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 portia99
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottled 3/30/09

A - Poured a deep, rich copper to mahogony color with a thin half inch off white head that rapidly dissipated. Minimal to no lacing on the glass.

S - Somewhat citrusy hop aroma with woody overtones.

T - Solid, hop forward flavor with some malt to balance, but definitely balanced towards the hops. Definitely detect oak and alcohol in the flavor as well. Wish I had a regular 90 minute to compare this to. As it warms the wood becomes more apparent.

M - Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. As I would expect for the style.

D - The more I drink, the more the oak pushes forward into the flavor. Very nice. Alcohol is definitely present, but doesn't seem like the 10% stated on the bottle. Fairly drinkable for a beer of this alcohol level, but I think one is enough for me in a session. Time to move on to something else.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle I've had for about a year now. The appearance is dark reddish copper and very cloudy, much like dark apple cider. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, I didn't get a whole lot of head. Maybe about a half inch which dissipated to a light tan swath sitting atop the beer and clinging to the side of the glass.

The aroma is fairly complex with notes of hops, oak, and candied citrus.

The flavor reminds me more of a well hopped barley wine than a DIPA. Maltiness is pretty hardy and sweet with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and oakiness. The hop bitterness comes in after the malty nose. The hop profile has a good mix of citrus and pine flavors that provide a strong finish and aftertaste. Alcohol is also present in the finish.

Very interesting beer.

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Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber, decent head with good lacing.

Sweet malty smell, twinge of hops.

Quite boozy, oak is noticable, sweet malts, apricot, burned sugar, muted citrus. Could pass for a barleywine.

Smooth mouthfeel.

This was a nice sipper but didn't blow me away. Maybe I should have let it age a bit.

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Photo of seeswo
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased based on the sad news of DFH pulling out of WI. Pours a cloudy, golden-red color with a finger of off-white head that leaves lacing (not that I care). Smells malty sweet with a touch of hops. I don't get any barrel in the nose. Smells pretty good. The taste is very enjoyable - a bit maltier version of 90 minute with just a touch of oak. Hoppy, but balanced. The mouthfeel is medium heavy with good carbonation. Very drinkable and something that goes down quick. Maybe a touch too sweet to be great in that department. This is an oak aged ipa that extreme hop lovers won't like, but I think people who appreciate balance do. That said, this beer isn't as balanced as 90 minute.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeance - Pours with a beautiful off-white head. Nice amber color.

Smell - The oak character is not in-your-face which is nice for this beer. The smells of sweet malt and hops show themselves in the first sniff! There's a lot going on in this beer!

Taste - The taste of oak is present throughout. The hops are there, but in the background as a smooth malt . . . very smooth . . . taste dominates.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was absolutely perfect! Ending in a nice dry finish.

Drinkability - If you enjoy oak-aged beers or Imperial IPA's, I recommend this beer for you! It's a beer that one is perfect, but two might even be better! Good job Sam and the DFH Gang!!!

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Photo of poolemhore
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip glass a rosy copper color with a thin head. Medium bubbles and little lacing on the glass.

S - slightly spicy with floral and citrus notes.

T - sweet to start, finishing malty then back to sweet with an aftertaste reminiscent of barleywine. Pretty well balanced but a bit sweet and in my opinion could be more bitter.

M - smooth and pleasing; lightly carbonated

O - good beer by a great brewery but not overly exciting. I would definitely recommend to friends with a taste for barleywine. I think the hoppiness of an IPA gets lost a little though.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking a 2008 bottle from the back of the fridge

A - Pours a ruby red with chunks of floaties, a short 1 inch foam quickly faded and left some decent lacing.
S - nice malty sweetness with hints of some citrus left
T - taste is similar to aroma, there is a good amount of wood throughout, a bit of pine as well.
M - very smooth mouthfeel, any hop bitterness is gone and it just leaves a very smooth feel.
D - very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of AltBock
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a recycled paper label. On the label is a Country Music musician (Hank Williams Sr?) sitting on a barrel. Surrounding him is the name of the beer, 2 weird looking vines, and stars. On the sides of the label is where you'll find a brief description of the beer, DFH's address and number, and the mandatory US info. On the neck of the label I found a stamped bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 05/20/13 at 23:30.

I chose to pour this oak aged IPA into my 7venth Sun Snifter. From behind the Country Music Star came a lightly hazy amber orange with a small glimpse of lemon yellow at the bottom. On top of this beer was a 1/4 of an inch light beige colored head of foam. It had good retention that left behind clingy spots and small streaks of lace. Nice appearance.

I was surprised to find the aroma to be on the fruity side. I smelled this beer for a long time before my nose could decipher what kinds of fruits they were. I really couldn't. It was just simply fruity. The hops were minimal until I swirled the beer around. Swirling woke up the hops. Swirling also killed the fruitiness. The hops smelled like dried piney hops. Following the hops was a nice whiff of caramel, malt, and a few citrus notes. If was after the citrus when the oak and some subtle vanilla notes washed in. Not bad. A little unique.

The label didn't state what kind of barrels this beer was aged in, but if I had to base it off the taste, I would say bourbon barrels. The taste of my bottle was very bourbon and oak forward. Some caramel malt sweetness came in to try to balance the taste out, but the bourbon and the oak were too powerful. Citrus hops and a pinch of pine tried to help out the caramel and malt, but that bourbon was just too powerful for them. I prefer the aroma over the taste.

If there's one big thing this beer had, it would have to be that it masked its high 10% ABV. I couldn't feel it despite actually tasting all of the bourbon in the taste. This beer had a nice sweet yet boozy aftertaste. This time the caramel and malt had enough energy to counter the booze.

I'm one of those people who believe that you shouldn't barrel age Double/Imperial IPAs. The barrel aging takes away all of the beer's hoppy goodness and replaces it with boozy bourbon. This bottle had too much booze for me to buy again.

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Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle purchased for around $4.50 from Charles St Liquors in Boston. Brewed on date appears to be in February 2008, consumed at the end of May 2008 after being jealous that I didn't attend the DFH dinner at beerbistro in Toronto two nights before. Pours a cloudy, medium gold with a bit of head and just a bit of gentle carbonation. Aroma isn't too strong, and reminds me of some sherry-like barleywines - not my favourite thing, so I'm concerned. Ends up there's nothing to be concerned about. First sip is nice - very full and rich. The flavour is complex, like a Belgian. Hops are not dominant, but provide a nice bitterness as the beer goes down the throat a bit hot. Oak is noticeable. Full bodied. A nice sipper.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a one inch head, nice looking lacing, not a ton of it. Smell is some orange, pine, a little breadyness, and some fresh cut grass. Taste is similar, with some oak and some alcohol. Not as much as fresh, but this was bottled on 11/22/10. Never figured out if I like more fresh or with time, I have aged a few on the suggestion of my fellow BA's. Definitely less boozey, but as a hop head less tasty for my liking. Body on the heavy side, but drinkable for it's abv. A very good oaked DIPA.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A great deep amber red. A slight reddish white head that doesn't stick around, but there is some decent lacing going on.

S: Notes of citrus hops, pine, yeast, sweet malt, vanilla, oat in the background.

T: Very sweet, despite being a fairly fresh bottle. Has a yeasty, malty taste, caramel upfront. Does to a secondary layer of citrus, pine, and even floral hops, lastly comes the vanilla and woody oak. The oak is rather subtle, compared the bottle I had a few years ago, despite being more fresh. Maybe this one needs some age on it, or my palate has grown a bit. Would almost prefer the taste of 90 minute.

M: Full body, well carbonated, a touch of alcohol.

O/D: It's a good beer, the oak isn't as predominant as I'd like it to be, but the taste is satisfying. Can't decide if I want more or less of a hop bite, but something's a touch off from giving this beer a better score.

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Photo of BigBlacke
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burton Baton pours a dark amber color with a nice foamy head. Smells of cedar and citrus right upfront. Tastes of grapefruit, sweet malts and cedar with earthy notes. Mouthfeel is crisp yet somewhat creamy. Drinkability is higher than it should be for a 10% beer. Though the 10% is hidden very well. Nice.

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Photo of Kanebanger
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/orange with a finger thick off white head, excellent lacing.

S: Scents of piny hops and caramel up front with some slight hints of oaky vanilla.

T: A little hot up front, but blends into a crisp hoppy finish, oak flavor is a lot weeker than I was expecting.

M: Medium body with slight carbonation.

D: Very smooth for a 10% ABV, yet don't think I could have more than two (this isn't factoring in the 10%).

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4 pack of 12oz bottles was $14 at GrapeVine Market in Austin, TX. This was my 2nd sample:

Way too sweet for me, reminiscent of an over-sweet barley wine and their Midas Touch in that respect. Not as hoppy as I would have thought; little to no hop bitterness. Vanilla clove sweetness dominates. Complex flavor though. I like their 90 and 120 minute a lot better, although not to so say this is my third favorite of theirs. Definately a let down based on the packaging and high score on BA. I'm so glad I bought them at room tempaeraure, and I'm not going to open another for a long time in the hopes they will not be as sweet.
At the end of this 2nd sample I added a touch of their IBA and liked it alot better. I wonder how good a mix of their BB and 120 would be.

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Photo of brewsky24
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: has a very attractive amber appearance. only about a quarter inch of head.

S: A strong malty odor followed by a very nice fruity aroma.

T: tastes like a mix between the 90 minute and the Rasin de Etre. the vanilla flavor is the first thing that pops out and stays with you the whole sip. theres a strong malty flavor and a little bitterness in the back round.

M: A little extra syrupy with a light carbonation. its still pretty smooth though.

D: I would love to drink one of these every now and then but its not something i would want to drink all night.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a local craft beer store in Jing An Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a pure hazy orange color with a 2 finger thick off-white head.

S: Citrusy with hints of floral hops. Hidden hops in here all over the place. Each sip revels a new classic hop note.

T: Heavy on the booze and hop - this beer has a sweet citrus taste up front followed by a dry kick to the face with lots of sap and grapefruit and some other citrus peel.

F: Full bodied with a bit of thickness in the feeling.

Overall: Nice beer - not sure if it lives up to the hype it receives. Nt a legendary beer but not bad at all either. In fact it's very drinkable, if a bit predictable.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice orange amber color, with an off-white thick head that will stay. lacing is left around the glass.
the aroma is of hops and oak mainly. the citrus/pine and the smokey earthiness from the oak compliment each other well.
the brew tastes oaky with its imperial IPA characters also very evident. alcohol is present in the taste too.
the mouthfeel is pretty good, it has high carbonation.
burton baton is a pretty drinkable beer. dogfish head does some pretty wild things. one of my friends says that dfh brews seem like wild home brew experiments that they decide to bottle. i definitely would like to give them more credit than that. i enjoy burton baton as well as other beers they make.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper body, very thin creamy head that stays around

N - Aroma is subtle, not overpowering or in your face at all. Definitely notice the oak age and a piney, slightly smokey tone

M - Full but not too sticky

T - Really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Contray to what others have said, I felt the alcohol was very well hidden which, as you can imagine, makes for a dangerously easy to drink brew. I sensed a maple taste and piney hops. Some bitternes but not much. Smooth finish.

O - Enjoyed this one and am really satisfied with the purchase. I'm drinkin' a couple fresh and cellaring the other two.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dull orange. Razor-thin tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Who bought me flowers? Sweet grains on the back side of the aroma. Definite ripe fruit in there, too.

T: Oak is there with force. Fruity esthers and a twinge of an alcohol bite also present themselves. Very warming brew.

M: Creamy and mellow. Med-Light body and ok carbonation.

D: You get enough of the 90 to make you long for it. This is a mellower, smoother DIPA. Depending on your mood, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I liked it, but thought the oak effect was a bit overstated.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I think I hyped myself up too much for the experience, unfortunately. It did seem to get better and better with each sip, but not enough to place it in the upper echelons of beers I've tried as of yet.

It pours to a ruby red amber color with a thin white bubbly head that recedes to a thin layer. No active carbonation, ho haze. If only this beer had a decent head, it would be worthy of a 5, but alas I only had a single 12 oz which yielded nothing.

The smell is very vanilla oaky. There is a very funky biscuit aroma to the malt, remnicient of the DFH Shelter Pale. Alcohol is huge and up-front in the nose.

The taste was very good as it warmed. Has a definite woody character to it that balances well with the malts and hops. The beer has a large residual sugar content as well as a bit of a tangy and tart sourness. The aftertaste starts off syrupy and sweet but really picks up on the vanilla character along with a hint of that funky, biscuity malt that I didn't quite like in the nose. The hops seem to stay low key in this beer, though they add a small spiciness on top of the alcohol bite.

The mouthfeel reveals the alcohol and woodiness, but seems to be a bit thin and watery. Finishes quite dry. Drinkability suffers, though I am sure I wouldn't turn down another.

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this bottle.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence - This beer has a very beautiful dark caramel color that really stands out at first but then as you examine the colors of the beer you will notice some tints of redish orange tones. The head is nice and creamy with a light caramel color to it that disipates and leave a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Nose is invaded with a sweet citrusy twang that has a fresh hop aroma that is followed up with a slight blend of caramalized surgar.

Taste - Nice hoppy bite at first (it is a Imperial IPA) then it is followed up with a roasted nutty sweetness, mild vanilla mixed with a citrusy spice. The beer finishes off very earthy leaving a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Very medium bodied, coats the palate with a wave of pure excellant craftsmanship, leave your mouth watering for more.

Drinkability - Very good, nice smoothness about this brew, it is almost like a fine single malt scotch, since its an occasional brew from DFH I highly recommen giving it a try when the opportunity presents itself. As always with DFH this is another wonderful creation and another one gets hit over center field out of the park.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a blazing orange with rose highlights, faint haze, and two fingers of stiff beige head. Biggest head I've ever seen on an IIPA.

Smell -- Pine sap, citrus, and a bit of earthiness in the hops department. Fresh ground cinnamon, cracker and gooey caramel malts. Diacetyl evident. Smells woody, but not what is expected from an oak barrel. Staves?

Tate -- Grapefruit, pineapple and apricot, fresh pine, caramel, buttered crackers. Not a lot of woody character; a bit of oak earthiness, spice, and faint vanilla. Finish is a strong push of tropical fruit and pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- medium in body with mild carbonation; starts of prickly, finishes creamy. Mild oaky astringency. Oily and astringent finish.

Drinkability -- Not bad. On the whole, probably my favorite DFH IIPA. While certainly hop-forward, it's still quite malty and could pass as a thin American Barleywine. It's a good beer for certain, but dyed-in-the-wool hopheads may wish to look elsewhere.

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Photo of Damian
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottled on: 03/28/12 07:51
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a gorgeous, glowing, orangey-amber color and was quite hazy initially. It appeared that some of the yeast sneaked into the glass. The chill haze eventually dropped to reveal a nearly clear body. The liquid was topped by a dense, creamy, three-finger head of eggshell colored foam. Lots of streaky lacing clung to the glass. The head slowly faded to a lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was a bit subdued initially but came out as the beer warmed. Lots of grapefruit zest. Yeasty and somewhat sweet. The nose turned even sweeter and punchier with time. Candied orange peel was noticeable. Good dose of biscuity malts. Some fusel-like booziness was detectible as well.

The flavor profile was similar to DFH's 90 Minute IPA, yet it seemed more simplistic. Grapefruit zest dominated the front end. Some caramel and biscuity malts lent a decent amount of balance. As the beer warmed, the flavor turned fuller and sweeter. Candied orange peel was apparent. Somewhat yeasty and sweet. Grapefruit rind came through strong on the back end. The finish was piney, bitter and moderately hot. Unfortunately, I could not pick up any indication of the oak aging.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium bodied. Frothy, soft and somewhat creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Because Burton Baton is classified as a double IPA, I assumed that I should drink my bottle fresh. However, I later discovered that this beer has more similarities to a hoppy barleywine than an IPA and thus might benefit from some aging. Given some time, this could be a real winner.

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Photo of Buck89
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A clear copper-brown color with a frothy tan head. Decent staying power and the foam left some nice tracks. The nose brought a nice mix of floral, citrus, earthy, woody, and malty aromas. The flavors lined up this was as well - a fun balance of a big hoppy beer with the best aspects of an Old Ale, all with some wood tones.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Giving DFH yet another go-round. We'll see.

Appearance- Nice copper color. Full inch of very creamy, off-white head. Caps nicely. Laces beautifully. It's a nice color, and a good looking beer.

Smell- Lots of pine and resin. Definitely a hint of booze. The oak is very noticeable. Rich caramel malt.

Taste- Rich and malty. The booze is quite noticeable. The oak is strong as well. If finishes with some hops, and a little burnt caramel finish. Almost some grape. Butterscotch sweetness, lingering burnt. Can't believe how boozy it is, honestly.

Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy. Way too thick for a DIPA, but very pleasant for whatever exactly this is.

Drinkability- The sweetness, oak, and booze makes more than one something I'd rather pass on.

This is an interesting beer. I think as a DIPA I'd really dislike it, but as something else, it's kind of good. I'd like to age some to see if it mellows out.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,529 ratings.
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