Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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6,127 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,127
Reviews: 1,813
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,284 | 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 Nicked
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: bottle with 8/2015 date

A: pours a lovely honey, burnished copper. 1.5 fingers of white foam, which leaves little lacing but slides down the glass as I drink.

S: nose is sweet malt, subtle wood. Hops are subdued.

T: extremely well-balanced. Alcohol is well-hidden. Sweet malts rule the day, with subtle and smooth oak, wood flavors. Sticky, resinous hops buttress the huge malt character. As it warms it develops a slight boozy kick- very nice. Somewhat dry finish.

M: medium-bodied, oily, light carbonation.

O: very impressive! I wasn't ever a fan of oak-aged beers... Until now! Fruity old ale and oak flavors blend nicely, reinforced by sticky hops and sweet malts. Love it, another home run from DFH.

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Killer beer, want another to keep, to age more

Photo of GregJ
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, sweet malts, floral hops, dried dark fruits.

Photo of Dirtcop
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced malt and hop ratio. Watch out for this one 10% abv is not apparent.

Photo of Reckage
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a brew, it is exactly as advertised. Get the IPA upfront followed by the best flavors of whiskey in the finish. Balanced perftectly and alcohol is not present, nice warming effect. Dogfish Head delivers and you have to try if you get your hands on one.

Photo of NateF90
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most balanced oaked beers I've sampled. No flavor is too aggressive nor do I find myself yearning for any additional edge. A must try... At least once.

Photo of GregT37
4.96/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best damn beer out there. Period.

Photo of Phocion
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated August 5, 2015 poured into a tulip January 28, 2015. Thick, hazy copper that turns orange when held to the light. Finger of creamy off-white head with moderate retention and thick lacing.

Virgin oak flavors are definitely noticeable, with a big woody and vanilla aroma. Otherwise the aroma runs more towards old ale than DIPA with big raisin and figgy dark fruits, molasses/treacle, and vinous port-like aromas. A bit nutty. Bright orange peel hoppy notes are in the background along with some pink grapefruit.

Though the aroma definitely leans to old ale, but the flavor is definitely more hop-forward, with a big, tart, citrus grapefruit flavor up front. Oak and vanilla along with a gentle Manzanilla/fino sherry-like oxidation. Molasses and toffee and toasted nuts. Alcohol is frighteningly well-hidden. Finish is clean but lingering.

Medium-full bodied and moderate carbonation. Lightly sticky, but overall fairly clean on the palate. Alcohol warmth but not hot.

Living in a state that doesn't get DFH, this is my first Burton Baton and I'm rather impressed. Phenomenally well-balanced with sharp, bitter hops, gentle barrel flavors, and sweet but not cloying big malts.

Photo of gatorlove
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was quite tasty but it was just a little too sweet for me. It had that typical dogfish head sweetness and syrup like qualities.

Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A proper copper color with a finger of egg shell colored head

Smell: Deep caramel/toffee soaked oak aroma along with citrus hops

Taste: Bourbon-esque flavors of salted caramel and and slight oak upfront, deep caramel malt mid palate, and finishes citrusy. Overall a bit too sweet for my taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down so damn smooth for 10% abv

Overall: This is a solid Dogfish offering. I admit that i tend to shy away from them because i find them to be one of those gimmick breweries. But this one is pretty good, if not too sweet for my palate as i find a lot of their beers to be. The oak aged characteristics meld nicely with the caramel malt and citrus hops. It opens up more as it warms. Its good fresh, and i am planning on aging a few to see how it all comes together.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey gold with a thin one finger head. The smell is malts, lighter hops than expected and the oak is gently there too. The hops are more prominent in the taste, but not so much that they interfere with the other flavors here: malts and that honey like sweetness give balance. The oak is on the tail. The feel is nice, a bit sticky with good carbonation.

A great sipper. Enjoyable to the end. I've had this fresh and now this one with a year on it, and I would say that I prefer it with a bit of time on it.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer.

Photo of waltc21
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer, try it for a chance. Worth it!

Photo of scream
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While this was good the oak pit me off a bit. I am just not used to that showing up in a beer. Without the oak I would have rated it higher.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pours a rich, burnt caramel amber honey-orange. Forms 2 fingers of light honey yellow head. Whispy lacing left behind. Decent head retention.
S - Light faint notes of whisky, but mostly what you'd come to expect from an IPA. Citrus, hops, grapefruit, apples, oranges mangos and peaches.
T - Holy hell. This is the best "bourbon barrel aged" example I've ever tasted. Sweet buttery bourbon, maple, brown sugar, the whisky is full frontal and in your face. Expected IPA tastes follow in the development.
O - One of the best if not the best IPA I've ever drank.
V - Worth it at any price.

Photo of ZBowden
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear honey with a small white head, smells of hops with roasty woody notes slightly boozy, tastes boozy and hoppy with cooling caramel and roasted malt undertones, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

Photo of imacracker
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think this beer is exceptionally smooth for the APV. Try it, you'll like it!

Photo of dmgeng
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brewed an oak aged IPA and I wanted to taste a commercial version to see how it compares.

A - Dark golden orange color. Somewhat hazy due to dry hop or chill haze. Fluffy white head and strong lacing. Pours pretty thick for an IPA.

S - Strong citrus hop character accompanied by an oxidation, oak tone and robust maltiness. Has a true IPA smell but can detect something different than usual and some alcohol is present.

T - A lot of flavor initially with the hops hitting the sweet buds first, then the oakiness with a slight woody character that could be helped by the hops. Then the malt and alcohol open up the back-end leading to a complex flavor. There is some bitterness along with the spectrum of hop flavor from citrus, herbal, resin, and floral. Not nearly as boozy as 120 minute IPA but you can pick up the remnants of the 90 minute IPA character.

M - High mouth-feel with light to moderate carbonation. About as thick as 90 minute IPA with stronger lacing.

Overall, a different DIPA. I really love and respect 90 min and I think because of that i really did like this beer but there is a significant difference that is added to the overall beer when mixing with the oak aged. It did taste similar to my home brew so I know that the slight oxidative character is supposed to be there and is attributable to the oak and if you just wanted something to break the typical hop explosion that is the 90 minute IPA that oaken flavor is a good way to go. The alcohol is not over the top but is there. I would recommend this for an adventurous beer drinker but I would recommend 90 minute IPA first and then step up to this complex and full-flavored beer.

Glass- Boston Lager perfect pint

Photo of KevChiTown
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! Great bitterness with a smooth quality when sipping. Should have picked this baby up a long time ago!! Sweet but not in typical imperial ipa way.

Photo of Kristy13993
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent flavor feel. Highly recommended brew

Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear amber with a fine eggshell head about a quarter inch thick. Dissipates very slowly.

Smells of oak, maple, bready malts, caramel, and piney hops.

Tastes of buttered bread malt, oak, caramel, and a hint of hop. The malts are rich and a bit spicy.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Light alcohol sting.

Really nice old ale style brew with some good flavor and aroma. Sips nicely and very enjoyable. I've been meaning to have this one for a long time and I should have gotten around to it sooner.

Photo of EuellGophar
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head comes through again. Subtle spices.

Photo of brownbass
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Imperial IPA. Only thing is it is just a tad too sweet (honey) tasting for my tast.

Photo of rar1960
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

if I only get one beer to drink, this is it

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better tasting after bottle aging for 6 months, and even better after a year. The longest I aged was 1.5 years, and it tasted the best. It's a really good beer either way, but I'd put the taste at 4.25 for drinking it right away.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 6,127 ratings.