Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 mattcrill
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here we go...an oak aged imperial IPA. Let's see what oak does for IPAs. Thanks go out to BA bro cmaruschak for grabbing this one for me.

Appearance: Pours crystal clear orange heading toward a dusty light red with an off white, sudsy cap.

Smell: A little light on the nose. Some light, carmel malts and some bittering hops. Nothing to get excited about.

Taste: Some woody, musty taste up front (presumably from the oak), some bittering hops in the background, and a brush of carmel and citrus sweetness. The alcohol really shows up for business as this beer warms. Wow, this really isn't doing much for me. It tastes like it's blended well and has good character but this is more like a pale ale to me. It definitely tastes "aged" to me in that the hops are tamped down a bit. I like my double IPAs to hit me with hops or malts or both. This doesn't really do either.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and thin. Leaves a little hop bitterness on the palate but pretty light.

Drinkability: I could see me going through a few of these but with the higher ABV, I wouldn't. Still, not much of a challenge for the palate. I think throwing the aged stuff in there kind of dumbs this beer down a bit. I like my IPAs fresh.

Thanks again to cmaruschak for the opportunity to sample this rare one.

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Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tappangordo
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pleasant dark copper color that reflects light through just right. Great looking head that turns into a perfect juicy/tight bubbled layer. A swirl brings fine lace and boosts retention with ease. I bet this fresh off tap would get a five for app. Aroma is creamy, juicy and spicey all in one. Fragrant/aromatic lemon with nuts, roses and tulips, some banana cream pie, and lastly some pina colada. Taste begins sweet and smooth, maybe with a little creamy pina colada and caramel??? followed by what you realize is an awesome velvet cream mouthfeel. Candy-like but not too much. Lemons, red and black grapes, oranges, syrup...the list goes on. Finish comes with a sticky dry mouth and drinkability!
Something I can't control is making me drink this really fast...

Somehow I'm getting something like winter seasonal in the tropics. There's a big contrast in flavors but they meld together suprisingly well.

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Photo of Johnct
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a very active, clear, amber/copper/orange liquid with a moderate white head that fades gradually. It leaves quite a bounty of lacing that remains for the duration.

Smells of alcohol mixed with a pechy and floral hoppy influences. Add some oak notes into the mix. Quite nice.

Peach, citrus and floral hop influences are backed and balanced by a solid sweet malty body. Oak barrel is evident, as is the booze. Bitterness is mellow. Well balanced and complex.

Some fizzy bite and a gentle but undeniable alc warming. The body is thick and full, with heavy viscosity.

Gone way too fast. I miss it. I guess that means it drinks pretty well, especially considering its girth.

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Photo of gpblackgt
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Shaw
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2010.

Pours a light amber in color with a thick head.

Light aroma of hops and malt, quite weak for a Double IPA.

The taste is much better. It's hoppy and bitter while also having big alcohol flavors and American barleywine-like malt flavors. I don't notice any wood flavors.

The body is heavy and slick.

Overall this is a good Double IPA that veers close to an American barleywine. Worth a try, especially for barleywine fans and hopheads.

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Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DruC4
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep clear copper with huge fluffy head and streamers of carbonation. The aroma is floral hop, deep and rich. Flavor is rich caramel with a vast blast of floral hops. Plummy, malty toffelike finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. The high alcohol content is masked by the malt, good balance.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/7/14; drank 11/18/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange rust hue.

Big khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Grapefruit & mango nose, with mild caramel notes as well.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet honey, orange citrus & mango flavors up front with a mild caramel backbone. A hint of booze emerges as this warms. Almost no bitterness; a wonderful DIPA to my palette.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of 510a
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dailyminefield
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Peter1977
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jordy777
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature

Bottled 4/6/11

A: I’d describe the color as amber gold. Pours with a lofty 2+ finger head that settles to a nice cap with beautiful lacing.

S: Mellow oak and citrusy hops. Some grassy character is evident. Pretty straight-forward for the style as advertised. No alcohol odor present which is interesting for a 10% -bal DIPA.

T: Oh, this is nice. I’ve had this fresh and the oak flavor is way too dominating, but this has mellowed nicely. The remaining hop flavor is smooth as can be and excellently balanced with the malt profile. Plenty of citrus here with subdued bitterness. Alcohol is tucked away nicely.

M: Slightly more than medium body. Above average carbonation and it works for me. The drinkability is crazy for a 10% beer...I inadvertently drank more than half of my glass typing this up.

O: Wow. I haven’t had many regular DIPAs that were this well balanced, let alone a barrel-aged DIPA. Most DIPAs become cloying malt bombs. Eight months in the bottle and the Burton Baton has come together nicely. The standard for oak-aged IPAs.

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Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Special thanks to Kels for bringing this - a great beer with quite a bit going on. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep copper color with a bit of amber coming through; a nice one finger fluffy white head that dwindles to a very full skim on the surface; an oily lacing that doesn't stick around and slides quickly back into the drink; the body is very clear and shows moderate carbonation.

Smell: A strong blend of citrusy/piney hops and strong (suprisingly strong, that is) malty caramel presence as well.

Taste: The hpos are very present in the flavor and come across as a little more grassy than they did in the nose, I would also say there is a bit of a coppery flavor in the taste as well; there is a slightly woody presence; the alcohol is pretty big and little "burny"

Mouthfeel: A lot of hop resin makes it oily and sticky; the carbonation is a bit prickly but overall it's a fairly smooth drinking DIPA; alcohol warms the mouth and chest.

Drinkability: Moderate. For me, this is a beer that I would prefer to sit down and just nurse it for a while as opposed to trying to get through a few. The ABV is pretty big and I would definitely be feeling it if I attempted more than one. A very good beer overall.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,625 ratings
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