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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 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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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton pours a bright copper color. Its slightly off white head has excellent retention and lacing.

Its smell is pretty overwhelmed by the alcohol heat, however very faint notes of American hop, oaks, and vanilla.

The taste lacks an initial sweetness on the tongue, and it immediately goes into American hop flavors like apricot that turn into a pine notes. On the finish the barrel aging is very distinct. Vanilla, oak, dried fruit and whiskey flavors continue through the exceptionally long finish.

Its mouthfeel is medium with a balanced amount of carbonation that goes well with the oak notes.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It is hard to categorize, especially as an American Double/Imperial IPA, because of it being blended with an Old Ale and barrel aged. However, as with most anything Dogfish Head puts out, it is well worth a try.

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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Dark orange with a nice off white 2.5 finger head with fair retention. Fades slowly and leaves a nice collar and webbed lacing on glass. This smells like an sweeter IPA with some oak, bitter citrus, pine along with sweet baked bread and caramel malt. The aroma is pleasant. First and foremost I get a quick, sweet taste of caramel and vanilla, with some oak notes. The bitter hops move in, with grapefruit and some pine most dominant. The barrel is faint but noticeable. Medium body with a slick, oily feel. There is definitely a bitter quality from the hops and oak that leaves a dry feeling on the finish. A pretty good oak aged IPA.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to an imp pint glass, Beautiful orange copper hue with an outstanding head retension and lacing.
Boozey malty hoppy, these are the up front aromas for me.
Bourbon woody huge grainy malt bill seem to take center stage here. Hop bitter on the front of all this that stands firm with a long biting finish. Oh did I mention boozey!
Thick creamy full mouthfeel that has some hefty chew to it.
I like it, no session but a couple makes the cheeks rosey!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck stamped Bottled 04/07/11 105. Another one of those beers that I've drank a bunch of but never rated. Quick review:

Pours a clear and bright amber with some orange hues and 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head with great retention. Leaves lots of lacing. Nose is all about citrus-bomb hops. Smells like a bright, juicy East Coast sugar-bomb IIPA. Palate is slick with alcohol and sugar right up front. Lots of citrus hops on the palate, then the oak board flavors start to take over. There's something in there a little unpleasant, like sugar that is on the border of burning. But it's mostly a sticky-sweet IIPA. Hops mostly play a flavor role. ABV is fairly well integrated with a mellow warming feeling instead of a straight-up prickle.

This is a big, sweet beer. Not for fans of dry, bitter IIPAs, but rather folks that like 120 Minute or Southern Tier Un*Earthly.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby color that the stronger IPAs tend to have. Smells inviting - sweet and not too obnoxiously hoppy.

The taste is getting toward the sweeter, syrupy side, much like the 120 min, but kind of a step down. I'm not knocked on my ass by the hop character, which is nice. It is seemingly well balanced (as well balanced as an imperial ipa can be) and smoothed out by the sweet malt flavors. Full bodied and mouth-filling.

The best way to catagorize Burton Baton is that its the perfect step between 90 min ipa and the 120 min ipa. I would be very interested to try the three of them in a row, one after another.

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Photo of RomanW70
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a thin tan head. Big aroma of caramel, citrus and pine. Oak really comes out in the flavor with starts with a blast of sweeet malts and goes directly to a warming alcohol finish with some bitterness at the end. Alcohol is clearly present. The hops do NOT dominate here, and I would have appreciated a bit more flora and pine character. Still tasty.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma mild alcohol, old grain and wood. Not bad, just not much there.
The taste has excellent balance. A tame mixture of sweet and bitter in the beginning that turns to wood mellowness, and finishes with a slight uptick of bitter.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
An outstanding ale. I wish it had a bit more on the aroma side though.

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Photo of buffs9
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into Duvel tulip.

A--Dark amber with a huge (2-3 finger) thick, foamy head. Good lacing as the head faded away somewhat quickly.

S--piney hops, brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Definitely some booze coming through as well, but pleasantly.

T--Sharp hops up front, followed by the oak and some oily sweetness, then bitter. Finishes like boozy plum/raisin.

M--a bit oily and thick, which I really like, not a lot of carbonation coming trough.

O--Solid overall. Curious to see what aged and super fresh versions would taste like - seems this one is in the middle and would've been better either younger or older.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Due to the unseasonably cold weather, infact the coldest day in '08 since February, I decided to indulge in this '07-'08 bottle.

The hazy orange hue is only cut by the highlights of copper and gold in this brew. Reminds me of a cask ale. A thin, tight head sits atop. Aromas of american oak, candied citrus and english malts all come together.

At 10%, the alcohol is completey void hidden beneath the layers of resiny wood and malt. Moderate carbonation brings back the citrusy hops and exaggerated oak flavors, void of any alcohol heat. Slightly viscous, not quite dry, this aged brew dances on the boarderline with it's medium to full body. It's drinkability is only hindered by its rich, flavorful complexity.

This beer is to be savored and enjoyed. This beer's layers of flavor are quite symbolic, they will be able to warm you on a bitter cold evening. If you've been saving this beer, I would encourage you to pour it now.

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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love an opportunity to drink a Dogfish beer I haven't yet tried.

Poured into a thistle glass - becoming my new favorite glass for any IPA style.

Reddish-orange clear pour with a light head. Smells a little like Redpop with a little vanilla cream thrown in. May have been my nose, but I didn't detect a strong fragrance.

Tastes a bit like it smells. Bitterness from start to finish - lingers for longer than I prefer. Bitterness on the dry side, not getting much hop note with the bitterness.

Like all of their beers I have tried, this beer feels good to drink. I could sip through a couple no problem. No need to do more than that.

I little disappointed, not sure if I will get again.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the robust flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overly done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet

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Photo of cetherid
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


beer is a dark orange/copper color. A HUGE amount of head in this beer...about 3-4 fingers worth (head actually overflowed from the top) of off-white head. After settling I have about a fingers worth now but some very thick lacing stuck to my glass.


A huge malt bomb. Like an IPA that has been on the shelf for too long, however this is obviously appropriate for being a barrel aged DIPA. Caramelly malts with a touch of booze and spice are the dominant aromas in this beer. Just a slight hop presence, but mainly a "dead" hop aroma. As it warms up the oak and booze aroma because more prevalent.


A fairly sweet tasting beer. Almost like burnt caramel or creme brulee with a fairly big boozy bite and slight bitterness. Some subtle spiciness in this beer as well. Same as aroma, as it warms up a a little more of the oak flavor comes out. For being 10%, the booziness is a little too prevalent for my tastes. I'm not really a fan of BA IPAs/DIPAs but this is adecent tasting beer


medium bodied with huge amounts of carbonation. A little sugary/syrupy feel to this.


Overall it's a good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have one. As said earlier, BA IPAs aren't really at the top of my wants list. I prefer fresh IPAs with a lot less maltiness to them. Hops should be the dominant aroma in a DIPA, not sweet malts.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky orange-amber with a thin white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is very floral hops with some sweet malts. Pineapple and tangerine, with some faint, very ripe banana. Definite oak presence.
Taste is more malty than on the nose, with the hops being very subdued. Mild bitterness comes in halfway and fades out quickly, with the oak coming in. Faint fruits (grapefruit, banana).
Mouthfeel is pretty flat and even a bit watery. Very low carbonation. Little heat from the alcohol on the way down.
Drinkability is decent considering the ABV. The alcohol is well-hidden, but I'd prefer one bottle at a time.

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Photo of Silverpath6
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX. Not really a big fan of Dogfish head, but it sounded intriging. I really like the flavor on the back end , but the front end was "soapy" - not sure if it was the beer, or some other issue.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a red/amber with about one full finger of slightly off-white head. The foam lingers for a minute or so, leaving a bubbly ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is bitter hops, malt, alcohol, and mild vanilla. It smells almost exactly like I would have imagined it to. 90min IPA aged on oak.

T: The beer starts out with sweet malt, and mild oak. The hops join the party a bit after, but the mixing flavors remind me a bit of pine-sol. The flavors aren't bad, it's just a bit off putting. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I can still taste it after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied beer. This thing is sticky, a bit boozy and drying, and pine-sol-y.

O: Not my favorite thing in the world. But... It's not the worst either. If you like 90min or 120min, then give this beer a shot. If you don't care for those beers, then skip this one. I don't see myself buying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of apowar
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a 10 oz snifter (d'oh!)

Pours a surprising shade of rusty red/ruby with a hint of peach. I'm thinking this may be an effect of the glassware, but it is certainly very pretty. Head is soft, small, and not particularly retentive.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine resin, burnt caramel and sweet tangerine, with an enticing hint of vanilla.

Taste opens with creamy vanilla caramel and is gradually layered with candied citrus and then pine. The initial sweetness is undercut by a dry, hoppy, roasty bitterness in the midpalate that strengthens towards the finish. I'm actually surprisingly underwhelmed by this aspect of the beer. Was expecting much fuller flavor and better balancing of bitterness (especially considering the oak aging) which seems to overwhelm the palate later on.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a solid carbonation. Really good.

Overall, if not for the taste (for most people the most important aspect of the 'tasting' experience) this beer would exceptional.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloear copper colour- surprisingly so. Perhaps quite filtered. Not much head to speak of, some minor lacing. Smell- smells quite sugary. Taste- very sweet wtih the woods fairly pronounced. Medium cabonation. Slightly boozy with caramel and doughy malts in forefront. The hops are more herbal and grassy than bitter citrus. It finishes decently though- not too much cloying sweetness on the finish. The vanilla and wood really shows up on the finish too. Hops are kind of an afterthought in this beer. Drinkability is decent- it is a slow sipper. Quite enjoyable, not an every day beverage.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep orange copper color decent off white head some lacing

Smell oak and bitter citrus notes some grapefruit.

Taste good balance between the bitter citrus and the oak flavor.

Feel fairly smooth medium body

Overall a decent beer nothing amazing.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Firkin poured off of a nitro tap into a snifter

A- Pours a clear orangish-red color with one finger of off white head. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is of hops as well as roasted malts and oak. Expected more of a bitter pine aroma considering it is a DIPA, but it didn't smack me in the face.

T- Taste is more sweet and fruity than bitter. Good malt flavors, but I was a little disappointed by the lack of hop bite.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and sticky mouthfeel. The oak aging makes it easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden here.

O- A tasty brew that I did enjoy, but not all that much like a DIPA. Easy drinking and full of great flavor, but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single the other day from Holiday Wine Cellar. I've been happy to see various off-centered ales drifting all the way across the coast and into my fridge lately.

Poured right from the fridge to my glass and presents with a tight and lasting single finger light tan head layer. Body appears amber/orange with a bit of visible carbonation.

First nose if of that familiar DFH sweet, strong malt presence. Very 90 min like, but definately sweeter. Hops are very pungent and carry that sharp cirtrus/pineapple quality.

The taste is of a strong IIPA. Mouth-dominating hops. My tongue is gentley covereved completely by this piney, resiny hop flavor.

This is a very fresh representaion of Burton Baton (bottled 3/1/10) and I would love to try one with some age next to it. I think a bit of time, 1+ year, would morph the qualities here a bit and meld the sweetness into something a bit more drinkable. Still a decent beer, but nothing I would drink in quantities greater than 1. I'll be back.

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Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06/19/09 consumed on 10/11/09 and 10/12/09 with notes from both dates. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Normally I wouldn't review an IPA this old but the label reads: "Ages with the best of them" so here we go...

Clean dark amber body. Forms a very dense, thick, and creamy light tan head. Retention is mediocre but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is very sweet and is ruled by oaky vanilla and caramel notes. Very faint citric hop bite has managed to survive but is mostly hidden in the background.

Flavor is also quite sweet. The vanilla and caramel from the aroma are joined by some brown sugar and the fruity malt backbone of the base beer DFH 90 minute. This didn't seem to pick up any wood tannin bitterness from barrels, just the softer vanilla notes that have already been mentioned. You really have to search but there is an understated citrus and slightly herbal hop presence in here. With all the sweetness I'd never guess this brew started as a DIPA though.

The strength of this beer is in its drinkability. Virtually no alcohol heat which is pretty impressive for a 10 % beer. Second bottle went pretty quickly.

Overall, while a good beer, I'm not sure I'm quite sold on the idea of an aged DIPA. Even though I understand they blend fresh 90 minute with the aged version I really feel like it's already lost it's identity as a DIPA at only four months old.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lovely copper color with foamy head.

S: Very inviting. Notes of the base malt, and just hints of hop aroma. I had to try hard to smell the oak.

T: Like many other bottles that say IPA, this does not seem to be one. The hop character and aroma is far too faint for a definitive IPA. I am not saying this beer isn't good by any stretch of the imagination. It has good character from the malt and hops, and the oak taste comes through at the end.
(Three Months Later): I don't know what I was thinking. I am drinking one from the same 4-pack now, and it has great citrusy hop flavor. Not faint at all.

MF: Nice

D: At $13 a 4-pack, I am unlikely to get any more. This is a good beer that may get a better drinkability score if it were not so pricey. I have drank many beers at this price that I would recommend over this one.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,492 ratings.
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