Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

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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 hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Dogfish Head Burton Baton, bottled 7/27/14, straight from the brewery in Milton, Delaware. Drank out of my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful red copper color with a tightly bubbled white head and a serious amount of carbonation and soapy lacing.

Smell: The nose is downright sexy. Candied orange, pink grapefruit, caramel and toffee (lending some American barleywine type characteristics) and sweet alcohol (see previous parenthetical) make this beer irresistible.

Taste: A very complex flavor profile resulting from a balance that most IPAs (willingly) do not strike. The sweet citrus (orange/grapefruit) flavors of IPA mix with a big note of caramel/vanilla old ale goodness and ride the length of the tongue into the finish, which is very dry, juicy, and has a slight bit of alcohol sweetness and spiciness. This isn't the least bit offensive, and rather adds some dimension and drinkability because the alcohol cuts the sweetness of the foretaste. The taste is, as the nose hinted at, reminiscent of an American barleywine. But that's how big east coast Imperial IPAs used to be brewed.

Mouthfeel: very well executed feel. The vigorous carbonation makes this very big beer more drinkable than it should be. The finish is dry, making me want to take another sip. I gladly will.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle. Nice appearance with a hazy orange-ish body and a creamy dollop of white foam atop. The head retention is very good and it leaves some nice splotches of lace at the outset of the glass. Oddly enough, the Dogfish Head yeast is more prevalent in the nose than the hops are... odd, unless they were looking to show off some or the oak-aging. There's some wet-straw, a spoonful of sweet fruit, some nuttiness, a brush of woodiness, a touch of diacetyl, and a drip of honey. It's intriguing. The body is medium-full and dextrinous; and it slides so smoothly, almost oily across the palate with only a caress of very-fine bubbled carbonation on the tongue. The flavor mirrors the aroma with little more to offer than a mild vinous quality and a note of vanilla, but again, it's intriguing and engaging! The wood is clearly a massive part of this beer, and that alone deserves some attention as it's a great example of the type of flavors that the wood imparts, and it can even give you an idea of how these similar characteristics appear in in wine. On that same note, the 10% alcohol is apparent in the same way that it might be found in a fine wine. It's doesn't ever step from the wings but you always know it's there; and it plays a major role in the direct flavor and overall character of the beer. It appears in the finish once the dribble of juiciness runs off the palate, and it helps to dry things; but it's almost immediately backed by the drying, raspy nature of the wood. Tied together just a little more tightly, this could be a brilliant beer.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six of us attending a beer tasting that I hosted in my man cave pub gave this beer a score of 23 out of a possible 30 for and an average score of about 4. It ranked 4th out of the 12 beers we tasted. The group of six were divided evenly, 3 that favored IPA's and 3 that favored Stouts. Comes in 4 pack and can be found in most well stocked micro-brew stores.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head has just impressed the hell out of me lately.

A- Beautiful orange/amber color. Looked like a burning ember when held to the light. Cream colored head, insane spiderweb lace. This is one good lookin brew.

S- Smell was hoppy and citrusy- pine notes mixed in with some caramel undertones. Certainly added to the drinking experience.

T- The wood really came through on this one and balanced out all of the different flavors. The hops were fresh and tasty (citrus-earthy- nothing too bitter)- caramel, some vanilla. An insanely tasty DIPA- one of the best. That 10% ABV is hidden by the smoothness of the wood aging.

M- Creamy and smooth. Some burning in the back of the throat. Easy sipper.

D- VERY well balanced for a DIPA making this an easy drinking DIPA. I loved it and I am glad I had the chance to try this. One to look out for- for sure.

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Photo of Ruds
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass to a clear golden / amber colour with a thinnish white head that holds up fairly well throughout drinking. A Little lacing is present above the beer line at all times.

Overall - first ever straight 4.5's! An excellent DIPA and will seek out again and again !

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Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Redish/amber with a thick foamy head that leaves behidn a good deal of thick lacing.
S- Soapy and malty.
T- Malty and citrusy with a numbing tingle in the back of the mouth. It's defintiely got an oaky taste, as well. It is apparently mixed with 90 minute IPA, which is my favorite beer. This is sensational. The oak-barrel aged part of it gives it more of an alcohol kick. Not quite as good as the 90, in my opinion, but still sensational.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010

A: poured into a snifter to a nice deep brownish orange with a half finger of off white head that is quick to fade to a collar around the glass
S: smells of citrus and caramel with some nice vanilla notes
T: taste is citrus and orange marmalade with some caramel and vanilla. slight piney and floral notes as well. swallow is more citrus and orange marmalade with some caramel, vanilla, and oak
M: pretty full bodied with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate.
O: It's ancient for a DIPA but it still tastes great. hops are subdued but it's still a great beer.

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Photo of brewnickbrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brownish Orange, mildly turbid in appearance, 1/2 finger head, some lacing.

S - Malty Caramel with aromas of Dried Dark Fruits, Light brown sugar, citrus hops, slightly alcohol.

T - Very malty, Sweet candy, Grapefruit hops, hint of oak.

M - Low carbonation, thick but not over the top thick. Hop bitterness hits the entire tongue.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. The Alcohol burn is mostly hidden from all the Malt and bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. No fresh on date.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange amber hue with hints of ruby, head is a big two fingers, wonderful lacing and a thin foam remains during entire glass.

S: Vanilla, oak, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malt and a hint of breadyness. Smells fantastic!

T: Big flavors of vanilla, oak, sweet biscuit malt and a nice balance of piney citrus hops to crisp up the finish. Wonderfully complex flavor and well balanced.

M: Very crisp despite the high abv, medium body and the hops bite just a little on the finish, exactly what I hoped for.

D: Dangerously drinkable, no hint of alcohol, balance makes it very smooth and crisp on the finish that keeps you coming back for more. This is an outstanding beer, would love to see what its like in 6 months! Will be picking up lots of this one!

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Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the bottle label says, "Lush & enjoyable now, this beer ages with the best of 'em."

12 oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

This beer did pour our lush just like the bottle says and had a thick, but not syrupy weight. The view through the glass was very cloudy and orange-ish amber with lots of bubbles racing to the top. A very creamy head formed quickly and sat firmly in the glass without much dissipation. Scents of orange and grapefruit mixed in the aromas.

The mouthfeel was consistent with imperial ales, in that it was heavier and a bit creamy. This beer went down easy without any bite. The flavors of hoppy bitterness is delicious, but doesn't give you a kick or linger for too long. It left me eager for another sip. This is a very enjoyable beer to take your time with.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with brighter orange highlights and a two-finger creamy, dark straw colored head that left beautiful lacing.

Huge nose of citrus hops: lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit. There's some vanilla and oak along with some bready aromas over a toasted, earthy malt background.

Taste is toasted biscuits with some buttery caramel malts before an explosion of citrus hops: again, orange, lemon and grapefruit. Nice bitter dry finish, but not overwhelming. Wonderful balance between the toasty oak, malt, and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied. Great balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops.

With a well hidden ABV, I seems as though I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an amber color with thick off-white head, leaves a fine lace and is lightly effervescent

S: smells very much like their 90 minute IPA, though slightly more alcohol on the nose. Overall citrus notes and

T: citrus hop bite up front, followed by some alcohol burn, though very slight and a woody almost roasted finish, that lingers with a trace of hop bitterness

M: medium body, a little creamy almost, perfect carbonation to accompany

O: a great beer, I did not know what to expect and this came out to be a wonderful strong Imperial IPA, delicious.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5th of the 6th offering from my first trip to Abe's Cold Beer, what a place. I was glad to get a shot at yet another Dogfish offering (though I'm not sure I'm ready for some of their "unique" brews, ha).

A: Hazy honey color with a rocky head that lasts quite a while and leaves plenty of lace.

S: Big nose of caramel and dark, ripe raisins and apricots

T: Opens with a sweet caramel base with the fruit from teh aroma. Then a nice undertone is formed by the oak/ vanilla flavors from teh barrel. A very well balanced hoppy bitterness finishes things up.

M: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D: Another extremely enjoyable DFH brew and one I'm glad I finally got take try. Though not quite on par with 90 minute, I like the unique oak flavors that this one offers. DFH definitely does some well crafted (balance!), creative brews and this is one of them. Very recommended and a brew you should try if you come across it.

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Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great flavorful beer! The malt comes out predominantly. Nice oak smell and after taste. Smells nutty. The high alcohol content. Fantastic hazelnut brown color brings out the malt characteristics. High alcohol content does hit you straight. I recommend.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice deep amber with a litle bit of haze. pretty thick frothy head that laces pretty well. the aroma is a woody pungent grassy grapefruit hoppiness, with some caramel notes mingled with some old ale-esque aged aromas.
fruity and slightly herbal hops with a bit of oak. balanced with a good dose of caramel malt and a bit of vanilla here and there. there is a sort of lingering spiciness, that sort of dries things out. the alcohol iss really covered up well. a little bit of oxidation that adds some good complexity
not as full of a body as one might expect with smooth carbonation, with an almost cask like quality, especially as it warms. intensely drinkable. overall very well balanced, great tasting, and a real pleasure to drink. worth every penny of the 13.99 4 pack. i'd like to pick up one to cellar.

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Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 weeks old

A: Cloudy kind of a dirty dark copper, orange edges. in color. One finger head. Nice lacing.
S: Oaky, big sweet carmel malts. Reminiscent of a nice bourbon there is also a nice citrus hop aroma. You can smell the booziness as it warms.
T: Oaky bourbon maltiness up front finishes with a nice smooth bitterness.
M: Thick almost syrupy consistency.
D: For 10 ABV this is very drinkable

This DIPA, very different in a good way. I would like to see how this one ages.
Overal: 3.95

Updated: One year old

Thin cap never completly goes away. The nose is similar to fresh. The booziness seems to have faded. Taste is great it all just comes together after a year. Oaky, malty, still slightly bitter. I am pleasantly surprized, I am a Huge Fan Aged!

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Photo of sjverla
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov. 2011 bottle into tulip glass

Nose: Generous hops, alcohol, and strawberry. Hints of cereal grains. Mild vanilla and some caramel.

Appearance: Very clear rusty amber/burnt umber. It kicks up a tight, off-white head that laces down and settles to about 1/4".

Taste: Light brown sugar is the first thing, blended with alcohol solvency. Smooth vanilla is followed by hoppy bitterness that tempers some of the alcohol's heat. The bitter finish is accentuated by the flavor of charred wood.

Overall: A complex and unique offering. Slightly hot, but it compliments the overall beverage.

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Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint, this beer is a murky but bold amber. The foamy head is large and retention is fantastic.

The aroma announces itself sternly with bold mandarin orange citrus notes, yeast, and a profound biscuity malt backbone. Bottom line; this smells fantastic. The hop profile certainly gets more complex behind the orange front. Flavors of pine, and a bit more bitter soapiness begin to confront the nostrils. Sweet caramel, and a dash of wood add more of a shield over the alcohol, which is pretty well hidden at 10%.

This one does blend an aged beer and a stiff IPA very well. The strength of the hops is not lost in the sauce here. The pine and citrus flavors of the hops are not as bright as they would typically be, but paired with an aged beer and this much malt, they are still wonderfully crisp. Alcohol lives within, but is a sleeping bear. The finish is balanced pretty well and is surprisingly clean, just citrus and some lingering biscuity malt.

The feel is exceptional. The body is so full and creamy from start to finish, it almost needs to be chewed. The carbonation is perfect, crisp but nowhere near distracting. The finish is resinous and slightly dry.

With this one I get my hop cravings completely satisfied, while that secret hankering for a malty aged old ale fits nicely in the cracks.

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Photo of silenius
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better DFH beers in my opinion.

Pours a nice coppery color that is just a slight bit hazed. It must not be filtered. Head is short lived but any agitaion stirs up some more.

Smell is where it is at here. Nice malt/hop balance IMO. Hops smell more citrusy and flowery than piney. Almost perfume-like. My nose tells me there is something sweet in this brew as well.

Taste hits with a slightly citric tang that swoops into a roasty sweetness. Hop bitterness and light lemon-head candy flavors trade verses.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with ample carbonation to keep things interesting.

Highly drinkable. It plays with a just a few notes, but does it very well.

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Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A: hazy carmel color with very a thin head that lingers.

S: a wonderful citrusy and hops smell with a hint of malt.

T: smoothest Imperial IPA I've ever tasted (including Pliny the Younger). Plenty of hops and fruity flavor -- the citrus flavor lingers on. Other flavors also at work (oak wood)

M: Even with a 10% ABV, a non-existent alcohol taste. Not overwhelming and very flavorful.

Overall: one of my favorite beers. Wish DFH sold it year round.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

This one never fails to impress. A very reliable, delicious and interesting beer; had it several times over the past couple of years and it always has been great. The oak flavor is a great addition and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer.

I haven't noticed any major differences between the bottle and draft versions. Each time I've tried the beer, regardless of the version, it's been superb. I'm guessing that this is better fresh/on draft, though ... but, then again, I've never been able to keep a bottle long enough at home to age it for an extended period. Might try that sometime.

IMO, this falls within the 4.25-4.5 range. One of Dogfish Head's best.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful orange amber (almost pink) with a generous full finger plus of frothy white head in my oversized snifter. Lacing clung the way it does in a beer commercial. Hello Beautiful!

S - Nicely balanced hops. Subtle spicing...clove and candy. Vanilla and oak.

T - HOLY CRAP. I think I've just tasted the best IIPA I've ever had. Perhaps a bit too sweet and candied for some, this one is perfect for my tastes buds. Literally tastes like birthday cake. Caramel, vanilla, oak, candy.

M/D - A bit on the thick and heavy side. Filling for sure. Strong though. I think I'll be seeking this brew out again, but don't expect to be drinking more than one in a session.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent clarity in an amber beer, lots of visible carbonation and a head that won't quit. Off-white in color, about two fingers on a medium pour and awesome retention and lacing. Big piney hops in the smell, followed by a little bit of citrus and some faint malts. That piney hop smell is exciting and appetizing.

Lots of malts and hops in the flavor. The malts are a sweetish caramel that balance out big piney hops to the point that both are almost even in profile. The oak-aging goes a long way in calming both flavors down so that they aren't so hot. They are both at a perfect pitch, working together to bring full-flavor potential to its fulfillment. The hops are still oh so perfectly bitter and enjoyable, while the caramel malts sweeten it just enough to make it that much moer complex and big. The 10% ABV is felt once the beer is halfway gone, but the taste is so hidden that it sneaks up on you. Warming up, it starts to have a little bite, but the other flavors are so full that they overwhelm any real alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and slightly boozy and bitter in the aftertaste.

This beer is fantastic bottled, but I was lucky enough to sample some on-tap at the brewery, and I think it was even better then. The beer somehow seemed even smoother but just as tasty, if not more. If you're in the area, check that out, because it is worth it.

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Photo of craftbeerbyob
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a great collaboration of an English Old Style & Imperial IPA! The appearance is a nice copper color with good head. The nose is full of wood, sherry, and vanilla notes with subtle hops. The Northwestern hops taste amazing blended with the oak wood richness. This beer is very thick in the mouth, if you slush it, the beerexpands and deepens in flavor. I am not an over the top fan of 60 & 90 minute IPA but love Burton Baton. Treat yourself to a snifter or 4 pack of this brew.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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