Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

6,570 Ratings
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 DrinkinBoy
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton pours a bright copper color. Its slightly off white head has excellent retention and lacing.

Its smell is pretty overwhelmed by the alcohol heat, however very faint notes of American hop, oaks, and vanilla.

The taste lacks an initial sweetness on the tongue, and it immediately goes into American hop flavors like apricot that turn into a pine notes. On the finish the barrel aging is very distinct. Vanilla, oak, dried fruit and whiskey flavors continue through the exceptionally long finish.

Its mouthfeel is medium with a balanced amount of carbonation that goes well with the oak notes.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It is hard to categorize, especially as an American Double/Imperial IPA, because of it being blended with an Old Ale and barrel aged. However, as with most anything Dogfish Head puts out, it is well worth a try.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, nearly opaque really, with a deep copper color skewed to red, one finger head leaves behind a ring with a few frothy bubbles here and there and no real lacing.

S: hopfest, aromatic and piney with some background yeast.

T: a hoppier hopfest than the nose. Fresh piney hops, unsweetened grain, bitter hop finish.

M: sharp carbonation, dry finish.

D: I really don't think I could blind taste test the difference between this and DFH 90 minute. The thing that sets them apart, I think, is that this is less sweet and more bitter than the 90 and a much more dry finish. Taste wise though, it's a dead ringer.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, light bronze, bordering on orange. Not much head, but there's been a thin cap of foam leftover that doesn't dissipate.

S: Oak, oranges, vanilla, peppermint, dankness.

T: Lots of sweet citrus, not very bitter. Some grapefruit and misc. tropical fruits appear warming up. Pleasant woodsy flavors instead of the hops on the aftertaste.

M: Creamy, almost sticky medium body. Perfect carbonation here. This is really easy to drink with just a minimum of hotness.

O: Just a great combination of oak, sweet candy-like malts and hops.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 10-18-2011, poured into an over-sized wine glass. I'm excited for my DFH glasses to arrive in the mail this week!

A: The bottle pours a deep orange brown with a half finger white, fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose is a pleasant mix of juicy oranges, fresh hops, and caramel malts. Hints of oak and alcohol are also present.

T: It drinks much more like an IPA than I recalled from when I enjoyed Burton Baton on-tap. Citrus hops lead the way with an enjoyable touch of bitterness. Oak notes are definitely present as the malt flavors are deeper than they are in the 90 Minute. The finish is of lightly bitter hops, with a touch of alcohol. Definitely doesn't drink like a 10% ABV.

M: Here's where I'm a bit disappointed. The beer is a touch thin and a touch too carbonated for me.

O: Very good, but not as great as I remember it being on-tap. I'm looking forward to aging a couple bottles-I feel like having some of the bitter hops fade and the caramel/orange flavors meld will make for one hell of a beer in a year or so.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with almost a finger of pale amber tinted head that fades fairly quick but leaves some decent bands of lace.

Smell. Caramel, lightly toasted grains and citrus fruits. A little woodyness but may not have noticed it if I didn't read the label.

Taste. Plenty of light toasty grains and caramel, Grapefruit and apples come through soon after with a little woody bitterness in the finish. A hint of brown sugar as well. High alcohol content pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. Nice big IPA without being a hop bomb. The wood seems to add some smoothness and mellows the alcohol flavour.

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Photo of Greencoat
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 10/18/11

Pours to a slightly hazed orange-red with a one-finger white head. Head quickly settles to a few foam islands.

Nose is fantastic - Boozy and hoppy. Your standard 90 Minute nose with some nice alcoholic undertones.

Great carmel sweetness with boat loads of citrus hops. I don't particularly pull much wood, but there's certainly a more complex malt profile than strait 90 minute. Plenty of bitterness to go around.

Certainly a sticky one, but it's offset by a nice scrubbing carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. I'd be interested to try one with some age on it, but I feel that drinking it fresh may be the way to go. While it certainly isn't a mind-blowing "you have to try this before you die" beer, I will always pick a couple up given the opportunity.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a one finger cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of foam with a small pool of film in the center of the tulip.

Citrus, orange, grapefruit lead the aroma with pine resin and sweet boozy brown sugar and malt carrying through. Woody oak rounds out the profile. Prunes and raisins emerge halfway through the drink.

Very powerful citrus fruits lead the taste, gathering at the mouth's corners in an almost puckering fashion. Booze, oak, and bready malt provide relief briefly, giving way to resiny pine and a solid bitter finish. Floral and earthy hops are evident as it warms.

Body is moderately heavy with a medium level of carbonation. A slight astringency creeps into the aftertaste.

Overall, a very solid beer, of course, from Dogfish. Fairly unique, and one that I'd revisit occasionally, though my recollection of the bottled version was slightly less favorable with a stronger oak presence and not quite as much citrus. Definitely worth a try on tap.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 07/20/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of wood, caramel malts, sweet fruits, light hops, toasted malts, and toffee. I'm liking the nose, though I don't find it overly hoppy and it is not what I think of when I think of a DIPA.

t - Tastes of wood, caramel malts, citrus hops, some honey, sweet fruity malts, toasted malts, and light toffee. More hops than the nose and nice, but again, not what I think of in a DIPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer, but again, not what I look for in an IPA. Lots of wood and caramel and not a ton of hops. Would like to have this one again, but not when I'm looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been wanting to try this one for a while and finally tracked down a bottle. Dated 7/20/11

A: Deep golden color with a one finger sandy colored head. Really good retention.

S: Caramel, vanilla, overripe fruit, citrus hops and a bit of wood.

T: A good deal of sweetness upfront followed by some nice notes of oak and hop resin. Usually, oak aged ipas don't do it for me, but the oak was restrained enough in this to let the rest of the flavors shine. Really nicely done.

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Photo of hiku7
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pomegranate ruby with a clear off-white thick foamy head. After the head receded, a thin layer of delicious foam hung around until the end lending a nice creaminess to the brew, and retaining aroma.

Aroma began with floral rose petal hop aroma, as well as some slightly acidic hoppiness that smelled almost like strawberries. The malt comes through like warm fresh bread. Grainy in a good way. Some oak presence in the aroma as well.

Flavor matched the aroma with oak, fresh bread, and floral hops, plus an assertive, yet never harsh, hop bitterness from beginning to end of each swallow. Very well done. Alcohols are present in the flavor but are warming, not hot.

Full bodied and creamy with some residual sweetness. Fairly strong carbonation but it works well to help balance the sweetness.

This is not a typical DIPA, particularly given the blending and aging involved, but it is delicious nonetheless. Another unique and tasty brew by DFH.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer over the summer I thought it was simply amazing! Got some more bottles and giving it another go!

Pours a nice amber color, very clear and clean. About an inch of well retaining foamy head rests at the top. Lots of citrus and herbal notes on the nose. Smells a little oily and kind of like the 90 minute IPA but a bit more pungent. Creamy and thick mouth feel. Huge Body but still some decent carbonation and it goes down easy. Drinking a little too easy actually! This is going down fast for a 10 percenter. Some woody and biscuity maltiness upfront. The perfect amount of malt as well, you get the flavor but no lingering sweetness. Some citrus in the middle and then nice piney hop finish with a little oak.

This is honestly one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. Simply put, this is an amazing beer, with amazing taste and amazing drinkability!

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Photo of chilly460
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, golden brew with a finger of fine white head. Great lacing, excellent retention.

S - Floral hops, woody oak, vanilla.

T - Outstanding. Huge caramel and vanilla malt backbone, smokey wood middle, floral hops at the end. Big flavors, but well matched.

M - Frothy, creamy, full body beer. Awesome.

O - Really enjoyed this one, well formed. Big flavors, great balance, unique IPA.

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Photo of corylew
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 12 ounce bottle, poured into a DFH perfect pint glass.

Pours dark copper, a little off from perfectly clear with a small white foamy head that disappears just before the beer is finished.

Smells boozy. Roasted malt and sweet, but boozy. Yeah I know it's 10% but a good imperial IPA should taste like, well hops. I didn't get barely any hops.

Taste is good for what it is. Sweet, expected, with a strong malty flavor. The most peculiar thing about this beer is that I get an aftertaste of kiln coffee malt. It tastes like there's a tiny bit of espresso in there or something. Call me crazy, I taste it with every sip.

Mouthfeel is heavy, and not just because it's 10%. It's heavy FOR a 10%. My friend and I split the bottle 6 ounces each, he couldn't finish his and I had a little difficulty putting it all down, and it made my next IPA very refreshing.

Overall, I know I sound like I'm hating on this beer but I wanted to love it and just didn't find it that memorable. A little hard to put down, but the taste was good. Very concentrated.

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Photo of ckollias
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 2-finger white head that lasts for forever and eventually leaves a persistent lace.

S: Very strong hoppy aroma with a decent malt background.

T: Strong boozy hoppy flavor. Slight hints of pine and citrus and other complex flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very strong and boozy.

O: Excellent IPA. Definitely a sipper at 10% abv.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this on this night (or, last night) with beer buddy Phil.

Pours a dark red/brown, decent head. Below average lacing.

Malty nose, some bitterness. No real hop presence.

Sweet, malty palate. Where are the hops? Imperial IPA my ass. Bottled in late July.. something seems wrong.

Solid mouthfeel. All the mouthfeel if a DIPA without the hops..

Perhaps the beer was store or transported improperly, but not at all impressed. Won't be seeking this out again unless I know it's extremely fresh.

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Photo of Holland
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks cloudy orange-brown with a half inch head hard poured out of the refrigerator. Had to let it warm, then. Left some lacing and a good sized ring of foam on the sides. Looks sticky and thick.

S: oak all over the place on this one. I also get quite a bit of the sweet caramel smell and a bit of bread smell. Hops are detectable as bitterness.

T: first the oak and vanilla and caramel, then bitter hops, and finally a fruity aftertaste followed by a lasting malt aftertaste. The oak is not as overwhelming as it is in the smell.

M: thick and crisp, yet smooth. It alternates. Good stuff, and interesting.

O: solid beer, as expected from Dogfish Head. Got it for around $4-$5 a 12 oz bottle, and that sounds about right for something like this. The smell is the only unspectacular part.

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

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark, cloudy orange color. Head is just a bit darker then bright white and rocky/creamy in appearance. Lace sticks in a creamy ring pattern.

Smell is malt sweet and citrus bitter. Light caramel sweetness and yellow grapefruit collide in the nose. I can't quite figure out who has won. In the end it almost just smells like ultra ripe oranges with melted sugar poured on top. There is also a bit of alcohol too. Quite nice!

Taste is rich sweet. Caramel is first to hit the pallet, but it isn't overpowering. Next is a melange of both citrus bitter and sweet. Bitter is more on the lines of a yellow grapefruit and the sweet ranges from a pink grapefruit to a blood orange. Last there are flavors of vanilla and other woody and whiskey tastes. The alcohol comes out here too.

Mouth is smooth or silky. The carbonation is quite light. The body is medium and the finish is average.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I have had this way in the past but didn't review it so it's like discovering a whole new beer. This is a DIPA lovers delight. It should also appeal to the Barleywine lover. It hit right down the middle and has a bit of a wood age on it, which most should enjoy. Bottle dated 07/20/11. A must try!!

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Photo of jizfiasco
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7-20-11. Nice hazy spice color. Smells of C hops very earthy some burnt sugar and a little pine resin. Head develops and hangs on. Taste follows the nose but the sweetness is there and the alcohol is there too. Slight damp wood aromas circulate in the mouth. Very well carbonated. As it warms it becomes a bit winelike. Over all decent but not worth the money.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a small oakiness. In the taste, orange citrus hops, a mellow malt, and a nice ending of a small dry oak. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Line taste and smell, big citrus but smooth and a nice mellow oak all the way through.

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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 JDizzle
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I have been waiting to try this beer forever now! I am a huge fan of Oaked IPA's and this one is on top of the list.

First the color suprises me with a darker copper cloudy pour with an off white head that seems to hang around... maybe until I finish it.

It smells of hops, oak, sweetness, malt, and a little alcohol. A great smelling beer, but nothing to shit in your pants about. I am also catching a little bread smell in there as wellThe oak flavor comes through so suttle, but there, without asking why did I pay so much for this beer when it's really a 90 min. The hops are there and balanced, with a nice sweetness that mellows everything out. The booze comes through a tad, but I really like a stronger beer without the heat in my throat.

Mouthfeel is good. Not too bitter or sweet. Just the right amount of balance.

Nice job Sam, way to pull it out of Indiana! Thank God I travel for my job:)

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark copper color with a nice off-white creamy head.
Aroma- Piney hops, grapefruit and oak wood.
Taste- hop bitterness up front, slight citrus, woody and for some reason soy sauce... it must be the wood.
MF- Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.
This beer would pair well with sushi or any asian food... because it has that soy sauce taste.

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

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinted amber with a thick, puffy white head. Looks good to me.

S: Aromas of caramel, pine, herbs, lemon, bitter orange, and oak are present on the nose. Gentler and subtler than expected.

T: Opens hoppy and bitter with notes of pine, spruce, mint, lemon, grapefruit, and mandarin orange, though notes of oak, caramel, and heavy cream emerge to mellow it out a bit. The finish is long and bitter with citrus, pine, and herb notes underscored by a hint of oak.

M: Medium-bodied, off-dry, and a bit sticky. Nothing all that unusual for the style.

O: This is an excellent DIPA. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of imasloth
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it in a bottle dated 7/20/11, picked up at Whole foods for $15.99 for a four-pack. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Slightly yellow, one-finger head that dissipates quickly when poured (Unreasonably common for me). The color isa translucent, pale brown with a slight reddish twinge. Small carbonation bubbles visible in on sides of glass.

S- Fruity or even citrusy. I would definitely say something tropical and the closest one I can choose to place it is passion fruit. A secondary nose of sweetish hops.

T- Initially bitter quickly followed by the sweetness in the nose with a slight taste of molasses (?). Light oak finish.

M- Medium bodied and slightly dry, bitter finish. leaves some filminess in mouth.

O- A very good beer to have one or two of, though flavor intensity, cost, and alcohol content would preclude drinking one after the other.

Still, it is my favorite of the few Dogfish head specialty beers that I've had.

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Photo of richkrull
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber/copper color with a huge amount of beige head on it.

Smell is full of hops, spice and quite a bit of the oak coming through as well.

Taste is much like the smell. The hops are definitely there but a little overshadowed by the spice and oak flavors. Good combination though.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Went down very smooth.

Overall a really good beer. Not an everyday or a session beer but a very nice treat.

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