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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,997
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
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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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Ratings: 5,997 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of head.

S: Vanilla, citrus, oak, sweet fruity notes, and slight floral hops.

T: The wood flavors combined with the floral hops and sweetness masks the alcohol well. This is a tasty beverage!

M: A lot of carbination helps to balance this beer out.

D: I like higher abv brews and this one is no exception. I shower in this shit.
Once you get past the alcohol this is a fairly complex beer. As others have said its pretty similar to 90min. I prefer this over the 90min any day.

Photo of scottfrie
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/1/2010, Consumed 6/23/10.

A: Pours a hazy blood-orangeish amber with a thick tan head that slowly receded leaving chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Notes of grapefruit, honey, black cherries, papaya, pineapple, faint grassy hops and caramel malt. Hops are overpowered by the sweetness.
T: Very malty with a sweet fruity finish. Notes of papaya, vanilla, caramel, honey and peppery, earthy hops. Hops lend some bitterness but are not very flavorful. Very honey-sticky sweet and fruity. Alcohol notes are present but not overpowering. Tastes a lot like the 90 min IPA that it is brewed with, but with less hops and more alcohol.
M: Body is thick and slightly syrupy with a touch of soft carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and slightly warms the throat after you swallow.
D: I like the idea of this beer, but 90 min is better. There are almost no hops in this DIPA, and it is just a bit too sweet. I guess I'll just give up and treat it like a barleywine and age my other bottles a couple years since other reviewers have said it gets better. Not much of a DIPA, but a halfway decent barleywine and beer overall.

EDIT: Bottled 3/1/2010, Consumed 2/25/2012

The sweetness had died down with two years of age. All the same flavors are still there, but they are more polished and integrated. Flavors are still syrupy and malty overall, but the hops are still going strong. I liked this beer better with some age, but it's still not as good as fresh 90min. Not quite an dipa and not quite a barleywine. Basically age polished it up a bit and mellows the sugar.

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

Hazy orange amber with a fluffy tan head. Citrusy hop sweetness and oak aroma. Nectarine with brown sugar and a counter balance of citrus peel bitterness. Nicely balanced although overall a little sweet though it seems to tip that way from the fruit flavors, not the malts. An oaky semi-dry and clean finish with a hint of alcohol. A fairly syrupy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A very tasty beer with a lot of sweetness and good hops. A very interesting semi-dry finish despite the syrupy feel and sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is piney, orange, oak and resiny hops. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with some orange notes. There is also some caramel malt to balance things out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice orange amber color, with an off-white thick head that will stay. lacing is left around the glass.
the aroma is of hops and oak mainly. the citrus/pine and the smokey earthiness from the oak compliment each other well.
the brew tastes oaky with its imperial IPA characters also very evident. alcohol is present in the taste too.
the mouthfeel is pretty good, it has high carbonation.
burton baton is a pretty drinkable beer. dogfish head does some pretty wild things. one of my friends says that dfh brews seem like wild home brew experiments that they decide to bottle. i definitely would like to give them more credit than that. i enjoy burton baton as well as other beers they make.

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

Poured a muddy copper-orange into a tulip with a touch of loose off-white head. Somewhat gentle aroma with plenty of grapefruit, pineapple, and some floral notes along with biscuity caramel and oak.

Moderately prickly carbonation balances a full, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste opens with grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, and hints of woody vanilla with lots of pine bitterness on the lingering finish. Some nice oak character emerges on the finish as well as the beer warms.

Well-balanced and complex, this is a great offering from Dogfish Head. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, but the sweetness limits the drinkability a bit. (Update -- this mellows very nicely after 1-2 years in the cellar.)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Quick pour yields a one finger off white head. Amber in color.

Smells of zesty citrus, toffee, caramel and vanilla (very similar to 90 minute IPA).

The taste is almost barleywine like. Tons of toffee and caramel malts that are backed up with zesty orange and bitter pine hops. Oak and vanilla in there as well. Much less hops in the flavor than in the smell.

Pretty full bodied. Medium carbonation, quite smooth and a nice bite on the end.

Not something I would want to have a lot of. A really interesting beer, but quite similar to 90 minute IPA.

Photo of jampics2
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Gotta love these special Friday keg tappings - always something nice popping up!

This one was a dark amber color with a nice white head. Looks very appealing.

The smell was great, nice caramel base with some aroma hops. Touches of pine and citrus, but huge malt coming through as well. This reminds me more of an old ale than a DIPA.

Taste kinda follows the old ale route as well. Actually, this has quite a number of easily identifiable and well integrated flavors from hops, but there's a ton of malt and wood making this not too bitter. Wood and sweet malt give a barleywine like base, some vanilla and coconut even dance with citrus and pine.

Nice body on this one from the tap, creamy and smooth with medium to heavy weight and a kiss of carbonation. Really luscious mouthfeel here.

Overall, it's a big brew, so not the most drinkable even on a curve. But I love the flavors here and would certainly love to run across this on draft again soon!

Photo of oneaday
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my current favorites, and I am NOT a core Dogfish Head fan.

Head is tan, tight and thick. Lasts about 1/3 of the experience.

The scent is citrus, toward lemon. You can't miss the smell of moss and dark wet dirt, yah go dirt!

This beer just gets better as it disappears. As the temperature comes up a little, the taste of bourbon comes on and the hops get oily and find the back of my mouth. The balance of this beer is exceptional, and the alchohol is only noticeable at the start. It's sweet, smooth, piney, and just barely bitter enough for a strong DIPA. Kinda hard to find so hock your girlfriend's engagement ring and buy extra!

Photo of Gyle41386
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark amber-orange pour. Small head doesn't last very long. Glass is nicely decorated, though.

Aroma is lots of oak, caramel, vanilla, and light alcohol. So, basically, they nailed the "barrel" part, but there's no real "Double IPA" part.

Flavor is similar. It's very obvious that this is a barrel-aged beer, but it's hard to tell that it's an IPA. The woody flavor is very nice, and I suppose it's a good complement to 90 Minute's already weak hop flavor. I'm not really a huge fan.

Just shy of being full bodied. Nice, slick texture. Chewy, even. Big fan of the mouthfeel. It's an easy drinker. Tasty beer, but not a great IPA, much like 90 Minute.

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

Poured in to duvel tulip.
Bottled on 3/1/10

A - Poured a deep amber colour; cloudy. One finger of thick cream coloured head.

S - Bitter grapefruit hops with sweet caramel malts; some vanilla in the background.

T - Bitter grapefruit hops with some pine that are very noticeable up front. A sweet caramel malt backbone. Bitter in the finish with some oak. Alcohol is present here, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Medium body, lots of chew. Sort of silky. An odd but very welcome mouthfeel for a DIPA.

D - Remarkably drinkable for a 10% ABV beer.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date is 03/01/2010.
Pours a clear amber with a small head. Lace sticks around until the end. The smell is very sweet upfront. As it warms up a little a grapefruit smell becomes more noticeable. Tastes a lot like the smell, a little too sweet for my taste. It seems to lack the balance that their 90 min. IPA has. A little oak can be tasted and the alcohol is a little too noticeable. It's also very syrupy. Not bad but I'll take their 90 min. over this any day. I'll cellar a few and check back in on it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter. Bottled March 1st, 2010.

Burnt orange, not quite clear body with a soapy slick of beige foam, fed by a perpetual spring of micro-bubbles. Good heavy lacing surrounded by a light clear polish.

Heavy malt aroma with lots of orange zest, a hint of dates, mild barrel notes (vanilla?), earthy hops, and rainy forest floor elements.

Moderate bitterness, spicy evergreen flavors, rich maltiness, a touch of fruit - along with a mellow citrus bite and a hint of chicory in the finish. If you imagine a double-IPA and old ale blended, you might think of a barleywine - and this does remind me something of a softer version of Great Divide Old Ruffian - but this lacks oxidative or vinuous flavors more typical of a barleywine.

Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, well carbonated, mildly astringent.

A superior blend, well done without being "experimental" compared to many of DFH's brews.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Orange/brown with a fluffy orange tinted head. Nice sticky lacing resides on the side of the glass.

S - Citrus, mango, grapefruit hop aroma smells pretty good in this one. Nice hints of a malty sweetness are present as well.

T - Interesting flavor that is different from most DIPA's. A citrus hops mixed with oak flavors at the front of this. Not all that bitter nor too sweet. Finishes with hints of grapefruit. Pretty good juicy flavor.

M - Sticky medium body with a good amount of carbonation. I don't care much for a lot of carbonation and in most beers I would this this is too much but it goes well with the beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink, super easy to drink when you consider this is a 10% beer. I would like to drink a few more of these and would pick this up if I saw it again. However I wouldn't go nuts trying to obtain it.

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

I love this beer.

Pours a BEAUTIFUL cloudy amber orange with a rather large amount of sticky foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet with some slight pine coming through. Flavor is a bit hot initially, but transforms into a delicious melange of pine and bitter hops the leaves a long and tasty finish on the palate.

I really think the oak aging is what pushes this one over the top by mellowing out the hops just enough to make this one incredibly drinkable - gotta be careful there though because at 10% this baby packs a hefty punch. Nonetheless, it is DELICIOUS!

Will drink this any chance I get!

Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle date 10/16/09 poured into a snifter

A- A nice amber color with an one finger head.

S- Oak, hops, and citrus with a hint of sweet fruits.

T- Hoppy with a nice oak taste with some sweet malts and hints of vanilla. Smooths out as it warms

M- Smooth, creamy, and the prefect weight for the taste.

D- Very enjoyable and a nice sipper. I did drink it two right after buying the four pack, and one eight monthes later. It is good fresh but I feel gets better with age, and would really like to try one aged more.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 06/19/09 stamped on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.35.

A: Russet hue with thick, frothy 1-finger French vanilla colored head and spots of lacing.

S: Oak is strong with muted citrus hops and woody, sweet caramel malt aromas.

T: Sweet vanilla frosting-like flavor for the first few sips seamlessly transforms into a malty old ale with a hoppy and oaky edge. The extreme sweetness tends to come down to earth and blends more into balance with the citrus, herbal hops.

M: Creamy, thick mouthfeel is lush and full with sweet caramel and light orange hops aftertaste.

D: I enjoyed this beer, but I feel it is a little bit in no man's land and would be better (hoppier) fresh or better (malty) with 2-3 years of age rather than the 1 year this one had aged. Still, one of the better DFH beers and one I would be interested to try fresh and another year older.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled 3/1/10.

A - Reddish-amber color when held to the light, two fingers of cream-colored head that took 10 minutes to recede to a patchy cap. Scattered lacing around the glass as it went down.

S - Citrus-y hops at first, then for some reason I get just an impression of berries, followed by plenty of oak, with maybe a hint of vanilla at the end.

T - When cold, it just seems like another pretty good IPA, with hops hops hops in your face. The base flavors remind me of the maltiness of 90 Minute, which is not a huge surprise. As it warms up you get notes of the oak, a bit of toffee and vanilla, and perhaps some caramel. Alcohol seems fairly well hidden.

M - Medium-bodied, lingers on the tongue and the back of your throat. Not quite chewy but close. Carbonation is right.

D - At 10% abv, I'm starting to feel this one about halfway through. Coupled with the oakiness, I might be able to have one more but then I'd probably be done.

Overall - Good but not outstanding. The barrel gives it an interesting slant, but I'm not entirely convinced that it pairs really well. It's not really enough of a departure from the old standby, 90 Minute, to convince me to keep buying it. This one was pretty fresh, so I'll sit on the rest of the pack to see if a year or two brings about any perceptible changes.

Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Dogfish head . To me this is somewhat similar to their Squall, but at the same time so different.

A - pours a orange copper with a thick one finger head.

S - smell the oak, some orange and definate malt smell.

T - very boozy not as sweet as a 120 but the oaked age of the beer really comes through nicely.

M = sticks with you kind again the feel of the oak makes this one nice.

D - I really like it for the style and a definate must have again. This is so much different from a west coast style but so much a great east coast ipa that is oaked aged no less again a must try.

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

A - Amber, mild haze. Seems dark for an american IPA style. Thick white head.
S - Hops, and wood (imagine that).
T - Very meaty, savory flavors and grapefruit hops, balanced by a sweet malt. Very boozy as well. A lot like the DFH 120min IPA.
M - velvety smooth.
D - Very strong beer, not for the faint of heart. Slow sipper, one at a time.

Photo of Xul
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent amber, capped by a two finger off-white head. Retention is good and leaves quite a bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A big caramel base is the first thing to hit the nose, followed by some hop balance with citrus and floral notes. Oak comes through fairly strong with some vanilla notes. Dark fruits and lots of bready malts swirl around in the background.

T: Not a lot going on in the hops department, some earthy and floral notes are evident along with a touch of citrus, but this is almost all malts. The base is a mix of caramel, toffee, and dark bread; dark fruits layer on top, followed by the oak and vanilla flavors. Sweeter than I was expecting, even knowing it was an oak-aged IIPA, but very interesting nonetheless.

M: Full bodied with just under moderate carbonation, very smooth. Wouldn't work for a hoppier IIPA but in context it's excellent.

D: ABV isn't entirely hidden and it just feels like a massive beer...enjoyable, but a definite one and done.

Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark orange glow, not much of a head.

Caramel smell, hops, oak, some heat from the abv.

The taste is thin, I was hoping for more from this beer. It was hoppy, it had some woody characteristics from it, but too thin for the alcohol content. Gets overwhelmed.

Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color with a one finger off white head with good retention. Smells of grapefruit, oranges, wood, and malt. The taste is sweet, with oranges, sweet malt, grapefruit, wood, and sugar. this is much sweeter than I would have guessed, but I like it.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, and easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a really nice beer, that I could drink several bottles of.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a loose 12oz bottle from Whole Foods in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Quarter inch of off white, tightly-knit head. Darker orange in color. Good lacing.

Balanced hoppy nose. Dank, floral hops with a nice malty backbone.

Quite balanced and rich with some slight booziness letting you know this one is high ABV. Picked up some nice oak quality from the aging, but this was at the expense of a mellowed hop profile. I wouldn't recommend aging this one, even though it states on the bottle it would age well. Aging will push this one even closer to the hoppy barleywine category in my opinion.

Nice relatively thick mouthfeel. Medium to full body and just the right amount of carbonation.

I prefer this to the 90-minute, but both are at the top of the east coast DIPA category.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. 10% ABV, Bottled on 03/01/10.

A - I poured this tall to the bottom of the little glass. It resulted in a dense cream head of about two fingers. Moderate to low retention with thin but sticky lace left on the glass added a bit of pizzaz. The beer itself is a well-carbonated, lightly hazy, apricot orange.

S - While I'm not immediately turned off by the nose of this beer, the initial aroma I pick up is of grassy, mulch-like hops. Usually they're rather unappealing to me but so far they're ok in this DFH beer. Mango and star fruit in the background add to the depth of this nose. Lots of heavy malting going on brings notes of toasted bread, biscuit, and caramel chunk. A tiny pinch of alcohol escapes on the finish with an estery/ light solvent sensation. Earthy nose but no wood comes out in this one.

T - The lightly solvent, estery alcohol picks up a bit in the flavor with a warming sensation. The grassy, mulch-like hops are instantly off-putting to me, maybe one of the only reoccurring things in a good beer I don't have the taste for. Slivers of wood poke though but it's on the minimal side. A bit of juicy mango and a general exotic fruitiness adds some fun flair.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, Burton Baton has a warm and inviting solvent alcohol finish that's mildly carbonated. The flavor blends well and finishes with a very light bitterness but an overarching sweetness.

D - Burton Baton is probably one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had. I'm sure, even without a big wood flavor, that barrel-aging this definitely helped it. It's smooth and sweet but well-balanced and warm. The alcohol definitely kicks in within half the glass but it never becomes overwhelming.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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