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:
6,574
Reviews:
1,875
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. I've been searching for this one for a while and the guy at Nikki's Liquors had some in the back. Sweet! A blend of 90 and An English Strong Ale, barrel-aged, IIRC.

A- A copper, honey brown, effervescent brew. Looks like a solid head for 10% ABV. Darker than other DFH IPAs, my guess would be the barrel-aging.

S- Smoke, wood, and the traditional DFH proprietary hops. Smells great. Hints of vanilla? possibly.

T- Like most DFH IPAs, it has that new growth floral hop taste. The barrels add some depth on this which work well with the considerable malt. A very tasty beer. The barrel qualities, vanilla, sappy wood?... a honey sweetness, wow. I am impressed. Not your average DIPA. Not by a long shot. A wholly unique beer.

M- For the ABV, fantastic. Crisp, tasty, complex, never overbearing or cloyingly sweet, nowhere near syrupy.

D- Fairly high. I like this beer. For the price, I can't say I wouldn't grab a 90 minute or a Squall IPA (my all time fav), but if I saw this beer on tap I'd get a pint or snifter for sure. At almost double the price of the 60 min and 1 1/2 times the price of the 90 min, this beer is a specialty beer.

Truth be told, I like the hops in the 90 better, but that's just my taste. The barrels ad a whole other level of complexity to this one that's undeniably good. This beer has a nice malt character that takes the DFH IPA in a new direction. A joy to drink.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear brownish red with a large two finger white foamy head. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is hoppy,yet subdued. The oak mellows the hops. The taste has some hop bitterness with some mollasses sweetness. The aftertaste is very sweet, but refreshing for a high alcohol beer.The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well balanced. Each sip should be savored because the flavors change as the beer moves down your tongue. Another interesting and different beer from Dogfish Head.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep, opaque amber. 1 inch white/off-white head despite an aggressive pour. Almost no visible carbonation. Great streaks of lacing that never disappear.

Smell: Predominantly sharp hops, with some caramel malt and slightly medicinal smells.

Taste: Cold, it tastes almost identical to 90min IPA. As it warms, it retains the strong burst of hops at the start and continues to have that beautiful malt / hop balance of 90min, but the finish develops into notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. It's sweet and smooth, and lasts. The overall flavor is honestly more complex than I have the expressive capability to capture. Basically, it's 90min IPA's perfected malt / hop balance (ie hop explosion with rich, engaging malt tones) that persists but transitions into a beautiful finish with the oak induced flavors developing and deepening that perfection.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. At times it's creamy and chewy, but then the small bit of carbonation dances on the top of the tongue.

Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable. The alcohol is hardly masked, but every time I've had this beer it disappears with surprising speed.

I don't know about paying 150% of 90min IPA's price for this beer, at least not on a regular basis. That said, if you like 90min IPA, I'd say you have to spring for its more sophisticated older brother at least once.

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3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck stamped Bottled 04/07/11 105. Another one of those beers that I've drank a bunch of but never rated. Quick review:

Pours a clear and bright amber with some orange hues and 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head with great retention. Leaves lots of lacing. Nose is all about citrus-bomb hops. Smells like a bright, juicy East Coast sugar-bomb IIPA. Palate is slick with alcohol and sugar right up front. Lots of citrus hops on the palate, then the oak board flavors start to take over. There's something in there a little unpleasant, like sugar that is on the border of burning. But it's mostly a sticky-sweet IIPA. Hops mostly play a flavor role. ABV is fairly well integrated with a mellow warming feeling instead of a straight-up prickle.

This is a big, sweet beer. Not for fans of dry, bitter IIPAs, but rather folks that like 120 Minute or Southern Tier Un*Earthly.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,574 ratings.
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