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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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Photo of tlema1
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber/orange color
S: Some vanilla and oak
T: Definite oak ones, some vanilla and malt, hop bitterness on the finish
F: Silky Smooth east drinking for a big ABV beer
O: Highly recommend this

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this four-pack already chilled at the local store and I am glad that I did. Even though it is a bit pricey, it is definitely worth it. It has an even 10% ABV and about 70 IBUs. Let’s see what we got here.

Look-It pours a mild auburn color with a yellow tinge in the right light; medium clarity and plentiful carbonation. The head is full bodied and foamy and lingers all the way down leaving a very fine and delicate lacing on the glass. Very nice!

Smell-It smells of vanilla and citrus!

Taste-The taste is rich and deep. It is so refreshing, because the vanilla notes play on the tongue for a long time while the flavors of citrus, candied cherries, oak, and then it gives way to a hoppiness that sing high notes above the mild sweetness. It isn’t too sweet at all and what’s more is that the listed flavors interact with one another so well. They even form sort of a candied yam flavor like your favorite dish from Thanksgiving! It isn’t a palate wrecker, but the hops are definitely present and delicious. The alcohol is strong, but not overpowering. I definitely taste the two different blends that the brewer boasts. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel-This is a very silky smooth beer where even the plentiful carbonation does not contribute in an overwhelming manner. The carbonation manifests itself as a sort of afterthought that is gentle and smooth complimenting the bite from the hops and alcohol, I think you’ll agree that this is a great beer!

Overall-I am definitely pleased with this variety. I think that everyone should try it as long as it is served chilled and poured into a nice glass you will get the full experience. What’s really cool about this beer is the brewers threaded two beers together and then aged them in an oak barrel. They brew and English-style old ale and an imperial IPA and then thread them together and then let them sit in oaky barrels; absolutely delicious and so drinkable. It drinks like a 7-8% ABV so tread carefully! Cheers!

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Photo of jancona
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites from DFH. Smells of vanilla, hops and a bit of booze. Taste is amazing - vanilla, and a solid malt base, the finish is citrus hops with a touch of booze. Smooth and creamy feel - let it warm up a bit to truly enjoy it. DFH makes three of my favorite "sippers", this, the 120, and Palo Santo.

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Photo of RandyV
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blend of the two styles, with the citric tang and hop bite nicely complemented by the oak vanilla and malt smoothness. The alcohol heat is present but never gets in the way. This is a stellar offering from a stellar brewery.

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Photo of kfh227
3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer. Probably not getting it again.

The smell is good.

Taste is not bitter at all which I do like in my ipas.

Thing is, the taste just does not wow me.

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Photo of RickS95
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a gift from the Heavens. Starts off with a thickish, murky copper color that brings about a cascading head. The head is really thick and foamy and retains for a good while. Eventually the head drops, but only slightly, from the sides leaving an amazingly thick lace stuck to the glass.

Really on I picked up the Pacific a northwest hops but after letting the beer sit for a minute, the PNW scents are gone replaced by oak, vanilla, and caramel. There's a splash of Barleywine in the nose.

This isn't a standard issue double IPA. Piney notes abound, but the oak aging has transformed this beer into a style almost all it's own. A very Earthy flavor dominates with the high alcohol content bringing about a sprit like quality.

Bitterness dominates, but there is a drinkability to it as it's not a palate wrecker. It's thick and full bodied, and fairly manly. It goes down pretty easy despite an aggressive alcohol kick, but it shits off at the swallow, never coating the tongue or holding it hostage.

I don't care much for the brewery but I consider this one of their best offerings. Not so much a go-to beer as it is a change of lace from the usual stuff.

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Photo of Beerds
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost an auburn color with off white head, not too think. Oak on the nose for sure. Oak up front on the mouth with a sweet smooth finish. Not big on wood aged beers but this could be a game changer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
Medium red-orange-brown, with many fingers of light tan head. Moderately hazy.

Smell - 4/5
Oak, sweet barley malts, faint hops

Taste - 4.25/5
Oaky, sweet barley malts, a sweet floral hopiness

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, medium-high amount of medium-light intensity carbonation. Quite crisp.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a delicious IPA

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: lighter color than I expected; cloudy orangish/amber with small head; decent lacing.

Smell: malty sweet with big grapefruit hop aroma; took a while to pick up the oak, but maybe only because I know it's there. The hops dominate the aroma for me.

Taste: good bit of sweet malt and totally dominated by the hops; I don't pick up the oak or the vanilla, but I do get the lingering oak tannins. Not bad; well balanced

Mouthfeel: creamy

Remarks: pretty good, but American IPAs aren't my favorite style; not something I'd likely buy again.

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Photo of brap
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like many of us drinking a variety of American craft beers I'm suffering from a bit of IPA overkill. This beer could bring me back to the style, the barreling brought it a complexity that made it really interesting.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

$3.99/bottle at Total Wine Tampa. Pours a super creamy head. Tastes of bitter orange. Oak gives it a smooth, creaminess- almost like a nitro. Alcohol, hop bitterness, and oak flavors meld together in the finish. Very unique, classy IPA. I would not mind having this again, especially with that abv, but wouldn't go out of my way, as the "dank-creamsicle" flavor is a tad off-putting.

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Photo of msf55
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not the biggest ipa fan but I found this to absolutely outstanding. The oak aging cuts down on the hop assault making this very smooth and drinkable. At 10% you can get into trouble real quick.

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Photo of smanders
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Fairfax DFH.

Appearance - served in a snifter with 1/2" head - moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell - earthiness, sweetness, spice; very intricate/interlaced aromas.

Taste - fantastic! As complex as the smell, the taste is none other than classic IIPA. Perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet malt; nothing overpowers. At 10% a.b.v, I figured I'd be feeling the burn, but this was as smooth as they come.

Mouthfeel - medium. Coats the tongue well.

Drinkability - with the high a.b.v, I could only drink a couple, but I would be very happy doing it.

Thanks DFH!

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Other than an unusual smell, this beer exceeded what I expected. I would love to try the DIPA that the English old ale was mixed with to create this. Even with the mixture the American hops shine through and provide a great assertive bitterness and the oak aging smooths out the higher than average abv to be almost unnoticeable. Very good, unique take on the American DIPA.

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Photo of ARoman
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is bold, rich, and malty with caramel notes, sweet sugary citrus, and a moderate burnt wood joining late. The beer is effervescent and viscous with a hazy.murky caramel orange hue, and a slightly off white, dense foam head that has good lace and retention. The full bodied beer strikes a nice balance at medium-high levels of bittersweet. The texture is viscous with a zippy carbonation and flavored with notes of wood, caramel, spice, and a light citrus that spikes at the finish as a tangerine with some spice as well as a nyquil hint. The aftertaste is big and bold with burnt bread, marmalade, and a clean spice that mellows quickly but it still has a moderate strength and length.

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Photo of Gear54
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a snifter.

Pour is amber in color with 1/2 finger of thin white head and no lace on the glass. Lots if carbonation

Smell is fruit and a touch of booze. Very faint. Defiantly the weakest feature of this great beer.

Taste is bitter hops with apricot. Malts offer lots of balance and plenty of bitterness. Oak, citrus, vanilla! My oh my so much complexity.

Feel is very nice. Coats the palate well and taste last for a while. Little booze for such a high abv. Another smash hit frommDFH

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Photo of RexBanner
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber in appearance with a fluffy, pillowy head. Very little "floaties" in the glass.
Aromas of fruit, mild pine and oak.
Nice malty backbone to start things off. Very bitter! (yummy) fruit taste blended with piney goodness. Mild oak taste poking around toward the end.
Buttery, crisp, bubbly and deceptively smooth. Goes down very easy. (be careful)
Delicious! No other way to describe it other than that. One of the best double IPAs. Nuff said!

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Photo of Jumbo_James
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delightful beer. Citrus, vanilla, and woody nose. Not too oaky and very smooth. It didn't taste at all boozy to me despite the impressive 10%abv.

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Photo of drew42e
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Barrel aged and you can tell by the aroma and taste. Bit too much carbonation and definitely boozy, the 10% comes thru to me. Aroma is sweet, malty and like a kicked up 90 min DFH. More like a barley wine, and not really what i expected.

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Photo of Matt_Sewell
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soooo good. Taste: the oak mellows the 10% ABV. Look: beautiful golden orange color with just the right amount of foam. Smell: like another sampling of deliciousness from Dogfish Head. Feel: feels like I need to drink another, but I'll save one for aging.

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Photo of Jameson77
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a 1/2 in head, great golden amber color with a slight creamy look.
Smell-Strong sweet malty smell, very boozy with slight fruity taste.
Taste- Very well balanced, hoppy with a smooth finish
Mouthfeel- Full mouthfeel, very heavy with a little excess carbonation.
Overall a fantastic beer, one of my favorites, I like it better than the 90 minute ipa but after rating it, it is very boozy and has somewhat of a barleywine taste, Id like to see a few more characteristics done to it to make it more of an ipa.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant garnet tinged amber, ½” white head that dissipates to a thin film
S: Citrus, wood and malt.
T: Starts with malty sweetness and then grapefruit bitterness comes through joined by oak notes
M: Medium full body and medium caronation. The carbonation is smooth.
O: The hops are very well done in this beer with loads of flavors and just enough bitterness for balance. Nothing is harsh or overstated. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big fan of the wood-aged beers. This is probably my favorite, though it is a close tie with the Palo Santo from the same brewery.

If you've had this in a bottle, also try it if find it on tap. I experienced a big difference in flavor and aroma. I wasn't crazy about the bottle but loved it on tap.

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Photo of almostjay
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I should revisit this one as it's been a few years since I had it, but as with most beers, I feel like this one would be better off had it not spent any time in a barrel.

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Photo of stompilator
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A - Poured an opaque sienna with a frothy, finger-and-a-half head.

S - Very light aromatics of oak and hops.

T - Very boozy and a bit creamy with a light underlying taste of charred oak. The hops take over quickly and hang in the aftertaste, with the oak still lightly present.

M - A little heavier than you'd expect from a DIPA, but still a bit bubbly and aggressive. Overall not bad in a style where an aggressive texture is all too common.

O - As someone who's not a fan of the hop aggression of most DIPAs, I really enjoyed this. Very well balanced and complex.

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