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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4732
Reviews: 1668
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%


Brewed by:
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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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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with a nice one finger white head.

Aroma is of old citrus and oaky vanilla. Some slight sweetness can be detected.

Taste is similar, medium bitter hops with a slightly citrus bend, oaky wood, and just a hint of light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is the best of the four oak or barrel aged IPAs I have tried thus far. With that said, I am not a huge fan of this style. I would much rather drink a straight IPA any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:57:00 | More by thebigredone
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Burton Baton is a nice DIPA. It was heavy on the sweet malt and abv which makes this a sipping beer an not a session ale. The beer poured a nice clear amber with thin white head that laced nicely. The scent was full of fresh hop that carried pine and citrus notes. The taste was very sweet and malty which helped to balance the bitter citrus hops. There was also a nice subtle back drop of pine. The mouthfeel was full body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was good...but one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 02:31:12 | More by WoodBrew
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SSS

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great flavorful beer! The malt comes out predominantly. Nice oak smell and after taste. Smells nutty. The high alcohol content. Fantastic hazelnut brown color brings out the malt characteristics. High alcohol content does hit you straight. I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:02:50 | More by SSS
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JohnG190

New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep hazy amber with a two finger off-white head that dissipates to a delicate lacing. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, and sweet malt with some bitterness from the hops coming through. Sweetness from the malt hits the palate first then some IPA hop bitterness. Finishes smooth and sweet. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, another outstanding well crafted beer from Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:32:02 | More by JohnG190
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/31/13.

Appearance: Amber/orange and opaque. Frothy cap of off-white foam.

Aroma: Deep pine and orange tones from the hops. Touch of alcohol.

Taste: Big initial bitterness with good hop flavor to keep it interesting. Similar to the aroma with lots of pine and a fair amount of orange along with other sweet fruits. Wasn't expecting this much hop flavor and bitterness from an oak-aged beer. Some good barley flavor in there with hints of caramel. Not getting much oak but definitely a bit of heat from the alcohol, especially on the back end. Finish is smooth and there is lingering alcohol and bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall it has a similar flavor profile to a Scotch Ale or Barleywine but more rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body. The oak-aging has given a great smoothness to the beer which helps to counteract the bitterness and make this big beer quite drinkable.

Final Thoughts: Perhaps it's my penchant for big IPAs and Scotch Ales, but Burton Baton nearly surpassed my expectations. Oak-aging an IPA seems counterintuitive but the chosen hops definitely stand up to the challenge and mixing in a non-aged IPA recaptures all the fresh bitterness hop heads like myself crave. Good one DFH. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:22:39 | More by JamesMN
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lord_kiyama

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very good, like most of the dogfish heads. bought a 4-pack at wegman's. drank it out of a snifter. medium brown color. the hoppiness came through. reminded me of the 90 minute IPA, but felt smoother, if that makes any sense. looking forward to trying the hellhound tonight

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 17:34:11 | More by lord_kiyama
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magictacosinus

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm so glad I found a bottle of this during an outing in SF. Split with friends. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. No bottling date... Too bad. Review is from my notes.

Pours a relatively deep amber color with a good amount of an off-white head. Retention is surprisingly good, especially given the ABV and hybrid style at hand, and the lacing is phenomenal, often sticking to the glass's edges everywhere in a soapy, sticky manner. I'd expect this to be slightly syrupy from the principal of being a DFH beer alone, but the oak has definitely made its mark here in providing a firm, creamy appearance. However, I'd never truly expect this to contain oak if poured to me blindly. Quite a strong feat from these guys... One of the best looking beers I've ever seen them make.

The aroma is truly awesome, at least to me, as what seemed to be a paradox of blending an English brown ale with a DIPA in oak barrels turns out quite well balanced and yet complex at the same time. Oak tannic qualities, tobacco, leather, pungent floral hoppiness, as well as spades of vanilla, citrus rinds, grass, caramel, and firm graininess soaked with a bit of booze. The initial oak is quite soured and comes off as a dried, woody sensation, but it soon settles and allows the other flavors to come through. The tobacco, orange peel, and subtle vanilla combo is pretty fascinating, but the oak does get a bit heavy overall in the flavor.

Whoa! The flavor is even more complex. At the front of the tongue, there's an immediate stream of syrupy, caramelized bready notes combined with bittered, floral, dank hoppiness. Then, as soon as it fades, these forward flavors meld into the oak and earthiness imparted by the wood and hops to produce a pretty unique drinking experience. There's an immediately sensation of slight sweetness, such as vanilla and butterscotch, but soon is replaced with the soured, tannic sensation of woody flakes, as well as a bit of the tobacco flavor. Soon after, these flavors meld in a subtle yet forward buttery sensation that is creamy and juicy tasting. Definitely gets a little heavy in the long run, and the soured sensation distracts from the wonderful herbal and earthy astringency, but it's otherwise well assembled. Very flavorful and pretty much unlike anything I've had.

Not something I could have all the time, but it was a real treat to try this in midst of all the hype. The oak is not too refined, and I have a feeling this is best fresh rather than aged, but the earthy, floral flavors are pretty awesome overall, especially the vanilla/orange/tobacco combo that I previously mentioned. Indeed, it seems that aging hoppy, amber beers in oak bring out those aromas as opposed to the dark fruit/caramel flavor that the same process brings out in, say, stouts. Great stuff - definitely one of the most memorable beers I've had by these guys in midst of all the experimentation.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:20:54 | More by magictacosinus
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a foamy white head. A rather vigorous pour left me with two fingers. Small streams of carbonation. Excellent lacing

Aroma: Hits a lot of notes. I smell sweet malts and fruity esters. Caramel and vanilla accompanied by sweet berries and melon. There is also an earthy hop pressence. Citrus most definitely and a faint pine aroma. There is some woodiness to this too which isn't surprising

Taste: Just wow. Dogfish does it again. Follows the nose. Big sweet malt profile with some fruit notes and a very pleasant citrus hop bitterness throughout. Never becomes overly sweet nor overly bitter. The mellow woody vanilla flavor compliments this perfectly. Very well balanced. No perceivable alcohol

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Dangerously easy to drink

Overall: Great. The barrel aging adds a nice layer of additional complexity. This would have been a great DIPA without it but its a very nice touch. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:23:32 | More by MistahBeah
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Biffster

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber/copper, with a low persistent tawny head and an attractive lace on the glass.

The aroma - wow - lots of intense grassy citrusy hop notes, but also a ton of fruit - big melon, apricot, strawberry and cherry. The nose is also toasty, with a moderate to full malty presence to counter the hops. There are lots of toasty graham cracker and bread crust notes. There is some toffee and caramel sweetness as it warms, although no diacetyl. It is also nutty and a bit tannic, indicative of some oak character. There is the barest touch of leather as it warms.

Given the complex nose and promise of the beer, the sip is not as sweet or cloying as you would expect. The tannins seem to help dry it until the hop bitterness takes over to finish the job. There is a bracing hop flavor and bitterness all the way through. The finish is somewhat malty, but not sweet. Think of dark bread or fruitcake with just a touch of cocoa at the finish mingling with hop bitterness for a finish that is not cloying, but substantial.

This has a moderately full and very substantial mouthfeel. The carbonation is low to moderate, the body is rich and full, but the hop bitterness and oaky tannins help to dry it a bit on the palate.

What a wonderful rich but not overbearing sipper. I was given a four pack by a friend for sitting by the fire. Very generous but not the right choice for the venue. Over a few days, it was my last beer of the night, but I insisted on keeping the last for savoring in a snifter. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:56:40 | More by Biffster
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured the Burton Baton into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours a cloudy amber with a finger of light yellow head.

S - The aroma is sweet up front with candied fruit, some coconut, grapefruit, a little wood or vanilla in there. A bit of citrus and pine hits the nose. A lot going on here. Winning my heart.

T - Solid up front right on the nose, candied fruit, some honey, tanginess, floral, but not over powering. Citrus in there with some grapefruit mid palate. I'm digging the style, this is wonderful stuff here my friend.

M - The medium carbonation beer is silky smooth and quite heavy and syrupy on the finish which I like. Again, love this stuff.

O - I don't know, maybe this is too good to be true, I love this beer. I desire it more than just a Regular Imperial IPA because of the many different flavors that this beer has. Very well balanced. Highly Recommended ! Cheers !!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:15:21 | More by fitrock2112
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark orange colored with a large yellow white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: oak, wood, vanilla, pine hops, citrus, leather, earth, heavy alcohols and esters

T: slightly sweet up front with a nice malty quality, quickly changes to dry oak flavors, wood, vanilla, cherry wood, heavy piney hop finish of a DIPA

M: full bodied, slightly oily, alcohol well hidden, good carbonation

O: this fusion of styles is cleverly obtained by blending two beers instead of sacrificing qualities of one or the other, an intriguing version of a style that sets itself apart from others, barrel aging a DIPA sounds like a bad idea but DFH found a way to make it work well

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:43:19 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Tonmeister

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured in a tulip shaped glass

A: Dark amber with a thick white head when poured aggressive. The lacing is maintained when tilting the glass.

S: citrusy, hoppy, floral, earthy,

T: Notes of Oak Wood and vanilla with a strong hop presence.

M: moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

O: Overall, this is by far one of my favorites Imperial IPA. It has a nice rich and complex taste blended very well. For a 10% ABV, this is a very smooth beer. Each sip I discover different tastes, and its very, very smooth. I still can't believe its a 10%. IF you see this, BUY IT & TRY IT.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 18:31:47 | More by Tonmeister
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looked forward to drinking this since I bought a single in a mixed six a couple of weeks ago. Supposed to be one of Dogfish Head's premier offerings.

Poured directly into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a. Translucent medium amber with a two-finger head which slowly dissipates to a half finger foam film with dense lacing. Halfway down, the lacing is still thick back up to the top. Wow.

s: Fruity plus,

t: Complex fruity-hoppy-malty, leaving a delightful woody aftertaste almost as though you licked the beer off the inside of an oak cask (and did not get any splinters in your tongue). The combined tastes are a velvety treat, but the hop bite increases as it warms, becoming somewhat harsh, although still very tasty.

m. Moderate to heavy, but smooth.

o. Really top quality all the way, So good I'd rather sip it in an easy chair all alone than use it as a refresher/session ale, but then at 10% ABV sessioning wouldn't last long with me. Definitely worth the extra cost for its added dimensions over most other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:52:14 | More by scotorum
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mttaylor1066

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sit back, relax and ENJOY. Not a beer to hurry through.

My bottle poured with a nice, thin mousse that settled fairly quickly. It has the restrained carbonation that one should expect in an ale of this age and type. What really caught my attention was the color and the lively appearance of the ale. It seems vibrant, copper orange with a depth. Beautiful to look at.

I'm not one to pick up oak scents, they just seem to escape me. At first I do pick up lighter malt and yeast on the nose. Nothing too strong. As the ale warms I get the hoppy notes. I imagine that there is some dry hopping done but it's not a "sock on the nose" like most American IPAs.

The hop bitterness comes through very quickly, and it's needed to balance out the sweetness of the malts here. There are a lot of hops in this ale. I do not detect the alcohol warmth that one expects in a 10% ABV ale, it's hidden in layers of velvet malt, lemon rind and a musky white grape. This is no beginner beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, as you WOULD expect for an Imperial IPA.

Enjoyable and a successful brewing strategy ("two threads" of ales blended.)

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 21:48:18 | More by mttaylor1066
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"This special ale is a two-thread blend of a young & wood-aged Imperial IPA. Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers." Brewed in the style of an Imperial IPA, blended with English Old Ale & barrel aged. Available year-round in 4 packs. Date on bottle is 12/11/12.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Dogfish Head Signature glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A vivacious pour yields a booming off-white cream head of a thick, creamy consistency over a medium hazy copper-orange body. Carbonation is moderate, retention is very good. Lacing is sticky but light and streaked. Impressive qualities through the appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Pungent, spicy, floral and piney hop aromas are up front and a wet bready grain note, a touch sharp with a hint of diacetyl and fruity esters lingers closely behind. Aroma is pleasing yet approachable in its simplicity for a beer that appears to require a lot of time and effort to produce. Despite a touch more pronounced malt sweetness and depth, there isn't much that separates this from your typical Double IPA. Aroma is somewhat dry, potentially from the oak aging and the hop bitterness, although the rough malt profile may also have some impact on that. 3.75

(Taste) Expect notes of clean bready, biscuity pale malt and mildly toasted caramel malt, cleaner than the aroma predicts. Mild diacetyl blends nicely with a passive resinous and floral hop flavor. A mild bitterness rounds out the light malt sweetness, fruity esters are at a bare minimum and too shallow to note. A tiny impact from the oak aging aids in a mildly dry finish, nothing too strong or off-putting in terms of flavor or texture. The drag-out finish is of a lingering note of mellow caramel candy sweetness followed by a resinous, sudsy hop pop. The approachability of this beer and the lighter-than-expected flavor profile assures very high drinkability. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Mellow carbonation and a clean, slick malt profile gives this beer a medium thickness and a mild, creamy texture. Finish is mildly dry with a shallow bite from oak and moderate alpha hops. Body is light/medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium at strongest. Really enjoy the malt and carbonation texture, the body could thicken a notch or two but isn't all that bothersome where it stands. 4

(Overall) I'm taken aback by the high drinkability of this beer. It came off much lighter in flavor then I expected, with a mellow, charismatic malt bill and matching mildly bitter floral and earthy hops to balance. Texture is fine and the quality of appearance was pleasantly in-tow with my expectations. It may not be as seriously bitter, hop heavy or abrasive as a Double IPA should stand with its casual drinkers, but it's good to see that Dogfish Head can put out a beer that is as delicately crafted in its malt qualities as it is with the hops. This beer is astoundingly quaffable for the alcohol and style. I should certainly see how this may age with a few years on it. 4.25

Dogfish Head Brewery's
Burton Baton
4.13/5.00

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:39:43 | More by Jadjunk
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tumbler.

Orangy with two to three finger head with solid retention.

Smell is much like the 90 minute, very syrupy, fruity, not the strong hop/citrus you would expect from a classic ipa.

Almost soapy. Very mellow, malty. Very balanced taste. A bit of oak comes out. Caramel towards the end.

Pretty solid, complex, drinkable beer. Typical Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 06:18:15 | More by Smurf2055
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jduffy21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz bottle in to my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.It was a beautiful amber in color with a thick white head that hung around all the way down the glass. IT had a wonderful aroma, smells of fruit and malt. For a 10%er, this is tame and goes a bit too smooth for a high alcohol beer. Malty flavor comes out first with some vanilla, and a hop bite, the oak really tones this beer down. This was one of the best beers I've had. Great job by Dogfish!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 17:15:12 | More by jduffy21
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stewart124

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color with some reddish hues. Pretty awesome head. Off white and rocky that leaves a beautiful lacing.

Plenty of citrusy hops in the nose to go along with the pine. Just a hint of oak and vanilla.

Bold and yet very easy to drink. I can really pick up some old ale characters and then I get a hit of hops in the finish. I can see why this goes over so well. Pear and apple esters that blend well with some orange notes. There is a deep warming sensation from the oak and old ale. Loads of resin and background bitterness. NIce touch of caramel and vanilla as this warms. Some of the hops mellow and the body seems to pick up.

Very nice beer. Some warming alcohol but nothing to take away from this Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:39:30 | More by stewart124
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Glad my buddy picked up a four-pack of this stuff for me to try, this stuff is great.

Appearance: Poured a deep hazy amber with a thin white head that disappeared leaving delicate lacing along the edges of my tulip.

Smell: Hints of bourbon, piney and earthy hops and citrus aromas compete for the spotlight in the nose. A little bit of oak comes into play, and this is just a lovely aroma.

Taste: Delicious. Sweetness from the malt and also citrus and great bitterness from the hops. Slight alcohol burn as this warms but the 10% is masked quite well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with solid carbonation and creaminess. A bit sweet but not overly so, the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall: I loved this IPA from Dogfish, as it is yet another strong effort from them. I can't wait to get my hands on another 4-pack of this stuff, definitely try it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 14:59:56 | More by Mikecap
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oi_scout_jessie

California

3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This poured a slightly red, almost orange, color. It had a 1 finger thick, off-white head, which disappeared quickly. The lacing was very thin, but it stuck around.

Smell: I could only smell a slight hoppyness, but definitely not as much as I expected it to be; At least not when I compare it to other Double IPA’s. I also sensed a heavy alcohol smell. Which is not a big surprise, this beer does have a 10% ABV.

Taste: This had a dark and thick taste to it. I definitely tasted the oak in it. That’s probably what gives it such a heavy taste. Just like the smell, it had a slight bitterness from the hops, but nothing too crazy. This also had a boozey taste to it, due to the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: This was definitely a full-bodied brew. It left a nice fizzy sensation on my tongue.

Overall: Where can I start with this beer? Well, it was definitely not what I expected. When I saw that this was an Imperial IPA, I was expecting a higher hop smell/taste to it. But I can only assume that the oak affected this. (just an assumption) But I have to be honest, the more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it. After I got over the fact that it wasn’t as hoppy as expected, I actually really enjoyed this. Another plus to this beer was that it left a good aftertaste in my mouth. It left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:34:53 | More by oi_scout_jessie
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a red/amber with about one full finger of slightly off-white head. The foam lingers for a minute or so, leaving a bubbly ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is bitter hops, malt, alcohol, and mild vanilla. It smells almost exactly like I would have imagined it to. 90min IPA aged on oak.

T: The beer starts out with sweet malt, and mild oak. The hops join the party a bit after, but the mixing flavors remind me a bit of pine-sol. The flavors aren't bad, it's just a bit off putting. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I can still taste it after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied beer. This thing is sticky, a bit boozy and drying, and pine-sol-y.

O: Not my favorite thing in the world. But... It's not the worst either. If you like 90min or 120min, then give this beer a shot. If you don't care for those beers, then skip this one. I don't see myself buying this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 13:37:54 | More by trxxpaxxs
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It self identifies as a blend of an imperial IPA and an old ale. I'm reviewing it as such (not as merely an imperial IPA as is currently the listed style for this beer). Picked this up in a SoCal beer store earlier tonight as it's a known classic. Granted, I'm not usually big on Dogfish Head beers, but of their beers that I do like, 120 Minute stands out - so I have high hopes seeing as this is also a high ABV imperial IPA. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic label and standard red branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed. Bottled 03/04/13.

Served cold, straight from the fridge - I erred on the side of imperial IPA serving temperature rather than old ale serving temperature, but if it seems to warrant some warming, I'll let it. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive six finger head of light khaki-beige colour head, nice thickness, decent cream, okay frothiness, and damn good (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Not real soft looking, but it's fluffy. Quite impressed with the retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looking spot-on for an imperial IPA, and the head retention is a highlight. No overt flaws are noticeable. Lacing is uneven, inconsistent, thin, and weak. If you told me this was half Old Ale, I doubt I'd believe you.

Sm: Sugary. Brown sugar. Wood - less a refined oak wood and more just your run-of-the-mill barrel. Perhaps more of a cedar aroma? Some spicy kick too. Light floral hop character and some buried citrus. Red/amber malts. Some red fruit - perhaps stone fruit or cherry; it's quite concealed. The flower notes come through more and more as I sniff this one out; it's hard to distinguish the floral hops from the actual flowery notes I'm getting. Very intriguing, but rather restrained for the purported complexity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, interestingly. It certainly doesn't fit neatly into either of the constituent styles, but it's got my attention. I'd call it a good aroma all around; I just wish it were deeper and more evocative. Below average in strength.

T: Interesting. Tannin-heavy woody notes up front. Malty woody sweetness. Some unrefined sugars - mixing with those tannins. Hop character is floral, and surprisingly restrained coming from the imperial IPA side of things. Malts definitely win the war against hops here. Some deep biscuit/toffee notes from the old ale side come off murky against the pale malt sweetness of the IPA side. Amber malts seem to edge out others for slight dominance. I do notice some alcohol, but it's decently hidden for 10%. Oak? Vanilla? No such luck on either account. The wood is of a more generic barrel or cedar character. I expected more complexity than it provides. Far more subtlety too. No yeast character comes through. Not at all acidic or harsh. Low on the esters. Balance is decent; it's not a mess but it never comes off cohesive or seamless. A slight spicy character does emerge as it warms. Not finding the stonefruit/cherry I got on the aroma. Not citrusy, nectary, oily, or piney. In fact, it's pretty disappointing in terms of hop character. Vague brown sugar. Maybe some blood orange when I look for it?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick and full-bodied; you won't be quaffing this one. Pretty good presence on the palate. Slight overcarbonation, but it isn't biting, harsh, or sharp. Not as soft as it could be. Sticky. Creaminess is about right for what they're after. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Clean and approachable, but not ideal.

Dr: One of the more interesting Dogfish Head beers I've had, to be sure. But I hoped for better. It does hide its ABV pretty well, but I wouldn't say the drinkability here is high. I wouldn't want more than one in a given night. It has none of the characteristics I want from either of the constituent styles, and it doesn't balance them particularly well, but it's still strangely likable. I'd have it again, preferably on-draught. The execution could be so much better, though. I like the concept of the beer, but I think it can be done better. I do applaud the experimentation, and I'm not disappointed by it.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 05:15:57 | More by kojevergas
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Roman5150

Spain

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into tulip, dated Jan 31st

Appearance: cloudy unfiltered orange/amber with short white head

Smell: lots of smokiness oak character, earthy hops, subtle dark fruitiness

Taste: follows the nose, heavy oak character followed by resinous earthy hops, prominent malt backbone is almost sweet. Not super hoppy for a dips, aging gave it a more malty earthy character.

Mouthfeel: not much carbonation, very full, thick beer.

Overall: probably my favorite dogfish head, this is one of the better oak aged beers I've had. Alcohol is pleasantly disguised and the complexity of the flavors Is almost mind blowing. Not your typical dip, do not pass this over.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 05:03:50 | More by Roman5150
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MarriedAtGI

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 06/08/12. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz snifter.

Appearance: Orangish amber color, cloudy and opaque. I would have preferred more clarity from this beer. Quarter inch of white head dissipates fairly quickly. Good lacing, especially after I swirled the snifter to pull out more aroma.

Aroma: Vanilla, orange zest, sourdough bread. Compelling - once I smell this, I can't wait to drink it.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. Perfectly suitable to the style.

Taste: Oak tannins combine with the orange and sourdough from the nose. The oak aging is distinctly noticeable and enjoyable, not overpowering. A very pleasant sweetness blends perfectly with subtle tartness and bitterness. No puckering and no astringency. Just a hint of alcohol heat.

Overall: Excellent balance of sweet, tart, and bitter with delicious complexity from the oak aging. One of my absolute favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 00:11:36 | More by MarriedAtGI
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Murrhey

Montana

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Ore. for $4.67. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head, lasts about a minute. Some delicate lacing. Reddish-amber color with medium clarity. Not a bad looking beer. Very pleased.

S- Semi-sour. Oak, cherries, northwest hops, pine. That wood-aged, mellow aroma is quite nice.

T- Amazingly smooth. Alcohol content is wonderfully well hidden. A slight hint of scotch. The mellowness of the English Ale and the hoppiness of the IPA is blended expertly. I am a huge fan of this flavor. Hoppy, mallow-y, scotch. Yum.

M- Medium bodied, slightly alcoholic feel. Perhaps the lowest point of the beer.

O- This beer actually exceeded my expectations. I am very impressed, which is something Dogfish Head usually doesn't do for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:29:39 | More by Murrhey
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,732 ratings.