Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American 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 Wandreotta
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve bottle...

Pours a deep copper-nearly amber, with an excellent remarkably light-colored foamy head and fantastic lacing.

The nose gives away a strong, just shy of overbearing malt backbone that is alive with dark sugar and toasted grains. The hops arrive soon thereafter, but wet, and muted. The barrels are almost an afterthought, but a pleasing one.

The malt character carries over even more strongly to the palate, with the hops arriving, but in a semi-sweet fashion. Orange rind comes to mind, with the typical citrus notes undoubtedly influenced by the barrel aging.

The feel is a bit off. Rather heavy and almost sticky (though not cloying).

Overall an interesting brew worth sampling.

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Photo of Higdon
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nitty703
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thick two finger head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of caramels, mild pine, a bit of wood, toffee, orange marmalade and grapefruit.
Flavor with notes of caramels, overripe pineapple, apple juice, vanilla, young wood and Cointreau liquor. Dry, boozy and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This felt like a hoppy and caramelly Old Ale. I would actually consider this an American Barley wine. Too much caramel for my taste, I guess hops faded over time.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 11/20/17 into the test glass
A - Lite cedar colored, active carbonation can not hide. The cap of of white is dense, lacing is incredible
S - A glass full of wet hops, medium toast oak, sweet brown sugar
T - Follows the nose well, add toffee, some delicate char, and a blend of orange reduction with molasses
M - full palate coating, a touch slick, wonderful tropical reduction in the linger
O - I have waited to long to try this, a very good blend then the oak aging all add up to a very fine offering

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Caramel-blonde color. Great aromas of oak and hops, caramel sweetness. Flavor is much the same with emphasis on hops. Hops are caramelized and transformed by the barrel aging. Slightly sweet but not overly so. Overall a tasty adventure.

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Photo of gshak
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JonB25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of craigbelly
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper. Notes of vanilla and sticky caramel, the nose is oak driven. Carmel base with hints of toffee, citrus, and resin, all balanced out by the hop bitterness. Extremely tasty and surprisingly easy on the palate.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can hardly make out the bottling date. 2/30/17? Consumed on 4/6/18. Could very well be passed its prime.

Reminds me a lot of the 90 minute IPA. Some subtle differences but nothing major.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
2.28/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Wow this is oak aged. This is the first hard liquor barrel aged IPA I have ever had. Whew! this is pretty nasty. Hey! at least the high ABV is hidden well. All hype & beer label artwork temptation but no action in the flavor. Cheers! C-

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxbarto
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amb3do
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jameswaldo
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12-oz, bottled 11/20/17, hard into a Spiegelau IPA glass, getting a thick head right up to glass edge. The slightly tan fine-bubbled foam lasts long over a copper brown SRM 9 slightly hazy lovely bottom that keeps up a fizz of just a few tiny bubbles. Pretty new label with the out-of-alignment funky font makes all look scores high. Very slow-to-subside head leaving dramatic lacing on glass far side keeps the good look going. For sure the Spiegelau glass helps keep the head thick, all the way to the last sip.

Smells really rocket-fuel ethanolic, with sweet malty breadrolling. I'd rather smell more hops, but won't fuss about this, as taste is just fine, with enough bitter hanging on under the tongue to keep the malty sweet predominance from cloying. The oakwood is not clearly wood-flavored, but makes a smoothness hiding any sharp corners.

Where's the IPA in this? I'm finding it a bit too well-hidden, but then that's just my IPA addiction hungering for a hops sting that doesn't happen here. Comfortable mouthfeel of melted caramel candy malt is hiding the alcohol until I swallow and feel the fumes coming up through my nose. No noticeable hops aftertaste, and still no oak lingering.

A homebrew buddy of mine puts oak sticks right in his bottled IPA, so I miss this flavor in a brew allegedly oaked. Maybe Sam needs to scrape down the barrel? How many months does it take for wood to lose all its savor, I wonder?

Overall, I almost love this brew, but can't recognize quite enough of the IPA part of its vaunted English old-ale/IPA "marriage."

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/17. Color of a well used penny, nice tan head that fades quickly, leaving just a little lacing. Aroma has some sweet malts, oak and a hint of fruit. Flavor matches the aroma, a bit too sweet on the finish. Medium bodied, not much carbonation. I know it's a blend, but seems to be a "old ale" to me. I'm thinking Old Curmudgeon.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours dark orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops with slight oak finish. Tastes of very nice citrus hops with just a little bit of oak, not overpowering, but nice enhancement. Beer is medium bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Manthon
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefz1
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OliverWilde
1.77/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Way too sweet for an aged beer. I know it's a blend but tame down the fruitiness so I can taste more of that oak. May have something to do with types of hops used, but this beer would be better with more bitterness.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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