Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,802
Hads: 6,234
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
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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 Rivcabeerlover
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated mouth feel. Very hoppy initial taste with oak woody flavor at the end. Almost forgot this was 10% abv until the buzz hit.. Haha. Creamy mouth feel... Awesome beer!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour a deep amber with off white foamy head and mild effervescence
Smells of wood, nectarine/peach, very floral
Tastes malty and sweet up front, with pleasant peach, then hint of spice, citrus and pine, a pleasant flat woody taste near the end note and rather clean finish with a pleasant astringent, alcohol warmth to cleanse the palate. Profile changes as the beer heats up in the hand, becomes more sweet oddly enough.
Mouthfeel is between 2% and whole milk texture.
Overall, this beer is pretty amazing and thoroughly enjoyable. The perfect balance of flavors and another Dogfish classic, I will definitely be stocking up on this one!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know this isn't exactly a hard beer to find, but I've been on the lookout for a few months now, being increasingly interested in trying it. I got a $4 single and, as usual, poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 1/27 and poured 2/26.

Appearance: Poured straight down the glass and got a pretty modest finger of head -- creamy and soapy, but more creamy, and egg shell colored. The beer is a moderately hazy orange-brown color.

Smell: Since it's almost frozen from the fridge, it's hard to get a good nose on it. I definitely get the woodiness from the barrels first and foremost. I don't know if Dogfish head specifies if they use bourbon barrels, but I'm pretty sure they don't, and I'm thankful for that -- bourbon barrel non-stouts tend to underwhelm me. The oak also gives a vanilla vibe, with some citrusy hops in there as well. Even pretty much ice cold, this beer smells great. Not extremely potent, but super pleasant.

Taste/feel: The hops really shine on the tongue -- juicy, fresh, sweet, somewhat tangy (!?), and just delicious. Herbal hops with some citrus are the dominant hop flavors I get, followed by the barrel and the malt which all combines to make for a phenomenal aftertaste. The feel is also incredible on this beer... it has about a medium body with a fairly high prickly carbonation that really suits this beer well: it just makes the hops "pop". As far as alcohol, it's untraceable -- nowhere to be found. For bitterness, well, this is a DIPA. It's obviously hoppy, but *too* drinkable at 10%, and isn't very bitter at all to my tongue.

Just an excellent, excellent beer. I liked it the more I went on. The smell was better than the appearance, the taste was better than the smell... Burton Baton is a must try. The bottle suggests maybe cellaring this beer, but I wouldn't ever do that. The fresh, bursting hops is what makes this beer -- the barrel just adds a bit of depth. If you see this beer, pick it up.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DFH Fairfax. Similar aromas as 90 min plus roasty/malty notes. Caramel and ripe red tropical fruit right off the bat. Slight hop bitterness overshadowed by creamy/malty flavors on the finish.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper-red color in a Spiegelgau glass with a 3F head which slowly resolves.

Aroma: wonderful pungent citrus and pine. There is a special hops combo here.

MF: very carbonated.

Taste: the aroma transitions to the taste: spicy citrus and pine.Not the typical grapefruit
citrus in a lot of IPAs- this is a special spicy blend of flavors.

Overall: the citrus intensifies as does the malt character with warming. The oak masks the alcoholic finish. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Nicked
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Reckage
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of NateF90
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phocion
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of senglish7
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma- if there is one, it's similar to a Belgian IPA. Taste- Oaky at first, then smooth in the middle, with a bit of a Crispness at the end. All in all, this is a unique and great tasting brew.

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Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A blend of a barleywine and an IIPA. It takes the strengths of each and synergistically synthesizes them into something that is greater than the some of its parts.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange with red and rusty brow highlights. Darker than 90 minute.
S: Complex aromas: citrus smell of 90 minute w/ undertones of subtle vanilla oakiness, raisin and figs and molasses.
T: Beginning is hoppy citrus, middle is subtle vanilla oaky with dark fruits, finish is smooth, cripst with, carmel and vanilla cloying sweetness. Leaves your mouth watering for more.
M: medium-full body. Definitely a sipper.
O: The IPA aroma and bitterness blends nicely with the sweetness complexity of the old ale. The subtle barrel characteristics adds an additional layer of complexity. Overall a very creative and impressive drink. Drink fresh as the oakiness and the dry hops begin to fade in about 3 months (see bottle date on the neck of the bottle). If you cellar this you'll find yourself with a sweet old ale after 6 months or so (which is less interesting than this ale fresh in my opinion). With several years of aging this could become an amazing American barleywine (or a boring one) but I'd drink it fresh.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter glass at fridge temps. Bottle is dated 08/2014.

Appearance: pale orange with a nice firm off white head of very fine bubbles. Highly carbonated.

Nose: heavy on the citrus from the hops, orange juice, slight vanilla cookie smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: not heavy at all, lemons and fresh oranges, bitter orange peel, no alcohol at all, since this is a fresh beer the citrusy hops really pop and haven't lost any of their mellowness.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer fresh, super enjoyable. I am bewildered how Sam hides the monstrous alcohol content in between all of the layers of flavors. I'm really excited to age this beer and see what happens when the hops mellow and the English Old Ale thread of the mix comes to the forefront.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

This one never fails to impress. A very reliable, delicious and interesting beer; had it several times over the past couple of years and it always has been great. The oak flavor is a great addition and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer.

I haven't noticed any major differences between the bottle and draft versions. Each time I've tried the beer, regardless of the version, it's been superb. I'm guessing that this is better fresh/on draft, though ... but, then again, I've never been able to keep a bottle long enough at home to age it for an extended period. Might try that sometime.

IMO, this falls within the 4.25-4.5 range. One of Dogfish Head's best.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a dark copper color with a great head that surprisingly lasts quite some time for such a big beer. Fine soapy froth retains a half finger after at least 30 minutes.

Big nose of booze, wood, and resinous piney hops.

Boozy with cherry notes followed by smooth bitterness that balances against the alcohol fumes and malty backbone. No notable sweetness. Highly attenuated. As it warms some sweetness appears.

A surprise as I was not expecting this big of a brew but it's good. I like the wood notes in this one.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Pours a hazy dark gold/amber. 2 finger off-white head. Leaves moderate to heavy lacing.
S - Vanilla, raisins, dates, toffee, earthy hops, medicnal.
T - Malt sweetness, but is by no means cloying. Spicy, earthy hops give way to citrus. Little alcohol burn. This bottle is six months old, so perhaps the burn others have mentioned has mellowed.
M - Thick body, medium carb. Really coats the palate and bitterness linger until the next sip.
O - An outstanding beer. A definite go to for imperial IPA drinkers. The blend of the young and the old I think keeps it very drinkable, so the oak aged qualities don't squash the IPA.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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