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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 4747
Reviews: 1669
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004)
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Photo of Frozensoul327


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's amazing the brews that DFH comes up with. This one poured out to a dark bronze color with a small head of foam and uniform rings of lace. Nice. Lower level of carbonation. Aroma was heavenly; candied sugary malt and grain, with some dark fruits and yeasty notes. Wow. Taste was very complex and enjoyable; fermented grain, dark fruits, molasses, wood notes, warming alcohol, mild yet solid hops. Nice. Mouthfeel was slick and had a chewy element about itself. Drinkability is fair enough. Not an everyday brew, or even one that fits the term DIPA, but a good beer all the way around. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 00:42:00 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of SupaCelt


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer boasts an appealing orange nearly new copper colour. The head was an edematous pinky's worth of tannish froth until it fell asunder. Lace is cast forth and a steady ring of foam lives on. The bubbles are nice to watch. The nose is super sweet. Normally this would put me off, but this sweetness is strikingly pleasant. The oak qualities come through with some vanilla brilliance. The hop factor seems to be somewhat subdued while the malt character and woody textures flourish. The taste is sweet and sugary. It remains very clean though and avoids the overdone crusty dirtiness that ruins other less fortunate beers. The oak qualities lay some accents on the flavour and truly add benefit. Slight alcoholic heat. Quite nice. I am not quite sure this reminds me of an Imperial IPA in any way however. Looking past labels I am still inclined to say this is a treat. The mouthfeel is thick and slick. It has a bit of a buttery finish as well. The drinkability is good. This beer is an example of one that prospers from barrel aging. Solid. Whatever it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 04:55:27 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of walleye


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a copper amber with a very small light tan head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma malts, with brown sugar all over it a long with hops the alcohol didn’’t show up until it warmed up a bit, light fruits. flavorthe malts and sweetness comes out nicely the sweetness leans towards honey, hops, fruit semm to be almost like apricot. dry this is a good sipping beer

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 02:22:27 | More by walleye
Photo of jabocu


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent copper with almost no cap at all. I used a very vigerous pour and got very thin cap that was gone in a few seconds. Aroma was earthy-caramel malts with a floral and citrus nose. Not too strong. Flavor was obvious caramel sweet malts right off. Very nice earthy, pepper and citrus undertones with a little sourness. Alcohol became more apparant as the temperature rose. Medium carbonation with a dry warming finish. This beer hit strong. It didn't take long to feel the effects of the 10% ABV in this one. Very enjoyable to drink!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 14:27:40 | More by jabocu
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Dogfish Head Burton Baton pours out a partially cloudy amber color topped with a small head. The aroma is toffee and citrusy hops, with occasional whiffs of alcohol. Biscuity malt flavor. Sweet caramel comes in at the middle. Hops are spicy and citrusy. While this beer is quite hoppy, I wouldn't call it a hop bomb. Finishes with piney hop oil flavor. The woodyness is most noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick. Although the alcohol is noticable, drinkability remains high. Great balance for an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 00:13:49 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of SethB2


3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice.

Pours a deep amber color and is non transparent. Little head and moderate amount of lacing. Smell is decent. I'm getting some fruit and alcohol, but surprisingly, not much in the hop department. The hops do finally make an appearance when tasted, but not a whole lot, especially for a beer that is classified as a DIPA. I'm getting a lot of fruit and vanilla and an alcohol warming. To me, this tastes like a ASA. But alas, I still like the flavor and don't want to ding it too hard for going outside it's advertised style. Mouthfeel is OK, though not spectacular along with drinkability.

To me, this tastes like a beer that got stuck in a zone somewhere between IPA and Belgian (if you can imagine that). It's a nice ale, but should really be categorized for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 02:07:31 | More by SethB2
Photo of rrwiltse


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did this one throw me for a loop! The aroma was rife with floral hops, even a bit citrusy. I was ready to jump into hoppy goodness! And then...whoa, not very hoppy at all; in fact, hardly anything going on there. What the hell? Then, the sweet maltiness that dominates this beer takes over...very good! In fact, excellent; its just that this isn't what I expected at all! I didn't think it seemed like 10% at all, very easy drinking and smooth.
I loved it! For a DIPA, though, very off the beaten path! Pick this one up!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 23:38:54 | More by rrwiltse
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This guy pours a rusty color with no head and no lacing. No delicate lacyness on this guy- he means business. He's not wasting time with carbonation and aesthetics.

Nose is so, so hoppy. Breadyness and some earthy grassy hops come through as well.. Just deliciousness. Taste lets you down some... nowhere near as hoppy and delicious, but it's alright. Mouthfeel is lacking the suds and thin. Drinkable for a 10% beer, and I love DIPAs- but I wish the taste had lived up to the smell.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 04:15:27 | More by scooter231
Photo of hoppymeal


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark copper with very little head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of vanilla. My first sip is not at all what I expect, so I try again searching for the hops. This beer tastes much like an eisbock with sweet maltiness riding the strong but balanced alcohol. Hints of vailla come thru in the taste. There is just a hint of bitterness in the background of the finish of the taste, but even this fades as it warms into malty goodness. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol strength was nicely balanced and left me feeling quite content. A very unique beer from Dogfish Head, not what I was expecting at all, but I was very pleased nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 22:52:47 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at New Beer Distributors.
Nearly creamy on the palate. Could stand to be a bit more bubbly as it's a tad bit flat, but at 10% it's something that one can anticipate.
Hops bombard the smell in a good way. Oddly enough, this isn't bitter at all, which is almost a bad thing as it's a bit too sweet. A drying bitterness would be welcome in this situation... alas... this is not the case.
For something 10% strong this is quite drinkable; very well concealed.
Still, I was hoping for something with a bit more character.
90 Minute IPA is a more satisfying brew...
That's what I have to say about that.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 07:26:13 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of blitz134


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade from warriorsoul...thanks man...

Caramel or maple syrup colored body, nice and clear with a little carbonation apparent. Just barely off-white head on top. Not much formed initially and only a ring around my glass remains.

Immediately the oak jumps from the glass and is the dominate aroma. Some biscuity malts play in with some floral and a touch of citrus hops, maybe some apricot. A little sweetness and a little woodiness...unique to say the least...

This is definately hopped like a DIPA, but has the complexities of a strong ale or a barleywine. Initially some spiciness hits my tongue and turns to bitterness midway through turning to caramel sweetness and then an earthy, malty bitterness remains. Oak is evident in the finish as well. The bitterness is accompanied by some resinous hops that don't want to go away. Alcohol is present but not a detractor. This is a super complex brew that tastes a bit different everytime it goes down.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than medium, I'd say. Carbonation makes it crisp. Drinkability is okay. This one is a sipper and not an easy to quaff DIPA like many others. Alcohol is definately noticable on the stomach. I'd love to have this again, just not tonight. A super-unique brew that is quite a bit different than the usual west-coast hop bombs. I like...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 02:52:03 | More by blitz134
Photo of dawg


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16oz shaker at once.

Nice balsa like head reduced to a layer of fuzz with some clinging around the periphery of the glass. Immediate aroma was fruity and subtle. Not intense with hops and citrus as I expected. This is my first go at this one.

Slight metallic bite at first. Very smooth and creamy. Nice tart character. The taste of alcohol is masked well. However, the warmth of the high ABV dominates the full feel. Sweetness peaks through as it opens up with time. The blend of wood aged beer is noted. The young blend is supressed by the aged. Odd that this imperial IPA remindes me of a stout or porter with the taste of well roasted malts. I would have failed the blindfold taste test with this one. Could it be the wood?

Nice and drinkable. Definately need to grab one to cellar for another taste in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 23:51:23 | More by dawg
Photo of sopor


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear (filtered) amber with a slightly tan thick head that fills my pint glass. I can smell cloyingl sweet maltiness topped with abrasive hop bitterness. Smells exactly like I expect any DFH IPA to smell, and tastes almost exactly as I expected as well. Cloying syrupy/caramelly sweetness leads the way. A slightly less than balanced bittering makes this hard to qualify as a DIPA IMO. Oak aging is barely evident. Moderate to full body is enjoyable with the right amount of carbonation. Good beer, but not as good as I was hoping for, I think it needs more hops and oak. Since it is 10%, and not what I expected, the drinkability suffered a bit, but I would consider this beer again if I was looking for a sweet slightly hoppy ale, but I might be more likely to pick up 90min.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 15:04:20 | More by sopor
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 01:24:45 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of BEERchitect


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that's a seriously balanced IPA! Every ripe fruit imaginable is apparent from the aroma, taste, texture, and finish.

Burton Baton begins with a hazy deep copper color, a dense eggshell white head that blankets the top of the glass, leaving a ton of lacing behind. This is one good looking beer.

Everything from apples to oranges, pineapples to mangos, peaches and pears comes through the estery mix in aroma. Wood aging gave a complex nut and earthy character along with a little intriguing vinous note. Hops give a big grapefruit, orange zest, and pine flavor with bitterness that compliments the wood aging nicely. With so much flavor, the delicate bread and yeast flavors are still appreciated.

Very well blended and melded into a smooth, rich brew that's nowhere near thick or cloying. Strong and sweet, smooth and succulent. The 10% is nowhere to be found. Very good beer.

Thanks Clvand0.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 16:32:50 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of hero27


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. 10% abv. Says on the bottle it ages with the best of 'em.

Pure amber color. Very modest off-white head that I must say, tastes delicious.. Aroma is citrus hops and a buttery, roasted malt lying in the background. One thing's fairly clear..there's plenty of malt to help balance this huge beer out. Unique & interesting.. this maintains some trademark IPA qualities, but with a roasted oak & molasses kicker.
Another great brew by the always evolving Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 02:00:10 | More by hero27
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, warm malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with an intensely bitter hop aroma. There is a slight oakey aroma that adds balance to this powerful brew. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down slow and warm and finishes bitter and a bit sweet. It has a rich malt flavor as well as their traditional continually hopped taste. It's unique from anything I've ever tried. The oak aging provides a buffer from the high alcohol and adds a nice balance to the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but not the best Dogfish Head offers. I like the concept, but the 120 IPA is better. Still, this is a good drinking beer, at a slow pace.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 01:48:39 | More by WesWes
Photo of pbr85

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a amber brown with a small offwhite head about a quarter inch thick.
S: Very sweet smelling for a DIPA. Malted barley, alcohol, earthy hops.
T: Very malty, which is balanced by a strong but not overwhelming hop presence. Some mango flavor is also present. Alcohol is noticeable on the tongue.
M: Chunky and full, very nice mouthfeel. Goes down smooth, carbonation is good.
D: Alcohol flavors develop more while the beer warms and you drink more of it. This is a sipping beer and one that you enjoy one of a night. I personally liked this much more than the 90 Minute, so if you enjoy that I would recommend giving this a try. A very well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 02:30:02 | More by pbr85
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 12/29/05

Pours a clear, deep orange hue with a thin, creamy off-white head.
Hmmm...very interesting aroma - delicate flowers, tropical fruits, toasty - some yeast and woody vanilla flavors with a little spicy alcohol. Taste is earthy hops and wood - quite floral with some fruits in the background. The oak flavors are prominent with a long sweet finish - a little bready. Smooth, rounded mouthfeel is warming...this is definately a strong beer.

Not really an IPA...more of a complex oak aged strong ale of some kind. Pretty impressive nevertheless - another interesting beer from DFH. Probably worth aging some more...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 06:38:36 | More by wedge
Photo of brewcrew76


3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2005

A - Pours a clear copper with thin off white head.

S - Vanilla, woody oak, caramel malt, slightly fruity/floral hop bitterness, touch of alcohol present.

T - Oaky vanilla, citrus hop presence with a sweet malt backbone. I'm not a huge fan of the way the vanilla/oaky taste blends with the sweet malty flavors. Slight hint of alcohol but hidden well for 10%.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy body.

D - Nice unique take on an IPA but a little too much vanilla/Sweetness for my tastes. I am going to have to let the other one I have age for a while and revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 00:05:00 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze/copper body with high clarity and a massive initial burst of carbonation streams. Topped by a slightly off-white finger-plus slab of dense foam.

Nose is oak and vanilla, with some subtle hints of fruit lurking around the edges. NIce, if not quite as big as I had anticipated.

Sweet beginning, both malty and alcoholic. Hops arrive both earthy and bitter and subdue the sweetness for a moment, but the sweetness and the alcohol arise from the grave and conquer the aftertaste with a belly warming glow. Vanilla lingers on at the conclusion of each sip.

Good medium-plus mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, but not dangerous.

Complex. Surprising - not what I expected at all. There certainly may be an imperial ipa in the bottle, but the barrel aging has, to my tastes, moved this to American Strong Ale or Barleywine. Whatever it ended up, it's a good and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 23:25:10 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Beauregard


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Dogfish Head beers (and that says a lot). Burton Baton is the clasic Dogfish IPA combined with the full flavor of an oak-aged ale. Appearnce is dark, and pours without much head. Has a nice earthy, slightly malty taste without much bitterness or excessive hops. Oak and alcohol flavors are prominent, and it goes down beautifully for a 10% abv. beer. My overall impression of the beer after a few tastes were of a nice barleywine, but it gets more complex as you continue to sip. I have fond memories of drinking this beer on the deserted January Delaware beachfront, and after revisiting it I can say that it lived up to my high expectations. Just don't try to drive afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 21:35:22 | More by Beauregard
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby color that the stronger IPAs tend to have. Smells inviting - sweet and not too obnoxiously hoppy.

The taste is getting toward the sweeter, syrupy side, much like the 120 min, but kind of a step down. I'm not knocked on my ass by the hop character, which is nice. It is seemingly well balanced (as well balanced as an imperial ipa can be) and smoothed out by the sweet malt flavors. Full bodied and mouth-filling.

The best way to catagorize Burton Baton is that its the perfect step between 90 min ipa and the 120 min ipa. I would be very interested to try the three of them in a row, one after another.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 01:25:58 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of Crosling


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shining light copper. The aroma, though subtle, is very unique and enjoyable giving hints of wet wood, tobacco and peach, while the warrior hops contribute a distinct spicyness along with a touch of tangerine and lemon. The wood contribution is very lovely, mellowing out the bitterness, yet retaining the hop flavor, and also adding notes of vanilla and wine. Very dynamic, complex and interchanging flavors. The malt provides an adequate backing, but are easily conquered and beaten by the pleasing hop flavor. A very unique beer and what makes it even better is that it touches a little bit of history that I never knew existed.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 03:47:15 | More by Crosling
Photo of johnniemarg

New York

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't believe DFH has an oak-aged imperial IPA and I didn't know about it. My favorite style of beer in oak, which I absolutely love.

12 oz bottle. Pours an amber/golden color with a half inch head. Very little lacing.

Smells of oak, vanilla, bubble gum, alcohol and sweet malt. Smells awesome.

Despite the smell, there is almost no sweetness in this brew. The flavor is mostly the oak and the alcohol. Very little hop flavor, but in the finish I finally make out some grapefruity hop flavor.

I wish there was more sweetness in this to balance out the oak and the alcohol. This might be the first time I've thought a beer had too much oak. I had expected much more out of this, but oh well, my DFH 90 minute never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:09:18 | More by johnniemarg
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,747 ratings.