Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 6,165
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 375
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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 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)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is highly underrated in my opinion.

Appearance - Dark, somewhat cloudy golden amber, good head with medium-low retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Heavy hops, smoky oak, strong honey, and a hint of pine.

Taste - Great beer. A combination of imperial IPA and English style Old Ale. Very unique; however, I don't think it belongs in the Imperial IPA category. In fact, I think its rating is hurt because people are expeciting a traditional DIPA. I think old ale might be a better classification. Anyway, it's fantastic.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation, thick and creamy.

Drinkability - After I finish each sip, I want more! This is one of the few beers at 10% abv that I can easily drink way more than one bottle at a time. Dangerous!

While most top 100 beers are great on special occasions, this is a staple of mine that I enjoy on a regular basis. It goes well with dinner, football, and especially as a late evening treat. One of my all time top IPAs! (969 characters)

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- A deep orange haze with a grey-ish/ white head that left a good lacing

S- Rich hop aroma, complimented with some faint citrus notes. I'm not sure how but you can instantly tell it's DFH

T- Wonderful malt base complimented with a somewhat spicy hop balance and rounded out with some smooth vanilla oak finish

M- This is the best part of the beer. The oak aging gives a velvety soothness that definitely masks the 10% ABV

O- Really enjoyed this beer. DFH never seems to let me down and this is no exception. I'm glad to hear this is being made all year round.

Serving type: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass (611 characters)

Photo of BlazeofCory
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious, toasty brew with a hint of vanilla. More flavorful than most 10% beers I've tried. Really want to try this one from the tap instead of poured from a bottle into a glass. The only complainant I have with this beer is that it's only brewed a few times a year. Great for the winter months. Not what I'd reach for on a 100 plus degree summer day in Texas. (364 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber with reddish hues.. A lovely thick head on top, which is just a little off white.

S: Big grapefruit, smell, and a bit of grass as well. Also slight carmel and malt with a little bit of biscuit as well.

T: Sweet off the bat, with a lovely citrus taste. This is just lovely.. Very well balanced with nice sweet malt notes and carmel. And just a little bit of sweet oak, and perhaps a little fruit. This is quite complex, and I really enjoy it.

M: Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation..

D: DFH, I have seriously had enough of your hoppy beers. I keep telling people that I am not really into IPA's.. then you come along and make a bunch of them that I just can't get enough of.

This is an amazing brew, deep, crisp, balanced, and sweet. I could do this all day if not for the 10% abv. Good job. (833 characters)

Photo of BZero007
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Ye Old Spirit Shop in frederick, MD. Was lucky to run in to them as they were sold out in VA.

Bottled date very clear to read 03/30/09, was a little worried that taste would have started to fade since bottling...but it did not.

Pours a very clear amber with an extremly perfect light brown head. The head last a good while and takes time to crumple down. Lace from the beer sticks around forever if you let it. The lace cirlces its way dwon from the top to the bottm and looks great. The aroma is refreshing and very welcoming. Oak takes the lead in the smells coming from the beer with the malt right behind it and citrus hops in the back ground. The taste is something revolutionary for me as the Oak, Malt, and hops are perfectly balanced. Nothing in the taste out did each other, the Oak and malt I felt were balanced on the same level with the hops just behind it a bit. Carbonation levels were great and helped the aroma and flavors out extremly! This beer's 10% is hardly noticed and for a beer at this calibur it is always welcomed. Will always stock this when available in my area or travels. Recomend to anyone and people who enjoyed oaked Unearlthly but felt it was missing something. This beer fixes that and more! Enjoy! (1,252 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/29/05…which means this might be the freshest beer we’ve ever gotten in Muncie.

Burton Baton evacuates its bottle an orangey copper with exceptional clarity. No bottle conditioning? Odd for a DFH beer, especially one that ‘ages with the best of ‘em’.

The nose reminds me of a softer-edged 90 minute. The oak coaxes a smoother, vanilla edge to the aromas. Gooey candy is also forefront: gumballs and cotton candy. Pillowy malt consistency – well synergized malt hop interplay. Buttery.

Perusing some reviews, I noticed that people faulted this beer for its lack of harsh hop-forward bitterness. I think this is the beer’s finest asset: balance. Hops are here and forefront, but not with bitterness but instead flavor.

The first sip of this beer floods the mouthfeel with strong flavors reminiscent of cherries…always a great hop flavor to bask in, and one I find in top-shelf I2pa’s. Red wine subtleties. Intense harshness of bitterness muted and rounded, presumably by the extended oak-aging. Some of the classically DFH nutrisweet flavors. Straight from heaven hop-burps. Oddly, seems to have more in common taste-wise with 60 minute than 90 minute.

Immaculate mouthfeel, and wickedly drinkable.

All in all, this beer rides the fine line between balls-out hop flavor and mellow, age-wizened restrained. It’s really the best of both worlds…and one that could totally be an introductory beer for those hop-fearing souls. (1,460 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tumbler, BB 11/28/11

Pours a red amber color with a touch of orange, very clear. Nice sized beige/orange head. Smell is sweet with lots of citrus hops that includes quite a bit of orange smell. A good amount of piney hops as well. Very citrusy and sweet smelling. Taste is syrupy sweet with a prominent orange citrus taste. Finishes and mellows with some oak and a good amount of alcohol. The booziness and oak brings to mind bourbon or even cognac. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and average carb.

My Favorite DfH I've (539 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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