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 brokenleadedcask
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased about 3-4 months ago. Reviewed from notes

The color is a couple shades darker than some IPA's with a decent amount of head and nice sticky lacing. Most immediate smell is molasses, followed by plenty of hops and oak. Smaller notes of vanilla and a tinge of Bourbon. Some good 3C bittering hops in the taste, high alpha acids. Has some sweetness to it. Nice oak flavor but hops do dominate. Hops and oak, it's like peanut butter and chocolate, "Two great tastes, that go great together". Lingering bitterness from hops and some oak coat the inside of the mouth. A touch sticky feeling. Good drinkability, disappears too fast.

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Photo of cpone
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Pours clear dark amber body with about a two finger head, leaving some soapy lacing.

Smells slightly sweet - toffee, brown sugar - with some pine and citrus playing supporting cast. Also a very floral note to it.

Taste is similar to the smell. Minimal hop presence at first, mostly caramel/toffee malts, but as the taste progresses the hop bitterness takes over. A nice balance here.

Mouthfeel is quite strong - decent heat.

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

This is one deluxe beer. Lots going on, but works well together. Definitely a sipper. Grape, vanilla and cooking spice in the nose. The taste is well balanced between the oak and bittering hops. Finishes with a bourbon booziness. Well done. FYI the one I tasted had aged a year (very well I might add) so much of the real floral hops and the beer as a whole may have mellowed.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured in a tulip shaped glass

A: Dark amber with a thick white head when poured aggressive. The lacing is maintained when tilting the glass.

S: citrusy, hoppy, floral, earthy,

T: Notes of Oak Wood and vanilla with a strong hop presence.

M: moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

O: Overall, this is by far one of my favorites Imperial IPA. It has a nice rich and complex taste blended very well. For a 10% ABV, this is a very smooth beer. Each sip I discover different tastes, and its very, very smooth. I still can't believe its a 10%. IF you see this, BUY IT & TRY IT.

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Photo of babydoc
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle sent by Luckysevens82. Pours clear golden amber, with chapagne-like bubbles. Frothy one-finger ecru head slowly defervesces but never disappears, leaving some lace on the glass.

Nose didn't give me the citrus hops I was expecting- Instead, there was sweet apricot/peach/vanilla, with a touch of flowery hops. Very nice.
Wow. Sweet malty orange and fruits on the start, with some slight tartness and hop bitterness as the finish approaches, not a hop-bomb at all. Vanilla and oak swirl through the middle. Mouthfeel is lush, full; light velvety carbonation and slickness, drying a bit towards the end, but not a dry finish per se. The 10% alcohol contributes nicely to the mouthfeel and taste, and warming, but is wrapped nicely inside this brew. Thanks for the sample, Evan.

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Photo of boogles
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hate that I'm giving this beer such a low rating. I like that it's unique, and it certainly is, but it's a bit too sweet, too flat, and too not enough hops. This is a single, and has likely been sitting on a shelf for around a year, so my rating may be unfair. It is, however, fair to this bottle, in my subjective opinion.

Now, I purchased another 6 of Hop Slam today ... I'm sure I know which will prevail of the two, if I'm up to it.

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

This is one hell of a brew, it is exactly as advertised. Get the IPA upfront followed by the best flavors of whiskey in the finish. Balanced perftectly and alcohol is not present, nice warming effect. Dogfish Head delivers and you have to try if you get your hands on one.

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

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for the bottle. 12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/29/05. Served at about 50 degrees in a snifter.

Bright orange to ruby red hues in the body. Streams of carbonation are pretty steady, though the head is very light. What was there quickly settled to a ring of slightly toasted white. Very subtle aroma. Mellowed citrusy hops with some light alcohol notes. Taste is like a more refined DFH hopped-up offering. I'm not sure if I'm happy with the masked hops. The hop head in me wants them to come out, but the oakyness that seems to be pulling them down is thoroughly appreciated. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, light carbonation. Easy to drink with the alcohol hardly being noticed. Not your typical DFH experience -- a lot of malt and hop balance. Full of complexity. One of the best DFHs I've had.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy burnt orange with a nice thick medium amount of head that lingers for a while.

smell: sweet grass, caramel, a little heat, fresh hop, brown sugar, little black licorice.

taste: nice balance of hoppy acidity and malt character. a bit of oaky tanics, sweet citrus, and it definitely hits on the savory part of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth with small carbonation bubbles tickling the sides of your tounge. Definitely enough malt in this beer to cover up the thinning qualities of its high alcohol content.

Overall, I could drink this IPA any day. It's got a nice hoppy bite but not too over the top. The malt content of this beer definitely smooths over both the hops and the high alcohol content.

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Photo of dfclav
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter - bottled on 11/19/10

A - very nice red/amber color with a 1 finger head and active carbonation. Head hangs around for a bit and leaves really nice lacing. Nice cascade.

S - hop flower aromas, with some malt. A touch of caramel and oak as well. It smells like a well made barleywine and is very similar in smell to oak-aged unearthly if you have had that.

T - very rich piney hop taste with a grapefruit kick. The malt hides it well though, too well in fact as I really am astounded I am drinking a 10% ABV beer. There's something missing here, I really think it's the way the flavors aren't as "in your face" as many, more aggressive IPA's. Don't get me wrong though, it's subtle but tasty!

M - probably the best quality of this beer. The hops are there, not overpowering - and the beer is sticky without being syrupy, and smooth without being thin or thick. They nailed this category.

D - well, it's a very good IPA...but I don't see myself drinking much of it. If you like unearthly then I would recommend you try this, as you may like it even better. I'm happy this came in a 12oz.

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Photo of Doc_Hops
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- A deep orange haze with a grey-ish/ white head that left a good lacing

S- Rich hop aroma, complimented with some faint citrus notes. I'm not sure how but you can instantly tell it's DFH

T- Wonderful malt base complimented with a somewhat spicy hop balance and rounded out with some smooth vanilla oak finish

M- This is the best part of the beer. The oak aging gives a velvety soothness that definitely masks the 10% ABV

O- Really enjoyed this beer. DFH never seems to let me down and this is no exception. I'm glad to hear this is being made all year round.

Serving type: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear deep orange, tanish head. Bourbony, malty, alcohol, meaty floral aroma, with a touch of brown sugar. Rich malty flavor, with molasses, carmel, alcohol, and single malt all blended together. Big full mouth feel. Not too dry, not too sweet. Rather barley wine like, and somewhat remeniscent of BA Old Salty and Insanity. Maybe a bit pricy at 14 bucks a 4 pack, but worth at least one purchase.

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Photo of bkett01
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head presence on this one which quickly died away, leaving a small amount of lacing on my pint glass. Appearance is a copper/amber hue and carbonation is very present in this one. Smells of sweet malts with tones of vanilla and oak. Interesting combination here, the hops have certainly met their match as they are undetectable to the nose. Can't say that for many DIPA's.
Taste is also dominated by the vanilla/oak wood flavors. We begin with sweet malt followed up with a smooth oak that brings us to a mildly warming alcohol finish. The heavy carbonation helps balance out the sweet malt here for an impressively drinkable double. While the 10% is detectable, it isn't offensive and fits in nicely to the many flavors of Burton Baton.

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Photo of infestaxion
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/19/09 Drank right now

A - Rich copper with a nice cream head with good retention. Nice clarity.

S - A quick whiff gives me nice hops. A deeper smell and I get the oak and a good malt profile.

T - The oak and malt take center stage in the flavor. Nice vanilla and wood up front. Good caramel malt to follow. A little sweet. Not a whole lot of hops to this. But really what would you expect from an aged IPA? It is nice.

M - Great carbonation and good feel.

D - It's a bit much to go down too easy but it is not bad.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sit back, relax and ENJOY. Not a beer to hurry through.

My bottle poured with a nice, thin mousse that settled fairly quickly. It has the restrained carbonation that one should expect in an ale of this age and type. What really caught my attention was the color and the lively appearance of the ale. It seems vibrant, copper orange with a depth. Beautiful to look at.

I'm not one to pick up oak scents, they just seem to escape me. At first I do pick up lighter malt and yeast on the nose. Nothing too strong. As the ale warms I get the hoppy notes. I imagine that there is some dry hopping done but it's not a "sock on the nose" like most American IPAs.

The hop bitterness comes through very quickly, and it's needed to balance out the sweetness of the malts here. There are a lot of hops in this ale. I do not detect the alcohol warmth that one expects in a 10% ABV ale, it's hidden in layers of velvet malt, lemon rind and a musky white grape. This is no beginner beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, as you WOULD expect for an Imperial IPA.

Enjoyable and a successful brewing strategy ("two threads" of ales blended.)

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Photo of IrishHockey
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

This is a solid beer. The smell kinda had a "damn, I don't know about this one" quality. Once I tasted though...love. It was a heavy beer. I could taste the IPA, the oakiness (if that's even a word), maybe some citrus in it too. The alcohol can definitely kick you in the ass though. A few of these and I would be more of a drooling idiot than I am now. All in all: I like it! Buy it, trade for it, whatever. It's worth it.

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Photo of Biffster
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber/copper, with a low persistent tawny head and an attractive lace on the glass.

The aroma - wow - lots of intense grassy citrusy hop notes, but also a ton of fruit - big melon, apricot, strawberry and cherry. The nose is also toasty, with a moderate to full malty presence to counter the hops. There are lots of toasty graham cracker and bread crust notes. There is some toffee and caramel sweetness as it warms, although no diacetyl. It is also nutty and a bit tannic, indicative of some oak character. There is the barest touch of leather as it warms.

Given the complex nose and promise of the beer, the sip is not as sweet or cloying as you would expect. The tannins seem to help dry it until the hop bitterness takes over to finish the job. There is a bracing hop flavor and bitterness all the way through. The finish is somewhat malty, but not sweet. Think of dark bread or fruitcake with just a touch of cocoa at the finish mingling with hop bitterness for a finish that is not cloying, but substantial.

This has a moderately full and very substantial mouthfeel. The carbonation is low to moderate, the body is rich and full, but the hop bitterness and oaky tannins help to dry it a bit on the palate.

What a wonderful rich but not overbearing sipper. I was given a four pack by a friend for sitting by the fire. Very generous but not the right choice for the venue. Over a few days, it was my last beer of the night, but I insisted on keeping the last for savoring in a snifter. Wow.

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Photo of JAA
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HOLY SMOKES, what a fantastic beer. Nice job Sam.

Poured into my Peroni lager glass. Two finger off-white head, pure crystal clean amber body.

This is honestly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.
Smells of sweet grapefruit and that earthy/biscuity smell that all of their IPA's have.

Taste is a little boozy, thats why i didn't give it a 5 overall. Reminds me of their 90 minute IPA. Very well balanced. Nice hop punch, but the earthyness of the oak keeps them in check. A little cocoa powder mixed in.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are much better than expected. Very creamy and smooth. Relatively good drinkabilty. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

overall a wonderful DIPA, perfectly balanced and complex.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting beer. It is a cloudy golden beer. The aroma is of rich hops. apon first taste, it has a sweet hoppy and alcoholy taste. The oak aging added a unique complexness to this brew. I love the 10% alcohol content. This is a great beer for hopheads/people who love the 90 minute. The mouthfeel is longlasting and has moderate drinkability.

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Photo of anchordrinker
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- orange-amber, thin, off-white head that dissipates for the most part, good lacing.

S- Sharp citrus rind, woody, dried fruits, caramel malt, some oak-y vanilla in the background.

T- Citrus flavor that intensifies before giving way to booze-soaked dried fruit, apricot, light-vanilla/floral sweetness, some tropical notes, and an oak-y finish. Caramel malt backing throughout rounds out sharper flavors without compromising complexity.

M- Medium-to-thick bodied, very fine carbo lighten body without being so prevalent as to mute flavor.

D- A little boozey to be considered truly drinkable, but not bad for a beer packing 10% ABV.

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Photo of abankovich
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty deep red/amber/brown color poured into my DFH snifter with a slightly off-white head that faded after a couple minutes to leave some thin lacing around the sides.

Hops hops hops in the nose, as it should be. From the aroma I'm getting some dryness and bitterness that I think will probably come through in the taste as well. A little smoky/burnt flavor is also noticeable, probably from the barrel aging. Some citrus characters also present.

Sharp and bitter at first that quickly turn to strong ale flavors and a decent malt base. Very well-balanced and smooth considering it's 10%. The sharp flavors are what I really love about this.

Mouthfeel is nice and in the middle. Not heavy but there's definitely some consistency in the mouthfeel.

I could put a few of these back no problem. The only hindering characteristic to the drinkability is the fact that this beer has a high alcohol content.

Great beer all around here, pick some up and give it a try.

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Photo of BigBlacke
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burton Baton pours a dark amber color with a nice foamy head. Smells of cedar and citrus right upfront. Tastes of grapefruit, sweet malts and cedar with earthy notes. Mouthfeel is crisp yet somewhat creamy. Drinkability is higher than it should be for a 10% beer. Though the 10% is hidden very well. Nice.

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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 fingolfin72
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Crystal clear copper with a rapidly departing beige head.

Nose- lovely butterscotch and sherry with a pleasing hint of some earthy funk. It made me think of country ham.

The Palate is bold with flowery hop notes, pine, grapefruit, amontillado, toffee and alcohol. Lots of in your face and up your nose alcohol. Things just don't seem to be in balance here. It has a lot of good flavors, but it's not a particularly easy beer to drink.

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

I purchased a single 12oz bottle of Burton Baton without knowing anything about it other than it was made by Dogfish Head. I'm glad I bought one!

The label says it is "An oak-aged Imperial India Pale Ale" and that does describe the style pretty well. From the first sip you know it is in the IPA family, but definitely not one of your crazy how-hoppy-can-I-make-it American IPAs. The flavor is muted and somewhat creamy, as if you combined the styles of IPA and stout.

However, for being creamy tasting, there was almost zero head when poured. I had to make a conscious effort to get 1/8" of head when I poured it. I'm not complaining, just stating the facts.

Overall, just know that it is an IPA with smooth creamy not-too-hoppy characteristics and definitely worth trying. The 10.0% alcohol by volume is barely notable in the taste, but after having one, you will know it is there.

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