Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle bottle on 4/15/15 poured into a can glass.

A: Amber Caramel body good clarity small off-white khaki head that disappears to a film.

S: floral resins hops make your head almost snap back. Lots of caramel malts and honey.

T: lots of toffee, honey, floral almost vine like hops and that resiny bitterness.

M: Softer on the tongue without the bitterness more pillowy makes the beer more approachable.

O: This beer has aged gracefully I have had it fresh and thought it was dynamite. This 2015 bottle has really rounded out any harsh bitterness and it's still hoppy.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2/1/17. The beer pours very nice orange/amber color with a light white head that disappated quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

When I first opened the bottle I got a hit of grapefruit immediately. From the glass I'm getting lots of light malts. The hops seem a little subdued and mostly pine and citrus.

The taste is a very interesting blend of lots of flavors. There is a definite citrus hop presence up front but the malt quickly moves in through the middle. The finish balances out the malt with a lingering bitterness. In searching for the oak, I get little hints of it on the front and the finish. There is no hint of the 10% abv.

The mouthfeel smooth and slightly slick/oily with relatively low carbonation.

Overall this is a very unique beer. There is a ton going on but nothing seems to dominate other than lingering bitter finish. I'm really enjoying how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear amber color with orange highlights. It smelled oak, bready malt and pine. Some good oak flavors like vanilla. A boozy heat with some sweet caramel, too.

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Photo of PaulElk
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting tons of floral notes and taste. This is as far I'll go for an IPA. The citrus bite doesn't hit me to turn me off. Will age one for a few years. Good brew

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Photo of Philsadvns
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite yet from dfh. Subtle whisky oak flavors with hops to intrigue and malt to subdue. Great balance. I don't think I taste any alcohol at all. Smells of oak and...well...oak. Really digging it.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy deep amber/brownish with a medium sized, thick/creamy, white head that lasts. Fades to a lasting cap.

Smells of caramel malts dank, piney and citrus

Tastes sweet malt and citrus with some earthy piney hops. Touch of oakiness and hint of vanilla. Finishes mostly dry with a long pine linger. Slight alcohol taste. Lighter side of full bodied creamy. Lots of carbonation but still smooth.

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Photo of Paulie777
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A winner. Nice double IPA with a distinctive oak edge that complements the entire beer from looks to aroma to taste. Very smooth citrus and floral with tempered by the oak finish. I would love to see Dogfish aging this beer for a little longer than a month to get more of an barrel edge but its great as it stands for sure. A delicious, comforting beer with an inviting look, aroma, and taste.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic pour - great color, perfect amount of silky head with excellent retention & carbonation. Aroma was soft - I assume from the aging - but you get a lot of tropical / citrus hop wafts (cascade, a little crystal) with some support from a familiar malt & a dash of wood. Interesting flavor, in the sense you get a burst of oily hop right upfront but there is very little bitterness. That is all smoothed out by the blending / aging, which allows the pure hop flavor to shine undistracted. I wish the old ale portion interjected itself more, though the juicy hops dominate it. The malt is there but it lacks that toffee quality you get in a good old ale, plus there is a tad of fusel alchohol poking through near the end. Mouthfeel is slick and appropriate. Good beer, curiois to see if as it ages some of those old ale flavors develope more prominently.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a light, hazy, Amber with an inch of off-white head that lingers a bit and leaves loads of sticky lacing. Smell is hops up front, some sweet malts, and then vanilla and oak. Interesting nose, but enticing. Taste follows but with the hops being more restrained than anticipated and the oaky, vanilla character a bit more in the forefront. Feel is fairly full in body, with a soft carbonation. Overall, I loved this and it's stellar balance between the oak and hops and booze and malt. Definitely top-notch stuff!

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

Bottled 7/7/14; drank 11/18/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange rust hue.

Big khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Grapefruit & mango nose, with mild caramel notes as well.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet honey, orange citrus & mango flavors up front with a mild caramel backbone. A hint of booze emerges as this warms. Almost no bitterness; a wonderful DIPA to my palette.

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Photo of BWood
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper amber with nice fluffy head that sits for a while. .

S: heavy dank malt

T- good heavy flavor. Not a crisp ipa. Heavy double or triple feel. The oak is there but not overwhelming.

F: takes over the mouth. Full feel.

O: nice heavy ipa. If crisp us your thing then stay away. But this year s a good sipper

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Photo of Kdouble
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy caramel brown with a couple of fingers head.

The smell is great with caramel meets some citrusy fruit.

A smooth taste with little bitterness. The mix is great. The finish lets the caramel come through even more. I wanted another one.

For such a high ABV there is no alcohol in the taste...dangerous. Another great Dogfish Head beer.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Nice bubbly foaming head that stains the glass, body is a glowing reddish orange. Smell is mild, malty citrus with hints of wood and oak. Taste is smokey burnt oak whisky beer and hints of fruit: perhaps pineapple and papaya. Strong alcohol overtones with a bit of creamy malts. A delicious holiday sipper that has high gravity and some intensive kick.

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Photo of iridius
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth IPA.
It is quite good. I'd say fruity. Not to much froth. I don't know what else to say about an IPA except I'll have it again. I haven't quite gotten to the point of differentiating IPAs too much except, hoppy, bite and ewwww. This one is mild hop and very smooth.

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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

samsmith33 (730) - - JUN 3, 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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