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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,923
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,120 | FT: 30
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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 sidetracked
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with a substantial off-white head.

Smells of citrus fruit with a grapefruity hoppiness. Hints of a raisin or yeast breadyness too.

Tastes strongly of bitter hops up front. The finish is hard to describe... the bitterness fades to an almost unnoticeable level and more of the English strong ale flavors come through with a bit of oak. As it warms up a little alcohol is evident in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

Overall drinkability is good--the complex taste makes me want to have another.

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sniffer glass. Really rich amber color, a good 2 inchs of head that quickly disapears into a really thin blanket. Thick laceing all around.

Smells very piney very thick smelling, some citrus underlay. A spice scent and a earthy undertone from the wood. Some brown sugar sweetness is also detected. Such a thick heavy scent wow very nice!

A smoother version of the 90 minute, with less sweet malts and nice mellowing earthy oak undertones. Can really get a brown sugar taste once the beer warms up. More piney than citrusy hop profile. Has a slight boozy finish but the beer remains so smooth.

Medium heavy body, taste lingers a sweet hoppyness. Incredible drinkability could drink a four pack if it wasn't so damn expensive. Hands down my favorite DfH beer!

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

Pours a coppery orange with a clean white head. Very frothy, big head from an oak-aged. Thick blankets of lacing slowly roll back with legs. Some particles and sediments floating around an otherwise bright and clear beer.

Smells of fresh grapefruit and pine resin. Not getting too big an influence on the nose from the oak. But smells pleasant and inviting nonetheless.

Taste follows nose but with a nice sweetness and a resiny finish as it passes the to the back of your throat.

Very smooth with plenty of carbonation.

Nice little sipper. I could certainly pour myself 3 or 4 of these.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden sun orange with a fluffy white two inch head and thick lace.

Smells of fresh pine and juicey mellon citrus blend and orange blossom honey.

Taste is a hop explosion! Not too over-the-top; a nice blend of hops, malt and honey. This is a hop lover's dream come true. Similar to Bell's hop slam but with more of a juicey honey dew mellon maltyness with a nice orange blossom finish.

Excellent drinkability!

Photo of Katahdin
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very rich amber in the glass and the first smell is an overwhelming Hops scent that led me to initially dread its taste, but I was surprised. The initial taste is a strong burst of heavy hoppiness typical of most IPA's but the surprise was the lingering taste in the mouth. Definite hints of citrus, pine resin, toffee and perhaps maybe even butterscotch, blend for a smoothness in the drinkability. It does have a bit of grainy feel in its texture on the tongue but is definitely an easily drinkable beer especially for someone who is not a fan of hoppy IPA's.

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

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a nice, thick off-white head that settles slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aromas are of piney hop oils, citrusy orange rind, and some spiciness (from wood or alcohol or yeast, i'm not sure) Some wood in the background, as well as evident alcohol.

Incredible hop-heavy flavor. Heavy on citrus and grass. Lots of malt in back to balance, with wood and a delicious, orange-cream-like aftertaste.

Excellently full-bodied with a smooth texture and good carbonation.

Powerful and intense brew, but delicious and leaves me wanting more.

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

This beer poured a nice hazy copper. The head was pushing 1 1/2 inches and held up nicely.
This beauty was redolent of citrus and caramel. The aroma is certaintly of note. Haven't smelled anything this good in a while.
For a beer of this type, I expected to be blown away by the hops, but I tasted a sweet malt. Now, I'm not complaining. Also got some citrus and more caramel. With such a high alcohol content, it really didn't jump out at me, at first.
Enjoy this one.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a mostly clear reddish copper until the end of the bottle when a swirl of yeast comes out. foam is chunky and rocky and yellowish and sticky and hangs around remarkably well for such high abv. very organic and random splotches of bubbly lace encrust onto the glass.

S- this beer smells amazing. possibly one of the best noses on an ipa that i've had, and much better than i ever remember the 90 minute to be. toasty, woodsy, grapefruit, orange, extremely floral, lilies, roses, pine, passionfruit, a touch of cocoa, caramel, toffee, and very noticeable notes of vanilla and earthy wood from the oak aging that give a dessert-like pound cake aroma and really round the whole thing out.

T- creamy and burnt grapefruit first off, then a surge of malty sweetness and the alcohol of a young brandy. burnt caramel, raisin, fig, date, some pine sap and strange cocoa. very strong bitterness is counteracted by very sugary malt sweetness and somewhat of a balance is achieved, leaning on the hop side of course, but still with some residual sweetness. woodsy vanilla oak aged flavor also mellows things out a bit and after my taste buds become accustomed to the hoppy bitterness, this beer isn't really that aggressive anymore and it seems to become sweeter. finishes sweet and woodsy, marshmallow, good deal of hop flavor, and brown sugar.

MF- creamy and full and resinous, becoming somewhat syrupy but becomes thinner on the swallow. some burn and dryness from the combination of alcohol and alpha acids. a tongue number. sugary sweet and sticky, initially cloying but is balanced out by some astringency.

D- for the most part an enjoyable blend, although DFH ipas have always been a little on the sweet side for my tastes. hops and alcohol hit hard and i'm glad i saved this one for a night cap.

Photo of mckajd03
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would say the nose is the most impressive aspect here. It has a woody sweetness from the oak aging that is like nothing I've had the pleasure of sniffing. The other characteristics are not to be taken for granted either. Clear red color. Deep, sweet pine and citrus with an overlay of brown sugar. Sugary thick mouthfeel. I would like to thank the Academy for this opportunity...

Photo of Pahn
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep, opaque amber. 1 inch white/off-white head despite an aggressive pour. Almost no visible carbonation. Great streaks of lacing that never disappear.

Smell: Predominantly sharp hops, with some caramel malt and slightly medicinal smells.

Taste: Cold, it tastes almost identical to 90min IPA. As it warms, it retains the strong burst of hops at the start and continues to have that beautiful malt / hop balance of 90min, but the finish develops into notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. It's sweet and smooth, and lasts. The overall flavor is honestly more complex than I have the expressive capability to capture. Basically, it's 90min IPA's perfected malt / hop balance (ie hop explosion with rich, engaging malt tones) that persists but transitions into a beautiful finish with the oak induced flavors developing and deepening that perfection.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. At times it's creamy and chewy, but then the small bit of carbonation dances on the top of the tongue.

Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable. The alcohol is hardly masked, but every time I've had this beer it disappears with surprising speed.

I don't know about paying 150% of 90min IPA's price for this beer, at least not on a regular basis. That said, if you like 90min IPA, I'd say you have to spring for its more sophisticated older brother at least once.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was tempted to give this one a perfect score, however I have yet to give out all 5's and as good as this one is, I can think of a few others that may be more worthy of the highest honors.

The appearance is that of a brew that is slightly hazed and garnett colored with a proud standing 2 inch high velvet ivory head that looks to keep track of my every sip with telling sticky layers of Belgian lacing.

The smell is pungeant and whiffs of tropical and citrus fruits explode out of my DFH glass. there is a big sweetness with honey drenched malts and resiney hops. I look like a moron because I can't stop picking up my glass just to smell this amazing concoction.

The oak characteristic adds another dimension to what is already a personal favorite DIPA of mine. The hops are present in the way of soapy/piney. But the real starts of the show is the cake-like bready sweetness this beer offers up.

The feel is spot on: medium-full bodied with moderate co2 levels and oh-so velvety smooth and creamy.

10% has never been so well hidden. Delicious and worth every penny.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a somewhat dark copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel and even stickier citrus and pine hops. Also present are hints of toffee and butterscotch.

Tastes very good. Deep caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild citrus and strong pine hops that just barely take a backseat to the malt flavors. Midway through the sip the caramel flavors segue into darker toffee and butterscotch flavors before fading into a mildly bitter ending. Every aroma is represented in the flavor profile, just not quite as strongly.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think this tastes even better on-tap than it did in the bottle but only by a small margin. Probably my favorite DFH beer with the possible exception of Palo Santo Marron. Well worth a shot.

Photo of CMiller683
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep red with an adequate head that clings about. Clear and inviting color.

S - Extremely flowery and hoppy. Floral, piney, slight malt scents. Touch of grapefruit, possibly.

T - Excellent mix. Very pungent and well-rounded. Citrus is noticeable and pleasant. No excess of any ingredient I can tell.

M - A dry aftertaste. Strong, but well mixed. Relatively smooth and thin with a good aftertaste.

D - A sipping beer that disappears quickly, which is dangerous considering its a.b.v. A great balance for those who do not seek an intimidating IPA, but want to try something new. Not intended for a day-long drink, but it will likely end up being so!

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.Pours a cloudy amber with great retention and a nice heading that leaves a dusting. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell is very feint.Almost exactley like the 90min IPA but with a slight woody character to it.Nothing really sticks out.

Taste again almost identical to the 90min IPA. A slight more of a hot boozy wood finish but is a bit hoppier.

Mouth is seductively smooth with a medium body.Nice carbonation that bubbles down the throat and into the belly.Nice sting on the palate do to the hoppiness.

Drink is good. About as drinkable as the IPA.

All and all very identical to the 90min.A little bit of wood and that's about it. The place I bought this from charged 5.00 more that the 90 min from now on I will just by that.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Rich copper body with one finger of clinging white foam.

S - Full and aromatic, with caramel and toffee malts, toast, oak, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange zest.

T - Quite malty for a DIPA, with a sweet bread crust flavor, caramel, and toffee. Hop flavors include tropical fruit, candied orange peel, and grapefruit. Hop bitterness is moderate for the style, but extremely long lasting, building on the palate. There's also some warm alcohol, which could be ameliorated by cellaring, but that would push the flavor profile even further into American barleywine territory.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is restrained, although there's enough to accentuate the hop bitterness.

D - A solid beer, definitely an East Coast DIPA. Enjoyable (although four times out of five I'd probably reach for a 90 Minute instead).

Photo of jjboesen
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries. They take chances; some work, some don't. Their Burton Baton works. I had the opportunity to quaff this from a snifter at their alehouse in Gaithersburg (See My Review.)

What a nice looking beer! A dark mahogany color beneath a thick vanilla head that leaves thick splotches of lace along the glass throughout the quaff - the very slow quaff, I should add. The nose is greeted by wisps of pine needles and an ever so slight pineapple taunt. The malt-to-hop ratio makes for a wonderfully proportioned mouthfeel. Add some doughy maltiness, throw in a languishing semblance of alcohol and you have yourself one hell of a dessert beer, which, by the way, it was.

While I could never sit at a bar and pound this one down, I could see myself leisurly quaffing one on a deck after a long day. A complex beer for a simple man.

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

Dogfish Head Burton Baton purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Bottled in March 2009.
appearance - Beautiful orange amber. Creamy head that mostly subsides but hangs in there well for a 10%'er.
smell - banana, wood, spicy, floral. Oh my.
taste - Some vanilla, spice, finishes bitter.
Another great DFH. I wonder how this will age....

Photo of cleeze
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might have to be my favorite DFH brew!

Pours a nice clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet and dominated by malt, sugar, with a hint of that oak "snap" that you get in an oak-aged ale. The sweetness hits your tongue immediately upon tasting, but this beer is not yet finished; it is quite complex. You get a slight alcoholic aftertaste mixed with some hops and darker, more woody flavors. This is definitely an IPA even though the oak adds a whole new apect to it.

Photo of beerdrifter
2.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber copper pour with decent head and lacing. Strong dark fruit and candy nose with lots of malt. Very chewy and resiny. Extremely syrupy and a bit too sweet for my taste. The dark fruit flavor overpowers the hop bitterness which was subdued to say the least. The sweetness kills the drinkability for me. Pretty disappointing for Dogfish Head. I'll give it another try considering the great reviews I've seen for this. Maybe an old bottle.

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

Rich amber hue, good clarity. Pours a large, thick head, creamy and with pretty good retention.

Wonderful hop aroma, with a lot of grapefruit and pine character. Some malt sweetness sneaks through, maybe a bit of caramel.

Flavor starts with a nice caramel malt sweetness, with hop flavor and alcohol flavor hitting almost simultaneously midmouth. The alcohol tinged bitterness carries into the finish, but the transition is gradual and the finish isn't particularly bitter or dry.

MF - med-high body, low-medium carbonation. No astringency, and the alcohol warming while present isn't overpowering. Surprisingly gentle mouthfeel for such a beer.

Probably as drinkable as a 10% DIPA can be. An unexpectedly pleasant drinking experience, but not sure I'd want another one right now.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a lovely deep copper/amber color. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms and quickly reduces to a nice lacing around the edges and over the top. No sediment.

The aroma is quite sweet and primarily a malty beverage until closer to the finish. Interestingly, my first thought was of bubble gum. There is also an evasive woodiness.

The taste is fairly good as well. It is again sweet up front with a much nicer hit from the hops here. A good level of bitterness and some oaky components. No much alcohol tasted.

The mouthfeel is good as well. This is medium bodied with a nice carbonation that attempts to balance the sweetness. This then finishes dry. Farily smooth and clean.

Overall, this is a good beer that is very drinkable. It is hard to believe the ABV because it is so easy to drink. In fact, that makes me a little cautious. A sweeter version of the double IPA.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/16/09
Reviewed 11/17/09

A: Pours a nice deep copper color with a small but ample sticky looking white head with nice sticky lacing too.

S: Big pungent piney hops with a subtle oakiness lingering underneath. Nice soapy hoppy DIPA aroma.

T: Mirrors the nose. Soapy, piney, sticky, and hoppy. The woodiness is calm in comparison to the malt and hoppiness going on but still enough to add a nice layer of complexity to the brew.

M: Big medium feel with plenty of carbonation. Nice slick oiliness left in my mouth.

D: I really thought about a 5 on this one. This is definitely one of my favorite DIPAs to date and I'm glad I finally took the time to review it. I only bought 2 and am working on my second one now. When I grab more, if I can go through all 4 in a sitting and not be outside talking to woodland creatures I'll be sure to change this to a 5!

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

A - Dark amber, lost of off white head, lots of cling lace.

S - Fresh, sharp, hoppy, somewhat malty.

T - Malt up front as center show, hoppy bitterness as side attributes.

M - Medium body, great carb, good coat, good balance.

D - This stuff is yummy. That is all I can say.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An aged 12oz bottle from my collection, as it says on the bottle, it ages with the best of 'em.

Pours a slightly hazy beautiful amber/orange color with a little head, fades fast and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is very sweet and malty, some fruitiness and caramel, hops have pretty much all but faded, big woody character from the oak barrels.

Taste is sweet and malty like the aroma, the woody oak characteristic is pretty evident, lots of caramel, not much for hops or bitterness, definitely a sweeter DIPA (at least an aged version), for 10% I can make out any heat or strength at all and could easily pound these down until it knocks me off my ass.

Photo of hosehead83
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured fom a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright copper in color, with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Very fragrant-juicy citrus and piney hops
Taste-Big, bold hops and big, bold juicy grapefruit/orange notes, subtle spicy woodiness-clean finish-Dangerously drinkable at 10.0ABV
Overall an outstanding offering, big character, and nicely balanced. A must try-Get some!!

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,923 ratings.