Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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4.18
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Photo of q33jeff
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (730) - - JUN 3, 2015
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06/03/2015
Bottle to glass, dark orange. Small white head, lasting suds. Legs. Aroma is mildly hoppy, orange, the slightest of oak. Taste is mildly Smokey. Warming Spices, nutmeg, peat. I think the oak aging doesn’t quite add flavor to IPA’s the way it does to stouts. But, more importantly I think, it softens the harshness that many IPA’s have. This beer may have given me an epiphany on that thought."
**

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a bar; a 10 oz. pour in a Dogfish snifter. It poured a hazy amber-brown color with a frothy, ecru-colored head and extensive lacing that didn't dissipate. It's a lovely ale. The smell is very aromatic with roasted malt, caramel, cherry, orange, oak, and resinous hops. The taste is an exquisite blend of old ale and IPA: It has a solid base of sweet malt with caramel, dark fruit, oak, citrus, and resinous pine at the finish. It manages to be both malty and hoppy in perfect balance. It could probably be classified as a Barleywine rather than a DIPA. It has a nice mouth feel with a medium body and moderate carbonation. You can feel its 10% ABV although the taste itself is not boozy. Overall, this ale is quite an achievement and DFH should be pleased. It's a terrific blend of styles that works really well. You can sip it for dessert or pair it with a hearty meal. It's terrific!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 04/22/16

Pours slightly hazy burnt amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, orange citrus, candied grapefruit, dried fruits, cherry, with mild herby grass and earthy pine. Tastes like sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, roasty malts, some chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, orange citrus, candied grapefruit, dried fruits, cherry, with herby grass and dry earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice oak-aged imperial IPA.

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Photo of LAp
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. A west-coastier nose than I would have anticipate, with dominant pine hops. Pours a honey-brown with trace white head that quickly dissipates. The palate here is excellent. Much more reserved that I would have expected. Caramel malt, toffee, and trace booze warmth dominate the palate. The hops are a faint background, accenting the sweet cereal flavors with a subtle savoriness. An extremely nuanced beer. Medium-thick. As it warms, the hop elements open alongside the bourbon, to give a still richer palate.

This is easily the best beer I've had from Dogfishhead to date. 90 Minute is, in my eyes, the exceptional beer that built this company, and Burton Baton is its far subtler, more nuanced cousin. A huge win for the brewery in terms of complexity, and an outstanding beer in its own right.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and livid amber color with a one-finger large head.

The smell hits you right away, a lot of pine, malts, citrus-laden fruit. I also get subtle caramel, figs, and general herbs.

Taste is surprisingly non-bitter considering my expectations. Quite a subtle fruity flavor. Piney hops in the background but overall this is a very smooth and subtle beer. This is magnificent.

I often find high-alcoholic DIPA's overhopped, but this is trying to do something completely different and ends up being quite successful at it.

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Photo of ronjohn
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

simply splendid. probably better than 90 minute IPA. There's so much rich flavor. sweet, not bitter, complex and tasty. 10% with no taste of alcohol it's all beer! another amazing beer from dogfish head.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 4/16/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is an opaque murky amber. Very light orange head.

Smell is candied fruit, mostly oranges and apricots, over a sweet malt background. It's like a really sweet, pleasant candy that you can really eat only one of before things in your mouth starts hurting.

But the taste isn't actually that sweet. The sweetness gives way to nice savory characteristics. Toffee and a heavy tea flavor show up with a few passes over the tongue. Marmalade, too. Some coffee – surprise, surprise! – enters the picture at the end. It's one of those brews that's complex without much overlap (e.g., ref. dates and raisins). The more I try to pick it apart, the more I like it.

Feel is medium-heavy with fine carbonation.

I'm curious about how this one does with age. I had no intent to consume this a full fifteen months after bottling. I wonder how it is within a few months, given that it's partly a DIPA. It's actually really similar to Lengthwise's Zeus, without some of the floral elements. But I'm looking at my review of that, and there's nothing to suggest they're all that similar, so maybe what's stuck in my brain are the malt and weight.

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Photo of puck1225
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful cloudy golden brown pour from a bottle into a snifter. Nice head and lacing. The smell is of vanilla and nutmeg. Earthy taste, nice bitterness. Smooth, creamy feel. A very nice beer!

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Photo of donspublic
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into shaker from bottle, nice 1 finger creamy head that hangs around. Dark opaque amber to look at. Smells dank, resinous, caramel sweetness an mango. Taste pretty much the same, very caramel sweetness on the front end giving up to ripe mango with a mild sweet finish. Great thick body, the oak mellows out the bitterness. Can't believe it took me this long to try this beer

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Comes out a darker amber color with 1/2" off white head. There is a barely there lace impression on the glass as the beer is consumed. Aroma has citrus, oak, cherry, booze, vanilla. Not bad. Enjoyable.

And they keep coming out in the taste. I'm already convinced with this beer, its good, and its one of the best DFH has in their portfolio. Affordable price on these, they aren't Bigfoot levels of cheapness yielding awesomeness, but its up there. They do good with the 1 month oak aging, really hits the target.

I dunno if I would call this a double ipa or barleywine, but it works.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep orange with medium to lowish carbonation. Aroma was a little muted with some fruit notes. Taste is boozy, bitter, body is full with some hops shining through. This is definitely a beer that lives up to the description, you get an almost equal feel of barleywine and imperial IPA from this beer. A sipper for sure, very enjoyable. I'd say this leans more towards being a barleywine with lots of hops. A unique and fun beer but it really comes off as a blend between styles you have to take for what it is.

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Photo of colts9016
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is 51 degrees.
A Thick creamy one finger off white head and the retention on this beer is par. The color of the beer is rich mahogany with deep amber and rust orange hues. the clarity of the beer is mostly opaque, with the exception of the carbonation bubbles.

A rich malty aroma wafts through the rich hops. The hops is fruity, grapefruit, pine, floral. A subtle oak, vanilla, sugar, and caramel notes hides in the background. This beer smell is mouthwatering.

A sharp rich hops flavor with grapefruit, pine, resin, and oranges, explode in your mouth with the finesse of a ballet dancer. The malt backbone holds well like the hoover dam. The malts is caramel, biscuits, and some toasty notes. The aging on this beer is just perfect it is not over aged or under. The aging gives vanilla, caramel, char, and wood notes which play the extras well in this beer.

The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, clean and mouthwatering.

I remember when I began going down the IPA and DIPA route. It started with Ruination and since then my love for hops was born. This beer is just awesome, excellent flavors and so easy to drink. This beer has been on my bucket list and now I can mark it off and go down and buy a six pack. Just an all around great beer from Dogfish head

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Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a malty caramel color with nice foam. There's an oak-y note to the aroma with a pleasing candied citrus finish. Tastes pleasantly oak-y and citrusy with a mellow bittering. Woody notes are present as is a touch of booziness.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one deluxe beer. Lots going on, but works well together. Definitely a sipper. Grape, vanilla and cooking spice in the nose. The taste is well balanced between the oak and bittering hops. Finishes with a bourbon booziness. Well done. FYI the one I tasted had aged a year (very well I might add) so much of the real floral hops and the beer as a whole may have mellowed.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper orange: Not much head. Noticeable lacing.

Smell: Citrus, pine.

Taste: Nice malt backbone upfront, with booze and bitterness
kicking in at the midpoint and close respectively.

Feel: Full.

Overall: Basically a beefed-up slightly boozier Dogfish Head 90. What's
not to like?

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Photo of taters21
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful deep burnt orange color, with a one finger tan head that retains nicely.
Smells of mild citrus and piney hops, plenty of vanilla notes, earth.
Starts quite sweet, caramel, then a little pine notes, followed by a hint of oak, with a nice lingering earthy hop finish.
Mouthfeel is thick, quite sticky, and coats the mouth for awhile.
Overall, lovely, a lot less happy than I thought, sweet, and sticky, truly a hybrid of a stout and an imperial ipa.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe as I age, my capacity for extreme beers reduces.
All this alcohol and hops !
I know this is what this brewery like to do, so no criticism.
But for my palate, extreme is hard to balance.
I'll try it again with spicy food so why I understand this has such a rave.

On the list of "1001 Beers".

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Photo of Sabtos
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper with minimal head. A thin ring of bubbles hangs around, and there is some sticky lacing.

Despite being half aged IPA, the young IPA contributes a great deal. Burton still manages to maintain classic IPA characteristics, with even some tropical hop notes on the nose.

After a bit I also get a hint of grape, and I would say the oak is apparent, but there is a sweeter quality to it, closer to cherrywood.

Still, the age is apparent, with some super bitter bite here and there.

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Photo of Lobina
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NIce and murky somewhat cloudy look with a minimal head. Rather distinct smell. Very robust and a bit floral. Great balance between the citrus hops and slight oak backing. Highly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 1/11/14. Pours a murky, deep amber with minimal khaki head. Nose is malty sweet, with a hint of vanilla oak and a finish of candied citrus - smells much more like a barleywine than an IPA. Hops come through on tasting, with bitter citrus up front and an oaky sweetness on the finish. Unique and delicious. Carbonation is pleasantly assertive at the ABV and age. Overall, a really solid and different take on an IPA.

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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Dark orange with a nice off white 2.5 finger head with fair retention. Fades slowly and leaves a nice collar and webbed lacing on glass. This smells like an sweeter IPA with some oak, bitter citrus, pine along with sweet baked bread and caramel malt. The aroma is pleasant. First and foremost I get a quick, sweet taste of caramel and vanilla, with some oak notes. The bitter hops move in, with grapefruit and some pine most dominant. The barrel is faint but noticeable. Medium body with a slick, oily feel. There is definitely a bitter quality from the hops and oak that leaves a dry feeling on the finish. A pretty good oak aged IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep orange copper color decent off white head some lacing

Smell oak and bitter citrus notes some grapefruit.

Taste good balance between the bitter citrus and the oak flavor.

Feel fairly smooth medium body

Overall a decent beer nothing amazing.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a unique beer, this one blurs the lines between the styles - reminded me of a barleywine at some points and a DIPA at others. I didn't realize until reading the outline that this is a blend of two ales but it makes a lot of sense. You sort of get a different feel from each sip here, and this is a sipper being so high in ABV. I get a lot of malt and fruit on the front end, sort of like a fruity breakfast drink you might have growing up. Overall very good but it is a beer that took me some time to get my taste buds around.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a hazy golden amber color. 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Caramel and toffee. Citrusy hops.

T/F: This is a big beer... malty up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Gives way to a floral citrus hop profile. Alcohol is present but not nearly as boozy as it should be. Warming and slightly spicy with notes of Vanilla. Creamy and sticky on the mouthfeel.

O: I really like this barrel aged IPA/Old Ale mix. Great compliment of flavors... complex, delicious, and a real treat. Almost tastes like an american barleywine. Another winner from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of CalebM
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy orange, looking fizzy. Almost 2-finger head.

Smell: Sharp smell of hops, oak, and citrus.

Taste: True to the nose. The hops and alcohol hit me first, then I can perceive some more citrus peel. Initial bitterness and oakiness all ends in grapefruit and/or orange peel. Pleasant!

Feel: Full body, very carbonated--matches the intensity of the hops and citrus well.

Overall: Gets better with every sip. Past the 10% ABV lies quite a bit of flavor.

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