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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,857
Reviews: 1,756
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 320
Gots: 1,072 | 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 bierguru
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -
thick creamy head looks slightly off white body is copper with a redish hue

S -
floral in the citrus ballpark oak hints of hops vanilla and alcohol which you expect when a beer is at 10 abv

T -
big toasted and vanilla notes right up front you also taste hops finishes with an oak and alcohol taste however there was no strong burn or bit if was mellow and very smooth

M -
silky smooth hops linger on the back of the tongue which is expected its an ipa

D -
Very drinkable at 10 abv it does have a punch but this beer is so so very good I bought a single bottle to try and was wanting more

Photo of EgadBananas
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange-red, tan, creamy head with nice lacing.

Smell is big citrus, some sweet wood, and alcohol burn that tingles in my nose.

Up front is a lot of grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Theres some backing bitterness and oily hops. Woodsy. It's slightly tart and there is an aftertaste that doesn't allow me to enjoy it as much as I should. Alcohol is only a minor note.

Feel is lower medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Excellent in areas, and a bit off in others. Overall pretty good, but 1-2 would do fine.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burton baton poured a dark hazy amber color witha nice tan head that lasted throughout. There is vanilia smells, and a hoppy smell as well. The taste is overall amazing. The oaked age ipa stands out most, with hints of vanilla, lots of hops. A strong flavor, and overall a fantastic beer. one of my favorites.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smell was sharp, with traces of hops, citrus, malt, and a certain graininess.

T: Tasted of citrus (grapefruit perhaps), malt, and grain. Hops weren't as much on display as I would have thought, but are definitely there. Still, a dynamic flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made and drinkable IPA.

Photo of stonermouse
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Really nice looking pour. Hazy amber, just as an Imperial IPA should look. Steady creamy head throughout.

The smell is mild, and really doesn't give much away. Mostly just muted hops, but very mild.

But woah, the taste blows away the smell. I still can't figure out how something that tastes so potent can give off such a mild odor. The flavor is really how I had hoped 90-minute would taste. Burton is 10%, but there is no booze flavor to be had. It's just a smooth, slightly piney, almost creamy flavor that is pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel is good, and a constant 1/4 inch head adds to the enjoyment of every sip. Aftertaste mirrors the actual flavor quite well.

Drinkability is super high. If they could make these in 5.5%, I'd by them by the case. Good stuff. Can be dangerous at 10%, so be careful, beer lovers.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= It Poured a Hazy orange/Amber undertones small head slight lacing.

S= To me you could smell the malts in this one, dried fruits a little bit of brown sugar. I graded the smell a little bit lower because the alcohol smell kind of stood out for me.

T= Really surprised me because of the smell to me the taste was of roasted hops.It was not as hoppy but the hops where really developed for me.

M= It was pretty thick to really had to take my time with this one.

D= Went down pretty good for a higher ABV would like to play around with this one a little and maybe age a few of them. Really good beer.

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

A - Brownish Orange, mildly turbid in appearance, 1/2 finger head, some lacing.

S - Malty Caramel with aromas of Dried Dark Fruits, Light brown sugar, citrus hops, slightly alcohol.

T - Very malty, Sweet candy, Grapefruit hops, hint of oak.

M - Low carbonation, thick but not over the top thick. Hop bitterness hits the entire tongue.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. The Alcohol burn is mostly hidden from all the Malt and bitterness from the hops.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in delirium tremens snifter glass.

pours a hazy burnt orange/amber tone with at least two fingers of a frothy, cream-colored head that has no intention of going anywhere soon; decent lacing.

nose is of middling strength and dominated by citrus and pine hops, some malty sweetness, and a hint of oak. distinctly dfh.

more of the same pulls through in the flavor. the malt backbone is something i appreciate, although the oak, while present, is a bit more subdued than i was expecting. still, a balanced and tasty DIPA. 10% ABV well-hidden.

mouthfeel is luscious and creamy, very well done there; average carbonation. it's a sipper for sure, but one that's going down pretty easily. i will say, while this is quite good, i'm not sure it's worth the $ markup from the 90 minute.

Photo of gopens44
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/13/10, I will enjoy this one and age the rest for a while.

A - I love how this thing looks. Like hazy ice tea with a persistent foamy lacing.

S - citrusy, hop laden, crisp. The specific citrus smell (and taste) is that of grapefruit.

T - Did I mention grapefruit? It's there, just hiding in fear since the hop gang and alcohol presence take center stage on the taste.

M - thick and smooth. Relatively low carbonation. Not too much in the aftertaste area.

D - this is an awesome sipper! I really enjoy it.

Photo of Franz4
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Brew's Cafe in Granville--

A- Poured as a slighty hazy copper with orange hues. A short tan head that didn't leave much lacing.

S- Strong smell of floral hops is evident.

T- Very nice balance between a solid oaky flavor with the floral hops evident in the nose.

M- Very surprisingly smooth, easily palatable...very surprising or an Imp IPA. Carbonation evident, but not overpowering, allowed all the flavors to come through.

D- Probably as drinkable as a 10% abv could be, smoothness and flavor was the highlight of this beer, it may not be one I'll drink every night, but it's one I'll look for again on the right occasion!

Photo of blackc5
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber with massive foaming head that stays forever. Above average lacing as well.

S - Lots of fruity grapefruit and lemon, as well as some floral hops, and wonderful toasted oakey malts.

T - Wonderfully complex - definitely can taste the 90 minute in it, and the oak adds a nice layer to the flavor profile. Very nice balance of the oak, very citrusy hops, some floral elements to the hops, and that expected DFH malt base.

M - Thick, chewy and yet creamy. Outstanding, and one to let linger on the tongue.

D - No alcohol noticeable despite the 10%, and this goes down as easy as any standard IPA, but offers so much more. Outstanding.

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

From notes 09/08/10. Poured from 12oz bottle to oversized wine glass.

A- Deep copper/burnt, 1cm tan head, thick, cloudy

S- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hops, alcohol

T/M- Roasted hops, toffee, alcohol, caramel, smooth and sticky, resiny and mildly chewy.

D- Potent glory. I have trouble finding this, but I want to buy a case to keep around and play with different age levels.

Photo of kbutler1
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Oak aged IPA. Pours a copper color with a big 2 finger white fluffy head. Some oak notes in the nose, thought that it would have more. More sweet smelling than hoppy but you do get some hops in the nose. The taste is pretty sweet with a pretty decent lingering bitter taste. The oak really wasn't that prevalent to me. Minimal alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of fsears
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color, pours a nice head into a pint glass.

S: Smells of hints of oak as well as a strong citrus hops notes

T: For an Imperial IPA the hops are not nearly as overpowering as their 90 or 120 minute IPAs. Yet the hop flavor is a bit more developed than most IPA's

M: Thick almost like a typical stout or porter

D: Fine for one or two, but sits a bit heavy after awhile especially with the ABV at 10%.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of irishking1977
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber hue with a pretty ample head, that leaves an abundance of lacing. Nice. Eagerly anticipating the first sip.

S: An interesting combination of woody aromas, vanilla, and hints of hops.

T: These kinds of beers are the reason I still love beer and drink it. Finding something new is exciting. This one is no different. Fantastic combination of flavors; that woodsy, vanilla flavor that is indicative of a barrel aged brew, along with some sedated hops. Even though this is an IPA, those characteristics were somewhat muted in the barrel aging process. Still, fantastic.

M: Thick and creamy, with a moderately chewy mouthfeel. Still, easy to drink.

D: Good stuff. I could drink a few of these. Though, it is a hefty one at 10% abv. This is one I will definitely revisit.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Big billowy off-white head. As it slowly dissipates, it leaves great lacing behind. The head never fully goes away, there is always a thin layer. Medium brown and hazy. I've come to expect heavily hopped beers to be hazy though.

S - Definitely hoppy but it has a healthy malt background as well. Deep breathes reveal a hint of alcohol.

T - It's an extreme flavorful but well balanced beer. If you've ever had one of their flagship IPAs you might expect hops to be predominant but that's not the case. There is a great balance between the hops and malt. The oak mingles with the malt and gives the beer a whole new level of complexity. Suprisingly no clear alcohol flavor (but you can definitely feel it!).

M - Medium to full bodied.

D - I'm surprised by how fast I drank this beer. I could easily go through a 4 pack of this beer even though it 10%. Very drinkable but only to a degree considering the ABV.

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

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 09/13/10. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium-sized head. Good lacing. Smell is hoppy and floral. Taste is woody, with a sweet taste and some warming alcohol flavors. Smooth, and surprisingly drinkable. The IPA and wood flavors blend well. This is a great beer that packs a good punch.

Photo of racer2k
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet glass

A - Hazy dark orange color which creates a thin off white creamy head leaving lots of sticky lacing around the sides of the glass.

S - Strong bitter earthy flowery hop aroma with a bold citrus profile and toasted malt grains in the background.

T - Very rich and creamy mouth feel which creates a nice smooth and balanced hop and malted feel to the beer. I can also detect a flowery earthy mouth feel that is quite good. There is a fairly potent oak taste to the beer that is the result of the oak aging process. Moderate carbonation to this beer.

D - Very nice beer that is quite drinkable but be sure to sip it as the alcohol content is pretty potent. BE careful with that 10% ABV which will catch up to you.

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

bottled on 8/13/2010. Drank 9/ 14/2010. This poured a golden amber with a 2 finger head. Some fruit and carmel aroma. Not nearly as hoppy as I would of expected. Mild oak and good amount of malt. this was easy to drink. I would seek out another one of these!

Photo of dcx10music
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A very hazy golden orange hue with an impressive white head that dies off fairly quickly. Leaves a ton of lacing behind.

S - The hoppiness packs a punch on the nostrils, but is mellowed out nicely by the strong hint of citrus fruit that follows quickly after.

T - The hops are both punchy and mellow at the same time; don't ask me how. Subtle hints of grapefruit and orange come in toward the end. Very complex and enjoyable.

M - This one breaks the mold big time here. It has a smoothness more akin to a brown ale than an IPA, which makes all the difference. Outstanding.

D - This one filled me up pretty quickly. Very nice and enjoyable while it goes down, but I can't see myself having more than one at a time.

Notes - This is a very enjoyable brew. It does some things better than its cousin DFH 90 Minute IPA, but some things worse. Overall, a nice change of pace. Would love to try it again after aging it for a year.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Soonami
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I too Burton Baton out from the fridge to let it come up to temperature before drinking, which helped open up the beer. This is one of the more expensive single bottles that I have recently bought at $4.50/12 oz bottle.

This beer is a very hazy blood orange amber with a little head that quickly subsided to a mottled film of fine bubbles on top. The aroma is very complex with notes of caramel, orange, rising bread dough, a little banana, and alcohol pepper. The beer tastes syrupy sweet at first, with a burst of bright tangerine, bitter grapefruit, and rosewater. Next comes that oak, vanilla and alcohol heat. The swallow dries out the mouth from the alcohol running over the tongue, leaving a dry, bitter, astringent finish. The beer is silky smooth and satiny soft, like a blanket for the tongue covered fuzzy bubbles.

Very complex, very challenging, with new flavors blossoming in every sip.

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

Notes from 9/4/10

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber color. The carbonation is slow with a half finger head.

Lots of oaky malt in the smell along with some pineapple and orange hop fruit.

Yum, mellow oak is my first impression after the first sip. The hops add flavors of pineapple and orange as mentioned in the smell. I also get some marshmallow from the barrel aging and some pine bitterness in the end.

A nice full mouthfeel is present which is rather creamy feeling. There is also a pleasant drying in the aftertaste.

This is an excellent DIPA and is an excellent drink at 10%. Easily one of the best barrel aged IPA's I've had.

Photo of lstokes
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think I first had this beer at a tasting at the DFH brewery, and loved it so much that my boyfriend and I bought two 4-packs on the spot. I've had it many times since then and loved it every time--I'm drinking one right now and I'll jot down some impressions, since I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it yet. I guess I'm always a bit wasted after two bottles...

Appearance: Dark, murky copper with a big head and big lacing. Gorgeous.

Smell: Another beer I'd wear as a perfume. Citrus hops mixed with light oak and caramel.

Taste: Exactly what it smells like, but so much better because it's on your tongue now. Citrus hops, some spicy pine, oak, brown sugar, nutty/toasty malt. Incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick but smooth and velvety. Is this really 10%? It lingers nicely in the mouth, too.

Drinkability: I think it's more drinkable than the 90 minute. High praise, but completely deserved. I wish I had a tap in my house.

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Redish/amber with a thick foamy head that leaves behidn a good deal of thick lacing.
S- Soapy and malty.
T- Malty and citrusy with a numbing tingle in the back of the mouth. It's defintiely got an oaky taste, as well. It is apparently mixed with 90 minute IPA, which is my favorite beer. This is sensational. The oak-barrel aged part of it gives it more of an alcohol kick. Not quite as good as the 90, in my opinion, but still sensational.

Photo of begforme4484
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy mix of brown and amber. 2 fingers of frothy off white head with good retention. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and floral hops with a nice malt backing.

First taste to the tongue is a very sweet malt sensation. The oak is everywhere. A lot of fruit flavor.. cherries and dates. Very subdued hops, but still has a slightly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium to full bodied. Little carbonation and somewhat resiny.

Good beer!

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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