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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 briman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium amber. About a 1/4 inch off white head. Average retention, but a decent amount of lace.

Aroma is malty with some hop presence, but not nearly what I was expecting. A touch of alcohol is evident as well. Vanilla comes out after it warms.

Flavor is malty, with sweet fruits. Finish is fairly sweet, and I get maybe a hint of oak with clear vanilla notes (especially after it warms up). Hops don't really make an impression until the finish, but even then they are fairly mild. Only a slight bitterness into the aftertaste, with a hint of alcohol as well.

Medium to full body, with fairly mild carbonation. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Balance is quite good, and there is evident alcohol warming. I'm not sure what to make of this beer. I don't get any of the citrusy hops the label/website makes you think you'll find, and I really had to let it warm up before I started getting the vanilla notes. It's certainly not a bad beer, and is actually pretty interesting....but to me it's nothing like what I was expecting. It's a nice mellow, warming beer...would be great in the winter. Very drinkable, but high ABV keeps it from being sessionable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like this when I first bought it a year or two ago. That is especially usual because this is my favorite style from my favorite brewery. So what's wrong? I don't know for sure. I guess I was bit put off by the barrel taste (and whatever) overpowering the hops. I would much prefer a 90.

I so disliked this that I put some up in storage for much later tasting. After a year of two it is much mellower and smoother than I recall. And I like it better. I wish I had more than one to drink and criticize.

It's a quality product, but not my ideal.

I found one more a couple months later and I stick to my previous comments - it's strong, deep, malty and boozey and just not what I like.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 12 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa.
Appearance: Pretty carbonated, a brown body with an dark eggshell head. The head was only a couple of fingers tall, and left not much lacing and disapated rather quick.
Smell: A sweet, tart, boozy aroma. I was a bit suprised at the alcohol smell with "only" a 10% ABV.
Taste: Very sweet and boozy, not as tart as the aroma. Very intense, and not as hoppy as I was expecting from a DIPA from DFH.
Mouthfeel: Very very smooth and syrupy.
Drinkabilty: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap along with the Avery IPA during my most recent trip to Brews Cafe in Granville.

Appearance- Comes off the tap a nice dark golden bronze with just a minimal sheeting of white head across the top of the beer. Translucent body with just a touch of beading.

Smell- Very intrigued here. Definitely a punch of piney, slightly fruity hops up front. However, there is also a pretty strong whiff of alcohol, with some woody notes that come through in it as well. Sweet smelling, slightly bready malts evident as well.

Taste- Again very interesting DIPA for me. Big notes of grapefruit and piney hops start off the palate but are immediately followed by that unusual oakiness and then lots of sweet caramel malt and a touch of bread. Finishes on a pretty strong note of biting alcohol with a mild touch of astringency.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decent throughout until the finish, of which I found the strong alcohol to make it feel a little thin on the end. Drinkability is also hurt by the strong finish and sweetness, which really builds as the beer warms.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this one. I thought this was a really interesting and creative DIPA that had its moments particularly in the nose and certain characteristics of the taste. However, given the finish and the sweetness, the jury is still out for me. Will have to give this one another shot.

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Photo of scooter231
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This guy pours a rusty color with no head and no lacing. No delicate lacyness on this guy- he means business. He's not wasting time with carbonation and aesthetics.

Nose is so, so hoppy. Breadyness and some earthy grassy hops come through as well.. Just deliciousness. Taste lets you down some... nowhere near as hoppy and delicious, but it's alright. Mouthfeel is lacking the suds and thin. Drinkable for a 10% beer, and I love DIPAs- but I wish the taste had lived up to the smell.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Berts Growler Garage. Citrus lemony aroma, light amber body, small soapy head. Citrus follows into the flavor, sweet with minor sour elements, some tanginess. Malt profile comes forward, not hoppy at all. ABV hides in the background, becomes evident here and there. Interesting take on the IIPA style.

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Photo of Hoperator
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light amber with a touch of haze and a light tan head that doesn't stay on the glass. Carbonated perfectly. The aroma has an almost sour presence with citrus notes behind it and woody overtones. The taste starts with a strong Warrior hop punch right out of the gate, moving to an oaky bitterness in the middle when the malt depth and prune notes surface. It finishes citrusy with a bit of lingering, drawling mouth feel. You certainly get the English Ale yeast throughout the experience providing a somewhat sweet foundation to the taste. Surprisingly drinkable for a 10%er. Another nice "Big Beer" from DFH.

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Photo of klshanks
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ours a dark hazy orange with a hint of reddish brown. Good inch of head with lacing on glass.
Aroma is of grassy hops and figs. Flavor is super bitter, with quite a bit of malt backbone. Some subtle raison and brown sugar flavoring coming through with a hint of alcohol. Finishes smooth with a lingering hop bite to it.

Overall pretty solid. Would drink again, but I'm not in love with this beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/18/08.

A- Deep amber-red with a big white sticky head. Can see through it but not perfectly clear.

S- Initially a sweet floral smell, very candy-like, tropical fruit. Almost want to say sugary but it's in that fruit way. I was hoping it'd have more of a aromatic hoppiness to it.

T- Very interesting here. It's a struggle between sweet fruit as mentioned above and resiny hops. I get some sort of woody taste in the aftertast, but not sure if I can detect anything during the sip. The bitterness is very low.

M/D- any carbonation is overriden by the slick malt. It glides down like a thin syrup. If I were tasting this blind I would guess barleywine, easily. But an oak-aged IIPA? Crazy. It's sweet, yet has a hop presence in the background that is unmistakable.

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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a one-fingered head that has some good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aromas of piney hops and alcohol.

The taste starts out with a heavy dose of pine but then the sweet malt balances out the flavor. It leaves with hot alcohol throughout the mouth. The alcohol hangs in the mouth then the pine flavor comes back.

Has a medium body with low carbonation that doesn't distract from the consumption. Very nice.

A nice flavorful example of a DIPA. I don't know how much the oak-aging really added to this compared to 90Min. The alcohol severly limits consuming this beer. Very pricey as well and likely only a one time purchase.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a murky reddish orange. A thin creamy cover, already some lacing on the sides, but thinning in the center rapidly.

Aroma - pretty much emulates a barleywine with the heavy malt, fruity wet citrus, abv and all.

Taste - rather sweet. Malts have this one after 13 months of aging. The hops have some citrus flavor but it's all candified and no bite. Some oak mixed in to smooth things out even more. The woodiness muddles any chance for the hops to really take stage. The swallow shows an intense orangy flavor, but it passes quickly. The finish is warming, sweet.

Mouthfeel - quite bubbly, decent weighty body to it. Feels lile a big beer, as it should.

Drinkability - not especially hoppy or oaky, but after a year the hops are more a preservative than a flavoring ingredient. The sweetness makes this a dessert style sipper, another winter winner, but not one that was all that distinctive to me.

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Photo of harrymel
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 14OCT10

A: Pours a hazy copper on red ale with a little under one finger of burnt cream head. This sticks around for quite some time before finally becoming a quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: Earthy and floral hops mix with evident oak. Even at this age, the beer maintains the hop profile in the nose. Below decks is a nice malty background and plenty of caramel and crystal malting.

T: Sweet. cherry, orange, sweetened lemons. Weirdly fruity, this one. The oak comes through on the back end and retains a presence through the finish. Not terribly complex, but quite tasty. Bitterness is subdued, a little sweeter than I would prefer for the style.

M: Medium to light body for the style with a little higher carb than preferred. Semi dry finish.

O: Good beer. I haven't had this fresh in a couple years, next time I see this in my area within a couple months of bottle, I will be on it.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy burnt orange with a nice thick medium amount of head that lingers for a while.

smell: sweet grass, caramel, a little heat, fresh hop, brown sugar, little black licorice.

taste: nice balance of hoppy acidity and malt character. a bit of oaky tanics, sweet citrus, and it definitely hits on the savory part of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth with small carbonation bubbles tickling the sides of your tounge. Definitely enough malt in this beer to cover up the thinning qualities of its high alcohol content.

Overall, I could drink this IPA any day. It's got a nice hoppy bite but not too over the top. The malt content of this beer definitely smooths over both the hops and the high alcohol content.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber color with creamy pillowy head that leaves plenty of residue on the glass.
Smell - Sweet, malts, some floral scents.
Taste - Mellow sweetness at first followed by a warming sensation and mild bitterness with hints of oak and vanilla flavors. Very smooth and drinkable for a 10% beer.
Mouthfeel - Lacking in carbonation, feels a little dull and lackluster compared to the taste.

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Photo of Cascade99
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice deep copper color. Definite turbidity, most likely due to hop-haze given it is an IPA.

S- Dank, earthy smell of hops noted at beginning. Definite caramel malts used as a very sweet smell is noted. In the background I noted a very faint wood smell, which could also be confused with the hops. Slight grapefruit. Not over-powering smell because of the sweetness of the malt.

T- Sweetness hits right off from the beginning. The caramel malts used over-power the taste. Grapefruit and earthly tastes follow with a very faint oaky taste. Definitely not over-powering, which I think is wonderful, as many wood-aged beers are over-the-top. Nice bitterness noted in the end, but not quite enough to balance the sweetness.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style. Perfectly carbonation.

D- For a double IPA very good. While within the style guidelines, I would prefer for more hop aroma and flavor and less sweetness from malt.

Overall- For the price, I would not run out to buy it. I think there are plenty of other beers that are flavorful that are in a better price-range. Having said that, this is a very good beer. It is very clean and nicely brewed, but out of simple preference, I would probably pass on buying it again. There are too many other good beers that I haven't tried to spend $13 on a 4-pack of this one.

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Photo of jizfiasco
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7-20-11. Nice hazy spice color. Smells of C hops very earthy some burnt sugar and a little pine resin. Head develops and hangs on. Taste follows the nose but the sweetness is there and the alcohol is there too. Slight damp wood aromas circulate in the mouth. Very well carbonated. As it warms it becomes a bit winelike. Over all decent but not worth the money.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on 3/20/09. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a bright gold/amber with a finger of off white head. Piny/citrusy hop aroma with a little alcohol, also a bit of oak. This started off with a good malt base. Not as much hop bitterness as the aroma might suggest. In the flavor, the oak is pretty subtle, mostly in the finish. Solid medium body. Good beer, nice balance.

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Photo of capra12
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed without the trifecta out of a pint glass.

Appearance:2 1/2 fingers head which dissipates nicely with a clear and rich amber head.

Smell:This brew gives off a rich hop aroma where grapefruit is most prominent, there are subtle hints of malt and a mild yet distinct alcohol sting.

Taste:This brew opens with a sharp hop profile and maltiness. The hops and the malts increase from open to middle. As this finishes the hops take over and as the brew warms the earthiness of this brew comes out.This brew leaves an hopy and alcohol aftertaste in my mouth but not enough to deter my desire for another sip.

Mouthfeel: this brew is on the border of medium and full bodied.
Drinkability: the initial drinkability of this brew was 3.5 but this brew is definitely growing on me and has bumped itself up to a 4.0.

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Photo of BillyB
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a thin white head.

It has the typical hoppy aroma of a DFH IPA but this has a more complex aroma profile. Wood, vanilla, earthy, nutty, caramel and honey.

As usual DFH has stretched the limits of the style guidelines.

Taste and smells of aged oak wood and vanilla marry with the sweet malt and floral hops to make an incredible drinking experience.

An unusual beer but highly satisfying and intriguing.

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Photo of ZPB
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tall glass. Beautiful amber glow with a slightly orange foamy head.

Smells absolutely delicious. The grapefruit is very strong at the beginning but fades as the glass recedes. The oak becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Taste is a bit surprising. I was expecting more of the citrusy and floral flavors I smelled. The hops are not overpowering. Much sweeter than I thought. The oak notes increase as the beer warms.

Well carbed, dry and oily.

Overall I liked this beer. I would thoroughly enjoy if given, but would not seek out this beer to buy again. Good but not great.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Extremely clear orange/brown/amber; rust colored maybe? Between 1 and 2 fingers of light brown head rise with great retention considering the ABV and age of 50% of this brew. Falls to a thick cap. Some lacing.

S - Big caramel aromas with a good deal of butterscotch thrown in. Maybe even a bit of wood from the barrel aged half of this brew. Leafy hops struggle against the malt with aromas of grass, pine, touches of fruit, and a little grapefruit character. Alcohol shines through at the end, accentuating all of the aromas involved.

T - Lots of sweetness on the front end, with butterscotch and brown sugar. Hops kick in quickly with piney, grassy, floral, and slightly citric notes from the nose. Quite similar to the 90 Min so far. A dull but sweeping bitterness works it's way in amongst the fading leafiness and butterscotch followed by a moderate burst of alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with a soft carbonation.

D - Although I didn't dislike this beer, I'm not sure that the oak aged English strong ale adds much to the already phenomenol 90 Min IPA. The major complaint is too much alcohol in the taste. There's a lot of flavor to sort of mask it, but it's still out in the open. Some age might help this guy; as it is I can't really pinpoint the effect of the addition of English strong ale aside from a general watering down of hop flavor and a big boozy blast on the back end.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a tiny 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. A bit dirty looking in the glass. Spotty drizzles of lacing on the drink down. Smells of pine hops, pineapple juice, sweet malt, and a vanilla/oak wood note. Tastes of herbal pine hops, fermented pineapple, caramel malt, and a subdued woody taste. A mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Beer seems kind of flat overall. A bit thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall, beer is pretty good and interesting as an barrel aged DIPA but I am not too sure I would try this one again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Eggshell white head sits low with poor retention and ok lace. Great color on a clear apricot body orange body.

S - Bitter woods, grapefruit, maybe a hint of cardamon, touch of bready sweetness.

T - Grapefruit pith bitters, Werther's caramel, resiny spruce, oak, tobacco, bready malt.

M - Medium-full body. Low carbonation.

O - Not bad, but not outrageous. The flavor profile falls a little flat about mid way through the profile, and it could use just a shade more carbonation.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a lovely suspension of burnt orange and sunset yellow with a somewhat small off white head. Somehwat cloudy with minimal lacing, except when tipped.

S - Smells sweet, with an oaked, almost soapy characteristic. Alcohol is noticeable, but it blends nicely with the oak as would be expected. Hops present a bubblegum and grapefruit nose. It all somehow blends together to give a unified yet complex nose that is somewhat different from most in the style.

T - Starts off very tart and sugary sweet with some strong molasses flavor. Tastes oaked through and through, and the alcohol is certainly apparent. Hops get hidden behind this interesting veil, which is disappointing to me. Lemony citrus with some bubblegum flavor. I find the up front sweet, malty oak flavor to be cloying and bit too much.

M - Tart with a sharp alcoholic bite. Moderate carbonation. Drying in the finish, but it leaves behind a sticky and mouth-coating feel.

D - Not my favorite, but a very interesting take on the Double IPA and another genre-bender from Dogfish Head. The oak aging adds a great deal of flavor and complexity, but it also takes away the starring role of the hops. I have been aging this one for a bit, so I'd be interested to try this one fresher when the hops might be more expressive. Worth trying out, especially if you enjoy oak-aged beers.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. Very interesting cloudy copery color with no head at all. Might be too cold?
Sm. Hop city. Grapefruit with a nearby sugar bowl.
Ta. Sweeter than expected - soft lemon, grapefuit with a mild finish.
Mf. Smooth and soft, very nice.
Dr. Very easy sippy beer.

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