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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,924 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,924
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 333
Gots: 1,121 | 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 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!!

Photo of Brez07
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a DFH (what else) snifter

A: Pours a red/orange hue with a 1/2 finger head that mostly disappears quickly. There is visible carbonation in the middle of the beer almost to the finish. Does leave wispy lacing throughout

S: Caramel, fruit (apricot, lemon) and a hint of sweet spice

T: I get vanilla, oak, something toasted (biscuit?) and some citrus. Alcohol is present, but not as much as you'd think. Finishes with hops

M: This is smooth upfront with a nice dry finish

D: Very easy to drink. Leaves a nice warm feeling. Unfortunately, this beer has been somewhat hard to find in my area, but I am sure to purchase it whenever I have the opportunity

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

Dark orange, amber in body topped by white head. Great aroma of hops, grass, tiny lil citrus note, wood, pine. Amazingly smooth! Malty, hoppy, a bit of bourbon toward the finish. Whiskey aftertaste persists but gets wiped clean by the next sip. Medium-thick in body and highly drinkable. Much more drinkable and taste friendly than I had expected. Two thumbs way up!

Photo of Arbitrator
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12oz bottle into a tulip. Courtesy of a trade with Uwftke26. Thanks Ryan.

5 / 4 / 5 / 5 / 5

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Re-review from another bottle, courtesy of a generous trade with MiguelMandingo. Thanks so much, Mike!

A: Pours a translucent amber with coppery highlights against the light. The head is 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored foam that collapses over several minutes into a dense half-finger cap on the brew, leaving substantial lacing in its wake. Each sip coats the glass with sheets of lacing and register marks. Even to the end of the drink there is a substantial cap.

S: Great barleywine aroma: lots of toffee, caramel, orange and floral hop, and oak.

T: Begins with a fruity base. Orange, grapefruit, lemon blend impeccably, gradually giving way to toffee and caramel malt. The mid-taste sees oak tannins, which pull into the end to blend with molasses and vanilla, giving the beer a sweet finish. Small boozy warmth on the way down.

M: Medium-bodied, with low-moderate carbonation that gives it a very creamy feel. A soft finish. Ethanoly exhalation (ew).

D: A very intense beer. The first time I had it, it felt very sweet and rich. Subsequent bottles were easier to adjust to, and they revealed substantial complexity and craft in the brew. Despite a small downgrade since my last review, I still love this beer. It's really not a DIPA though.

Photo of Docer
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 12 oz. bottle of this at a WA Whole Foods....

- What a fancy pretty beer.. fluffy white foamy head... thick clear caramel color... but this puppy is alive! It leaves a scattered yeast blend of pancake spotting among the top... so fare I am impressed.

- The smell reminds me of a local westcoast barleywine... something that is just too malty... sweet.... and sugary hoppy puky...

- Mmmm not that bad! Love the blend of sugary sweet malt, hops, and fresh grain... this puppy balances bitterness well and doesn't stick with the sweet and more sweet... Over an Imperial Avery... this one has better balance and bitterness that I like...

- Dry, chewy... but thick... overall it's not the easiest..

- to drink! It tastes great, and isn't too sticky and harsh... for an alcohol bomb, it is pleasant, and well crafted.

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

Big thanks go out to tendermorsel for hooking it up with a bottle of this in a recent BIF.

A: A bottle from 2005 poured into a Portsmouth brewing tulip glass. The color is a hazy light brown with reddish tints, there is no foam at all.

S: The smell is very rich, sweet, and malty. A lot of caramel and toffee, with some mild citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

T: The caramel and toffee flavors are very big and up front. There is also a slight bit of alcohol heat. The barrel flavors are quite present as well, with an excellent vanilla component. I don't detect any hops, so this seems to have become more of a barleywine, but still quite good.

M: There is very light carbonation and the body is quite full.

D: The alcohol presence detracts a bit from the drinkability. The beer is quite sweet, which makes it a bit difficult for me to drink.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer. I enjoy it though, and think it works quite well as a barleywine at this point.

Photo of chaz410
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this at Brawleys Beverage.
It pours a ruby red body with a thin white head.
Aroma is full of spicey floral hops. The sweet hop smells dance over a faint essence of oak and caramel malt.
Taste is phenomenal! I love the smooth sweet caramel malt laced with oaky character and full of hop distinctions. Hop character is spicey, sharp and crisp. Some pineapple, cantalope and spicey flowers.
Body is thick and smooth.
Amazing all around beer, one of my favorites!

Photo of JVEyck309
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

four pack of 12 oz bottles $15
Poured into large snifter
golden ruby sunburst with a sticky icky thin head
smells are floral hops and bready malts
tastes thick and bready creamy malt stickiness heavy buttery fruits and citrus hops well balanced with a creamy biscuity malt character, alcohol warms the back of the throat sweet love and joy in a bottle laced with ecstasy and vanilla oak aged threesome flying on wings of apocryphal anthems.. buttery thick and palatable. Heavy booze equals smiling face and goofy exuberance. Jetwaves and dramamine. Fancy bottle means I've been tricked into it... placeboed into a beer I paid too much for but I'm too dumb to care. This is a heavenly nectar. Ambrosia. Something of a myth come to reality. I know what you're thinking.. should I spend this much for a beer.. well, how you living? Big, small? Round, thin? just formalities
Give her a go, she might have something interesting to say!

hare krishna!

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep Grand Marnier amber tones, creamy head that sticks around for about 5 minutes only to leave a nice one inch spider web lacing

S- Hops hit you with a sweetness you can smell and almost "feel" with your nose. I can smell a little alcohol just at the end of a whiff

T- Citrusy sweetness with a woody vanilla finish. This isn't cloyingly sweet but it is an obvious high gravity brew. At 10% abv I expected to taste a lot more of its punch than I actually do. That being said, the astringency of this brew doesn't hide itself away completely, but a note to its credit the alcohol flavor finds a balance between the smooth fruitiness and round finish quite well, as long as one's expectations are within the style's outer limits.

M- Smooth and sweet. The astringency doesn't burn but warms notably as it journeys downward in the chest

D- I rated this one high for drinkability, or at least higher than I originally planned to. This went down quite well but I will not be having another one in session. The abv% alone makes me a little wary, but its pungency creates an experience I feel is best enjoyed as a bottle et solus but maybe a good one to start/end the evening

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle...first time having this bier.

A: Pours a nice rust color that is somewhat translucent. Minimal head that dissipates fairly quickly. Min carbonation.
S: Very maple syrup like. Moderate alcohol smell, but not overpowering, like other higher alcohol beirs. Sweet...can they make a candy out of this??
T: A high alcohol maple syrup taste that is a little much at first, the third sip onwards gets better...gets you used to it.
M: Feels like a combo of bier and scotch in my mouth. A different taste.
D: 1 at a time...

Overall, one of the better higher alcohol biers I have tasted. Usually, I am not a big fan of them, but this one is tolerable and one that I would have again. Enjoy. Prosit.

Photo of natelocc787
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell was close to getting one score higher. Surprised by this one, very unique. Not that it's surprising coming from DFH. Complex aroma and taste, very woody with lots of oak and vanilla showing and even a tad of brandy in there. The hops show a little bitter fruit and hop resin with a leathery character. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy and slightly chewy with outstanding carbonation. Nice heavy feel and great complex flavors. Outstanding.

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

Poured From a 12 oz. Bottled on 03-30-09.

A: Ruby Color, very hazy, about a one finger head leaves sum lacing behind

S: Very Malty, doesnt hide the alcohol at all, very fragrant, sum maple notes are there, caramel, also sum hints of fruit maybe cherries.

T: The Oak is strong on the tongue, slighty bitter, sort of boozey, the taste of rum comes to mind.

M: absoulety love it kinda strong, lingers for a while after consumption.

D: Very Boozy feel But if you like Palo Santo Then this is right up there with it the whole earthy feel to it, very good beer this is why i love Dogfish Head Beers.

Photo of Anthony1
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the robust flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overly done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet

Photo of RuinationPress
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an example of an Imperial IPA, or India Pale Ale. Essentially this is an IPA all juiced up. The style often have double the hops and malt, creating an even more bitter taste. Some Imperials are more balanced between the hops and malt, giving it a clean, crisp, bitter hop finish, but with a balanced sweet malt taste. Much higher in alcohol than a standard IPA. Dogfish Head takes a twist on this by blending of an oak-aged English strong ale and their 90 Minute I.P.A.

This poured nicely into a pint glass, with a light copper/reddish tone and producing a medium amount of foam. The nice amount of carbonation may be the culprit for the foam, but either way it left a thin but nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was a very nice citrus, mixed with a wonderful floral aroma, almost that of mountain wildflowers. Slightly piny, although I think this can be attributed to the the floral aroma.The malt really does balance this nicely, but still retain a bitter hop finish.

The taste was very nice. The bitter hop I smelled really comes out, enhancing the sweetness of the malt balance. Somewhat a contridiction perhaps, as some imperials are extremely bitter with no attempt at balance, and others loose the bitter while having complete balance. The alcohol taste is there more on the back end and can sneak up.

Mouthfeel is good. Very crisp, sweet and goes down smooth.

I liked this one. I've had it before and always enjoyed it. It paired nicely with the grilled chicken fajitas with Monterrey Jack cheese I had. The bitter hops balanced and complimented the cheese. With a 10% ABV, take it slow, but enjoy and have another!

Photo of DNICE555
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 3-30-09 - This one has been in the cellar for a while.

A- Amber brown with a nice head thats has staying power. After I finished lacing was left all around the glass.

S - Hop Luvin with some earthy tones, citrus, and a little malt sweetness towards the end.

T - Hoppy love. Very little pine. Fruitiness - grapes, lemons, and flowers.

M - Good carbonation, nice feel to it. Smooth with some serious flavor.

D - 10%???? Damn, good thing this only came in singles.

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

A- Amber brown with a beautiful one inch head with good lasting power and nice lacing

S- Hoppy goodness with flowers, caramel, lemon, and quite earthly

T- Pine and dark fruit- cherries, grapes, and even a flower taste

M- Very, very smooth with an aftersting in the throat

D- Easy...too easy for the ABV but this is a great beer

Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06/19/09 consumed on 10/11/09 and 10/12/09 with notes from both dates. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Normally I wouldn't review an IPA this old but the label reads: "Ages with the best of them" so here we go...

Clean dark amber body. Forms a very dense, thick, and creamy light tan head. Retention is mediocre but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is very sweet and is ruled by oaky vanilla and caramel notes. Very faint citric hop bite has managed to survive but is mostly hidden in the background.

Flavor is also quite sweet. The vanilla and caramel from the aroma are joined by some brown sugar and the fruity malt backbone of the base beer DFH 90 minute. This didn't seem to pick up any wood tannin bitterness from barrels, just the softer vanilla notes that have already been mentioned. You really have to search but there is an understated citrus and slightly herbal hop presence in here. With all the sweetness I'd never guess this brew started as a DIPA though.

The strength of this beer is in its drinkability. Virtually no alcohol heat which is pretty impressive for a 10 % beer. Second bottle went pretty quickly.

Overall, while a good beer, I'm not sure I'm quite sold on the idea of an aged DIPA. Even though I understand they blend fresh 90 minute with the aged version I really feel like it's already lost it's identity as a DIPA at only four months old.

Photo of mdale13
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After discovering the amazing 90min IPA, I HAD to try the barrel-aged version!

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brandy Snifter. Pours a deep copper/orange color. Leaves a minimal white head, but that may be caused by the 20oz snifter.

S- Sweet malts and hops at first, followed by a beautifully orchestrated smell of vanilla and wood.

T- Tastes fairly close to how it smells. The classic hoppy/maltly characteristic of the 90min is there for certain, but it is enhanced by the perfect amount of vanilla provided by the barrel aging. So lovely. The vanilla taste really picks up as the beer warms.

M- Smooth and decadent. This is a very elegant beer to drink.

D- Very drinkable at such a high ABV, but I dont think I could have more than two in a sitting. I'd be a little wasted, and I wouldnt be able to fully appreciate this amazing beer.

Other- Probably my favorite IPA. I am very mad I only bought a single bottle, I cannot find it anywhere now!

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

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a beautiful, transparent amber with two fingers of head that literally sparkles. A few tiny, slowish bubbles. Strong stalactite lacing.

Smells of mild caramel malt, like toffee chip cookies, with floral & citrus aromas from the hops. Rich & well-balanced.

Flavor is complex: starts with the caramel, almost maple like sweetness. Then the oak kicks in, along with the booze & the bitter hops. Pine-like. Ends with a tangy twist, like blue cheese, & leaves an aftertaste with seeds of all those flavors. This is a doozy, but I'm lovin' the ride!

Mouthfeel is prickly, tingly, & then softens with the foam. A little sticky in the "after-feel" from the sugars. Full.

This might be my favorite offering from Dogfish Head: a little crazy, but I got what I expected & more. I've had a difficult time with other Oaked Imperial IPAs, but this one really did it for me. One is satisfying, I don't think I could drink this baby all evening.

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a very thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Not much in the ay of lacing.

Earthy oak aroma with hints of vanilla, citrus hops and caramel malt all complemented by a strong bourbon alcohol presence.

The concept of bourbon barrel aging an IPA is interesting. On one hand it seems very appealing to blend these two flavors but on the other the bourbon could be too prominent, overtaking the flavor of the hops. Fortunately this beer falls into the latter category. This beer still contains a very bitter hop forward flavor with a decent amount of citrus peel and grapefruit as well as some dry piny notes. This is balanced by a sweet bourbon alcohol warmth with some earthy oak and subtle vanilla flavor.

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

From notes (discovered notes for a couple DFH beers from a tasting night at a local bar in my cell phone...must have been too far gone to even remember typing them up)

A deep amber color with little head looks quite nice in the snifter.
Doesn't smell like any imperial ipa i've ever had, or at least none that I can remember. This one reminds me a lot more of an american barleywine. Floral hops take a bit of a back seat to the huge malt backbone that makes its presence felt.

The taste doesn't diverge too much from the smell. Sweet and caramel malts. Reminds me a lot of the 90 minute. Even in the mouthfeel. First DFH beer I've ever had that I've been able to easily compare to something else of theres... interesting.

It's a good beer, that's for sure. Drinkability was ok. Only had one nonetheless, and I probably wouldn't try it again. As good as this beer is, I can think of dozens of better DIPA's.

Photo of Beast35
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inaugural pour into my brand new dogfish head snifter

Pours a hazy amber. Around one finger worth of head with decent lacing.

Smells like a bouquet of flowers mixed with an apple orchard in spring.

Very interesting taste reminiscent of the 90 min but with a definite variation. Very nice hop hit at the front with some citrus undertones. Decent alcohol at the end but not in a bad way.

nicely carbonated

This beer will sneak up on you and hit you over the head be careful

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Unibroue tulip. Bottle is 3.5 months old. Amazing aroma of fresh hops and sweet aged malts combined into one of the best smelling beers on earth. When other people drink this beer, I ask them if I can have the bottle after its empty so I can smell it from time to time to motivate me, knowing I can drink one at the end of the night. For a special treat, you can leave one ounce of beer in the bottle and put it in your car in the hot sun for a few hours. Makes a great air freshener...seriously. Love it at any age, fresh or old, love it warm, love it cold. Basically a combination of my favorite two styles...double IPA and aged strong ale. In my opinion, Burton is one of the best beers ever made, maybe THE best.

Photo of boomer31
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer!
A - Deep copper, no head, a bit disapointing on that front
S - Little oak, little hoppy and some malt. Surprising how nice the malt and hops mix with the oak
T - Great, oaked perfectly, much more so that oak aged unearthly!!! Hops come thru on top with a smooth oak and alcohol finish.
M - Rich yet drinkable...very smooth
D - I could do more than 1 of these tonight for sure.
Very nice beer. Impressed actually. Purchased a week before I could drink it (didnt want to ruin the flavor with the cold). Much better than any other oaked IPA I've ever had. Another nice DFH brew

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

A - Deep amber with a cream colored rocky head. Lots of lacing.

S - Smells like a barleywine. Heavy malts, chalky and sweet, with massive grapefruit and other citrus overtones.

T/M - Bitterness hits you first. Earthier than the smell. Creamy, chalky maltiness comes through the bitterness. Alcohol is subdued, but adds some heat on the back. Very tasty. Feel is thick and a little sticky.

D - Very heavy and high alcohol. Not a good beer to have more than one.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,924 ratings.