Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,570
Reviews:
1,874
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/28/12

Appearance: Dark amber with a creamy, slightly larger than 1 finger head that isn't going anywhere soon. Tons of carbonation relentlessly thrusting towards the surface. This is one of the most impressively carbonated beers I've ever seen.

Smell: The head is staying around so strong that I'm having trouble picking up much scent at all. I can pick up some faint hops along with some mustiness.

Taste: Slight vanilla/oak sweetness hits you right off the bat. The backend hits you with some malt, then fades into a slightly bitter finish with some oak notes to round it off. Although there is some bitterness(this is an Imperial IPA after all) it is so well balanced by the malt and oak that is blends seamlessly. I've tasted a decent amount of beers in my day, but this, along with the 90 minute, leaves me enjoying it until the very last drop.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than average, bordering on syrupy with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall: This beer can do anything that you'd like it too, really. When it's fresh, it's REALLY hoppy, but the oak and malt keeps it somewhat in check, though it still leans towards the hoppy side. Age this for a year+ and the vanilla/caramel sweetness will really show itself, while the hops recede. A favorite beer of mine, in any state that I can drink it. Did I mention that this is now a year rounder?

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a teku glass

hazy orange copper in color, two finger off white foam cap, sticky lacings, frothy sudsy head

aroma of pine hops, citrus hops, malts and oak

taste has citrusy hops with accents of oak and malts

no bitter bite, but the hops nicely linger on the tongue, alcohol is well hidden

Good beer, sorry I waited so long to taste it

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Photo of FrankShirley
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark orange colored with a large yellow white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: oak, wood, vanilla, pine hops, citrus, leather, earth, heavy alcohols and esters

T: slightly sweet up front with a nice malty quality, quickly changes to dry oak flavors, wood, vanilla, cherry wood, heavy piney hop finish of a DIPA

M: full bodied, slightly oily, alcohol well hidden, good carbonation

O: this fusion of styles is cleverly obtained by blending two beers instead of sacrificing qualities of one or the other, an intriguing version of a style that sets itself apart from others, barrel aging a DIPA sounds like a bad idea but DFH found a way to make it work well

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Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Johnct
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price. Bottled on date of smudge/smudge/09 H.

A: Deep red, verging towards black with about two fingers of light tan head, excellent clarity, great head retention. Head is extremely dense and rocky. Fair amount of carbonation moving through this one as well. Very nice.

S: Hop resins, earth, pineapple, a fair amount of alcohol, light vanilla and wood notes reside underneath. Hops and wood together are pretty pungent, but in a nice way. Nice smelling beer.

T: Fairly tame and mellow for a DIPA, caramel malts are really strong, beer is quite sweet, hop bitterness is there, but way in the back. Earthy hop profile, signature DFH big beer melon-y taste. Light roasted/burnt flavor, and a little bit of vanilla in there as well. Fairly flavorful, but comes up a little bit more like a barleywine than a DIPA for me.

M: Dry, alcohol heat, and light carbonation, really a smooth beer, medium thickness, and really sticky on the lips.

D: Meh, I was hoping for a little bit more of a hop bomb, and this comes up a bit short. Really more of a barleywine if you ask me. Still a tasty beer, and I may seek it out again and try aging it a bit more to see this progress into more of a barleywine. Good beer, but not something to look to for a hop fix.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

The pour is a crystal clear amber, with a silky cream coloured head that lingers, lacing the sides of the glass as I drink.

The nose is muted hops. A little bit of wood and some sweet malts underneath.

Mmmm... Deliciously creamy. The oak is not overbearing, but serves to smoothe out the hops well. Speaking of which, the hops are most definitely there, piney and somewhat resinous on the backend, but they blend amazingly well with the oaking and the bready caramel malts.

Very smoothe, very well crafted. DFH has done us all a service here by producing this particular brew. Find some, and drink it. You'll be glad you did. I'm gonna grab a pack and age them.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours a hazy deep amber orange with a monster three finger off white head. Some alcohol legs and excellent head retention. Awesome lacing.

S- A nice bit of citrus hops with notes of pineapple and grapefruit with some floral bits. A sweet caramel matiness as well.

T- The first thing I get is a bit of bitterness and alcohol. The hop variety is quite citrusy, a lot of pineapple, mango and grapefruits. A touch of a dark malt flavor. A little bit of the wood aging adds to the complexity of the beer but doesn't overpower any of the other flavors. Dry and woody aftertaste.

M- This beer has average bitterness. A highish carbonation. A warming feel and some taste from the alcohol. A full feel but not too heavy.

O- Awesome stuff from dogfish, as always. Impressed.

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Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark, cloudy orange color. Head is just a bit darker then bright white and rocky/creamy in appearance. Lace sticks in a creamy ring pattern.

Smell is malt sweet and citrus bitter. Light caramel sweetness and yellow grapefruit collide in the nose. I can't quite figure out who has won. In the end it almost just smells like ultra ripe oranges with melted sugar poured on top. There is also a bit of alcohol too. Quite nice!

Taste is rich sweet. Caramel is first to hit the pallet, but it isn't overpowering. Next is a melange of both citrus bitter and sweet. Bitter is more on the lines of a yellow grapefruit and the sweet ranges from a pink grapefruit to a blood orange. Last there are flavors of vanilla and other woody and whiskey tastes. The alcohol comes out here too.

Mouth is smooth or silky. The carbonation is quite light. The body is medium and the finish is average.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I have had this way in the past but didn't review it so it's like discovering a whole new beer. This is a DIPA lovers delight. It should also appeal to the Barleywine lover. It hit right down the middle and has a bit of a wood age on it, which most should enjoy. Bottle dated 07/20/11. A must try!!

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,570 ratings.
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