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 Vlaminck
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy, woody, sweet, bourbon like alcoholy smell. Sweet taste of vanilla, oak and molasses for me. Some fruity esters in the there likely from the yeast. Overall im glad I tried this, and surprised if found it. A very nice change of pace. Would I stock up on it. No. But I would have a bottle now and then or cellar one. At 10% that's all you need. Would love to drink one on a cold night around the campfire.

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Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting take on a well traveled style from Dogfish Head, this time for the imperial IPA. This drinks much more like the old ale thread than the hoppy double IPA it is blended with. Pours a very hazy dark copper, kind of like the color of honey. Head is worth admiring as you take in the bouquet.

Woody oak character is pronounced, though the bottle I had was not a recent bottling and so the hop bite likely as muted with age. Very smooth to drink, got some vanilla in the flavor and a beautiful caramel sweetness that was mouth coating. A single 12 oz bottle is perfect for sharing with another person, but it is restrained enough to drink in its entirety despite clocking in at a hefty 10% ABV. This is worth seeking out and cellaring for the right occasion.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy look. Smells sweet, bit o hops, bit o rubbing alcohol. Tastes pretty good. Kinda barley wine-ish taste. You get the oak. Overall. Nice to try. Not something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: An enormous, tightly-beaded, cream-colored head rests atop a hazy body of a deep honey color.

Smell: Fresh sprigs of mint hit the nostril along with a hint of vanilla and a handful of earth. It's a delicious scent that's both fresh and musky. A spritz of peach juice tops it off, while the smallest burst of bourbon smokes at the bottom, coasting across additional under-layers of pale malt and ripe cherry.

Taste: The malty backbone is sweet and complex, with flavors of multigrain cereal, rich caramel, condensed milk, and maple syrup. A savory, unexpected bite of bacon sprinkled with brown sugar provides interesting balance along with a taste of tart nectarine. While the sugary residue remains in the aftertaste, it gets pulled together by a medium-light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes this heavy flavor profile unusually refreshing, while the medium-full body feels just right. Alcohol warming is not present, but is not missed either, as there is plenty of else going on.

Overall: I have to state once more how remarkably refreshing this beer is in spite of its complex collection of dark, flavors. Light and dark, sprightly and deep, this artful beer is an ace at mixing separate sides of the spectrum.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As you can see from my rating, I like everything about this beer. Mouth feel, taste, look. I find it to be the beer that has no peer. It has a maltiness like a strong brown ale, but a hoppiness like the very best IPA. The oak flavoring is effective and makes is a world-class ale in my opinion. I compare it to Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but I find Burton to be smoother, maltier and sweeter and less bitter, though Burton is slightly boozier at 10% ABV. I would put this in the "one to have if you are having only one" category. Two of these might put you down. Share with a friend. Ages well. I've had a few tucked away, and Burton gets even smoother with age. It is not a beer for every occasion, but when called upon, it never fails to deliver.

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Photo of username
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/01/15.

Deeper copper color (SRM 4-7ish). Fairly fluffy cap which dissipates to moderate retention. Fairly hazy. Technically unusual for style but looks very nice regardless.

Smells strongly and primarily of hops with a bit of oak towards the end. Hop aromas are more of the floral, spicy, and pine nature as opposed to citrus — in fact, don't really detect any citrus at all.

Taste is great. There is a distinctive nuance of oak towards the end as advertised which makes a huge difference. Otherwise, floral, spicy, and oddly, more of a citrus flavor whereas the aroma is more piney. Seems rather complex/layered, quite a bit going on.

Feel is maybe a bit to the aggressive side, but very favorable. Absurdly easy to drink for ABV.

Overall I wish I had tried this brew much earlier, however don't know that I would've appreciated it as much without trying numerous other IPAs/DIPAs prior. Absolutely love that the oak is actually present and not just a marketing gimmick — I would probably drink it even without the oak aging on the regular. Good stuff.

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Photo of genott
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice amber color with a decent, one finger orange-y head. Nose of vanilla, malty sweetness and slight woody smoke. Similar taste with a surprisingly low alcohol presence despite the 10% abv. Balanced hops and malt flavors with citrus and vanilla. Dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured into a snifter
Very thin head dissipated quickly. Deep murky golden color. Smells of malty roasted sweetness with a touch of hoppy brightness. Taste very smooth, semi sweet with almost no noticeable alcohol heat. Can taste a bit of wood. Overall very good beer, definately improved with age.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into ale glass

Color is a nice amber, lots of head and sticky lacing

Smell is of oak and vanilla.

Strong malt profile, vanilla up front. The hops and a citrus taste come in later.

A little unbalanced, not badly so. Impressive lack of alcohol burn at end, only a little bit. Pretty full-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Can't believe I never tried this before. It's quite good.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big vanilla and soft citrus notes on the nose. Elegant, woody, sunset-tinged brown color. Middling effervescence, but it doesn't need it. Oaky, tannic bite predominates the edges; vanilla, orange-blossom, honeysuckle, molasses, and candied malt comprise the heart; a velvety, white-chocolate hinting finish hangs around, but doesn't seem uninvited. The English Old Ale is the overriding melody, but there's a subtle hopped counterpoint that adds thyme-based herbal and chewy pine-nettle notes, as well as informing the *very* subtle lemon-juice touches on the nose, the mid-palate, and the (super) late linger.

Boom. What ho. Great big-ass beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of those rare beers that defines easy classification or description. Pours a mostly clear light brown and only a bit of head. First smell is wood and raisons. Lots of wood and raisons. Beyond that, it's hard to say. Earthy, gritty, savory in a way that perhaps a chili with some smokiness is savory. Tastes like a meal that you'd piece together on a camping trip with spare food items in a log cabin. A hint bitter on the end but not like any IPA I've ever had. Actually, it's more similar to a rich, dark nut brown ale, only not as dark either. Worth trying just because this is one of Dogfish's better crazy experiments, and it's delicious in a rather sophisticated, esoteric way.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/20/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak – a little fruity
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 2.5 mm ring and layer
Lacing complete creamy ring with rocks
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor – kind of lagerish – unremarkable; no alcohol, no diacetyl; re-evaluate at one year
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5. Rating 3.28

Edit 1/6/17 - same batch
This time served in a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma has some oakiness which I didn't notice before
Flavor of alcohol and oak, while subdued, are noticeable this time around.
Appearance and palate remain unchanged but aroma and flavor both get kicked up to 3.25.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Berts Growler Garage. Citrus lemony aroma, light amber body, small soapy head. Citrus follows into the flavor, sweet with minor sour elements, some tanginess. Malt profile comes forward, not hoppy at all. ABV hides in the background, becomes evident here and there. Interesting take on the IIPA style.

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Photo of hophead723
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice deep amber that has some gold to it when held to the light.

Smell: Mostly caramelized malts but a good amount of hops as well that are quite piney and tropical at the same time.

Taste: Robust and satisfying, this beer almost reminds me of a black IPA. It has a plethora of caramely malts and fruity hops. Extremely complex.

Feel: Full bodied and lingering coating of bitterness that is also sweet. There is a vanilla lingering as well from the barrel aging.

Overall: Super satisfying and well-brewed. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on tap quite a few times at the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton, Delaware. This great beer has a delicious taste and packs a punch! Highly recommended!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent amber color with over an inch of off-white froth with good retention. Aroma smells of citric hops with hints of bread and caramel.

Bold taste features grapefruit, pine resin, bread, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. There’s also a peppery bite that adds a little extra zing. There really isn’t much transitioning, as the taste holds its form front to back. The influence of the barrel is modest but emerges more as the beer warms, as does the alcohol. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a velvety mouthfeel that is quite nice.

Overall, this is a full-flavored IPA with enough sweetness to contend with the hops. I’m still not convinced that IPAs lend themselves well to barrel aging, but this is good regardless.

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Photo of Raime
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DogFish Head Burton Baton.

Ahhh yesssss good ole DFH, where the only let downs come out of their highest rated brews and those considered high average are often world class. These guys usually do not steer me wrong, so I shall soon find out whether the risk was worth thr reward for this $6 12oz.

Look - Pours a moderate amber with a fusion of copper with a two finger slightly off white head. Cannot yet speak on its retention. Carbonation appears to be on medium with this brew. Head ends up retaining pretty well but lacing really isn't there. 4.5.

Smell - High strung malts lead off the nose with a big hit of earth and a certain though tame oak presence. Smells like squeezing the Earts juices straight from the dirt. 4.

Taste - Hugely earthy. I mean, you can taste the grass, the trees, the tree sap, and all the flowers in between. Malts are a large player and dominate the flavor with the hops and earthiness coming in throughout. This really is a complex flavor profile and distinguishing between the two mentioned is quite a difficult process. The hop bitterness is present with a driving juicyness that reminds you this is in fact an IPA. This is a big beer, and I suggest small drinks to truly appreciate the taste without getting an overdose of oak that will consume the rest. Where is the 10% alcohol in this guy? Not even a tinge is present. 4.

Feel - Medium although thick and creamy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. That oak flavor lingers around on the tongue and reminds you to take things slowly as only high ABV brews get brewed with it. Not a touch of alcohol for 10%. 4.25.

Overall - Well, not entirely sure it was worth the price tag. But, this is a massive beer, adequately suited for a ' black day ' ( IE a day where life is simply too much and drunky land sounds like a nice place before you call to the noose) . Overall, if you like oaked beers you will fall in love with it. Otherwise, due to price, I'd say avoid. 4.


Heh, kidding new guys. Enjoy as you may, just don't vomit it up all over your über kühl hipster tank top after a chug off on a night of Stella Artshitbeer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 4.16.15

L - Bronze, with 1 finger of head and tons of sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive

S - Big hoppy nose. Nice blend of citrus and piney notes.

T - Big citrus but well balanced with bitterness. Damn tasty! The oak aging on wood adds an awesome flavor.

F - Creamy body, oily. Perfect.

O - A delicious DIPA. It does not get much better than this.

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Photo of darktronica
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what style to rate against, given that this is an interesting blending experiment of an IPA plus an old ale, but here we go. Quite a pretty coppery amber color, with minimal cream-colored foam that doesn't cover the entire surface but extends a bit beyond the rim after pouring a year-old bottle (08/05/14, reviewed 07/25/15).

Overall, the addition of the old ale and aging on oak puts this into that confusing category of DIPAs that can easily be confused with American barleywines. Mild piney, resinous hop character on the nose along with vanilla, oak, orange, and brown sugar. Drinks much the same, but adds some malt and caramel; hops are less prominent after a year in the bottle, which I personally appreciate here. To its detriment, the beer is less complex than a number of other old ales, despite its heritage as a blend. That said, it's very approachable and a great example of a year-round, obtainable beer that's good for cellaring.

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass at ~50F. Burnt orange amber and 3 fingers of creamy off white head that dwindles to a rich and creamy half finger cap. Lacing covers roughly half of the whole glass above the beer. It has a kind of glossy look about it... really nice, high quality stuff.

Smell is kind of quiet, but I get mainly vanilla and caramel candy and a hint of damp, dank citrus hoppiness.

Taste is creamy burnt caramel that turns into hoppy bitter over ripe dark citrus. Very unique flavors shine easily yet are blended extremely well. Definitely has epic depth and character from the aging.

Mouth feel is smooth, viscous, silky, and full bodied, with 10% ABV hidden deep down in there very tactfully... Very well done.

Overall I wish I had an endless supply of this stuff, but at $16 a four pack, it will have to be a go-to for special occasions only. This is probably my favorite brew from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of tlema1
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber/orange color
S: Some vanilla and oak
T: Definite oak ones, some vanilla and malt, hop bitterness on the finish
F: Silky Smooth east drinking for a big ABV beer
O: Highly recommend this

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this four-pack already chilled at the local store and I am glad that I did. Even though it is a bit pricey, it is definitely worth it. It has an even 10% ABV and about 70 IBUs. Let’s see what we got here.

Look-It pours a mild auburn color with a yellow tinge in the right light; medium clarity and plentiful carbonation. The head is full bodied and foamy and lingers all the way down leaving a very fine and delicate lacing on the glass. Very nice!

Smell-It smells of vanilla and citrus!

Taste-The taste is rich and deep. It is so refreshing, because the vanilla notes play on the tongue for a long time while the flavors of citrus, candied cherries, oak, and then it gives way to a hoppiness that sing high notes above the mild sweetness. It isn’t too sweet at all and what’s more is that the listed flavors interact with one another so well. They even form sort of a candied yam flavor like your favorite dish from Thanksgiving! It isn’t a palate wrecker, but the hops are definitely present and delicious. The alcohol is strong, but not overpowering. I definitely taste the two different blends that the brewer boasts. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel-This is a very silky smooth beer where even the plentiful carbonation does not contribute in an overwhelming manner. The carbonation manifests itself as a sort of afterthought that is gentle and smooth complimenting the bite from the hops and alcohol, I think you’ll agree that this is a great beer!

Overall-I am definitely pleased with this variety. I think that everyone should try it as long as it is served chilled and poured into a nice glass you will get the full experience. What’s really cool about this beer is the brewers threaded two beers together and then aged them in an oak barrel. They brew and English-style old ale and an imperial IPA and then thread them together and then let them sit in oaky barrels; absolutely delicious and so drinkable. It drinks like a 7-8% ABV so tread carefully! Cheers!

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Photo of jancona
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites from DFH. Smells of vanilla, hops and a bit of booze. Taste is amazing - vanilla, and a solid malt base, the finish is citrus hops with a touch of booze. Smooth and creamy feel - let it warm up a bit to truly enjoy it. DFH makes three of my favorite "sippers", this, the 120, and Palo Santo.

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Photo of RandyV
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blend of the two styles, with the citric tang and hop bite nicely complemented by the oak vanilla and malt smoothness. The alcohol heat is present but never gets in the way. This is a stellar offering from a stellar brewery.

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Photo of kfh227
3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer. Probably not getting it again.

The smell is good.

Taste is not bitter at all which I do like in my ipas.

Thing is, the taste just does not wow me.

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