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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,730
Reviews: 1,731
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
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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 taylorhamrick
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Thirsty Monk in Asheville

Pours out a beautiful clear copper, with kind of a small head, but very dense, which leaves a bit of lacing. Very pretty looking. There's a bit of earthy hops, with some spicy and fruity notes - primarily tropical fruits, but a strong syrupy presence is most notable. A bit estery with a lot of toasty malts, and a bit of wood as well. I can imagine it smelling much worse, but it doesn't smell like a DIPA (then again, I guess it really isn't a DIPA - only half of one), there's nothing harsh, but I'd love to smell more hops. In the taste, the old ale sort of dominates, like a hoppy old ale. Low bitterness, a bit of oak cask flavors. Some kind of roasty, not quite bready, but crackery malt tastes come through well. I can really taste the yeast in this in some respects - something reminds me of raw yeast, like the little vials. But when you get to the hoppiness, this one really shines. It's not piney, or bitter, or resinous at all - there's a wonderful tropical fruitiness to this, like mangoes, maybe a bit of tart cherry, and a nice kick of lemon-lime in the end. The alcohol is actually barely even noticeable. The feeling is still a bit syrupy, maybe its the kind of low level of carbonation. I can also notice the esters quite well because of that. The yeasty flavor kind of throws it off for me, but still I like this much better than the 90min. This one tasted pretty much how I exptected to. Though I hadn't noticed the alcohol as I was drinking it, I can imagine that I'll feel it soon. I think the smaller pour was just about right for this.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my straight-sided Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured an extremely clear copper color with a 2" heavy, off-white head (aggressive pour at fridge temp). The head dropped to a skim in a short while but loads of sticky clingy lace hung onto my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

S= A lot going on here, with a sweet bakery aroma and caramel malt base underneath citrus and floral hops, some ripe tropical fruit, and just the slightest hint of alcohol (impressive considering the abv).

T= Sweet malty goodness upfront, followed by a fruity and almost herbal character. Hops came in midway with flavors of citrus, spice, and a hint of grass. The barrel this ale came from stays hidden until the very end where it emerges to mesh with the dry, hoppy finish. A heady booze flavor and belly warmth is the last thing I noticed in each sip. I was once again impressed the alcohol stayed hidden that long.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderate crispness that perks up this beer without making it feel sharp in any way.

D= This is a big mother of an ale, and very deserving of the title DIPA. Though I don't know if I would want more than one or maybe two in a sitting, I was impressed with the way this beer hid its strength. Could be interesting if aged for 6-12 months...

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

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours a clear red-orange color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim quickly. It can be revived with a good swirl though. No lacing left behind aside from a few spots.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops, mostly grapefruity in character, plus a very strong and sweet malty backbone of caramel.

Taste is quite nice as well, lots of citrusy hop flavor overall that is offset by a very nice caramel sweetness. The oak aging appears towards the finish, but it's fairly light and really just serves to add to the complexity rather than play a huge part in it. Faint vanilla notes are present. Finishes nice and balanced with lingering hops and a light alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, quite creamy and easy to drink.

I've been searching for this one for quite some time, it never seems to show up. I am impressed, I definitely like it better than the regular 90 Minute.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one to savor!

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded and more loaded hops and citrus aroma

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy grapefruit flavor and I loved the oak flavor from the aging. it was a very noticable difference

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: very easy and smooth. very pricey though.

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

Poured this into my New Belgium glass. Very interesting beer we have on our hands.

Amber color starting to turn black. Not much head that lasts but we get a nice lace.

Hops aren't too bitter which is nice. The barrel aging gives this a really nice taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is really smooth. I'm scoring drinkability on a curve given the alcohol content.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served 12 oz bottle in my sam adams perfect pint glass

A-held up to a light, and it is a bronze, amber, orange, 1 inch frothy head this is slowly declining leaving a nice ring of lacing around it

S- very boozy, big sweet malt, piny and flowery hops, slight citrus

T-alcohol very noticeable which demand respects, sweet caramel/ biscuity malt and vanilla oak taste really comes through as the beer warms, large amount of malts mask flavoring hops but good amount of bittering hops still come through. Not a hop bomb. Man I love a balanced east coast DIPA. DFH beers don't attempt to hide the alcohol by any means. One of my favorite styles since i love malty yet hoppy beers.

M-creamy upfront from large amount of malt, finsihes drys from oak and hops

D- lil boozy, but I could probably drink 2 or 3

...still IMO best oak aged DIPA/IPA is Southern Tiers Oak Aged Unearthly...this one is in 2nd

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on 3/20/09. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a bright gold/amber with a finger of off white head. Piny/citrusy hop aroma with a little alcohol, also a bit of oak. This started off with a good malt base. Not as much hop bitterness as the aroma might suggest. In the flavor, the oak is pretty subtle, mostly in the finish. Solid medium body. Good beer, nice balance.

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

Appearance- About a 1 finger head atop bright copper elixer. Head has some lacing.

Smell- Oak aromas immediately attack the nose followed by a wave of malt and hops. You can tell that this is going to be packed with flavor right off. Most similar to the 90 minute IPA, but with the nice addition of oak.

Taste- Lots and lots of oak flavor with a vanilla profile. Big citrusy hops, though the oak really tames the citrus flavors and covers them up. Brandy-like in some respects. A bit of nougat in there as well. Some dark fruits closer to the finish followed by just a bit of hot alcohol. Very, very nice overall.

Mouthfeel- Full, but not heavy. Carbonation is spot on and adds just enough to the overall feel of this.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable in my opinion, though it might not be a good idea to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. I'll definitely be getting some more of this sometime soon. Surprised it's taken me this long to try it.

Photo of gameface23
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours orange with a 2 fingered head that leaves great lacing.

S: Butterscotch, piney hops, earthy wood notes from the oak.

T: Caramel sweetness upfront, grassy hops in the middle, and a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: It's a strong beer with tons of flavor. I really enjoyed one, but I doubt I'd want another one immediately after.

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle from feb/08 in a perfect pint glass.

A nice mahogoney color with almost a two inch think layer of layer off white head, which left nices rings as it continued to settle.

Vanilla and burnt caramel were the dominate smells up front with some pine and oakiness to follow. A bit sweet in the nose. Would have liked a bit more hops, but it has been cellared for a while so that's to be expected.

Lots of spicey alcohol and a lingering burnt caramel taste. Lots of sweetness but more bitterness comes out over time creating a much better balance. The oak and bitterness blend very well and provide great texture.

Probably could have another one but not too many in any one session.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Extremely clear orange/brown/amber; rust colored maybe? Between 1 and 2 fingers of light brown head rise with great retention considering the ABV and age of 50% of this brew. Falls to a thick cap. Some lacing.

S - Big caramel aromas with a good deal of butterscotch thrown in. Maybe even a bit of wood from the barrel aged half of this brew. Leafy hops struggle against the malt with aromas of grass, pine, touches of fruit, and a little grapefruit character. Alcohol shines through at the end, accentuating all of the aromas involved.

T - Lots of sweetness on the front end, with butterscotch and brown sugar. Hops kick in quickly with piney, grassy, floral, and slightly citric notes from the nose. Quite similar to the 90 Min so far. A dull but sweeping bitterness works it's way in amongst the fading leafiness and butterscotch followed by a moderate burst of alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with a soft carbonation.

D - Although I didn't dislike this beer, I'm not sure that the oak aged English strong ale adds much to the already phenomenol 90 Min IPA. The major complaint is too much alcohol in the taste. There's a lot of flavor to sort of mask it, but it's still out in the open. Some age might help this guy; as it is I can't really pinpoint the effect of the addition of English strong ale aside from a general watering down of hop flavor and a big boozy blast on the back end.

Photo of BrewMaven
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper and up comes a cascading off white/tan head with good retention considering the abv and leaving a fair amount of lace.

My nose is picking up lemon and slight pine.

Taste is rich and very malty with definite hints of oak and some of the aformentioned hops on the finish.

Full mouthfeel and mildly carbonated. This beer is so "Healthy" I just want to get down and wallow in it..Absolutely delicious!! I want more!

Photo of eljefe21
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper in color. Has a small one finger head that dissipates into fine lacing.

S: Dry hop smell with hints of sweet vanilla and oak.

T: Initially a complex hop bomb flavor that never explodes because it finishes with a mellowing oak flavor.

M: Some carbonation up front and on the sides. A syrupy coating mouthfeel that lingers pleasingly on the tongue.

D: A warming treat that is perfect for a cold or wet evening. I love hop bombs so it's slightly disappointing to not have the hop flavors fully detonate, but the complementary oak flavors work well in a different way.

Served: in a tulip glass.

Photo of BZero007
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Ye Old Spirit Shop in frederick, MD. Was lucky to run in to them as they were sold out in VA.

Bottled date very clear to read 03/30/09, was a little worried that taste would have started to fade since bottling...but it did not.

Pours a very clear amber with an extremly perfect light brown head. The head last a good while and takes time to crumple down. Lace from the beer sticks around forever if you let it. The lace cirlces its way dwon from the top to the bottm and looks great. The aroma is refreshing and very welcoming. Oak takes the lead in the smells coming from the beer with the malt right behind it and citrus hops in the back ground. The taste is something revolutionary for me as the Oak, Malt, and hops are perfectly balanced. Nothing in the taste out did each other, the Oak and malt I felt were balanced on the same level with the hops just behind it a bit. Carbonation levels were great and helped the aroma and flavors out extremly! This beer's 10% is hardly noticed and for a beer at this calibur it is always welcomed. Will always stock this when available in my area or travels. Recomend to anyone and people who enjoyed oaked Unearlthly but felt it was missing something. This beer fixes that and more! Enjoy!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres
BOTTLED ON: 03/30/09

Pours up a nice copper color with burnt orange overtones. About one-finger of off-white foam forms the head. It recedes to leave a nice covering. Lacing is chunky and fairly slipperey.

Nose is full of big citrus hops. Some decent malty sweetness seems to be down below. Mild hints of oak, caramel and bananas. Nice hints of pine.

Oh, wow. Big notes of caramel malts come out first. A mild vanilla oakiness follows. Then comes the citrus hops. While they are a strong presence, they don't attack the palate. They just kind of ease their way up to the front. Very nice. The finish has a light bit of brown sugar mixed with a touch of hop bitterness.
This is an extremely well-balanced and thouroughly enjoyable brew.

A nice, medium to almost full body on this one. Very smooth and nicely creamy. Mild level of carbonation, which suits this beer very well.

A very tasty and drinkable brew is what we have here. The 10.0%ABV is very well-hidden and the balance is just beautiful.
Yet another homerun for Dogfish Head, in my book.

Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Ruination pint glass

A-Beautiful golden amber with a nice size head with beautiful lacing.

S-Piny hops with a very noticeable citrus nose. Smells great.

T-The hops are up front here as they should be, but they give way to a delicious combination of citrus, vanilla, oak and alcohol.

M-Medium body & carbonation, but still seems rather chewy (which is good!)

D-I love drinking this beer, but it is a sipper and a one shot deal for me. The intense flavor and high ABV% rule this out as a session beer.

I have to say, this is one fine beer. If you're a fan of the style, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head makes some pretty solid and unique brews. I consider this one to be one of my favorites from them. Heres my review:

A: Pours a copper or caramel color. Very clear with an off-white head. Lacing is left with each sip.

S: There is a strong citrus smell. Some alcohol and caramel sweetness. A hint of oak in the nose as well.

T: Very complex and tasty. Tastes quite a bit like 90 Minute IPA, but more mellow and slightly more complex. You get citrus hops upfront, which gives way to the strong malt character. You get caramel, raisons, prunes, alcohol, and oak. Very good overall.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat prominant and warms the throat as you sip.

D: Pretty good drinkability overall. The good flavors keep you coming back for more. The alcohol is present, which does limit this beer from being sessionable, but could drink a few in a session.

Very good beer overall. I havent had alot of Oak Aged IPAs, but this is probably the best one I have had. Complex and tasty. A little expensive, but worth the cash.

Photo of dwennis
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber almost reddish. Great head and lacing!

Smell: Most prevalent smell is piny from the hops

Taste: Begins with the typical hops one would expect from this beer but very subtly moves to an oak y flavor, Very complex

Mouth feel: Moderately carbonated

Its a great beer, one that I would love to have more of, I wish it was a year round brew

Serving type: bottle

Photo of elniko
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. Bottle marked with brewed on 3/3/2009 date.

A: Ruby amber coloring, oily head with some nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Nice DFH head piney hop notes with some vanilla tones mixed in. Absolutely exquisite.

T & M: Wow, this is one fine brew! The aged strong ale really adds an additional level to the brew. The IPA and the aged strong ale really mix well. The citrus tones are there but mellowed out with the vanilla tones from the oak aging.

D: Drinkable, but one is definitely enough in a session due to ABV.

Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown, nice creamy head dissipating leaving great lacing. Smells of earthy hops, some citrus, caramel, grapefruit, a little honeydew melon, some oak with soft vanilla. Tastes of sweet oaky malt followed quickly by grapefruit bitterness. Hints of earthy mushrooms, vanilla . Finishes quite sweet with some residual hop resin on the palate. Alcohol is fairly detectable. Nice full bodied mouthfeel, fairly carbonated.

Very complex beer, worked for me. The like the idea of an DIPA mixed with an oaked age beer. Very good, a great beer to have every once in a while.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I only finally got to try tBurton this year (the march 2009 release) and it has become by far one of my favorite DFH beers... I enjoyed the bottle pour a bit more than on tap, even, (this may have just been because I was eating while having it on tap).. and after drinking 4 bottles I've realized mre and more how much I like it (a practice I think more BA's should attempt, rather than reviewing a beer after one bottle).. The color is very similar to 90 minute, an amberish, deep copper hue with off-white head.. It's actually got a really beautiful deep red/amber. Simply perfect. the smell is very hoppy but also has a sweetness that is present right behind the hop and is almost the same strength, really showcasing what you'll find in the flavor. The oak presence provides a really nice base. The hop and sweeness in the flavor are balanced perfectly, with a creamy mouthfeel, its like cream soda mixed with hops (which sounds gross, but the beer is amazing).. Its basically exactly what you should expect from what it is- take 90 minute IPA and added maple syrup to it and oak age it.. Amazing.

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

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (date 03/30/09C) and poured into Snifter - bottle purchased at Papago Brewing. This was a gift from a friend who hoarded it from the freezer case Friday night (as instructed on the bottle).

Pours a nice light head that quickly dissipates to a thin sexy layer of lace. Brew is a clear light garnet brew.

Smell is light - but I get a light woody floral smell (not quite oak) with some hops. As it warms I get a nice Burgundian "forest floor" note.

I was expecting a hop bomb as IIPA's can be, but this is a refined taste; the hops are present but don't leave you feeling that you've been chewing on a bud. I do get a little bit of American Oak and think a slight hint of vanilla (I'm not sure I actually taste it or imagine it), but a light bit of nutmeg make for a nice smooth brew. There is a little heat from the alcohol, but a slight bit of sweetness follows through.

This is quite a fine little brew. Very nice finish and great mouth feel. Brew improves as it warms - I knew I should have let this come to temp before enjoying, but impatient I am. I was looking at the food pairings and think that the cheese choices are right on (maybe Roaring 40s Blue?) with some dried stone fruits.

All in all, Really wonderful stuff! THANKS SAM!

Photo of Martin2D
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby with a perfect head that laces

S - Bitter and floral hops with hints of oak and alcohol

T - Interesting blend of hops on this one. The aging must fade some, but the presence is still good. There is some alcoholic heat. Oak is present, but not overly prominent.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body.

D - Definitely a sipper, but I'm surprised by this one from DFH. Aging an IPA never really made much sense to me, but this one has turned out well. Nice flavor balance with a good deal of complexity.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Snifter glass.

Pours a medium copper color with an inch of slightly off-white head that dissipates in to a fine ring around the glass. Aroma has sweet malts, slight oak and a touch of booze. Flavors include caramel malt, raisins, a bit of oak flavor and the alcohol has a warming sensation and even more so as it warms up. It has a chewy medium body. This is a nice IPA although for the money I'd say there are other options that I'd rather go with.

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

According to the Burton Baton label this is a "bled of young and wood-aged double IPA". Okay cool. Sounds interesting.

The APPEARANCE starts off mediocre with a hard pour producing a medium head and chill haze. Head settles to a thing dense head of small bubbles. Color is murky amber. Chill haze doesn't subside...just hazed.

Big malt presence in the TASTE. Hops come through nicely though with some citrus-grapefruit notes and dried-cut-grass. Lots of esters - particularly fruity-apple-like sweetness. High residual sugars.

The SELL is all citrus hops, biscuity carmely malt, and booze.

Finally the MOUTHFEEL is creamy and full finished with warming alcohol. In fact there's some slight alcohol harshness int he back of the throat. It's a bit sticy sweet...in fact I'll say it, it's cloying.

While I found this beer interesting and almost enjoyable it's not very DRINKABLE. Next time I'll split it with someone.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,730 ratings.