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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,665
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 304
Gots: 939 | FT: 24
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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 joeack
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with little to no head. Smell is citrusy with some wood coming through. Taste of grapefruit, pine and vanilla. The hops are not overpowering at all and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a well crafted beer and goes down quite easy for a beer of 10%.

joeack, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish orange, cloudy appearaqnce. Scent of hops, citrus (lime dominant), and some oak. Taste is sour, with citrus dominating, and oaky undertones, ligering taste of alcohol. Mouth feel is clean and tart.

Not very hoppy. A good effort by Dogsfish and a good beer, but the alcohol is a bit too apparent for my taste. A great sour citrus taste though.

paco1029384756, May 28, 2008
Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color nice reds showing thru with a cream colored smaller head that doesn't last long but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is nice big malty, caramel and toffee mingle with oak dry woody notes. Hints of vanilla present along with some fruity hoppiness, but malt is taking center stage on this one. Again nice dry aroma, mmmm. Aroma might not be I2PA more barley wine like but man its good.

Taste ahh the anticipation and well not quite as good as nose hinted at but good. Malt again dominating woody dryness shows thru well along with hints of vanilla and tad too much alcohol. Again taste like a barley wine a decent one at that there are hops present fruity citrus but they have a hard time overcoming the malty, woody, alcoholic malt presence. Over all not bad not as good as an IPA i had in whiskey barrels but use to dig some whiskey.

Mouthfeel is good a big medium approaching full carbonation is nice and mellow.

Drinkability is ok worth a try but at this price should be mind blowing for me to buy and drink regularly and its not but it is defiantly worth a try, hell maybe even a retry.

mntlover, May 27, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cooperish amber, nice head that last and lacing that sticks around nicely.

Aroma of toffee, oak and spice, very invinting. Flavor of barleywine-esque malt, vanilla, spice, fresh herbs and molasses.

Not cloyingly sweet, but extremely malty. The oak and hoppy spice caracters lend this beer its drinkability.

bloberglawp, May 27, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Speckly copper with a solid head. Creamy, sticky and all that.

S - Lots of pine and citrus/grapefruit. Pungent maltiness once the hops are done.

T - Sweet, woody and piney. Some grapefruit battles though, but a good deal woodier and astringent than a typical DIPA. Strong as well, the alcohol seems to bubble up after the sip is done. Alcohol is strong as expected, but melds well with the sweetness. I dunno.. seems to me that this is an IPA/barleywine cross more than anything.

M - As previously noted, quite astringent. Body is thick and heavy, and carbonation appropriately low.

D - Tasty. Obviously not for sessioning- a one or half a night beer.

allergictomacros, May 26, 2008
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint class.small,cm head which dissipated shortly after. it's somewhat of a hazy dark copper.

smell-alcohol,oak,slight citrus,hint of brown sugar.i can smell this beer from about a foot and a half away.very strong.

taste-pretty complex.picking up some big hop bitterness,but also alot of malty,carmel,brown sugar sweetness. hints of vanilla and oak give this a nice finish.the alcohol isn't too overbearing.it's noticable and gives it some spiciness. kind of reminds me of an american strong ale,had i not known the style that's what i would have guessed.also picking up a little bit of maple syrup type flavor in the finish.

mouthfeel-very smooth,creamy with light carbonation.kinda feels somewhat like a light syrupy feel.

drinkability-unless i was trying to get hammered out of my mind drunk or draining my bank account,i don't think i could drink too many of these. maybe save it for a dinner with a decent ladyfriend or special event.this is definately something i wanted to try more for the experience i suppose.

if you have the money and want to try something interesting,go for it.

wyattshotmaker, May 23, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 5/22/08

A - Unfiltered body with a deep copper/rust coloration and a hint of orange underneath a sturdy two-and-a-half finger creamy beige head that settled into a thin retention with even patches of lacing.

S - Pungent notes of pine, oak, alcohol and citrus fruit reminiscent of orange and grapefruit. Also traces of vanilla, maple syrup and sugar cane.

T - This is an extremely sweet, syrupy brew with a huge bitterness that combines pine, citrus and floral hops. Some peppery spiciness also comes into the mix. While the hops are at the forefront, this is also quite a malty brew with plenty of sweet caramel, toffee and bread to balance the intensity of the hops.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with mild carbonation and a warm, tingly sensation from the alcohol. This one borders on more of a syrupy texture, yet it goes down quite smoothly. Pretty beefy body with a bit of alcohol burn and a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Yet another extreme beer from DFH that's quite drinkable despite the high ABV and hop content. This one is bursting with complex flavors and it's not as unapproachable as I had anticipated. Very nice!

ffejherb, May 23, 2008
Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at premeir gourmet in buffalo. bottled 2008F. sampled may 17/08.

pours reddish copper with a small dense yellow head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. alcohol. earthy. caramel and a bit of butterscotch. hint of vanilla. light grapefruit. raw oak.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. alcohol. vanilla. raw oak. bread and biscuit malt. earthy. big caramel. bit of butterscotch. light grapefruit. bit of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-large body. i'd like this better with the carbonation just a touch lower.

drinkability is pretty good. the alcohol is there, but pretty much balanced by the caramel+malt and hops. the barrel character is unobtrusive and nice. overall i enjoyed this one and i'm glad i have another in the cellar.

grub, May 22, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque amber, with short head, and long lacing.

Sweet smell took me by surprise - caramel? cinnamon spice? and only faint hops.

Flava, flave! Slightly orange-citrusy hop character, but far from overpowering. Good balance with some sweet-bready malt backbone, and just a hint of the sweetness that starts in the smell.

Mellowed by the aging, this is smooth and rich for a DIPA - if that IS what we're labeling this.

Very, very drinkable for something with this alcohol content. Really, a quite remarkable product from DFH.

BeerImmediately, May 21, 2008
Photo of Dalem
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with about a quarter inch head that doesn't last very long 'cept for a slight bit on top making for a good amount of lace on the glass. A decent level on complexities in the scent-Oak (natch) is the first thing detected in the aroma which is not something anyone normally expects in a beer. Notes of toffee malts come next along with a floral yet unobtrusive aroma of hops and bit of a warming alcohol effect. The boozy aroma's weren't so suprising (we're talking 10% abv here) but the understatedness of the hops I found interesting because, after all, this is a double/imperial IPA.
The variety of scents do help one know what to expect in the taste (as they should) but only a bit though. It doesn't quite prepare ya for what's in store. According to the Dogfish Head website this is a combo of their 90 Minute IPA and English strong ale stored away in the wood casks until it's ready for bottling. The wood aging gives this a smokey and slight caramel sweetness all of it's own, subduing the smack of hops that the 90 brings with it and mellowing the bitter bluster that a good portion of strong ales bring with them. As the sips go on and the beers warms a little the a citrus tang from the hops becomes more noticable but never over take the proceedings. The flavors of the oak and the 90 Minute IPA compliment each other nicely and the full & creamy consistency of the beer itself make for a pleasent feeling in the mouth and down the throat. The aftertaste has something like a cinnamon and citrus thing going on but it's not overbearing nor does it carry too much stickiness with it. If you're looking for a straight up D-IPA this is probably not what you're looking for but if you're interested in seeing what kind of things can be done with one, giving it a flavor exclusive to itself, this is one to pick up.

Dalem, May 19, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich clear copper color with a thin light tan head. Retention is ok with some lace.

Aroma is unique and fairly powerful. Some floral notes and typical IPA features. More interesting were the oak tones. Sweet vanilla with the balanced hop/malt background, really quite nice.

Taste is spot on. Incredibly unique and exactly what I wanted it to be. Sweet vanilla, caramel, toffee, and candy sugar. Hops are not the showcase, but strangely fantastic anyway.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. It was a bit syrupy, but the whole beer just worked for me.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are easily consumed, but more than 12 oz. is questionalb.e, expecially at 10% ABV.

Goliath, May 17, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly fresh bottle of Burton Baton, I've had it about two months bought upon its release.

The color is a beautiful bright coppery orange with a fuzzy, light tan tinge to the white lid that sticks around for a while, and leaves some lovely lace.

Sweet smells of caramel malts and tropical fruit with woody, earthy, spice and fresh citrus-piney hops. Ahh! (sigh of satisfaction)

Full, lush, and oily smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is just as it should be. Heavy, malty sweet caramel with fresh, sweet, oranges and tangerines. Fresh piney hops and a small amount of dark roasted malts linger with earthy, oaky whiskey spice in the mildly bitter finish. Delish!!

This is a really great beer and may be my favorite dfh tried to date. The blend of these two styles together really compliment each other well.

Slynger, May 15, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this beer! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a two-finger thick head that subsides to a thin layer of foam. Aroma has resiny hops, citrus hops, and some malty sweetness. Taste has some gentle floral bitterness and a shit ton of malt sweetness. This is a DIPA? The oak influence shows itself in the aftertaste. Has a medium body that is silky smooth. I could put down several of these pretty quickly, making the drinkability pretty high. This doesn't like a DIPA to me at all. However, it's still pretty damn good.

throwitallaway, May 15, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a one-fingered head that has some good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aromas of piney hops and alcohol.

The taste starts out with a heavy dose of pine but then the sweet malt balances out the flavor. It leaves with hot alcohol throughout the mouth. The alcohol hangs in the mouth then the pine flavor comes back.

Has a medium body with low carbonation that doesn't distract from the consumption. Very nice.

A nice flavorful example of a DIPA. I don't know how much the oak-aging really added to this compared to 90Min. The alcohol severly limits consuming this beer. Very pricey as well and likely only a one time purchase.

morimech, May 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep ruby colour, poured into a Unibroue snifter. The colour of this is amazing, and it looks gorgeous, though the head is a little on the fizzy side.

S: The oak really stands out here... quite a strong, oaky wood with pine aromas, a touch of citrus peel, and a light whiff of tobacco.

T: Bitter hoppiness, oak, and a little earthy as well. Something of a tobacco & leather, and a peppery alcohol.

M: Medium body... almost full, really. A perfect touch of carbonation to round it out.

D: Pretty big and a definite sipper. Slow, easy, and it will leave the drinker feeling quite nice!

Proteus93, May 11, 2008
Photo of Br0
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The Beer Poured A Dark amber, Definitely imbued by their time in the casks. The head Was a nice, Creamy two finger head which over tiime diminished to a 1 finger. Near half-way down the pint, there was nearly no head, but a ton of lacing from where the beer HAD been (look! wild beer tracks! LETS GET 'IM!" ) but in all seriousness, this is a beer that delivers.

N: The nose... I detected possibly some citrus... some berries.... Possibly some coriander... and definitely that omnipresent smell of ethanol, however, not overpoweringly so. - To me, This beers nose does not prepare you for what lies ahead.

T: from my notes: " HOLY FUCK!" That was all that was in my ledger relating to this beer from then on, so I will continue in my own home, with a fresh glass to gain from. Ah. Holy fuck indeed. That is one goddamn tasty beer. It may trump 90min as my current fave. the flavor is mellowed out by the casks, must have been. there is a slight SLIGHT residual burn, akin to taking a shot of whiskey. nothing even CLOSE to put-offish though.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: The brew itself feels fine, can be chewed in the mouth to maximize exposure, slightly sticky, but not crazy thick. Its a pretty standard dogfish head 90, with some serious tweaks.
Drinkability: Honestly, I could drink this forever, along with a few others to mix it up with. this has found a place in my heart for sure.

Br0, May 11, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours copper amber with a thin head that becomes wisps of lines. A thin ring leaves some vanishing lace.

The smell is of citrus (orange/tangerine/ grapefruit)/resin with vanilla and musty oak.

Wish I had a 90 min. to compare this with because the first sip reminded me of it. Subsequent sippings reveal this to be different, but close (again, though, without having it next to it it's a bit tough to tell). This has the citrus/grapefruit with sweet vanilla/oak and some alcohol. Malt - grainy and toffeeish dominate leaving a fruit juice from the hops without much bitterness. Finishes with a sweet kiss, like citric candy.

This is the almost scary (in a good way) part - it is incredibly smooth and silky, making this disappear very quickly despite the sweetness and heat. Kind of like an open box of chocolates - can't help but keep on going. Dangerously drinkable, but at the price (and the abv?) one will have to do.

jwc215, May 11, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/10/08.

Pours a clear, slightly dark amber-copper color with a finger of off white head. The head left no lacing around the glass. Aromas of piny hops and slightly sweet honey.

Taste is smoothed out piny hoppiness and sweet maltiness. I think the oak aging really mellows out the huge hop bitterness of the imperial IPA. This is much more subdued, but very nice. The alcohol is very present though. Maybe some age would help, seems very hot while fresh.

This one feels very full bodied. The carbonation level is spot on for the style. Drinkability is good despite the alcohol heat. The hop bitterness is not overwhelming, neither is the malt sweetness.

One of the better imperial IPAs I've had. I wish I had another to hang onto for awhile.

bkilpatr, May 10, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber with 1 finger of bone colored head that dissipates quickly. Thin spidery lacing.

A: Smells of pine and earthy hops. Very strong but pleasant.

T: Outstanding, better than the 90 min. Hops, caramel malts, with a bitter alcohol finish.

M: Full body, no carbonation. Thick and sticky.

D: At 10% ABV can't have too many of these, but excellent flavor for the style. IMO This has many of the same characteristics of a barleywine. But I digress, many try their hands at a DIPA's, but DFH really shines with this one. Skal.

Gtreid, May 10, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear copper red with a creamy quarter-inch beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, vanilla, cherries, tropical fruit, and a bit of booze.

Tastes of citrus hops, caramel malts, brown sugar, and cherries upfront. The finish and aftertaste are both quite oakey. The alcohol adds a warming zip to every sip.

Full mouthfeel, warm and sweet to the palate, and moderately carbonated.

A beer made to drink slow and enjoy. Definitely one to try.

Monkeyknife, May 10, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single at Sam the Beer Man.

Pours a hazy orange copper color with a few lazy bubbles rising to the top, and about an inch of creamy, beige head. Retention is very solid, and it leaves some good stick, too.

Smell is very nice and quite complex for a DIPA. There is a good base of sweet, caramel malt, earthy, woodsy, resiny hops, and some oaky and light vanilla aromas.

Taste has the same components as the smell but it's laced with a bit too much booze. Alcohol is a bit too hot, and although the earthy, woodsy and oaky flavors are quite harmonious and there's plenty of caramel malt sweetness to balance it out, the alcohol gets in the way.

Mouthfeel is viciously thick and chewy, close to being too thick (ie cough syrup).

This is a good beer and I'm glad I had the chance to try it, but I think I'll stick with 90min IPA. I like the earthy, oaky flavors that the barreling imparts, but the booze is too hot. Definitely worth a try for the IPA lover.

number1bum, May 09, 2008
Photo of gunnerman
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this monster into a pint glass, pours a seriously impressive goldish brown color with some serious sediment in there cloudy and beatiful just the way I like it. The smell was sweet with hints of malty goodness, molasses and also some raison hints. Taste was pretty good nice oak florish flavor with a bit of a hop bitterness, I was expecting more hop in there but it was a bit mild, alcohol almost not detected until it warmed a bit. DFH brews some interesting brews and this one is pretty straight foward and very good, I would have this again.

gunnerman, May 08, 2008
Photo of klewis
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle

A: Pours a reddish-amber with a good-sized, frothy head. Very light sediment is suspended throughout. Moderate lacing.

S: Lightly-hopped aroma with a vanilla aroma and a general malty character.

T: An strong, earthy oak taste is quick to hit the palate. Full-flavored and fairly sweet for a DIPA. The oak and hops provide quite an intense kick in the finish.

M: Full-bodied and super thick with soft carbonation. Coats the mouth with a long-lasting finish.

D: This beer assails the palate. Sipping is a good thing, and to me, more than one is out of the question. However, this is a pretty decent DIPA and, though it's balancing on the border of tastefulness, is a nice use of wood-aging.

klewis, May 06, 2008
Photo of malcontent
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, deep amber body sporting a decent amount of head and strong lacing for the style.

Strong grapefruit leads into a solidly sweet/malty body bolstered by alluring hints of spice and flowers.

Damn! That oak just doesn't let go. The citrus hops once again lead the charge and have plenty of support in the way of a brown sugar body. That's all before DFH literally brings the wood. Oak, oak and more oak bring an astringent and long, dry finish to the beer. Not a bad thing but I'm not sure the beer really needed it. Still, not as heavy-handed an approach to barrel aging as I've had but I'm still not sold on the barrel aged phenomenon.

Good, thick mouthfeel that surprisingly avoids any oiliness that one might expect from a 10% DIPA. Slight astringency hurts a little but more so in the way of drinkability than mouthfeel. This is a nice one-time sipper. Not sure that I'll exactly be craving another, though.

Thanks to the soon-to-be-missed Dr. Pitz! May you find good beer in the Volunteer State (or at least not get stuck in traffic on the way to Kentucky!).

malcontent, May 06, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color brown with a head that quickly things down to a very slight covering of bubbles. It t does leave some lacing as it goes down. It appears oily in the glass.

S: The main aroma is of floral hops. There is also a bit of a citrus aroma. There is just a hint of alcohol as well.

T: It doesn't have the hop bitterness that I expected for the style. It is very well balanced with citrus flavors and the hops. There is definitely more of a presence of alcohol than DFH 90 causing a warming effect in the after taste.

M: It has a slight oiliness due to the hops. The carbonation is very slight, but you can definitely taste it. It is medium in thickness.

D: The alcohol warming effect makes you slow down a bit. Since it is pretty smooth it is still very drinkable for the style.

GatorBeerNerd, May 06, 2008
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,665 ratings.