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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,792
Hads: 6,197
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,335 | FT: 33
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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 sleazo
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 10/14/10.

The color is a lightly hazed deep peachy orange with a persistent light tan head. It looks much like the 2011 Bigfoot I had last night.

Aromas of subdued hoppiness with a big sugary toffee malt body. Vanilla, peach, brown sugar, floral, and mango. The oak is definitely there giving the sweetness some depth.

Strong vanilla at the beginning trails through the whole sip, followed by floral and citric hop. It comes down to a moderate hop bitterness and tannic oak with solvent in the finish.

Carbonation is too low to make the flavors pop. This is still supposed to be an IIPA, not a Barleywine. The body is syrupy.

The alcohol is well disguised behind what seems like a high FG and the oak. This might be better aged because it isn't all that hoppy. (805 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This bottle was dated 8/13/10, so it's roughly five months old. It says it ages with the best of them so let's see. It pours a muddied dark amber in color with a one finger off white head, and little sediment. The aromas have certainly faded. There is virtually no hoppyness at all. It wreaks of sweet malt and that's all I can really pick up. The flavor is good but not what it is when it's fresh. It's a nice blend of hops and sweet malt. The hops have faded and it's sweeter than normal but it doesn't really take away too much. It's still pretty good. It tastes more like the Squall right now. It drinks like it's from one of their 750s. It's exceptionally smooth with little carbonation. Because the beer is pretty subdued, this is perfect. This beer is a very drinkable Imperial IPA. I highly recommend it. (812 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA 10% ABV

A: Warm deep yellow to light amber tones with good ½ inch head and almost not lacing to speak of.

S: For an Imperial IPA the hop notes are present but not overwhelming, some pine cone and herbal finish but its doesn’t knock you over. I was expecting more wood notes but I was also expecting some great malty notes; some can dream.

T: This is an overriding problem with almost every Dogfish Head beer, cloying sweetness. Regardless of style I feel like there’s an overt sweetness that crashes the party and throws things off-balace. That being said, this is still a good Imperial IPA. It is not exceptional but it has some noteworthy tastes, I enjoy the cinnamon dryness and the light character that dries into some light mild caramel notes.

M: For an imperial IPA the caramel notes and maltiness are wanting. This has a thin refreshing character that would feel at home in smaller beers but I was expecting more of a Maharaja thrill ride. I guess it comes down to what you want out of you Imperial IPA, if you just want an IPA with more hops and a sunroof, then it won’t disappoint.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer because the hop profile isn’t as aggressive as I was hoping for and it is not very filling. The coating is light which makes this a great IIPA for the beach, if there were such a thing.

Narrative: It was a strange existence, being a single guy in a big city. I guess being the webmaster and server technician for Match.com just added to the burn. He knew his own shortcoming, Kyle Rancors wasn’t the most outspoken person, or the most witty, but he had the ability to defrag your kernel faster than most in that bustling metropolis. That wasn’t an entendre, his skills were really that misaligned. Sure, he could carry average banter, had a working knowledge of Gray’s Anatomy that made him seem cloyingly sweet, just no one that a girl wanted to have a raucous session with. Performing maintenance on servers that helped others find love just seemed like an ironic twist of lemon into his heart. He was a good guy deep down, and somewhere, a mediocre enzyme would fit with his substrate complex to create the perfect lock and key. Those are the kinds of things that Kyle Rancors would actually think. (2,297 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Revised review 26may2011. I'm liking this one better the second time around and have upped the ratings a bit.

Amber/orange and slightly cloudy, good head that lasts and nice lacing that really clings.

In addition to the usual pine/grapefruit aromas of an IPA, I sense a great orangey smell that's really nice, kinda like having mandarin orange slices in your salad. Has a slight smell of freshly cut wood (that's a good thing). You could call it a little on the floral side too. It smells great, BTW.

Taste wise it's a bit unusual for a DIPA in that there are more malt flavors than usual. It's at first malty, then woody; the hoppy/grapefruit/pine flavors aren't the first thing you notice, but they are certainly present. Other flavors range from floral to bitter hops. Strong tasting and unusual. Alcohol is only moderately concealed at best.

mouthfeel is slick, oily, very bitter with lingering bitterness and woody notes. Alcohol warms doing down. It's still a bit overpowering, but enjoyable. Definitely a pallet wrecker. Don't drink this one first, save it for later.

Overall it's pretty good but not one of my favorite doubles. It's obviously a high quality beer tho, and you should certainly give it a try sometime. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper in color, with a massive off-white head and plentiful, even carbonation. Very lacy as the beer sinks down the glass. I must admit, I get a bit nervous about oak-flavored beers. Very often the oakiness overpowers just about everything else in both the aroma and the flavor. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I took my first sip. Mercifully, however, the oak character here is fairly restrained – difficult to detect, even. Instead, the aroma is characterized by a mild spiciness, citric fruit, with something of a brown sugar scent. The flavor bears a significantly heavier imprint of oak than the aroma, but is still restrained enough to allow some of the other characteristics of the beer to show through. Malty, sweet, and sugary at the start, the beer finishes with a rather unexpected slight sour tinge. My biggest complaint with the flavor, however, is actually its sugary sweetness. There are some interesting features to this beer, but this feature renders it a bit too cloying for sustained drinking. (1,037 characters)

Photo of dlello2
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Caramel color with a hint of red-orange. Half-finger of head is gone quickly. Quite cloudy. Nice.

S - Citrus and hops. Yum. Roasted woody notes mix with orange zest. Very refreshing.

T - Definitely a standard pale ale flavor that hits first. The only thing betraying that hoppiness is a slightly thicker mouthfeel. Flavor is a touch less complex than I'd have thought, though still good. Aftertaste is bitter, but it mellows out nicely after a few seconds.

M - Balance is not perfect but not terrible. Carbonation/syrup do not work as well together as other beers like this.

O - Good beer. Not fantastic.
strength - smell and the first half of the swallow.
weakness - Odd bitterness in the 2nd half. (707 characters)

Photo of fingolfin72
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Crystal clear copper with a rapidly departing beige head.

Nose- lovely butterscotch and sherry with a pleasing hint of some earthy funk. It made me think of country ham.

The Palate is bold with flowery hop notes, pine, grapefruit, amontillado, toffee and alcohol. Lots of in your face and up your nose alcohol. Things just don't seem to be in balance here. It has a lot of good flavors, but it's not a particularly easy beer to drink. (452 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of Blanco
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful amber color with near white head billowy head. aroma is immediately of hops, but not as pungent as you would expect form a DIPA. taste is bitter upfront with a sugary sweetness in the finish. a little bit of citrus mixed in along with a slight burn from the alcohol. mouthfeel is clean, beer goes down without much of the aftertaste that hoppy beers can leave behind. very smooth. (390 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Thirsty Monk in Asheville

Pours out a beautiful clear copper, with kind of a small head, but very dense, which leaves a bit of lacing. Very pretty looking. There's a bit of earthy hops, with some spicy and fruity notes - primarily tropical fruits, but a strong syrupy presence is most notable. A bit estery with a lot of toasty malts, and a bit of wood as well. I can imagine it smelling much worse, but it doesn't smell like a DIPA (then again, I guess it really isn't a DIPA - only half of one), there's nothing harsh, but I'd love to smell more hops. In the taste, the old ale sort of dominates, like a hoppy old ale. Low bitterness, a bit of oak cask flavors. Some kind of roasty, not quite bready, but crackery malt tastes come through well. I can really taste the yeast in this in some respects - something reminds me of raw yeast, like the little vials. But when you get to the hoppiness, this one really shines. It's not piney, or bitter, or resinous at all - there's a wonderful tropical fruitiness to this, like mangoes, maybe a bit of tart cherry, and a nice kick of lemon-lime in the end. The alcohol is actually barely even noticeable. The feeling is still a bit syrupy, maybe its the kind of low level of carbonation. I can also notice the esters quite well because of that. The yeasty flavor kind of throws it off for me, but still I like this much better than the 90min. This one tasted pretty much how I exptected to. Though I hadn't noticed the alcohol as I was drinking it, I can imagine that I'll feel it soon. I think the smaller pour was just about right for this. (1,600 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent amber color with over an inch of off-white froth with good retention. Aroma smells of citric hops with hints of bread and caramel.

Bold taste features grapefruit, pine resin, bread, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. There’s also a peppery bite that adds a little extra zing. There really isn’t much transitioning, as the taste holds its form front to back. The influence of the barrel is modest but emerges more as the beer warms, as does the alcohol. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a velvety mouthfeel that is quite nice.

Overall, this is a full-flavored IPA with enough sweetness to contend with the hops. I’m still not convinced that IPAs lend themselves well to barrel aging, but this is good regardless. (751 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half pour into a Palm goblet

A - rusty brown with a thick white head that settles to thin large bubbles at the rim

S - alcohol comes first, with caramel, raisin and nougat underneath, almost cloyingly sweet, a hint of the IPA hops coming through

T - caramel and malt sweetness with plum, currant, and maple syrup tones. I am looking for the hops...

M - syrupy and thick

O - Imperial IPAs are a tricky lot... I feel this one goes a little too far into malt land and looses some of the aggressive hop flavor that is the hallmark of the style (544 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a large globe glass. This is a relatively fresh beer, having spent just 7 weeks in the bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with half an inch of off white foam, which lingers for a bit and laces fairly well.

Nose is rich and malty, sweet and hoppy. Citrus and earthy hops blend with dark fruity caramel and some light wood notes. Touch of alcohol is present but subtle.

Hops are less evident on the tongue as the malts take the forefront. A firm carbonation masks things initially and making for an easy though not too thrilling experience. Spritzy dark caramel on the finish doesn't linger for long. Interestingly their website notes a blend of a DIPA and an Old Ale, mixed and aged in an oak tank; but the bottle notes a blend of two DIPA's, one young and one aged on oak staves. As the beer warms, the latter seems more likely as the hops become more prominent on the aroma and the oak/old ale factors offer less of a contribution.

Overall quite easy drinking for a 10% brew and not as sweet as expected or as their 90 minute. Still, not worth the premium and becomes a bit thin in body by the bottom of the glass and offers only a moderate level of complexity. (1,192 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, nearly opaque really, with a deep copper color skewed to red, one finger head leaves behind a ring with a few frothy bubbles here and there and no real lacing.

S: hopfest, aromatic and piney with some background yeast.

T: a hoppier hopfest than the nose. Fresh piney hops, unsweetened grain, bitter hop finish.

M: sharp carbonation, dry finish.

D: I really don't think I could blind taste test the difference between this and DFH 90 minute. The thing that sets them apart, I think, is that this is less sweet and more bitter than the 90 and a much more dry finish. Taste wise though, it's a dead ringer. (620 characters)

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: A really cool looking deep, clear, vibrant red color. One finger of head that subsided almost immediately. Little lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, and that standard sweetness in the background that all DFH beers seem to have.

Taste: A sharp bite of pine and alcohol immediately, backed by oak. There's some sweetness in the background, but the bitterness lingers for a long time. The alcohol is definitely present in this one. There's something unpleasant about the sweetness in the background, though.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, but sharp, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A sipper, and a solid DIPA. The background sweetness becomes a little cloying after awhile, but this is a characteristic I've found in almost all of Dogfish Head's beers. Can't say I'd want more than one, and I probably wouldn't actively seek it out again. (898 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this in NYC, and got another from AlohaC as part of Secret Bunny 2007; not sure which this one was, so I'll thank AlohaC anyway! Thanks!

Poured a dark golden or light brown into an oversized wine glass. Very little head, but lots of lacing as I drink. Oak and vanilla are prominent in the aroma, with a little bit of piney hops and soap in there for good measure. Smells sweet, and the taste follows up big time. I actually was not a huge fan of this -- I realize the oak aging dulls the hops and increases sweetness, but for me it was surprisingly cloying. Maybe it was just the surprise factor, but I didn't find it as amazingly drinkable as some people have. Flavour is heavy on the vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, and molasses. A little bit of field fruit and grassy hops in there as well. Mild bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Well above average, but not knock-me-out wow. (908 characters)

Photo of shodrod
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(poured into a snifter)

This beer pours a deep amber color with very little head. The aroma is a tad astringent with notes of raspberry. The front is slightly hoppy. It finishes with a hint of caramel and those raspberry notes; reminiscent of the dumb dumb suckers I had as a child. This beer reminds me more of a barley wine than an imperial IPA. Almost no hint of the oak barrels some of this was aged in. Either way, those are my two favorite styles so no complaints here! (476 characters)

Photo of kylehayworth
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange, deep copper. The head builds after you pour it then fades to a 1/4 foamy whiteness.

S: Pine hops, with an ever slight oaky background

T: You get the good piney hops, but the finish has a mild bitterness, but it sticks around for a minute.

M/D: It does seem to be a little over carbonated to me, and I was expecting something more from the oak aged factor. It taste like a regular DIPA, unless my pallet is refined enough to pick up the oaky smokey factor. Still a good beer though. (503 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt brown, tan with a thick creamy 1/2 head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, oak whiskey, spices, malts, sugars, floral yeast and yes, booze.

Taste - Very malty first drink, with a burn from the booze. Hops arent as strong as i figured and hoped for. The oak flavor is nice and but with the hops and malts give it a little odd soapy flavor
and makes for a different kind of ipa.

Mouthfeel - Its strong but not as flavor wild as other dfh beers. Palette is numbed from alcohol and hops but not that bad for a 10% beer.

Drinkabilty - Its 10% and still has that trademark burnt hop flavor from dfh. The price is pretty steep also. This is basically 90 minute ipa with a twist. Dfh still to worried about making off the wall brews, but this one is acutally pretty good for something different. I wouldnt want more then 1. Worth a try even if you dont like 90 minute ipa. (912 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper/orange color with a light head. The aroma is of malt and caramel with the hops noticeable in the background. The taste is sweet and malty with not as much hop flavor as I expected – slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and a bit oily. Overall this is an interesting beer that is complex, but perhaps a little too sweet for more than one in a session. (388 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange color with a dense frothy head. Exceptional retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Dense malty aroma suggesting biscuits and caramel. Floral and citrus notes.

Caramel malt seems the create the foundation on the palate. Accents of ripe citrus fruits coupled with dried dates. High level of hop oils provide a resiny bitterness. Just a touch of oak to mellow out the flavor. Pretty well balanced.

Full bodied. Just a tad over carbonated. Leans toward a syrupy texture.

Solid. (496 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2009

12oz bottle pours amber in the glass with a decent white head, keeps a nice cap, a little spotty lacing.

Aroma is quite nice, citrus hops up front, grapefruit, some orange, followed by a caramel malt sweetness, as well as a little vanilla, banana, and butterscotch.

Flavor is sweet caramel malts up front with a bitter hoppy finish.
Nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Very, very nice, glad I got a chance to try this. (527 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,792 ratings.