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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,407
Reviews: 1,706
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 282
Gots: 842 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This oak-aged gentle giant has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two "threads," or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they're transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you'll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

70 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004)
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

StoryOfTheGhost, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/amber color with a finger of white head.

S: A mixture of hops - peachy and fruity in character with some caramel sweetness in the background.

T: Hops still very much up front, bitter and fruity in nature. Just behind it is strong oak and caramel sweetness. The sweet malts are balanced by some bready malts to make this a fairly complex beer. There is really a large malt backbone to this beer - certainly not a typical DIPA.

M: Thick for a DIPA, but not overly so. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A bit of an odd beer, quite bitter and hoppy, yet this beer has a strong malt backbone. It's hoppy, it's oaky, it's sweet, and it's bready. I enjoyed this beer, but it's more of an American Barleywine to me than it is a DIPA. I would recommend it if you're looking for an oaky mixture of the two.

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

victory4me, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jas45678, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mattday25, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ECalebrews449, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jade, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bellb, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

cutsw, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

leviathan85, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

rcjennings, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jglowe77, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Tim, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Norseman, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

tbeq00, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JustinMatthew, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

larybrew, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

morsetaper2, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

dmorgan310, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

biercycle, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle stamped "bottled on 3/1/10." Into my Sam Adams glass, this one's a slightly hazy orange with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Medium sized head of off-tan which fades at a leisurely pace to a thin cap and solid ring with a moderate amount of cling. Nose of grapefruit hops right up front. Inevitable comparisons to DFH 90 spring to mind, but this one doesn't seem to have the borderline over-sweet malt of the 90. The malt is there, but no alcohol, despite the hefty 10% advertised by the label. More citrus on the nose, orange rinds, and a bit of peppery spiciness. In the mouth, definite biter hops up front, with little malt background, reinforcing my initial contrast to 90. This one's a hop bomb, that's for sure. Nice bitter dry finish. On the tongue, it's crisp, complementary of the sharp hops nature. Middle body, right between watery and viscous. Drinkability is OK for what it is. Not something I'd want to pound several of for sure.

OK, I have to ding this one a bit for lack of complexity. I'm really not getting the "two thread blend of young and wood aged Imperial IPA." In fact, it's reminding me a lot more of my first Bell's Hopslam, which I had for the first time (and did not review) about a week ago. Not a whole lot of complexity, just pretty much in-yo-face hops. To me, a better balance of hops to malt would help bring out the hops. As it is, the tongue suffers burnout after one beer. A good beer no doubt, but a bit off the charts for me.

jettjon, Apr 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

WVUbrew, Nov 24, 2013
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,407 ratings.