Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

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Reviews: 1,919 | Ratings: 6,710
Photo of harrypowers
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown near opaque.

Has a dank old ale smell and taste. Very little hoppiness evident.

Hides the high ABV well.

This may have started as an IPA but the blending and oaked aging makes this more of an old ale at the end.

And that is a good thing!

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Photo of BlueDevil19608
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this is a fantastic IPA. Admittedly, I'm not the world's biggest hops fan but the oak aging takes the edge off of it and really develops a fantastic flavor profile. The smell is kinda woodsy but definitely reminds me of the peach orchard near where I grew up. Big vanilla overtones from the oak. I really can't say enough good things about the brew. I will say that the 10% ABV definitely creeps up on you. I definitely did not expect to be somewhat plastered after a 6 pack.

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Photo of MackT
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey cloudy look, rapidly disappearing head. Moderate lacing. Smell represents imperial ipa, sweetish malty note. Smooth mouthfeel, pleasant lingering aftertaste.
Alcohol is hidden, taste wise, it will become obvious later. : )
This is one fine brew from DFH, good job.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. One finger head, bits of lacing. Beer is cloudy and a dark orange color.
Smell - this is where things get interesting. An initial whiff of woodsy sweetness and malts, followed by citrus, pineapple, and some vanilla. A really complex smell, a result of the blending process.
Taste - just as complex as the smell. The hops come through first in the taste that is mellowed out by the woody sweetness. Warmness from the alcohol is also detected, followed by the fruity notes and a very smooth finish. Now that is a tasty beer.
Feel - medium to medium-full body. Medium carbonation, and a heavy hitter at 10% ABV, though it drinks very smooth.
Overall - this was the employee favorite at the brewery, and for good reason. Complex yet easy drinking, "gentle giant" is the perfect way of describing this beer. A real treat.

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Photo of Myros
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to pint glass, pours rusty orange with a nice off white head.

Aroma of pineapple, driftwood, palm frond, and saltwater.

Tastes of tropical fruit candy, caramel malt, oak, vanilla, floral (rose maybe), with a smooth saline aftertaste (not sharp salty like a Gose). Noticeable but not overpowering alcohol with a nice warming sensation that gives away the ABV. Full, velvety body.

Overall, a terrific DIPA with a twist. The oak barrel aging really increased this beer’s depth.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It has been an interesting couple/few days. I somehow got on a DFH Bottle kick & just decided to keep it going until I was completely finished with them. I had picked up a couple at Sliantra & then a trip to Subs & Six Packs netted me some more & soon, I was off and running (often running, like for the bus).

From the Bottle: "A wood-aged marriage of an Imperial IPA & an English-style ale, this hop monster is tamed by time spent aging in oak tanks."

Jeez-O, man, I could swear that I have had this before! Well, a check of several databases reveals that I have, but never at home for a review. No time like the present, beginning with a Pop! of the cap. I really enjoy a C-Line pour since there is no telling what is going to happen. In this case, it puffed up to form just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Until it suddenly exhaled and fell like a soufflé when the oven door is banged shut, that is. Wow! In its wake was some of the densest, stickiest lacing that I have seen in a while. I am going to get Sam to clean this up as it may require a jackhammer to remove & I blame him for it. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, pineapple & hemp line/rope. 8=O We used hemp line as mooring line on some ships & going into the line locker, it had this kind of woody, resinous smell, but also ropy. Mouthfeel was big, thick & full, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue! I let it roll around like a playful puppy, really allowing the flavors to build to a crescendo. The oaky woodiness was prevalent, but the caramel & vanilla flavors acted as a nice counterpart with a warming sensation from the alcohol. Tasty? You'd better believe it! Dangerously so, in fact, since it was going down like water. NOT recommended! Yowza. I also tasted a pine/hemp resinousness that I had not gotten on the nose, but at the same time, I did not taste the pineapple that I smelled. Very interesting! Finish was actually cool and bracing, like a shot of peppermint schnapps. That is imprecise. The taste was minty, but not pepperminty. More towards evergreen. Very clean, dry, literally breath-taking. It was like being in a stand of evergreens as snow falls all around and just taking a deep breath. Get the sensation? Whew. My only bugaboo was its extreme drinkability. I almost feel like taking a nap after this. Goo.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tasting snifter with a bold rich orange/amber color with a nice full white foam and awesome lacing to boot...some of the best lacing I've seen.
The aroma has a light citrus/pine pink grapefruit aroma to it. It would make a great air freshener...hahaha sorry officer it's my air freshener. lol
The taste is an adventure...can taste all of the citrusy notes along with the piney notes. It is seriously an adventure for the taset buds. I wish I had an endless bottom to my glass.
As for the feel...it is a nice creamy smooth feel with a slight mild edge & snap to it that is very nice...which probably comes from the "oak-aged", but It keeps the ABV hidden well...I think.
Overall a must try beer, again, again, and again!!! Have fun !!!

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Photo of iguanodon
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2016-01-01] Pours clear orange gold with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sweet malt, wood, tobacco, alcohol. Taste is similar, sweet malt with vanilla, a little hops balances it but it’s malty for an IIPA. Nice thick mouth feel.

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Photo of KoldMedina
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not too hoppy ( tho I like my HOPs), Not too malty...A beer that has a higher volume than others, that is very smooth compared most...big recomendation to experience for yourself

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via DEPS in NKY and enjoyed in a snifter. This
legend of a strong ale/IPA pours a illuminated lightly cloudy orange
hazed amber with a beautiful head of white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin light layer, and shows some delicious lacing. Nose of sweet brown sugars,
heavy grapefruit and orange zest, sweet oak, and earthy malts with herbal notes.
Flavors exceed the nose by a long shot with grapefruit, white grapes and light yellow
raisins awash in herbal and citrus hops with a touch of pine amid rich honey and light
brown sugar notes. Sticky, rich, earthy, and laden with oak and hints of vanilla. A
monster of an IPA. Excellent mouth feel; medium sticky body, medium light carbonation,
and a rich warming citrus and rigid malt backbone finish.

Excellence from the Dogfish folk!


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Photo of nick_perry
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

An Imperial IPA, weighing in at 10.0% ABV aged in oak barrels for a month. Overall a pretty good beer, but maybe mislabeled. Strong oak flavor, which isn’t inherently bad, but it masks the hops considerably. I interpret it as more of a strong ale, with perhaps a little more hoppiness than usual, rather than a BA IPA. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. I like MoreBeer4me's description that it's like taking 90 Minute, making it a little thicker, and adding a shot of whiskey.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy, translucent amber with a huge creamy off white head. Very good retention, with lots of streaky lacing.

S: Oak, vanilla, pine, caramel, ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, toast, and cranberry and currant.

T: Caramel and toast upfront, and then ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, and plum--and then a massive, oak and vanilla smoothness. All of the oak flavors, but minimal tannins. Somewhat sweet, but never cloying. Dangerously drinkable.

F: Pretty full-bodied, moderately-carbonated, creamy, and rich.

O: A really delicious DIPA/old ale combo, with tons of great oak flavors.

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Photo of jkblr
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 3/28/18 (3 months ago) poured into a DFH branded teku glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours bright orange amber in color with sticky off white head. The head recedes to an island and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is faint with caramel and oak. The taste is semisweet caramel with an earthy hop bite finished by an oaky vanilla note. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, delightful and unique. It opens up as it warms so don't rush it.

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Photo of spectru
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a creamy white head; Rich inviting aroma, perhaps a hint of sweetness, not much in the way of hops; Smooth mouthfeel with just a hint of alcohol sting. Rich luscious flavor, just ever so sweet with a hint of liquor. This is not like many IPAs. The hops are hidden. Dogfish Head 90 Minute is my go-to IPA. This is its rich uncle.

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Photo of SirSaucy
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect sticky clear copper with a lot of lacing as the beer goes down. Smells like a fine fresh ipa at first sniff with plenty of piney hops coming through being eaten up by vanilla oakyness and wet foresty wood. Taste is vanilla and oak right away with a malty flow into piney hops so smoothly. Really nice mouthfeel and sticky. To me this tastes like a barleywine, and the best one I've had. Highly recommend, although a bit pricey. Reminds me of white oak jai alai but full force, stickier and just very well rounded with no artificial or sharp flavors. Awesome

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me describe exactly what this beer tastes like.... Take a bottle of 90 Minute IPA, give it a bit more body and thickness and then drop in a shot of whiskey of some sort. That may not sound great, but the results are fabulous! Although some others state the alcohol is hidden, I didn't think so. In fact, if I didn't know the ABV, I would swear it was more like 15% and not 10%. Very tasty and a great sipping beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve bottle...

Pours a deep copper-nearly amber, with an excellent remarkably light-colored foamy head and fantastic lacing.

The nose gives away a strong, just shy of overbearing malt backbone that is alive with dark sugar and toasted grains. The hops arrive soon thereafter, but wet, and muted. The barrels are almost an afterthought, but a pleasing one.

The malt character carries over even more strongly to the palate, with the hops arriving, but in a semi-sweet fashion. Orange rind comes to mind, with the typical citrus notes undoubtedly influenced by the barrel aging.

The feel is a bit off. Rather heavy and almost sticky (though not cloying).

Overall an interesting brew worth sampling.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thick two finger head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of caramels, mild pine, a bit of wood, toffee, orange marmalade and grapefruit.
Flavor with notes of caramels, overripe pineapple, apple juice, vanilla, young wood and Cointreau liquor. Dry, boozy and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This felt like a hoppy and caramelly Old Ale. I would actually consider this an American Barley wine. Too much caramel for my taste, I guess hops faded over time.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 11/20/17 into the test glass
A - Lite cedar colored, active carbonation can not hide. The cap of of white is dense, lacing is incredible
S - A glass full of wet hops, medium toast oak, sweet brown sugar
T - Follows the nose well, add toffee, some delicate char, and a blend of orange reduction with molasses
M - full palate coating, a touch slick, wonderful tropical reduction in the linger
O - I have waited to long to try this, a very good blend then the oak aging all add up to a very fine offering

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Caramel-blonde color. Great aromas of oak and hops, caramel sweetness. Flavor is much the same with emphasis on hops. Hops are caramelized and transformed by the barrel aging. Slightly sweet but not overly so. Overall a tasty adventure.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper. Notes of vanilla and sticky caramel, the nose is oak driven. Carmel base with hints of toffee, citrus, and resin, all balanced out by the hop bitterness. Extremely tasty and surprisingly easy on the palate.

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can hardly make out the bottling date. 2/30/17? Consumed on 4/6/18. Could very well be passed its prime.

Reminds me a lot of the 90 minute IPA. Some subtle differences but nothing major.

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Photo of Nass
2.28/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Wow this is oak aged. This is the first hard liquor barrel aged IPA I have ever had. Whew! this is pretty nasty. Hey! at least the high ABV is hidden well. All hype & beer label artwork temptation but no action in the flavor. Cheers! C-

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12-oz, bottled 11/20/17, hard into a Spiegelau IPA glass, getting a thick head right up to glass edge. The slightly tan fine-bubbled foam lasts long over a copper brown SRM 9 slightly hazy lovely bottom that keeps up a fizz of just a few tiny bubbles. Pretty new label with the out-of-alignment funky font makes all look scores high. Very slow-to-subside head leaving dramatic lacing on glass far side keeps the good look going. For sure the Spiegelau glass helps keep the head thick, all the way to the last sip.

Smells really rocket-fuel ethanolic, with sweet malty breadrolling. I'd rather smell more hops, but won't fuss about this, as taste is just fine, with enough bitter hanging on under the tongue to keep the malty sweet predominance from cloying. The oakwood is not clearly wood-flavored, but makes a smoothness hiding any sharp corners.

Where's the IPA in this? I'm finding it a bit too well-hidden, but then that's just my IPA addiction hungering for a hops sting that doesn't happen here. Comfortable mouthfeel of melted caramel candy malt is hiding the alcohol until I swallow and feel the fumes coming up through my nose. No noticeable hops aftertaste, and still no oak lingering.

A homebrew buddy of mine puts oak sticks right in his bottled IPA, so I miss this flavor in a brew allegedly oaked. Maybe Sam needs to scrape down the barrel? How many months does it take for wood to lose all its savor, I wonder?

Overall, I almost love this brew, but can't recognize quite enough of the IPA part of its vaunted English old-ale/IPA "marriage."

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/17. Color of a well used penny, nice tan head that fades quickly, leaving just a little lacing. Aroma has some sweet malts, oak and a hint of fruit. Flavor matches the aroma, a bit too sweet on the finish. Medium bodied, not much carbonation. I know it's a blend, but seems to be a "old ale" to me. I'm thinking Old Curmudgeon.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,710 ratings