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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,991
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
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Gots: 1,173 | FT: 33
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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 WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy orange/amber color body with a lasting foamy offwhite head leaving tuns of lacing , lively carbonation. Aroma is of oak , alcohol , citrus , pine , caramel and leather . Flavor is cirtusy up front fading to a big caramel malt sweetness , oak and some nice piny , earthy hop notes , nice level of bitterness ,full body , sticky mouthfeel . big hoppy finish with honey and alcohol lingering . Very drinkable and a very good brew .

Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber with a creamy eggshell cap of delicate foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. Pine sap,tobacco,toasted oak and a mentholy botanical note make for a complex nose. Pineapple,dark fruit,pine sap with caramel malt and toasty vanilla oak flavors. Crazy good complexities really come alive as this beer warms up a bit. Full bodied with warming alcohol in the finish. I think the recipe for this beer has changed. The bottle says: "a two thread blend of young and wood aged Imperial ipa". I believe it was a blend of barrel aged English old ale and 90 minute ipa in the past. A fine offering from Dogfish.

Photo of anchordrinker
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- orange-amber, thin, off-white head that dissipates for the most part, good lacing.

S- Sharp citrus rind, woody, dried fruits, caramel malt, some oak-y vanilla in the background.

T- Citrus flavor that intensifies before giving way to booze-soaked dried fruit, apricot, light-vanilla/floral sweetness, some tropical notes, and an oak-y finish. Caramel malt backing throughout rounds out sharper flavors without compromising complexity.

M- Medium-to-thick bodied, very fine carbo lighten body without being so prevalent as to mute flavor.

D- A little boozey to be considered truly drinkable, but not bad for a beer packing 10% ABV.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Purchased At: Steve's (University, Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is between an amber, brown and cadmium orange color with the head fighting its way to get to about half a fingers worth, but it doesn't make it. Given the alcohol content I wasn't expecting a large amount of head, even with my aggressive pour. After a few swirls in the snifter there's a few dots on the side of the glass, but it isn't sticking. It doesn't seem like very much lace is going to be produced, but after a few more swirls you can see beer legs. When held up to light, the effervescence is wide, but thin.

Smell: Imperial IPA you say? The nose is full of sweet malt, a little heat from the alcohol, nutty and earthy. The common hop bomb hops don't seem to be present here. This reminds me of their Olde School Barleywine, which was exquisite I might add. This isn't packing the usual IIPA citrus characteristics that I was expecting.

Taste: The palate is slightly candied like the nose from the high use of sweet malt. The malt sticks throughout the entire tasting, but oak, vanilla and hops start to join in the fun to add a moderate amount of bitterness and some resinous and earthy flavors towards the end of the tasting.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, velvety, really quite lovely to be honest.

Drinkability: It'd be hard to have a couple of these in an evening, but this single twelve ounce bottle I had was fantastic.

Photo of Kinsman
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter; born on date 03/01/10

Pours a dark bronze with orange highlights, capped by a creamy white head.

Presents a welcoming aroma of a strong malt backbone, and a notable hop presence. Not a killer with the hops, as some I.I.P.A.'s may be but then again that is only one half of this beer. The oak aging seems to give a noticeable vanilla like aroma but not a strong oak scent.

Taste greets the palate with sweet dark fruit flavors, a bit raisiny. Hops are mostly citrus-like flavors, but not as noticeable as they would be in 90 minute I.P.A. Again the oak aging seems to give off vanilla flavors more than anything else.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth but will be interesting to see how this ages. A few months behind it could polish it off even more.

Dogfish Head really puts it all on the line with this amazing offering. Simply put, this is a great sipping beer for a quiet evening.

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

Poured into a snifter

A: Pours a fairly transparent deep copper. Bubbles from the carbonation are clinging to the bottom of the glass. An inch of head tops off the beer, which sticks to the sides as it slides down the glass.
S: The nose is that of a sweet, almost syrupy, citrus hop, pine needles, and earth on the finish.
T: Sweet on the tongue with a slight tingle from the alcohol. The citrus hop is not as prominent as it is in the scent. The pine kicks in up front, and as it fades you can taste the oak of the barrel aging.
M: Slippery mouth with a bit of carbonation.
D: This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol presence is not very strong in the flavor, but it certainly mellows out your mouth as you drink it. This is a "sneaky" strong beer, that I am sure you could drink a few of before you lose all feeling in your mouth. This a very good DIPA from DFH who seem to know how to make a hoppy beer.

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

A: Burnt orange, deep copper. The head builds after you pour it then fades to a 1/4 foamy whiteness.

S: Pine hops, with an ever slight oaky background

T: You get the good piney hops, but the finish has a mild bitterness, but it sticks around for a minute.

M/D: It does seem to be a little over carbonated to me, and I was expecting something more from the oak aged factor. It taste like a regular DIPA, unless my pallet is refined enough to pick up the oaky smokey factor. Still a good beer though.

Photo of parris
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a nice copper, a little more on the yellow side at the sides of the glass. It has a thick head that sticks at about a half inch throughout the entire drink. Plenty of carbonation, but nothing obnoxious. If I had to change something about the beer, I'd make the color a little darker, but not by much.

I like this smell because not only do you get a fruity/floral hop aroma, you also get the oak and malt.

Taste is perfect IMHO. Tons of malt, some alcohol, oak and a residual hop bitterness. I don't notice so much hop flavor, but you get hit with more than enough hop aroma while drinking it. Also, the thing I really like about this, is the taste is felt from the tip of your lips all the way to the back of your sinuses.

The mouthfeel is a little oily, as you'd expect with a malty 10%. It could be a little more crisp, I guess.

This beer is incredibly drinkable, I would even say "dangerously" drinkable. If it wasn't for the fact that beer makes you drunk, and IIPAs make your really drunk, I could drink a 12 pack of these in a sitting.

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

amber color with a good bit of fluffy head, that stuck around for most of the beer. lots of thick lacing on the cup. Very smooth hoppy flavor, also with what i thought was a strong oak and malty flavor. great beer that i recent enjoyed on a warm spring day, but would have to say might be a better choice for late fall/early winter.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz glass into my snifter

A - Pours a nice amber color with about a finger width of forthy head. It lingers for a bit

S - This kind of smells like a faint winter/christmas beer. I get a bit of cinnamon and spice. There's a touch of oak in there and a faint whisp of vanilla mixed with a bit of hops. It's...nice.

T - Very complex. I get some of that christmas beer flavor...the cinnamon and spices. Maybe clove is what it is. I'm terrible with singling out spices. A touch of the oak is in there with lingering vanilla on the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden.

M - mild carbonation with a kind of heavy body

D - Too damn good.

Photo of mbudner
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours an orangish brown with a 1-finger off white head that leaves thick lacing.

S-Lemon, vanilla, pine, definitely getting some of the oaky-ness.

T-Really well balanced, I would liken it most to Oaked Arrogant bastard, but more subtle. Some vanilla and wood followed by a piney, subdued hop with citrus notes (mainly lemon.) Also, I get a slight amount of caramel that finishes with an ever-so-slight bitter kick.

MF-Very creamy and just very well done. Easily the best part about this beer (not to say that the rest is bad.)

D-The flavors are melded very well and integrate nicely with the overall appeal of the beer. I really enjoyed this one this time around (hadn't had it in years and didn't have much recollection of it.) Alcohol masked very well. The only real downside is it is a bit pricey for what it is, so won't ever be a go-to of mine. I'm not the biggest fan of 90 minute, but this is just worlds apart in my opinion.

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

A- a crisp amber with an off-white head that falls fate to some light lacing.

S- A slight woody malt with some musky hops, there is also a bit of a candy like aroma.

T- smoooth for 10% it has a good malt bill to expose the slight wood characteristics, along with an earth sweet hop taste, and finishes with a lingering hop bit which is slightly tart, probably from the barrel aging.

M- superb, perfect ipa feel

D- I a huge IPA lover and I could easily put down the 4 pack it comes in, but I wouldn't suggest over indulgence

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

A: This beer pours a clear, beautiful deep copper color - some sight of carbonation are visible. A three finger (albeit with a somewhat vigorous pour) of creamy, sticky white head. Head retains nicely - thick sticky clumps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of a strong sweet toffee malt note, fruity notes, citrus and floral hops with just a hint of smoke and toastiness all blend nicely with this beer.

T: Taste starts with a caramel and toffee sweetness the lingers slightly on the tongue. Toastiness then comes through slightly. Sweet fruity notes mango and pineapple come through. Citrus tangerine bitterness comes through with hints of wood chip. after taste lingers with a bit of an orange peel.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation, feels slightly thin on the tongue, but an oily coat that lingers.

D: I tasted this brew this past summer for the first time, it was the first brew by DFH that changed my mind about the brewery. This one goes down easily, some what filling, alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Having a few will do you in, but you can't help yourself with how well this is blended.

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

A: Pours a copper/red/brown. on the darker side of dipa's. has a nice 2 finger head that takes a while to settle. strong lacing to the end (12 oz bottle into a medium snifter)

S: Pine, hops, citrus, and very slight oak in the background

T: Slightly bitter with nice malt balance. long complicated finish

M: Lots of hops, but less of a "hop explosion" than other dipa's. not sure if its the oak, but this beer is more approachable than other beers of this type and alcohol content.

D: As mentioned before. Highly approachable. A nice balance between hops, malt, oak. Will definitely buy again. Almost wished it had a little more oak influence.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle dated 6/19/09 into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, burnt-orange amber color with a frothy, two-finger head of dense, dark manila colored foam. Medium, lazy carbonation is visible due to good clarity in the brew and clingy webs of lace line the glass.

S: Smells quite robust; lots of grapefruit and citrus as well as toffee and caramel aromas. Grassy, fruity and floral ale qualities are picked up with a somewhat smoky, burnt wood, pine-laced, spicy zest.

T: Flavor is big, sweet and sticky at first. Loads of sweet roasted caramel malt wash up front with a lush citrus fruit profile. Orange, grapefruit, apple and a bit of sweet raisin jump out of the mix. The malts and fruity ale flavors seem more mellow because of the oak-aging and bring a bit of that charred wood flavoring into the mix. Backing this is a sticky, stinging layer of citrusy and herbal hop flower characteristics. Oily and acidic with a sweet, semi-alcoholic finish.

M: Mouthfeel is big, sweet and sticky, but has a nice, mellow, smooth and somewhat creamy palate with a coating, full-bodied finish. Good balance with a bit left to chew on.

D: A big, dangerous sipper at 10% ABV and certainly one for sharing territory. I just happen to be taking down a 12-ouncer solo, but it's still pretty heady and delicious. I'd imagine it would pair well with BBQ or roasted meats, maybe even a wood-fired veggie pie. Could definitely see picking up a 750ml for a special occasion down the line.

On it's own, it's a slick, decadent treat for the DIPA enthusiast. I've got one more bottle aging a while longer, I suggest you'd do the same. That is, if you can resist Burton Baton's temptation.

Photo of Greenst82
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Chestnut/dark amber appearance, head a dark creamy color.

S- Strong piney aroma, some citrus too.

T- Very flavorful, slightly bitter. The word spicy comes to mind although I know that's not the adjective I'm looking for. Similarities to the aroma are there but not blatant. The malty finish really seems to come out as this goes on. Taste seems to get more complex/enjoyable. Alcohol more apparent towards the end but in no way off-putting.

M- Decent, flavors also lingers for an enjoyable amount of time.

D- Very good considering the style.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beverages 4 Less for selling me a single of this bad boy.

It poured an amber color with about a 1 and half inch head that left a nice little ring around my glass

S- I got a little citrus smell with some malt and oak from the bottle. When I poured in to a glass I got a lot more hops and citrus and less oak.

T- The taste is really complex. I get a piney/earthy taste with a solid amount of hops. Its not too hoppy though. This finishes really smooth. I didn't get any oak or citrus taste taste that I smelled. At 10Abv I dare you to try and taste the alcohol. Its not there

Overall another great brew from the guys at Dogfish head. I'm not a big IPA fan but this one and 90 min blosw me away. They set the standard for IPA's for me.

I just read the bottle and it says "Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers." I couldn't have said it better myself. THESE GUYS ARE GOOD!!

Photo of JBogan
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This poured a beautiful clear dark copper color with a solid one finger creamy slightly off white head which remained for a very long time. Sheets of slippery lacing left behind. This is a really good looking beer.

The aroma was also inviting, with plenty of piney hops filling the nose. There's a sign of the alcohol in the background.

Unfortunately the taste didn't approach the promise that the aroma suggested. Pine resin and grapefruit, the standard flavors for this style beer were there, but they were unpleasantly diluted by too much of an "earthy" presence. There was also the usual (for this style) bitter finish. I felt there really wasn't anything outstanding about the taste, and this it was just average for the style.

The mouthfeel however was better than average. Thick and smooth, with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall this beer was decent, but not one I'd go out of my way for. If you like this style it's worth a try at least once, but there are better one's out there that are also less expensive.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled copper with a nice eggshell head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S-Enticing floral and citrus hops with caramel malts in the background. I'm not picking up any oak hints, although there is a woody hint to it. Smells young and fresh, not aged, but that is not a bad thing.

T-Creamy caramel malts hit the palate first followed by a mild alcohol burn that merges with some astringent peppery hops on the back end. Nowhere am I picking up the citrus hops that are present in the nose. This is an excellent beer, although admittedly not what I was expecting. (if one ever knows what to expect from DFH). Not sure I'd classify this as an IPA...reminds me more of a malt based strong ale. I'll drink another from this 4 pack and put the rest down for a year or two and see what transpires...I can only imagine good things.

M-Medium full...nice and creamy...

D-Very good brew....beautiful, solid, and tasty...whats not to like? If you want an Imperial IPA, maybe this is not the ticket, but if you want a tasty strong ale...step up. I know I will again.

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

Pours a clear copper amber with a medium head that dissipates quickly into a fine ring of foam leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aromas of piney hops, citrus, brown sugar.

Sweet piney hops on a malty base with some citrus notes. Finishes prickly with a dry somewhat bitter hop taste. Can taste and feel the alcohol.

Medium body and mild carbonation makes it refreshing.

Not a beer you can drink much of, but works as a desert beer or a night cap.

Photo of kgs
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy amber with a creamy head and some lacing.

S: When not icy-cold the oak comes through a bit, but it's not hugely fragrant.

T: A bit hot, pleasantly caramelish, hoppy but without a distinct hop profile to point to.

M: Creamy, even a bit buttery. Carb felt appropriate for the style.

D: Ok for its ABV.

I wouldn't refuse a freebie, but I won't buy this again. It doesn't stand out in any important way.

Photo of Andreji
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last beer while in NYC this time around. and i gave my last tasting away to DFH since this has been one of my fave's for long now.

Burton Baton did not disappoint but DFH has seen better days. pour is cloudy yellowish with a thin and compact head, light lacing, not much more from here.

Smell is excellent, very thick pineapple eucalyptic feel all over. brilliant. very complex and with ahoppy finish, alcohol well hidden.

Taste is very strong and botanic hoppy, although sweet throughout but it seemed a bit thin in all. still, well carbonated and perhaps summery (welcoming the current northeastern weather), but strongly alcoholic- the only slight downside. nice beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky orange-amber with a thin white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is very floral hops with some sweet malts. Pineapple and tangerine, with some faint, very ripe banana. Definite oak presence.
Taste is more malty than on the nose, with the hops being very subdued. Mild bitterness comes in halfway and fades out quickly, with the oak coming in. Faint fruits (grapefruit, banana).
Mouthfeel is pretty flat and even a bit watery. Very low carbonation. Little heat from the alcohol on the way down.
Drinkability is decent considering the ABV. The alcohol is well-hidden, but I'd prefer one bottle at a time.

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

I actually seem to enjoy this DFH beer. Why they didn't send their better ones the first trip to CA is beyond me but the ones starting to come here are better than what we started off with.

Pours an amber clear with a nice white head with great lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Lots of malt too.

Tastes just as it smells. A little bit of the oak in there too. A little maltier than I like my IPA's but still very enjoyable. Nice hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced. Little bit of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is a little too malty than I like. Good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. Try it if you can. You won't be able to drink alot of it but a glass you can handle.

Photo of jcnd9803
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with a perfect finger sized creamy head, and it lasts the entire time I'm drinking.

S - Smells sweet, with malt and caramel. I also detect some smokiness. This smells fantastic.

T - Crisp hops and alcohol bite. The second half of the sip is sweet, following the smell.

M - Tart at first, then moves into a smooth finish.

D - This is a sipper, but one I could have a few of. This would be great with a fine cigar. Class act.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,991 ratings.