Burton Baton
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #507
Ranked #2,282
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
Mar 31, 2022
Dec 08, 2004
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Notes: 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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4 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
4.53 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 05, 2021
4.25 by micada from New York on Mar 18, 2021
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 10, 2021
3.99 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Jan 29, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by blazerkor from Nevada

It smells both like wood and the bright freshness of hops with just a little bread water in the background.

It tastes very interesting. The wood, sweetness and boozy flavor from the 10 abv remind me of whiskey... not bourbon because there's no smoke. After the whiskey you get bright hops and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very light with just a little fizz. It finishes with an aftertaste of bitterness with breathy alcohol.

Overall it's very good. I wouldn't describe it as an IPA. It's a beer I can't really categorize. I give it a 4.9 out of 6. I think it would have received over a 5 if it hadn't come right after that insanely good stout.

Dec 29, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dillpickle315 from Colorado


Dec 27, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BikeChef from District of Columbia

Coming back to this after a long time... A real throwback to taste so much malt in a double-IPA, though I know this was a cross between a DIPA and an Old Ale. Back when DIPAs first arrived on the scene, many of them tasted this way-- like a hopped up Barleywine or Old Ale. If I close my eyes it feels like I'm back in 1999-- in a good way. Dogfish was way ahead of the curve in oak-aging a beer like this. Warming caramel and hop notes, with the alcohol well-hidden (as it should be). Hits the spot on a cold night when snow is in the forecast; masterfully done-- glad I revisited this classic.

Dec 16, 2020
4.31 by aprabhu from Kentucky on Dec 10, 2020
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3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this on draft.
A: pours orange amber body with off-white head with ok retention and lacing
S: sweet, orange grapefruit smelling beer with subtle earthiness
T: sweet, grapefruit taste with a subtle earthy aftertaste; some lemon notes as well
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and tasting combo; solid drinking beer overall; pretty good beer overall

Nov 21, 2020
4.46 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware on Sep 03, 2020
5 by tp1962 from Illinois on Aug 15, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 01, 2020
4.25 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Jun 11, 2020
4.75 by sirzekel from Georgia on Jun 07, 2020
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JasonQKing from Texas

Worth the price

Pours golden amber with thick suds.

Smells like like oak barrel. Clean and sweet.

Tastes like a creamy dream. Can't even taste the 10% abv and that's a fact. Most oak barrel aged stuff is a bit cloying but this has perfect balance. After taste of spicy vanilla that leaves you wanting just 1 more sip. Superb.

Extremely excellent brew! Lots of love goes into this force of nature.

Expensive but damn this is worth it. Dogfish Head is still a top tier company and this one proves it like a MF.

May 21, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 19, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottled 4/1/17

Copper color. Left the sediment in the bottle. Khaki whit me head.

Everything I was hoping for. Malts and faded hops and oak all around. Caramel, toffee, bready malts, floral and citrus notes, vanilla, oak... this beer has it all. Love the grapefruit citrus. Not bitter or sticky, just smooth and easy drinking for 10%.

May 09, 2020
4.36 by SauceMcSauce from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 3/1/19

Pours a mildly hazy copper/orange with 2+ fingers of fluffy off whit head, tons of lacing

A lot of subtlety in the nose, but right off the bat I pickup citrus, specifically orange zest, a light vanilla and caramel malt. Very complex in aroma, I'm guessing the flavor will be the same

Yep, I was right. Complex, but balanced between a biting hop and sweet malt. I pick up the oak notes clearly, it plays off the more bitter hops really well. The vanilla is in your face on the finish, with a mild citrus aftertaste

Gentle carbonation leads to a medium-full bodied brew. Finishes sweet and soft, wouldn't guess 10%

I've been on a good streak lately with a lot of beers that I'm loving and this one is no different! Not sure I could drink a lot of it, but I'll come back to this every now and then

Mar 26, 2020
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
4.34 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 02, 2020
4.83 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Feb 28, 2020
4.13 by Stevedore from Oregon on Feb 28, 2020
4.35 by BKast409 from Virginia on Feb 14, 2020
4.07 by Danzifer from Ohio on Feb 09, 2020
3.78 by brandoneast from Texas on Feb 04, 2020
4.5 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Such a unique and delicious beer. Smells about as good as a beer is able to. So smooth and complex. I hope they never stop making this.

Jan 06, 2020
3.59 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire on Jan 03, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by daliandragon from Maryland

This has been sitting in the fridge since I bought it in August as I waitd for some cold weather. Pours a brigt amber with heavy rotation orange tining. Head is thin but steady. Nose is wood and mint and vanila.

This is velvety in texture right off the bat, and while the flavors are rich and luxurious, they are also, for the style, subtle as hell. The primary flavors are caramel malt doused in oak and vanilla with peppermint, dark fruit, and black pepper in reserve. The texture is thick in the sip but there are very few other signs of high abv. This is an exquisite rarity. I am generally not a huge DFH fan and find them talented but inconsistent and overpriced. This is delicious and unique. Well done.

Nov 12, 2019
3.99 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Oct 03, 2019
3.85 by ZachStephens from Illinois on Aug 24, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Damned good. Glad I had it.

Aug 06, 2019
4.2 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Jul 21, 2019
4.29 by Hopelessly0 from California on Jun 20, 2019
4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 6747 ratings