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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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

Got this single at once upon a vine in south richmond, VA. Bottling date was 10/24/10

Popped the top on this and the pour itself excited me

A - The appearance is a reddish orangey amber hue, somewhat hazy but not cloudy. It just looks complex! The head stuck around and the lacing was TIGHT. Teeny tiny bubbles sticking to the glass.

S - The smell. Oh jeezus the smell was to die for.. I think I spent more time smelling it than drinking it! VERY floral and aromatic it has the characteristics of an IPA but the floral nose on it surprised me (and the wife) big time.

T - Taste was amazing and complex, on the exhale through the nose you get some of the yeast and it's very intriguing.

M - Felt smooth, WAY too smooth for a 10% beer with no age on it.. I'm sure the drinkability and the mouthfeel would be even better with a year on it.

D - Very drinkable, I will note that the alcoholy taste is there, present, but not in the forefront of the profile. Very impressive for a 10%

Buy it now, buy it often. I know I'm probably going to grab a 4 pack if i can, drink two and age two..

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

Appearance- About a 1 finger head atop bright copper elixer. Head has some lacing.

Smell- Oak aromas immediately attack the nose followed by a wave of malt and hops. You can tell that this is going to be packed with flavor right off. Most similar to the 90 minute IPA, but with the nice addition of oak.

Taste- Lots and lots of oak flavor with a vanilla profile. Big citrusy hops, though the oak really tames the citrus flavors and covers them up. Brandy-like in some respects. A bit of nougat in there as well. Some dark fruits closer to the finish followed by just a bit of hot alcohol. Very, very nice overall.

Mouthfeel- Full, but not heavy. Carbonation is spot on and adds just enough to the overall feel of this.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable in my opinion, though it might not be a good idea to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. I'll definitely be getting some more of this sometime soon. Surprised it's taken me this long to try it.

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

Clear, deep orange/amber colour toped by a short cap of foam off a vigourous pour. Bubbles were of various sizes and formed a little short-lived lacing. The head dissipated over a few minutes, but left behind a long-lasting collar. Wow! The results of my first sniff were a bit unexpected - and in a good way. There's a really rich malt character with lots of caramel. Notes of vanilla, wood, and alcohol blend well with a muted hop presence. The first sip didn't disappoint either. Initially heavy, nearly syrupy, the sweetness slowly gave way to vanilla, oak, and alcohol - a definite whiskey vibe. Subsequent sips flashed back and forth between strong yet tempered bitterness, rich malty caramel and toffee, faint citrusy hops, and high end whiskey. Each time I went back it was almost like having a different beer. Superb. Full bodied all around, bordering on heavy, with carbonation on the light side. Alcohol warmth was apparent almost throughout, made more pronounced yet retaining some softness due to the oak aging. Unfortunately, this numbed my taste buds a bit after about half a bottle. To me, this was more like a fine old ale rather than a DIPA. Regardless of semantics, this is a sophisticated gem of a beer - truly a work of art.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Reviewed 5/18/14.

I've had this beer several times, but hadn't reviewed it. It pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Good lacing.
The aroma is really nice. Caramelized oranges, oak, vanilla, tropical fruits.
Flavor is really complex. Lots of citrus hop flavor balanced by caramel sweetness and toffee. Finishes with a crisp bitterness and a bite of alcohol. The balance of hops, wood, malt and alcohol is pretty unique.
Medium to full body, good carbonation, juicy.

This might be my favorite beer from Dogfish Head. I really like the 90 minute, but BB has more complexity.

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

12 oz bottle, bottled 2008

A: Kind of hard to describe the color. A bit amber, copper and brown, under a small creamy white head. Decent retention. not a lot of lace.

S: I get a little bit of toasted malt, some slight vanilla and oak hints, some grassy hop, not really citrus. Pretty unique.

T: If the smell was unique, then the taste is whatever is above unique on the unique scale. Very "refined" if that makes sense. Sweet, woody, bit of vanilla, slight spirit character, mild bitterness, a bit of warming, toasted, very slight chocolate, bready, a bit sugary. This is one complicated taste. Never really intense, but just really excellent and different.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit high but OK, full bodied. Drinkability is good really because of the taste alone. It's pretty filling and it's a sipper, but I could really sip one after another. A really excellent and unique beer.

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

"Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers."

Bottled on 3/30/09

Pours a whiskey color light brown with some ruby and orange highlights.

Fruity caramel aroma. Floral and roasted malts.

Caramel sweetness up front wit toasted malts and caramel. Finishes smoothly with a nice alcohol warmth. This is alot smoother on the palate then 90minute. The oak really mellows it out.

Mouth feel is silky smooth. Caresses the tongue with smoothness and finishes very easy.

This is a hit from DFH in my book. I hope to come by some more of these before they're gone.

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Photo of Beast35
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inaugural pour into my brand new dogfish head snifter

Pours a hazy amber. Around one finger worth of head with decent lacing.

Smells like a bouquet of flowers mixed with an apple orchard in spring.

Very interesting taste reminiscent of the 90 min but with a definite variation. Very nice hop hit at the front with some citrus undertones. Decent alcohol at the end but not in a bad way.

nicely carbonated

This beer will sneak up on you and hit you over the head be careful

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a one finger white head. and leaves a light lacing about half way down.

S: Smells of huge amounts of caramel and oak with a slight bit of alcohol.

T: Taste follows the smell perfectly, huge caramel and oak, with a light citrus hop finish.

M: Full bodied and good carbonation.

O: Another killer beer from DFH, very sweet even for a DIPA but still great. Definitely recommend this beer to anyone.

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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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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.