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

A- Made a strong pour into a English Pint glass. Got a good 3 finger head on it. Foamy. Something like an orange amber color. A bit hazy. A ton of bubbles flying up the side of the glass. Some nice lacing.

S- Huge hoppy aroma. A citrus aroma that has a sourness to it. Kind of like a grapefruit. Sprinkle some sugar on it and you are set. Just kidding. Amazing smell.

T- Wow. I really don't know where to start with this one. There's not a super huge bite from the hops. Incredibly smooth. You really get that oak flavor coming through. It gives it a smokey kind of flavor. Super complex.

M- this one has a syrupy feel to it that makes it super smooth on the palate. Makes this one a dangerous beer since it is 10%. You have to force yourself to take it slow.

O- This has to be one of the best I have had so far. Absolutely amazing beer. Easy drinking, great complexity of flavor. Fantastic.

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

Burton Baton is a mysterious murky color, not unlike cider, topped with a foamy head. The aroma of hops is incredible - strong, lively grapefruit up front with extremely fresh floral notes as well. Very sweet, almost candy-like. I haven't had the pleasure of such an aroma since I've had Flower Power or Pliny - my two fav. IPAs. After a healthy mouthful the beer glides across my palate with a pleasant tingling sensation. At first I am picking up the bittersweet piney flavor and at the same time, a dry earthy, wooden finish. There is this syrupy, yet biting nature of it enveloping the entire experience, which is warming me up as well. I just realized this beer reminded me of a casked IPA I recently had on tap. I think I may save one of these and open it next year... It's a very complex, interesting beer, worthy of savoring!

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

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) with a bottling date of October 18, 2011 (“BOTTLED ON: 10/18/11 108”)—so, just under six weeks old. Served to my pretty, pretty Belgian Independence Day stemmed tulip.

Appearance (5.0): Well, this sure is a looker. Beautiful, fine-bubble head that looks like meringue, a full two fingers thick and standing a tall one finger above the rim of the glass. Fine trails of microscopic bubbles following the sides of the glass to the top, like champagne but finer. Body is a slightly hazy, burnt orange-amber—absolutely beautiful. Heavy, spotty lacing around the glass. This is the ideal appearance of a hoppy American beer—perfect 5.

Smell (4.0): Maybe not what you’d expect from the DIPA category, but this is exactly how I want the malt profile of this kind of beer to smell: some honey / caramel sweetness mixing with a deep, rich and lightly toasted barley note. Earthy, slightly boozy, and rich. Just grand. The hops mix almost 50-50 with the malt profile, a bright orange citrus character mixing with a fresh, piney note. Not as aggressively hoppy as you’d expect for a DIPA, but going off of the bottle description as being fresh DIPA blended with some oak-aged, it makes sense.

Taste (4.5): The hop profile does not disappoint the palate! Beautiful citrusy / piney bitterness that quietly shifts to a lasting, grassy bitterness—first time I’ve ever seen a beer do that so completely, and damn is it good. Malt profile is subtle beneath the hops, but just as well put together as in the nose. Goes hand in hand with a noticeable booziness, reminding you that this beer is, in fact, 10% abv, and yet it’s not “hot” by any means. There’s some oak alongside the malt and the alcohol as well, noticeable but it doesn’t stick out and scream for attention, either. Yeast is subtle, true to style. Could use a little more hop bite, but this is delicious. Just grand.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Creamy and smooth, but medium-bodied despite the abv and richness of the beer. Finishes quite dry. Really nice actually, but could use a little sharper carbonation.

Overall (4.5): This beer is fantastic. Really, really fantastic. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys the hoppier side of things, and anyone who enjoys a complex thinker at the same time. It seemed like it’d be on the pricy side, but after getting into a bottle I’d say it easily warrants the sticker price. Any and all DFH naysayers should drink this beer. Love it.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,632 ratings