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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,345
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 387
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 30
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 JVEyck309
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

four pack of 12 oz bottles $15
Poured into large snifter
golden ruby sunburst with a sticky icky thin head
smells are floral hops and bready malts
tastes thick and bready creamy malt stickiness heavy buttery fruits and citrus hops well balanced with a creamy biscuity malt character, alcohol warms the back of the throat sweet love and joy in a bottle laced with ecstasy and vanilla oak aged threesome flying on wings of apocryphal anthems.. buttery thick and palatable. Heavy booze equals smiling face and goofy exuberance. Jetwaves and dramamine. Fancy bottle means I've been tricked into it... placeboed into a beer I paid too much for but I'm too dumb to care. This is a heavenly nectar. Ambrosia. Something of a myth come to reality. I know what you're thinking.. should I spend this much for a beer.. well, how you living? Big, small? Round, thin? just formalities
Give her a go, she might have something interesting to say!

hare krishna!

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Photo of beersensei305
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As an IPA drinker I prefer the Imperials, the most. This brew is very smooth for its ABV, which has to come from the oak barrel it ages in. Cloudy Amber in color, with a lacy cream head. The aroma is Oaky, Hopy, and you can definitely smell the ABV. The taste is what, you smell oaky and hopy with a vanilla finish. I have four on my shelf in the closet I am aging... love this brew!

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Photo of diechipmunk
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Deep orange with ruby highlights. Creamy 1+ finger head,

S: Vanilla, oak, caramel malt and a touch of snap of fruit, slight hint of nuts. Great aroma!

T: Deep, round flavors. Lots of vanilla, carmel and malt and oak. Snappy fruit, I don't quite get citris; maybe tart apple or nectarine?. Very well balanced big taste that fades into a long finish. There is a little hint of alcohol as the beer warms, but it blends well with the rich flavor.

M: Medium body. Silky on the tongue with a little bite at the tail end from the hops.

D: Extreamly drinkable, the high ABV is not apparent. It's a perfectly balanced and weighted beer. I haunted the store in March waiting for the release. I hope to cellar a bit for the ski season. It's rich enough for a winter warmup and clean enough to be refreshing after a day in the snow.

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Photo of BBP
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Burnt amber with a thick creamy head. Ample frothiness and decent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S- Pine was the aroma put forth most from the hops. A lot of oak to it. It smelled much more like an old ale or barleywine than a DIPA. Appealing, albeit it slightly light.

T- Superb, and I think worth reclassifying. Very much like a barleywine or an old ale. The hops are definitely there, but there's an undeniably large amount of malt for the style.

The dominant flavors are pine from the hops, and roastiness. The oak comes out after, and is foundational to the entire taste. The richness to the oak comes out after about half your drink, and makes you wish you didn't just have half of it left. It has the amount of character that you'd expect from a drink that has twice the booziness.

I was hoping to get my DIPA fix from this, but I got a barleywine fix. Not the same, but probably better.

M- The mouthfeel is entirely perfect. It rolls around and feels just as full as you'd want. After that, it's full of sticky hop resin to keep you immersed in the taste.

O- Very impressed with this beer. By far, my favorite offering from DFH. I only bought one bottle of this, and I'm wishing I bought the remaining two at the store.

This is a barleywine style beer, that drinks like a DIPA, or perhaps even better. The alcohol is there, but it's not getting in the way one bit. For a 10% beer, I thought it had a great amount of complexity.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love getting DFH beers just for the fact that I get to use my rounded, heavy-based DFH pint glass properly! Hooray!

I also love the presentation of this particular DFH beer. All of the others have serious YAWN... HO-HUM factor for me. I think, honestly, that it's the neon yellow-green dogfish 'warning label' cap that does it for me. it's so out of place on the earth-toned bottle.

It pours a very clear, very deep oak amber-red, chock full of medium size, very lazy bubbles. The head is two fingers, slightly tan in color, fluffy, and retains well until I've drained it during a few draughts. It leaves behind sticky lacing.

For a 10% DIPA, I expect a lot more hops in the nose - now, I run into a bit of a quandary here, because of these two points: The beer smells amazing. But it doesn't smell hoppy. There are definitely huge notes of influence from the oak aging, a rich woody vanilla creaminess that tones up the medium-roasty malts - there's a big hit of honey in the nose, too, but no bitterness and, really, almost no hops to be found.

Now the taste, on the other hand, is awesome. I mean, really awesome. This is going to be a hard one to describe. Hitting the tongue, there's a really rich, mild sweetness that's kind of a medium blend of honey and caramel, but it's immediately wiped out by the middle, which is the dominating presence of the beer's taste - it's thick, slightly fluffy, with a nutty, earthy, woody flavor - really more of an all around taste sensation than any singular flavors. The finish is slightly dry, with just the tiniest bit of alcohol peeking through, and a slight rosy hop bitterness, but this really isn't what I'd call a DIPA. Not at all. If I called the shots, I'd call this an American Strong Ale.

Mouthfeel - Wow, incredibly thick. Almost 90minute thick and oily, but very easy to drink. It's spiced up with a bit more carbonation than the 90 minute, which really brings out the honey and nutty tones. It really fills the mouth, tightening a taste bud here or there with some alcohol. Swallowing is half-dry, half-lingering stickiness, and the alcohol warms alll the way down.

Okay - this is 10%. Yes, I've mentioned alcohol several times in this review. However, I will go on record as saying this is one of the easiest to drink strong ales I've had in recent memory. Case in point: Double Bastard. Also 10%. That brew is positively evil. It's evil (delicious evil) in a bottle. I had to drink that Bastard very, very slow. This, on the other hand, is a drinker. This is a pussycat all the way down into your belly, where it turns into a monster. I could easily drink a 4-pack of this at a go.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 4.16.15

L - Bronze, with 1 finger of head and tons of sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive

S - Big hoppy nose. Nice blend of citrus and piney notes.

T - Big citrus but well balanced with bitterness. Damn tasty! The oak aging on wood adds an awesome flavor.

F - Creamy body, oily. Perfect.

O - A delicious DIPA. It does not get much better than this.

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Photo of RyanPB
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly enjoyable offering, but I'll quibble a bit on the price, as I tend to do from Dogfish Head. Small, slight head and a deep copper color, and that's where the wining ends. The taste is tremendous, hops and oak in tremendous balance, I'll say it does a better job on this than the Oaked Arrogant Bastard from Stone. Immensely drinkable, which is no small feat considering the ten percent ABV. I set one aside to age, and this is good enough that I may lay a full four pack down and sample at my leisure.

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Photo of norcar
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:poured from bottle, copper in color, very small white head, cloudy, nice lacing. little head retention.
S: wonderful aroma. floral, honey,very slight alcohal and yeast.
T: taste amazing. initial taste is honey, slides to a hoppy spruce flavor, fades to a ruby red grapefruit flavor, with a nice caramel finish. M: thick body, refreshing hoppy bite
D: dangerously drinkable,would drink it all day long if it wasn't 10%. hardly any alchohol taste, making it that much more dangerous.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Clear copper coloration with a nice 3 finger head, excellent retention, and nicely layered lacing.

S - Nice hoppy aroma, with some citrus notes and just a hint of vanilla.

T - Rich, almost too sweet initially, but it vanishes and is replaced with a nice bitter body and a great dry finish. Alcohol is apparent, however it really works here, with the oak rounding it out.

M - Medium body, oily feel, nice mild carbonation.

D - Outstanding beer. Love the idea, and the execution is almost perfect. Definitely worth trying, even if for the experience.

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Photo of LouZ
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer. You can find characteristics of both styles, and scents and flavors of oak come through in a good way. Supremely smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of BFresh
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, has a nice thick off white head, and a hazy auburn color,

has an oaky smell with a bitter hop finish

taste wise the oak definitely comes through, with a bitter finish, i also detect notes of caramel, there is a very faint alcohol taste. a nice cold weather IIPA

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Photo of glennl
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the smell certainly suggests IPA, as the bottle indicates, but with extra oak-aged complexities, most notably vanilla, rounding out the hops. a great aroma.

the taste is where the "two-thread" characterisitics show themselves. to me, this beer is reminiscent of a barley wine and i guess maybe that's the english old ale component. well balanced and incredibly smooth for 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. One of my new favorites. I bought a four pack and will let two bottles age awhile... looking forward to that!

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Photo of match1112
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to mjtiernan for sending this in a trade. bottled on 08/13/10.

a: cloudy orangeish brown with a big thick off white head. very little lacing.

s: big citrus hops, caramel and pine.

t: citrus explosion, sweetness from malts, slight dry woody taste.

m: big thick creamy body with just a touch of bitterness that fades fast.

o: really enjoyable beer. one of the best iipa's i've had.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite of all time. Too bad it is so expensive. Seen it range from $14/four up to $25/four.

The beer poured a shade off of burnt copper, and with a bit of haze. I got about a finger deep head on the beer that quickly went away. No lace.

The aroma was "old." It had age. Hops and something behind it all that would not come out until the taste.

That taste was all old aged wood. Reminded me of failing on tall ships. Fresh musty flavor. The malts were nicely balanced with the hops so that neither was overwhelming, but just was absorbed into the palate as one. The oak came through best in the finish. Also very pleasant vanilla and coconut tones.

The mouthfeel was pleasantly mellow an dry. But not so dry that it bored or knocked out one's tongue.It kept me coming back for more.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into an ale glass.

A - clear copper color, a finger or so of head with decent lacing.

S - citrusy IPA smell, very good.

T - It tastes much like the DFH 90 minute IPA with some subtle hints of oaking. The touch of the aging is very slight so as to no overpower. Exceptional beer.

M - Thick and rich with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - I would drink this all day if I didn't fall off my chair. At 10% ABV I couldn't pound back very many.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, burnt orange/amber.
The intense aroma is fruity upfront, with notes of peach, pineapple, red grapefruit, and some pine and earthy notes. Obviously, this is a very hoppy smelling beer.
On the palate it is a bit different. It is sweet and fruity up front, with the same tropical notes as the smell but there is also a great balance of sweet caramel and toasty malt followed by a roll of juicy fruit including apricot with more of the peach, pineapple and grapefruit, with a delicate piney bitter finish.
The beer leaves a hint of alcoholic warmth that lets you know this treat packs a punch. It's really delicious and the 10% is well hidden, I suggest starting off with this one and not sticking with it all night or drink it alone to cap the night.

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Photo of hdofu
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wo Mama, this one packs a serious hop punch. Dark orange color with a heavy tall sand colored head. The smell is hops and a citrus basket. You can't ignore the hops with the first sip followed by the taste of pine, biscuits and a hint of molasses getting more and more candy like with each sip. The feel is like a thin syrup with lots of sudz, yummy... At 10 ABV and 3 dollars plus a bottle, definitely not one you'd want more then one of in a night drink. Had it with a chicken panini and it seems to be a good pairing.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P: Clear effervescent pale golden body with an off white milky head. Chunky lacing that sloshes around like succulent whale blubber.

S: Rich syrupy amber malts, resinous hop oil, saltine crackers, orange peels, taffy wrappers, damp oak and doughy yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose with thick amber malt, resin, orange oil and wood. Chewy body with moderate carbonation finishes dry with a floral bouquet.

O: Fantastic oaked IPA. Chewy and rich. Malt forward with an appropriate balance of resinous hops.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another DFH classic. Nomatter what you think about them, they continue to amaze with their styles and depictions of them

A- a gorgeous amber orange with a massive head of sticky hop foam. The head really stays around with insane lacing clustered all over the glass. Just a fantastic looking DIPA

S- strong pine and citrus all over the brew. Almost flowery to a point. Well blended with with the flavors and bitter and sweet at the same time

T- phenominal! The taste profile is hearty with the hop bitterness in a citric form with some malt flavor warming at the end. You can taste the oak solidifying the flavors of this brew. Burton Baton really creates an "added value" for a DIPA. Simply fantastic

M- the flavors are simply perfect in the mouth. Great feel

D- Burton Baton is one of the best DIPAs on the market. An absolute great taste, feel, an ability to go down. No question I will snag these all the time

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 9/03. Consumed on 9/28.

A - Reddish amber hue. Gentle pour yielded no head with light foam around edges of glass. Distinct lines of carbonation. Almost no lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Very fragrant. Hints of molasses, dried apricot, and peaches. Alcohol hints present.

T - Interesting complexity of flavors. Has a slight tartness composed of pineapple and kiwi. Has a sweetness composed of vanilla (oak aged), molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar and anise. Also, has a cinnamon pepper aspect and sweet alcohol notes. The alcohol is not hidden, but rather has a warming feel. Also, has a well balanced malt backbone.

M- Full bodied with luxurious foaming in the mouth. Tingly on tongue. Even after carbonation dissipates if drunk slowly, does not take on a syrupy texture.

O - In a blind taste test, I could tell this was a DFH product, but so much better that 60/75/90/120 Minute IPA's. This is a beer to drink slowly and savor. I held off trying this beer since I am more of a West Coast IPA fan and also have been lukewarm on other DFH products, but this is a must try.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

WOW....what a fantastic brew.

A: Liquid gold, literally. Pours a gorgeous gold with a nice frothy/hoppy head. You know your in for a treat once you see this baby settle into your glass.

S: Hops, malt, vanilla. The smell doesn't disappoint. There's more than IPA going on here...

T: The taste is fantastic. A delicious bitterness followed by a sweet malt finish with hints of oak, vanilla and caramel. As it warms the oak flavors become more pronounce.

M: Standard fair, not especially viscous or thick, but perfect for me.

D: Extremely high. This is easily once of the best IPA style beers I've ever had. The oak and sweetness keep it from being to hoppy. I could spend an entire evening sipping this brew if only it weren't such a precious elixer. Find yourself a case of this and buy it...you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Pahn
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep, opaque amber. 1 inch white/off-white head despite an aggressive pour. Almost no visible carbonation. Great streaks of lacing that never disappear.

Smell: Predominantly sharp hops, with some caramel malt and slightly medicinal smells.

Taste: Cold, it tastes almost identical to 90min IPA. As it warms, it retains the strong burst of hops at the start and continues to have that beautiful malt / hop balance of 90min, but the finish develops into notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. It's sweet and smooth, and lasts. The overall flavor is honestly more complex than I have the expressive capability to capture. Basically, it's 90min IPA's perfected malt / hop balance (ie hop explosion with rich, engaging malt tones) that persists but transitions into a beautiful finish with the oak induced flavors developing and deepening that perfection.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. At times it's creamy and chewy, but then the small bit of carbonation dances on the top of the tongue.

Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable. The alcohol is hardly masked, but every time I've had this beer it disappears with surprising speed.

I don't know about paying 150% of 90min IPA's price for this beer, at least not on a regular basis. That said, if you like 90min IPA, I'd say you have to spring for its more sophisticated older brother at least once.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden sun orange with a fluffy white two inch head and thick lace.

Smells of fresh pine and juicey mellon citrus blend and orange blossom honey.

Taste is a hop explosion! Not too over-the-top; a nice blend of hops, malt and honey. This is a hop lover's dream come true. Similar to Bell's hop slam but with more of a juicey honey dew mellon maltyness with a nice orange blossom finish.

Excellent drinkability!

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured the Burton Baton into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours a cloudy amber with a finger of light yellow head.

S - The aroma is sweet up front with candied fruit, some coconut, grapefruit, a little wood or vanilla in there. A bit of citrus and pine hits the nose. A lot going on here. Winning my heart.

T - Solid up front right on the nose, candied fruit, some honey, tanginess, floral, but not over powering. Citrus in there with some grapefruit mid palate. I'm digging the style, this is wonderful stuff here my friend.

M - The medium carbonation beer is silky smooth and quite heavy and syrupy on the finish which I like. Again, love this stuff.

O - I don't know, maybe this is too good to be true, I love this beer. I desire it more than just a Regular Imperial IPA because of the many different flavors that this beer has. Very well balanced. Highly Recommended ! Cheers !!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like any good Imperial IPA, Burton Baton's nose is all about the hops. And they come across strong and clean, in perfect grapefruit-and-pine swirls, with just a hint of lemon. A good base of malt aromas does support the hops, hinting that the beer isn't just out to prove how bitter an IPA can be.

On the tongue, the brew is, of course, hoppy--at 70 IBUs, it can't help but be. However, for all of those IBUs, the hoppiness is surprisingly subtle, nuanced, and understated, much like the difference between grape flavors in a $6 wine versus a $60 wine. Instead of hit-you-over-the-head bitterness, this brew provides a round, varnished serving of grapefruit, pine, lemon, flower, and rosewater hop flavors. Better yet, these delicious flavors rest over a good malt base, which provides well-balanced brown sugars, vanillas, and caramels to further help lessen the hop's bitter shock. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this a superbly balanced beer, and a rare example of an Imperial IPA that stands an equally decent chance of appealing to the novice as well as the expert. Highly recommended.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.