Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 6,124
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
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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 tbrown4
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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!


Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of HoganRJ
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of grittybrews
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.)

Photo of MediocreatBest
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of jester5120
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of richkrull
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of mattgreger
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Br0
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of falc0n2600
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of Beervis
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.


Photo of edunaye
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Photo of LosRobots
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer has a very impressive look to it. It is a bright coppery orange, almost red beer. The head isn't huge but it is impressive for a beer with 10% alcohol. It is relatively low but it is a creamy head and it lasted the whole time I was drinking it.

S - The smell of this beer is fairly subtle, especially compared with the other extreme characteristics of this beer (such as 10% abv and extreme amounts of oak). However if you give it a good smelling on the way to a sip, you will smell booze and not much else.

T - When it comes to taste, this beer shines. Terrific hop and malt flavors but then the oak adds a tremendous amount of vanilla notes and also mellows the high alcohol content. This beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

M - This beer has great mouthfeel to it. It is full bodied but is also quite easy to drink.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. I find it quite easy to drink a 4-pack of Burton Baton no problem, but at 10% abv this kind of drinking catches up to you later on and the certainly in the morning.

Burton Baton is a terrific beer! I suggest trying some if you haven't already. This is my favorite dogfish head beer that I have tried.

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A nice copper color with a two finger head.

There’s grapefruit and an oak woodiness, with a sweet roasted maltiness in the aroma.

There’s a kick like a bourbon with a grapefruit bitterness. It has a malty backbone. It’s an amazingly complex beer with a soothing bitter finish. This thing is so freaking well balanced. It’s not a grapefruit bomb, but as a malt head, I love this.

It hides the booziness perfectly. It reminds me almost of a Stone Oaked Bastard or Double Bastard.

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Killer beer, want another to keep, to age more

Photo of jtw004
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - An excellent dark amber that sits and looks somewhat cloudy

Smell- A faint smell that has a somewhat oak cask smell to it

Taste - An excellent taste that despite being in the double digit for ABV has not cut or bitterness. Similiar to Three Philosphers. It is very smooth and has a slight woody taste. Quite simply a well crafted beer

Mouthfeel - So very smooth. It never stops being smooth and leaves the mouth feeling somewhat coated but in a nice way

Overall - A fantastic beer and one of the greatest higher alcohol beers on the market

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of Harvest06
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange with red and rusty brow highlights. Darker than 90 minute.
S: Complex aromas: citrus smell of 90 minute w/ undertones of subtle vanilla oakiness, raisin and figs and molasses.
T: Beginning is hoppy citrus, middle is subtle vanilla oaky with dark fruits, finish is smooth, cripst with, carmel and vanilla cloying sweetness. Leaves your mouth watering for more.
M: medium-full body. Definitely a sipper.
O: The IPA aroma and bitterness blends nicely with the sweetness complexity of the old ale. The subtle barrel characteristics adds an additional layer of complexity. Overall a very creative and impressive drink. Drink fresh as the oakiness and the dry hops begin to fade in about 3 months (see bottle date on the neck of the bottle). If you cellar this you'll find yourself with a sweet old ale after 6 months or so (which is less interesting than this ale fresh in my opinion). With several years of aging this could become an amazing American barleywine (or a boring one) but I'd drink it fresh.

Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pleasant dark copper color that reflects light through just right. Great looking head that turns into a perfect juicy/tight bubbled layer. A swirl brings fine lace and boosts retention with ease. I bet this fresh off tap would get a five for app. Aroma is creamy, juicy and spicey all in one. Fragrant/aromatic lemon with nuts, roses and tulips, some banana cream pie, and lastly some pina colada. Taste begins sweet and smooth, maybe with a little creamy pina colada and caramel??? followed by what you realize is an awesome velvet cream mouthfeel. Candy-like but not too much. Lemons, red and black grapes, oranges, syrup...the list goes on. Finish comes with a sticky dry mouth and drinkability!
Something I can't control is making me drink this really fast...

Somehow I'm getting something like winter seasonal in the tropics. There's a big contrast in flavors but they meld together suprisingly well.

Photo of Roguer
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark garnet pour, pulpy, and nearly opaque. Pours a thin, <1 finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin, bubbly rim. Lovely thin but complete lacing.
Aged: head grows enormously, big and fluffy with excellent retention, and there is a touch of sediment that clouds the brew.

Warm, delicate nose of tannins, flowers, oak, vanilla, and hints of tobacco and mint. You can tell it's a hoppy brew, but there are no major traditional hop aromas that jump out at you.
Aged: oxidation starts to emerge, giving the brew a more pronounced barleywine-style aroma. Even darker and richer.

Flavor comes across as a mix between 90 and 120 minute: malty, slightly boozy, and with a dry yet flowery hoppiness that manifests as a quality vice distinct hop flavors. The oak barrel makes a noticeable appearance with a strong oak backbone. Malts are well represented yet extremely well balanced and not overpowering; hint of caramel, with some grains and oats.
Aged: again reminiscent of a barleywine. Oak and caramel are dominant, along with a big dose of bitterness, some oxidation, and even a hint of chocolate showing on the back third.

Not a thick mouthfeel, but still a sipping beer. No alcohol or carbonation sting. Thick clingy hop oil residue, and a beautiful palate-cleansing astringency.

This is a very complex brew that is extremely tasty. There's an absolute ton going on, and every sip might reveal something new. 90 min is well-represented by the strength of flavor and the impeccable balance, but the time spent in French oak adds a lovely special little something.

For a 10% ABV beer, this is an easy-sipping, fantastic beer. Some DFH odd-balls are worth a try; this is worth buying regularly.

Ratings are based on having the beer fresh. Aged, it's a completely different beast, as the old ale base really dominates. I can't stress enough how much it comes across like an oak-aged barleywine. I highly recommend having it fresh and aged.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 6,124 ratings.