Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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

Appearance - Hazy dark gold with a ½ ring of foam that lasts throughout

Aroma - Caramel, citrus, malt, with the slightest oak aroma

Taste - Amazing balance of light citrus hops with a bitterness lighter than anticipated, caramel and malt flavors fade into alcohol while citrus lingers

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body, fading into a crisp dry finish

Drinkability - Here is a brew that, while quite drinkable, keeps you happily aware of it's 10% abv.

Overall - Easily make it into my top 5 for two lists: Imperial IPAs AND Oaked beers. I could drink these all night, wake up from the coma happy and rested several days later, rinse, repeat, and encourage others to join in.

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

Intro: 12 oz. bottle served in a Dogfish Head tulip stemmed glass

Appearance: Good head, slightly tan colored, lacing is strong and clings to the sides, a little bit cloudy. Honey and amber colored beer.

Smell: Subdued fruity aroma with hints of spice.

Taste: Hoppy bitter flavor up front and spice and pine notes with some dryness

Mouthfeel: Some pine aftertaste but has a refreshing crispness of hops.

Overall: Easy to drink with some layering to the flavors that makes it more than just straight hop flavor found in many DIPAs.

Conclusion: This beer is a treat. It has the straight away, in your face hoppiness of the 90 min. but it also has the complexity of a layered, well blended beer with the oak aging and the spices. I definitely consider this in my top 10 beers to seek out and an old reliable when I just want a good beer without having to think about what to have.

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Photo of danielocean03
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 into a pint glass, appearance is a beautiful slightly hazy reddish orange, with the thinnest off white head that rapidly dissipated to a faint rim of sticky whitish lacing that doesn't cling to the glass. Aroma smells sweet and warmly of alcohol, malt and caramel, woody and earthy undertones present. Taste is sweet and malty, slight hop presence as the sweetness fades. Smoother than silk, by far the smoothest Double IPA I've ever had. Excellent all around, medium body paired with low levels of carbonation, slightest tingle on the tongue. Leaves a slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is dangerously high, another smooth criminal from the good folks at Dogfish Head, the 10% abv is there, but practically hidden under the sweet and smooth qualities of this excellent beer.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Always surprises me how much I like this one. It's like a barleywine with enough bitters to balance the syrup and booze. Ages well, drinks great while fresh.

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Photo of 2Bstout
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a spiegelau IPA glass. Cold it drinks as an IPA with some oak characteristics as it warms to room temp more of an oaked barley wine. Very solid brew from dogfishhead. I can't recall the last time I tried this beer (several years) but I am definitely going to be keeping some on hand from now on. For me it's as good as 120 IPA.

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

Pours with a big head an a pretty dark gold colour. The nose is all hops but tempered with some age. The taste is a big oily IPA that resonates with wood and pine needles. The more you sip this beer , the more the depth of flavours weigh out. Drinkability is huge as the beer smooths out past the intial hop hit. A truly big step in the evolution of the Double IPA.

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

Like many of us drinking a variety of American craft beers I'm suffering from a bit of IPA overkill. This beer could bring me back to the style, the barreling brought it a complexity that made it really interesting.

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

Bought in a 4 pack on 6/17 for around $12
Bottle date is 4/7/11 and tasted on 6/18

Poured into a pint glass.
A- golden copper color, a little hazzy with two fingers of off pale golden head. Leaves waves of lacing as I drink.
S- citrus right off the bat, with a hint of hops and oak. Doesn't smell boozy. I also recognize a hint of vanilla.
T- the imperial part is very apparent. A good balance of hops, citrus at first. The Malts and tast of oak hits you at the end. Forage taste like 10%.
M- smooth with just the right balance of carbonation. The taste lingers in your mouth. Oak hits you here.
O- very smooth and drinkable for 10%. However it is 6:30 pm and I haven't eaten since breakfast and I feel this after just one. This is a beer where I am happy it comes in a 4 pack.

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