Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,786
Hads: 6,168
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 377
Gots: 1,314 | FT: 34
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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 KevChiTown
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! Great bitterness with a smooth quality when sipping. Should have picked this baby up a long time ago!! Sweet but not in typical imperial ipa way. (161 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear amber with a fine eggshell head about a quarter inch thick. Dissipates very slowly.

Smells of oak, maple, bready malts, caramel, and piney hops.

Tastes of buttered bread malt, oak, caramel, and a hint of hop. The malts are rich and a bit spicy.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Light alcohol sting.

Really nice old ale style brew with some good flavor and aroma. Sips nicely and very enjoyable. I've been meaning to have this one for a long time and I should have gotten around to it sooner. (557 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better tasting after bottle aging for 6 months, and even better after a year. The longest I aged was 1.5 years, and it tasted the best. It's a really good beer either way, but I'd put the taste at 4.25 for drinking it right away. (249 characters)

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A blend of a barleywine and an IIPA. It takes the strengths of each and synergistically synthesizes them into something that is greater than the some of its parts. (163 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter glass at fridge temps. Bottle is dated 08/2014.

Appearance: pale orange with a nice firm off white head of very fine bubbles. Highly carbonated.

Nose: heavy on the citrus from the hops, orange juice, slight vanilla cookie smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: not heavy at all, lemons and fresh oranges, bitter orange peel, no alcohol at all, since this is a fresh beer the citrusy hops really pop and haven't lost any of their mellowness.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer fresh, super enjoyable. I am bewildered how Sam hides the monstrous alcohol content in between all of the layers of flavors. I'm really excited to age this beer and see what happens when the hops mellow and the English Old Ale thread of the mix comes to the forefront. (769 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

This one never fails to impress. A very reliable, delicious and interesting beer; had it several times over the past couple of years and it always has been great. The oak flavor is a great addition and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer.

I haven't noticed any major differences between the bottle and draft versions. Each time I've tried the beer, regardless of the version, it's been superb. I'm guessing that this is better fresh/on draft, though ... but, then again, I've never been able to keep a bottle long enough at home to age it for an extended period. Might try that sometime.

IMO, this falls within the 4.25-4.5 range. One of Dogfish Head's best. (663 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a dark copper color with a great head that surprisingly lasts quite some time for such a big beer. Fine soapy froth retains a half finger after at least 30 minutes.

Big nose of booze, wood, and resinous piney hops.

Boozy with cherry notes followed by smooth bitterness that balances against the alcohol fumes and malty backbone. No notable sweetness. Highly attenuated. As it warms some sweetness appears.

A surprise as I was not expecting this big of a brew but it's good. I like the wood notes in this one. (522 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Pours a hazy dark gold/amber. 2 finger off-white head. Leaves moderate to heavy lacing.
S - Vanilla, raisins, dates, toffee, earthy hops, medicnal.
T - Malt sweetness, but is by no means cloying. Spicy, earthy hops give way to citrus. Little alcohol burn. This bottle is six months old, so perhaps the burn others have mentioned has mellowed.
M - Thick body, medium carb. Really coats the palate and bitterness linger until the next sip.
O - An outstanding beer. A definite go to for imperial IPA drinkers. The blend of the young and the old I think keeps it very drinkable, so the oak aged qualities don't squash the IPA. (631 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain. (617 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt amber with one finger of head, dissipates to a light cap and sticky lacing.

S - Wood, resiny hops, and grapefruit. A very mild burning, presumably due to the alcohol, if breathing in deep too quickly.

T - Sweet toffee continuing into roasted malt and hops with grapefruit and bitterness in the aftertaste. Bitterness is substantial but not overpowering like some IPAs. Impressively no alcohol really comes through despite the ABV.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly oily from the hops.

O - I very nice IPA, well hopped but not oppressive with a wonderful aroma. Adds some interesting depth to a normal IPA without deviating beyond recognition. Obviously not a session beer based on the alcohol content, but sure drinks like one. (758 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin, fizzy head.thin bubbles make lacing.
Taste: citrus. Candy sugar. Light oak. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Fairly big body. Sweet.
Overall: great imperial. Balanced well. Not too oaky. Would have scored higher if aroma was there. Will buy again. (321 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Man! Dogfish continues to out do themselves. What a great beer. In the world of carbon copy IPAs this one stands out in my brain. The oak adds a delicious darkness to this beer and almost a little bit of vanilla! Definitely worth pickup up although it is going to cost you. (273 characters)

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours a beautiful copper color with milky white head with decent carbonation upon the pour. Aromas of oak and maple, which also come through with the taste. The mouthfeel is not too thick, and this makes for the perfect autumn/winter beer. The hops come through strong, as does the alcohol, but the overall aftertaste is smooth and balanced. The aging in the oak of the two batches creates even more complexity in this brew, but doesn't have an overall woody taste. As for Double IPAs, this one is the best. This is also in my personal top 10 favorites, rating only behind Caldera's IPA. Dogfish head does it again! (622 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma mild alcohol, old grain and wood. Not bad, just not much there.
The taste has excellent balance. A tame mixture of sweet and bitter in the beginning that turns to wood mellowness, and finishes with a slight uptick of bitter.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
An outstanding ale. I wish it had a bit more on the aroma side though. (399 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Reviewed 5/18/14.

I've had this beer several times, but hadn't reviewed it. It pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Good lacing.
The aroma is really nice. Caramelized oranges, oak, vanilla, tropical fruits.
Flavor is really complex. Lots of citrus hop flavor balanced by caramel sweetness and toffee. Finishes with a crisp bitterness and a bite of alcohol. The balance of hops, wood, malt and alcohol is pretty unique.
Medium to full body, good carbonation, juicy.

This might be my favorite beer from Dogfish Head. I really like the 90 minute, but BB has more complexity. (624 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

June 8, 2012 bottle on date. Sweet malt and wood, some oxidation. Hops and alcohol are barely there. Wish I had a fresh one to compare, but this is definitely solid witb some time on it. (186 characters)

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangy/brown with a thin ring of lace, and pretty much no head

Smell is out of this world: caramel, oak, toffee, dark fruits, tropical fruits...really a little bit of everything.

Taste is very good as well, first the oak and dark fruits, then some alcohol in the middle, with some sweet caramel on the back end. Tremendous.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, sticky with a decent amount of carbonation.

Superb beer. (421 characters)

Photo of ljbonadonna92
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Awesome beer. Oak is very prominent in both the taste and the nose. strong notes of vanilla and hops flood your nose and the first couple of sips are very citrusy. As you work your way down the beer more complex flavors start to unfold like a more powerful vanilla and oak taste. the alcohol is masked well for the most part but you can still taste and feel that 10% abv.

this beer is definitely for IPA lovers who are looking for sweeter and more complex flavors. (465 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite DFH brews! A pretty looking copper and slightly orange pour, head quickly dissipates, yet, a thin ring like and frothy lace retains throughout. Initially I detect a malty and caramel sweetness in the nose; then, a strong scent of piney hops followed by a biscuity aroma as the drink warms. A wonderfully complex taste; caramel sweetness as well as fruits that is balanced by tons of hops. Also there is a strong woody and oaky presence. Smoky, spicy, creamy and soapy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. High ABV which definitely hits you hard, yet, all the wonderful flavors mask it. I truly love this beer! (625 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

deep ruby red color. 2-3 fingers of head with aggressive pour. decent lacing. smell is of dark fruit-raisin/apricot and floral hop. woodiness is prevalent. deep oaky sweetness, floral hops, heavy toasted malt. full bodied. alcohol is noticeable and makes it a little hot. this is an interesting brew, i drank it fresh...but i wonder what it would taste like aged. (363 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark for an IPA, with good head and retention. Hoppy and sweet with the smell and flavor.

The Oak mellows it out and yet add's a nice complexity. Very smooth and drinkable.

I really like this beer. It doesn't bash me in the face with hop bitterness like most DIPA's (267 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark golden/orange. Loose white head.
S - Tropical fruit
T - Grapefruit, honey, heat, alcohol. Faint wood. Excellent.
F - Loose carbonation. Medium density.
O - Most excellent. It's making me hot. (201 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Always surprises me how much I like this one. It's like a barleywine with enough bitters to balance the syrup and booze. Ages well, drinks great while fresh. (157 characters)

Photo of ttroha
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Bottle. Hazy golden color with with white head. Aroma of flora, hops and yeast. Taste of vanilla, hops, yeast and a sweetness. Bitter aftertaste. A good beer (157 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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