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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,847
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 316
Gots: 1,067 | FT: 29
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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 Seanibus
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep clear copper with huge fluffy head and streamers of carbonation. The aroma is floral hop, deep and rich. Flavor is rich caramel with a vast blast of floral hops. Plummy, malty toffelike finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. The high alcohol content is masked by the malt, good balance.

Photo of capra12
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed without the trifecta out of a pint glass.

Appearance:2 1/2 fingers head which dissipates nicely with a clear and rich amber head.

Smell:This brew gives off a rich hop aroma where grapefruit is most prominent, there are subtle hints of malt and a mild yet distinct alcohol sting.

Taste:This brew opens with a sharp hop profile and maltiness. The hops and the malts increase from open to middle. As this finishes the hops take over and as the brew warms the earthiness of this brew comes out.This brew leaves an hopy and alcohol aftertaste in my mouth but not enough to deter my desire for another sip.

Mouthfeel: this brew is on the border of medium and full bodied.
Drinkability: the initial drinkability of this brew was 3.5 but this brew is definitely growing on me and has bumped itself up to a 4.0.

Photo of bbeane
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Finger and a half frothy white head that slowly recedes... leaves some lacing. Beer is a crimson red color with little activity

S- Very sweet aroma with a hint of hop bite

T- Very sweet taste as it first touches you lips, follows with the strong imperial hop bite in your mouth and throat after the swallow... an almost perfect balanve

M- Pretty light bodied with little carbonation... has a bitter hop bite that lingers in your mouth

D- Very drinkable for any person who enjoys a hoppy beer. The sweet taste hides the high abv... making this a potentially dangerous brew


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

Poured a golden amber, with a nice thick head. Lacing remained far where the head started after it subsided. I smelled citrus, oak, and a hint of malt. Mouthfeel had a nice residue to it, this beer stayed on my palette for a bit, and its what I have come to expect from an Imperial IPA. Unlike some doubles there is a much stronger malty backbone, which I prefer as it increases the complexity of the taste. Hop citrus taste up front, with a hint of Oak throughout with a nice resiny smooth finish of malt. Nice and complex. Drink ability is up there but it is not something I would slam. This beer is to be savored. Very few Imperial IPA are better.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 6/19/09, sampled on 7/11/09.

Poured this ale at about 55 degrees into my stemmed tulip. The head froths up but ends up subsiding to a half finger of foam. Color is a very clear brownish red.

Aroma does not have the hoppiness of a DIPA, but it has a lot of other complexities to back it up. Oaky and woody, with a strong, sweet, malty aroma. The hops are herbal and really blend well with the other aromas. Slight tropical fruitiness also can be detected.

Taste blends an oaky vanilla flavor with a big, strong sweetness. I picked up a tropical fruit like hop flavor. Bitterness is strong, but balanced in a way that you could forget that its there and focus on sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, and adds a lot to the beer. Drinkability is about what you would expect. I personally wouldn't want another because of how big and sweet it is. A special occasion beer.

Aging notes:

Aged one year. The nose lost a lot of the hops, leaving a caramelly, fruity, warm aroma. I prefer the aroma fresh, but the taste has improved over time. There is less complexity than the fresh version, but the simplicity works. It became sweeter, with dark fruits, caramel, and buttersotch flavors backed up by subtle oak. There is a touch of the 90 minute hop flavors in the back, but bitterness has subsided.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 6/19/09.

A: Deep copper color. Nice head.

S: Grapefruity hop aroma paired with in-your-face maltiness.

T: Excellent. A touch maltier than 90M, but still perfectly balanced. Citrusy hops and honey-caramel malts in harmony.

M: Big and resiny, the way DIPAs should be.

D: DFH does it again. It was skeptical of how an oak-aged strong ale would fit with 90M, but this really is two great tastes that taste great together. I can't put it above 90M, but it's good for a change of pace.

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

Really excited to see this beer at my local bottle shop.

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle. This beer pours an incredibly seductive clear light brown with a lot of amber red tones. A small head arrives upon pour but dissipates into nothing rather quickly. No lacing.

The smell is a little bit more subdued then I'd prefer. My first whiff discovers a clouded oak scent, followed by a syrupy caramel half full nose. A little bit of grass and some slight alcohol as well.

The taste is so smooth, it tastes like there is zero carbonation in this beer. The lack of carbonation shows how prevalent the malt backing is here. Tons of caramel and 2 row. On the end, hints of lemon, an astringent bitterness, mixed with minimal oak and alcohol. As bad as that last sentence sounds, it works for me. Thanks Sam.

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

Appearance: A slightly hazy, rich orange body with one finger of off-white head that sticks around a good while and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, citrusy hops throughout, with a sweet caramel base poking through. There are also lots of tropical fruity, spicy, and woody notes to be found (though some of that woodiness may be due to the power of suggestion). Definite notes of alcohol, but not quite as many as you'd expect from a double digit ABV beer.

Taste: An even more complex proposition in the flavor profile. While there are plenty of hops here, but this is hardly what I'd call a hop-bomb. The hops are citrusy, spicy, earthy, and taste almost candied. As for the generous malt backbone, it's sticky sweet caramel all the way. I can detect some nice oakiness towards the end, but it's not all that powerful. Ten percent beers are usually very happy to let you know how potent they are, but in this case the punch is hidden rather well. Overall, this is very balanced for a Double IPA, with the hops evenly matched with the rich flavors from the malt and alcohol. The aftertaste is citrusy, oaky, and slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation. Dries in the finish nicely.

Drinkability: Ten percent alcohol content and 70 IBUs may not be a recipe for a thirst-quencher, but this is rather drinkable considering.

Verdict: I went in expecting something interesting and satisfying, and that's exactly what I ended up with. While this isn't a big hop-bomb (neither is their 90 Minute), Dogfish Head have crafted a tasty and complex brew here.

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

A: Dark copper with little to no head, but faint lacing.

S: Good hoppy scents with vanilla and french oak.

T: Comes at you hoppy, but the aging produces a creamy vanilla sugar and oaky flavor.

M: A lightly syrupy finish, does not linger

D: Excellent beer with an excellent scent, complex flavors and overall innovative approach

Photo of drinkHoppy
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautifully clear amber/copper color. Vibrant when held to light. Pours nicely and it's hard to produce less than a half-inch of creamy foamy head. It retains pretty well, but the lacing is much more noticeable.

Smell: Not too strong. Once I taste the beer my nose then begins to realize the very particular malty taste this beer has, and also I smell enough of hops to know this is an IPA.

Taste: Hard to describe. Have you had the Dogfish 90Min IPA? I believe it's faux pas to compare one beer to anoher, but in this case, I find it appropriate. The Burton Baton has the same thick, malty, resinous taste that the 90 has, but mutes it a little with more hop taste. ( For the Record, this is how I want the 90 to taste. Mmmmm Mmmm. )

Mouthfeel: Again, in comparison, it is like the 90Min IPA but better. A bit resinous on the tongue and inside of the mouth, but each sip is a bit sweet and asks for another. I think the wood-aging has really aided in mouthfeel and, up next, drinkability.

Drinkability: Excellent. Obviously, now, you can drink more Yuenglings than you can a complex beer like the Burton Baton. However, each sip demands another; and for 10% alcohol that's very impressive. It is quite easy to make it through a beer. But don't be decieved, this is a big beer, and you won't have an easy of a time finishing off your second. I didn't finish my 4 pack in one sitting, but I could if I wanted to and without struggle. I rated the drinkability on this according to 10% alcohol. One of the easiest I've ever had.

Overall: I love this beer. This is a beer lovers beer. This is a DIPA for those who love IPA's and for those who dislike them. This beer will challenge your idea of what an IPA is (Much the the 90Min does) and change your opinion. Mmm Mmm, Dogfish Head, this is such an awesome beer. I will buy more.

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

Found on tap for a limited time only at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Seems no one knows exactly what this beer is, but the consensus there is that its DFH 90 mixed with oaked DFH 90. Anyways, on to the review...

A: Pours a ruby hued brown color into a snifter and produces a majestic 2 inches of creamy thick head.

S: The aroma evolves as the beer warms, starting with the expected DFH 90 minute hop profile with burnt sugars in the background. It moves to a more vanilla, caramel, and oakey flavor with subdued and muted hops as the beer warms.

T: Taste is hoppy, as expected, with undertones of caramel, vanilla, and caramelized sugars. Sweet, but not overpowering, the oak is strongly evident in the finish, rounding out the beer's flavor nicely.

M/D: Sticky malts and abundant smooth and flavorful hops combined with the oak character make this a beer with some great and interesting complexities. A great texture means that this is a great one to go back for more on!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price. Bottled on date of smudge/smudge/09 H.

A: Deep red, verging towards black with about two fingers of light tan head, excellent clarity, great head retention. Head is extremely dense and rocky. Fair amount of carbonation moving through this one as well. Very nice.

S: Hop resins, earth, pineapple, a fair amount of alcohol, light vanilla and wood notes reside underneath. Hops and wood together are pretty pungent, but in a nice way. Nice smelling beer.

T: Fairly tame and mellow for a DIPA, caramel malts are really strong, beer is quite sweet, hop bitterness is there, but way in the back. Earthy hop profile, signature DFH big beer melon-y taste. Light roasted/burnt flavor, and a little bit of vanilla in there as well. Fairly flavorful, but comes up a little bit more like a barleywine than a DIPA for me.

M: Dry, alcohol heat, and light carbonation, really a smooth beer, medium thickness, and really sticky on the lips.

D: Meh, I was hoping for a little bit more of a hop bomb, and this comes up a bit short. Really more of a barleywine if you ask me. Still a tasty beer, and I may seek it out again and try aging it a bit more to see this progress into more of a barleywine. Good beer, but not something to look to for a hop fix.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 03/30/09 indicated on the label. Poured a translucent amber with a one inch, frothy, off-white head that sizzled and popped below the cap before it eventually settled in a consistent quarter inch of foam. Copious tiny bubbles present in solution. Creamy clumps of lacing congealed as the brew receded. Nose was resinous, with caramel, a hint of grapefruit and some light oak qualities. Wood comes out in the taste, but lacking some of the big malty, grapefruit character of a typical DIPA. Exceptional balance - wood nicely blends with the other flavors without kicking you in the teeth (like oak-aged Unearthly does); some resinous hops comes out at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly effervescent - not really oily or viscous like some DIPAs. Good drinkability with a well-hidden abv at 10%. A nice, slightly more complex alternative to 90 Minute.

Photo of McNealc31
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The hops aroma is evident the second I popped the cap. Pours a light amber color. Burton Baton has the familiar taste you'd expect from an IPA. At first, the oak flavor is quite subtle, but becomes more prominent after a while. It's surprisingly light and has a noticeable, but not overpowering bite. You'd never guess the ABV is nearly as high as it truly is. Great beer. I'd certainly buy it again!

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a tight dense khaki colored head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of piney, grapefruit hops, asprin, and a bready honey malt. The taste starts off sweet, some honey, oranges, mangos and sugar. This is followed by a piney, resiny bitter hop blast. Light asprin characteristics in the end. Typical DIPA. Moderate to full feel, semi-tingly carbonation leads to a smoothish feel. The sweetness is high but is offset by the bitter hops, none seem to dominate. Alcohol is well hidden on this one. A real nice DIPA, good offsetting flavors with hidden ABV make this very drinkable.

Photo of vtfan77
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper, the color of a shiny new penny. A decent head forms and slowly dissipates into a nice ring of lace.

S- The smell is sweet with the characteristic Dogfish malts. Suggestions of orange candy, caramel, and banana pudding (hey, that's what it smells like to me) are present. It's a lot like a 120 Minute but without the alcohol fumes.

T- The taste follows in the smell's footsteps (albeit a little weaker) with sweet orange candy and a nice caramel and vanilla malt backing. The alcohol is actually hidden quite well. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering sweetness.

M- Quite thick, a little syrupy, but with ample carbonation that balances out the... um... syrupiness.

D- Although this certainly isn't meant to be drunk in mass quantities, it's quite drinkable for the strong ale that it is. The flavor is nice, it's not harsh, and the alcohol is hidden nicely. Although one bottle is good, I could finish that one bottle with ease (and perhaps, against my better judgment, be persuaded into another).

Another winner from Dogfish. This is a lot like a cross between the 90 and the 120 minute IPAs. The hop presence seems a little stronger than in the 90 but the alcohol is toned way down from the 120. The oak aging comes through a bit with a slight vanilla flavor, but overall it's not too noticeable. Nevertheless, this is a good beer that works quite nicely as a nightcap. Recommended.

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

Pours a nice copper with a golden twinge topped with some bubbles of tannish head.
Smells got heavy pine notes with a citrus/bitter character.
Taste has a sweet malt character twinge with a bit of booze on the front followed but a piney flavor.
Finish isn't clean, but the woody quality to the malt after-taste is fantastic and long lasting.
Drinks very well at 10%, there is a small boozey quality to the taste, but it adds to the flavor. Almost want to call this Bourbon Baton, and it's delicious.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Thirsty Monk in Asheville

Pours out a beautiful clear copper, with kind of a small head, but very dense, which leaves a bit of lacing. Very pretty looking. There's a bit of earthy hops, with some spicy and fruity notes - primarily tropical fruits, but a strong syrupy presence is most notable. A bit estery with a lot of toasty malts, and a bit of wood as well. I can imagine it smelling much worse, but it doesn't smell like a DIPA (then again, I guess it really isn't a DIPA - only half of one), there's nothing harsh, but I'd love to smell more hops. In the taste, the old ale sort of dominates, like a hoppy old ale. Low bitterness, a bit of oak cask flavors. Some kind of roasty, not quite bready, but crackery malt tastes come through well. I can really taste the yeast in this in some respects - something reminds me of raw yeast, like the little vials. But when you get to the hoppiness, this one really shines. It's not piney, or bitter, or resinous at all - there's a wonderful tropical fruitiness to this, like mangoes, maybe a bit of tart cherry, and a nice kick of lemon-lime in the end. The alcohol is actually barely even noticeable. The feeling is still a bit syrupy, maybe its the kind of low level of carbonation. I can also notice the esters quite well because of that. The yeasty flavor kind of throws it off for me, but still I like this much better than the 90min. This one tasted pretty much how I exptected to. Though I hadn't noticed the alcohol as I was drinking it, I can imagine that I'll feel it soon. I think the smaller pour was just about right for this.

Photo of spointon
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my straight-sided Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured an extremely clear copper color with a 2" heavy, off-white head (aggressive pour at fridge temp). The head dropped to a skim in a short while but loads of sticky clingy lace hung onto my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

S= A lot going on here, with a sweet bakery aroma and caramel malt base underneath citrus and floral hops, some ripe tropical fruit, and just the slightest hint of alcohol (impressive considering the abv).

T= Sweet malty goodness upfront, followed by a fruity and almost herbal character. Hops came in midway with flavors of citrus, spice, and a hint of grass. The barrel this ale came from stays hidden until the very end where it emerges to mesh with the dry, hoppy finish. A heady booze flavor and belly warmth is the last thing I noticed in each sip. I was once again impressed the alcohol stayed hidden that long.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderate crispness that perks up this beer without making it feel sharp in any way.

D= This is a big mother of an ale, and very deserving of the title DIPA. Though I don't know if I would want more than one or maybe two in a sitting, I was impressed with the way this beer hid its strength. Could be interesting if aged for 6-12 months...

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

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours a clear red-orange color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim quickly. It can be revived with a good swirl though. No lacing left behind aside from a few spots.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops, mostly grapefruity in character, plus a very strong and sweet malty backbone of caramel.

Taste is quite nice as well, lots of citrusy hop flavor overall that is offset by a very nice caramel sweetness. The oak aging appears towards the finish, but it's fairly light and really just serves to add to the complexity rather than play a huge part in it. Faint vanilla notes are present. Finishes nice and balanced with lingering hops and a light alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, quite creamy and easy to drink.

I've been searching for this one for quite some time, it never seems to show up. I am impressed, I definitely like it better than the regular 90 Minute.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one to savor!

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded and more loaded hops and citrus aroma

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy grapefruit flavor and I loved the oak flavor from the aging. it was a very noticable difference

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: very easy and smooth. very pricey though.

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

Poured this into my New Belgium glass. Very interesting beer we have on our hands.

Amber color starting to turn black. Not much head that lasts but we get a nice lace.

Hops aren't too bitter which is nice. The barrel aging gives this a really nice taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is really smooth. I'm scoring drinkability on a curve given the alcohol content.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served 12 oz bottle in my sam adams perfect pint glass

A-held up to a light, and it is a bronze, amber, orange, 1 inch frothy head this is slowly declining leaving a nice ring of lacing around it

S- very boozy, big sweet malt, piny and flowery hops, slight citrus

T-alcohol very noticeable which demand respects, sweet caramel/ biscuity malt and vanilla oak taste really comes through as the beer warms, large amount of malts mask flavoring hops but good amount of bittering hops still come through. Not a hop bomb. Man I love a balanced east coast DIPA. DFH beers don't attempt to hide the alcohol by any means. One of my favorite styles since i love malty yet hoppy beers.

M-creamy upfront from large amount of malt, finsihes drys from oak and hops

D- lil boozy, but I could probably drink 2 or 3

...still IMO best oak aged DIPA/IPA is Southern Tiers Oak Aged Unearthly...this one is in 2nd

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

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on 3/20/09. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a bright gold/amber with a finger of off white head. Piny/citrusy hop aroma with a little alcohol, also a bit of oak. This started off with a good malt base. Not as much hop bitterness as the aroma might suggest. In the flavor, the oak is pretty subtle, mostly in the finish. Solid medium body. Good beer, nice balance.

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

Appearance- About a 1 finger head atop bright copper elixer. Head has some lacing.

Smell- Oak aromas immediately attack the nose followed by a wave of malt and hops. You can tell that this is going to be packed with flavor right off. Most similar to the 90 minute IPA, but with the nice addition of oak.

Taste- Lots and lots of oak flavor with a vanilla profile. Big citrusy hops, though the oak really tames the citrus flavors and covers them up. Brandy-like in some respects. A bit of nougat in there as well. Some dark fruits closer to the finish followed by just a bit of hot alcohol. Very, very nice overall.

Mouthfeel- Full, but not heavy. Carbonation is spot on and adds just enough to the overall feel of this.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable in my opinion, though it might not be a good idea to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. I'll definitely be getting some more of this sometime soon. Surprised it's taken me this long to try it.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,847 ratings.