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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,853
Reviews: 1,756
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 318
Gots: 1,069 | FT: 30
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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 RossCain
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Poured blood-orange with a small, creamy off-white head which slightly clung to the sides of the glass. The head quickly settled in less than a minute down to a thin cap. The brew was opaque and left nice legging down the side of the glass upon each sip.

S: Intense bouquet of citrus hops predominated by notes of grapefruit and lightly tart orange. Alongside the hoppy, citrus aroma ran an undercurrent of subtle pine melding with an oak earthiness. Good throw on the head and certainly had a lush aroma.

T: An intriguingly complex full flavor which began with the upfront rush of citric hops with intense notes of grapefruit and sweet, lightly tart blood orange. From here, the taste delicately transitioned into an almost earthy, resin flavor with the oak making for a nice nuance. Again, the brew transitioned into a finish braced by a nice, sweet malt backbone with light notes of caramel alongside very subtle hop bitters. Very well rounded in flavor. The alcohol doesn't make itself known until later... (read further)

M: Oily and slick with a medium-full body and a lightly bitter finish. Definitely a pleasurable slick coating of the mouth upon the finish with lightly prickly carbonation and a pleasant alcohol warming. Very well done.

D: Deceptively drinkable for a 10% abv beer. The well-rounded, complimentary flavors of hops, malts, and pleasant earthiness from the oak made for a uniquely enjoyable experience. However, I slid the rating down because towards maybe 1/4 of the beer left, the alcohol became more and more noticeable in the flavor profile. Strangely, the last few sips tasted like an overly boozy barleywine and nothing like the beginning few. If there existed a consistent taste from start to finish, I could easily see taking down another... then another.

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

A - Dark amber with good retention and a creamy slim head. Lacing sticks well.

S - Floral notes stick out along with citrus and pine. Finishes with a little sweetness and hints of cinnamon; barely a dose of alcohol in the nose.

T - Starts with plenty of hops and finishes with sweet malt. Well balanced as you would expect. I miss out on any of the wood/oak action.

F - A creamy brew, well carbonated. Leaves a tangy finish.

D - Exceptionally drinkable despite the abv. At one point I caught myself thinking I was sipping on a regular 90 minute (not a bad thing, but expected more subtleties). I actually want a 90 minute right now to really notice the different nuances. Was glad to find this one and will look for again on their next release.

Poured from 12oz to NB Globe. Bottled on 11/19/10

Photo of beerphan
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> taster
bottled on: 08/13/10

Pours a clear amber with a creamy slightly off bone white head that deposits copious patches of lace. Becomes hazed as i pour the final few ounces into the 10oz glass. Thick rings of tight lace. Carbonation appears sparse.

Nose: Pine, sweets, booze,

Slick thick semi creamy mouthfeel. Wow, this thing is blast of flavor. Super sweet caramel malts and brown sugar along with fruity hops giving pear, pineapple, orange. Finishes with a vanilla boozy burn and plenty of bitterness, yet still on the sweet side. Alcohol lingers in the mouth.

This is a monster brew to for the week of taste buds. For sipping and savoring.

Photo of bigboytim28
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer review on this website. So, Im gonna caution this with saying, IM A TOTAL HOPHEAD. 12 oz bottle poured into regular pint glass. AROMA hits you right out of the glass. Exceptional double that creeps up on you. A must try for all hop heads and overall a good beer for anyone.

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

Upon pouring it looks like a rich amber color with about a finger of a cream head.

The smell is a bouquet of citrus, oak, and hops.

The initial taste is Oak with a touch of citrus finishing in a nice malty vanilla. not as hoppy as many dipa.

The mouthfeel is a very pleasing smooth with good carbonation from beginning to end.

It is very drinkable. But be careful cause it will catch up to you quick.

Another great treat coming out of DFH!

Photo of depechemode1983
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown honey color with a decent off-white head. Retention is moderate. Has a nice curtain like lacing.

S - Very sweet nose. Plums, raisins and sweet toffee is all present. Nice mild citrusy hops character present in the background as well. Ends nutty and sweet with a citrus bite. Very complex nose.

T - Sweet and fruity. The taste is very wine like but instead with a citrus hops backbone. There are lots a grape like qualities. The finish is semi sweet and citrusy.

M - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Has exceptional volume and sits very nicely on the palate.

D/N - Very drinkable is the sense that all the flavors meld well together, to create an awesome complex brew that makes you want more and more. Although the ABV% would have you drunk in no time.

Photo of aasher
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This bottle was dated 8/13/10, so it's roughly five months old. It says it ages with the best of them so let's see. It pours a muddied dark amber in color with a one finger off white head, and little sediment. The aromas have certainly faded. There is virtually no hoppyness at all. It wreaks of sweet malt and that's all I can really pick up. The flavor is good but not what it is when it's fresh. It's a nice blend of hops and sweet malt. The hops have faded and it's sweeter than normal but it doesn't really take away too much. It's still pretty good. It tastes more like the Squall right now. It drinks like it's from one of their 750s. It's exceptionally smooth with little carbonation. Because the beer is pretty subdued, this is perfect. This beer is a very drinkable Imperial IPA. I highly recommend it.

Photo of GatheringBrews
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first impression is from resiny, piney hop aroma, which is strong in the first pour but dissipates after a few moments. There's also alight bready, malt scent.

An off-white creamy head with tight lacing and good retention of about .25-inch of head sits well, and it pours a golden, copper color with ample carbonation, slightly hazy.

Clean, crisp flavor is the first taste. The expected hop kick isn't there. Oh, there's bitterness but it's very much in balance with slightly sweet malt and mellow oak. That lovely oak is right at the front of the palette with a touch of citrus and malty sweetness. Surprisingly, there only a little bitterness at the front. Burton Baton finishes with small amount of alcohol warmth, dryness and bitterness.

It's a sneaky beer, for sure, at 10% ABV, so it's probably good they only come in 4-packs. You could easily drink a lot of this beer and not necessarily realize it.

Photo of engagechad
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this single at once upon a vine in south richmond, VA. Bottling date was 10/24/10

Popped the top on this and the pour itself excited me

A - The appearance is a reddish orangey amber hue, somewhat hazy but not cloudy. It just looks complex! The head stuck around and the lacing was TIGHT. Teeny tiny bubbles sticking to the glass.

S - The smell. Oh jeezus the smell was to die for.. I think I spent more time smelling it than drinking it! VERY floral and aromatic it has the characteristics of an IPA but the floral nose on it surprised me (and the wife) big time.

T - Taste was amazing and complex, on the exhale through the nose you get some of the yeast and it's very intriguing.

M - Felt smooth, WAY too smooth for a 10% beer with no age on it.. I'm sure the drinkability and the mouthfeel would be even better with a year on it.

D - Very drinkable, I will note that the alcoholy taste is there, present, but not in the forefront of the profile. Very impressive for a 10%

Buy it now, buy it often. I know I'm probably going to grab a 4 pack if i can, drink two and age two..

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

Pours a very nice orange/copper with a big frothy white head. Good lacing and retention. Hoppy aroma. Citrus mostly, woodsy notes as well. Great flavor combination. Starts with some refreshing citrus hops, grapefruit and orange, before moving onto some more pine notes as you get into the beer. The oak is definitely present at the finish along with a little vanilla which creates a sweet malt to balance out the beer perfectly. The alcohol is almost completely masked, only showing up if the beer gets overly warm. Excellent.

Photo of theo871
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/14/10

Pours a deep copper, with a head that does not dissipate. you could float a bottle cap on this one!

Smells hoppy, citrusy, fruity, woody. An olfactory treat!

Tastes of floral hops, with a malt finish. the 10% ABV is so well masked here, its borderline dangerous!

Mouthfeel is smooth, perfect for the style.

This rates at the top for DIPA for me. It doesn't get any better than this.

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

Clear bronze colour, with a bit more than one finger of beige head. Head slides to a thin cap, but leaves a strong ring of lacing.

Grapefruit rind and pine resin seem to dominate the nose. I keep getting the impression of soft banana candies, which is surprising.

Sweet orange right up front, toasted bread with caramel, then a smooth transition into a very flavourful hop mix. Citrus and pine in pleasant balance. Slightly boozy at the very finish, but not harsh.

Smooth and slick bodied, full but not thick. Really nice in the mouthfeel department.

I didn't know quite what to expect with this one, but I am quite pleasantly surprised. Balanced and full of flavours, this is easy to appreciate.

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

Recieved my DFH Snifter today after what happened to my old one (Read my review on Immort Ale) and I decided I should enjoy a DFH brew in it to break it in.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with 10/14/2010 date into a DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a clear caramel mahogany color into my glass. Looks delish. A 1 finger white head develops and VERY slowly falls into a beautiful cap, very very thick, and leaves awesome super sticky lacing all over the glass. Beautiful beer!

S - Smells of hops, pine, some light citrus, and some slight roasted and carmelized malts. I also get some woody tones, oak and the like. Perhaps some sweet notes, sweet dark fruits as well.

T - Amazing. A great DIPA. So much flavor. Take everything from the "S" section and just make it come alive on your tounge. The hops, hit first and then the sweet malt and wood come after and leave you with a pleasant after taste. Some slight alcohol hits the back of the throat way after I take each sip as well. This beer is pretty high ABV so it does make sense.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Some good carbonation stands up to the flavors well and really holds it up.

D - The only reason this beer isn't rated as high in drinkability is because of the higher ABV, this one is a ass kicker if you drink to much of it. Really and truly a great beer though that I will be revisiting in a few months to see what cellaring does.

Photo of luxbwin
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Tribepride for the plethora of beer!
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Globe Glass
Appearance - I like the deep, rich color
Smell - Caramel and malt hitting my olfactory receptors
Taste - "Boom goes the dynamite"
Mouthfeel - A lot of body, and that taste def stick
Drink - I will come back to this a couple of times
Overall - Thanks Tribepride.... This is good.

Photo of msnow34
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherrywood into an oversized wineglass. Tastes a good pine and grapefruit mix of hops. Has a hint of carmel but is not a malty mess like i experience with typical double ipas. Finish is smooth and has a slight aftertaste i cannot identify. Very drinkable considering the high abv. It sneaks up on you but by the time i finish the glass i can feel it on my face. I very glad i tried this even at the price of $7 for a 10 oz glass. Best double ipa I have had.

Photo of lovindahops
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another DFH classic. Nomatter what you think about them, they continue to amaze with their styles and depictions of them

A- a gorgeous amber orange with a massive head of sticky hop foam. The head really stays around with insane lacing clustered all over the glass. Just a fantastic looking DIPA

S- strong pine and citrus all over the brew. Almost flowery to a point. Well blended with with the flavors and bitter and sweet at the same time

T- phenominal! The taste profile is hearty with the hop bitterness in a citric form with some malt flavor warming at the end. You can taste the oak solidifying the flavors of this brew. Burton Baton really creates an "added value" for a DIPA. Simply fantastic

M- the flavors are simply perfect in the mouth. Great feel

D- Burton Baton is one of the best DIPAs on the market. An absolute great taste, feel, an ability to go down. No question I will snag these all the time

Photo of tbrown4
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> DFH snifter

A - Opaque reddish orange. 1 finger soild head, foamy. Head retains all the way through a slow sipping. Sticky webbed lacing.

S - Musky, earthy, oak, light citrus

T - Deep citrus, light oak notes. Fairly well balanced with a strong bitter finish.

M - Nice compromise of viscosity. Coats and sticks around just long enough.

D - One per sitting, slow sipping. Easy to share one bottle between two people.

This is a fairly regular one for me...I usually get 2-3 four packs a year and set them aside.

I really would like DFH to release a fully oaked DIPA instead of a blend.

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

A thick, pillowy head clings heavy to the glass. Each taste documented on its walls. Light but consistent streams of fine champagne bubbles trickle upwards through just the slightest haze, an aquarium of dense ruby-hued amber.
Instant aroma without even getting my nose in there. Flowery, pine, caramel and grain, earthy undertones and yes, somewhere wood and alcohol.
Smooth as silk, touched by a slight tingle, heavy but soft. Coats the tongue but in a good and pleasant way.
Instantly sweet and rich, just a touch of hoppiness. Caramel is strong with this one. I'll be damned if I don't taste a strawberry or two! Finishes after a while with hints of pine and hops in the roof of mouth. I can feel my cheeks flush just a little. Kinda feel the need for a smoke.
This is one of those long awaited gifts that never fails to satisfy. One is gloriously enough, two would be overkill.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 1+ fingers of white head, which fades very slowly to a thin cap.

S- Full of grapefruit/citrus hopiness. Hints of malty sweetness....oaken notes.

T- Fairly assertive, citrus hops notes. Solid oak presence, but does not overpower or detract. Solid caramel malt keeps the sturdy bitterness in check. Really excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a smooth, medium-full feel. Again, quite good.

D- Excellent. All around winner....and easy to drink in spite of it's hefty 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Gonna' have to suck it up on the price and grab some more of these...

Photo of mbusster88
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 10-14-10.

A: Amber body with a good amount of carbonation. Fluffy white head and a good amount of haze at the pour. Head does go away slowly but lacing is impecable.

S: Heavy notes of hops and sweet malt character. Wood character in the nose is also sweet and very well done. Great robust nose that gives a hint of things to come.

T/M: Tons of hops right away but followed by sweet malts. Good bitterness level really cleans the palate. Wood notes are present and make this hoppy brew well balanced. Great character and really well done flavors.

D: This is for sure one of my favorite DFH beers. Good flavor and wonderful balance make this a beer to seek out.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (part of bottled on date rubbed off - best I could read was sometime in 2010) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper colored beer that poured a persistent 1/4" dense light tan head. Thick sheets and strands of lacing all over the place. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine with a hint of mango. Classic DIPA smell for me anyway.

Taste: Very balanced citrus hops moving quickly into a sweeter and malt backbone (may be some caramel in there). Really quite mellow, and maybe some vanilla from the oak in there as well. Finishes with a sharp bitter finish that passes quickly - mostly grapefruit in that bitter finish. A very tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel: Despite seeing lots of carbonation come up through the glass, the carbonation is mild on the tongue and the majority of the mouthfeel is from the smooth richness of the beer. There is some hop oil that sticks to the teeth at the end.

Drinkability: That 10% ABV is VERY well hidden; 2/3 of the way through the glass and I'm just now noticing the buzz. Definitely a beer for hop heads, but, it's a very well balanced beer and I could be suckered into a larger glass of this. It's a sipper, but a very pleasant one.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to try this, the only one in the cowboy series that I haven't had yet.

Appearance:
Golden toasty like a marshmallow roasting on a campfire just before it catches fire and turns into a blackened chunk of coal on a stick. Poured into a deep snifter there is little head formation, but some lacing. The initial head that did form was white and thin.

Smell:
Hoppy citrus and imperial ethanol goodness. The sweetness of the malt comes through as well. I cannot sense the oak, but I am hoping that it comes through more in helping to smooth and mellow the high %abv this beer offers. The sweetness may be related to barrel sugars, I catch a very faint hint of vanilla towards the end of a deep whiff.

Taste:
There is light, mellow hoppy bitterness with smooth, sweet malt following closely behind. The beer is very flavorful and provides dictionary definition IPA characteristics. I think this beer is top 5 in its class and does well at balancing extreme alcohol with tremendous hops and flavor. There is a lingering bitter taste with this beer, but it's not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel:
This beer is slightly dry and well carbonated. The hoppy bitterness lingers, but does well to balance the sweetness of the malt and wood sugars. The body of this beer is full and almost syrupy in consistency. I would like to have paired this to a meal, or possibly tried it at a warmer temperature, but alas, 12oz can only go so far.

Drinkability:
A highly drinkable beverage that is not too overpowering on the palate and smells wonderfully complex to the nose. I drank this beer fairly quickly to assess earlier aspects of the review because clearly so much went into its production. I toast not only to the new years, but also to a phenomenal beverage series that pushed the limits in regards to expectations and classic beer definitions. For being 10%abv, this beer is surprisingly drinkable, which is as dangerous as it is fun. I would love to try this beer on tap, but would probably not pay the $15 for a 4-pack.

Cheers.

Photo of dutchlq7
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden honey/amber color, head is a nice creamy off white. Hazy, looks great.

Smell-A biscuity aroma, with a fuity smell also. you can smell the alcohol coming through.

Taste- big toasty malt up front, well balanced by a combo of grassy, floral hops at the end. Finishes leaving a fruity vanilla, oak aftertaste. Feel the warmth of the alcohol in your chest.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is one amazing beer. So complex but so good. If you keep trying to pick out diffrent flavors you'll drink yourself stupid. Sip and enjoy.

Photo of LosRobots
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer has a very impressive look to it. It is a bright coppery orange, almost red beer. The head isn't huge but it is impressive for a beer with 10% alcohol. It is relatively low but it is a creamy head and it lasted the whole time I was drinking it.

S - The smell of this beer is fairly subtle, especially compared with the other extreme characteristics of this beer (such as 10% abv and extreme amounts of oak). However if you give it a good smelling on the way to a sip, you will smell booze and not much else.

T - When it comes to taste, this beer shines. Terrific hop and malt flavors but then the oak adds a tremendous amount of vanilla notes and also mellows the high alcohol content. This beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

M - This beer has great mouthfeel to it. It is full bodied but is also quite easy to drink.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. I find it quite easy to drink a 4-pack of Burton Baton no problem, but at 10% abv this kind of drinking catches up to you later on and the certainly in the morning.

Burton Baton is a terrific beer! I suggest trying some if you haven't already. This is my favorite dogfish head beer that I have tried.

Photo of edrachman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber; translucent but not at all transparent. Good creamy and frothy head.

The oak comes through the smell - a very typical IPA with notes of vanilla and honey. Taste is also good - a certain smoothness, even for a DIPA (probably from the oak).

A very drinkable beer -- a very good DIPA.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,853 ratings.