Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 6,131
Reviews: 1,813
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,291 | FT: 35
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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 uwmgdman
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of andrewjraab
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of ewright
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of gratedjuice
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of JAA
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of BAbaracus
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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?

Photo of mikeg67
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of movingtrain
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton pours a deep copper with a a nice head that lingers as a dense creamy layer that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh citrusy hop cones with a nice carmel maltiness and a touch of oak. You've gotta hand it to DFH, they do an amazing job getting the beer to taste and smell like you just stuck your nose into a handful of hops. The flavor starts off with dark caramel malt, followed quickly by by hop bitterness and flavor. The hops are nice and citrusy, plenty of grapefruity flavor. I'm pretty sure I taste Chinook and some other American "C" hops. There is a hint of oak in the finish but it's light and not overpowering. I think this is the first time I've had this beer outside the EBF's, where it was hard to appreciate after all the other DIPA's, RIS, and barley wines.

Photo of clvand0
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LuckySevens82 for sending this my way. It pours a light copper color with a tall head that hangs around for a while. The aroma has some citrus notes as well as some woody character, from the oak. Quite a bit of spiciness and citrus hops. I expected the flavor to be huge in hop character, but it wasn't. It had a lot of hops in it, but they were nice and mellow and flowed really well with the malt profile of the beer, making it very well balanced. Quite a bit of spices and some oak in the flavor. Honestly, I couldn't detect much of the alcohol, especially for 10%. Dangerously drinkable. Great beer!

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dfh shaped pint glass

A: pours a beautiful cloudy amber color similar to apple cider, pours with a thick head of creamy white head that lingers well, leaves a considerable amount of lacing

S: incredible citrusy smell that is intensely deep and ever present

T: nice citrus taste backed up by an intense depth of hopiness. Has a slight alcohol bite just to let u know it is there

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, very smooth on the pallet, hopiness lingers on the tongue and filters its way into the nose so you can almost smell it as it is being swallowed. This brew is easy drinking but has such an incredible depth it is hard to put down

Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: 12 brown bottle, Label gives: 10% abv., notes that it can age well. No date or vintage. Blended oak aged and fresh IPA, mmm…

Aroma: Sweet sticky malt spiked with fresh picked sticky hops. Hops are citric and fresh and blend with a mild bourbon oak. Hop perfume, very attractive.

Appearance: Bright clarity in a copper glass. Moderate pour gives a thin cover, which given the abv. is respectable. The cover retreats to a collar, but only after curtains of lace. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise slowly.

Flavor: Malt is rich with almost a doppelbock flavor. The taste slowly fades over to a full alpha acid bath in the finish that manages to keep this malt bomb from going cloy. As the glass warms and my palate adjusts, I can note a familiar “DFH” flavor which I have to assume is their house yeast, though it might just be a similar hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and heavy, I think it took three swallows to get the first sip down. Big chew and a Valdez of an oil spill at the back end.

Overall Impression: I’ve heard this described as a 105 minute IPA, a middle ground between the 90 and 120. It’s not too far off. It’s a happy middle ground. Just a great beer, glad to see it here in Texas!

Photo of Matt_Sewell
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soooo good. Taste: the oak mellows the 10% ABV. Look: beautiful golden orange color with just the right amount of foam. Smell: like another sampling of deliciousness from Dogfish Head. Feel: feels like I need to drink another, but I'll save one for aging.

Photo of DaPan
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 03/30/09 into my dogfish head snifter.

Cloudy amber color, with a very sticky head that coats the glass.

Nose of white sultana raisins, some oaky wood aroma, dates.

The taste was amazingly balanced. Warming alcohol and rich malty backbone with lots of raisins and dried fruit. Not much bitterness despite the 70 IBU because it has been aged for 3 years.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, some oak tannins, very soft,not harsh at all. Alcohol is lingering in the background,warming.

It's a fantastic beer fresh, and even better aged. Recommend saving a bottle if you have the patience for it!

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Bottleworks for 3.99. This beer had delicious written all over it. Poured in a tulip shaped glass, poured a thick creamy head, very nice to see with a wood aged ale. The smell was of piny hops,Oak and malt. The taste was a nice hop bite, and full of malt, balanced with Oak. It went great with the full head that dissipated about half way through. The mouth-fell was very smooth and velvety not much alcohol taste with the 10% abv. This beer put a warm feel through my body that went to my feet. I bought 2 of these and they are ready to drink now but I think ill age one just for the hell of it. The only thing I would change about this one is make it a tad more Oak'y tasting. But this is a GREAT beer, I will purchase next season and drink my aged(if it lasts) with a fresh one and compare. CHEERS

Photo of dcx10music
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A very hazy golden orange hue with an impressive white head that dies off fairly quickly. Leaves a ton of lacing behind.

S - The hoppiness packs a punch on the nostrils, but is mellowed out nicely by the strong hint of citrus fruit that follows quickly after.

T - The hops are both punchy and mellow at the same time; don't ask me how. Subtle hints of grapefruit and orange come in toward the end. Very complex and enjoyable.

M - This one breaks the mold big time here. It has a smoothness more akin to a brown ale than an IPA, which makes all the difference. Outstanding.

D - This one filled me up pretty quickly. Very nice and enjoyable while it goes down, but I can't see myself having more than one at a time.

Notes - This is a very enjoyable brew. It does some things better than its cousin DFH 90 Minute IPA, but some things worse. Overall, a nice change of pace. Would love to try it again after aging it for a year.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of KevChiTown
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! Great bitterness with a smooth quality when sipping. Should have picked this baby up a long time ago!! Sweet but not in typical imperial ipa way.

Photo of chugalug06
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed fresh:

Awesome large fluffy white head with a kick of yellow tint. Head lingers nicely too. Brew is fantastic clear amber color with deep browns.

Aroma is full of vanilla, pine, apricots, raisins, malty, sticky.

Heavy viscosity, sticky, deep, expeditious variety of flavor, biting, nicely bitter with rounded sweetness. Pine, apricot, grape, oak, vanilla, flavors all back up the aroma. Carbonation is medium placed and elegant.

A super solid brew from DFH, it's one of my favorites now that I've discovered it... I can't wait to see where this one goes with some age. I will continue to purchase DFH four packs, not so much the bombers... Highly recommended.

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a clear and luminescent burnished copper. Very radiant! Small, but sturdy, almond head retains well before leaving behind island chain and sheet lacing.

Aroma is unique and quite rare. Honeydew and watermelon, tropicals like mango and guava, pink grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Some caramel maltiness lurks underneath. Wow!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit slick.

Taste opens with sweetish, even syrupy, malts but the hop parade quickly catches up. Tropical fruits are all over the spectrum here lending an amazing complexity. Solid hop bitterness is evidenced by a juicy pink grapefruit presence edged by a note of fresh cedar. Some oaky vanilla sneaks into the melange, adding additional substance. No hint of the big alcohol. Finishes clean and even.

Very impressive! Possibly the best DFH I've sampled. Certainly the most drinkable. Very comparable to Stone 10th Anniversary in many ways. An intense experience here.

Photo of timc100
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange amber, foamy cream head - sticky lacing

S: Pungent and mango and pineapple, sweet mustiness. Good amount of tropical fruit astringency. Great smooth and subtle oak and vanilla notes. Some apple juice

T: Big and bold - ripe and pungent citrus and tropical fruits, huge caramel malt body, finishes with oaky vanilla.

P: Huge for the style - incredibly smooth, viscous medium to full body, sticky and very chewy

O: Great beer! Right up there with 75 and 120. Great mix of bold hops and smooth oak.

Photo of findlayfan
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with 1/2" head; lingers a bit, with very modest lacing on the glass.

Coppery body with no carbonation.

Hoppy/spicy aroma - really quite complex, with additional hints of sweetness and an earthy oak scent as well.

Rather thick in the mouth; no fizz, but leaves a pleasant coating.

Taste is also quite complex, with initial hoppiness followed by a malty sweetness. Nowhere near the overpowering hops I had expected (which, for me, is a real plus - I don't get the tastebud burnout I've experienced from some hop bombs). A bit more hops in the aftertaste as well.

Goes down VERY smooth - it's hard to believe this is really 10% ABV. If it truly is, it does the best job of masking the alcohol of any similar brew I've tried.

Certainly not a "session beer," but 6 to 12 ounces of this is most welcome on a cold and snowy Ohio evening (or afternoon, for that matter)!

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better tasting after bottle aging for 6 months, and even better after a year. The longest I aged was 1.5 years, and it tasted the best. It's a really good beer either way, but I'd put the taste at 4.25 for drinking it right away.

Photo of MistahBeah
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 6,131 ratings.