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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,925
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
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Gots: 1,122 | FT: 31
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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 wolfio62
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Copper with a Thick Egg-Shelled foam

S: Grapefruit with a hint of Malts

T: Grapefruit and an Oaky vanilla that turns Piny on the finish

M: Very creamy

D: Even though this is not my favorite style, I will continue to stock at the house when available.

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

Bottle tasted 8-6-09 in stemmed red wine glass

Aroma- orange and citrus, caramel, candy sweetness from malt. dfh yeast (english esters). clean malt and yeast. grapefruit, tropical. very fruity and sweet, great aroma.

App- clear copper. small white foam dissipates.

Taste- hoppy bittereness and flavor. resinous. grapefruit, tropical fruit. sweet cloying malt finish. some vegetative hop character. light caramel. earthy finish. slight roast and resin burn. slightly tart.

Mouthfeel- full. med carb. very resinous. dry and astringent from resin and alc, otherwise sweet.

Overall- very good. resin could be toned down and more hop flavor. complex and interesting. not a good DIPA but a great beer.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. $3 something from Magnolia in Lynchburg.

Appearance: Dark orange-brown with a slight haze. Tight little white head with average-below average retention. Some nice sticky lace.

Smell: Not a big imperial IPA smell. This is lots of caramelly malt and muted (for a DIPA) citrus and floral hops. Some oak is detectable, but its not overpowering. A good smelling beer, but weakish for a DIPA.

Taste: Here again, this is not exactly a DIPA, but it becomes more in a way. It is big and malty sweet with much more supporting hops than I noticed in the smell. The oak adds lots of complexity that extends well through the finish. This is really, really good.

Mouthfeel: I like it. In a way, its a little thin in the middle for a DIPA, but the finish is so big and coating that it gets upgraded. The middle, though a little light, is so soft and smooth that I am compelled to keep sipping.

Drinkability: Way high. The 10% is surprising and minimally noticable. Its weird to compare this to other high level DIPAs, because thats not really what this is. Its is delicious though.

Photo of martyyy1
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW-
This is probably one of the best I've ever had. An agressive pour gave me a thick fluffy head which slowly faded to a thin layer with nice lacing but the aromas that literally exploded out of the glass had my mouth watering. The hops hit me first, but not too hard. Almost citrusy but not quite- the bitterness of the hops quickly faded into an absolutletly wonderful malty, oakey, slightly sweet place where angels sing. Mouthfeel is wonderfully rich, coating your mouth with this fantastic flavor. As you swalloiw the rich finish makes you sigh and remember that nice hoppy introduction that just lingers nicely.

Photo of jonesy613
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

Pours dark amber to orange with a beautiful 1" creamy head. Head retention lasts, and lacing is present throughout its consumption.

Smells so sweet, with malty, alcohol, and caramel all competing for recognition. Each time I get something different - you know you're about to drink something good.

Taste is crisp of hops and alcohol. The bite begins to shock, just as the smoothness of the malts and sugars set in. It finishes hot, leaving a nice warm sensation to the back of the tongue and throat.

Mouthfeel is just plain old good. Sharp at first, syrupy to finish, but not in a cloying way.

It is a sipper, and gets even better as the temp rises to bring out more of the qualities described. Definitely a nice finisher, something to savor at the end of a night. I can easily see myself having this again. It is great.

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

12 ounce bottle to tulip
A:burnt copper big frothy head, bits of sediment, lace covers the glass.
S: sweet malts, herbal hops, some spice, the oak is hard to pick up subtle.
T: carmel, a bit of oak wish there was more.
M: rich, coats the pallet, full body
D: this one is smooth and balanced the abv is hidden, behind big malt and balanced out by hops, highly drinkable. this is a smooth drinker.

Photo of brewsky24
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: has a very attractive amber appearance. only about a quarter inch of head.

S: A strong malty odor followed by a very nice fruity aroma.

T: tastes like a mix between the 90 minute and the Rasin de Etre. the vanilla flavor is the first thing that pops out and stays with you the whole sip. theres a strong malty flavor and a little bitterness in the back round.

M: A little extra syrupy with a light carbonation. its still pretty smooth though.

D: I would love to drink one of these every now and then but its not something i would want to drink all night.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a murky orange with a slight brownish twinge with a 1/4 inch white head
S-citrusy hops up front but it is complimented by the oak aging making it very complex and inviting
T-excellent double IPA taste, i'm not one for the raw hops in a glass taste so this is hopped perfect while the hop presence is still huge contributing the citrus/grapefruit flavor is it very mellowed out by either it's age (slightly over 6 months) or the oak barreling which gives an awesome malt taste overall i am very impressed with this complex brew plenty going on not too bad though
M-medium body and medium carbonation very full which is appropriate to apprieciate the taste
D-definately a sipper but very drinkable for a DIPA theirs not quite as much bitterness as most which i find very satisfying but should be approached with danger due to its high abv

Photo of omnigrits
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/16/09 and poured into my pint glass a little more than three months later.

Dark amber with an off-white head that stays around and leaves good lace on the glass. Both sweet malts and piney resinous hops in the aroma. The taste is much the same - more malty than most IPAs, double or otherwise. Reminds me of 90 Minute in that respect. Nice oak notes. Good rounded body and a little alcohol kick. Very Dogfish Head, very complex.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle (10/16/09 date stamped) purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/19/10).

A: Pours a beautiful glowing, dark, golden, amber with a deep copper hue capped off with one finger of a creamy yet frothy off-white head. The head dissipated into a nice collar leaving some patchy lacing. It look rather thick and syrupy and quite reminiscent of 90Min.

S: Piney hops along with a dominant caramel malt engulfed in layers of oak. A very rich and sweet smell.

T: A sticky, piney hop starts the flavor profile off followed quickly by and sweet caramel malt with some citrus undertones. The oak is done quite well as it adds complexity without being over powering. Like 90Min. there is a warming degree of alcohol in the finish.

M: Fuller-bodied with a sticky and syrupy characteristic. Quite creamy with smooth low carbonation.

D: The 10% abv. only slight shows itself in a slight warming tone in the finish, but overall this is a fairly easy drinking beer.

Overall this is another excellent DIPA from Dogfish Head and a wonderful oaked beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright, light/medium copper. Rocky, lacy head.

S- Alluring, bright, fresh grapefruit, citrus, fir, vanillin oak. Very tempting.

T- Absolutely delicious, creamy, sweet, rich malt on the attack. Fresh sweet ruby red grapefruit on the mid-palate. Vanillin oak for the finish. All in perfect balance.

M, D- Creamy. Fresh. The tantalizing aroma, the seductive flavor, the creamy velvet mouthfeel, flawless CO2. Every element in perfect order, proportion and harmony.

BRAVO! The Burton Baton swings and hits a grand-slam home run.

Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish amber color with nice two finger head which gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is of floral hops with some citrus fruit notes and a sweet malt backbone with hints of oak. The taste is nice strong floral hops with lemon and orange notes over a sweet malt backbone and hints of vanilla oak. The mouthfeel is very carbonated. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, good hide on the abv and very smooth for a double ipa.

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

The pour reveals a very active, clear, amber/copper/orange liquid with a moderate white head that fades gradually. It leaves quite a bounty of lacing that remains for the duration.

Smells of alcohol mixed with a pechy and floral hoppy influences. Add some oak notes into the mix. Quite nice.

Peach, citrus and floral hop influences are backed and balanced by a solid sweet malty body. Oak barrel is evident, as is the booze. Bitterness is mellow. Well balanced and complex.

Some fizzy bite and a gentle but undeniable alc warming. The body is thick and full, with heavy viscosity.

Gone way too fast. I miss it. I guess that means it drinks pretty well, especially considering its girth.

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

Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy red, with orange tint supports a thin off-white head. Swirling brings the head back a little more, leaving delicate lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists of sticky, piney hops and a nice touch of oak barrel. Sweet malts mingle with a bit of fruit and the wood aging continues to linger in the background.

Hoppy, sticky, pine resin coats the tongue, mixing with sweet malts and warming alcohol. Liquor infused fruits soaking on oak planks roll around in the background, sometimes coming to the fore front, but usually overpowered by sticky hops. At times it also seems that a few vanilla notes from the oak pop out, but mostly the wood flavor from the oak is the dominant taste coming from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is slick, yet sticky and slightly puckering. Fairly smooth and carbonation is right on. Would like to try this on cask sometime.

Drinkability is also good, but this DIPA is definitely a sipper. Partly because of the 10% ABV, but also because of the complexity of the flavor. Really enjoying the one bottle I have.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I have had from Dogfish Head and one of the best DIPAs I have had. The flavor profile deviates a bit from what I would consider a standard DIPA, but it is delicious in its own right. The bottle says this ages with the best of them and I would guess that is probably true. I think I'll have to pick up a few more of these next time I see them.

Photo of abuliarose
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, revealing clear peach-amber body with a little white head and some bubbling, though not much lacing. For barrel-aged and blended, this is not a bad look. Smells very hoppy and a little fresh with peach nectar, honey and white grape. Very delicious smells.

Tastes nice and hoppy-sweet, kind of like 90 minute, with some nice wood character throughout and some smoothing malts at the end. Carbonation is fairly abrasive, making it almost grainy in texture and slightly spicy, but after a couple of good swirls a lot of it has risen into a second, much thicker head with some lighter hop aromas. Very warming. Because of the strong alcohol presence, it's not overly-drinkable. For what it is, though, it does well.

A thoroughly enjoyable brew. I would have it again and I would love to age some.

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice darker amber orange color with a tall and thick off-white/tan colored head that laces the glass quite nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deeper caramelized malts, hints of vinous fruits, a nice sweet bourbon aroma, and a big dfh citrusy hope aroma at the end.
T: Very much like the nose with big roasted and caramelized malt taste up front with a big citrusy hop flavor followed by more subtle vinous fruits, some floral hops, and a nice bourbon-y finish.
M: Very smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer, this one has a lot of flavor and a lot of gravity so it packs a punch but it's still good.

Photo of foxbat2500
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is based on a bottle, that I shipped myself from PA to CA. I've had the pleasure of having this on tap at the home bar in DE. This may be my favorite beer right now. If you love 90min IPA...like I do...grab this!

A = Thin head. Amber / ruby in color. Good lacing.

Smell = Heavenly! Sweet - lots going on - the way I like it.

Taste = Wonderful complexity. Sweetness and bitterness all in one.

M & D = God please help this beer gain distribution on the West Coast!

Photo of elgiacomo
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2009

12oz bottle pours amber in the glass with a decent white head, keeps a nice cap, a little spotty lacing.

Aroma is quite nice, citrus hops up front, grapefruit, some orange, followed by a caramel malt sweetness, as well as a little vanilla, banana, and butterscotch.

Flavor is sweet caramel malts up front with a bitter hoppy finish.
Nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Very, very nice, glad I got a chance to try this.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass chalice.

Nice brown-amber color with no real red hues and a small tan head which leaves little lacing.

The smell is alcoholic caramel and a bit woody.

Taste is smoother than the 90 minute and not as sweet. Balance is good. Hops are notable and piny. There is a citrus tang and a bit of a nutty finish.

Feel is full and finish is surprisingly dry.

For a 10% it is quite drinkable.

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

bottle to chalice. Bottled on 6/19/09 so I've got more than a half year of age on it.

A: A beautiful amber-orange and hazy body with a healthy 1 finger off-white head that lasted a while. The head is reduced to a foamy ring around the glass now enclosing thin layer of sudsy film. The lace started out promising, sticking in sheets, but I've been swirling my glass around so much, nothing considerable is left.

S: The aroma is fantastic. And wildly complex. No surprise that the Burton Baton is a blend of the 90 Minute and a strong ale. The 90 Minute aroma and hop profile is instantly recognizable. The blending introduces a very capable malt character thus, perhaps, throwing the "imperial" IPA out of wack a bit. But names are just that and this brew smells phenomenal none-the-less. The malts are sweet, toasted, light caramel comes in backed by bready and nutty notes, altogether reminiscent of some tasty granola. The hops are much weaker as a result of the blend but they are in balance with the malts. Floral, grassy and lightly cedar-esque. Constructively, the nose was a bit warm and the sweetness borderline heavy.

T: The complexity is through the roof. Sweet, dark fruits of caramelized plum and alcohol infused raisin, oak wood and cedar chips, brown sugar, vanilla and almond. There is a lot to take in and I'm sure I'm missing something. The flavors are appropriately matched, with any criticism being that some characteristics are mildly disproportionate.

M: Smooth and creamy, rich and velvety. Very appealing. Lost points for coming across a little thin and sweet (maybe a lower ABV would solve this?).

D: A must try in my opinion. Haven't had this one fresh yet but, as the bottle promises, it ages well. I would like to try a younger version AND a more mature version to see what happens to the hops and the perceived alcohol.

Photo of Beejay
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber with reddish hues.. A lovely thick head on top, which is just a little off white.

S: Big grapefruit, smell, and a bit of grass as well. Also slight carmel and malt with a little bit of biscuit as well.

T: Sweet off the bat, with a lovely citrus taste. This is just lovely.. Very well balanced with nice sweet malt notes and carmel. And just a little bit of sweet oak, and perhaps a little fruit. This is quite complex, and I really enjoy it.

M: Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation..

D: DFH, I have seriously had enough of your hoppy beers. I keep telling people that I am not really into IPA's.. then you come along and make a bunch of them that I just can't get enough of.

This is an amazing brew, deep, crisp, balanced, and sweet. I could do this all day if not for the 10% abv. Good job.

Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellies.

A: appearance is a pretty dark hued amber but it is strikingly clear. A nice soapy white head that retains nicely. Lots of lacing.

S: nice aromatic piney hops with an underlying sweet malt backbone. Smells very interesting and intriguing.

T: very similar to the nose with the added dimension of oak during the mid palate. The oak lends a very unique flavor to the beer and is very different than other double IPA's I have had. There is an extraordinary balance given its high alcohol content.

MF: thick syrupy texture, slightly sticky, low to medium carbonation

D: this is very drinkable, esp considering the high abv. The hops are the highlight, but they don't overwhelm. There is a nice malty character that keeps the hop in check. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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

Got this four pack at Jessup Beverage here in NEPA. Pretty sure the highschool girl at the cash register over-charged me, but that's neither here nor there.

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber with a very thin, quickly dissipating head. The lacing is better than the head retention would indicate.

Burton Baton smells hoppy up front with a boozy, oaky finish. Very complex smell...looking forward to seeing how the taste holds up.

Once again, Dogfish Head seems to use hops as "a" layer in their beer instead of "the" layer like many other IPAs. The hops and oak don't over-bitter the beer, but work together with the malt and citrus for a very balanced flavor. Very well done!

Mouthfeel is good...what you would expect from this style of beer. A pinch too carbonated in my opinion, but it doesn't take away from the beer.

At 10%, there is a reason BB comes in a 4 pack. Drinking two of these would be an excellent vehicle to talking to that girl at the bar, but you would definitely be experiencing "the law of diminishing return" upon drinking a second bottle in one sitting. Stick to one of these Dogfish Head offerings and cellar the rest.

Overall, another high quality beer from DFH. They use hops as good, if not better than any American brewery out there. I definitely recommend Dogfish Head Burton Baton to DFH fans, IPA aficionados and beer advocates alike.

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

A: A great deep amber red. A slight reddish white head that doesn't stick around, but there is some decent lacing going on.

S: Notes of citrus hops, pine, yeast, sweet malt, vanilla, oat in the background.

T: Very sweet, despite being a fairly fresh bottle. Has a yeasty, malty taste, caramel upfront. Does to a secondary layer of citrus, pine, and even floral hops, lastly comes the vanilla and woody oak. The oak is rather subtle, compared the bottle I had a few years ago, despite being more fresh. Maybe this one needs some age on it, or my palate has grown a bit. Would almost prefer the taste of 90 minute.

M: Full body, well carbonated, a touch of alcohol.

O/D: It's a good beer, the oak isn't as predominant as I'd like it to be, but the taste is satisfying. Can't decide if I want more or less of a hop bite, but something's a touch off from giving this beer a better score.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G – Duvel Tulip.

A – Very deep amber, beautiful sticky lacing, lesser head, but consistent retentione. The lacing leaves these amazing delicate snowflake-like patterns on the side of the glass. The most interesting lacing I've ever seen.

S – Delicious floral / dank / herbal hoppy IPA, with sturdy caramel malt, only the most modest traces of oak or wood mustiness. Not as as impressive as the rest of the characteristics.

T – Very complex taste. It does not deviate significantly from the basic formula for a standard, albeit good, Imperial IPA, except that the flavors seem to hit in a different order than usual. Rich, floral, dank, resiny hop is the star, over a subdued caramel malt backbone, with a subtle earthy finish. Overall, one of the best, most painstakingly crafted Imperial IPAs. Well-hidden alcohol, as well. Dogfish Head certainly succeeds in this endeavor.

M – Rich, silky body with enough carbonation to leave a nicely bitter and dry finish.

D – Very drinkable, unless you are driving. Seriously. The 10% ABV is so deceptively hidden, and the brew is so drinkably delicious.

This beer is in, or near, my top echelon for Imperial IPA, a style which I have sampled prodigiously. I would rank it with Oskar Blues’ Gordon, Sierra’s Estate (the best of all), and Bell’s HopSlam as far as the best commonly available examples of the style.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,925 ratings.