Burton Baton
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #171
Ranked #1,190
4.25 | pDev: 10.12%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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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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Atkinson from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle

Bottled on: 5/15/14 Tasted on: 08/03/14

Appearance- One inch foamy off-white head, a beautiful amber/gold with great transparency. Excellent lacing retention

Smell- Pine, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Alcohol

Taste- Wasn't expecting it, but the wood does come through on the taste. Not really much bitterness. Alcohol warms your throat and nose. Did not taste like a beer sitting at 10% ABV, more along the lives of 8%. Dogfish Head knows how to produce a lovely malt-backbone.

Mouthfeel: Thick, buttery smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A: 92-95; If you see this beer and haven't tried it, it is worth the steep price-tag.

Aug 04, 2014
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jmasher85 from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of those rare beers that defines easy classification or description. Pours a mostly clear light brown and only a bit of head. First smell is wood and raisons. Lots of wood and raisons. Beyond that, it's hard to say. Earthy, gritty, savory in a way that perhaps a chili with some smokiness is savory. Tastes like a meal that you'd piece together on a camping trip with spare food items in a log cabin. A hint bitter on the end but not like any IPA I've ever had. Actually, it's more similar to a rich, dark nut brown ale, only not as dark either. Worth trying just because this is one of Dogfish's better crazy experiments, and it's delicious in a rather sophisticated, esoteric way.

Sep 01, 2015
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank a version bottled in 2010. A DIPA, barrel-aged, then bottle-aged for another (almost) three years. Wonder how this is gonna turn out... Pours a deep copper with some ruby accents, very hazy and opaque; capped off with a huge, creamy beige head that seemingly lasts for days and leaves incredible chunky lacing on the sides. I'm already impressed at how the carbonation has held up, this beer looks great.

Aroma is very sweet, super fruity and heavily on the malt side, despite being a DIPA. At times, the aroma reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles with some phenol alcohol strength to back it up. Bready and malty around the edges, but the collaboration of fruit rules this one. Some light spiciness around the edges, too - a sign of the hops, perhaps?

Just like the aroma, the taste is a big bang of fruit-type flavors, but it's quite a unique mix of two different styles or types of fruit. You've got the deeper flavors from the barleywine-like malt structure of the beer; candied sugary plums, booze-soaked raisins, dates, mild licorice. But you've also got the more tropical and citrus flavors from the hops; mangoes, oranges, pears. The hops also contribute a somewhat earthy and spicy feel, as well as some grassy and weedy notes that hit the tongue. Despite the flavors they contribute, however, the bitterness is very low, seemingly even non-existent. Could be another side effect of an extra three years of aging.

The malt configuration never lets up, with a constant onslaught of caramel and toffee sweetness pillaging in the background. Finally, near the end of the sip, and a little bit more towards the end of the glass itself, the woody, oak flavors come out a bit. Still, surprisingly subdued and not as strong as I was hoping. Aftertaste is a collection of musty fruits and some alcohol warmth. Body on the thick side, just a touch below syrupy; slick and a touch sticky, carbonation was surprisingly intact.

Don't expect a hop bomb out of this. You shouldn't - it's a barrel-aged DIPA. This is more like a spicy and sweet barleywine with lots of hop flavor (but not necessarily bitterness). Overall, just a bit on the fruity side, and the alcohol was apparent, though I guess it starts to get hard to mask at 10% ABV. Much better than I was expecting, being my first intentionally "aged" IPA. I'll have to try and seek out more of this type to compare.

Jan 29, 2013
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy dark red-amber with some floaties. Nice finger and a half of light tan creamy head, which leaves a bit of lacing despite the abv.

Smell is earthy oak, sweet dates and toffee, and a big hint of the 10% abv

Taste is big wonderful malt and oak, significant alcohol burn, vanilla, maple, and hints of citrus in the aftertaste. Balanced sweeter than 72 IBU's would let on.

Firm body is slightly lightened by significant CO2 and alcohol.

I haven't tried a lot of DFH's BA efforts, not through lack of interest but mostly lack of availability (and my own ignorance). This one is so big, boozy, sweet and woody it strikes more like a light barleywine than a double IPA. I'd love to taste one of these with a few years of proper cellaring, but it certainly is wonderful right now.

Aug 06, 2014
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know this isn't exactly a hard beer to find, but I've been on the lookout for a few months now, being increasingly interested in trying it. I got a $4 single and, as usual, poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 1/27 and poured 2/26.

Appearance: Poured straight down the glass and got a pretty modest finger of head -- creamy and soapy, but more creamy, and egg shell colored. The beer is a moderately hazy orange-brown color.

Smell: Since it's almost frozen from the fridge, it's hard to get a good nose on it. I definitely get the woodiness from the barrels first and foremost. I don't know if Dogfish head specifies if they use bourbon barrels, but I'm pretty sure they don't, and I'm thankful for that -- bourbon barrel non-stouts tend to underwhelm me. The oak also gives a vanilla vibe, with some citrusy hops in there as well. Even pretty much ice cold, this beer smells great. Not extremely potent, but super pleasant.

Taste/feel: The hops really shine on the tongue -- juicy, fresh, sweet, somewhat tangy (!?), and just delicious. Herbal hops with some citrus are the dominant hop flavors I get, followed by the barrel and the malt which all combines to make for a phenomenal aftertaste. The feel is also incredible on this beer... it has about a medium body with a fairly high prickly carbonation that really suits this beer well: it just makes the hops "pop". As far as alcohol, it's untraceable -- nowhere to be found. For bitterness, well, this is a DIPA. It's obviously hoppy, but *too* drinkable at 10%, and isn't very bitter at all to my tongue.

Just an excellent, excellent beer. I liked it the more I went on. The smell was better than the appearance, the taste was better than the smell... Burton Baton is a must try. The bottle suggests maybe cellaring this beer, but I wouldn't ever do that. The fresh, bursting hops is what makes this beer -- the barrel just adds a bit of depth. If you see this beer, pick it up.

Feb 26, 2015
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing this.

Somewhat cloudy in appearance, with a dark amber-infused copper color. Thin off-white head. Sparse lacing. Nose is wonderful. Hefty load of hoppy notes: fruity, with some fresh grapefruit detected prominently. Pine cones, perfumy flowers, some bitter chocolate. Flavor is good, but more tame than expected. 90-minute IPA blew me away, but this tasted more like a toned-down version of it with just a touch of "wood". The hops are pretty muted here, and the sweetness from the malt takes a larger role. ABV is hidden for a 10% ABV beer. Good mouthfeel...certainly more creamy than expected. Despite the high ABV, this was quite drinkable. Another neat beer from the gang at Dogfish. Well-done.

Apr 30, 2005
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schmoyer1 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great overall beer, I'm not by any means an expert on this stuff. I love my IPA's and when this came to me via a client who wanted to get rid of beer her ex left behind I figured what's the worst that could happen, like it or dump it down the drain.

This never got close to a drain, great beer!!

Aug 08, 2014
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Jumbo_James from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delightful beer. Citrus, vanilla, and woody nose. Not too oaky and very smooth. It didn't taste at all boozy to me despite the impressive 10%abv.

May 07, 2015
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, ripe, dusky kumquat with undertones of burnished bronze and edges of juicy orange. There's more carbonation than expected, which results in the creation of a fantastic cap of foam: lustrous pearl bathed in a pale orange glow, thick and frothy, mounded and bubbly, descending at a glacial pace, thick ribbons of lace... it's all here and it looks great.

I can tell as soon as my nose enters the glass that I'm not dealing with a hop monster. To me, the beer is most reminiscent of a young barleywine. It's toasted caramel malty, woody, spicy, medium range hoppy and slightly alcoholic. Even though it smells woody, it isn't what I would call oaky.

Anyone expecting a tongue abuser will be disappointed. Burton Baton is actually a 50:50 mixture of an oak-aged English strong ale and 90 Minute IPA, a beer that isn't the hoppiest DIPA on the block to begin with. Malt is large and in charge, delivering a full, mellow, sticky sweetness that I wasn't expecting. An added benefit is that aging is unlikely to lead to a lessening of the major flavor(s), as it does in the classic DIPAs, and may even result in a better beer.

The flavor profile consists of heavily toasted barley malt, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy, earthy, sapsticky hops. The hop bill includes Warrior and Glacier for those who care about such things. Woodiness is still present, and I can now appreciate an oaky quality (the power of suggestion is a powerful thing). The most impressive part of the entire experience is the seamlessness and the velvety power of the beer. Rarely has 10.0% been masked so well.

The mouthfeel is gorgeously silky smooth and is as polished as they come. I'm glad I had the foresight to put this bottle away for a 12 month sleep. It's full without being heavy, and is sweet without being cloying. An impressive amount of flavor linger allows me to pick up nuances long after the beer has gone to its reward.

Burton Baton (the name is a tribute to the spiritual home of British brewing in general and IPAs in particular) is a first-class beer even if it isn't much of a Double IPA. This is only speculation since it's my first bottle, but I'll venture a guess that round about its first birthday is the optimal time to enjoy this fantastically balanced, supremely sippable, gentle giant of a beer.

Jan 26, 2006
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.96/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Burton Baton has a very thick, ivory head, a bright, orange, mostly opaque, but not cloudy, appearance, and heavy glass lacing. Aroma is of strong & sharp pale malts, and the flavor is of strong, yet not harsh, pale malt, moderate hop resin, sweetness, nougat, and dates. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Burton Baton finishes medium dry and memorable. Also, I never really noticed a wood aspect.


Jan 28, 2018
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donspublic from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Jun 07, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, medium amber producing a shy 2 fingers of off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves only a few motes & webs of lace. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, fruity, rich & oaky with floral, grapefruit, pine & boozy alcohol. Taste is rich oaky, roast, fruity, burnt caramel malt fronted with toffee, earth, floral, grapefruit, pine & alcohol predominating after the mid-sip to finish. Aftertaste is a balanced malt/hoppy bittersweet that gravitates toward unbalanced bitterness & slight astringency. Alcohol is prominent in both nose & mouth. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate, carbonation, dry but sweet at the same time, with a drawing nature on the front half of the tongue. Very unusual. I fill that this is it's appeal. One that certainly lives up to their motto "Off-centered ales for off-centered people".

Dec 11, 2017
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this four-pack already chilled at the local store and I am glad that I did. Even though it is a bit pricey, it is definitely worth it. It has an even 10% ABV and about 70 IBUs. Let’s see what we got here.

Look-It pours a mild auburn color with a yellow tinge in the right light; medium clarity and plentiful carbonation. The head is full bodied and foamy and lingers all the way down leaving a very fine and delicate lacing on the glass. Very nice!

Smell-It smells of vanilla and citrus!

Taste-The taste is rich and deep. It is so refreshing, because the vanilla notes play on the tongue for a long time while the flavors of citrus, candied cherries, oak, and then it gives way to a hoppiness that sing high notes above the mild sweetness. It isn’t too sweet at all and what’s more is that the listed flavors interact with one another so well. They even form sort of a candied yam flavor like your favorite dish from Thanksgiving! It isn’t a palate wrecker, but the hops are definitely present and delicious. The alcohol is strong, but not overpowering. I definitely taste the two different blends that the brewer boasts. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel-This is a very silky smooth beer where even the plentiful carbonation does not contribute in an overwhelming manner. The carbonation manifests itself as a sort of afterthought that is gentle and smooth complimenting the bite from the hops and alcohol, I think you’ll agree that this is a great beer!

Overall-I am definitely pleased with this variety. I think that everyone should try it as long as it is served chilled and poured into a nice glass you will get the full experience. What’s really cool about this beer is the brewers threaded two beers together and then aged them in an oak barrel. They brew and English-style old ale and an imperial IPA and then thread them together and then let them sit in oaky barrels; absolutely delicious and so drinkable. It drinks like a 7-8% ABV so tread carefully! Cheers!

Jul 21, 2015
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

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

Pours a reddish brown near opaque.

Has a dank old ale smell and taste. Very little hoppiness evident.

Hides the high ABV well.

This may have started as an IPA but the blending and oaked aging makes this more of an old ale at the end.

And that is a good thing!

Jun 02, 2019
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Ego from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$25 for a growldog of this over at joe canals this week...
I have had bottles of this in the past, never caught it on tap @ the brewpb in rehoboth or in dover.. so thanks for sending it north !

sort of cloudy glowing orange, crazy lacing (this one speaks of your exploits with it's spun web of hop yarn), about 1 finger of head initially that quiets down pretty quickly but never totally dissapears, ever the one straggler and some of a carbo-bubble makes a break for the top, a nice looking brew

I was expecting more hops...but I get more subtle notes from the oak like vanilla, very subdued overall, totally belies the big ABV looking to kick my ass, some hop citric notes.. but very tame

taste etc...
that old ale staleness is there, and I mean that in a good way, there is this sort of flavor that is like aged cheese, or aged anything... it tastes not new.. I love being technical... hah,
anyhoo, this drinks very smooth but yet does not totally hide the fact that the ABV is kickin', this drinks sort of like a barleywine light... but an american barleywine like say Bigfoot with a really nice hop kick, the bitter helps hide the punch but yet there is still some dark boozy notes in there. the feel is medium to heavy but not gut bomb inducingly heavy, this drinks way too easy for what it is.. but yet it screams every note of what it is.. damn!

a masterful concoction, it has flavor, substance and kick. I remember trying this when it was first made years ago... boy have they really honed this recipe.

Mar 17, 2013
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flexabull from California

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear deep amber color with a very good looking white head.

Beer smells quite sweet, fruity, candied, and with a bit of pine from the hops.

First thing I notice upon sipping this is how full bodied and well rounded the mouthfeel is. It is excellent.

Flavors are quite full, a very dark stewed fruit like quality is dominant. This reminds me much more of a barleywine than of a double IPA. Malts are the main player here, they impart a sweetness in addition to the fruit flavors. Beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop finish, that is also quite crisp.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting beer. It hides the alcohol very well. Even though this is a very enjoyable beer, I am not sure I'd have more than one in a setting.

Gotta love Dogfish Head for being so creative.

Many thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending me this one.

Feb 20, 2007
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diddly from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle.

Pours a beautiful rich amber, with a thin off-white head, which hangs around some throughout,

Aroma is sweet, with some notes of alcohol, and a bit of piney bitterness.

Flavor is wonderfully rich, with good bitterness, and a ton of woody oak character. The alcohol definitely comes through and keeps the hop flavor down somewhat, although the bitterness shines through.

Mouthfeel is towards the heavy side, as expected for the style.

Overall a very good beer, but doesn't have the hop character I would generally expect from an imperial IPA. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though - the oak, sweetness, and hints of alcoholic warmth fill out the beer very nicely.

Dec 11, 2012
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Blueye80 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Feb 27, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Nov 01, 2013
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RichK1 from Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Apr 26, 2013
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wolfio62 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Copper with a Thick Egg-Shelled foam

S: Grapefruit with a hint of Malts

T: Grapefruit and an Oaky vanilla that turns Piny on the finish

M: Very creamy

D: Even though this is not my favorite style, I will continue to stock at the house when available.

Feb 06, 2010
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tendercomrade from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Jul 15, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It self identifies as a blend of an imperial IPA and an old ale. I'm reviewing it as such (not as merely an imperial IPA as is currently the listed style for this beer). Picked this up in a SoCal beer store earlier tonight as it's a known classic. Granted, I'm not usually big on Dogfish Head beers, but of their beers that I do like, 120 Minute stands out - so I have high hopes seeing as this is also a high ABV imperial IPA. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic label and standard red branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed. Bottled 03/04/13.

Served cold, straight from the fridge - I erred on the side of imperial IPA serving temperature rather than old ale serving temperature, but if it seems to warrant some warming, I'll let it. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive six finger head of light khaki-beige colour head, nice thickness, decent cream, okay frothiness, and damn good (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Not real soft looking, but it's fluffy. Quite impressed with the retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looking spot-on for an imperial IPA, and the head retention is a highlight. No overt flaws are noticeable. Lacing is uneven, inconsistent, thin, and weak. If you told me this was half Old Ale, I doubt I'd believe you.

Sm: Sugary. Brown sugar. Wood - less a refined oak wood and more just your run-of-the-mill barrel. Perhaps more of a cedar aroma? Some spicy kick too. Light floral hop character and some buried citrus. Red/amber malts. Some red fruit - perhaps stone fruit or cherry; it's quite concealed. The flower notes come through more and more as I sniff this one out; it's hard to distinguish the floral hops from the actual flowery notes I'm getting. Very intriguing, but rather restrained for the purported complexity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, interestingly. It certainly doesn't fit neatly into either of the constituent styles, but it's got my attention. I'd call it a good aroma all around; I just wish it were deeper and more evocative. Below average in strength.

T: Interesting. Tannin-heavy woody notes up front. Malty woody sweetness. Some unrefined sugars - mixing with those tannins. Hop character is floral, and surprisingly restrained coming from the imperial IPA side of things. Malts definitely win the war against hops here. Some deep biscuit/toffee notes from the old ale side come off murky against the pale malt sweetness of the IPA side. Amber malts seem to edge out others for slight dominance. I do notice some alcohol, but it's decently hidden for 10%. Oak? Vanilla? No such luck on either account. The wood is of a more generic barrel or cedar character. I expected more complexity than it provides. Far more subtlety too. No yeast character comes through. Not at all acidic or harsh. Low on the esters. Balance is decent; it's not a mess but it never comes off cohesive or seamless. A slight spicy character does emerge as it warms. Not finding the stonefruit/cherry I got on the aroma. Not citrusy, nectary, oily, or piney. In fact, it's pretty disappointing in terms of hop character. Vague brown sugar. Maybe some blood orange when I look for it?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick and full-bodied; you won't be quaffing this one. Pretty good presence on the palate. Slight overcarbonation, but it isn't biting, harsh, or sharp. Not as soft as it could be. Sticky. Creaminess is about right for what they're after. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Clean and approachable, but not ideal.

Dr: One of the more interesting Dogfish Head beers I've had, to be sure. But I hoped for better. It does hide its ABV pretty well, but I wouldn't say the drinkability here is high. I wouldn't want more than one in a given night. It has none of the characteristics I want from either of the constituent styles, and it doesn't balance them particularly well, but it's still strangely likable. I'd have it again, preferably on-draught. The execution could be so much better, though. I like the concept of the beer, but I think it can be done better. I do applaud the experimentation, and I'm not disappointed by it.

Low B-

May 11, 2013
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NilsFrisk from Norway

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Nov 30, 2011
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prisdefer from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dec 21, 2012
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 6745 ratings