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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,829
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 314
Gots: 1,057 | FT: 29
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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 WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy orange/amber color body with a lasting foamy offwhite head leaving tuns of lacing , lively carbonation. Aroma is of oak , alcohol , citrus , pine , caramel and leather . Flavor is cirtusy up front fading to a big caramel malt sweetness , oak and some nice piny , earthy hop notes , nice level of bitterness ,full body , sticky mouthfeel . big hoppy finish with honey and alcohol lingering . Very drinkable and a very good brew .

Photo of FickleBeast
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the DFH Alehoush in gaithersburg MD. Reviewed on my Droid

Appearance is ruby red with a half finger of foam. Aroma is laced with grapefruit hops and a substantial malty sweetness.

The flavor is interesting... wouldn't really call this a dipa but it does have a ton of malt sweetness punctuated by a huge hop flavor and aftertaste. I kinda wish the oaked barleywine would assert itself a little more but overall this is a complex, interesting beer.

This beer does a superb job of hiding its 10% ABV... dangerously drinkable. Makes the visit to the alehouse totally worth it!

Photo of OgreSanchez
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last beer while in NYC this time around. and i gave my last tasting away to DFH since this has been one of my fave's for long now.

Burton Baton did not disappoint but DFH has seen better days. pour is cloudy yellowish with a thin and compact head, light lacing, not much more from here.

Smell is excellent, very thick pineapple eucalyptic feel all over. brilliant. very complex and with ahoppy finish, alcohol well hidden.

Taste is very strong and botanic hoppy, although sweet throughout but it seemed a bit thin in all. still, well carbonated and perhaps summery (welcoming the current northeastern weather), but strongly alcoholic- the only slight downside. nice beer.

Photo of adamant1912
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, with a touch of white head remaining atop a nice deep golden colored hazy ale.

Aroma of sweet malts, some faded hop fruitiness and a touch of oak. Interesting. The flavor is dominated by 90 minute, sweet with a citrusy background. Vanilla notes from the oak are subtle, and a bit of a musty old ale also backs up the flavor.

Nice body, ala 90 minute, sweet and viscous. This is an easy drinker. Glad to try it on draft at the Gaitherburg DFH Alehouse.

Photo of jman005
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of gopens44
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/13/10, I will enjoy this one and age the rest for a while.

A - I love how this thing looks. Like hazy ice tea with a persistent foamy lacing.

S - citrusy, hop laden, crisp. The specific citrus smell (and taste) is that of grapefruit.

T - Did I mention grapefruit? It's there, just hiding in fear since the hop gang and alcohol presence take center stage on the taste.

M - thick and smooth. Relatively low carbonation. Not too much in the aftertaste area.

D - this is an awesome sipper! I really enjoy it.

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WTKeene
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a beautiful, transparent amber with two fingers of head that literally sparkles. A few tiny, slowish bubbles. Strong stalactite lacing.

Smells of mild caramel malt, like toffee chip cookies, with floral & citrus aromas from the hops. Rich & well-balanced.

Flavor is complex: starts with the caramel, almost maple like sweetness. Then the oak kicks in, along with the booze & the bitter hops. Pine-like. Ends with a tangy twist, like blue cheese, & leaves an aftertaste with seeds of all those flavors. This is a doozy, but I'm lovin' the ride!

Mouthfeel is prickly, tingly, & then softens with the foam. A little sticky in the "after-feel" from the sugars. Full.

This might be my favorite offering from Dogfish Head: a little crazy, but I got what I expected & more. I've had a difficult time with other Oaked Imperial IPAs, but this one really did it for me. One is satisfying, I don't think I could drink this baby all evening.

Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dnichols
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as a bonus beer in a trade. I poured the 12 ounce capped brown bottle into a glass.

A: It poured a hazy and thick orangish body with hints of amber. The slight half finger head settled fast and supported spotty lacing.

S: It smelled of toasted grains with rich floral hops and hints of alcohol.

T: It began with a thick, syrupy toasted malt front that when it settled in the mouth presented a citrusy and bitter profile across the mid to back portion of the tongue. It finished sweet, warm and clean with nominal aftertaste. The hop profile was recessive to a degree that was unexpected for and Imperial IPA...very well balanced.

M: It had a heavy body with modest carbonation and a dry, clean and warming finish.

D: It is a heavy beer with a high ABV and thick sweet profile that would make it difficult to drink long into the night. This is a nice occasional sipper.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep leathery orange color that is mostly cleared with some yellow highlights on the edges. There is a thin beige head that starts out looking good but dissipates too fast for my taste. This one initially scans ok but is not much of a looker after about 1 minute in the glass.

Smell is pretty poor for an Imperial IPA. Sure there is some hops present but they aren't bold as one would expect in this style. In fact there is a dominating grain smell rather then hop. Not to bad but unfortunately not right for the style.

Taste is a lot like the nose. There is a dominating malt profile that eclipses anything that resembles a hop. Sweet and slightly syrupy Burton Baton finishes with a light bitterness. There is some citrus in there paired with a moderate earthiness but nothing bold or decisive.

A surprisingly lame offering from DFH. I was expecting something better then a 90 min and all I got was mediocre. There is nothing big about this beer except the firm sweet malts up front and the ABV glow. I will pencil Burton Baton down as a novelty act and one not to waste my money on again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
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