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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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94
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5,756 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,756
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 302
Gots: 999 | FT: 27
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004)
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Photo of diechipmunk
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Deep orange with ruby highlights. Creamy 1+ finger head,

S: Vanilla, oak, caramel malt and a touch of snap of fruit, slight hint of nuts. Great aroma!

T: Deep, round flavors. Lots of vanilla, carmel and malt and oak. Snappy fruit, I don't quite get citris; maybe tart apple or nectarine?. Very well balanced big taste that fades into a long finish. There is a little hint of alcohol as the beer warms, but it blends well with the rich flavor.

M: Medium body. Silky on the tongue with a little bite at the tail end from the hops.

D: Extreamly drinkable, the high ABV is not apparent. It's a perfectly balanced and weighted beer. I haunted the store in March waiting for the release. I hope to cellar a bit for the ski season. It's rich enough for a winter warmup and clean enough to be refreshing after a day in the snow.

Photo of ROBORB
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. The pour produced a dark orange color with a minimal 1 finger head. I could pick up citrus, pine, and wood notes. The initial taste comprised of grapefruit and then switched to a vanilla, syrupy taste on the way down. The booze and the syrup distract from an otherwise nice take on the style. For the cost I find it hard to get a lot of these but I wouldn't mind revisiting it from time to time.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. No fresh on date.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange amber hue with hints of ruby, head is a big two fingers, wonderful lacing and a thin foam remains during entire glass.

S: Vanilla, oak, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malt and a hint of breadyness. Smells fantastic!

T: Big flavors of vanilla, oak, sweet biscuit malt and a nice balance of piney citrus hops to crisp up the finish. Wonderfully complex flavor and well balanced.

M: Very crisp despite the high abv, medium body and the hops bite just a little on the finish, exactly what I hoped for.

D: Dangerously drinkable, no hint of alcohol, balance makes it very smooth and crisp on the finish that keeps you coming back for more. This is an outstanding beer, would love to see what its like in 6 months! Will be picking up lots of this one!

Photo of jminsc76
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from alexd3891. Into a tulip, pours a large, creamy beige head atop a ruby-red body. No lacing as the head dissipates.

Intense aromas of caramel, malt-iness, and some slight oak. There is even a little vanilla in the nose as it warms slightly and with a little agitation.

Excellent flavors of caramel, vanilla, and oak, but not a lot of hops or the pine present that we West Coasters love in our DIPAs, which pretty much misses the point of the style.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but for its 10% ABV does not have a lot of alcohol burn.

A decently drinkable non-West Coast DIPA, and I appreciate what Dogfish Head is trying to do with the oak; however, it's nothing special. If presented the choice between the two, I would much rather reach for a 90 Minute DIPA, as there is more balance between the hops and malts without the obtrusiveness that the oak exhibits.

Photo of TLove
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Sweet, rich, complex, spicy, and malty. High alcohol overwhelms a bit on the back end, but overall, a soft and supple IIPA.

A clearish red color with a creamy, soft head that has substantial lacing and a misleadingly thin-looking body. Smells of oak, toffee, and citrus, which both flow into the taste. Added tastes of raisin, vanilla, and a rye malt mellow out the taste and give a fruity, but extraordinarily soft mouthfeel for a IIPA.

The alcohol comes through in the back end (10% ABV) with the malty character of the beer. Medium body, but very complex. Medium carbonation, but creamy on the back end.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dull orange. Razor-thin tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Who bought me flowers? Sweet grains on the back side of the aroma. Definite ripe fruit in there, too.

T: Oak is there with force. Fruity esthers and a twinge of an alcohol bite also present themselves. Very warming brew.

M: Creamy and mellow. Med-Light body and ok carbonation.

D: You get enough of the 90 to make you long for it. This is a mellower, smoother DIPA. Depending on your mood, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I liked it, but thought the oak effect was a bit overstated.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz with bottling date of 03/30/09. tasted in mid-may 2009.

classic deep coppery amber. clear. 1.5-finger light tan head, gradually recedes to thin but stable, almost creamy layer. great lacing, esp later on, almost curtain-like.

aroma: fresh citrus zest and pine, meets fruity tones, melding with oaky vanilla. caramel maltiness is the underlying foundation though. more citrus and pine in the back.

taste: citrus and pine upfront again, but solid malty caramel and fruity esters back it up, as the resinous, almost bold bitterness comes in, finishing with oak and vanilla hints, plus yet more resins and citrus rind.

medium body, quite smooth, with some resins and tannic astringency (from wood?). moderate carbonation is tingly yet creamy.

solid stuff

Photo of infestaxion
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/19/09 Drank right now

A - Rich copper with a nice cream head with good retention. Nice clarity.

S - A quick whiff gives me nice hops. A deeper smell and I get the oak and a good malt profile.

T - The oak and malt take center stage in the flavor. Nice vanilla and wood up front. Good caramel malt to follow. A little sweet. Not a whole lot of hops to this. But really what would you expect from an aged IPA? It is nice.

M - Great carbonation and good feel.

D - It's a bit much to go down too easy but it is not bad.

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

Clear dark red amber. 2 fingers of smooth ivory head with big sticky laces.

Woody toffee roasty oaky. Earthy and spicy pine and grapefruit.

Earthy wood and toffee. Sweet oaky vanilla. Grapefruit and pine notes that build on the tongue. Sharp oak and vanilla pine aftertaste and a smooth citric floral bitterness. Nice alcohol bite and warmth that works well with the oak and hop and vanilla flavors.

Silky smooth, somewhat creamy, medium bodied, slightly sticky and dry. great mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for a high ABV. Great flavors that create a wonderfully complex imperial oaked IPA. This is what you expect DFH to produce, another awesome creative craft brew.

Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5th of the 6th offering from my first trip to Abe's Cold Beer, what a place. I was glad to get a shot at yet another Dogfish offering (though I'm not sure I'm ready for some of their "unique" brews, ha).

A: Hazy honey color with a rocky head that lasts quite a while and leaves plenty of lace.

S: Big nose of caramel and dark, ripe raisins and apricots

T: Opens with a sweet caramel base with the fruit from teh aroma. Then a nice undertone is formed by the oak/ vanilla flavors from teh barrel. A very well balanced hoppy bitterness finishes things up.

M: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D: Another extremely enjoyable DFH brew and one I'm glad I finally got take try. Though not quite on par with 90 minute, I like the unique oak flavors that this one offers. DFH definitely does some well crafted (balance!), creative brews and this is one of them. Very recommended and a brew you should try if you come across it.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very appealing ruby amber, with a very frothy 1 finger head. Seems to be sticking around for a bit, and I already notice lacing. Very nice looking. A steady stream of carbonization from the bottom.

S: Citrusey, piney hops. A quick swirl of the glass revives some head and lets some malt aromas escape, some sweet apple and toffee. Pretty strong grapefruit nose.

T: Much sweeter than expected, with the hops hitting the nose while sipping, the beer is actually quite smooth and has a nice malt profile. The oak aging has added a very nice smoke character but also lends a very smooth, whiskey-like flavor to the brew. This is delicious!

M: Very smooth, very sweet. A nice full body. Coats the tongue just enough for the flavor to stick.

D: Very drinkable for the high abv. Wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but would love to pair this with a spicy meal.

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased about 3-4 months ago. Reviewed from notes

The color is a couple shades darker than some IPA's with a decent amount of head and nice sticky lacing. Most immediate smell is molasses, followed by plenty of hops and oak. Smaller notes of vanilla and a tinge of Bourbon. Some good 3C bittering hops in the taste, high alpha acids. Has some sweetness to it. Nice oak flavor but hops do dominate. Hops and oak, it's like peanut butter and chocolate, "Two great tastes, that go great together". Lingering bitterness from hops and some oak coat the inside of the mouth. A touch sticky feeling. Good drinkability, disappears too fast.

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

Chilled and served in imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is relatively fresh as it comes from this year's Jun bottling for July release.

Appearance: The beer is poued out a clear dark reddish copper color with brilliant gold highlights. The 1" thick tan head is creamy with a scattering of lager bubbles and recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and thin layer of foam over the entire surface. Sipping leaves thick sheets of foam with patchy holes and speckles of lacing. Even toward the end of the beer there is light foam on the surface and foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a mixture of light caramel and fruity. There is grapefruit and some orange and other citrus here. Layering underneath there is a base of woody tones from the oak and some traces of the alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is full of a fruity mix with orange, lemon, and grapefruit pretty much blended together so that no single one stands out as dominating the rest. The alcohol comes through clearly but not unpleasantly. It seems a natural thing and is not particularly hot. In addition there are clear traces of vanilla from the oak. The malt flavors are light caramel in nature.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer is full-bodied and creamy smooth with modest carbonation that continues to tickle the tongue and mouth for most of the beer. The finish is long and full of changing flavors with caramel malt and some fruity sweetness coming into play at the beginning. Then we move back to the hops and end with a slight bitterness and dryness at the end. Interestingly the tail end of the finish is very gentle and subtle and contains traces of both hops and oak.

Drinkability: This is an intense, complex beer that is full of rich and subtle flavors and I liked it a lot. With this ABV it is a one a night beer but it is well worth buying and trying. I'll certainly be having more of this beer as a special treat when I want something out of the ordinary and first rate.

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

Appearance: Pours a stunning, deep, clear amber color with about an inch of bubbly white head. Decent retention with some nice soapy lacing.

Smell: Interesting. The hops are subtle, but definitely there. There is a very light bit of sweetness in the smell, and also a nice bit of oakiness. Nothing one smell really dominates the other, they all blend together very nicely.

Taste: Like the smell, very interesting. A nice mix of bitter hops and ever so subtle malty sweet, but there is a pleasant and unique aftertaste that I can't quite describe. I can only attribute this to the aging as the hops seem subdued allowing the oak-aged goodness to show through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. No real fizz from the carbonation, and a nice creamy texture make this a smooth and easy drinker.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty and unique brew...and that is one thing I have come to love and expect from DFH. That being said, I do feel that it's uniqueness and overall complex flavor makes a great beer to have just one or two of, but not pound throughout the night. An absolutely perfect way to relax on a Friday night.

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

The beer has a naturally big, soft, foamy head that lingers. Nice copper coloring. The aroma is tropical fruit (pineapple), dark sugar, honey, and maybe some orange. The flavor is BIG and soft. Nice caramel malt body with warm sweetbread notes. It has the big hop profile that I've come to expect whenever DFH does an IPA, and they do them about as well as anyone. The bitterness is just right, and doesn't overpower the malt. The oak barrel aging does a nice job of smoothing everything out and adding a somewhat chardonnay-like oaky note. It really speaks to the level of effort and devotion that DFH puts into its beers that it can continually push our limits to review them. This is a very special beer, to be shared only with loved ones... and kept away from the unbelievers. Or so they say.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/8/09

Bottle on 3/30/09

A - Deep amber in color with some red in there as well. Minimal carbonation settles on top & is not long for the world. There is a bit of gritty lacing.

S - Earthy notes abound; piney hops predominate. Soothingly subdued hints oak in the nose with some booziness present.

T - Piney hop bite up front; bready malts occasionally poke through. There is a spot of vanilla in there as well. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Gritty hop resin is present but not overbearing & lingers on the tongue. Otherwise this is a very smooth beer. Carbonation seems appropriate to me.

D - This is one heck of a beer, with a weight & intensity not altogether apparent until nearly half gone. I've been a fan of DFH for years. Burton Baton is one of their better ones, in my opinion. Very tasty & complex, I would have few reservations recommending this beer. My only gripe is that, while I would like to drink them all night, one at a time is sufficient for me.

Photo of dborginis
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of 90 minute. Not sure how this will compare. Bottled 3/30/09.

Color is a golden red - copper, pretty clear. Thin layer of sticky head. Smell is of hops and a bit of the oak.

Lots of double IPAs have a huge malt backbone. I feel like the oak here mutes or takes the place of the malt. Good amount of hops. First is the oaky flavor, then comes the bitterness of the hops. A little bit milky aftertaste, the hops do not linger.

Less than halfway, the alcohol is kicking in. Although it's going down smooth, might only be able to have one at a time.

An interesting take on DFH's DIPA. Glad it didn't come in a 4 pack, as it's quite similar to the 90 mins I already have.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/ruby color, with a bit of red mixed in. Slight head of of off-white bubbles. It has a slightly earthy, yeast small. Burton Baton has a strong taste; lots of alcohol, a bit of earthy spice, and something I always classify as a musty flavor. It tastes old, but that's not bad. It has a slightly lower and medium body and a bit above average carbonation. Interesting. I wouldn't drink a bunch of these, but 12 or 24 ounces would be just right.

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

Poured from bottle into snifter. I've been searching for this one for a while and the guy at Nikki's Liquors had some in the back. Sweet! A blend of 90 and An English Strong Ale, barrel-aged, IIRC.

A- A copper, honey brown, effervescent brew. Looks like a solid head for 10% ABV. Darker than other DFH IPAs, my guess would be the barrel-aging.

S- Smoke, wood, and the traditional DFH proprietary hops. Smells great. Hints of vanilla? possibly.

T- Like most DFH IPAs, it has that new growth floral hop taste. The barrels add some depth on this which work well with the considerable malt. A very tasty beer. The barrel qualities, vanilla, sappy wood?... a honey sweetness, wow. I am impressed. Not your average DIPA. Not by a long shot. A wholly unique beer.

M- For the ABV, fantastic. Crisp, tasty, complex, never overbearing or cloyingly sweet, nowhere near syrupy.

D- Fairly high. I like this beer. For the price, I can't say I wouldn't grab a 90 minute or a Squall IPA (my all time fav), but if I saw this beer on tap I'd get a pint or snifter for sure. At almost double the price of the 60 min and 1 1/2 times the price of the 90 min, this beer is a specialty beer.

Truth be told, I like the hops in the 90 better, but that's just my taste. The barrels ad a whole other level of complexity to this one that's undeniably good. This beer has a nice malt character that takes the DFH IPA in a new direction. A joy to drink.

Photo of mrmanning
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry. Deep and hazy mahogany. Pours a frothy beige cap. Leaves some pretty lace. Nose is toffee and caramel, peaches and orange. Some woody earthy hops too. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, lots of oak, quite fruity too. Flavours of brown sugar are huge. The hops don't play as much as a role as I thought they would, and overall this is a lot sweeter than I expected. The finish does show earthy caramel malts with fresh hop bitterness. Long finish. Reminds of of a sweeter version of 90 minute, or what I'd expect 90 minute to taste like blended with a Fuller's Vintage Ale. Thanks for the bottle Harry!

Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Tryst in Delray Beach, FL out of their "special reserve collection" that isn't listed on their menu

Just to clarify what I recently learned about this brew. They take old 90 Minute IPA that has been aged for a year in barrels and blend it with their new 90 Minute IPA? Very creative.

A: Pours a golden bronze color that produces a medium off-white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing. pours very similar to the 90 Min.

S: Oak, vanilla, sugars, floral and bittering hops, raisins, bready, twangy citrus notes, and a rum or brandy note that probably came from the barrel aging. Truly delicious

T: Very similar to the nose, yet a little sweeter. Brown sugar notes perhaps from the alcohol, floral and aromatic hops, firm malt bill, oak, vanilla, rum/brandy, citrus notes finish this long sip.

MF/D: Full bodied, sugary/sweet finish, slightly alcoholic as it warms.

DFH continues to amaze me! Their innovation is second to none, and this brew is no exception. Looking forward to Black & Blue and Red & White.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rather yellow-redish color with a thin white head. Good lacing all the way dawn. Smells of strong green hops, with some wood notes as well. The taste has a nice wide hop bite up front, but as I swirl it over my tounge the roasted malt flavors come out real fast. Rather supprising for an IIPA. This has alot of sweet flavors on the back of the tounge. The mouthfeel is rather tangy, but it's not really from the carbonation. This really would be a good "gate-way" beer for those not too familar with hoppy IIPA's.

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

Ok, this beer is dangerous. I'll start with drinkability b/c at %10 abv this is easy drinking, which could knock you for a loop easy. Alcohol is well hidden, a slight burn at the end. Slight.

Pours a rusty ruby, clean body topped with an off white, fluffy, stick head. Some chunk, but it leveled off to start sticking to the side.
Aroma is a blend of flowers, sappy hops, oak, caramel and young orange rind. What? I know, complicated.
I usually don't like oak aged IPAs all that well b/c the oak takes over. This one is an exception. The oak is there, but on the sides. More resin and smooth butteriness. Still clean, though. Nice English IPA hints, if not for the carbonation I would have assumed a live ale (maybe).
This is a very nice beer, drank at 52 (+/-) degrees F.

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is actually better than the 90 minute IPA and would get this, much less available beer, any time I can find it. Dogfish has a number of more obscure beers that are really good and this is definitely one of them. I'd also include Raison d'extra, world wide stout and some of their more experimental beers. Always check the dogfish head section whenever you go to a good beer store.

Photo of hmmmmmm
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

note: this is a stream of conscience rendering of my notes, sorry... its 4:30am
poured into a tulip it took a violent pour to release even a finger's worth of head which quickly disappeared and left little lacing and sat atop a sexy amber brew with ruby hues. smells of hops, fresh and zesty with bits of pear, wood, and hints of grape. upon tasting, wow. hops followed by hops and hops, but in a mellowed, balanced way so even a non-hophead might find great pleasure upon consuming. slight oak comes through. feels good in the mouth, thick but not chewy. the biggest problem with this libation is that i can't put it down, and at 10%, it could be dangerous.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,756 ratings.