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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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Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of patm1986
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange, amber body with a grey, quickly descending head. beautiful looking beer. it's IPAs of this color that really represent complexity. it's so inviting

smells of pine, grapeftuit, bit of lemon peel, earth, some slight oak or earthy, light vanilla. this smells like a heavenly combination of amarillo, cascade, and centennial hops. the old ale characteristics are more subtle, coming through in the majority of the oaky/vanilla sweetness and booze on the nose.

tastes like pine, tree sap, maple, some conflation of citrus, hemp. gets sooo bitter as it sits. 5 minutes after first few sips, this baby is SHARP: medicinal, herbal, lemony. phew. huge.

when around 60 degrees, this baby is smooth hop-milk. when it warms, the bitterness and alcohol open up, offering a near assault on the palate with a burn. a good one though. definitely a good one.

this is one of my favorite DIPAs. one of the better dogfish jams flying under-the-radar in comparison to others, which i could never understand.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a one inch head, nice looking lacing, not a ton of it. Smell is some orange, pine, a little breadyness, and some fresh cut grass. Taste is similar, with some oak and some alcohol. Not as much as fresh, but this was bottled on 11/22/10. Never figured out if I like more fresh or with time, I have aged a few on the suggestion of my fellow BA's. Definitely less boozey, but as a hop head less tasty for my liking. Body on the heavy side, but drinkable for it's abv. A very good oaked DIPA.

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Photo of olimpia84
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into an English Pint glass.

A: intriguing dark gold/brownish color with a one finger white head and opaque body. Very good lacing.

S: smells very nice with a soft and elegant herbal and oak aroma accompanied by lavender and sweet fruits and malts.

T: starts with a light bitterness in the hops that translates to a soapy sweet malty feel in the palate.

M: smooth and drinkable. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable.

O: this is an extremely well balanced brew. It doesn't hit you with that overly bitterness that characterizes some IPAs, which is a nice feature. Highly recommended.

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

Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy-light blood orange. Tan head floats on top, turning into a well lacing cap already. Mouth is watering watching it come out the bottle. Doesn't get much better than this.

Smells of a pungent grapefruit, wood plank, and creme. Very well projected.

Tastes of a richly layered and opulent citrus hop that rushes into a round finish of spice and wood. The tertiary flavors of the oak here really come out in the finish, capping off the whole experience beautifully. Mouthfeel is a fleshed out round washing of the palate, with just the right amount of structural carbonation. Fantastic.

Excellent balance, an incredible amount of complexity and a finish that makes me happy to be alive. No exaggeration. This is one hell of a beer that stands for me as maybe the crown jewel of an already excellent company. I think I've found the IPA that I've been searching for. Ladies and Gents, I can die happy.


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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -11.3%
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 +0.9%
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 -7.8%
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 -5.4%
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 -6.1%
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 +0.2%
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 -5.4%
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 -3.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +18.2%
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 +2.8%
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 -16.5%
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 +1.7%
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 -21.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -0.7%
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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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,603 ratings
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