Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

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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 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 uawildcat
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pint glass. Has a nice dark copper hue with a 1 finger off white head.

Smell is similar to the 90 minute ipa in the sweetness aspect. The differences include more piney hop aroma and a vanilla note.

Tastes very similar to the 90 minute with a touch more hoppiness and a nice vanilla flavor. Works quite well. Kind of wished I tasted the oak more, but I understand it's hard to get good extraction without long times in the barrel which can hurt ipa flavor. The hoppiness is of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is a tad hot but the barrels mellow it out more than with the 90 minute ipa.

All in all I'm not sure if this beer warrants the price hike. Sure it is better, but is it that much better? I am not sure. The experience with this beer makes me want to try the Oaked offering from Stone.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy caramel brown with a couple of fingers head.

The smell is great with caramel meets some citrusy fruit.

A smooth taste with little bitterness. The mix is great. The finish lets the caramel come through even more. I wanted another one.

For such a high ABV there is no alcohol in the taste...dangerous. Another great Dogfish Head beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Appearance is gorgeous, not a lot of head, but some lacing and a rich, deep amber color that's very clear. Smells not much of hops, which is what I expected, but more of ripe fruit aroma with a little hops in the background. Taste is similar to that of a 90 Minute IPA but with some of the hops replaced by a sweet, fruity flavor (I want to say a peach flavor, but I can't quite be sure). The alcohol is completely hidden in this brew, which is remarkable for 10%, the only trace is a slight warming sensation that lingers on the palate along with some sweetness. The alcohol comes through a bit more as the beer warms, but still is very hidden. The taste is very complex and rich, I think I could contemplate for a while on all the different tastes that are going on here. Mouthfeel is very smooth with only moderate carbonation. With the hidden alcohol this brew is extremely drinkable, it'll be hard to force myself to cellar one of these brews.

Overall this is instantly one of my favorite beers. I would like a little bit more head, and it might be a bit too sweet for some, but those are the only flaws I can see. A damned fine brew from one of the great American breweries.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very rich amber in the glass and the first smell is an overwhelming Hops scent that led me to initially dread its taste, but I was surprised. The initial taste is a strong burst of heavy hoppiness typical of most IPA's but the surprise was the lingering taste in the mouth. Definite hints of citrus, pine resin, toffee and perhaps maybe even butterscotch, blend for a smoothness in the drinkability. It does have a bit of grainy feel in its texture on the tongue but is definitely an easily drinkable beer especially for someone who is not a fan of hoppy IPA's.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

deep ruby red color. 2-3 fingers of head with aggressive pour. decent lacing. smell is of dark fruit-raisin/apricot and floral hop. woodiness is prevalent. deep oaky sweetness, floral hops, heavy toasted malt. full bodied. alcohol is noticeable and makes it a little hot. this is an interesting brew, i drank it fresh...but i wonder what it would taste like aged.

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with a perfect finger sized creamy head, and it lasts the entire time I'm drinking.

S - Smells sweet, with malt and caramel. I also detect some smokiness. This smells fantastic.

T - Crisp hops and alcohol bite. The second half of the sip is sweet, following the smell.

M - Tart at first, then moves into a smooth finish.

D - This is a sipper, but one I could have a few of. This would be great with a fine cigar. Class act.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16oz shaker at once.

Nice balsa like head reduced to a layer of fuzz with some clinging around the periphery of the glass. Immediate aroma was fruity and subtle. Not intense with hops and citrus as I expected. This is my first go at this one.

Slight metallic bite at first. Very smooth and creamy. Nice tart character. The taste of alcohol is masked well. However, the warmth of the high ABV dominates the full feel. Sweetness peaks through as it opens up with time. The blend of wood aged beer is noted. The young blend is supressed by the aged. Odd that this imperial IPA remindes me of a stout or porter with the taste of well roasted malts. I would have failed the blindfold taste test with this one. Could it be the wood?

Nice and drinkable. Definately need to grab one to cellar for another taste in the future.

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

12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter. From notes taken at the DFH Alehouse in Falls Church.

A: Pink-grapefruit-tinged dark copper, a truly unique color. Decent off-white head layer, not much lacing.

S: Vanilla, caramel and butterscotch, grape, mandarin orange and light citric scents, overall a very complex, winey. sweet smell, tempered by a slight tickle of citrus. The grape and butterscotch really come out as it warms up.

T: Wow, it's very thickly layered. Vanilla, caramel and butterscotch flavors lend a chewy sweetness to the brew, and the grape I smelled asserts itself with a kind of ice-wine-esque character that heightens with the temperature. Hops are there, mostly orangey and grapefruity, lending some IPA character to what really tastes more like an oak-aged barleywine. Sort of reminds me of a lighter, less cloying version of some of the Lees' Harvest Ale offerings. Very complex--odd that it is listed as having the 90 Min. as a component, as the oak-aging and English characteristics have made this almost unrecognizable as a cousin to that brew.

M: Despite the thick, chewy nature of the flavors, this is neither syrupy nor cloying. It's certainly a meal of a beer, but it would just make the four-pack last longer. Nice balance of big malty sweetness with highly comfortable feel.

D: It's a sipper, but it sure is a good 'un. Glad I ordered it.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Following an Oaked Arrogant Bastard; shockingly sweet in comparison.

Well, it looks better. Golden-red with a thick, long-retaining head just on the cream side of white.

General berry-sweet fruit in the scent; gentle malt is apparent, and a little sweet-hop aroma.

In terms of flavor, this beer, while being hugely enjoyable, is more sweet than I want it to be. It hints at hops and wood at every stage of a sip, but never gives enough of either.

The mouthfeel is detrimentally effected by the sweetness. My mouth candied up with improper ecstasy that I'd rather spend on bitterness or sourness. If I knew a lady that enjoyed beer, flowers, and sweets, I'd buy her every bottle of this I could. And I guess I'd hold onto a few for safe-keeping.

Overall, this is another version of a 'big-bad-wannabe-macro-but-good' beer that I'd recommend, but wouldn't quite serve to impress my beer buddies. It's fucking good, but that's all it is. And did I mention it's weirdly sweet?

I really wish this one sat on wood a good while longer, and at least another hop addition would have done is justice. Last word: very good, but.... well, give one to your non-beer-geek friends to get them on the path to great beers.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to see another offering from Dogfish Head on the shelves at the local's popular liquor store!

I brought home my four pack and immediately opened one and poured into a pint glass. The aroma was wonderful-- carmel, hop, and almost something akin to brandy!

The taste was much sweeter than I anticipated, but wonderful. Not as hoppy on the finish as I would prefer, but an excellent beer anyway.

The alcohol in this one is quite sneaky. The sweetness of the beer hides the high alcohol content, that's for sure.

As I drank a delicate lace appeared on the glass, and just a hint of froth remained.

I tried to drink two of these in a two hour period, and although I succeeded, it was not easy. This beer wasn't at all disappointing, just a little too sweet for me. I'll save it for the occasions that call for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of Tbone
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled dated 12/19/05 (9 months old)

Cloudy at first, but became a very clear deep amber as it warmed.

Very yeasty aroma and a slight sourness that dissapated after sitting for 15 minutes. A slight oakiness starts to come through as it warms.

Taste is much like the aroma with the addition of sweetness and slight flowery hop. Very little bitterness.

I remember this beer being more complex and woody when I first bought it. The hops have really subsided (too much IMO). I won't lay this down as long next time.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,540 ratings.
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