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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,986
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 337
Gots: 1,168 | 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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Photo of dfclav
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter - bottled on 11/19/10

A - very nice red/amber color with a 1 finger head and active carbonation. Head hangs around for a bit and leaves really nice lacing. Nice cascade.

S - hop flower aromas, with some malt. A touch of caramel and oak as well. It smells like a well made barleywine and is very similar in smell to oak-aged unearthly if you have had that.

T - very rich piney hop taste with a grapefruit kick. The malt hides it well though, too well in fact as I really am astounded I am drinking a 10% ABV beer. There's something missing here, I really think it's the way the flavors aren't as "in your face" as many, more aggressive IPA's. Don't get me wrong though, it's subtle but tasty!

M - probably the best quality of this beer. The hops are there, not overpowering - and the beer is sticky without being syrupy, and smooth without being thin or thick. They nailed this category.

D - well, it's a very good IPA...but I don't see myself drinking much of it. If you like unearthly then I would recommend you try this, as you may like it even better. I'm happy this came in a 12oz.

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

This ale was amber in color with a minimum amount of foam, but what little there was, left that lace on the side of the glass. The smell of fresh hops, along with a fruity aroma and a hint of oak filled the nose with a soft pleasant aroma. The flavor of hops, citrus and a hint of oak filled the palate with a pleasant, well balanced flavor. I really like this brew. Not overpowering hoppy flavor, but hoppy enough to be my kind of IPA. What a pleasant surprise that I shall enjoy from first sip to last gulp!

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A burnt orange and somewhat cloudy. A small whitish head. The lacing is beautiful and leaves an absolute mess on the glass..

S - Smells of floral hop, grapefruit and orange. Pretty typical of an IIPA

T - Get a lot of grapefruit. A good amount of citrus hops. The taste of alcohol is there with a slight burn going down.

M - Fairly smooth. Decent amount of carbonation.

D - The alcohol is a little too prominent for my liking.

This beer has a great aroma and has great flavor. The alcohol is there and you can tell. It's a great beer and I will probably have plenty more.

Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

The color is deeply hazy orange with some light orange highlights and a thin finger of off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty funky with earthy hops giving off a double IPA like flavor. There is some orange rind flavor with some juicy like aroma. Some lemon comes out as well as a candyish sweet sugary fruit flavor like Fun Dip.

The taste oozes bitterness at first with some sweet sugar/fruit flavor. There is a light woody flavor that is subtle throughout this beer. There is a nice malty backbone in this beer that is drown out by the wood. Everything around is singing bitter and sugary fruit flavors with earthy tones. Then toward the end there is a hotness that warms your palette and gives a spirit-like flavor and feel.

The feel of this beer is big. The flavor kicks it to high gear as soon as you you get the first sip down. A hot warming feel accompanied this beer but does not challege you or make this beer less drinkable. A big beer with a kick, you can feel this after a few sips.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Jul 2010. Bottled 3/30/09. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Smallish light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Hazy murky brown color. Aromas of ethanol, oak, lots of sweet dried fruit, figs and raisin, some rum. Loads of ethanol and sweet tannic oakiness. Dried fruit and more ethanol. Some vanilla as well. Medium to heavy body.

Seems more like a barleywine than an IIPA.

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

Pours a dark amber.

Smells of strong citrus notes including orange juice, and grapefruit. Some oakiness as well.

Tastes similar to the nose. There's a lot of citrusy, mainly orange, flavor. The oak flavor comes out more on the pallet now.

Oddly enough, it becomes more drinkable as I have more.

I usually don't like Dogfish Head's IPAs, but this one isn't bad.

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

Golden-amber with a white one finger head. Hazy. Lace sticks like glue to the glass. As head fades, collections of bigger bubbles linger in various spots.

Smells sweet, of both hops and malt. Citrusy hops and a light toasty malt. Buttery sweet. The tang of the alcohol is in there too.

Very blended taste. Buttery toast, vanilla, woody, with a hop overtone. Hops are citrusy, grassy, faint hint of pine. Smooth and soft. Alcohol gives it a crisp bite on the back end.

Slight sticky residue and a sweet and bitter aftertaste.

Very interesting and delicious beer.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. bottle into a mug. Brown leather in color, mostly clear, with a beautiful, frothy 2.5 finger head. Some lacing.

Smells of pine tar, with a maple sap sweetness waft up. Some charred malts notes and an after-aroma of alcohol

The taste has good hop notes up-front, and a dry finish. There are some good toast flavors, as well as a fairly hot aftertaste without much in the way of alcohol flavor. It's a rustic, woodsy beers that doesn't go for huge flavor, but packs a wallop abv-wise.

Mouthfeel is thick and frothy; almost expanding in your mouth as it enters. This beer feels nice, like corderouy pants, and the swallow asks for more.

Drinkability is remarkably high for a double-digit abv beer. It is so smooth and feels so good, it's hard not to reach for another.

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.

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