertones.

T: Sweet caramel malts upfront, followed by a candy orange flavor, and finishes slightly oaky and floral bitter hops.

M: Medium to full body; slightly mild carbonation; Syrupy texture.

O: Reminded me of an American barleywine because it was so malt forward. Really nice beer and would definitely get it again.

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This is actually a blend of Scotch ale and the 90 Min. IPA. And it's really good...
Poured dark amber, cloudy, with a white head that retained fairly well throughout. IPA hops in the nose, and some alcohol. Woody and hoppy up front with some citrus note, quickly taken over by sweet malts and alcohol. But these elements exist in a very nice harmony, providing an extremely drinkable brew.

Photo of afrokaze
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (dated 11/21/10) into a tulip. Picked this up from the City Beer Store & been holding on to it for about 2 months.

A - Pours a nice golden amber with a solid finger of off-white head that settles slowly with decent lacing.

S - I was standing outside in the wind when I opened the bottle, but the amazing smell assaulted my nostrils. Nice earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit/citrus, a little spicy with noticeable alcohol fumes, & some oak, roasty malt. Probably one of the best beer aromas I've ever experienced, I had to get a nose-full before every sip.

T - Very malt forward even for DFH, but with great caramel notes. Citrus & earthy hop bitterness attack, followed by great oak woodiness. Some floral notes with a slightly sweet & hot finish. Aftertaste of hops & lingering oak is sublime.

M - On the medium to big end, but not overpowering. Nice and creamy to stand up to the big ABV, but maybe a little too sticky. Drinks right at its ABV.

O - A really fantastic brew that is a great example of DFH's signature style, totally tweaking expectations. Certainly not an everyday beer, but so satisfying and worth the wait. It may be bordering on barleywine territory a bit, but I love the malt profile that DFH IPAs have. I think the other one will be perfect to pop open with about a year on it to really get the wood character to come out.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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