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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,924
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 333
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 31
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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 jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brownish orange with a lush and creamy tan head with lots of lacing.

Big juicy citrus hop nose with some malt and citrus fruit sweetness.

Like the nose with more of a caramel sweetness for balance. Nice bitterness with a mild oak presence and some light warm alcohol.

Full, smooth and frothy feel.

A top notch DIPA. Very enjoyable all around. I would absolutely buy this again.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber, almost copper with a thick foamy head that leaves lacing all over the sides of my snifter.

S - As soon as I popped this one open hops began to permeate the room. Smells like tropical fruit hops with a thick, sweet malt background. Smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine (Bigfoot, Nemesis 2010).

T - Straight up hops at first. Pine, grapefruit, sticky sweet. The hops are rounded out very nicely by some musty, caramelly, malts. It's slightly confusing because it tastes hoppy up front, very malty, and as the malt fades the tingle of the hops are still on the tongue; a powerful brew.

M - Quite thick and smooth. A very nice amount of carbonation for this style (IMHO...).

D - This is a big beer, and one must treat it as such. The complexity of flavors are not for the uninitiated, but come together as one hell of a symphony of a beer. Sip and savor, as it's obvious much time and thought was put into this brew.

Photo of rlee1390
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into DFH snifter, reviewed from notes

A-Dark cloudy amber color. Retained its carbonation well for a DIPA

S-Citrus hops, woody scents. As it warmed more earthy elements came through

T-Starts off tasting similar to the 90 minute. However this beer has a slight hint of vanilla that comes through along with woody-flavors imparted from the barreling. Starts of sweet and ends bitter. Well balanced, one of the better beers I've had.

M-Smooth and Heavy, almost drinks like a fine whisky.

D-The high abv does not really make its presence felt. As the beer warmed it became better.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured it, I thought there wasn't going to be much of a head but a thin one emerged and stuck around. A cloudy orange red body. A decent amount of bubbles. The head forms into a creamy silky head. It looks amazing! Nice foamy lacing from top to bottom, left to right.

A real define smell of pine, citrus hops, and even some roasted caramel malts. It smells as if it's going to taste awesome!

Wow! A taste of nut, citrus, grape, caramel and so many others; it's such a taste explosion at once, that it's really rough to just put your finger on it. It's strong but calming at the same time.

Medium body that's really foamy and creamy. It feels like it's going to have a thick body as it hits the lips but thins into more of a medium body in the mouth. Slightly carbonated. Feels really different in the mouth than any other beer I've tried.

It's very disappointing that I only saw this in a 12 oz. bottle. I wish it was more of a 650 ml. bottle because it's really good. I could put a few of these down, no problem, even though the ABV is quite high at 10%. If the alcohol content was a little lower it'd be easier to drink more; three of these would put many over the edge.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy reddish amber. I nice thick head forms with a beautiful lacing.

The aroma is hops first then a sweet earthy oak with a slight alcohol in the end

This starts like a DIPA full bodied its carbonation lightens the body and ends light and fluffy carbonation. The taste is sweet hops to start, slight citrus but big natural floral taste it ends with a earthiness either from hops or oak its hard to distinguish.

The feels is great with a slight numbing at the end i love it.
for a DIP very drinkable if cost isn't taken into account but I do....
My wife said its like sweet hops and pineapple

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

Mild hazy and medium dark reddish amber with thin white head and some lacing.

Smells are sweet dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, citrus and pineapple and piney hops...nice deep aroma with good alcohol presense.

Tastes starts of with the sweet brown sugars and caramels giving way to the good pineapple and citrus hops with lots of malts and some mild woody notes. A big alcohol presense that come through in a good way!

Solid Medium plus body with lite carbonation, bbig alcohol warmth, nice hop bite and dry finish.

A deep dark flavorful brew. One to sip, savor and explore. Very worthy and nicely complex.

Photo of jbowers56
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clearish red/copper colour. Good head that sticks around and laces nicely.

Good balance of elements here. Citrus hops dominate, but malt is there as well as a woody element and just a touch of vanilla.

Great stuff. Oak makes itself know, for sure. Perfectly balanced though with well thought out malt and hops. Hops are the winner in the end with resinous piney bitterness lasting through as well as some alcohol heat. Really love the oak in this.

Silky smooth. Defs a sipper.

Photo of jdflyer06
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The bottling date on this one is 10/16/10 (Thanks DFH!) so its about two months old.

A: Pours a deep amber with a clear body and plenty of carbonation working its way to the surface but with a minimal, although sticky, head.

S: Very sweet in the nose with a nice malty backbone. Piney hops, and some subtle, sweet fruit characteristics. Apricot, orange and some other fruity esthers. The alcohol makes its way into the nose as well. Not really picking up the oak.

M: Somewhat sticky with a rich, buttery body. The alcohol warms the palate and radiates up through the throat. The carbonation is much more subtle than expected from the appearance.

T: I felt like the alcohol was a little too overpowering here. As it warms, I get some piney hops. The alcohol just seems to cut through what is a pretty substantial malt backbone, but I'm confused as it's not overpowering. Some toffee, caramel and subtle burnt sugar notes as it warms.

O: I wouldn't chill this much, if at all. It's a sipper for sure and gets richer as it warms. It's 10% so the drinkability is going to be low and honestly, why would you want to session this anyway? Akin to brandy, I would seek this out again and will revisit this on in a year or so as the other three I bought age. I expect great things from this beer as it gets some years on it.

Photo of BruceWineworks
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Orangy-amber in color, typical of an IPA. Almost identical to the 90 min.

S: Stong fresh hops take over your nose.

T: Smoother then the average ipa, a tad sweet but still bitter, with toasty malts and a heavy alcohol finish.

M: Cool creamy IPA feel on the palate.

D: High alcohol, but a nice tasty IPA makes for a once in a while sipping beer.

Photo of jsprain1
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a orange-copper with a thick head that reduces ti a slick with copious amounts of lacing.
S- Smells very sweet with oak characteristics to it. Hop presence is not too extreme.
T- Very sweet. This could almost be considered a barleywine. I enjoy this though. Super sweet, with very understated hop presence. Wood presence is noticable and a positive.
M- Sticky, full and smooth.
D- All around very good. A definite positive addition to 90 min.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/13/2010. Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a slightly hazy red orange with a one finger off-white head that subsides slowly to a minimal amount. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and citrus hops. The flavor is of big sweet malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is a pretty nice brew. Very nicely balanced flavor with a very nice aroma going on. Not a lot missing from this one, it is just a little more malt forward than I usually like, but still a damn good brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A murky/dirty copper colored beer poured into a Hommel snifter. Decent head forms and retains fairly well. Some lace is strewn about the glass.

Smell: Hops, tropical fruit, some earthy/woodsy notes as well. Impressive and strong aroma.

Taste: Intensely bitter, but in the best possible sense. A gauntlet of hop oil flavor, pineapple, grapefruit, pine. The wood aging adds a depth and complexity to the beer, with a cigar box quality. Malt sweetness is tame at first, but eventually arrives to balance the hops. Indeed, a bit of alcohol becomes evident. This is one bad mutha.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a good bite and lingering alcohol warmth and hop residuals. Almost drying but not quite reaching it.

Drinkability: An impressive double IPA with good character. Imagine the 90 minute, amped up a bit and aged like the Palo Santo Marron. A fabulous wood aged beer.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dfh shaped pint glass

A: pours a beautiful cloudy amber color similar to apple cider, pours with a thick head of creamy white head that lingers well, leaves a considerable amount of lacing

S: incredible citrusy smell that is intensely deep and ever present

T: nice citrus taste backed up by an intense depth of hopiness. Has a slight alcohol bite just to let u know it is there

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, very smooth on the pallet, hopiness lingers on the tongue and filters its way into the nose so you can almost smell it as it is being swallowed. This brew is easy drinking but has such an incredible depth it is hard to put down

Photo of BFresh
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, has a nice thick off white head, and a hazy auburn color,

has an oaky smell with a bitter hop finish

taste wise the oak definitely comes through, with a bitter finish, i also detect notes of caramel, there is a very faint alcohol taste. a nice cold weather IIPA

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle from Harvest Fine Wine, West Hartford CT, for $3.50. Bottled on 8/13/10 C. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

A moderately heavy pour gives a slowly building 2" of dense orangey-tan foam atop this brew, which is cloudy and deep orange when held to a light. The head leaves thick lace as it settles to a thick creamy layer.

Smell is of spicy warm mixed citrus rind hop with the creamy addition of vanilla oakiness and a little peppery alcohol. Taste is a sweet candied orange rind and pungent grassy hop, with a moderate dose of hot peppery alcohol. Some chewy biscuit malt gives it body, but hops and alcohol really rule the roost. I'd further describe the spiciness as cardamom.

As it warms the booze really comes forward, very hot, there's no doubting the ABV. Feel is full and slick, but not syrupy. Not the hoppiest DIPA... I think it relies on EtOH for a good bit of oomph. Generates a ton of lace right up to the last sip.

Highly drinkable, but it definitely caught up with me in a hurry.

Photo of
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i first bought this as a single on a whim. what a treat this is. the first beer i have ever had that i was sad when the glass was empty, i did not want it to end. so i went back to the beer store and bought all they had left. ehehehehe over a case and a half. i am aging a few and working on a few on special occasions. this is the nectar from the gods.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is highly underrated in my opinion.

Appearance - Dark, somewhat cloudy golden amber, good head with medium-low retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Heavy hops, smoky oak, strong honey, and a hint of pine.

Taste - Great beer. A combination of imperial IPA and English style Old Ale. Very unique; however, I don't think it belongs in the Imperial IPA category. In fact, I think its rating is hurt because people are expeciting a traditional DIPA. I think old ale might be a better classification. Anyway, it's fantastic.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation, thick and creamy.

Drinkability - After I finish each sip, I want more! This is one of the few beers at 10% abv that I can easily drink way more than one bottle at a time. Dangerous!

While most top 100 beers are great on special occasions, this is a staple of mine that I enjoy on a regular basis. It goes well with dinner, football, and especially as a late evening treat. One of my all time top IPAs!

Photo of norcar
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:poured from bottle, copper in color, very small white head, cloudy, nice lacing. little head retention.
S: wonderful aroma. floral, honey,very slight alcohal and yeast.
T: taste amazing. initial taste is honey, slides to a hoppy spruce flavor, fades to a ruby red grapefruit flavor, with a nice caramel finish. M: thick body, refreshing hoppy bite
D: dangerously drinkable,would drink it all day long if it wasn't 10%. hardly any alchohol taste, making it that much more dangerous.

Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz serving in a tulip glass

A - red amber/copper; clear. Tan head

Pronounced hop flavor builds then slowly fades, leaving a fine, long-lasting afterfinish. Although citrus hops dominate, there are notes of vanilla. High ABV is mostly hidden (by aging in oak, according to the brewer). This excellent beer has a potent bitterness with some balancing sweetness.

M - crisp; medium body; subtle effects of high ABV

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful orange amber (almost pink) with a generous full finger plus of frothy white head in my oversized snifter. Lacing clung the way it does in a beer commercial. Hello Beautiful!

S - Nicely balanced hops. Subtle spicing...clove and candy. Vanilla and oak.

T - HOLY CRAP. I think I've just tasted the best IIPA I've ever had. Perhaps a bit too sweet and candied for some, this one is perfect for my tastes buds. Literally tastes like birthday cake. Caramel, vanilla, oak, candy.

M/D - A bit on the thick and heavy side. Filling for sure. Strong though. I think I'll be seeking this brew out again, but don't expect to be drinking more than one in a session.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd review a Dogfish Head beer in recognition of "Brew Masters," which premieres tonight on the Discovery Channel.

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This bottle is about eight months old.

A: Pours a cloudy dull red/orange color with darker shades of brown. One inch off-white head rests atop the beer. Retention is modest, and light patchy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Resiny pine and tropical fruits are apparent first. Melons, mango, pineapple, and oranges. Distinctly rose-like floral smell. Woody oak resides underneath the fruity aromas, along with a fairly significant raisin scent. Somewhat bready. Alcohol comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Raisins and bready tastes up front, along with resiny hop oils. Citrus and tropical fruits temporarily take center stage and earthy pine bitterness rides closely behind the fruitiness. Bock-like spicy alcohol character provides depth and warmth. Soft flowery and herbal tastes. Rose hips, specifically. Finishes very dry with lots of woody oak, warm vanilla notes, and hints of tropical fruit.

M: Medium bodied, but on the heftier side of medium. Oily and a bit sticky on the palate, but still rather smooth and creamy. Astringent.

D: A definite sipper, and more-so than most Imperial IPAs.

Notes: Oak aged IPAs are an interesting concept, and a hard one to pull off effectively. I think the two-thread blend approach actually works very well. Unique combination of flavors. I enjoyed this beer, but it may not be for everyone. This is the first aged bottle I've had. I prefer it fresh.

Photo of beerhan
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells real oaky with a bit of a lemon zing to it. Has a real thick foamy white head that lasts. Tastes very oaky with a dry bitter hop finish but will get sweeter with age. Feels pretty good but a bit sticky and too creamy. Drinks real well but its hard to handle more than one in a night.

Photo of halo21
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This is a nice dark amber colored beer, with a nice creamy off white head, that left amazing lacing.

Smell: Strong smelling; biscuit malt sweetness, with hops and wood.

Taste: Potent! Up front a sweet with the old ale esters coming through, with a hoppy wood finish. Big floral hops. As it warms up, the last 3rd of the beer tasted and smelled absolutely wonderful; with the wood and vanilla standing out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied; I notice a similarity between the mouthfeel of Dogfish Head beers, which is not bad, just their style.

Drinkability: Low; one is hefty, two is a lot!

Notes: A very good, solid beer. I actually tasted this beer two days in a row; the first time in a Dogfish Head pint glass, the second night in my Duvel tulip. I really enjoyed the smell on the last 3rd out of the DFH glass, but the whole beer was more enjoyable in my trusty Duvel glass.

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

I like to describe this brew as 90 Min IPA on steroids. A favorite of mine.

Aggressive pour yields a nice 3-finger, fluffy light tan head that dissipates slowly (for the abv). Hazy appearance and the head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet citrus and hops begin on the nose, along with the oak scents.

Nice rich taste of citrusy hops and sweet malt, followed by the oak backbone. Much more complex than your typical DIPA.

The hops don't overpower the palate for me. Just enough to enjoy but not destroy. Highly recommend.

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

56th review on BA
bottle to tulip
Bottled 8/13/10

App- Golden honey brown with a single finger head that falls ever so slowly.

smell- A medium citrus laden woft of a oaky lingering vanilla

taste- Up front some big malt but such a cover of the 10% its amazing for a big DIPA it drinks so well.

Mouth- a lush wet medium body with the perfect carbonation on the mouth.

Drink- I am very sad I only had 1 12 oz. bottle. Guess I need to go back for a 4 pack now.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,924 ratings.