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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,393
Reviews: 1,704
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 281
Gots: 839 | FT: 25
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This oak-aged gentle giant has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two "threads," or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they're transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you'll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

70 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004)
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Photo of egajdzis
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

Poured a light hazy, copper, color with a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Oak, citrus hops, sweet bubblegum, and the signature DFH yeast aroma. Taste was very oaky, with citrus hops, toffee, vanilla and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

egajdzis, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Pours a clear reddish/brown golden in color, some carbonation, basically no head or lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts, citrus, grapes, and some spices.

T - The taste is sweet and slightly bitter, can taste the grapes. The alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a totally different DIPA than any that I have ever had in the past, kinda tastes like a Beligian Strong Dark Ale. I've never had a oaked aged DIPA, that could be the difference. Not hoppy at all, but very tasty, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

This poured to a deep and dark orange with a nice medium head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

In the smell, alcohol and oak come through stronger than any malt or hops. The taste leads in with some sweet fruit, then finishes with alcohol on top of oak. The wood flavor is strong without taking over. The mouthfeel is sharp while drinkability is very good.

This is a unique and tasty beer.

watermelonman, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

$13.99 4 pack 10.00% No best by date, but bottle indicates it "ages with the best of them".


Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby brown with a thin head of tight tan foam.


Oaked alcohol with a burst of malty sweetness. A little over the top even for Dogfish.


Mellow soft mouthfeel with caramel sweet overtones coupled with rich ripe tropical fruits. Oaked accents are detectable, but where are the hops? How is this a DIPA? Don't get me wrong, this is delicious, and highly drinkable, but I think it's categorized incorrectly.

cbl2, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, appearance is a beautiful slightly hazy reddish orange, with the thinnest off white head that rapidly dissipated to a faint rim of sticky whitish lacing that doesn't cling to the glass. Aroma smells sweet and warmly of alcohol, malt and caramel, woody and earthy undertones present. Taste is sweet and malty, slight hop presence as the sweetness fades. Smoother than silk, by far the smoothest Double IPA I've ever had. Excellent all around, medium body paired with low levels of carbonation, slightest tingle on the tongue. Leaves a slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is dangerously high, another smooth criminal from the good folks at Dogfish Head, the 10% abv is there, but practically hidden under the sweet and smooth qualities of this excellent beer.

danielocean03, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

Beautiful reddish color, head quickly subsides.

Aroma is of fruity sweetness and a lot of alcohol.

The taste consists of a lot of maltiness and fruit in this one. Hops aren’t very prominent in this one. The finish primarily consists of alcohol and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, especially for the amount of alcohol.

Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer but I think it would be difficulty to appreciate more than one in a sitting, might even be a good idea to share the bottle with someone.

Dizzy, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Very red, almost like saffron. Or perhaps strawberry and cherry juice blended...well hazed. Thick, creamy off white head.

S: Oak, apricots, vanilla and very floral

T: Bizarrely sweet butterscotch with a fruit flavored candy cane aftertaste. Any hop presence has been axed down by the ageing in oak. Alcohol is very present on the tongue and in the vapors, especially as the beer warms. Sweetness overtime becomes a bit cloying and clingy to the tongue. A hint of bitterness towards the end but its a far cry from anything expected from other IPA's.

M: Full bodied and creamy

D: Very interesting beer. Certainly doesn't fall in line with other IPA's but intriguing none the less. I couldn't drink another one, much too sweet and cloying. If I drink this beer again, I'll share the bottle with someone.

Westsidethreat, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

A fantastic pour on this beer - the body is a deep orange bordering on brown with just a bit of haze. Crowning the beer is a three finger sticky head of lumpy off-white foam. The head sticks around for a surprisingly long time and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very inviting with primary notes of oak, malt and alcohol coupled with a strong fruity note of apricots and green apples. For a double IPA there are surprisingly no notes of hop - most likely mellowed with age.

The flavor is equally wonderful - though again pretty far from IPA territory. There's a good bit of sweetness up front both from the alcohol and the residual sugars. There are strong grain notes of biscuit and sweet rolls and a bit of fruitiness as well. Very prominent oak flavors as well as a strong scotch ale like flavor from the caramels. I'm guessing from the flavor that this was aged in a whiskey barrel but can't find specifics on the Dogfish site. Surprisingly no hop notes to speak of. There are a few very muted floral and earthy flavors (likely Golding) but for something claiming to be a DIPA it's a surprising omission. I'm assuming that between the barrel aging and the bottle aging the malt and alcohol components have overwhelmed the aging hops. This is closer to a strong ale or a barleywine than a DIPA but it is damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's a medium or heavier bodied brew very much like a barleywine but with a velvety smoothness that's inspiring. No bitterness for a dry finish but the alcohol burn almost does the job. A few residual sugars are left after each sip tasting as much like a fine, smooth scotch as a beer.

Really a nice beer here - one well worth keeping in the cellar to pull out for special occasions.

RedwoodGeorge, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

12-ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Burnt copper with steady carbonation rivulets and a meaty and serene manilla foam cap. Citrusy hop aromas blend with a sour, almost funky malt and mineral scent. Huge bitterness, like Chinooks or something on a thick bed of malts spiked through with ferrous metal flavors. Citrus pith lingers in the aftertaste, while alcohol warms from the belly upwards. 10% abv is pretty huge, and the interesting flavor profile valiantly struggles to stay in front of it. I think this is about a year old, but the alcohol has not quite finished melding yet. Medium-thick mouthfeel with prickly alcohol slickness. Not syrupy, which is good, but still too hot to be considered really drinkable. Oaky dryness emerges midway through. Interesting stuff for sure, and truly cool label artwork.

orfeu, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of bigman147
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, brown with a 1-2 inch head. Very little retention with some lacing. A small amount of head remains perceivable. It looks like a deep hue of old aged wood. Very fitting look to the style.

Aroma: This beer is powerful in its oaky, malty sweetness. Some piney hop notes in the background as well as a slight buttery note. I was surprised how much this smells like some of the good wines I have had (minus the malt)

Taste: Taste is not of a DIPA as expected. It has alot of the lack of balance of the 120min IPA. Malt and alcohol notes lead to a slight sharp hop bitterness with a quick sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Very fast and quick. Not very lingering on the palate and the carbonation lends its to cleaning the palate as opposed to helping create a creamy lingering taste.

Drinkability: Just the 10% alcohol along makes this nearly impossible. The balance of malt to hop is not correct for the style. Its a solid offering and a wonderful attempt. I would imagine this beer is best left to age for a few years.

bigman147, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of maestrotmbg
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

I bought a four-pack of these a couple of months ago and just polished off the last of them today. All I can say is I wish I had more! I'm generally a fan of Dogfish brews and I find this to be one of their best. While no doubt strong and full bodied the Burton Baton has a real balanced richness to it that is incredibly appealing.

For my taste I preferred the first bottle I had to the last. The head seemed to stand up better and the richness and complexity of the flavor stood out more with the fresher bottle.

Poured into a pint glass the four I sampled varied from a finger of fairly thick foam to a fairly light lacy head. They all had a beautiful stained cherry-wood color, very dark for a beer labeled 'pale ale.'

The beer tasted distinctively sweet yet mild at first blush but soon blossomed in the mouth to a very full flavor. Smooth for a hoppy beer, the oaky, roasted, molasses flavors were not overcome by the liberal brightness of the hops. The balance was remarkable. This is a beer for all seasons and all situations. Outstanding.

maestrotmbg, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange / reddish color with a super big three finger head. For a high alcohol beer, I was quite surprised at the head retention.

Smell: easily detectable alcohol and strong piney hop bitterness.

Taste: this is one malty beer that has numerous strong flavor tones like grapefruit, alcohol, and pears. There are woody and peat tones lingering in the background. General sweetness is nicely balanced by strong piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly dry throughout. The aftertaste is loaded with alcohol, caramel sweetness, grapefruits and bitterness. Heavier in body.

Drinkability: down for me as this is a one beer per session brew. Very tasty but tends to overload tastebuds near the end. Very interesting beer.

Gavage, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of custardcb
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Found this at a new specialty wine and beer store the other day. After pouring out into my glass and catching the first aromas I immeadiatly wanted to lick the inside of the bottle to make sure I got it all out. Wow!

The overall appearance of the beer was pretty average. Its color being orange and amber that wasn't quiet clear with a little haze. Hardly and head stayed on the beer but a good bit of sticky lacing held througout.

The rich oak tones come through immeadiatly. The smoothe sweetness follows with other hints of candied fruits. The taste of honey comes out right away and the incredible smoothe qualities follow. I wondered where the hops were but I guess the aging in oak mellows them out substantially and leaves the behind their flavor profiles. I really enjoyed this and will probably pick up a few more.

custardcb, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

HOLY MOLY! What a massive reverse cascade of foamy goodness. Finally settles on top of a clear amber/honey glass of heaven. The currants and oaked malts really tingle in the nose. Then, the quaff, an execptionaly well balanced DIPA, more like a barley wine to me, very strong on the malt side. Hints of whiskey really add a nice element.

Full, thick bodied, malty, rich. Just a pleasure to sip. Hey, paired well with my Caribbean jerk chicken!

Thanks to beerbeing!

Vancer, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

I only had a chance to get a small sample of Burton Baton to make notes off of. I am not sure when or if I am going to get to try this again so I am going to put my notes record in a review. My friend who regularly visits DFH said they already quit selling this year batch having put it back to the cellar as vintage. So until next year, if someone can get there in time, this will have to do.

I know this is a mix of Oak aged Old Ale and the ever so sweet 90 min IPA. I got out of this beer a remarkably sweet and smooth caramel and toasted malty characteristic. A bit of oak and cinnamon sugar as well. This is definitely a sweet-tooth's heaven. For a DIPA it is a very malty brew, and super smooth.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.4/5  rDev +4%

12 oz bottle courtesy of sulldaddy.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Good looking cream colored head a finger high. Good lacing. Dark amber color. Smell is a bit on the malty side and sweet. This is my first DIPA, so I'm not sure if this is to be expected. There is some hops, but very mellow. The taste is fantastic. If this is the norm for DIPA, then I want more. It is spicy, smokey, and woody, which must be from the oak-aging. There is a pleasant alcohol warmth to the taste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and chewy. It feels very rich, so I wouldn't want to drink too many of these at once, but I would love to get more.

bort11, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%

Presented in a 12oz bottle bearing no freshness date but stating it can withstand cellaring and ages well. Poured into my Stone IPA glass.
Nice clear bronze color with a modest white head and random carbonation. Nose was quite fruity with a touch of diacetyl. No real citrus or herbal aromas associated with a hearty hops presence.
Tasted very fruity and bearing a solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of oak and butter. But where, oh where, are the hops? Sweet, yes. Citrusy, no. Herbal, nope. Sorry folks, the hops profile is sorely lacking here. A bit hot in the finish thanks to the 10% ABV. The feel was medium-bodied and a bit slick.
Overall, rather disappointing. Burton Baton might even be mis-cast as a DIPA, IMO. This brew simply lacks the one essential necessary to fall into that style: hops. I'll stick with DFH's 90 Min IPA, thanks. There are many other DIPA's I'd rather spend my time and money on over this offering.

Boilermaker88, May 31, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

I don't know if I could write a bad review of this beer if my life depended on it. I've been meaning to try this forever but am only now doing so. Pour is heartstoppingly beautiful scarlett orange. Tiny nappy head and little lacing. Nose is cognac, fruit, and warm caramel. This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine ... on steroids. Mouth is thick and viscous. I LOVE this beer, which is easily the best DFH beer I've ever had. Do NOT drink this if you lust for a double IPA, do so if you'd like a Barleywine. It will hit the spot and make all but the greatest it's BITCH.

TheBungyo, May 28, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

Pours a clear dark amber colored ale with a heroic if short lived off white head.

Smell is sweet fruity and malty with more than a little scent of fig Newton’s. After a bit the scent gets to be somewhat spicy and full of citrus scents.

Taste is malty and well not much in the first sip. Not much here fairly fruity but where are the hops? Fair flavor of figs and some caramel but not really bitter at all. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This an OK drinkable beer but I am confused, shouldn't this have hops in it? Disappointing is the only word that fits this beer.

Zorro, May 21, 2006
Photo of krantul
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a great beer, but it's also something of a niche beer. If you're uncertain how you feel about IPAs, you may want to sneak a taste of this somewhere before investing in the whole 4-pack, or start with the 60 or 90-minute IPAs. If you know you like IPAs, most of you will adore this rich brew, unless you have an aversion to lower levels of carbonation. If you drink nothing but Bud Light, your weak beer-constitution will betray you and you will enter a state of anaphylactic shock, knowing only a brief moment of awesomeness as you slip away into the nether realm.

Appearance: Burton Baton is a rich amber color, a tad darker than one expects from an India Pale Ale. IIt is remarkably clear, but my pour resulted in virtually no head whatsoever.

Smell: A characteristically hoppy scent derived from Dogfish's rather citric hop bill, sharp but not at all unpleasant.

Taste: Enjoyment is probably quite dependent on prior appreciation of the IPA style, because this is a big, bitter, floral beer. It is a fantastically balanced blend of the distinct characters of high alcohol, citrusy hops, and oak flavors; no aspect seems to outweigh another. While I'm certain this is highly hopped, it is not overwhelmingly bitter. You might detect a certain salty flavor, derived from the tear rolling down your cheek when you remember how much this cost you.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps the most notable departure from the IPA style is Burton Baton's relatively low carbonation. There's enough going on with the flavor to balance this out, but some IPA drinkers will find it curiously flat for a hoppy beer.

Drinkability: Burton Baton gets some points here for that lower level of carbonation; it is not a filling beer in that respect, and despite its powerful and complex flavors, a second bottle is not out of the question. At 10% abv, though, some drinkers might have to search for their socks before having a second tipple.

krantul, May 19, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Appearance: A full creamy tan sits atop a maroon clear body, little carbonation action visible.

Smell: Wood and carmel sweetness, a touch of honey.

Taste: Hops are asserive, yet slightly subdued, most likely because of the barrel aging. Woody and sweet, this beer comes off somewhat murky and disorganized, I think I like the 90 better. Alcohol lingers with more earthy sweetness, but this beer isn't what I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and buttery, adds to the murkiness of the beer.

Drinkability: I like many other Dogfish Head beers better than this, that is not saying it is a bad beer, just that it is not one of my favorites.

TastyTaste, May 11, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -9%

From what I've read at DFH's website this is actually a blend of oak aged English Strong Ale and 90 minute IPA.

This one poured into the glass a clear rich amber color. Head was a dense biege froth, lace was thick and sticky.

A complex mix of scents greet the nose. Sweet malts, molasses, buttery, grapefruit, piney, florid hops and a mellow oak woodiness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Taste is sweet, alcohol is more overt than the smell would indicate. Hops are much less pronounced than expected, but still leave a nice hoppy dry signature.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A thicker mouthfeel.

I have to say this is a damned fine brew from our friends in Delaware. I wish it was more readily available. A wee bit heavy, but would be very nice to warm my bones beside the fire.

EvilKeith, May 09, 2006
Photo of fingolfin72
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Appearance- Crystal clear copper with a rapidly departing beige head.

Nose- lovely butterscotch and sherry with a pleasing hint of some earthy funk. It made me think of country ham.

The Palate is bold with flowery hop notes, pine, grapefruit, amontillado, toffee and alcohol. Lots of in your face and up your nose alcohol. Things just don't seem to be in balance here. It has a lot of good flavors, but it's not a particularly easy beer to drink.

fingolfin72, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Another fine beer from DFH . . . pours a two finger, white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet a lot of malt but balanced with a lot of hops, finish has hints of molasses, high ABV is not noticeable. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

It's amazing the brews that DFH comes up with. This one poured out to a dark bronze color with a small head of foam and uniform rings of lace. Nice. Lower level of carbonation. Aroma was heavenly; candied sugary malt and grain, with some dark fruits and yeasty notes. Wow. Taste was very complex and enjoyable; fermented grain, dark fruits, molasses, wood notes, warming alcohol, mild yet solid hops. Nice. Mouthfeel was slick and had a chewy element about itself. Drinkability is fair enough. Not an everyday brew, or even one that fits the term DIPA, but a good beer all the way around. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Apr 23, 2006
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,393 ratings.