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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,394
Reviews: 1,704
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 282
Gots: 838 | FT: 25
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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 Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer has 6 months of age on it, so I'm excited to see how this held up.

A- Slightly hazy with a nice slight head that leaves excellent lacing. The beer itself is a nice copper amber color. This looks great. When I popped the top there was plenty of gas released, and it wasn't from me.

S- There is a very sweet hop smell that is very grapefruity. I can pick up great smells of woody smells. Great smelling beer. Very fragrant.

T- The taste is sweet with a nice vanilla taste to it. The hops are there with a great greapefruit taste to it. The age has made this beer very well rounded and has calmed down the alcohol very much so. When this is fresh it packs a hot alcohol taste. Nice spices with a very hearty taste.

M- This is feeling good in the mouth, and is friendly to the tongue.

D- Hell yes, I have another bottle I'm planning on aging for another 6 months to see how a year does with this beer. The age is the only way to go. Its just too raw to have fresh.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Good tasting DIPA. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a good size white head/head retention for a 10.0 abv beer. Leaves good sheet of lacing on the glass.

Aromatic hoppy smell but not dramatic enough for a beer of this potency.

Tastes very good. Oily, citrusy hoppiness is very pronounced. There is a hint of vanilla here as well and the finish has a nice warming alcohol burn. This is a slow sipper, but a very nice slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is about right and it is rich from the first sip. A lot of DIPA/IPAs seem a bit thin on the first taste and then the hops overwhelm the taste buds as your drink.

Drinkability is good, knowing that you could only do 2 at max. A nice slow sipper with a big flavor.

JayQue, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured a hazy light brown/copper color with a small amount of foam that quickly disappears but leaves some nice lacing. Lots of floaties swirling around the glass. Nice piney aroma with background notes of bitter chocolate, spicy hops, and a touch of citrus. Definitely on the malty side for DIPA. Not much of a boozy aroma for such a high ABV. Amazing flavor profile. Afine balance between the malt and hops, with a nice thick, oily pine hop resin flavor, followed up by some toasty malts. Subtle oakiness. Thick and creamy on the tongue. Low carbonation. High ABV can be felt as it goes down. A very tasty treat.

KeefD, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. At the begining of the pour there is almost no head at all but by the end it's all worked it's way out leaving a big 2" top. It settles slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is a hazy redish orange. It's so hazy, in fact, that it is almost translucent.

Aroma is both very hoppy and very sweet. The sweetness has a fruitiness to it, maybe cherries.

Flavor is intensly hoppy and this being a blend of new and old, I can say that both are apparent. I get the fresher hops that taste like 90 minute and the aged hops that give it some sweet barleywine qualities. There's the cherries again, both sweet and tart. There is a slight hint of oak and I definately get some pine flavor at the end. This beer is complex yet there are elements that are familiar.

Mouthfeel is good but that's all relative since the beer is so high in alcohol. It's a definate sipper. Which leads me to give it a slightly lower drinkability score.

This is a great beer to savor and enjoy slowly, much like their 120 minute. As it warms, it grows in flavor and complexity which makes it great for a nice peaceful evening at home.

GilGarp, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of TonyT
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured into Brandy Snifter

I just want to first say...I love DFH Beers, been to the brewpub and they make really good beers and go out on limbs to push the envelope. Again...I really like Dogfish Head Beers.

With that said...

Why would you age an IPA? The whole point is to have the hops. What we have here is a watery malted-cask beverage with a nice ABV.

Appearance: It poured dark amber, approaching on brown, and left nice amebic lacing.

Smell/ Taste/ Mouthfeel : Again...Where are the hops???? Oh yeah, that's right, it was aged...Hops don't age well, which is why you need alot of them. Traces of malt smell were coming through, somewhat. As this beer warmed up the malts became smoother and silkier.
If I did a blind tasting...I would have never thought that this was an IPA. There is a very thin taste that has nothing jumping out.

Drinkability: You could put a couple back. It tastes better when it reaches room temperature, per the malt feel.

I would have this beer again, because it is smooth...but not because it is an IPA.

TonyT, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

The Burton Oak Aged IPA poured a cloudy orange with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. It had a single finger foam head and some real cool lacing.

The smell was sweet malt with a dominate oak aroma with pineapples on top. The taste was alcohol with that sweet malt and oak paddling you. The tongue was burning with the high abv and it was semi chewy. Not very bitter in my opinion.

I found this to be a good effort. It was a little too sweet for my liking and not bitter enough. The oak was a unique and enjoyable taste.

cswhitehorse, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of edchicma
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a medium amber with minimal head. Smell is mainly alcohol with some hop presence. Taste is a decent blend of malt and hops, but none of the oak barrel notes come through. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, yet smooth. A bit of harshness on the finish affects drinkability.

edchicma, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

I admit I had pretty high expectations here. The beer pours a copper, kind of ruby reddish color. The aroma is hoppy and fruity, a little winey, not tremendously strong but nice. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, some fruits, wood (oak?), a bit sour and syrupy. There's kind of a medicine taste to it. This ended up being a little different than I expected but still good and enjoyable.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of daftafne
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured into a tulip, the golden-brown liquid produced a finger of head for a moment. Has a nutty, bread-like smell with vanilla, caramel, cherries, and a hint of lime. Flavor begins with some smokey bourbon, mild raisins and full-on sweet mash. Finishes like an IPA with grapefruit zest and hop bite which demands another sip. Complex and a good-sized body. Another well-conceived dogfish head brew.

daftafne, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Keith238
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A= Amber colored with tight lacing. Initial pour showed a thick white head that quickly dissipated.

S= Woody, fruity, vanilla

T= Hints of vanilla and raisins, certainly a nice oak flavor.

M & D= Medium to high carbonation, slightly astringent from the high alcohol content but still highly drinkable, maybe not a session beer but you (I) can enjoy 2 or 3 in a row.

Blended with fresh 90 minute IPA and oak aged IPA, I would love to try this on tap through the Randall.

Keith238, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of jackorain
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A-Cloudy red copper amber color. 1/2 inch tight bubble head with good retention and decent sheeting lacing effect.

S-Fruity, alcohol, woody, oak, caramel malt, raisins, pinr and green hops

T-Very simialr to the nose. Alcohol definitely comes through here. Pine and green hops are present but this beer is not overly bitter. Very balanced with the caramel and fruity malt notes playing a very big role.

M-A little hot, smooth carboantion. Medium to full body.

D-This is apretty good beer. Very big anf hot though, thisis what would cause me to moveon after one 10oz pour. I would look to have this again though for sure. I would imagine this beer would age quite nicely.

jackorain, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

A blackish seethru body with a thin one-finger head that left a lace ring. A malty smell of dough and wood along with some hops. Smooth and creamy like a stout, there is some sweetness in here on the tongue that then changes to a dry, citric fruit backbite from the hops. The ABV is noticeable in that it lends to the drying, warm sensation from swallowing the beer and makes this bad boy a sipper. I'd love to have this one again.

clayrock81, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a dark amber with a steady off white head holding tightly to the sides.

Floral, sweet smell with a soft wood in the back ground.

Smoothe malt and hops meld together then are followed by the bitterness of the hops blended with an oaky feel. Alcohol is very present. Very complicated taste.

Heavy mouthfeel with all that booze, and somewhat hard to drink without some food. A huge beer that leaves a mark.

aubuc1, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a deep amber color with nice fluffy 1 finger head that dissipates into a small bubbly ring around the glass.

Smells of caramel, sweet malt, some wood character, slight citrus hop aroma. I wasn't ready for the lack of hops in the nose. Not a bad thing.

Tastes of caramel sweetness, mid range hop character, some fruitiness, a big boozy flavor, and some wood. This is a big beer.

Rich, full, sticky, hefty.

The bigness & sweet flavor make this a one bottle adventure for me. Drinks like a barleywine.

Enjoyable off centered beer experience. Keep at it Dogfish Head.

bbothen, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz single bottle purchased for around $4.50 from Charles St Liquors in Boston. Brewed on date appears to be in February 2008, consumed at the end of May 2008 after being jealous that I didn't attend the DFH dinner at beerbistro in Toronto two nights before. Pours a cloudy, medium gold with a bit of head and just a bit of gentle carbonation. Aroma isn't too strong, and reminds me of some sherry-like barleywines - not my favourite thing, so I'm concerned. Ends up there's nothing to be concerned about. First sip is nice - very full and rich. The flavour is complex, like a Belgian. Hops are not dominant, but provide a nice bitterness as the beer goes down the throat a bit hot. Oak is noticeable. Full bodied. A nice sipper.

sstackho, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -13%

Pours a very dark amber, let's just call it a brown. Very nice two inches of off white head. This is different. On the first taste, you get lots of malt, and a good amount of alcohol. There is a slight bit of fruit coming through as well. A good amount of hops in the taste. Just not the citrusy, juicy type. These are piney and grassy. Very malty and very big mouthfeel. I think superfresh and from the tap this would be better. Different, can't say that I've had anything like it. Which is why I love Dogfish Head.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

A - Murky golden-amber in color. Beige, 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Leaves nice lacy rings when drank.

S - Spicy tropical fruits (fresh pineapple?), as well as other esters. Wonderful floral hops.

T - Big-league bitterness strikes first. Tastes of bready-yeast, tangy citrus, grapefruit, and earthy hops as well. Nicely balanced taste of malts as well. Traces of alcohol at the end. Loved it!

M/D - Medium body and lots of carbonation. Rolls down the throat easily. Cooled me off at first, then warmed me up with its alcohol content.

One of my new favorite IPAs

SirSketch, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Dogfish Head-logoed traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, incredibly hazy ruddy copper-colored beer with a fierce one-and-a-half finger head with magnificent retention. Poured out like a thick, syrupy mess. Lacing is solid, solid, solid.

Aroma: Smoky wood with hints of vanilla and maple, wrapped up in a thick blanket of biscuity malt. Hints of hops and faint alcohol.

Taste: Wowzers. A lot of flavors goin' on here. First of all, most of the 90-minute notes are here - piney and citrus hops, sweet, ripe stone fruits, a sweet but spicy warming alcohol, and a persistent, balancing bitterness throughout. But there's more. There's more bready, grainy malt in this one, as well as some more heavily roasted/toasted malts (molasses) first of all, as well as herbal and earthy hoppiness. Then there's the oak, which lends a few woody notes (duh), but also vanilla (which, when blended with the creamy mouthfeel, lends a vanilla cream soda kinda taste/feel). Quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, rough and oily, smooth in spots but rather uneven overall. Very fine bubble structure.

Drinkability: Very complex and interesting, but it's still ~10% abv, so you need to be careful. I'm impressed with DFH for attempting something so daring, though - let's hope we get more of the same from them in the future!

CrellMoset, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

My Hop Wallop was a dud bottle, so Burton Baton will be taking its place as my second review tonight. A big thanks to Stan at Lone Hill Liquor for pulling this from the back for me. On to the beer:

It sure looks like a DIPA; sturdy head, deep orange glow in the body. The aroma is pretty big on oak and fruity esters. Nope, no complaints so far. The taste....nothing explosive or amazing, but there's a smoothness to it that makes it a delight to drink. Must be the aged IPA doing that. First sip immediately brings oak-aged hop juice to the converation. Then the hop bitterenss takes it down. Bitter and sweet, but more like sweet as in sweet and sour gummi worms. Interesting blend of flavors in this brew.

It's not that's it's "better" than the usual DIPA, but different in the way it has oak flavor and an aged IPA blended with a new one.

DoubleJ, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled on 1/8/07. The body was clear and golden with an off-white 3/4 inch head. Head was creamy and lingered.

Smell was perfumy. Sweet. Fruits. Date-nut bread.

Taste was sweet like the aroma. Alcohol soaked fruit. Hops are obscure due to aging. Increased in booziness as it warmed, but mild considering the ABV of this one.

Mouthfeel was rich & full. Syrupy. Some mild alcohol sizzle.

Cresant, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. There's a strong but subdued hops bitterness that brings a little balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. A mild alcohol sting comes in at the end. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty but a little too sweet for me, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style but the aging puts this beer into barleywine territory as happens with most 2IPA's, there are definitely several other beers whether they be 2IPA or ABW that I'd choose over this one, but it's still a good beer for being an intentionally aged 2IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

A heavenly milk shake of earl gray, intense low note hop oil, and vanilla. Truly a pleasure to have the pourage rest in the mouth and deliver its comlexity. Smells of fig and dates that hover over the full, finger depth, beige head. The sweet and spicy oil never travels out of range; and may I add, the range is far beyond the status quo. Alcohol occasionally jumps to attention, but is welcomed because it does not travel solo; it is accompanied by rich dark fruits, sticky flan, and the genius of Dogfish Head. A remarkable treat.

SeanRedd, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%

Pours kind of a dark honey color, with some ruby highlights, long-lasting tan head and plenty of lacing. Boozy smell, definitely getting plenty of the oak aroma, some citrus notes in there too, but there's just a bracing alcoholic fume rising out of the glass. Tastes very sweet, borderline-syrupy, spicy oak, slightly tannic, a bit of vanilla...there's a lot going on in here. Really smooth, the consistency of this beer has been my favorite part. I'm always glad to try something from Dogfish Head, but this one just isn't for me. Definitely worth checking out, though, as there's a lot of crazy things happening here.

corey0212, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of loosey
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle, poured kentucky bourbon auburn into a snifter, thin head is off-white and sudsy

smells like my uncle scuppy's house: hops, corn, alcohol... some floral notes linger

complex: after initial bite, big malt and oak up front, vanilla wood and roast, strong alcohol and then flowery hops run around in a circle, ends with a trace of fruit...something refreshing like a grapefruit maybe..

creamy, a nice bite with a medium heavy mouthfeel... leaves my face warm... all of a sudden i want to put my boots on

i like this but it's damn intense... all in all im thinking about whiskey, not that i never sipped a whiskey this smooth... but its a damn good sippin beer and not offensive to those who find an ipa too hoppy... if your gout acts up or your chest burns when you drink your bourbon try sippin this instead, its not the same but then neither is anything else in your miserable life now that you got to.. how do they say?... 'moderate'?

loosey, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottled Feb. 2008. Pour produces a modest but steadily holding off-white head, and the color is a radiant blood-orange. The cloudy, creamy head slowly spreads small splotches of lace on the glass.

While big hops and sweet caramel-ish malts are clearly lurking in this beer, the wood and alcohol aspects mute them. It's a nice enough aroma, if veering toward its beastlier characteristics.

This is the fourth bottle for me (not in the same day!)...each one has made a different impression. Sometimes it seems too chalky/sugary...sometimes too woody...sometimes too boozy...today everything is mingled very well, which might have to do with it being served warmer than the previous three. Malts takes on an almost rye-like character, the hops are clearly here but colored over with a woody brown crayon...that wood holds firm but doesn't intrude, and the alcohol provides the kind of warmth that makes it a better fireside sipper for the winter. Mostly sugar and alcohol in the finish.

Texture is lovely. A smooth glide like fresh cream or butter, and just the faintest sizzle from the carbonation. Wonderful.

I wouldn't find this to be a very good match for a variety of occasions. Fine for sitting at home and sipping, always...as part of a social tasting, would be great...a winter-time beer for sure...but it's strong and boozy, big and sugary, and really not that hoppy, considering it's based on an Imperial IPA (90 Minute). Sometimes it doesn't even seem well-balanced. So I can't rate the drinkability that high. But I'd never kick it outta my glass. All in all, another highly appreciated and above-average beer from the lords at DFH.

Metalmonk, Jun 09, 2008
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,394 ratings.