Burton Baton
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #487
Ranked #2,319
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
May 21, 2023
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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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Dark copper-amber color, with orange highlights and orange-tinged white head that left some streaky lacing as it subsided. Aroma and flavor are malt forward, with notes of orange popping out. Very boozy, with some oaky barrel astringence. Also tons of hop bitterness. As it warms, notes of dried fruit and dark bread begin to emerge. I'd say this is to be enjoyed more as a fine cordial than as a beer. IOW, a slow sipper.
May 21, 2023
Rated: 4 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a copper color. Smells of a light vanilla, probably hops, and oak. The taste was that of a clean and crisp beer. Very tasty and delicious. The 10% ABV is hidden but effective. I like it and will definitely get more when I get the next chance.
Jul 20, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by micada from New York

Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Jan 29, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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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Rated by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by BikeChef from District of Columbia

4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.31 by aprabhu from Kentucky

Dec 10, 2020
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.46 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 03, 2020
Rated: 5 by tp1962 from Illinois

Aug 15, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Jun 11, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by sirzekel from Georgia

Jun 07, 2020
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Reviewed by JasonQKing from Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.36 by SauceMcSauce from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 02, 2020
Rated: 4.83 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Stevedore from Oregon

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by BKast409 from Virginia

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by Danzifer from Ohio

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by brandoneast from Texas

Feb 04, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jan 30, 2020
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Rated by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 3.59 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire

Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
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