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 cokes
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: Overall scores averaged.

Aged version = 4.2 overall
Three years in, and it's my best aging success story ever. Then again, it had nowhere to go but up.
Slightly muddied in apperance. And not much head.
The aroma is vanilla toffee, dried apricots and dates, wood, and Sherry.
Taste is all buttery-vanilla-caramel-toffee dried fruits- mainly dates and figs. A touch of booze and wood gives another nod towards Sherry.
Full modied, with some CO2 teasing out.
After 3 years, this is a nice barleywine, with a notable flourish of wood aging. Alcohol is toned down. The hops are phased out entirely, and that's fine, as this was always a poor excuse for a DIPA. Kudos on the improvement. I never thought I say this, but I'll probably buy this again...when I'm feeling very, very patient.

But when fresh, it's a nuke (overall score 2.2, see below):

Dark copper hued with a thin yellowed foam.
Nose of fallen pine needles, cardboard, maple, and dark spiced rum. The booze quotient is so noticable as too distract form everything else. There is also as dried notion of manure to further distract and detract.
Enters the mouth full of burnt corn syrup and brown sugar and melted rubber. Sticky, and a bit nauseating. Then it gets worse. Hops add cooked cabbage. Barrel-aging adds burnt butter. Diacetyl and DMS are always factors in DFH brews, but most overcome, while this wallows in them. There is no off-setting bitterness to the stagnant burnt malt or the off-flavors.
Syrup textured. This presents more as an old ale than anything IPA-related. As such, it is still an utter chore, and fatally flawed.
In not as big a fan of 90 Minute as most, but damn, I wish I had one now instead of this.
I love the concept here, but loathe the execution.
Really hideous.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 01/08/07. Leaves a one finger tan-hued head, and has some retention, as well as some spotty lacing. Body is a clear, orange-tinted copper. Also, it seems to be very effervescent.

Smell - apples, butterscotch, some vanilla. No real aroma of hops, which seems weird given the style. Nonetheless, the aroma is mouthwatering.

Taste - exactly as the nose indicates, still not getting much hops in taste, or in aromatics. There is delicious maltbread sweet rolls laced with apples and vanilla, and some spicy alcohol, but no hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and at times syrupy.

Drinkability - this is good ale. The high abv limits sessionability. If you are looking for a DIPA, you may be a little let-down, as the barrel-aging seems to almost utterly mellow out the hops to a non-entity, even as a bittering agent - but..., nonetheless this is a good big beer to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloear copper colour- surprisingly so. Perhaps quite filtered. Not much head to speak of, some minor lacing. Smell- smells quite sugary. Taste- very sweet wtih the woods fairly pronounced. Medium cabonation. Slightly boozy with caramel and doughy malts in forefront. The hops are more herbal and grassy than bitter citrus. It finishes decently though- not too much cloying sweetness on the finish. The vanilla and wood really shows up on the finish too. Hops are kind of an afterthought in this beer. Drinkability is decent- it is a slow sipper. Quite enjoyable, not an every day beverage.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 12 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa.
Appearance: Pretty carbonated, a brown body with an dark eggshell head. The head was only a couple of fingers tall, and left not much lacing and disapated rather quick.
Smell: A sweet, tart, boozy aroma. I was a bit suprised at the alcohol smell with "only" a 10% ABV.
Taste: Very sweet and boozy, not as tart as the aroma. Very intense, and not as hoppy as I was expecting from a DIPA from DFH.
Mouthfeel: Very very smooth and syrupy.
Drinkabilty: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color / clear / large head pretty good retention

Medium sweet malt / tart hops

Really sweet malted barley / mild metallic head taste / finishes dry / notable alcohol tastes, warmth, and thickness / tart hops – floral and a little citric / roasted chocolate and toasty warm malt / woody bitter flavor – perhaps from oaking

Thick smooth body / medium carbonation

Powerful ale, lots of malt and hops. Incredibly sweet – but balancingly hopped. I like it. Good sipper.

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Photo of mnapier
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Service Temp. 50 degrees. 16oz German Balloon Glass straight from the bottle used in the judging. Tasted 7/15/2007

With a deep orange & hazy appearance the beer lends itself to a mild head retention with a cobweb of white lace moving slowly down the glass.

Swirling the glass and applying the aroma to my nose I detect mild to medium oak intermixed with a nice honey sweet maltiness & some piney hops.

Sipping this I detect a hint of sharpness coming off, as well some spice mixed in with a little bit of raisins and alcohol stringency.

Mouthfeel comes off a little thick but overall doesn't drown the pallete or my tounge.

Overall impression, a nice Imperial to consume on a evening at dusk during the fall months.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper/orange color with a light head. The aroma is of malt and caramel with the hops noticeable in the background. The taste is sweet and malty with not as much hop flavor as I expected – slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and a bit oily. Overall this is an interesting beer that is complex, but perhaps a little too sweet for more than one in a session.

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Photo of Brent
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For me, this was an example of too much of a good thing, pumped up with so much that it just couldn't carry the burden. Heavy mouthfeel, bordering on syrupy. Powerfully sweet malt wrestled with a blunt hops attack. A bit of burn from the ETOH. Not a badly made beer, by any means, but the volume was turned up too high.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite clear pale copper in color, with a small, persistent white head, scattered lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Pronounced herbal hop presence, with a slight note of old cheese, caramel malt, and strong, sweet alcohol.

Taste: Deep flavors of sweet caramel malt from start to finish. The hop presence is rather mild, almost to the point of being understated, finishes with a mild, but lingering herbal hop note. There are subtle oak notes, the alcohol note is utterly concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, almost syrupy, very full.

Drinkability/notes: Superbly crafted, as are all Dogfish Head products, well worth a try.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased about a month ago at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.61.No freshness date.

Poured an orangey-copper color with a big, creamy off-white head that took it's time settling. Thick sheets of lace adorn the sides of my EWU pintglass.

The first smell that hops out is the oakiness. This is coupled with a spicy hoppiness. As the beer warms the oakiness seems to recede and things begin to smell more balanced.

The taste is unlike any IPA I've ever had - sweet, but in a way that seems to work. There are bittering hops at work that balance the sweetness out and provide a dry finish. I don't doubt that this might seem a bit cloying if I were to consume multiple pints, but this makes an excellent sipper.

This has a relatively oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

This made an excellent nightcap, but I don't think I would want to consume several in a sitting, due to both the high abv and sweetness, whihc might be disagreeable in a large quantity. One of the most interesting beers I've had in a while, and I'd buy it again to serve as a nightcap or dessert beer.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I probably went into this review with a slight prejudice. I love oak aged beers. Aroma was nutty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, but not very hoppy. Of course it had a large oak aroma as well as some vanilla. Small creamy head that disappeared. Flavor bordered on that of a barleywine rather than a DIPA. One can tell this is DFH beer - sweet. Almost too sweet. I've set quite a few aside to age for a year or two.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip from a year of cellaring.

Appearance: Rich amber in color with shades of ruby, looks like a glass of strong iced tea. A small off white head tops the beer and fades quickly to a wispy lacing topping the beer. Tiny streams of carbonation bubbles race to the surface.

Smell: Hints of caramel and brown sugar with an underlying fruitness. Slightly oaky with a just a wiff of alcohol.

Taste: Starts with a nice fruitiness, raisins come to mind along with a touch of apricot. Big malt backbone with plenty of dark brown sugar and molasses in the middle. Hops show in the finish but not in a big way, only slightly bitter. Pretty dry finish which could be caused by the oak. Slight hint of alcohol but that is to be expected for a 10% abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, full bodied, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: A pretty malty DIPA, not quite what I was expecting considering I've had this beer previously. It definitely mellowed out since the 1st time I tried this. Hops are very subdude but in a good way. Plenty of molasses and brown sugar with the oak playing a nice roll. Alcohol is present in the nose and the flavor profile but its not overwhelming. All in all a really well crafted beer. I would almost consider this a barleywine instead of a DIPA but who cares, its still a damn fine beer. Definitely a beer to savor and one I will buy again. Seek and enjoy, highly recommended.

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle poured into a snifter glass from the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD. It has been aging for about 8 months so says the bartender.

Beautiful amber haze when out of the bottle. very thin beige color head. No stick on the glass.

Very powerful floral aroma. Fruit and toasted malts are present as well but very subdued.

Possibly the smoothest beer I have ever had. Ever. Big malty taste followed by floral notes again. A rather subdued hop flavor but you can still tell that they are there. On the other end are lots of fruit flavors, mango and peachs come to mind. You can also begin to taste the big alcohol note when it warms up.

A wonderful brew through and through. Had it with Brats and I thought I died and went to beer heaven. Will definitly pick this one up again. The label says to "...hoard from the non-believers." And that is exactly what I plan to do.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served into a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful full copper color with a sturdy two finger cream colored head. Fairly nice head retention for a beer of 10% abv.

Smell: Very sweet in the nose but I can smell a bit of hop in the form of citrus. Plenty of caramel and wood are present as well. Suprisingly no alcohol is noted for such a big beer.

Taste: EEEKKKK! This is one sweet beer! The massive sweetness is a bit off setting at first but as I relax and really dive in, I discover a nice hop bitterness to help keep me afloat amid the torrent of malt sweetness. Some phenolic spice, astringent alcohol and plenty of citrus are present. This really tastes like a barley wine, big and complex.

Mouthfeel: Very full mouthfeel but the presence of 10%abv helps to lean out an otherwise fat beer. Syrup like stickiness that lingers well into the throat.

Drinkability: I was shocked at such a sweetness for only 10%. That being said, this beer has plenty of flavors to keep a beer geek interested but I don't think I could drink more than one due to its cloying nature. I love Dogfish Head beer and applaud them for producing such a ballsy brew. Cheers!

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Photo of bosco7
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful copper color with a creamy light brown tinged head.

Lots of toffee, caramel, and oak in the nose. Not really a whole lot of hop aromas.

Holy crap this is a sweet beer. Caramel and whiskey dominate the palate. Some oak and rose like floral hop flavors present as well.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation lightly tickles the tongue. It was hard to put 12 oz. of this stuff down because of the sweetness. Might be interesting to age a bottle and enjoy in the Winter, but I found it hard to drink.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have mixed feelings about this beer. Dogfish describes this beer as "a blend of oak-aged English strong ale and our 90 Minute I.P.A." I love their 90 Minute IPA, but was not as keen on this beer. It had a sweet quality similar to (while certainly not as extreme) Avery's The Beast Grand Cru.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Honey amber in color with a 1 finger foam head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a decent amount of lacing behind after each sip.

Smell - Honey, lemony citrus notes, vanilla notes, hops and the pineapple scent that I get from the 90 Minute IPA.

Taste - Sweet. Almost to the point of cloying. The sweetness seems to mask a lot of the other flavors. I can taste honey with sweet malt, and a very slight hop backend. Tastes like a 90 Minute IPA with a bottle of wildflower nectar honey poured in it. The hops bitterness shows up more in the mouthfeel than the actual flavor of the brew.

Mouthfeel - Smooth going down with a bitter finish. 10% ABV becomes apparent once the beer has warmed up a little. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - This brew was too sweet to finish fast and too heavy feeling on the stomach to have more than one in one sitting. Definitely a sipper.

I bought a 4 pack and so far I have finished three (not at one time) and set one away for aging. Hopefully aging this brew improves it a little bit. Perhaps my palate is not as developed as it should be to fully appreciate this brew.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle from the original 2004 release with Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Tour. Served in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature and paired with Chaumes Veritable from France.

Appearance- Pours an attractive fiery deep amber, loud and hissing... the head fights to climb a few inches, but doesn't even remain paper thin after a minute. A few dots of lacing, without any retention.

Smell- Mature, full hop nose that carries a backbone of vanilla and wood from the oak aging.

Taste- This beer incorporates a boozy, almost whiskey cask flavor that intensifies the citrus finish. A woodsy tartness is evident throughout the time spent inside the mouth, coating the teeth and drying the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- With the most subtle carbonation, the texture expands marginally to add some body to the deep, oaky flavors here. This is not an easy beer to savor, sip, or swig... but it's an adventure nonetheless. I would have loved to have tried this pre-storage just to compare.

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Photo of Neehan
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a pure, nectar-like honey color with good retention and nice head presence. Clean smell of hops, but with extra richness and presence that goes deeper than other DIPA's. Smooth taste of an IPA, but more maltiness and not the blasting of hops that you would expect. Honeylike from start to finish. Similar to a combination of a DIPA and a well-aged barleywine. Warming in the body and the smooth nectar presence in the mouth is pure and perfect. Watch yourself so it doesn't go down so fast. Incredible stuff here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I feel I should review another beer with my pal AndoBrew or something. Let's do it!

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing head. AndoBrew, looking troubled, says it reminds him of "scary candy." Oh, how right he'll be!

Smell: Beyond a touch of wood shavings and an indistinct orange citrus note, its sweet-smelling candy sugar through and through. AndoBrew concludes Burton Baton has been conceived and made in the same vein as Avery's "Mephistopheles and Other Demons" line (i.e., jacked up sugar and alcohol content). I'm inclined to agree with him.

Taste: Terribly sugary, with a glaring sweetness that impairs the overall taste by laying waste to the other flavors of honey, apples, and pears. Even the bitterness is cowed by the sugar. AndoBrew's vote goes to "Watered down Toffee Brandy blended with a lil' bit of bad news." Right on, Ando.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but altogether cloying with a searing alcoholic warmth to it. AndoBrew says his mouth feels dried out and sugar-encrusted, like a "problem."

Drinkability: Essentially, I found this to be a flimsy IPA drenched in way too much sugar and alcohol. I feel fortunate to have survived this sugar-esque running of the bulls!

I wonder what beer AndoBrew and I will try next!

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Photo of ccrida
1.94/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear amber orange with a moderate white head that subsided to a thick skim leaving lots of thing, sticky lace.

The aroma is malty and with some pungent hops, but they are pretty faint, certainly for a Double IPA. It is mainly sweet.

The taste just smacks you upside the head with sugary sweetness. Lots of brown sugar and stone fruit like apricot. Where are the hops??? A bit of flowers try to break through that malt, but they ultimately fail. The finish finally reveals the oak, but man, this is a sugary strong amber ale in my mind. I was hoping that blending the 90min with an oak aged batch would temper the malty sugar bomb, but I was mistaken.

The mouthfeel is pretty viscous, inspite of the active streamers, this is syrupy.

The drinkablity on this one was low. Way to sugary and pretty much no hops. My beer store, which has pretty high turn over, just got this, so even though it's from back east, I doubt it's that old that the hops would have faded so much. And the malt is so sweet and fresh and sugary. I'll easily forget about the other one I have until it's well past it's prime I'm sure, even though that's probably 5-10 years out (prime being relative). From what I'd heard of this brew, it was very dissapointing. And then I remembered I've felt this way about pretty much ever DFH brew I've ever had!

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Photo of Suds
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a drinkable, complex, high ABV beer that more than met my expectations. Poured into a pint glass, the brew sports a thick and rocky white head. Huge tufts of lace cling to the sides of the glass through the bottom of the beer. The liquid is a clear but deep copper. It has a much better head than most high alcohol beers.
The aroma is very interesting. There's a little ripe fruit, a bit of malt, and a huge, expressive hoppiness...citrus and must. There's also a wood character that makes a nice back-statement. The taste is sweet, but balanced with a long and solid bitterness. The beer if full bodied, and the flavors are very intense, which seems to hide the alcohol. Still, there's a little warming by the end of the glass. This is a great brew.

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Photo of crwills
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this in NYC, and got another from AlohaC as part of Secret Bunny 2007; not sure which this one was, so I'll thank AlohaC anyway! Thanks!

Poured a dark golden or light brown into an oversized wine glass. Very little head, but lots of lacing as I drink. Oak and vanilla are prominent in the aroma, with a little bit of piney hops and soap in there for good measure. Smells sweet, and the taste follows up big time. I actually was not a huge fan of this -- I realize the oak aging dulls the hops and increases sweetness, but for me it was surprisingly cloying. Maybe it was just the surprise factor, but I didn't find it as amazingly drinkable as some people have. Flavour is heavy on the vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, and molasses. A little bit of field fruit and grassy hops in there as well. Mild bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Well above average, but not knock-me-out wow.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this amazing beer as part of a trade with JasonM of Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a beautiful what i would call deep caramel color. Bright white head settles to leave a nice, long lasting layer of foam. Nice hoppy nose, faint odors of oak and tobacco, also possibly pears. Taste is very smooth. You can definitely taste the oak, it helps to mellow the characteristic extreme hop bitterness DIPA's usually have. It tastes more like a very hoppy barley wine than a DIPA. Very full bodied and well balanced. Alcohol gives a bit of bite to the back of the throat, but the overall smoothness brought about by the oak aging mellows it substantially.

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Photo of Flyer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my very favorite beers. Pours a nice orange-copper color with lots of fine streams of bubbles. Aroma is somewhat lacking. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and maybe a little pineapple throughout, oak, some caramel, with a nice crisp, only moderately bitter aftertaste. Despite the less-than-typical hoppiness, this year's blend reminds me more of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA and seemed to have a little less oak character than last year's batch, but that's a nit. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rayjay
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed and bottled 12-29-05, so this one's almost 1.5 years old. First time I've had it. Honestly I've done so much trading lately I forget who hooked me up, but it was an unexpected surprise and much appreciated. I'd been wanting to try this for a while.

A barleywine in appearance, it's a deep and thick amber that is not a particularly good friend of light. There is a small head of foam and the carbonation looks fairly inactive. Slight lacing, but honestly one of the better lacers I've had in the bottle from DFH. Pouring into a Belgian-style snifter, my trusty 2005 strong beer month glass. The nose is pretty ballsy, with crystal and carmel malts dominating, and some alpha hops, but in the back. Smells a bit oxidized like mud, lets hope for the best. Perhaps this doesn't age with the best of them after all? Time to find out.

Mmm! It's got lots of chocolate malts upfront, lots of carmel malts and faint bitterness in the middle, and finishes with the faint hoppyness and big malt body fading away with some soft water and alcohol. Reminiscant of Old Stock from North Coast. No oxidation present, although I can certainly tell it's a vintage beer. Faint heat. Really a ton of malt in this bad boy. I definatley wouldn't call it a 2xIPA, but I won't penalize it for the classification. I'd say old ale or barleywine for sure, but I'll let the brewers make the call. Great after dinner drink, maybe with a cigar.

Carbonation is neither here nor there. The few bubbles rise extremely slow, almost hanging in suspention, and are a blast to watch every time I stir the glass. This one could be a real challange at room temp...I'd recommend it straight from the fridge and let it warm slowly over the course of enjoying for 45 min or so. There are more drinkable challanging big beers out there, but this one is quite nice. Cheers to DFH!

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.
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