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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%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 34
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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 ZeroSignal
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a light brown with a slight reddish tint; thin white head that settles to a fine layer that sits on the top of the beer, laces lightly

S - Citrusy and piney hops forward, with a sweet fruit nose in the background

T&M - Hop character is fantastic and nicely balanced, again pine and citrus. The light sweetness balances this nicely, and there is a dry oak at the very end...very subtle but present. This feels medium bodied and slightly chewy.

D - The alcohol content is masked well; very yummy brew, probably dangerously drinkable.

I would happily pair this with anything spicy; think Indian, hot wings, anything with some heat.

Photo of sk8man121
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage 12 oz bottle poured into 10 oz Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber with a creamy, tan 2-finger head. This is one of the nicest pours I've seen in a while and looks great the entire time it's in the glass.

S: Assertive hops with a slight malty sweetness. Similar to the 90 minute except for the nice hint of smoke/oak that comes through. Smells great.

T: Tastes just like it smells, and is one of the few barrel-aged DIPAs I've had where you can really taste the wood. Hops and ethanol are very assertive but die down quickly, leaving a nice, mellow sweetness as an aftertaste.

M: Very well-carbonated, which aids the beer rather than hurting it, as the strong alcohol flavor benefits from the bubbly mouthfeel. Thick, creamy and delicious.

D: Very drinkable, even at the relatively high ABV. I was skeptical when I picked this up, worried that it might taste like no more than a gimmicky 90 minute, but the difference is highly noticeable. I'm drinking this exactly a month after it was brewed, and while it's very good, I've got two bottles in the cellar as I'd expect this to age beautifully.

Well worth the $14 for the 4-pack.

Photo of Cascade99
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice deep copper color. Definite turbidity, most likely due to hop-haze given it is an IPA.

S- Dank, earthy smell of hops noted at beginning. Definite caramel malts used as a very sweet smell is noted. In the background I noted a very faint wood smell, which could also be confused with the hops. Slight grapefruit. Not over-powering smell because of the sweetness of the malt.

T- Sweetness hits right off from the beginning. The caramel malts used over-power the taste. Grapefruit and earthly tastes follow with a very faint oaky taste. Definitely not over-powering, which I think is wonderful, as many wood-aged beers are over-the-top. Nice bitterness noted in the end, but not quite enough to balance the sweetness.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style. Perfectly carbonation.

D- For a double IPA very good. While within the style guidelines, I would prefer for more hop aroma and flavor and less sweetness from malt.

Overall- For the price, I would not run out to buy it. I think there are plenty of other beers that are flavorful that are in a better price-range. Having said that, this is a very good beer. It is very clean and nicely brewed, but out of simple preference, I would probably pass on buying it again. There are too many other good beers that I haven't tried to spend $13 on a 4-pack of this one.

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

Pours a clear dark orange with a thin white head, blobs of lace here and there. Smell: earthy, spruce, melon, lots of caramel, a bit dark bread-y. Taste: a good dose of earthy, piney bitterness, balanced with lots of caramel and mild plum and vanilla. Alcohol in play, but mostly just a warming factor.

Bottled 3/01/10.

Photo of chaz01
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note, this review is from a bottle that's been kept in cool dark cellar for 2 years. Bottled date is 2008, served in a Belgium fishbowl glass.

A: Burnt orange murky color. Looks like it lost some it's head and carbonation in the aging process, but what head there is produces a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Some run and alcohol in the smell, with traits of piney spruce and caramel.

T: Lots of piney and earthy tones to it. Not at all hoppy, but again, it's been aged for 2 years. Picking up some oak flavors and a dry astringent finish.

M: Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very dry finish, but at 10% it's definitely got a little kick to it, not exactly a session beer.

Photo of vacax
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First sighting in California of this brew at Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Pours a rich mahogany color with some orange to it. Little head for a DIPA (and too dark), but thick with good retention and evidence of lacing. Aroma has brown sugar, sticky flora, oak, and alcohol. The flavor prominently features caramel malts in large quantities along with an assertive bitterness with some resinous and floral hopping. The finish maintains the floral hop flavor with an excess of caramelly cookielike malts. This beer is overloaded with its simple, cloying malt character and while it is balanced with bitterness there is not much complexity in the hop bill either. Despite all the malt and hops it is still a bit hot too. Medium to ful bodied with a tight, medium-full carbonation. I just can't get into this beer much, I just don't find this one too alluring.

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

A: Dark amber color. Moderate Head, not a lot of noticeable carbonation.

S: light hoppy aroma, I sense a bit of pine a hint of citrus (lemon/orange), very inviting.

T: !!! I really like it. Not as much alcohol as I was expecting. Hint of vanilla and rum.

M: smooth, feel the alcohol towards the back of the mouth, but its expected.

D: Have to take my time drinking this one. sit down, relax and enjoy.

Photo of Drone53
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light tawny color with a nice finger head, which lasts a bit throughout. Also, sticks to the glass a bit.

Smell: A nice hop flavor springs up initially in the smell, followed by a lite citrus smell. The strong malt character of this beer kicks in next with a slight carmel smell, then finishes with a nice hint of vanilla.

Taste: The hops are nicely balanced by the malt. A nice citrus flavored followed up by warm carmel and vanilla. The slight hint of alcohol and bourbon finish this fine flavor.

Mouthfeel: The malt and hoppiness are very balanced here. Not too drying of a flavor.

Drinkability: A nice beer which I am glad I tried. I will like to try it again.

A nice innovative beer from Dogfish Head. I almost feel like its one of their more balanced beers.

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

Dogfish Head, Burton Baton. This beer is an oak aged imperial pale ale. It's a blend of an oak aged English strong ale and their 90 minute IPA. It poured a clear golden sun orange color. It smelled like a fresh pine forest, melon, grapefruit and orange blossom honey. It tasted like citrus/piney hops, toffee, roasted malts, some honey and a hint of wood. It was interesting to have the malt in there. It's not a huge hoppy beer but I felt the malt balanced the wood and orange aftertaste.

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

A-Pours a deep amber color with about one finger of creamy head that quickly fades to leave elegant lacing.

S-Predominantly citrus with sweet malt character easily appreciated. The oak is quite subtle, but helps balance the overall aroma.

T-Moderate malty sweetness balanced by the hop bitterness. As with the aroma, the oak notes tie everything together. A little hot from the alcohol, but not nearly as boozy as expected for a 10% beer. Incredibly smooth

M-Rich, but less so than other big IPAs. Lighter than I expected. Medium carbonation.

D-Dangerously drinkable. This beer is much smoother than the other imperial and double IPAs I've tried.

Overall one of the best IPAs I've had. I will definitely be picking this one up again next time it's released.

Photo of MURF0320
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Stubbie's Gainesville, FL. Served in Chimay glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, one finger of fluffy head and moderate lacing throughout.
Rich smell of piney/citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, and oak.
Tastes of bitter citrus, sweet caramel malt, and oak. The oak flavor is prevalent and mixes well with a noticeable alcohol burn.
I love the mouthfeel of this beer. It coats the mouth with a heavy hop bitterness, the hops begin to yield to the sweet malt and oak flavors, and finishes dry with a warm alcohol burn.
Drinkability is great. If you like the style of beer you will be happy until the end. Drink it slowly, complexity changes as the beer warms. Overly drinkable for such a potent beer.
A great beer by a great brewer, highly recommended.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one on shelves in Columbus. Bottled on 3/1/10 so its real nice and fresh.

A- I love the labels on these DFH special runs (Olde School, Rasion de Xtra etc). This one is another cowboy playing a guitar. He is sitting on a barrel, signifying the oak aging here. Big two finger off white head. Sticky lacing that completely coats the glass. The foam cap is seeming to last forever. This beer is really dark for an IPA. It probably has to do with the oak aging. Its a deep rusty colored ruby red with pumpkin highlights. It is crystal clear.

S- Woo-wee. Sweet, fruity, citrusy and floral hops all over the place. A definite malt character comprised of graham cracker and toasty malts. Im looking for the oak but its hard to get all by itself. It really adds to things by making a mellow, smooth, earth character to everything that is juxtaposed by the hops. Im also getting notes of cinnamon raisin and some spiced rum alcohol. Very complex and interesting.

T- Surprisingly smooth for a double IPA. But then again I should be expecting it from a blended, oak aged DIPA. Pine resin, grapefruit, rum, caramel. Very good stuff. Some parts are like a barleywine.

M- Full body, Medium to mild carbonation. Dry finish leaving stickiness on the lips.

D- Pretty big and boozy. Its really close to a barleywine. A sipper of a DIPA for sure.

Photo of mavbrew
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my new Dogfish snifter, bottled on 6/19/09.

A: Pours a copper/burnt orange with a finger thick off white head, excellent lacing.

S: Scents of piny hops and caramel up front with some slight hints of oaky vanilla.

T: The 90 min. blend dominates the taste of the beer, definite caramel taste with a vanilla hint. You can take the alcohol up front but the finish is crisp and clean.

M: Medium body with slight carbonation.

D: Very smooth for a 10% ABV, personally this is one of my favorite beers, but could get dangerous with more than a few. Excellent DIPA.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with scant lacing. The appearance is a perfect, clear amber. The aroma is of citrus, grassy hops. The taste is also of grapefruit, green grass, green tea, hardwood, and bitterness. The feel is full bodied with a clean finish.

This is a delicious IPA that rivals Dogfish's 90 Min. IPA brand.

Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish/copper color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Tons of piny hops up front. Grapefruit, and a light residual malty sweetness lingers. Smells of soap and oil. Where is the oak?
T: Again, tons of piny hops. Bitter grapefruit. Soap. Some alcohol as well. Very light sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body that is sticky, syrupy, and slick. Hot alcohol is present, and detracts. A slow sipper.

Not bad, but I don't really get any oak flavor at all. Seems pretty much like a standard DIPA. More style than substance as far as I am concerned.

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

Look: Deep copper color, clear, medium head with decent retention & great lacing

Smell: Pine, caramel, vanilla, oak

Taste: Up Front: Pine hops, apricot, sweet malt. Finish: Vanilla, oak, caramel, booze

Mouthfeel: Full body, low/medium carbonation, really coats the palate

Drinkability: The 10% abv is very well hidden, but 3-4 of these would probably hit you like a ton of bricks

Overall Impression: This beer almost reminds me more of a Barleywine than a Double IPA, yet it still has the drinkability of an IPA. It has a flavor profile very similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar, however the flavors are more concentrated, but the hop bite is subdued by the vanilla and oak. Very interesting. I LOVE this beer!!!

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an amber hue with a one to two finger head on it. Nice lacing and pretty decent head retention...especially around the edges.

Smell: Lots of pine and hops. Some sweet malt and caramel as well. It's very fragrant.

Taste: Hops right off the bat. Lots of pine with some citrus notes. It also has a grapefruit and floral flavors.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol gives it a cooling sensation that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. It's got a nice carbonation to it as well.

Drinkability: Nice and balanced. It's got a high abv but it's easy to drink. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of beerfairy
3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a nice copper color into a glass with good head. Leaves a nice subtle lacing on the glass as you drink it. I want to like this beer but it's got an alcohol burn kind of like drinking whiskey to me. It also leaves a very lingering bitterness in the mouth, which for me doesn't work. Perhaps if I paired it with food it might finish better but this is not something I want to drink alone or have multiples of.

Photo of kshankar
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber of some kind, with a smaller white head.

Aroma is pine, hops, caramel malts

The balance between the hops and the malts on this one are pretty good. I'm not getting any obvious hints of it being oaked, but its still lingering in the background somewhere

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated. Drinkability (even with the relatively high ABV) is still good..I could have a couple of these with very little issue.

Photo of stakem
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken 1/28/10

Bottle date of 10/16/09. Pours a clear amber color with a yellowish stained head. Abundant amount of lace clings to the glassware. Wonderful aroma of vanilla, malt and hops. Hop character is citrus and somewhat fruity. Taste is bitter hops blended with malt and vanilla notes. Medium feel with low carbonation. Little bit of woodsy taste and smell as it warms. Very drinkable and quite complex. The oak imparts a complimentary aspect for the other flavors to play off of. Warming finish and more alcohol comes through as it warms. I really enjoy this beer, whether it is fresh or aged it is great.

Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy head that starts as about 1 1/2 fingers and dissapates into a thin froth atop the a clear copper liquid.

S - Pinesugarcaramel... Second whiff offers floral notes mixed with more pine. Very fragant!

T & M - Immediate hop bitterness that transitions smoothly into.... I have no idea what this is but I like it. Its rich and mildly boozy. There is a sweetness about it that reminds me of a quad. This is very complex and delicious. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. The finish is a lingering and crisp hoppiness.

D- This is a very drinkable beer! Very smooth.

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

Served in a snifter, with a touch of white head remaining atop a nice deep golden colored hazy ale.

Aroma of sweet malts, some faded hop fruitiness and a touch of oak. Interesting. The flavor is dominated by 90 minute, sweet with a citrusy background. Vanilla notes from the oak are subtle, and a bit of a musty old ale also backs up the flavor.

Nice body, ala 90 minute, sweet and viscous. This is an easy drinker. Glad to try it on draft at the Gaitherburg DFH Alehouse.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange with a decent amount of foam forming in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The smell was very nice in this one, fruity with a hint of piney hops. The taste is beautifully bitter with a sweet malt background. No hint of the 10% alc what so ever. So smooth and easy to drink. A very delicious treat. Glad I picked up a bottle of this over the weekend.

Photo of Estranged
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was just wandering through my local craft beer store, and the name sounded interesting (oak aged double IPA), so i bought the 4 pk...

my .02

a: orange/burgandy color. little head, light/sparce carbonation.

s: very citrusy. floral/organic hoppiness. mellow sweet port wine notes.

t: citrus can be detected first, but sublte dark fruity notes are present: plum, fig, date. mellow smokiness with a mild bitter finish.

mf: light and smooth. delicious lingering sweetness/smokiness.

d: not a session beer. a great sipper at 10% + ABV. the second half of the bottle is ten times better as it warms, the flavors open beautifully. a wonderfully complex, floral sipper.

Photo of Morey
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-orange in appearance when held up to the light, this fine ale has a nice fluffy white head that contains an assortment of bubble sizes all of which seem to have good clinging action.

Smells of bready malts as well as a slight woody aroma that's pulling through. Very little in the way of hops at this point.

Bottled on 6/9/09 and reviewed on 3/14/10, this beer now taste more like a barleywine than a Imperial Oak Aged Ipa. That being said, this is one tasty brew. Malty, earthy, woody, and slightly hoppy all in one sip. The alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate carbonation.

I could drink a couple of these before calling it quits.

Morey's Bottom Line: The oak isn't too offly strong in this beer. I just recently had a Weyerbacher Insanity, and the barrel aging was much more obvious. I've had hoppier Barleywines, and this is supposed to be an Imperial Ipa. Never the less, it's a well crafted and tasty beer to be sure.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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