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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,635
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 299
Gots: 920 | FT: 23
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of NCSUdo
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 2008

A: Kind of hard to describe the color. A bit amber, copper and brown, under a small creamy white head. Decent retention. not a lot of lace.

S: I get a little bit of toasted malt, some slight vanilla and oak hints, some grassy hop, not really citrus. Pretty unique.

T: If the smell was unique, then the taste is whatever is above unique on the unique scale. Very "refined" if that makes sense. Sweet, woody, bit of vanilla, slight spirit character, mild bitterness, a bit of warming, toasted, very slight chocolate, bready, a bit sugary. This is one complicated taste. Never really intense, but just really excellent and different.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit high but OK, full bodied. Drinkability is good really because of the taste alone. It's pretty filling and it's a sipper, but I could really sip one after another. A really excellent and unique beer.

NCSUdo, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of LittleDon
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with plenty of carbonation, it pours with a rich light tan head that stick around long than most. When the head finally does subside, I'm treated to a bountiful amount of lace clinging to the side of my pint glass. The aroma is a combination of hops, lightly toasted grains, and fruit (I think I smell pineapple). It's much sweeter than most DIPAs I've had, yet well balanced. The alcohol is just noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy.

This one gets better the more you drink it. I made mistake of not waiting long enough before the first taste. Definitely improves as it warms up.

LittleDon, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DrStiffington, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

twowheelssoar, Nov 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

blknikon, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

OUJayhawk1799, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CreekyJarls, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Unibroue tulip. Bottle is 3.5 months old. Amazing aroma of fresh hops and sweet aged malts combined into one of the best smelling beers on earth. When other people drink this beer, I ask them if I can have the bottle after its empty so I can smell it from time to time to motivate me, knowing I can drink one at the end of the night. For a special treat, you can leave one ounce of beer in the bottle and put it in your car in the hot sun for a few hours. Makes a great air freshener...seriously. Love it at any age, fresh or old, love it warm, love it cold. Basically a combination of my favorite two styles...double IPA and aged strong ale. In my opinion, Burton is one of the best beers ever made, maybe THE best.

KickbacksSteve, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JLapadura, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber/orange or red, translucent with a white head.

S: Nose is nectary with notes of dark fruit, orange, citrus peel, oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T: Citrus, orange, mango, delicious hop character, oak, vanilla and caramel. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, less than smooth, but smooth enough, especially for an IPA.

O: Really really really really good. Definitely worth a try.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jman005, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

-NESTO-, Sep 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jemarent, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mrchrisray, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of WesMantooth
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My scores are all over the place on this one, but like many Dogfish Head brews, it is a tough one to pin down.

Pours a very non-transparent, golden orange.

Not a bunch going on with the aroma. Smell some oak barrel, a little bready malt, and alcohol.

The oak really comes through in the flavor along with some piney hops, then finishes with a biscuit and carmel like smooth malt that is sweet and somewhat brown sugar like. Thicker bodied with stickiness to it. For me this sits somewhere between an american barleywine and an old ale. I would describe it as a hoppy Founder's Old Curmudgeon without the molasses.

I have really enjoyed every beer of theirs that I have had and this one is no different. Really curious to age some and see what they taste like with faded hops. If you are looking for a big distinctive beer that delivers on the oak, I would recommend.

WesMantooth, Jun 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

athomasPSU, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

seplo, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CCutch, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found on tap for a limited time only at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Seems no one knows exactly what this beer is, but the consensus there is that its DFH 90 mixed with oaked DFH 90. Anyways, on to the review...

A: Pours a ruby hued brown color into a snifter and produces a majestic 2 inches of creamy thick head.

S: The aroma evolves as the beer warms, starting with the expected DFH 90 minute hop profile with burnt sugars in the background. It moves to a more vanilla, caramel, and oakey flavor with subdued and muted hops as the beer warms.

T: Taste is hoppy, as expected, with undertones of caramel, vanilla, and caramelized sugars. Sweet, but not overpowering, the oak is strongly evident in the finish, rounding out the beer's flavor nicely.

M/D: Sticky malts and abundant smooth and flavorful hops combined with the oak character make this a beer with some great and interesting complexities. A great texture means that this is a great one to go back for more on!

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 07, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy reddish amber. I nice thick head forms with a beautiful lacing.

The aroma is hops first then a sweet earthy oak with a slight alcohol in the end

This starts like a DIPA full bodied its carbonation lightens the body and ends light and fluffy carbonation. The taste is sweet hops to start, slight citrus but big natural floral taste it ends with a earthiness either from hops or oak its hard to distinguish.

The feels is great with a slight numbing at the end i love it.
for a DIP very drinkable if cost isn't taken into account but I do....
My wife said its like sweet hops and pineapple

bishopdc0, Dec 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

In_Control_Mike, Jul 07, 2013
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 5,635 ratings.