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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,345
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 387
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 30
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear auburn color with light tan head. It smelled like a mix of copper and floral hops with noticeable oak and burnt caramel malt, along with a hint of alcohol. Its flavor came in waves, first of brown sugar and molasses, then of copper and floral hops, then of oak and roasted malts, then of brown sugar again for a smooth and sweet aftertaste. It was oily with very slight carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was a very unique and enjoyable beer that was well balanced and had great, creamy flavor. Hooray!

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Photo of AmitC
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very powerful and strong brew. Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 12/11/12. So about 4 months old.

A Golden amber color. Very clear. Transparent. Excellent about three fingers thick off white colored head with very good retention. Awesome lacing on the sides. Very sticky. Some bubbles.

Aroma is strong. Fills the nose as soon as the cap is popped open. Strong malts, bready and caramel. Very nice hops - ground and earthy. Slight booze and lots of warmth is apparent as well.

Taste is full of powerful bitter hops upfront that register their presence pretty quickly. Give an impression of Barleywine due to a strong presence of balancing malts. Malts, still are not able to out perform hops. Display very strongly as booze and warmth. Bitterness is ground and earth like. No citrus. Palate wrecking for sure.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full Slight resin and oily feel. Moderate carbonation. Boozy and high ABV beer. I like the boldness. Borders very heavily towards being a Barleywine ale and in a blind taste I will certainly rate it as one.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, lightly hazy amber with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Smells malty and of fruit, dark berry and such. Also some citrusy aromas from the hops. Alcohol and toffee back there somewhere. Hints of sweet vanilla.

Taste is malty, some dark fruit and toffee. Vanilla is stornger here. Strident hops as well but they don't take over and it balances the sweetness. Mouth is still lightly sticky and full bodied. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty and drinkable. An experiment that works!

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Photo of pwoods
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this trade.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/08/07.

A: Pours a beautiful sunset orange with the exact hazing. 1 solid finger of eggshell head comes up and eventually dies to a frothy skim on the surface. Some patchy lacing.

S: Hops seem to have died down some.. at least they're not as strong as I expected. Some alcohol notes as well as some oak. Some sweetness coming from some golden raisins. Alcohol really stands out later in the drink.

T/M: At first sip, the bitterness is very subdued. I still get some sweet grapefruit with a touch of puckering lime. In the middle, I get a touch of iced tea flavor before the an oak and vanilla creaminess comes through. Getting some dried fruits... dates or figs? Alcohol just barely noticeable throughout the entire drink, but doesn't hurt or dominate in any way. It finishes very dry with some bitterness finally coming through with some strength.

D: Very tasty and I find it hard to take my time sipping it. I could find myself drunk before I knew it if I wasn't careful. I'd like to try this fresh to compare but I'm thinking in between 1 and 2 years would be a good drinking window.

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Photo of RandyV
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blend of the two styles, with the citric tang and hop bite nicely complemented by the oak vanilla and malt smoothness. The alcohol heat is present but never gets in the way. This is a stellar offering from a stellar brewery.

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Photo of drtth
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 06/19/09. Huge thanks to kstrickler for grabbing this for me!

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish to brown hued orange amber color. Produced a lovely fluffy white head that stayed around for awhile. Left huge clumps of lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

(S)- A smooth yet dry hop pine kick up front. Some wet/damp wood behind some lemon & pineapple citrus.

(T)- A wonderful dense flavor of hops. Great pine, lemon, and pineapple citrus. A wealth of wood-like flavors that also dry out the tongue. Has just a slight sweet honey/grapefruit-like sweetness. Just the tiniest hint of creamy nuttiness at the end of it.

(M)- A great carbonation level. Hoppy & dry as hell, but has a great balance; the light sweetness counters all of that in just the right way. The 10%abv is hidden well too. Surprisingly smooth despite the ridiculous hop level.

(D)- A fantastic DIPA. Possibly one of my personal favorites to boot. If this is how it tastes after almost a year on it, then a fresh bottles would be ridiculously potent! I loved this the first time I had it and this is just like I remember it. I could easily have a few of these if the alcohol didnt catch up with me.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A light brown appearance, about a finger of off white head at the top and lacing that sticks to the glass the whole time.

S-Smells of strong hops, a nice grapefruit presence, slight smell of brown sugar and bananas.

T-Taste is exceptional, loved the taste of this DIPA, taste of grapefruit up front, bits of honey, and strong hops throughout the bitterness is perfect on this brew.

M-Smooth mouthfeel, just a bit of carbonation, perfect balance.

O-Great brew, I loved this brew all around, very pleasant and perfect. Dogfish does it again. Thank you!

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Photo of jmendels
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer with a slew of other IPAs, including some other Dogfish Head brews. I didn't know what to expect from it, as I hadn't read up on it. Yet, my taste buds were blown away after the first sip. There are so many flavors in this one and you can taste each of the beer styles that comprise its legacy. The smooth toffee flavors of the English Ale rest well alongside the floral notes of the IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost silky, with a semi-sweet after taste that lingers ever so slightly. This beer is incredible, showing respect to the styles that give it its context and balancing them well. If you like imperial ales or IPAs, try this. This beer is beautiful.

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*bottled 11/22/10*

Pours a brilliant clear amber with a one finger white head that slowly falls before settling to a thin layer.

Oaky with hints of sweetness (vanilla like) in the background. Hints of bitterness towards the end.

Right away I taste the oak and the vanilla really comes through. There's some pine bitterness present that really compliments the oak flavor very well. It really has an exceptional taste. There is a touch of burn towards the end but is just faintly noticeable and doesn't take anything away from the taste. Easily drinkable for a 10% beer.

Very creamy with a much fuller body than many other IIPAs I've had in the past, really coats the palate. The carbonation was much lower than i expected but it really compliments the other elements of the beer.

This beer is nothing short of amazing. While I'm normally not a huge fan of IIPAs this one has to be the best I've had with the vanilla/oak really making this one stand head & shoulders above many of the others out there. There's a great deal of depth here and not only does it taste wonderful but is also a pleasure to drink. While the high abv does make it one to be enjoyed at a slower pace, it is highly enjoyable all the same.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first impression is from resiny, piney hop aroma, which is strong in the first pour but dissipates after a few moments. There's also alight bready, malt scent.

An off-white creamy head with tight lacing and good retention of about .25-inch of head sits well, and it pours a golden, copper color with ample carbonation, slightly hazy.

Clean, crisp flavor is the first taste. The expected hop kick isn't there. Oh, there's bitterness but it's very much in balance with slightly sweet malt and mellow oak. That lovely oak is right at the front of the palette with a touch of citrus and malty sweetness. Surprisingly, there only a little bitterness at the front. Burton Baton finishes with small amount of alcohol warmth, dryness and bitterness.

It's a sneaky beer, for sure, at 10% ABV, so it's probably good they only come in 4-packs. You could easily drink a lot of this beer and not necessarily realize it.

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Photo of theo871
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/14/10

Pours a deep copper, with a head that does not dissipate. you could float a bottle cap on this one!

Smells hoppy, citrusy, fruity, woody. An olfactory treat!

Tastes of floral hops, with a malt finish. the 10% ABV is so well masked here, its borderline dangerous!

Mouthfeel is smooth, perfect for the style.

This rates at the top for DIPA for me. It doesn't get any better than this.

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Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I purchased at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Oh a few weeks ago for $3.50 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Stamped on neck: BOTTLED ON: 08/13/10.

A 4 inch light brown creamy head that clings to the inside of the glass like a survivor on the edge of a life raft. That is over a body which is a great, opaque, dark caramel colored body. I do not recall the on tap version being this good looking. It is interesting, inviting, commanding. Great, great look. 5.0

S Floral and grapefruit hops over a malt sweetness and even some oak in there too. It all works really well. Again, the smell (like the look) is interesting, inviting and even challenging! 4.5

T There are just great tastes bounding about, competing for your attention! What hits me first is the spike of abundant grapefruit hops. Next is a great sweetness from I am thinking is medium roast malt and then, sort of holding it all together, is a great oaken wood taste. Just a great, great beer. 5.0

M This is one huge beer! The malt, the hops, the oak, and a burn of alcohol conspire to make this one of the biggest beers this side of Russian Imperial Stouts that I can recall. It suits the style very well. 4.5

D One and done for me but I think that this is true to the style. This is to be sipped and enjoyed and it certainly was by me today. 3.5

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Photo of Nicked
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: bottle with 8/2015 date

A: pours a lovely honey, burnished copper. 1.5 fingers of white foam, which leaves little lacing but slides down the glass as I drink.

S: nose is sweet malt, subtle wood. Hops are subdued.

T: extremely well-balanced. Alcohol is well-hidden. Sweet malts rule the day, with subtle and smooth oak, wood flavors. Sticky, resinous hops buttress the huge malt character. As it warms it develops a slight boozy kick- very nice. Somewhat dry finish.

M: medium-bodied, oily, light carbonation.

O: very impressive! I wasn't ever a fan of oak-aged beers... Until now! Fruity old ale and oak flavors blend nicely, reinforced by sticky hops and sweet malts. Love it, another home run from DFH.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bit of a hazy light copper/dark honey with a thick, clingy white head. The aroma is moderate-high hop--mainly lemony citrus and a noticeable warm, vanilla boozy notes, quite appealing. The flavor is quite complex, initially a citrus/spicy hop flavor hits, followed by a smooth, caramel-raisin malt, and then finishes with a bit of warming alcohol and a pronounced hop flavor and firm hop bitterness. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall this an extremely flavorful, unique beer that I find extremely enjoyable. The beer has many dimensions, especially as the temperature slowly rises.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color with an impressive frothy and creamy head that resulted from an aggressive pour into a snifter. Nice lacing and retention during the enjoyment of the drink.

S - Quite simply, this beer smells amazing. One of the most intriguing beers through the nose that I have ever experienced. The variables are endless into this olfactory explosion. Earthy, piney, oak undertones, grass, malty, caramel, sweet baked bread...so inviting.

T - Opens up with a huge blast of hops, balanced out by the earthy undertones and a faint sweet finish.

O - The finish on this beer is one of the most balanced and well crafted beers I have ever had. The taste was not lived up to the anomalous combination of appearance and smell. This beer is the total package and it kept getting better through the experience. On the hoof, this might be the most impressive beer I have ever enjoyed. It is that good. I'm so happy that DFH is FINALLY distributing to the Grand Rapids area.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle from Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville, OH.

A: Pours amber with a raspberry colored tint and very little white head and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Super aromatic, the second I opened the bottle the scents filled the room and I must say it smells wonderful; intense hoppy smell, lots of fruity smells, citrus, and i feel like i can pick up an "oak aged" smell (or am I manufacturing it in my head?)

T: Similar to the smell; hops, citrus, some well balanced maltiness in the back...I'm not sure if this is supposed to be 90 minute reincarnated, but it tastes like it...which i like! tiny bit of alcohol flavor let's you know it can do some damage

M: super creamy dipa, full bodied, good bubbly carbonation (don't know why there wasn't much head though!)

D: only takes a hit because of the abv and you can taste a bit of the booze in it...the flavor is great and keeps me wanting more though

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Photo of ewright
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into a DFH snifter a slightly hazy dull copper color with a thin, rapidly dissipating head.

S: Huge hop bouquet up front with notes of flowers, pine and citrus. A mild mellow woody aroma is present underneath.

T: Caramel and plum from the malt backbone complement the spicy bitterness from the hops. The oak character is present, but muted to play an accompanying role rather than a primary. The flavors blend to form a superb medley.

M: Full bodied maltiness sits on the tongue, while the hop bitterness is evident as on the roof of the mouth. My mouth puckers and salivates while awaiting the next sip.

D: A great beer for sipping, but not something of which you can have more than 1 or 2 before the palate wears out.

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Photo of gratedjuice
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- light amber color with slight lacing

S- Malt, oak, alcohol, and hop aromas

T- amazing IPA. I loved the 90 min IPA and dogfish head has another gem on their hands. It starts off smooth and progresses into a hop filled bitterness. It seems to take the best of the 90 minute IPA and fuse it with a smoother taste similar to the the smoothness that can be found in their palo santo marron.

M- Smooth with mild carbonation. A very pleasant drink

D- An excellent beer to relax with. Strong flavors with a smooth taste is very hard to do but this beer manages it well

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Photo of JAA
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HOLY SMOKES, what a fantastic beer. Nice job Sam.

Poured into my Peroni lager glass. Two finger off-white head, pure crystal clean amber body.

This is honestly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.
Smells of sweet grapefruit and that earthy/biscuity smell that all of their IPA's have.

Taste is a little boozy, thats why i didn't give it a 5 overall. Reminds me of their 90 minute IPA. Very well balanced. Nice hop punch, but the earthyness of the oak keeps them in check. A little cocoa powder mixed in.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are much better than expected. Very creamy and smooth. Relatively good drinkabilty. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

overall a wonderful DIPA, perfectly balanced and complex.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep Grand Marnier amber tones, creamy head that sticks around for about 5 minutes only to leave a nice one inch spider web lacing

S- Hops hit you with a sweetness you can smell and almost "feel" with your nose. I can smell a little alcohol just at the end of a whiff

T- Citrusy sweetness with a woody vanilla finish. This isn't cloyingly sweet but it is an obvious high gravity brew. At 10% abv I expected to taste a lot more of its punch than I actually do. That being said, the astringency of this brew doesn't hide itself away completely, but a note to its credit the alcohol flavor finds a balance between the smooth fruitiness and round finish quite well, as long as one's expectations are within the style's outer limits.

M- Smooth and sweet. The astringency doesn't burn but warms notably as it journeys downward in the chest

D- I rated this one high for drinkability, or at least higher than I originally planned to. This went down quite well but I will not be having another one in session. The abv% alone makes me a little wary, but its pungency creates an experience I feel is best enjoyed as a bottle et solus but maybe a good one to start/end the evening

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Photo of BAbaracus
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper laced amber with comprehensive striations of carb bubbles. Miminal but fluffy offwhite head subsides quickly.

Nose is heavy carmel/malt with an underlying hop background and a pretty fucking killer melange of autumn fruit. Some 'nilla wafers too. Nothing too preposterous but definitely assertive.

Frothy and less acidicly carbed than I would have thought from the bubbling - less carb bite than most IPAs but hardly subdued in character. Rich hops melding exquisitely with the malt, with a serious honey blitzkrieg providing most of the amped up sweetness (aah yeah... bitch betta HAVE my honey). You could probably fend off a pretty serious grizzly bear attack with a bottle or two of this fine elixir. Beware: the alcohol bites back.

I'm not the kind of drinker who puts on my jammies and crawls into bed in a fetal position at the first sign of a beer buzz, so with that said: hey DOGFISH! Is a 12-pack too much to ask?

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Photo of mikeg67
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the DFH brew pub. Pours hazy orange hue with a long lived white head and much carbonation. Aroma is of apricots, herbal hops with hints of caramel malt. Medium, very tangy body. Lots of hops, apricots and caramel malt on the palate. Wonderful brew.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a little over a year old--the bottle date was 3.30.09.

Sample size is a 12 ounce bottle sampled from a Piraat glass and at cellar temperature.

Pours a nice reddish-copper color. Small, but steady white head floating on top.

There are some awesome aromas coming off of this beer. Hints of vanilla, wood, cherries, citrus, pepper, and a little clove. The aroma is powerful, with a bit of alcohol in there. It's got a really spicy nose to it, herbal.

The taste is excellent. Hints of vanilla, cherry, wet oak, berry, pepper, orange, and white grapes. The flavor is potent, and the alcohol leaves a slight burn in the back of the throat.

At a little over a year of age, this one is still tasting wonderful. I'm not sure I would go over a year on this one, and even waiting past a few months may be too much. This is a finely crafted IPA, and would benefit from being young. But, that being said, at a year, it's still pretty darn tasty.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.