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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,734
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 300
Gots: 974 | FT: 27
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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 SteveO1231
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Release. In a 12 oz. brown bottle.

Pours a bright ruby red, extra bright amber when held up to the light, thin off-white head, small patches of lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruit, grassy/herbal/citrus hops. Some alcohol esters and a hint of that sugary sweet/model glue smell like 120 has.

Extremely thick, Full bodied with a slick texture, abv tingles my mouth

Very sweet, big caramel, toffee, and dark fruit (plum comes to mind)

Juicy hop flavor with an earthy hop resin bitterness than digs in to the palate. Finishes with a nice oak/alcohol dryness.

This beer is very juicy, flavorful, and BIG! If I didn't know better I would think that this beer is more of a strong ale/barley wine than a double IPA.

10% ABV feels great, really good beer!


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

A - Poured a nice golden amber color, with good carbonation, and a nice head. Was a slightly cloudy since some yeast made it into the glass. Carbonation died down rather quickly like a British ale, and the head dropped to about a finger high with a good amount sticking to the glass.

S - Had a great malty smell with a hint of spicy hot aroma, kind of surprised at how little hops I smelled. Smelled kind of like a barely wine.

T - Great malt backbone with a nice hop undertone. Would not normally thing of an Imperial IPA as having a hop UNDERtone, but this one does. This is not really a bad thing, the IBUs are there but the awesome malt flavor balances it out very well. This seems to be a trait of a lot of Dogfish Head beer, awesome balance not hop overkill.

M - Again, reminded me of a barley wine. This is definitely a high OG beer that was not fermented dry at all. In a beer with this much character the slightly syrupy mouthfeel was spot on.

D - I thought this was a great beer to sit down with an enjoy one. I could see myself having another simply because it is very well balanced, but nothing close to a session beer.

Overall, this was another really good Dogfish Head beer. I have not been disappointed with any of their beers that I have had.

Photo of lukeharrison
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Murky amber with a nice slightly off-white head.

S - Some spicy/citrus hops and much biscuit/caramel malt

T - Sweet. Very, very sweet. A little hops in the aftertaste, but I never thought you could cover up 80 IBU so effectively! Maybe my sweet tastebuds are more sensitive, but I find this cloying.

M - Think & syrupy, reminds me of an American barleywine. Nice low carbonation.

D - Clearly not a session beer, again I found this cloyingly sweet.

Overall, I have to say I was disappointed with this beer, I think if it were less sweet, it might be quite interesting. I am laying one bottle down, maybe it will mellow.

Photo of sirpsycho
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark amber, not much to the off-white head. Aroma is sweet, slight citrus, taste is sweet and sticky, overall, a little too sweet for me. Complex, but the sweetness is overwelming. I wonder if this would be better with a little age on it.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How do you Burtonize your water? Pours a semi-hazy reddish amber color with some brown highlights. A good head with decent retention and lacing throughout.

The nose has a nice complexity and a nice malt base. To start there is a sweet caramel note with some hints of sugar notes. Good complexity but a bit sweet. Some nice woody notes come out as well. The hops are not over the top but are still noticeable. A good blend of citrus, pine and floral notes. Some minor yeast notes and big alcohol note though limited fusel.

The taste has more of an American barleywine thing going on. The malt is similar nose with a sweet caramel note. Not as complex as the nose though. Some brown sugar and honey notes. A bit sweet overall. The hops come out nicely with a more herbal/floral taste mixed with a piney and some English hop notes with more of a earthy tinge. The yeast comes out but still really clean considering the alcohol. Some pepper notes and a touch of diacetyl but not overwhelming.

The body is big. There is some alcohol heat but note overwhelming. Carbonation is low but ok. Overall I would call this a barleywine over a double IPA, but ok.

Photo of inhoc00
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burton Baton - my last bottle in the cellar. Bottle has 01/07 age on it.

A- pours a dark amber with 1 inch head that disappears.

S- wow! the aromas started after I popped the cap on this one. I can smell it sitting next to me. Smell has the very similar sweet DFH over malted smell that most of their beers have. Brown sugar, sweet raisons

T- very sweet initially but the hops find their way soon. alc is pretty mellow after a year of laying down in the cellar.

M- pretty good balance of carbonation still there after a year.

D- going down really well. I think after one like most DFH high gravity, the crazy sweetness might be too much. Certainly will get more of this to age come 09

Photo of Jettanbass9
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Due to the unseasonably cold weather, infact the coldest day in '08 since February, I decided to indulge in this '07-'08 bottle.

The hazy orange hue is only cut by the highlights of copper and gold in this brew. Reminds me of a cask ale. A thin, tight head sits atop. Aromas of american oak, candied citrus and english malts all come together.

At 10%, the alcohol is completey void hidden beneath the layers of resiny wood and malt. Moderate carbonation brings back the citrusy hops and exaggerated oak flavors, void of any alcohol heat. Slightly viscous, not quite dry, this aged brew dances on the boarderline with it's medium to full body. It's drinkability is only hindered by its rich, flavorful complexity.

This beer is to be savored and enjoyed. This beer's layers of flavor are quite symbolic, they will be able to warm you on a bitter cold evening. If you've been saving this beer, I would encourage you to pour it now.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

08 vintage. I'm laying down a bottle or two for on down the road.

A: This beer looks absolutely fantastic. It's a deep red hue with just a hint of orange. The color is brilliant and intense--very nice to look at. Head is huge and very frothy and thick. Tons of lace on the glass and a nice little snow-cap of foam floating in the middle of my tulip.

S: A multitude of different fruity aromas mixed in with some woodiness, honey, and a touch of spice. Swirling generates a nice undercurrent of floral hoppiness that integrates with the other elements nicely. Complex aromas excite me so much not only because of the opportunity to revisit and reexamine so many different aromas, but also because they build anticipation for the actual drinking of the beer. Let's dive in.

T&M: Taste is a touch boozy for my liking--hopefully this mellows out well with time. A lot of tropical fruit flavor, very interesting. There's a good bit of herbal and spiced flavor that's very tea-like. Caramel malt flavors enter in on the finish, along with a strong oak flavor that's very pleasant.
Flavor is just a tad bit boozy, but hopefully that's an issue that aging will correct nicely. Mouthfeel is excellent--it's velvety smooth thanks to a fine, Belgian-esque carbonation and a full body.

D: Too boozy to be much higher. This is definitely a one-a-sitting beer for me. Tons of complexity to enjoy and savor, but not something that goes down so easily fresh. Aging could really make this a spectacular beer.

Photo of ahalloin
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle I've had for about a year now. The appearance is dark reddish copper and very cloudy, much like dark apple cider. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, I didn't get a whole lot of head. Maybe about a half inch which dissipated to a light tan swath sitting atop the beer and clinging to the side of the glass.

The aroma is fairly complex with notes of hops, oak, and candied citrus.

The flavor reminds me more of a well hopped barley wine than a DIPA. Maltiness is pretty hardy and sweet with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and oakiness. The hop bitterness comes in after the malty nose. The hop profile has a good mix of citrus and pine flavors that provide a strong finish and aftertaste. Alcohol is also present in the finish.

Very interesting beer.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted from the 12oz bottle in a dogfish head pint glass.

The beer poured into my glass with an amber color with hints of orange. The head is off white and is over two fingers in height without a very hard pour. The head holds well and leaves a ton of lace.

The aroma is full of citrusy hops, caramel malty sweetness, oaky woodiness and finally a bit of fruitiness that is reminds me a bit of strawberries.

The flavors are pretty similar to the aroma. Citrusy hops, caramel, oak, and a lingering fruitynes. The sweetness is amazingly balanced with the intense hoppyness, even more so than the 90 minute.

The beer is fully bodied and is almost creamy from the carbonation.

Overall, a great sipping beer, nice hoppyness, nice oak. Just an overall tasty beer, lets see how this one ages.

Photo of dnichols
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as a bonus beer in a trade. I poured the 12 ounce capped brown bottle into a glass.

A: It poured a hazy and thick orangish body with hints of amber. The slight half finger head settled fast and supported spotty lacing.

S: It smelled of toasted grains with rich floral hops and hints of alcohol.

T: It began with a thick, syrupy toasted malt front that when it settled in the mouth presented a citrusy and bitter profile across the mid to back portion of the tongue. It finished sweet, warm and clean with nominal aftertaste. The hop profile was recessive to a degree that was unexpected for and Imperial IPA...very well balanced.

M: It had a heavy body with modest carbonation and a dry, clean and warming finish.

D: It is a heavy beer with a high ABV and thick sweet profile that would make it difficult to drink long into the night. This is a nice occasional sipper.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received this bottle as an extra in a trade with either beerbeagle or Mtgoat I can't recall! Too much trades going on at the same time :)

appearance: pours somewhere btw dark pumpkin and murky copper with a one finger beige head. slightly hazy but no sediment to be seen.

smell: gushing oak with a soft underlying alcohol tinge. smells very sophisticated in my opinion.

taste: lots of sticky caramel like malty sweetness combines with oak, butterscotch, and a tiny touch of spicy alcohol warmth.

mouthfeel: a good amount of carbonation helps keep this beer from seeming boozy. one of the nicer aspects of this brew.

drinkability: fairly good due to the excellent mouthfeel although the underlying alcohol warmth does catch up with you after a couple of bottles.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head into a snifter, great retention, some lacing.

S: Strong smell of mixed citrus, pine trees and oak.

T: Strong upfront hop character, heavy pine, citrus is mild. Oak character is evident, reminds me a bit of Firestone. Malt is heavy and lends a nice balance of caramel and husky grain.

M: Moutfeel is strong and full-bodied, nice full resin character from the hops.

D: Another quality beer from Dogfish Head, is it possible they make a bad beer, I don't think so, outstanding stuff.

Photo of erikm25
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber and orange with honey browned tinting. Small dense head that leaves a nice tightly laced bubbling around the glass.

S: Immediate hints of pine resin hops, scorched dates, and a slightly sugared grapefruit tinge. Undertones of charred dark fruits.

T: Has an earthy hops kick matched with roasted candied toffee and caramel malts. Maple spice and woody vanilla mixed with a medium caramel backbone. Peppered orange and peach with a snip of butterscotch and oak. The alcohol is expected and welcomed considering the ABV.

M: Very creamy and medium mouth feel with perfect carbonation.

D: Notes taken from 04/12/08 tasting. This is a great and powerful DIPA. The only thing holding me back from trying this on a regular basis is the price.

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

This is a very interesting beer. It is a cloudy golden beer. The aroma is of rich hops. apon first taste, it has a sweet hoppy and alcoholy taste. The oak aging added a unique complexness to this brew. I love the 10% alcohol content. This is a great beer for hopheads/people who love the 90 minute. The mouthfeel is longlasting and has moderate drinkability.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has 6 months of age on it, so I'm excited to see how this held up.

A- Slightly hazy with a nice slight head that leaves excellent lacing. The beer itself is a nice copper amber color. This looks great. When I popped the top there was plenty of gas released, and it wasn't from me.

S- There is a very sweet hop smell that is very grapefruity. I can pick up great smells of woody smells. Great smelling beer. Very fragrant.

T- The taste is sweet with a nice vanilla taste to it. The hops are there with a great greapefruit taste to it. The age has made this beer very well rounded and has calmed down the alcohol very much so. When this is fresh it packs a hot alcohol taste. Nice spices with a very hearty taste.

M- This is feeling good in the mouth, and is friendly to the tongue.

D- Hell yes, I have another bottle I'm planning on aging for another 6 months to see how a year does with this beer. The age is the only way to go. Its just too raw to have fresh.

Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good tasting DIPA. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a good size white head/head retention for a 10.0 abv beer. Leaves good sheet of lacing on the glass.

Aromatic hoppy smell but not dramatic enough for a beer of this potency.

Tastes very good. Oily, citrusy hoppiness is very pronounced. There is a hint of vanilla here as well and the finish has a nice warming alcohol burn. This is a slow sipper, but a very nice slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is about right and it is rich from the first sip. A lot of DIPA/IPAs seem a bit thin on the first taste and then the hops overwhelm the taste buds as your drink.

Drinkability is good, knowing that you could only do 2 at max. A nice slow sipper with a big flavor.

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

Poured a hazy light brown/copper color with a small amount of foam that quickly disappears but leaves some nice lacing. Lots of floaties swirling around the glass. Nice piney aroma with background notes of bitter chocolate, spicy hops, and a touch of citrus. Definitely on the malty side for DIPA. Not much of a boozy aroma for such a high ABV. Amazing flavor profile. Afine balance between the malt and hops, with a nice thick, oily pine hop resin flavor, followed up by some toasty malts. Subtle oakiness. Thick and creamy on the tongue. Low carbonation. High ABV can be felt as it goes down. A very tasty treat.

Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. At the begining of the pour there is almost no head at all but by the end it's all worked it's way out leaving a big 2" top. It settles slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is a hazy redish orange. It's so hazy, in fact, that it is almost translucent.

Aroma is both very hoppy and very sweet. The sweetness has a fruitiness to it, maybe cherries.

Flavor is intensly hoppy and this being a blend of new and old, I can say that both are apparent. I get the fresher hops that taste like 90 minute and the aged hops that give it some sweet barleywine qualities. There's the cherries again, both sweet and tart. There is a slight hint of oak and I definately get some pine flavor at the end. This beer is complex yet there are elements that are familiar.

Mouthfeel is good but that's all relative since the beer is so high in alcohol. It's a definate sipper. Which leads me to give it a slightly lower drinkability score.

This is a great beer to savor and enjoy slowly, much like their 120 minute. As it warms, it grows in flavor and complexity which makes it great for a nice peaceful evening at home.

Photo of TonyT
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Brandy Snifter

I just want to first say...I love DFH Beers, been to the brewpub and they make really good beers and go out on limbs to push the envelope. Again...I really like Dogfish Head Beers.

With that said...

Why would you age an IPA? The whole point is to have the hops. What we have here is a watery malted-cask beverage with a nice ABV.

Appearance: It poured dark amber, approaching on brown, and left nice amebic lacing.

Smell/ Taste/ Mouthfeel : Again...Where are the hops???? Oh yeah, that's right, it was aged...Hops don't age well, which is why you need alot of them. Traces of malt smell were coming through, somewhat. As this beer warmed up the malts became smoother and silkier.
If I did a blind tasting...I would have never thought that this was an IPA. There is a very thin taste that has nothing jumping out.

Drinkability: You could put a couple back. It tastes better when it reaches room temperature, per the malt feel.

I would have this beer again, because it is smooth...but not because it is an IPA.

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

The Burton Oak Aged IPA poured a cloudy orange with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. It had a single finger foam head and some real cool lacing.

The smell was sweet malt with a dominate oak aroma with pineapples on top. The taste was alcohol with that sweet malt and oak paddling you. The tongue was burning with the high abv and it was semi chewy. Not very bitter in my opinion.

I found this to be a good effort. It was a little too sweet for my liking and not bitter enough. The oak was a unique and enjoyable taste.

Photo of edchicma
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with minimal head. Smell is mainly alcohol with some hop presence. Taste is a decent blend of malt and hops, but none of the oak barrel notes come through. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, yet smooth. A bit of harshness on the finish affects drinkability.

Photo of changeup45
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I admit I had pretty high expectations here. The beer pours a copper, kind of ruby reddish color. The aroma is hoppy and fruity, a little winey, not tremendously strong but nice. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, some fruits, wood (oak?), a bit sour and syrupy. There's kind of a medicine taste to it. This ended up being a little different than I expected but still good and enjoyable.

Photo of daftafne
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the golden-brown liquid produced a finger of head for a moment. Has a nutty, bread-like smell with vanilla, caramel, cherries, and a hint of lime. Flavor begins with some smokey bourbon, mild raisins and full-on sweet mash. Finishes like an IPA with grapefruit zest and hop bite which demands another sip. Complex and a good-sized body. Another well-conceived dogfish head brew.

Photo of Keith238
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Amber colored with tight lacing. Initial pour showed a thick white head that quickly dissipated.

S= Woody, fruity, vanilla

T= Hints of vanilla and raisins, certainly a nice oak flavor.

M & D= Medium to high carbonation, slightly astringent from the high alcohol content but still highly drinkable, maybe not a session beer but you (I) can enjoy 2 or 3 in a row.

Blended with fresh 90 minute IPA and oak aged IPA, I would love to try this on tap through the Randall.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,734 ratings.