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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,398
Reviews: 1,705
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 282
Gots: 841 | FT: 25
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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 Beauregard
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Dogfish Head beers (and that says a lot). Burton Baton is the clasic Dogfish IPA combined with the full flavor of an oak-aged ale. Appearnce is dark, and pours without much head. Has a nice earthy, slightly malty taste without much bitterness or excessive hops. Oak and alcohol flavors are prominent, and it goes down beautifully for a 10% abv. beer. My overall impression of the beer after a few tastes were of a nice barleywine, but it gets more complex as you continue to sip. I have fond memories of drinking this beer on the deserted January Delaware beachfront, and after revisiting it I can say that it lived up to my high expectations. Just don't try to drive afterwards.

Beauregard, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby color that the stronger IPAs tend to have. Smells inviting - sweet and not too obnoxiously hoppy.

The taste is getting toward the sweeter, syrupy side, much like the 120 min, but kind of a step down. I'm not knocked on my ass by the hop character, which is nice. It is seemingly well balanced (as well balanced as an imperial ipa can be) and smoothed out by the sweet malt flavors. Full bodied and mouth-filling.

The best way to catagorize Burton Baton is that its the perfect step between 90 min ipa and the 120 min ipa. I would be very interested to try the three of them in a row, one after another.

chOAKbarrell, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shining light copper. The aroma, though subtle, is very unique and enjoyable giving hints of wet wood, tobacco and peach, while the warrior hops contribute a distinct spicyness along with a touch of tangerine and lemon. The wood contribution is very lovely, mellowing out the bitterness, yet retaining the hop flavor, and also adding notes of vanilla and wine. Very dynamic, complex and interchanging flavors. The malt provides an adequate backing, but are easily conquered and beaten by the pleasing hop flavor. A very unique beer and what makes it even better is that it touches a little bit of history that I never knew existed.

Crosling, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't believe DFH has an oak-aged imperial IPA and I didn't know about it. My favorite style of beer in oak, which I absolutely love.

12 oz bottle. Pours an amber/golden color with a half inch head. Very little lacing.

Smells of oak, vanilla, bubble gum, alcohol and sweet malt. Smells awesome.

Despite the smell, there is almost no sweetness in this brew. The flavor is mostly the oak and the alcohol. Very little hop flavor, but in the finish I finally make out some grapefruity hop flavor.

I wish there was more sweetness in this to balance out the oak and the alcohol. This might be the first time I've thought a beer had too much oak. I had expected much more out of this, but oh well, my DFH 90 minute never disappoints.

johnniemarg, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date into an oversized wine glass. Bottle art includes a gentleman, maybe Roy Rogers, sitting on an old oak barrel playing a guitar. I imagine he is playing bluegrass or some twangy country tunes reminiscent of Bela Fleck or any other Appalachian plucker.

A half finger sized head forms on top of the beer. It leaves rather quickly. Little lacing left. Large bubbles on top of the beer are the only remains of the foam.

Not a whole lot of hops in the aroma. They seem more subdued. I like to have hops in my face on a DIPA. Smoky and vanilla aromas are present. Has a sort of bourbon smell not unlike a barley wine. Caramel malts as well. Woody and earthy.

I love the taste of this. Although there isnt a large hop profile, there is great balance in the malt and hops. A tiny bit of hop bitterness. Alcohol is prevalant. Oak is a major component in the taste. I enjoy that. Citrus hops are present in little burps after consumption. Warming.

Medium body. Warming. Flushes my face even more than the sun and windburn I occured today. A perfect capper to a long day outdoors. Watch for that alcohol though. Fairly powerful.

If you ask me, this is an IPA mixed with a barley wine and a touch of the Indian Brown Ale. That is my dream. Possibly reality....?

SaCkErZ9, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunatly I only had the pleasure of sampling a 12 ounce botle of this noble creation. No fbottled on dat given, too bad cuz I'm sure this one will age nicely. Pours a nice soft dark honey tone, fairly clear with a tan head, leaves scattered aand fine lacing upon a gentle swirl. Nose of brandy, hops and dense peaty malts. Soft smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is a fine fine brew, ready to consume today and i'm sure will only get better after a ffew years in a cool, dark place. Notes of vanilla, brandy, leather, rich malts, citric hops. Yeah baby this is the goods. Everything soft and smooth, no harshness or bitterness. Balanced and highly drinkable. Looking to get more of this stuff, alot more! Seek out and enjoy.

Billolick, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Dark amber under a finger of off white that shows good retention and leaves good lacing.

Pineapple and grapefruit hop aromas paired with sweet maltiness and wood. A little alcoholic heat as well. The yeast seems to also add another layer of fruit as it warms.

Tastes fruity with the grapefruit/pineapple combo from the nose now in juice form. Woody with a big malt flavor and a little heat from the abv. Very balanced for such a big ass beer.

Full creamy mouth with the right amount of carbonation. About as drinkable as something this strong can be.

ypsifly, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of GimmeAles
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see this at my local Whole Foods - read many good things of this.

Pours into my tulip glass a beautiful, clear garnet with a thin eggshell cap of foam which dissapates to a silky ring. Light carbonation struggles through the oily elixir and a skiff of a head is maintained only by the etching at the bottom of the glass.

Aromas are of rich fruity sweetness and a 'dark', mellow hoppiness - not at all characteristic of the 90-min from which this is blended. Maybe some background earthiness coming from the oak (yeast?).

Flavour is rich - cherries soaked in dark-rum upon a foundation of earthy, cedar-like spice. Blindfolded, (or even not having seen the bottle), I would have classified this strictly as a very good Barleywine. I got no impression whatsoever of this being a blended Imperial IPA, and any oak presence is quite subtle and sorta dissapointing in this regard.

Slick, oily mouthfeel is very satisfying and warming. I had this as a nigthcap and it was perfect for such an occasion. Very drinkable though at 10%, you won't be drinking much.

Overall, an excellent offering from Dogfish Head, just not quite as 'unique' as I'd been expecting.

GimmeAles, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a clear amber with a large creamy off white head that produces good lacing and is lasting. Has a great hoppy aroma of spruce and pine. Has an oily scent as well. Taste is a crisp mild IPA. Not overly bitter. Has a good mouthfeel. Is on the light bodied side. The high abv is very well hidden. Carbonation is a little light but not bad. Overall another winner from Dogfish Head, I really love the beer these guys make.

Birdiebeagle, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copperish amber color with a nice inch thick white fluffy head that doesnt stick around. Nice lacing around the glass.
Aromas are soft and less pronounced than expected. There are slight fruity prune like esters in the nose with some sweet sugar, an oak type wood smell.
Big hoppiness with a creamy feel and some fruity esters under the surface. Alcohol flavors present but not abrasive. Syrupy sweetness wraps every sip of that creamy/fruity/hoppy flavor. Fairly complex and flavors blend together fairly well. There is an oak type flavor that I associate with the creamy feel and flavor.
Moderate sticky mouthfeel with nice carbonation and this beer really finds each taste bud.
Although this is very enjoyable one is enough for me. Another big beer from dogfish that keeps you sipping waiting to discover a deeper taste.

Matthew, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of futaboots
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't deny the sheer awesomeness of some of DFH's brews. If you do, I feel sorry for you, cuz your missing out on beer like Burton Baton. This is one of my favorites of the brewery...fanboy gushing warning, skip this review if you have a weak stomach.

Actually, this beer isn't perfect. It's most glaring flaw is that it just doesn't have that over the top hop presence I expect from an American Double IPA. Unlike it's sibling 90 Minute and cousin 60 Minute, I don't feel like I'm drinking honest to god American IPA when I drink this. The malt character is so accentuated, that I feel like I'm in barleywine territory. The lack of a supreme hop kick to the gullet is a slight letdown.

But this beer tastes awesome. There is a significant hop presence, even if it isn't on par with the rest of the best, sweet and citrusy like grapefruit running simultaneously with a strong piney flavor. The alcohol doesn't burn unpleasantly, but warms the jaws and throat enough to remind you that you're drinking a strong ale. Grapejuicy malt flavors come on strong with each sip. Hints of oak keep popping up here and there, as well as an unpleasant tannin bitterness puckering up my tastebuds. Tannins might be this beers other major flaw, as they become more noticeable and more puckering the farther into the cup I drink, but they honestly don't ever get out of hand. I'm just nitpicking.

Burps. This is a lightly carbonated beer, so you won't burp much if at all, but if you do you'll be treated to a warm hopflavored gust of air wafting up your trachea, and all will seem at peace with the world. Seriously, I don't think people take burping seriously enough. I guess it's uncouth and all that, and we want to be beer advocates, not reinforce the negative stereotype of the beer swilling slob...but burps don't have to be loud and rude, you can keep them to yourself, and they add to the enjoyment of beer, which is a good thing.

Appearance and smell. Very dark amber, with a dense caramel head, which eventually dies down to a sticky lacing. Smells like hops, citrus fruit, and grapejuice. Very strong and pleasant aroma.

Overall a tasty and complex beer with some debatable and some actual flaws that nevertheless manages to be awesome.

futaboots, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber hue with a 1/2" cream colored head... lots of bubbles, telling of the carbonation level. Head quickly subsides to a thin cap.

Initially, a big unbalanced hop aroma.... this is followed up by a musty, oaky aroma... a small touch of malt.... nice and complex, yet once the oak takes over, the hop is nowhere to be seen (or smelled).

The hops that I thought would be huge in this one are overwhelmed by the oakiness... some bourbon is noticebale in this, as is a fair amount of alcohol. Unfortunately the hops are hardly noticeable (barely perceptable lemon zest, indicative of the hops)... which is a shame, since everyone know how beautiful the 60 and 90min are. In short... good, but not what I was looking for.

Big powerful mouthfeel with a puckering of the tongue due to the hops. A perfect blend of oaky smoothness and hop bite.... well done in this regard.

Extremely drinkable for a 10% brew.... extremely inoffensive to the palate, tight and smooth, yet wild and untamed.

An interesting brew, although not one I'm sure I'd drop another $5 for a 12oz bottle again anytime soon.

nickss, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pleasant dark copper color that reflects light through just right. Great looking head that turns into a perfect juicy/tight bubbled layer. A swirl brings fine lace and boosts retention with ease. I bet this fresh off tap would get a five for app. Aroma is creamy, juicy and spicey all in one. Fragrant/aromatic lemon with nuts, roses and tulips, some banana cream pie, and lastly some pina colada. Taste begins sweet and smooth, maybe with a little creamy pina colada and caramel??? followed by what you realize is an awesome velvet cream mouthfeel. Candy-like but not too much. Lemons, red and black grapes, oranges, syrup...the list goes on. Finish comes with a sticky dry mouth and drinkability!
Something I can't control is making me drink this really fast...

Somehow I'm getting something like winter seasonal in the tropics. There's a big contrast in flavors but they meld together suprisingly well.

tastybeer, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color with a thick creamy head. It had a predominately sweet caramel odor to it. Some complexity showed in the taste. It was fruity, with some woodiness noticeable, and a very faint hoppiness. A very smooth beer, and quite drinkable. I had this right after trying the Shelter Pale Ale, and the higher alcohol content is quite noticeable but not unpleasant.

lordofthewiens, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

This beer poured a clear amber body with a thick white head.

This nose is very complex yet VERY subdued. You have to strain to smell it, but when you do it has layers of smell. Fruity malt, thick citrus hops, pepper, and touches of sharp alcohol.

Full bodied but very clean. Nice fruity rich caramel malt. Layers upon layers of ripe juicy fruit. The hops in this beer are so well balanced I barely noticed them at first, but when I stopped and payed attention you could totally tell how strong they were. What an interesting effect. Large bitterness and a dulled, but very intense, citrus peel hop taste. A very dry wood flavor that almost gets lost in the taste. Not your typical over the top woody flavor.

Basically tastes like a dulled version of the 90 minute IPA kicked up in alcohol just a tad with a very very very very subtle wood flavor. As a fan of big oak beers I was honestly a bit disappointed with the subtlety in this. It's good, don't get me wrong, but for TWICE the price of the already expensive 90 minute which I love, well... I probably won't be buying this again anytime soon.

taez555, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of bultrey
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is one interesting barleywine. Oh... what's that you say? It's not a barleywine, but an "American Double IPA?" Whatever.
Very attractive shiny copper color with persistent quarter-inch head throughout almost the entire beer. Very candyish smell, with quite a bit of tropical fruit, like pineapple and papaya. Initially sickly sweet slick phenolic flavor, reminiscent of cotton candy, juicy fruit gum, and cream soda. I also get a slightly chalky finish, like milk of magnesia or peptol bismol. The hops just don't come through to balance much here, although they begin to assert themselves a little after a while. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy for such a seemingly viscous beer. Drinkability can be summed up as "Ooof, my stomach hurts." Unique but not great.

bultrey, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a translucent, fiery golden/red color with a finger odf khaki head atop and a bit of lacing. Nose is light - floral hops, vanilla creme, oak, and some tropical fruitiness. Taste reminded me of a muted, casked version of 90 Minute. Creamy vanilla, wood, apricot and peaches, a short but sharp floral hop bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite at the end, though still quite drinkable for 10%. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. I really enjoyed this one. For those days when you want 90 Minute, but just don't have the energy, this is your best bet. Vanilla, oak and fruity tones make this a refined IIPA for the distinguished BA.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper with a reddish tint, small amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Pine, oak, and a bit a thick syrupy malt odors.

T - Slight pine hops under a dominant caramel malt, smoked oak and alcohol. The aftertaste is a strong pine hop bitterness with a much fainter coffee bitterness to it.

M - Creamy, smooth and moderately viscous.

D - Not bad. I can't see myself drinking more than one of this in a sitting, because the flavor is so potent, particularly the sweetness. I will have this again, if it is ever released again.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy and frothy, slightly off white head that fades after a moment to a few pools of bubbles. Trails of thin and spotted lacing with decent strength. A rounded copper with clean amber hues.

Creamy, sweet vanilla aroma. Sour-tinged hop oils and tart fruit: lemon, apple, orange. Generous whaffs of sharp alcohol.

Moderately sweet vanilla, creamy malt backbone. A very bright and aggressive hop character: alcohol enhanced hop oils, bittered citric fruit: pear, lemon, apple. A vanilla sweetened, young bitterness, leaving an aftertaste of alcohol, oak, and light fruit.

Medium bodied; sweet, slick, and oily on the palate.

A big, aggressive Double IPA; young tasting. Could definitely stand to be cellared for a few years to mellow this out. The alcohol presence is very raw.

NEhophead, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of counselor
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish, cream soda colr with a well formed head. There is not much in the way of aroma, slightly sweet with no hop aroma. the beer is full bodied, smooth across the tongue. The taste is silky smooth, deep sweet grain, cool and fills every nook and cranny with caramel, fig and set off by just the right amount of hops. Not Piney, grassy or anything else, just dry and equal to the task . Wow, only a slight bit of heat at the end, just enough when inhaling to let you know how bug this baby is. Really steep ay $17+ per 4pack, but man what a great tasting beer.

counselor, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into an oversized snifter. It pours a deep, reddish amber with a thin head.

The smell is of biscuit with some floral and citrus notes.

There is a lot of 90 minute IPA in there. There is also a piney, woody flavor that reminds me of cedar a little. Faint alcohol follows, with slight wine like flavors. There is a citrus hop presence as well. The malt is sweet and offers decent balance.

An interesting and complex brew. Dogfish Head is sometimes hit or miss for me, but this one is a hit. I would like to enjoy it again soon. Not tonight though because I showed some restraint and left 2 of the 3 left on the shelf for other beer lovers.

gotbeer, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/29/05 (I love the stamped neck date labeling DFH is using these days)

Clear amber color with a thin, tight head of microbubbles. Smells alot like 60min to me. Sweet, caramelly, and hoppy. Alcohol lurks in the background

Upon first taste I definately can tell a huge difference between this and the 90min. This tastes like 90min with a half shot of bourbon or sherry added to it. Alcohol is present in the taste but not overpowering. Very warming upon swallowing. This is a sipper for sure. Not the kind of beer you want to slug down. Molasses like sweetness. Hoppy and bitter at the finish.

I think the oak may be a bit much for my taste. A good beer, but maybe Im not yet ready for an oak-aged IPA. If I lived where it snowed I would seek this out in the wintertime though.

Anyway, an interesting beer from the mad scientists at Dogfish Head.

wingnutter, Feb 11, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear brownish red with a large two finger white foamy head. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is hoppy,yet subdued. The oak mellows the hops. The taste has some hop bitterness with some mollasses sweetness. The aftertaste is very sweet, but refreshing for a high alcohol beer.The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well balanced. Each sip should be savored because the flavors change as the beer moves down your tongue. Another interesting and different beer from Dogfish Head.

jmz62565, Feb 11, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 12/29/05 stamped on the neck.

Pours a beautiful clear copper/orange. Big head on the pour at first, but dies out quickly leaving a thin layer of medium tan bubbles. Aroma is of sweet oak and light citrus.

First sip yields a very smooth almost creamy texture of IPA and Bourbon. Sweet caramel transitions to bitter with a long bitter pine aftertaste. A well crafted brew. Has all the intangible, hard to describe qualities that I like… I wish I could give more detail, but the flavors seem to blend perfectly for me. I guess it is an awesome IIPA rounded out with sweetness and oak. Very complex and exciting.

sacfly, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't really had an "excellent" DIPA in a while. I've been looking forward to this one for a while and DFH hasn;t disappointed with this style in the past so hopefully it'll break the slump.

12 ounce bottle poured into a brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours out a very nice deep copper color with a fluffy two finger head of off white foam. The foan stays around rather nicely and laces the glass fairly well.

S - The bitter floral and citrus hop aromas I expected along with a not so expected malty sweetness. Som alcohol definitely present on the nose too. Very nice.

T - Hop bitterness leads the way with a rather strange malt presence underneath. I say strange as in unusual, not as in bad. A bit sweeter than many other DIPAS out there. A nice taste overall though. ALmost a bit of sugary sweetness in there, with a great hop profile of some floral hops.

M - Nice and smooth ont he tongue, fairly low carbonation and very nice alcohol warming. Nice.

D - Pretty good. You can sip on this one after a long day and it'll take the edge off, but goes down smooth and has an interesting flavor to say the least.

EStreet20, Feb 09, 2006
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,398 ratings.