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

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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Photo of lost_sailor
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OhioKevin4
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one from DFH !

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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 dt_gbpackersfan
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HellsRanger
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Dcwbba
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of iguanodon
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +2.8%
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 Keith27614
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbu0126
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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 pdad329
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BklynBryan
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaten454
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Navin-Johnson
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ben_tries_brews
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Jrosso
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spectru
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Budlum
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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