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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,792
Hads: 6,197
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 375
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 33
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 Billolick
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunatly I only had the pleasure of sampling a 12 ounce botle of this noble creation. No fbottled on dat given, too bad cuz I'm sure this one will age nicely. Pours a nice soft dark honey tone, fairly clear with a tan head, leaves scattered aand fine lacing upon a gentle swirl. Nose of brandy, hops and dense peaty malts. Soft smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is a fine fine brew, ready to consume today and i'm sure will only get better after a ffew years in a cool, dark place. Notes of vanilla, brandy, leather, rich malts, citric hops. Yeah baby this is the goods. Everything soft and smooth, no harshness or bitterness. Balanced and highly drinkable. Looking to get more of this stuff, alot more! Seek out and enjoy. (725 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head into a snifter, great retention, some lacing.

S: Strong smell of mixed citrus, pine trees and oak.

T: Strong upfront hop character, heavy pine, citrus is mild. Oak character is evident, reminds me a bit of Firestone. Malt is heavy and lends a nice balance of caramel and husky grain.

M: Moutfeel is strong and full-bodied, nice full resin character from the hops.

D: Another quality beer from Dogfish Head, is it possible they make a bad beer, I don't think so, outstanding stuff. (546 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint on tap at Meridian DC.

Light gold/amber body given, with minimal collar off pour. Slightly light off white cream head. Looks good fairly straight forward.

Bouquet is a simple pine but also with a real nice apricot and a distinct smell of powdered sugar. Very nice!

Taste is soft and chewy, fleshy apricots and and interesting feel of peach like fuzz. I get dense peach fuzz off of this on tap with a fantastic feel of pillow softness and some malt backbone.

Drinkability is incredibly solid. Extremely unique fruit feeling with a wonderful mouthfeel. I get a fuzz bent off this which just hits the spot. (633 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Hop Wallop was a dud bottle, so Burton Baton will be taking its place as my second review tonight. A big thanks to Stan at Lone Hill Liquor for pulling this from the back for me. On to the beer:

It sure looks like a DIPA; sturdy head, deep orange glow in the body. The aroma is pretty big on oak and fruity esters. Nope, no complaints so far. The taste....nothing explosive or amazing, but there's a smoothness to it that makes it a delight to drink. Must be the aged IPA doing that. First sip immediately brings oak-aged hop juice to the converation. Then the hop bitterenss takes it down. Bitter and sweet, but more like sweet as in sweet and sour gummi worms. Interesting blend of flavors in this brew.

It's not that's it's "better" than the usual DIPA, but different in the way it has oak flavor and an aged IPA blended with a new one. (844 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this beer is dangerous. I'll start with drinkability b/c at %10 abv this is easy drinking, which could knock you for a loop easy. Alcohol is well hidden, a slight burn at the end. Slight.

Pours a rusty ruby, clean body topped with an off white, fluffy, stick head. Some chunk, but it leveled off to start sticking to the side.
Aroma is a blend of flowers, sappy hops, oak, caramel and young orange rind. What? I know, complicated.
I usually don't like oak aged IPAs all that well b/c the oak takes over. This one is an exception. The oak is there, but on the sides. More resin and smooth butteriness. Still clean, though. Nice English IPA hints, if not for the carbonation I would have assumed a live ale (maybe).
This is a very nice beer, drank at 52 (+/-) degrees F. (775 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the last of a four pack I bought literally months ago. The bottle says it ages, so hey, why not.

Appearance - Medium amber with a cream head. I poured it slowly, so it wasn't huge and didn't last long.

Smell - Not so hoppy in the smell. Mostly malt and oak. Probably due to the fact that it's so old.

Taste - Hops in the flavor, but mostly malt. A lot of oak. Exactly what I'd expect from an oak-aged IPA. I don't detect a lot of alcohol, but I seldom do in beers. It has an astringency about it. Seems to finish with a weird bite to it.

Mouthfeel - Thick for an IPA, but appropriate for this particular style. A bit syrupy, but not so much that it feels like a barleywine.

Overall - Good. Better when fresh, don't trust what it says on the bottle. It needs the fresh hops to balance out the tremendous maltiness that it has. (878 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know about double IPA, by bottle reminded me a lot more of an American strong ale (which is blended into the beer with 90 min). There was a big, sweet malt presence, even a little syrupy and that's just too much for anything that's in the IPA family. Still, it was a pretty good beer, but like some of the dogfish beers i've tried, the flavor profile reminds me of a wine's flavor in that it's rich with very subtle flavors. I got random hints of wood (oak) out of this along with citrus hop notes. Worth a try, but a bit spendy. (537 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A murky/dirty copper colored beer poured into a Hommel snifter. Decent head forms and retains fairly well. Some lace is strewn about the glass.

Smell: Hops, tropical fruit, some earthy/woodsy notes as well. Impressive and strong aroma.

Taste: Intensely bitter, but in the best possible sense. A gauntlet of hop oil flavor, pineapple, grapefruit, pine. The wood aging adds a depth and complexity to the beer, with a cigar box quality. Malt sweetness is tame at first, but eventually arrives to balance the hops. Indeed, a bit of alcohol becomes evident. This is one bad mutha.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a good bite and lingering alcohol warmth and hop residuals. Almost drying but not quite reaching it.

Drinkability: An impressive double IPA with good character. Imagine the 90 minute, amped up a bit and aged like the Palo Santo Marron. A fabulous wood aged beer. (880 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a short head that fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing. The aroma is of bitter hops, oak, and sweet malt. Very balanced. The flavors are amazing. Perfectly balanced oak, sweet malt, and hops again. The hops are bitter, earthy, and piney. There are also flavors of candy sugar, a chewiness from the malt, maple, and charred oak. A little on the sweet side, but the oak tannins and hops both balance the flavors. The mouthfeel is just the right body for the flavors, and mostly creamy with a touch of tannins. This is one great beer. Its definitely a sipper, but its so delicious you can't help wanting more. (641 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a very thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Not much in the ay of lacing.

Earthy oak aroma with hints of vanilla, citrus hops and caramel malt all complemented by a strong bourbon alcohol presence.

The concept of bourbon barrel aging an IPA is interesting. On one hand it seems very appealing to blend these two flavors but on the other the bourbon could be too prominent, overtaking the flavor of the hops. Fortunately this beer falls into the latter category. This beer still contains a very bitter hop forward flavor with a decent amount of citrus peel and grapefruit as well as some dry piny notes. This is balanced by a sweet bourbon alcohol warmth with some earthy oak and subtle vanilla flavor. (814 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cloudy dark orange with a one finger white head that lasts only for a minute. Spots of lacing, which lasts for most of the duration of the this beauty.
Smells of fresh hops, canned peaches, and a slight oakiness.
Tastes pretty much like one of my fav's, the 90 minute IPA ,at first with a slight oakiness. The ringwood trademark is evident.
Taste starts to change after about 15 minutes of sipping. Alcohol becomes more apparent and it becomes a tad more fruity. This is pretty much a 1-2 and done deal. Don't count on downing a sixer of these anytime soon. I'd get again.

Finger licking good! (609 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

Pours a clear dark amber colored ale with a heroic if short lived off white head.

Smell is sweet fruity and malty with more than a little scent of fig Newton’s. After a bit the scent gets to be somewhat spicy and full of citrus scents.

Taste is malty and well not much in the first sip. Not much here fairly fruity but where are the hops? Fair flavor of figs and some caramel but not really bitter at all. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This an OK drinkable beer but I am confused, shouldn't this have hops in it? Disappointing is the only word that fits this beer. (654 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, reddish peach coloring that is opaque in coloring, and has no head. There is a sparse film covering, but it is minimal. The nose is subtle to start, but grows rapidly towards overwhelming, with resiny, fresh hops abundant, and a light malt sweetness in the background. The beer's flavors are rich and full, with a roasted malt backbone. A flourish of hops ride off onto the palate, with a peppering and rich, resiny character. Some light citrus highlights and an oaky, earthy tone, as well. The aftertaste is a good balance of malty sweet and hops bitterness, with some oak character, as well. The finish has a mid-linger, and slowly clears the palate, leaving a slight film in mouth. Good brew. Strong flavors on a very easy to palate body. (806 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish golden orange colour, with a filmy head of loose bubbles. Some lacing but not a lot. Some streaming carbonation from the centre of the glass. Looks heavy, but otherwise, a little lacklustre.

Lightly resinous on the nose, with a hint of fresh fragrance like rosewater or jasmine. Bit of booze and a light biscuit malt character. It's all a little subdued, but with some pleasant aromas.

Taste is similar, but with the addition of a drying oak character on the back that adds some resonance to the lilting hop fragrance and biscuity malt. Alcohol is well hidden, and I really do like the oak character, which is not overwhelming, but just adds finesse to the palate.

It's not a stunning beer, and given DFH brew some pretty extreme beers I was expecting something more overwhelming from an oak-aged IIPA. But it's surprisingly balanced and surprisingly drinkable - something certainly worth taking a look at. (925 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orangish amber color with a thin white head with good retention that sticks all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is malt, a floral sweetness, bubblegum, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is creamy with a nice maltiness in the beginning that is followed with a flowery and fruitiness with the hops rounding out the finish and some warming from the alcohol. You can also pick up on the influences from the oak as well in the taste. To expensive and the oak should have been more prominent. (496 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The skin of pomegranate fruit underlined by flashes of golden brass. Dust-like particles of yeast speckle the appearance but don't tarnish complexion or clarity. The beer is quite lucent, it absorbs the light and subsequently emits bright, incandescent tones. An erratic, sketch like head brushes parts of the surface and splatters eccentric patterns of lace.

This smells more like an American barleywine than American DIPA. Either way, both styles share a lot in common - notably a stupendous amount of hops. This seeps of pine and tropical fruits. It is sweet, sappy, and succulent. A dab of caramel malt, bready crackers, and vanilla-laden oak make minor impressions too. Overall, this is about as rich as beer can get!

Toasted bread smeared in honey and notes of melon, mango, cantaloupe, and grapefruit lead way as the most forward flavours - it kind of sounds like a healthy breakfast, no? Pine drenched hop cones, crisp bread crusts, butterscotch pudding, toffee wafers, a shot of Madagascar vanilla as well as a whole cast of tropically citric fruits also find place in the taste.

The mouthfeel is unexpectedly smooth. I had a couple of these aging in the cellar but with a lack of alcohol presence and an already velvety smooth texture, I doubt letting them sit will do any good. For a beer of 10% this allows some pretty hefty sized sips, nay, gulps actually. Maybe it's the blending or the oak aging, or some combination of the two, but this is untypically smooth of a high-gravity, heavily hopped American ale.

Although listed on BA as a DIPA it's actually (in my opinion) much more similar to an English Strong Ale. Speaking of which, for those who don't know, this is a 50/50 blend of oak-aged English Strong Ale and the brewery's flagship 90 Minute IPA. The blend uses just Glacier and Warrior, so I suppose it's whatever is in the 90 Minute that imparts so much of the passionfruit, melon, and cantaloupe flavour.

When I first had this beer I thought it was something contemplative, elegant, and complex. Tasting it now, nearly two years later, I don't find it nearly as intricate but still every bit as good as I remember. I'll have to yank those other bottles from the cellar because I don't think a 10% beer is capable of being any more quaffable than this is now. (2,292 characters)

Photo of John_M
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another over the top beer from DFH. I was going to pan Mahaffey's Pub (in Baltimore) for describing this beer as a double IPA, but sure enough, that's how DFH characterizes it as well.

The overall flavor I got out of this was sweetness. There was a bit of refreshing hoppiness in the finish, but not much. In fact, I found this beer to be so sweet that, coupled with the high abv., I found it to be not very drinkable at all. Like the 120 minute IPA, the smell and taste of sweetness is so overwhelming that it's difficult to detect any hop presence.

According to the menu at Mahaffey's, this beer is oak aged. I guess that could account for some of the sweetness, but surely something else must have been added to make it that sweet (though the website says that it's a blend of the 90 minute and an oak-aged english strong ale). In any event, this just is not a style of beer I personally care for, and is not a beer I will be ordering again.

I simply do not understand DFH's love affair with oak. (1,008 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper crystal clear body with a hint of brown. The carbonation is a gentle net of slow moving tiny bubbles. The head is a thin film of light tan foam.

S- The smell of green grassy pineapple hops with a mellow aroma of wood in the background. There are some notes of slightly sweet malt aswell.

T- The taste of green hops with notes of grass and pineapple dominate the flavor. There is a strong alcohol taste that boost the hops flavor but could really use more age to soften. The finish has some sweet notes of caramel malt and crystal malt with a nice oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some fizz in the texture. There is some hot alcohol warmth in the middle and it hangs on with a sweet texture.

D- This beer has nice complexity of hops and wood with some sweetness but the alcohol kept if from becoming a great beer. With a few more months to a year this should be a much better beer. Although the hops may diminish too much at that point. (1,050 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from DFH . . . pours a two finger, white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet a lot of malt but balanced with a lot of hops, finish has hints of molasses, high ABV is not noticeable. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (364 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep hazy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong barley sweetness with a mild floral hop.

The taste was upfront barley malt with a nice smooth sweetness. Touches of heavy oak are detectable as well. Mild flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a warming alcohol.

Overall a heavy hitting malty DIPA. Much maltier than I imagined it would be. Suprisingly drinkable though. (473 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to vwcraig for this bottle.

A: The DIPA is a ruddy amber color, showing off a bright orange-red shine out of the hazy depths. Not much head here, in fact it barely looks carbonated.

S: The ale is a barleywine-like melange of full hops and bready grains. Significant amounts of citrus fruit and boozy warmth shine through.

T: The barrel aging is apparent from the first sip, adding a depth to the ale that softens the hop/malt assault. Fruit flavors, sweet and citrus (mango, pineapple, etc.) cut through the ale and deliver a nice mid-sip break. Peppery flavors flourish as well. Caramel malts are concentrated but paired back by the oak. That same oak manifests itself in the finish, resulting in a nightcap beer with licquer-like qualities.

M: The mouthfeel is quite tame with a cognac/brandy-like finish without the boozy burn.

D: One bottle at a time, his one took me several hours to get through. (913 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish/brown golden in color, some carbonation, basically no head or lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts, citrus, grapes, and some spices.

T - The taste is sweet and slightly bitter, can taste the grapes. The alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a totally different DIPA than any that I have ever had in the past, kinda tastes like a Beligian Strong Dark Ale. I've never had a oaked aged DIPA, that could be the difference. Not hoppy at all, but very tasty, highly recommended. (575 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to duvel tulip.
Bottled on 3/1/10

A - Poured a deep amber colour; cloudy. One finger of thick cream coloured head.

S - Bitter grapefruit hops with sweet caramel malts; some vanilla in the background.

T - Bitter grapefruit hops with some pine that are very noticeable up front. A sweet caramel malt backbone. Bitter in the finish with some oak. Alcohol is present here, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Medium body, lots of chew. Sort of silky. An odd but very welcome mouthfeel for a DIPA.

D - Remarkably drinkable for a 10% ABV beer. (551 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham, into a shaker.

pours a cloudy off amber with a small head. smell is big on hops, but in the aged/subdued way. taste is definitely hoppy and boozy and the oak is very apparent. not the most complex of beers but the flavor is nice and it is what it claims to be. full bodied with low carbonation.

overall a good, somewhat different, boozy IPA. not for everyday drinking but very good nonetheless. (426 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Burton Baton is a nice DIPA. It was heavy on the sweet malt and abv which makes this a sipping beer an not a session ale. The beer poured a nice clear amber with thin white head that laced nicely. The scent was full of fresh hop that carried pine and citrus notes. The taste was very sweet and malty which helped to balance the bitter citrus hops. There was also a nice subtle back drop of pine. The mouthfeel was full body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was good...but one and done for me. (499 characters)

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,792 ratings.