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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,792
Hads: 6,198
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,335 | FT: 33
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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 alesaram
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a little hesitant to try this beer, although Dogfish Head has never disappointed. Beautiful in color, a mouth-watering smell, and punch to the taste buds, Burton Baton at 10% is extremely flavorful, especially when you get a taste of the oak at the back end. I would definitely put it up there with the 60 Minute. (319 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: burnt gold with tan head that fades into lace

S: mild; piney hops and chardonnay oak

T: oak, hops; sweetens as it warms; some sharpness, some citrus; floral background; very mellow

M: crisp, bright, clean, fresh; abv will give you beer muscles, so beware

O: wowsers, Scooby - this is a fine beer - I've really come to appreciate Dogfish Head's craft - I want to say this catapults into my top 10 or near-top 10 (so many damn good beers its hard to say), but it seems to be a rare find (like their Midas Touch)... so let's put it this way: if you like real good beer, especially an imperial IPA and/or an old ale, and your distributor has this, then get it, drink it, and let your taste buds do the talking.
This is one of those beers that always make me want another when I'm finished drinking the one I have. Dangerous stuff. (834 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderful glowing orange with a fomay white head.

Smell: The smell is awesome. The hops are incredibly mixed with the woody character, and the alcohol rounds it out great.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Mmmmm. What a tasty tasty IPA. That's incredibly. The woody notes are huge, and really balance things out just right. Most DIPA's are overboard, but this one is well rounded, smooth, and creamy. Incredible tasting.

Drinkability and Overall: Easily the best DIPA I've had to date. The balance is incredible. It's almost unmatched. THis beer is so smooth and creamy, it just keeps you sipping. A simply stunning beer that's not for the weak of heart. (670 characters)

Photo of ojiikun
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12oz issue from this year and served it up in an extra broad french pint. Colour is rusty amber and mostly clear, except for the occasional hazing that comes and goes. Plenty of fanfare on the uncap, but little head. Nice streams of bubbles for the first half, though. Lace is thin and rare, but an incredibly thin single layer of identically sized bubbles. More like foam than lace.

Smell is just indescribable. Every floral and fruit note I've ever smelled from a beer, almost no spice at all. Rose, lavender, strawberry, dark oranges, tobacco, lime, iris, blueberry, and of course, hops. Clearly has a malty base, but the sweetness is downright warm smelling. That'd be the booze, I presume. The scents keep coming. Succulent dark greenery, citronella, a touch of dry yeast, anise.

Body is sweet as hell, but not cloying. Clean light syrup taste, not too much honey or mollasses. Fruits come forward - oranges, overripe apples, tons of sweet pomegranate. Tart on the very first touch of the tongue then smoothes out. Certainly hoppy, but only for a moment before the fruit starts unfolding. Pears, hawiian rolls, ever so slightly smokey meat. Has notes that almost reek of bourbon-casking rather than fresh french oaking - all without being even remotely musty or stale.

Very very clean for the nearly solid body. Heavy on the tongue, but gets out of the way once it's down. Carbonation is subtle but effective at cleaning things out.

Drinkable at first, but the sheer ABV numbs you up quickly. The second half of the glass gets a maltier, spicier character as your nose gets overdosed by the smells and tastes. Different bottles (possibly of different age) have had widely varying boozey-ness.

This was a total surprise. Nothing like any IPA I've yet had. Not really hoppy so much as herby and floral. Sweet like the 90 minute but not syrupy and sticky like it. The least "salty" imperial IPA I've had yet. True, half a glass is what you need to get the idea, so share this one, even if it's a small one.

(original review dated March 2007)

UPDATE: Finally, for my 30th birthday (June 2010), cracked open a bottle of 2005!

I've had a pair of these girls in my beer fridge for ~3 years, bought them in 2008 from Bottleworks in Seattle when they were selling off some vintage stock. Not sure how they were treated before my time with them, but since I got my hands on them they've been at a steadfast 58 degrees.

Bottle is exactly the same as you'd see today - 12oz with the same label as modern vintages. One difference is that rather than the red/gold DFH cap, the '05s have the bright-yellow "exclamation fish" cap.

Said cap popped with a reassuring release of gas. No leaks, no rust. So happy! Poured crystal clear into a crystal flute with just one or two honkin' big flecks of yeast swimming around. Colour is still the standard copper-brown with lemo-yellow edges where the glass ends. About 1/2" of clean, white head that leaves a few circles of lace.

Smell is overwhelmingly of honey and aged malts. Doesn't smell it's age. Smells like most beers do after 2 years, let alone 5. Vanilla/oak is still there, though riding a on more caramel than I remember. Hops are all but gone, but there is something resinous left - amber and moss, some freshly torn leaves?

Taste is an odd mix of sweet and tart. All that's left of the hop acids is a talc-y afterthought that never makes it to quite being tart. More sour notes than I expected. Pencil shavings, tobbacco, cocoa (power, not butter). Hops come back for one last hurrah tasting something like juniper. Beeswax candles.

Mouthfeel is sticky as hell. Carbonation is all still there after 5-6 years, but somehow the heaviness has come full circle. In all, quite a bit lighter in flavour than when young, and in aroma. Tastes more like a distilled beverage than a brewed one in some ways. Creamy as hell when warm.

In all, has held up to half a decade better than most IPAs could dream of, but not too surprising given the stats on it. No weird off-flavours, only a loss of hops and a gain of malt complexity. Interesting as an experiment, totally worth the wait, but I'm increasingly convinced that the sweet spot for this brew is 9-18 months of age. (4,229 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 3-30-09 - This one has been in the cellar for a while.

A- Amber brown with a nice head thats has staying power. After I finished lacing was left all around the glass.

S - Hop Luvin with some earthy tones, citrus, and a little malt sweetness towards the end.

T - Hoppy love. Very little pine. Fruitiness - grapes, lemons, and flowers.

M - Good carbonation, nice feel to it. Smooth with some serious flavor.

D - 10%???? Damn, good thing this only came in singles. (522 characters)

Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy head that starts as about 1 1/2 fingers and dissapates into a thin froth atop the a clear copper liquid.

S - Pinesugarcaramel... Second whiff offers floral notes mixed with more pine. Very fragant!

T & M - Immediate hop bitterness that transitions smoothly into.... I have no idea what this is but I like it. Its rich and mildly boozy. There is a sweetness about it that reminds me of a quad. This is very complex and delicious. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. The finish is a lingering and crisp hoppiness.

D- This is a very drinkable beer! Very smooth. (570 characters)

Photo of alyankus
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Great copper color. Nice finger and a half head. Great lacing.

N: Nice blast of hops with vanilla/American oak in the background.

P: Good citrus tropical fruit notes. Some bitterness but not too much. the oak nicely cuts the hops. very smooth.

Another winner from DFH. (275 characters)

Photo of scot_chale
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle poured into a glass on 3/26/13. bottled on 11/12/12.

A- 2 finger of bubbly white head. deep reddish orange body with no apparent signs of carbonation. good lacing. the head disappears to a thin layer.

S- citrus hops with an earthy, herbal overall tone. it smells like a dry hopped, serious business DIPA. quite pungent.

T- all the citrus hops you expect, without being overwhelming. It's got this special way of dancing around the palate and delivering what you want from a double IPA, without being a horrifying experience. it's grassy, herbal, and citrusy. very nice.

M- The body is medium. The carbonation is active. It's semi-dry. It's allows the character of the beer to hang around but doesn't linger beyond pleasant.

O- Awesome! This is the double IPA I'm always looking for. It's a hop bomb that doesn't over stay it's welcome. I'd buy this any day. Fantastic beer by my standard. (901 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark amber. Resilient off-white head. Huge citrusy hop aroma. Taste has a great malt backbone. Tons of hops. Not overly bitter initially, but with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Just a touch of burnt oak from the aged beer, although I'm not sure I would have noticed it if it wasn't in the description on the bottle. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Boozy but it's not really noticeable. Dangerous. Overall, an absolutely great DIPA. (440 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle reads "Bottled In: 2012 I 16:29" poured to pint glass the beer arrives a perfectly translucent golden amber color with a nice 1.5 finger white head, good retention and lacing throughout. The nose is hoppy and sweet with tones of oak and alcohol warmth, caramel sweetness, and earthy citrus hops. The flavor is fantastic. The oak is not too dominant as is found so often with oak aged IPAs, it blends very well with the medium bitterness, caramel sweetness, and earthy citrus hop flavors. Very nice. Well crafted and enjoyable. The flavor seems to linger forever. Nice and oaky. Smooth and crisp no hint of the alcohol as detected in the nose. Well carbonated. Overall, this is a treat. Highly recommended! (712 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/28/12

Appearance: Dark amber with a creamy, slightly larger than 1 finger head that isn't going anywhere soon. Tons of carbonation relentlessly thrusting towards the surface. This is one of the most impressively carbonated beers I've ever seen.

Smell: The head is staying around so strong that I'm having trouble picking up much scent at all. I can pick up some faint hops along with some mustiness.

Taste: Slight vanilla/oak sweetness hits you right off the bat. The backend hits you with some malt, then fades into a slightly bitter finish with some oak notes to round it off. Although there is some bitterness(this is an Imperial IPA after all) it is so well balanced by the malt and oak that is blends seamlessly. I've tasted a decent amount of beers in my day, but this, along with the 90 minute, leaves me enjoying it until the very last drop.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than average, bordering on syrupy with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall: This beer can do anything that you'd like it too, really. When it's fresh, it's REALLY hoppy, but the oak and malt keeps it somewhat in check, though it still leans towards the hoppy side. Age this for a year+ and the vanilla/caramel sweetness will really show itself, while the hops recede. A favorite beer of mine, in any state that I can drink it. Did I mention that this is now a year rounder? (1,382 characters)

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample was taken from a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. A light mahoghany color with a white head. Smells of wonderful sweet hops are easily detectable. Compared to the 90 minute this has a greater malty finish with vanilla and a bit of the wood aging on the finish. Overall, a great offering from DFH (316 characters)

Photo of martyyy1
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best I've ever had. An agressive pour gave me a thick fluffy head which slowly faded to a thin layer with nice lacing but the aromas that literally exploded out of the glass had my mouth watering. The hops hit me first, but not too hard. Almost citrusy but not quite- the bitterness of the hops quickly faded into an absolutletly wonderful malty, oakey, slightly sweet place where angels sing. Mouthfeel is wonderfully rich, coating your mouth with this fantastic flavor. As you swalloiw the rich finish makes you sigh and remember that nice hoppy introduction that just lingers nicely. (619 characters)

Photo of mteevin
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to nonic
bottle dated 11/22/10

A: Bright, amber appearance. Clear as day and a beautiful creamy head.

S: Smell is woody, earthy. Oak jumps out at you here. Solid hop backbone is prominent, but a caramel sweetness makes itself readily apparent. The aroma has my mouth watering.

T: Simply put, wow. This is one hell of an East Coast IPA! A wonderful oak and leather flavor to the hop profile that takes this beer to another level. There's something here you just don't get out of an everyday IPA. A remarkable balanced beer: the piney, herbal hops are equaled by a pleasant caramel and syrup malt backbone. Another taste explosion by the minds at DFH.

M: A fairly full bodied brew for an IPA. The malt profile helps the beer coat the tongue and go down well. Alcohol is present but not cloying. A nice liveliness remains on the tongue long after a sip.

D: A remarkably drinkable 10% beer. The flavors all complement each other well and nothing outshadows any other flavor. A great IPA that I wish I'd tried sooner. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burton Baton is a mysterious murky color, not unlike cider, topped with a foamy head. The aroma of hops is incredible - strong, lively grapefruit up front with extremely fresh floral notes as well. Very sweet, almost candy-like. I haven't had the pleasure of such an aroma since I've had Flower Power or Pliny - my two fav. IPAs. After a healthy mouthful the beer glides across my palate with a pleasant tingling sensation. At first I am picking up the bittersweet piney flavor and at the same time, a dry earthy, wooden finish. There is this syrupy, yet biting nature of it enveloping the entire experience, which is warming me up as well. I just realized this beer reminded me of a casked IPA I recently had on tap. I think I may save one of these and open it next year... It's a very complex, interesting beer, worthy of savoring! (833 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appears an orange brown with a residual half finger of foam.

Smells hoppy with bitterness and a slight woody background.

Tastes amazing. Very hoppy and bitter with a great woody barrel flavor. Touches of whiskey.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front and thins out with bitterness at the end. Very nice indeed.

Overall an excellent beer that gets it right. All the right aspects of a double IPA married to an excellent barrel aging. (473 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a short head that fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing. The aroma is of bitter hops, oak, and sweet malt. Very balanced. The flavors are amazing. Perfectly balanced oak, sweet malt, and hops again. The hops are bitter, earthy, and piney. There are also flavors of candy sugar, a chewiness from the malt, maple, and charred oak. A little on the sweet side, but the oak tannins and hops both balance the flavors. The mouthfeel is just the right body for the flavors, and mostly creamy with a touch of tannins. This is one great beer. Its definitely a sipper, but its so delicious you can't help wanting more. (641 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burton baton poured a dark hazy amber color witha nice tan head that lasted throughout. There is vanilia smells, and a hoppy smell as well. The taste is overall amazing. The oaked age ipa stands out most, with hints of vanilla, lots of hops. A strong flavor, and overall a fantastic beer. one of my favorites. (309 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic pour on this beer - the body is a deep orange bordering on brown with just a bit of haze. Crowning the beer is a three finger sticky head of lumpy off-white foam. The head sticks around for a surprisingly long time and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very inviting with primary notes of oak, malt and alcohol coupled with a strong fruity note of apricots and green apples. For a double IPA there are surprisingly no notes of hop - most likely mellowed with age.

The flavor is equally wonderful - though again pretty far from IPA territory. There's a good bit of sweetness up front both from the alcohol and the residual sugars. There are strong grain notes of biscuit and sweet rolls and a bit of fruitiness as well. Very prominent oak flavors as well as a strong scotch ale like flavor from the caramels. I'm guessing from the flavor that this was aged in a whiskey barrel but can't find specifics on the Dogfish site. Surprisingly no hop notes to speak of. There are a few very muted floral and earthy flavors (likely Golding) but for something claiming to be a DIPA it's a surprising omission. I'm assuming that between the barrel aging and the bottle aging the malt and alcohol components have overwhelmed the aging hops. This is closer to a strong ale or a barleywine than a DIPA but it is damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's a medium or heavier bodied brew very much like a barleywine but with a velvety smoothness that's inspiring. No bitterness for a dry finish but the alcohol burn almost does the job. A few residual sugars are left after each sip tasting as much like a fine, smooth scotch as a beer.

Really a nice beer here - one well worth keeping in the cellar to pull out for special occasions. (1,755 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky golden-amber in color. Beige, 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Leaves nice lacy rings when drank.

S - Spicy tropical fruits (fresh pineapple?), as well as other esters. Wonderful floral hops.

T - Big-league bitterness strikes first. Tastes of bready-yeast, tangy citrus, grapefruit, and earthy hops as well. Nicely balanced taste of malts as well. Traces of alcohol at the end. Loved it!

M/D - Medium body and lots of carbonation. Rolls down the throat easily. Cooled me off at first, then warmed me up with its alcohol content.

One of my new favorite IPAs (576 characters)

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated mouth feel. Very hoppy initial taste with oak woody flavor at the end. Almost forgot this was 10% abv until the buzz hit.. Haha. Creamy mouth feel... Awesome beer! (179 characters)

Photo of Neehan
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a pure, nectar-like honey color with good retention and nice head presence. Clean smell of hops, but with extra richness and presence that goes deeper than other DIPA's. Smooth taste of an IPA, but more maltiness and not the blasting of hops that you would expect. Honeylike from start to finish. Similar to a combination of a DIPA and a well-aged barleywine. Warming in the body and the smooth nectar presence in the mouth is pure and perfect. Watch yourself so it doesn't go down so fast. Incredible stuff here. (520 characters)

Photo of msf55
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not the biggest ipa fan but I found this to absolutely outstanding. The oak aging cuts down on the hop assault making this very smooth and drinkable. At 10% you can get into trouble real quick. (198 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep apricot colored elixir into a snifter, with 2 inch foamy head, that eventually dissipates into an inch lacing.
Deep citric / piney hops on the nose , with notes of vanilla from the oak.
Extreme and mellow at the same time (is it possible?) on the tongue, hops kick in, malts balance it, and again the sweetness from the wood, all perfectly balanced.
A bit tartness in the aftertaste.
Very rich mouthfeel, with a strong chewy palate.
Extremely recommended! This is one amazing Imperial IPA! (503 characters)

Photo of smanders
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Fairfax DFH.

Appearance - served in a snifter with 1/2" head - moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell - earthiness, sweetness, spice; very intricate/interlaced aromas.

Taste - fantastic! As complex as the smell, the taste is none other than classic IIPA. Perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet malt; nothing overpowers. At 10% a.b.v, I figured I'd be feeling the burn, but this was as smooth as they come.

Mouthfeel - medium. Coats the tongue well.

Drinkability - with the high a.b.v, I could only drink a couple, but I would be very happy doing it.

Thanks DFH! (581 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,792 ratings.