Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#902
Reviews:
1,895
Ratings:
6,644
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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Photo of craigbelly
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper. Notes of vanilla and sticky caramel, the nose is oak driven. Carmel base with hints of toffee, citrus, and resin, all balanced out by the hop bitterness. Extremely tasty and surprisingly easy on the palate.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can hardly make out the bottling date. 2/30/17? Consumed on 4/6/18. Could very well be passed its prime.

Reminds me a lot of the 90 minute IPA. Some subtle differences but nothing major.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
2.58/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Wow this is oak aged. This is the first hard liquor barrel aged IPA I have ever had. Whew! this is pretty nasty. Hey! at least the high ABV is hidden well. Cheers! C- (70-74) score range

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxbarto
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amb3do
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jameswaldo
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12-oz, bottled 11/20/17, hard into a Spiegelau IPA glass, getting a thick head right up to glass edge. The slightly tan fine-bubbled foam lasts long over a copper brown SRM 9 slightly hazy lovely bottom that keeps up a fizz of just a few tiny bubbles. Pretty new label with the out-of-alignment funky font makes all look scores high. Very slow-to-subside head leaving dramatic lacing on glass far side keeps the good look going. For sure the Spiegelau glass helps keep the head thick, all the way to the last sip.

Smells really rocket-fuel ethanolic, with sweet malty breadrolling. I'd rather smell more hops, but won't fuss about this, as taste is just fine, with enough bitter hanging on under the tongue to keep the malty sweet predominance from cloying. The oakwood is not clearly wood-flavored, but makes a smoothness hiding any sharp corners.

Where's the IPA in this? I'm finding it a bit too well-hidden, but then that's just my IPA addiction hungering for a hops sting that doesn't happen here. Comfortable mouthfeel of melted caramel candy malt is hiding the alcohol until I swallow and feel the fumes coming up through my nose. No noticeable hops aftertaste, and still no oak lingering.

A homebrew buddy of mine puts oak sticks right in his bottled IPA, so I miss this flavor in a brew allegedly oaked. Maybe Sam needs to scrape down the barrel? How many months does it take for wood to lose all its savor, I wonder?

Overall, I almost love this brew, but can't recognize quite enough of the IPA part of its vaunted English old-ale/IPA "marriage."

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/17. Color of a well used penny, nice tan head that fades quickly, leaving just a little lacing. Aroma has some sweet malts, oak and a hint of fruit. Flavor matches the aroma, a bit too sweet on the finish. Medium bodied, not much carbonation. I know it's a blend, but seems to be a "old ale" to me. I'm thinking Old Curmudgeon.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours dark orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops with slight oak finish. Tastes of very nice citrus hops with just a little bit of oak, not overpowering, but nice enhancement. Beer is medium bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Manthon
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefz1
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OliverWilde
1.77/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Way too sweet for an aged beer. I know it's a blend but tame down the fruitiness so I can taste more of that oak. May have something to do with types of hops used, but this beer would be better with more bitterness.

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Photo of Duncian
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SolarPower36
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

RJT

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Photo of MJ64
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TBCE
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pens1967
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spav
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely lacing and a beautiful color.
Aroma is a little oak with a lot of ethanol.
Flavor is vanilla, oak, resin, some pine, some citrus, and bitter hops.
Overall, great beer fantastically balanced flavor just wish the aroma had more character to cover the ethanol but at 10% ABV I suppose that's hard to do. 13.99 a four pack

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,644 ratings