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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,920
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,118 | FT: 30
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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 drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Dogfish head pub in Gaithersburg, MD. Beer is red, darkish, clear, tight head, white, two fingers, hops in aroma along with alcohol. Interesting flavor, high malt, lots of alcohol, bitterness not as much as I expected. Drinkability high, Low carbonation and lacing left on the glass. This was a pleasantly surprising beer. It smelled like and IPA and tasted like a strong ale. It was incredible. Find it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lookin' at it... a hazed deep orange, with a fullish, creamy head capping it
Aroma: ahhh!!! that's my favorite aroma right there, in the first sniff...tropical fruits, banana and mango, peach and citrus, a truly beautiful mix, a gorgeous blend....so far, this is just what I'd desire in an uber-IPA, and I haven't even tasted it...
Oh, delicious...fullness of body, richness of flavor, dominant fruit, minor, relatively, bitterness, yumm...I can taste the whiskey flavor, from the oak-aging, I can get that character...and it's amazingly flavorful, with vanilla and oak twisting into the mix, what a wicked concoction...
If I had a 10-gallon hat, it would be off in honor of this immaculate creation.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 07/20/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of wood, caramel malts, sweet fruits, light hops, toasted malts, and toffee. I'm liking the nose, though I don't find it overly hoppy and it is not what I think of when I think of a DIPA.

t - Tastes of wood, caramel malts, citrus hops, some honey, sweet fruity malts, toasted malts, and light toffee. More hops than the nose and nice, but again, not what I think of in a DIPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer, but again, not what I look for in an IPA. Lots of wood and caramel and not a ton of hops. Would like to have this one again, but not when I'm looking for something hoppy.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a four pack of this for $12.99 (it must be new in 12 oz. bottles?).

Bottle reads "oak aged Imperial IPA"... wow, can't wait to taste that one, two of my favorite tastes... wood-sy and bitter. Pours a light brown color with a big head to it and tons of lacing. Smell reminds me of a forest with the usual hoppy aromas. Taste is a lot like the 90 minute but with the oak kick in there (what else would you expect?). Has a bit of a strong alcohol taste (well, it is 10% ABV) but it's wicked smooth and absolutely delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable. Maybe a tad under Palo Santo Marrone for my fav DFH beer but damn I love that a brewery can make something as good as this.

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours copper amber with a thin head that becomes wisps of lines. A thin ring leaves some vanishing lace.

The smell is of citrus (orange/tangerine/ grapefruit)/resin with vanilla and musty oak.

Wish I had a 90 min. to compare this with because the first sip reminded me of it. Subsequent sippings reveal this to be different, but close (again, though, without having it next to it it's a bit tough to tell). This has the citrus/grapefruit with sweet vanilla/oak and some alcohol. Malt - grainy and toffeeish dominate leaving a fruit juice from the hops without much bitterness. Finishes with a sweet kiss, like citric candy.

This is the almost scary (in a good way) part - it is incredibly smooth and silky, making this disappear very quickly despite the sweetness and heat. Kind of like an open box of chocolates - can't help but keep on going. Dangerously drinkable, but at the price (and the abv?) one will have to do.

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It self identifies as a blend of an imperial IPA and an old ale. I'm reviewing it as such (not as merely an imperial IPA as is currently the listed style for this beer). Picked this up in a SoCal beer store earlier tonight as it's a known classic. Granted, I'm not usually big on Dogfish Head beers, but of their beers that I do like, 120 Minute stands out - so I have high hopes seeing as this is also a high ABV imperial IPA. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic label and standard red branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed. Bottled 03/04/13.

Served cold, straight from the fridge - I erred on the side of imperial IPA serving temperature rather than old ale serving temperature, but if it seems to warrant some warming, I'll let it. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive six finger head of light khaki-beige colour head, nice thickness, decent cream, okay frothiness, and damn good (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Not real soft looking, but it's fluffy. Quite impressed with the retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looking spot-on for an imperial IPA, and the head retention is a highlight. No overt flaws are noticeable. Lacing is uneven, inconsistent, thin, and weak. If you told me this was half Old Ale, I doubt I'd believe you.

Sm: Sugary. Brown sugar. Wood - less a refined oak wood and more just your run-of-the-mill barrel. Perhaps more of a cedar aroma? Some spicy kick too. Light floral hop character and some buried citrus. Red/amber malts. Some red fruit - perhaps stone fruit or cherry; it's quite concealed. The flower notes come through more and more as I sniff this one out; it's hard to distinguish the floral hops from the actual flowery notes I'm getting. Very intriguing, but rather restrained for the purported complexity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, interestingly. It certainly doesn't fit neatly into either of the constituent styles, but it's got my attention. I'd call it a good aroma all around; I just wish it were deeper and more evocative. Below average in strength.

T: Interesting. Tannin-heavy woody notes up front. Malty woody sweetness. Some unrefined sugars - mixing with those tannins. Hop character is floral, and surprisingly restrained coming from the imperial IPA side of things. Malts definitely win the war against hops here. Some deep biscuit/toffee notes from the old ale side come off murky against the pale malt sweetness of the IPA side. Amber malts seem to edge out others for slight dominance. I do notice some alcohol, but it's decently hidden for 10%. Oak? Vanilla? No such luck on either account. The wood is of a more generic barrel or cedar character. I expected more complexity than it provides. Far more subtlety too. No yeast character comes through. Not at all acidic or harsh. Low on the esters. Balance is decent; it's not a mess but it never comes off cohesive or seamless. A slight spicy character does emerge as it warms. Not finding the stonefruit/cherry I got on the aroma. Not citrusy, nectary, oily, or piney. In fact, it's pretty disappointing in terms of hop character. Vague brown sugar. Maybe some blood orange when I look for it?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick and full-bodied; you won't be quaffing this one. Pretty good presence on the palate. Slight overcarbonation, but it isn't biting, harsh, or sharp. Not as soft as it could be. Sticky. Creaminess is about right for what they're after. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Clean and approachable, but not ideal.

Dr: One of the more interesting Dogfish Head beers I've had, to be sure. But I hoped for better. It does hide its ABV pretty well, but I wouldn't say the drinkability here is high. I wouldn't want more than one in a given night. It has none of the characteristics I want from either of the constituent styles, and it doesn't balance them particularly well, but it's still strangely likable. I'd have it again, preferably on-draught. The execution could be so much better, though. I like the concept of the beer, but I think it can be done better. I do applaud the experimentation, and I'm not disappointed by it.

Low B-

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-dark amber color with a slight haze to the liquid. Initial three-finger head retreats very slowly and leaves excellent ring lace on the glass.

Strong pineapple and grapefruit hop nose. Very fresh smell. Some raisin and current in the background. Superior.

Somewhat prickly on the initial sip--both in the carbonation and the citrus-like hop. Good body to counteract the effervescence. The malt does stand up but only in the background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Strong oily alcohol feel that is notable after the swallow as well.

I would put this in the category of extreme beers. It is delicious particularly for hop heads, but it would be extremely difficult to have more than one.

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is piney, orange, oak and resiny hops. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with some orange notes. There is also some caramel malt to balance things out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 750ml bottle, December 2005
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that is a mix between largish bubbles and creamy froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish copper color. As I work my way through my glass of this beer it leaves a nice layered Belgian lace pattern. The aroma is sticky sweet with redolent hop notes like grapefruit, pine, and some sharp spicy notes. There is a bit of hot alcohol which adds to the spicy aromatics, plus a light caramel character is here as well. As the beer warms up a spicy oak note begins to be noticeable and it is joined by a woody aromatic note too.

There is a nice creamy thick mouthfeel in this beer. It is sweet up front with an intense fruity character that is a mix of citrus and berries. The oak character is nicely in balance with the huge hop character; which is to say that the oak is quite subtle and is most noticeable in the finish as a soft, woody, slightly tannic note that is also astringent in a spicy oak kind of way. This beer is really quite smooth and drinkable.

The hop character is probably a bit muted when compared to a fresh sample, but it is still quite evident and really strikes a nice balance with the oak and malt right at this moment in time. The malt has notes of raisins, currants and a bit of caramel. I really like how the spicy oak notes, along with the hint of woody astringency, combine with the spicy and herbal hop notes. The two accentuate each other and form a melodic whole. There are some really nice fruity notes here as well; it is a nice mix of grapefruit, raisins, currants, and even some general berry-type notes thrown into the mix. Quite and enjoyable beer, and I hope to sample this one again.

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/01/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off orange, approaching amber colored pour. Maybe a bit rust colored. Full inch head which subsides down to about 1/6 of an inch throughout the entire beer. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Hints of oaken brandy, so alcohol is in the nose. Orange-apricot scented hops and a mildly bready malt nose.

Taste- Huge oaken caramel malt flavored taste. Like chewing on kraft caramel squares. Hops have matured a bit I'm assuming because this beer is about a year old or so. Very mellow. Maybe a touch of pine sap in the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and fairly creamy. A bit lower carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel leaving mouth fairly bitter.

Drinkability- Digging the oak taste and texture on this beer. One of the few if not only oak IPA I've had. Seems fitted to have with a dessert. Quite tasty and different.

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange / reddish color with a super big three finger head. For a high alcohol beer, I was quite surprised at the head retention.

Smell: easily detectable alcohol and strong piney hop bitterness.

Taste: this is one malty beer that has numerous strong flavor tones like grapefruit, alcohol, and pears. There are woody and peat tones lingering in the background. General sweetness is nicely balanced by strong piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly dry throughout. The aftertaste is loaded with alcohol, caramel sweetness, grapefruits and bitterness. Heavier in body.

Drinkability: down for me as this is a one beer per session brew. Very tasty but tends to overload tastebuds near the end. Very interesting beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, oak, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, light vanilla, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces by about 50% but remains thickly covering the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is not as intense as I expected from this beer - with both the high ABV and the fact that it is an oak aged IPA (and old ale). The primary aromas that I detect are orange/citrus hops and toffee sweetness. There is a light presence of oak as well.

T: The beer has a lot of hop presence and a pretty intense bitterness contributed from those hops. I might even describe the bitterness as aggressive with the main components being citrus notes (both orange and lemon). There is some underlying caramel sweetness and some light notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor oF the alcohol is rather well hidden.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. SLightly creamy and some light alcohol heat as is warms.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that could very easily sneak up on you with the high ABV that is very well hidden. I certainly get much more of the IPA than the old ale but the barrel aging definitely is noticeable. One of the better regular year round offerings from Dogfish Head. I will likely get another one of these at some point in the future.

Photo of stakem
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken 1/28/10

Bottle date of 10/16/09. Pours a clear amber color with a yellowish stained head. Abundant amount of lace clings to the glassware. Wonderful aroma of vanilla, malt and hops. Hop character is citrus and somewhat fruity. Taste is bitter hops blended with malt and vanilla notes. Medium feel with low carbonation. Little bit of woodsy taste and smell as it warms. Very drinkable and quite complex. The oak imparts a complimentary aspect for the other flavors to play off of. Warming finish and more alcohol comes through as it warms. I really enjoy this beer, whether it is fresh or aged it is great.

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,920 ratings.