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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,730
Reviews: 1,731
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 300
Gots: 972 | FT: 27
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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 sstackho
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle purchased for around $4.50 from Charles St Liquors in Boston. Brewed on date appears to be in February 2008, consumed at the end of May 2008 after being jealous that I didn't attend the DFH dinner at beerbistro in Toronto two nights before. Pours a cloudy, medium gold with a bit of head and just a bit of gentle carbonation. Aroma isn't too strong, and reminds me of some sherry-like barleywines - not my favourite thing, so I'm concerned. Ends up there's nothing to be concerned about. First sip is nice - very full and rich. The flavour is complex, like a Belgian. Hops are not dominant, but provide a nice bitterness as the beer goes down the throat a bit hot. Oak is noticeable. Full bodied. A nice sipper.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, let's just call it a brown. Very nice two inches of off white head. This is different. On the first taste, you get lots of malt, and a good amount of alcohol. There is a slight bit of fruit coming through as well. A good amount of hops in the taste. Just not the citrusy, juicy type. These are piney and grassy. Very malty and very big mouthfeel. I think superfresh and from the tap this would be better. Different, can't say that I've had anything like it. Which is why I love Dogfish Head.

Photo of SirSketch
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky golden-amber in color. Beige, 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Leaves nice lacy rings when drank.

S - Spicy tropical fruits (fresh pineapple?), as well as other esters. Wonderful floral hops.

T - Big-league bitterness strikes first. Tastes of bready-yeast, tangy citrus, grapefruit, and earthy hops as well. Nicely balanced taste of malts as well. Traces of alcohol at the end. Loved it!

M/D - Medium body and lots of carbonation. Rolls down the throat easily. Cooled me off at first, then warmed me up with its alcohol content.

One of my new favorite IPAs

Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Dogfish Head-logoed traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, incredibly hazy ruddy copper-colored beer with a fierce one-and-a-half finger head with magnificent retention. Poured out like a thick, syrupy mess. Lacing is solid, solid, solid.

Aroma: Smoky wood with hints of vanilla and maple, wrapped up in a thick blanket of biscuity malt. Hints of hops and faint alcohol.

Taste: Wowzers. A lot of flavors goin' on here. First of all, most of the 90-minute notes are here - piney and citrus hops, sweet, ripe stone fruits, a sweet but spicy warming alcohol, and a persistent, balancing bitterness throughout. But there's more. There's more bready, grainy malt in this one, as well as some more heavily roasted/toasted malts (molasses) first of all, as well as herbal and earthy hoppiness. Then there's the oak, which lends a few woody notes (duh), but also vanilla (which, when blended with the creamy mouthfeel, lends a vanilla cream soda kinda taste/feel). Quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, rough and oily, smooth in spots but rather uneven overall. Very fine bubble structure.

Drinkability: Very complex and interesting, but it's still ~10% abv, so you need to be careful. I'm impressed with DFH for attempting something so daring, though - let's hope we get more of the same from them in the future!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Hop Wallop was a dud bottle, so Burton Baton will be taking its place as my second review tonight. A big thanks to Stan at Lone Hill Liquor for pulling this from the back for me. On to the beer:

It sure looks like a DIPA; sturdy head, deep orange glow in the body. The aroma is pretty big on oak and fruity esters. Nope, no complaints so far. The taste....nothing explosive or amazing, but there's a smoothness to it that makes it a delight to drink. Must be the aged IPA doing that. First sip immediately brings oak-aged hop juice to the converation. Then the hop bitterenss takes it down. Bitter and sweet, but more like sweet as in sweet and sour gummi worms. Interesting blend of flavors in this brew.

It's not that's it's "better" than the usual DIPA, but different in the way it has oak flavor and an aged IPA blended with a new one.

Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled on 1/8/07. The body was clear and golden with an off-white 3/4 inch head. Head was creamy and lingered.

Smell was perfumy. Sweet. Fruits. Date-nut bread.

Taste was sweet like the aroma. Alcohol soaked fruit. Hops are obscure due to aging. Increased in booziness as it warmed, but mild considering the ABV of this one.

Mouthfeel was rich & full. Syrupy. Some mild alcohol sizzle.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. There's a strong but subdued hops bitterness that brings a little balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. A mild alcohol sting comes in at the end. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty but a little too sweet for me, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style but the aging puts this beer into barleywine territory as happens with most 2IPA's, there are definitely several other beers whether they be 2IPA or ABW that I'd choose over this one, but it's still a good beer for being an intentionally aged 2IPA.

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

A heavenly milk shake of earl gray, intense low note hop oil, and vanilla. Truly a pleasure to have the pourage rest in the mouth and deliver its comlexity. Smells of fig and dates that hover over the full, finger depth, beige head. The sweet and spicy oil never travels out of range; and may I add, the range is far beyond the status quo. Alcohol occasionally jumps to attention, but is welcomed because it does not travel solo; it is accompanied by rich dark fruits, sticky flan, and the genius of Dogfish Head. A remarkable treat.

Photo of corey0212
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours kind of a dark honey color, with some ruby highlights, long-lasting tan head and plenty of lacing. Boozy smell, definitely getting plenty of the oak aroma, some citrus notes in there too, but there's just a bracing alcoholic fume rising out of the glass. Tastes very sweet, borderline-syrupy, spicy oak, slightly tannic, a bit of vanilla...there's a lot going on in here. Really smooth, the consistency of this beer has been my favorite part. I'm always glad to try something from Dogfish Head, but this one just isn't for me. Definitely worth checking out, though, as there's a lot of crazy things happening here.

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

12 oz bottle, poured kentucky bourbon auburn into a snifter, thin head is off-white and sudsy

smells like my uncle scuppy's house: hops, corn, alcohol... some floral notes linger

complex: after initial bite, big malt and oak up front, vanilla wood and roast, strong alcohol and then flowery hops run around in a circle, ends with a trace of fruit...something refreshing like a grapefruit maybe..

creamy, a nice bite with a medium heavy mouthfeel... leaves my face warm... all of a sudden i want to put my boots on

i like this but it's damn intense... all in all im thinking about whiskey, not that i never sipped a whiskey this smooth... but its a damn good sippin beer and not offensive to those who find an ipa too hoppy... if your gout acts up or your chest burns when you drink your bourbon try sippin this instead, its not the same but then neither is anything else in your miserable life now that you got to.. how do they say?... 'moderate'?

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Feb. 2008. Pour produces a modest but steadily holding off-white head, and the color is a radiant blood-orange. The cloudy, creamy head slowly spreads small splotches of lace on the glass.

While big hops and sweet caramel-ish malts are clearly lurking in this beer, the wood and alcohol aspects mute them. It's a nice enough aroma, if veering toward its beastlier characteristics.

This is the fourth bottle for me (not in the same day!)...each one has made a different impression. Sometimes it seems too chalky/sugary...sometimes too woody...sometimes too boozy...today everything is mingled very well, which might have to do with it being served warmer than the previous three. Malts takes on an almost rye-like character, the hops are clearly here but colored over with a woody brown crayon...that wood holds firm but doesn't intrude, and the alcohol provides the kind of warmth that makes it a better fireside sipper for the winter. Mostly sugar and alcohol in the finish.

Texture is lovely. A smooth glide like fresh cream or butter, and just the faintest sizzle from the carbonation. Wonderful.

I wouldn't find this to be a very good match for a variety of occasions. Fine for sitting at home and sipping, always...as part of a social tasting, would be great...a winter-time beer for sure...but it's strong and boozy, big and sugary, and really not that hoppy, considering it's based on an Imperial IPA (90 Minute). Sometimes it doesn't even seem well-balanced. So I can't rate the drinkability that high. But I'd never kick it outta my glass. All in all, another highly appreciated and above-average beer from the lords at DFH.

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

The 12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear, robust golden-red copper body capped with a fine-bubbled finger of white foam. The head soon falls to a creamy wisp of a sheet, leaving drippy lacing that clings resolutely to the walls of the drinking vessel.

The smell is clean and fresh, with citrusy, piney hops riding a savory caramel backbone. The bouquet is both sweet and dry, crisp and rich. Toasty oak adds vanilla sweetness and a note of smoke.

The taste is candied caramel-sweet and fruity, with tangy citrus notes, herbed nut oils and a solid edge of mild, spicy bitterness. As the temperature of the drink rises, on come the caramels, accompanied by sweet orange, vanilla, and perhaps a twist of Key lime. A bit of dry wood sneaks in here and there. A note of flavor masquerading as grapefruit rind throughout the tasting reveals itself as otherwise well-suppressed-but-savory alcohol in the final sips of this excellent drink.

Fullish in body with mild carbonation. Great drinker given the 10% ABV.

Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a wine glass
A: 1/2 finger of head from a moderate pour. Fine, off-white bubbles. Red-orangey-brown color with a chill haze. Haze disappeared after warming. I would like more head.
S: Hoppy and earthy. The IPA and barrel wood/booze are well blended. A tad of heat is apparent. Some pear and cherry.
T: Mellow, some strong alcohol/boozy taste. Very bourbony. Alcohol increases as the beer warms.
M: Warm from heat, oily, come molassesy bitterness.
D: One 12oz. bottle is enough. A sipper, not a gulper.

Photo of GJ40
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Sam's in Durham.

A - Golden to amber color. Hazy with a small head.

S - Sweet, syrupy and malty. Much more so than the 90 minute. Some vanilla too. Some hops but not as much as I expected.

T - Sweet with a warming alcohol. Again less hops than I expected. A rich and complex beer. Well balanced.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - The alcohol taste and lower hop level detracted from the experience for me. A good beer but not my style.

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

A_Pours a nice clear sienna hue with a smallish head that manages to stay there for the hour or so I take to consume the whole thing.

S_Rather light on the smell. There are notes of caramel and a raw grain. Hops are almost non-existant.

T_There still isn't much in the way of hops but this is tasty. Leans towards the sweet as in caramel and honey. There is a slight bitterness which comes in to even out the party but what really does it for me is the slight sourness. A slight hint of smoke resonates in the followthrough which was not expected. Perhaps the wood they use is smoked? The aftertaste is rather astringent and leads to some mouth puckering. The alcohol is clearly present but is not harsh at all.

M_On the border of sticky syrup but not quite there as the carbonation breaks it up a bit.

D_I am actually really enjoying this though I would not label it as an 2xIPA which is the only thing that depreciates the score. An intriguing brew that I would highly recommend.

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

Pours a burnt orange color with little to no head. Smell is citrusy with some wood coming through. Taste of grapefruit, pine and vanilla. The hops are not overpowering at all and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a well crafted beer and goes down quite easy for a beer of 10%.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish orange, cloudy appearaqnce. Scent of hops, citrus (lime dominant), and some oak. Taste is sour, with citrus dominating, and oaky undertones, ligering taste of alcohol. Mouth feel is clean and tart.

Not very hoppy. A good effort by Dogsfish and a good beer, but the alcohol is a bit too apparent for my taste. A great sour citrus taste though.

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color nice reds showing thru with a cream colored smaller head that doesn't last long but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is nice big malty, caramel and toffee mingle with oak dry woody notes. Hints of vanilla present along with some fruity hoppiness, but malt is taking center stage on this one. Again nice dry aroma, mmmm. Aroma might not be I2PA more barley wine like but man its good.

Taste ahh the anticipation and well not quite as good as nose hinted at but good. Malt again dominating woody dryness shows thru well along with hints of vanilla and tad too much alcohol. Again taste like a barley wine a decent one at that there are hops present fruity citrus but they have a hard time overcoming the malty, woody, alcoholic malt presence. Over all not bad not as good as an IPA i had in whiskey barrels but use to dig some whiskey.

Mouthfeel is good a big medium approaching full carbonation is nice and mellow.

Drinkability is ok worth a try but at this price should be mind blowing for me to buy and drink regularly and its not but it is defiantly worth a try, hell maybe even a retry.

Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cooperish amber, nice head that last and lacing that sticks around nicely.

Aroma of toffee, oak and spice, very invinting. Flavor of barleywine-esque malt, vanilla, spice, fresh herbs and molasses.

Not cloyingly sweet, but extremely malty. The oak and hoppy spice caracters lend this beer its drinkability.

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

A - Speckly copper with a solid head. Creamy, sticky and all that.

S - Lots of pine and citrus/grapefruit. Pungent maltiness once the hops are done.

T - Sweet, woody and piney. Some grapefruit battles though, but a good deal woodier and astringent than a typical DIPA. Strong as well, the alcohol seems to bubble up after the sip is done. Alcohol is strong as expected, but melds well with the sweetness. I dunno.. seems to me that this is an IPA/barleywine cross more than anything.

M - As previously noted, quite astringent. Body is thick and heavy, and carbonation appropriately low.

D - Tasty. Obviously not for sessioning- a one or half a night beer.

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

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint class.small,cm head which dissipated shortly after. it's somewhat of a hazy dark copper.

smell-alcohol,oak,slight citrus,hint of brown sugar.i can smell this beer from about a foot and a half away.very strong.

taste-pretty complex.picking up some big hop bitterness,but also alot of malty,carmel,brown sugar sweetness. hints of vanilla and oak give this a nice finish.the alcohol isn't too overbearing.it's noticable and gives it some spiciness. kind of reminds me of an american strong ale,had i not known the style that's what i would have guessed.also picking up a little bit of maple syrup type flavor in the finish.

mouthfeel-very smooth,creamy with light carbonation.kinda feels somewhat like a light syrupy feel.

drinkability-unless i was trying to get hammered out of my mind drunk or draining my bank account,i don't think i could drink too many of these. maybe save it for a dinner with a decent ladyfriend or special event.this is definately something i wanted to try more for the experience i suppose.

if you have the money and want to try something interesting,go for it.

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 5/22/08

A - Unfiltered body with a deep copper/rust coloration and a hint of orange underneath a sturdy two-and-a-half finger creamy beige head that settled into a thin retention with even patches of lacing.

S - Pungent notes of pine, oak, alcohol and citrus fruit reminiscent of orange and grapefruit. Also traces of vanilla, maple syrup and sugar cane.

T - This is an extremely sweet, syrupy brew with a huge bitterness that combines pine, citrus and floral hops. Some peppery spiciness also comes into the mix. While the hops are at the forefront, this is also quite a malty brew with plenty of sweet caramel, toffee and bread to balance the intensity of the hops.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with mild carbonation and a warm, tingly sensation from the alcohol. This one borders on more of a syrupy texture, yet it goes down quite smoothly. Pretty beefy body with a bit of alcohol burn and a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Yet another extreme beer from DFH that's quite drinkable despite the high ABV and hop content. This one is bursting with complex flavors and it's not as unapproachable as I had anticipated. Very nice!

Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at premeir gourmet in buffalo. bottled 2008F. sampled may 17/08.

pours reddish copper with a small dense yellow head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. alcohol. earthy. caramel and a bit of butterscotch. hint of vanilla. light grapefruit. raw oak.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. alcohol. vanilla. raw oak. bread and biscuit malt. earthy. big caramel. bit of butterscotch. light grapefruit. bit of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-large body. i'd like this better with the carbonation just a touch lower.

drinkability is pretty good. the alcohol is there, but pretty much balanced by the caramel+malt and hops. the barrel character is unobtrusive and nice. overall i enjoyed this one and i'm glad i have another in the cellar.

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

Poured an opaque amber, with short head, and long lacing.

Sweet smell took me by surprise - caramel? cinnamon spice? and only faint hops.

Flava, flave! Slightly orange-citrusy hop character, but far from overpowering. Good balance with some sweet-bready malt backbone, and just a hint of the sweetness that starts in the smell.

Mellowed by the aging, this is smooth and rich for a DIPA - if that IS what we're labeling this.

Very, very drinkable for something with this alcohol content. Really, a quite remarkable product from DFH.

Photo of Dalem
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with about a quarter inch head that doesn't last very long 'cept for a slight bit on top making for a good amount of lace on the glass. A decent level on complexities in the scent-Oak (natch) is the first thing detected in the aroma which is not something anyone normally expects in a beer. Notes of toffee malts come next along with a floral yet unobtrusive aroma of hops and bit of a warming alcohol effect. The boozy aroma's weren't so suprising (we're talking 10% abv here) but the understatedness of the hops I found interesting because, after all, this is a double/imperial IPA.
The variety of scents do help one know what to expect in the taste (as they should) but only a bit though. It doesn't quite prepare ya for what's in store. According to the Dogfish Head website this is a combo of their 90 Minute IPA and English strong ale stored away in the wood casks until it's ready for bottling. The wood aging gives this a smokey and slight caramel sweetness all of it's own, subduing the smack of hops that the 90 brings with it and mellowing the bitter bluster that a good portion of strong ales bring with them. As the sips go on and the beers warms a little the a citrus tang from the hops becomes more noticable but never over take the proceedings. The flavors of the oak and the 90 Minute IPA compliment each other nicely and the full & creamy consistency of the beer itself make for a pleasent feeling in the mouth and down the throat. The aftertaste has something like a cinnamon and citrus thing going on but it's not overbearing nor does it carry too much stickiness with it. If you're looking for a straight up D-IPA this is probably not what you're looking for but if you're interested in seeing what kind of things can be done with one, giving it a flavor exclusive to itself, this is one to pick up.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,730 ratings.