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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,916
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,115 | 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 MetalHopHead6
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton poured dark dark copper with a creamy head that clung thickly to the glass. It looked like the perfect ale--dark and rich.

Rich is also the word for the smell and taste, which were each dominated by earth and wood. The feel is thick and bitter, and although it's more autumn sipper than summer refresher, it has supreme drinkability for an imperial IPA.

There's nothing sweet, floral, or citric about Burton Baton. This is leather, dark wood, and musk. This is the closest thing, from a bottle, I've ever had to "real" ale.

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

12 ounce bottle with date of 06/19/09. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Big aroma of sweet citrusy hops. Also pick up oak and alcohol.
Rich flavor of doughy malts immediately followed by big complex hops. There are a lot of flavors here: apricot, raisins, and a blend of citrus fruit. Earthy, piney and hints of pepper, The taste of oak and alcohol lingers on your tongue.
Full body. Rich slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.
This is a rich flavorful sipping beer. The oak and alcohol remind me of sipping a good scotch. At 10%, one 12 ounce bottle is plenty.
NOTES: The Foodery in Philadelphia, PA

Photo of sophisticated
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man, was I excited to try this beer. I love 90 minute and most of what DFH offers. An oak-aged DIPA? Yes, please.

Picked up in Hingham, MA for $16 a 4 pack.

Appearance: Lovely color. Reddish amber, hazy. Small bubbly head disappears quickly leaving just a ring of foam around the top.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle, it was a whiff of pure alcohol. This was replaced by sweet malts. Now I was nervous - the last DIPA I had from DFH was the 120 minute, which was way too sweet/boozey/malty for my taste. After a while some floral hops came through as well as some pineapple/citrus.

Taste: At times, delicious. Smooth, vanilla, hops. At other times, overly sweet with the alcohol too noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Feels soft, with somewhat low carbonation and medium thickness.

Drinkability: A sipper. If the alcohol was less noticeable in the taste, I'd give it a higher rating. I liked the taste, but not enough to make me want more. I'm going to age a bottle and see if that helps.

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

Great DIPA brew with an oak laden complexity.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Retro ironic design over the standard Dogfish identity. One liner simple and accurate description. Shows date of bottling (06/19/09), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (10%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Enticing dark orange color with a large bubbly head, retains a thin layer throughout with some lacing.

S - Oak/vanilla floating on an oily/hoppy sweet spectrum.

T - Clear vanilla/oak personality over hopped malts. Sweet range and a crisp bite.

M - Medium to low carbonation in a creamy smooth feel.

D - Very pleasant to be had. Probably about one of this on occasion or more if sharing and letting go...

Notes: A very nice twist to the DIPA. The vanilla oaky range of subtleties give it a very enjoyable depth.

Photo of japcmiller
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A gentle bubbly pour with a minimal head with thin lacying of bubbles on top that adhere to the sides of the glass. Has a medium dark Carmel color. Perfect Clarity.

Smell: Mildly hoppy, mildly malt, with strong over tones of oak. You can really smell the aging of the beer.

Taste: The taste progresses from hoppy bitterness to malty sweetness like DFH 90 but finishes with a smokey oak flavor.

Mouthfeel: When poured cold the carbonation is perfect in the mouth, slightly effervescent on the tongue, the texture emphasis the oaky flavor that forms the foundation of this beer.

Drinkability: For being a 10% beer it goes down smooth and easy and is very drinkable. Each sip leaves you thirsty for more.

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

Pours a very deep amber with very little head with a lot of lacing that lungrees for a bit.

Smell is strong hops, lots of grapefruit, apple, pear. Very fruity aroma. I like.

The wood flavor is really strong. There is an underlying sweetness with the fruits but the bitterness is there and strong. Grapefruit and pine, very similar to the 90 minute. If you were to mix oaked arrogant bastard and 90 minute you would get this beer.

Medium bodied brew with nice cleansing carbonation. The finish is dry flavor wise but sticky.

Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage.
12oz bottle consumed on 8/30/09.

I was surprised to see an '06 bottle of this still on the shelf at my local beer stop last autumn, so I decided to pick it up. Poured into my snifter a deep rusty, tawny copper with a very thin tan head resting on top. Disappears to just a ring around the edge. Leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

I can only guess that the profile of the nose on this beer fresh is a bit hoppier and floral. After three years, this characteristic has definitely faded. I'm sensing no citrus notes, no piney scent, no floral tones at all. Rather, I smell molasses, syrup, soy sauce, sugar, oak, finishing with a rather tart singe on the nose. Wow. This is very complex. The mouth has held its own very well. A fair amount of carbonation has stayed strong. There's plenty of carbonation play still on the tongue.

The flavors are a bit surprising as well. Surprising due to my thoughts before cracking the bottle, but not so much after dipping my nose into her a few minutes ago. Many of the same characteristic apply here. This is very sweet right off the bat. It's like a warm syrupy waffle. Big molasses and caramel presence, along with some black tea. This really reminds me of a strong ale, or an American Barleywine with the age on it. Slight bitterness in the middle, but not the hoppy bitterness that once was, rather it's an earthy, woody bitterness that is very good on its own. The finish is sweet as well, but not cloying sweet, more bittersweet, like a good dark chocolate.

Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. But I'm always up for surprises. Very good brew. Be patient and put a few away for a few years. You'll be glad you did.

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

Appearance: Pours a golden/amber hue with a decent head.

Smell: A light citrus note with an hint of oak. has some herbaceous qualities such as pine but also a sweeter scent lingering in the background.

Taste: Has a woody oak quality as the label implies there would be but this taste intertwines with a caramel malt with a hint of grapefruit/nectarine. You can definitely tell that this is a hybrid containing their signature 90 minute since the hops are prevalent and there is a touch of caramel. There is a strong aftertaste that lingers for quite a while but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but has a malty slickness to it.

Drink-ability: Definitely one of my favorites by dogfish head, may even have an easier drink-ability than the 90 since the oak subdues the bitterness. Surprising that it is 10% abv considering the typical high abv 'bite' isn't present.

Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured reddish orange with a moderate head that quickly faded. The aroma is citrus, grapefruit mostly. After reading a few BA's wish that they could compare Burton Baton and 90 Minute side by side, I decided to do just that. And it was a pleasure. The main difference in taste was the sweetness in Burton, 90 is sweetish, but not so much. I also got more grapefruit from Burton and more orange from 90 Minute, but the difference was not huge. Both had a little aftertaste bite. 90 was crisper. Burton was medium bodied and oily. Drinkability? I liked it a lot, but this is a 10.0 ABV, better drink it at home. Bottom line: I like them both, but 90 Minute slightly better. BTW, my 100th review and I had a choice between Burton Baton and J.W. Lees Harvest Lagavulin 2007, but with the 90 Minute kicker, DFH won.

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

Ar: Hop resin, grapefruit/citrus, caramel and toasty malt, alc, mild oak
Ap: clear brilliant copper, light tan head, good retention
F: Strong hop resin and citrus, light caramel, munich malt character, alc (but not too harsh), husky grain, light tart/sour character, left slightly sweet
M: medium/full mouthfeel, warm alc, med/low carb, more of a sipping beer
O: one of the better dfh beers, a little sweet but drier than other dfh's, which i like, much better than the 90 minute

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Deep orange with ruby highlights. Creamy 1+ finger head,

S: Vanilla, oak, caramel malt and a touch of snap of fruit, slight hint of nuts. Great aroma!

T: Deep, round flavors. Lots of vanilla, carmel and malt and oak. Snappy fruit, I don't quite get citris; maybe tart apple or nectarine?. Very well balanced big taste that fades into a long finish. There is a little hint of alcohol as the beer warms, but it blends well with the rich flavor.

M: Medium body. Silky on the tongue with a little bite at the tail end from the hops.

D: Extreamly drinkable, the high ABV is not apparent. It's a perfectly balanced and weighted beer. I haunted the store in March waiting for the release. I hope to cellar a bit for the ski season. It's rich enough for a winter warmup and clean enough to be refreshing after a day in the snow.

Photo of ROBORB
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. The pour produced a dark orange color with a minimal 1 finger head. I could pick up citrus, pine, and wood notes. The initial taste comprised of grapefruit and then switched to a vanilla, syrupy taste on the way down. The booze and the syrup distract from an otherwise nice take on the style. For the cost I find it hard to get a lot of these but I wouldn't mind revisiting it from time to time.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. No fresh on date.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange amber hue with hints of ruby, head is a big two fingers, wonderful lacing and a thin foam remains during entire glass.

S: Vanilla, oak, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malt and a hint of breadyness. Smells fantastic!

T: Big flavors of vanilla, oak, sweet biscuit malt and a nice balance of piney citrus hops to crisp up the finish. Wonderfully complex flavor and well balanced.

M: Very crisp despite the high abv, medium body and the hops bite just a little on the finish, exactly what I hoped for.

D: Dangerously drinkable, no hint of alcohol, balance makes it very smooth and crisp on the finish that keeps you coming back for more. This is an outstanding beer, would love to see what its like in 6 months! Will be picking up lots of this one!

Photo of jminsc76
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from alexd3891. Into a tulip, pours a large, creamy beige head atop a ruby-red body. No lacing as the head dissipates.

Intense aromas of caramel, malt-iness, and some slight oak. There is even a little vanilla in the nose as it warms slightly and with a little agitation.

Excellent flavors of caramel, vanilla, and oak, but not a lot of hops or the pine present that we West Coasters love in our DIPAs, which pretty much misses the point of the style.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but for its 10% ABV does not have a lot of alcohol burn.

A decently drinkable non-West Coast DIPA, and I appreciate what Dogfish Head is trying to do with the oak; however, it's nothing special. If presented the choice between the two, I would much rather reach for a 90 Minute DIPA, as there is more balance between the hops and malts without the obtrusiveness that the oak exhibits.

Photo of TLove
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Sweet, rich, complex, spicy, and malty. High alcohol overwhelms a bit on the back end, but overall, a soft and supple IIPA.

A clearish red color with a creamy, soft head that has substantial lacing and a misleadingly thin-looking body. Smells of oak, toffee, and citrus, which both flow into the taste. Added tastes of raisin, vanilla, and a rye malt mellow out the taste and give a fruity, but extraordinarily soft mouthfeel for a IIPA.

The alcohol comes through in the back end (10% ABV) with the malty character of the beer. Medium body, but very complex. Medium carbonation, but creamy on the back end.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dull orange. Razor-thin tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Who bought me flowers? Sweet grains on the back side of the aroma. Definite ripe fruit in there, too.

T: Oak is there with force. Fruity esthers and a twinge of an alcohol bite also present themselves. Very warming brew.

M: Creamy and mellow. Med-Light body and ok carbonation.

D: You get enough of the 90 to make you long for it. This is a mellower, smoother DIPA. Depending on your mood, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I liked it, but thought the oak effect was a bit overstated.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz with bottling date of 03/30/09. tasted in mid-may 2009.

classic deep coppery amber. clear. 1.5-finger light tan head, gradually recedes to thin but stable, almost creamy layer. great lacing, esp later on, almost curtain-like.

aroma: fresh citrus zest and pine, meets fruity tones, melding with oaky vanilla. caramel maltiness is the underlying foundation though. more citrus and pine in the back.

taste: citrus and pine upfront again, but solid malty caramel and fruity esters back it up, as the resinous, almost bold bitterness comes in, finishing with oak and vanilla hints, plus yet more resins and citrus rind.

medium body, quite smooth, with some resins and tannic astringency (from wood?). moderate carbonation is tingly yet creamy.

solid stuff

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

Bottled on 6/19/09 Drank right now

A - Rich copper with a nice cream head with good retention. Nice clarity.

S - A quick whiff gives me nice hops. A deeper smell and I get the oak and a good malt profile.

T - The oak and malt take center stage in the flavor. Nice vanilla and wood up front. Good caramel malt to follow. A little sweet. Not a whole lot of hops to this. But really what would you expect from an aged IPA? It is nice.

M - Great carbonation and good feel.

D - It's a bit much to go down too easy but it is not bad.

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

Clear dark red amber. 2 fingers of smooth ivory head with big sticky laces.

Woody toffee roasty oaky. Earthy and spicy pine and grapefruit.

Earthy wood and toffee. Sweet oaky vanilla. Grapefruit and pine notes that build on the tongue. Sharp oak and vanilla pine aftertaste and a smooth citric floral bitterness. Nice alcohol bite and warmth that works well with the oak and hop and vanilla flavors.

Silky smooth, somewhat creamy, medium bodied, slightly sticky and dry. great mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for a high ABV. Great flavors that create a wonderfully complex imperial oaked IPA. This is what you expect DFH to produce, another awesome creative craft brew.

Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5th of the 6th offering from my first trip to Abe's Cold Beer, what a place. I was glad to get a shot at yet another Dogfish offering (though I'm not sure I'm ready for some of their "unique" brews, ha).

A: Hazy honey color with a rocky head that lasts quite a while and leaves plenty of lace.

S: Big nose of caramel and dark, ripe raisins and apricots

T: Opens with a sweet caramel base with the fruit from teh aroma. Then a nice undertone is formed by the oak/ vanilla flavors from teh barrel. A very well balanced hoppy bitterness finishes things up.

M: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D: Another extremely enjoyable DFH brew and one I'm glad I finally got take try. Though not quite on par with 90 minute, I like the unique oak flavors that this one offers. DFH definitely does some well crafted (balance!), creative brews and this is one of them. Very recommended and a brew you should try if you come across it.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very appealing ruby amber, with a very frothy 1 finger head. Seems to be sticking around for a bit, and I already notice lacing. Very nice looking. A steady stream of carbonization from the bottom.

S: Citrusey, piney hops. A quick swirl of the glass revives some head and lets some malt aromas escape, some sweet apple and toffee. Pretty strong grapefruit nose.

T: Much sweeter than expected, with the hops hitting the nose while sipping, the beer is actually quite smooth and has a nice malt profile. The oak aging has added a very nice smoke character but also lends a very smooth, whiskey-like flavor to the brew. This is delicious!

M: Very smooth, very sweet. A nice full body. Coats the tongue just enough for the flavor to stick.

D: Very drinkable for the high abv. Wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but would love to pair this with a spicy meal.

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

Purchased about 3-4 months ago. Reviewed from notes

The color is a couple shades darker than some IPA's with a decent amount of head and nice sticky lacing. Most immediate smell is molasses, followed by plenty of hops and oak. Smaller notes of vanilla and a tinge of Bourbon. Some good 3C bittering hops in the taste, high alpha acids. Has some sweetness to it. Nice oak flavor but hops do dominate. Hops and oak, it's like peanut butter and chocolate, "Two great tastes, that go great together". Lingering bitterness from hops and some oak coat the inside of the mouth. A touch sticky feeling. Good drinkability, disappears too fast.

Photo of drtth
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and served in imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is relatively fresh as it comes from this year's Jun bottling for July release.

Appearance: The beer is poued out a clear dark reddish copper color with brilliant gold highlights. The 1" thick tan head is creamy with a scattering of lager bubbles and recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and thin layer of foam over the entire surface. Sipping leaves thick sheets of foam with patchy holes and speckles of lacing. Even toward the end of the beer there is light foam on the surface and foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a mixture of light caramel and fruity. There is grapefruit and some orange and other citrus here. Layering underneath there is a base of woody tones from the oak and some traces of the alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is full of a fruity mix with orange, lemon, and grapefruit pretty much blended together so that no single one stands out as dominating the rest. The alcohol comes through clearly but not unpleasantly. It seems a natural thing and is not particularly hot. In addition there are clear traces of vanilla from the oak. The malt flavors are light caramel in nature.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer is full-bodied and creamy smooth with modest carbonation that continues to tickle the tongue and mouth for most of the beer. The finish is long and full of changing flavors with caramel malt and some fruity sweetness coming into play at the beginning. Then we move back to the hops and end with a slight bitterness and dryness at the end. Interestingly the tail end of the finish is very gentle and subtle and contains traces of both hops and oak.

Drinkability: This is an intense, complex beer that is full of rich and subtle flavors and I liked it a lot. With this ABV it is a one a night beer but it is well worth buying and trying. I'll certainly be having more of this beer as a special treat when I want something out of the ordinary and first rate.

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

Appearance: Pours a stunning, deep, clear amber color with about an inch of bubbly white head. Decent retention with some nice soapy lacing.

Smell: Interesting. The hops are subtle, but definitely there. There is a very light bit of sweetness in the smell, and also a nice bit of oakiness. Nothing one smell really dominates the other, they all blend together very nicely.

Taste: Like the smell, very interesting. A nice mix of bitter hops and ever so subtle malty sweet, but there is a pleasant and unique aftertaste that I can't quite describe. I can only attribute this to the aging as the hops seem subdued allowing the oak-aged goodness to show through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. No real fizz from the carbonation, and a nice creamy texture make this a smooth and easy drinker.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty and unique brew...and that is one thing I have come to love and expect from DFH. That being said, I do feel that it's uniqueness and overall complex flavor makes a great beer to have just one or two of, but not pound throughout the night. An absolutely perfect way to relax on a Friday night.

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

The beer has a naturally big, soft, foamy head that lingers. Nice copper coloring. The aroma is tropical fruit (pineapple), dark sugar, honey, and maybe some orange. The flavor is BIG and soft. Nice caramel malt body with warm sweetbread notes. It has the big hop profile that I've come to expect whenever DFH does an IPA, and they do them about as well as anyone. The bitterness is just right, and doesn't overpower the malt. The oak barrel aging does a nice job of smoothing everything out and adding a somewhat chardonnay-like oaky note. It really speaks to the level of effort and devotion that DFH puts into its beers that it can continually push our limits to review them. This is a very special beer, to be shared only with loved ones... and kept away from the unbelievers. Or so they say.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,916 ratings.