Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

6,577 Ratings
Burton BatonBurton Baton

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a clear, amber/caramel color with a short head that falls to a cover while leaving dense but extremely fine lacing.
Smells of a thick, malt sweetness and the DFH piney hops.
The taste is the piney hops, some but not as much malt sweetness as in the aroma and has a finishing bitterness.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick & smooth.
Drinkability is very good. I could happily drink a couple of these 12 ozers but with the ABV I would take my time.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Served chilled...

A) Darker amber with a nice soapy white head that will slowly settle and stick around for the duration. Ample lacing...

S) That's nice and sweet... The French oak really comes out. The hops is light pine. There is some ripe pineapple too. Just a little hint of the alcohol.

T) This one follows the nose. It's like a nice fruit cocktail syrup. The alcohol will give you a little warmth, and make you very happy. Some piney bitterness along with the booze on the backend.

M) Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouth coating and slick. Canned fruit syrup. Smooth... Light booze...

O) This is very well crafted. Very smooth. A nice beer to relax with. Probably my favorite Dogfish Head beer. Glad to recommend...

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm so glad I found a bottle of this during an outing in SF. Split with friends. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. No bottling date... Too bad. Review is from my notes.

Pours a relatively deep amber color with a good amount of an off-white head. Retention is surprisingly good, especially given the ABV and hybrid style at hand, and the lacing is phenomenal, often sticking to the glass's edges everywhere in a soapy, sticky manner. I'd expect this to be slightly syrupy from the principal of being a DFH beer alone, but the oak has definitely made its mark here in providing a firm, creamy appearance. However, I'd never truly expect this to contain oak if poured to me blindly. Quite a strong feat from these guys... One of the best looking beers I've ever seen them make.

The aroma is truly awesome, at least to me, as what seemed to be a paradox of blending an English brown ale with a DIPA in oak barrels turns out quite well balanced and yet complex at the same time. Oak tannic qualities, tobacco, leather, pungent floral hoppiness, as well as spades of vanilla, citrus rinds, grass, caramel, and firm graininess soaked with a bit of booze. The initial oak is quite soured and comes off as a dried, woody sensation, but it soon settles and allows the other flavors to come through. The tobacco, orange peel, and subtle vanilla combo is pretty fascinating, but the oak does get a bit heavy overall in the flavor.

Whoa! The flavor is even more complex. At the front of the tongue, there's an immediate stream of syrupy, caramelized bready notes combined with bittered, floral, dank hoppiness. Then, as soon as it fades, these forward flavors meld into the oak and earthiness imparted by the wood and hops to produce a pretty unique drinking experience. There's an immediately sensation of slight sweetness, such as vanilla and butterscotch, but soon is replaced with the soured, tannic sensation of woody flakes, as well as a bit of the tobacco flavor. Soon after, these flavors meld in a subtle yet forward buttery sensation that is creamy and juicy tasting. Definitely gets a little heavy in the long run, and the soured sensation distracts from the wonderful herbal and earthy astringency, but it's otherwise well assembled. Very flavorful and pretty much unlike anything I've had.

Not something I could have all the time, but it was a real treat to try this in midst of all the hype. The oak is not too refined, and I have a feeling this is best fresh rather than aged, but the earthy, floral flavors are pretty awesome overall, especially the vanilla/orange/tobacco combo that I previously mentioned. Indeed, it seems that aging hoppy, amber beers in oak bring out those aromas as opposed to the dark fruit/caramel flavor that the same process brings out in, say, stouts. Great stuff - definitely one of the most memorable beers I've had by these guys in midst of all the experimentation.

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This brew pours a deep, deep, golden to amber color. A small, one finger, frothy head forms and retains very well. The lacing is also good. Clarity is very good. All in all, one of the darkest and best looking IIPA pours I've seen.

S- All hops on the nose. Big pine notes morph into floral hop notes. Slight oak notes are also present, balancing out the hops with a little bit of sweetness. Not much malt is detectable in the scent.

T- More of a hop bomb than on the scent. Hops bitterness starts the drink and dominates throughout. About midway through the drink the oak characteristics make an appearance. The oak gives a little sweetness like in the scent but on the whole bumps up the bitterness of the hops. A harsh alcohol flavor also peeks in for a second among the oak and hops. Mellows out at the end with some sweeter notes and lingering hops bitterness on the tongue.

M- This one is a little hot. The alcohol is detectable, but not overpowering. More of a sipper. High levels of carbonation and a thicker texture.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but the oak flavors and high hops bitterness is a little off-putting. This is more of a beer for IPA lovers. I gave it a chance, and it's not bad, but it's also not my cup of tea...or beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a very nice deep orange-amber, about a two-finger off-white foam head with great lacing and a film covering the top throughout.

Aroma: Citrus hops come through along with the slightly sweet and bready malts. There is definitely an oaky overtone that comes off as a bit musty, but it fits in really well.

Taste: Oakiness is more at the forefront of the taste, bready malts and citrus come through as well; nice and juicy.

Feel: This is an incredibly easy drinking 10% brew and it's really a unique offering. The two beers blend together extremely well and the way the citrus, hoppy IPA compliments the oaky old ale is excellent. I liked this beer a lot more than I had anticipated, glad I picked it up.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JRed
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange, amber in body topped by white head. Great aroma of hops, grass, tiny lil citrus note, wood, pine. Amazingly smooth! Malty, hoppy, a bit of bourbon toward the finish. Whiskey aftertaste persists but gets wiped clean by the next sip. Medium-thick in body and highly drinkable. Much more drinkable and taste friendly than I had expected. Two thumbs way up!

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper with just a hint of fog to it. Three fingers of khaki head, which retains well. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is oak, pine, bread, and alcohol. A touch boozy. Flavor profile is oak, pine, resin, bread, with a touch of boozy, alcohol. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a velvety, smooth texture. It's quite filling. Overall, the oak and alcohol both show up, limiting this to a slow sipper.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small cream colored head that recedes. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with nice tones of vanilla and oak with hints of hops here and there. Slightly buttery smelling as it warms. I would have guessed this to be a superb English barleywine by the smell.

Taste is sweet with rich caramel malty flavors upfront. A tapestry of vanilla, oak, hops are woven in. Buttery flavor comes through as well, can't decide if it's a product of diacetyl or the blend of so many flavors. It's just packed full of so many complex flavors that are extremely complimentary of each other. The only thing holding this back from being a 5, is the sweetness - which remains right through the finish and lingers a bit.

Full body, light carbonation, mildly syrupy.

Very drinkable, especially for the big ABV. The sweetness is mildly distracting, but the depth of flavor will keep you coming back for more. Definitely mis-categorized as a DIPA, this beer more closely resembles an English barleywine (if anything).

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,577 ratings.
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