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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,815 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,815
Hads: 6,277
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,403 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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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 chugalug06
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of findlayfan
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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)!

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of Spider889
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorite beers, and possibly my first true 'epiphany' beer moment in memory.

Bottled on 10/14/10. Live review.

Pours a deep rusty copper color. The head is maybe a half finger tall and a grainy balsa wood color. Slightly hazed, but grows brilliantly in the light. The lace is spotty, but the carbonation itself is constantly replenishing the skin of bubbles on the surface.

The smell is dry, like young oak, freshly hewn. The alcohol and hops combine to sting the nostrils a bit, and sweet caramel malt rides the wave all the way in.

Bitter hops greet your palate, a combination of pine and the trademark DFH continuously hopped complexity. Not as sweet as 90 minute IPA, but certainly as malty. The oak provides a ton of depth and additional body to this brew. The alcohol is apparent, but balanced.

Full bodied for an IPA, slightly sticky with a long dry, bitter-sweet finish. I could happily drink a couple of these in a sitting, but the 10% abv keeps it limited.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> DFH snifter

A - Opaque reddish orange. 1 finger soild head, foamy. Head retains all the way through a slow sipping. Sticky webbed lacing.

S - Musky, earthy, oak, light citrus

T - Deep citrus, light oak notes. Fairly well balanced with a strong bitter finish.

M - Nice compromise of viscosity. Coats and sticks around just long enough.

D - One per sitting, slow sipping. Easy to share one bottle between two people.

This is a fairly regular one for me...I usually get 2-3 four packs a year and set them aside.

I really would like DFH to release a fully oaked DIPA instead of a blend.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Release. In a 12 oz. brown bottle.

Pours a bright ruby red, extra bright amber when held up to the light, thin off-white head, small patches of lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruit, grassy/herbal/citrus hops. Some alcohol esters and a hint of that sugary sweet/model glue smell like 120 has.

Extremely thick, Full bodied with a slick texture, abv tingles my mouth

Very sweet, big caramel, toffee, and dark fruit (plum comes to mind)

Juicy hop flavor with an earthy hop resin bitterness than digs in to the palate. Finishes with a nice oak/alcohol dryness.

This beer is very juicy, flavorful, and BIG! If I didn't know better I would think that this beer is more of a strong ale/barley wine than a double IPA.

10% ABV feels great, really good beer!


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Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild amber color with a decent two-finger head into my fluted tulip. Looks nice.

Aroma is full of oak and a grapefruit-like hop aroma with a strong alcohol presence in the nose.

Taste is full of grapefruit and oak upfront followed by a bit of mint and grassy flavors (also from the hops) and capped with a mild alcohol bite. Seems smooth and easy to drink so far.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop flavors as described above. Alcohol is well-kept in check. Hop flavors give way to a decent malt base that tones things down towards the back of the throat.

A marvelous example of an oak-aged DIPA. It's very drinkable for the ABV and an interesting take on the style. Absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of HoganRJ
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring it looks like a rich amber color with about a finger of a cream head.

The smell is a bouquet of citrus, oak, and hops.

The initial taste is Oak with a touch of citrus finishing in a nice malty vanilla. not as hoppy as many dipa.

The mouthfeel is a very pleasing smooth with good carbonation from beginning to end.

It is very drinkable. But be careful cause it will catch up to you quick.

Another great treat coming out of DFH!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a muddy copper-orange into a tulip with a touch of loose off-white head. Somewhat gentle aroma with plenty of grapefruit, pineapple, and some floral notes along with biscuity caramel and oak.

Moderately prickly carbonation balances a full, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste opens with grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, and hints of woody vanilla with lots of pine bitterness on the lingering finish. Some nice oak character emerges on the finish as well as the beer warms.

Well-balanced and complex, this is a great offering from Dogfish Head. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, but the sweetness limits the drinkability a bit. (Update -- this mellows very nicely after 1-2 years in the cellar.)

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Photo of MediocreatBest
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

an orangy, brown nectar that seems to glow. Good two finger head. you can smell it as soon as you pop the top. grapefruit, hoppy green smells dominate the smell.you can also detect the alcohol with a slight burn in the nose. you can taste the 90 minute, mostly in your burps, but it is there with a more burnt goldent aste added to it. not as hoppy and much more reserved, but still clearly DFH. vanillia ntoes pop on the tounge. great thick luxourious mouthfeel, and way to drinable at 10%. perhaps one of the mospt outrageous yet well balanced and beautifully crafted DFH brews.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Drank with sharp cheddar, blue cheese, salami, and pretzels.

L - red-amber color with a two-finger head. Lacing is gripping the glass and glides down very slow.

S - sweet fruit and vanilla notes. alcohol is prevalent, but not too noticeable. Interesting smell for a DIPA

T - The wood really stands out through the whole swig. Citrusy bitter hops but the vanilla-wood taste really smooths it out.

F - it is 10 ABV, but you can hardly tell. Light in body, but really smooth and easy to drink

O - Smooth-ness best describes this DIPA. The barrel-aging is a great addition to this beer, and it is year round! You can get a barrel-aged beer anytime you want. Dogfish Head did it again with this beer, so lucky to have them around. Cheers!

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Photo of jester5120
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH snifter

A- poured a dark copper color with nice white head that quickly dropped down. nice lacing down the glass as i drink it.

S- Strong smell of vanilla from the oak tanks. Also a slight hint of pininess.

T- Nice blend of both english ale and iipa styles. nice hoppy flavor with an upfront vanilla taste.

M- medium bodied with some warmth from the higher alcohol.

O- Nice vanilla character carried through both the smell and taste from oak aging. Mellow warming from the alcohol.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

This is based on the Ballantine Burton, right? So I should be expecting a really strong east coast IPA with a comparatively small dose of hops.

Pours bronze in the bar's low light. Nice head. A very thick-looking beer, actually, which is odd because it's translucent and usually I associate thickness with haze.

Smells of DFH yeast, dark fruit, and some of the smoothest, thickest cereal malt I've ever come across. It's like smellning a bowl of grapenuts and plums while sitting in a hayfield.

Tastes like big, smooth cereal--the nicest, firmest dose of pale malt I've ever come across in a double IPA. Not syrupy in the slightest, nor off in any way. It's just extra biscuity, accentuated well by chewy yeast and balanced just slightly at the end by some spicy English hops.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Big billowy off-white head. As it slowly dissipates, it leaves great lacing behind. The head never fully goes away, there is always a thin layer. Medium brown and hazy. I've come to expect heavily hopped beers to be hazy though.

S - Definitely hoppy but it has a healthy malt background as well. Deep breathes reveal a hint of alcohol.

T - It's an extreme flavorful but well balanced beer. If you've ever had one of their flagship IPAs you might expect hops to be predominant but that's not the case. There is a great balance between the hops and malt. The oak mingles with the malt and gives the beer a whole new level of complexity. Suprisingly no clear alcohol flavor (but you can definitely feel it!).

M - Medium to full bodied.

D - I'm surprised by how fast I drank this beer. I could easily go through a 4 pack of this beer even though it 10%. Very drinkable but only to a degree considering the ABV.

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Photo of richkrull
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber/copper color with a huge amount of beige head on it.

Smell is full of hops, spice and quite a bit of the oak coming through as well.

Taste is much like the smell. The hops are definitely there but a little overshadowed by the spice and oak flavors. Good combination though.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Went down very smooth.

Overall a really good beer. Not an everyday or a session beer but a very nice treat.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I poured this brew, it poured with a nice golden orange color. This brew poured with a nice 1/2 inch off white head, which just stuck around. It had a great pour. As you drink this brew, a beautiful wall of lacing remains on the the glass.

The aroma is srong in citrus hops. There is also a nice roasted malt flavor as well, maybe caramel malts. There is a touch of pine aroma in there as well. The aroma finishes with a nice woody smell.

The flavor on this brew is great. There is a wonderful citrus flavor from the start. But as you sip a bit more there is a flavors of nuts and grapes as well. With a nice woody hit as well. There is so much going on in this brew, its hard to grab the perfect flavor explanation. It a nice crisp brew.

This brew is a nice medium body, that has a nice creamy texture. The pour looked thick, but once you begin to sip, you are suprised. This is a great IPA. This brew has such a interesting flavor base because of the Oak Aging.

This was a great brew. It was a great drink. The ABV is kind of high, but still a solid brew. Very crisp and full of flavor. The look of this brew is amazing and it just folds out from there. Another great brew that I have had by DFH.

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Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I swear the last four or five beers I've reviewed have looked just like this. blood orange/mahagony with a thick retentive head that leaves some great lace behind. If Mr. Clean were a brewmaster his beers would most defnitely resemble this.

Loamy, piney very etheral hops mesh very well with the subtle yet stubborn oak aromas. Vanilla, toasted almond, light nutty and dried berry notes.

Have to admit I had this last year and really didn't care for it. Well this years to me is a night and day difference and one of the better tasting beers I've had in a long....long time. Rich sweet vanilla, meringue, oak. Nuts again with more dried fruits. Nicely hopped with again earthy type of resiny buds. RS is much higher than anticipated. Very chewy, and gummy mouthfeel. Delicious, almost a dessert drink. Huge, complex, and in your face.

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Photo of Br0
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The Beer Poured A Dark amber, Definitely imbued by their time in the casks. The head Was a nice, Creamy two finger head which over tiime diminished to a 1 finger. Near half-way down the pint, there was nearly no head, but a ton of lacing from where the beer HAD been (look! wild beer tracks! LETS GET 'IM!" ) but in all seriousness, this is a beer that delivers.

N: The nose... I detected possibly some citrus... some berries.... Possibly some coriander... and definitely that omnipresent smell of ethanol, however, not overpoweringly so. - To me, This beers nose does not prepare you for what lies ahead.

T: from my notes: " HOLY FUCK!" That was all that was in my ledger relating to this beer from then on, so I will continue in my own home, with a fresh glass to gain from. Ah. Holy fuck indeed. That is one goddamn tasty beer. It may trump 90min as my current fave. the flavor is mellowed out by the casks, must have been. there is a slight SLIGHT residual burn, akin to taking a shot of whiskey. nothing even CLOSE to put-offish though.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: The brew itself feels fine, can be chewed in the mouth to maximize exposure, slightly sticky, but not crazy thick. Its a pretty standard dogfish head 90, with some serious tweaks.
Drinkability: Honestly, I could drink this forever, along with a few others to mix it up with. this has found a place in my heart for sure.

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Photo of falc0n2600
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the more bizarre IPA's I've ever had. It's a mixture a double IPA with English old ale. The IPA aspects are wonderfully hoppy and the wooden qualities imparted by the old ale are so brilliant that I'm surprised it hasn't been tried in any other beers (that I know of). Very very nice carbonation, intense but not annoyingly so. The sweetness of this beer is very vanilla rather than hoppy, but as the beer warms the hoppiness begins to dominate more. Excellent.

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Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Beervis
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a slightly hazy amber with a thick white head.

Smell is incredible, sweet citrusy hops with slight vanilla notes.

Taste is smooth and bitter up front with plenty of biscuity malt to balance. Medium body and a good fruitiness fills the mouth with very complex notes of wood and vanilla. Finish is long and crisp with nice bitterness.

This beer is awesome, you can taste the mixture of 90 Min IPA, but it has those added complexities from barrel aging. The taste is HUGE and well balanced. I'm at a loss for words to better describe it, I am just happy I got to taste it.


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Photo of edunaye
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head spiegelau.

appearance- pours a gold bloodorange with a one finger off white golden tint head. leaves a nice thin spotty lacing.

smell- great nose here, sweet oak, light vanilla, nice hop aroma and some booze.

taste- wonderful vanilla and slight oak combo up front, followed by a nice hope bite and a slightly bready malt backbone. there is a slight taste of booze but very subtle. ive had multiple oak and barrel aged ipas but this one far surpasses them all. nice amout of hop bitterness but not over the top, taste lingers just right

mouthfeel- medium body with medium carbonation, slightly oily. great feel

overall- this is my favorite dogfish head brew to date, a well made dipa with very good balance between the vanilla oak and hop bitterness with a good transition. if youre a fan of dipa's this is definetly a great spin on your average imperial, highly recommend1

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.