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 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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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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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,540 ratings.
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