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 HogHill
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First tried this one at the 2005 EBF, and then sought it out and picked up a single at Colonial in Acton, MA.

Poured a copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is comprised of hops combined with additional complexities that I can't quite put my nose on.

Taste is rich, probably the oak influencing that aspect., The DFH 90 minute portion of the blend isn't as noticeable as I would think. If this was a blind taste test, I'd probably think this was a barley wine. The hops are more present on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, I'd like to drink 2 of these in a session, but the high ABV and intense hoppy flavor would make it difficult to really appreciate any more.

I'd like to try a few more Burton Batons, but at $13 bucks a 4 pack, and it being a limited release, it may be a while..

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Slightly cloudy. Medium amber colour. Thin off white head leaves sheets of lace behind. Quite striking.

Aromas of lemon pith & orange. Along with some subtle pine.

Woody & lemony. Good balance. Somewhat heavy handed oak flavour. Very slight hints of vanilla. Full bodied, relaxed carbonation. Another winner from DFH.

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Photo of clvand0
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LuckySevens82 for sending this my way. It pours a light copper color with a tall head that hangs around for a while. The aroma has some citrus notes as well as some woody character, from the oak. Quite a bit of spiciness and citrus hops. I expected the flavor to be huge in hop character, but it wasn't. It had a lot of hops in it, but they were nice and mellow and flowed really well with the malt profile of the beer, making it very well balanced. Quite a bit of spices and some oak in the flavor. Honestly, I couldn't detect much of the alcohol, especially for 10%. Dangerously drinkable. Great beer!

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really dig Dogfish Head. They are always trying new weird stuff, and while it doesn't necessarily work all the time, it's cool to see what they can come up with. This one, fortunately, works, and works well

It pours a decent but not spectacular amber colour with a thin to non existent head that is white in colour.

The smell is mainly of wood and malt. Alcohol is mixed in as well along with a touch of sweetness way in the back.

The flavour is a very, very nice blend of the two IPA's used here, and it's defninitely a bit tamer than expected. There are more dirty/wood/earth notes here and the hops and malt are well balanced but both remain bold at the same time. Alcohol is warming but not very noticeable overall. There is a bit of fruit flavour mixed in throughout as well. Tasty indeed.

The mouthfeel is full and chewy and just about right here. This one is a sipper, but a very nice one at that.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hmm...Burton Baton. I'm intrigued by the label that tells me this beer is a mix of young and old IPAs aged in French oak; intrigued because I like hops and like the effect that age can have on hops. That said, this wasn't quite what I expected, but I still like it. I liked the earthy, woody aroma of this ale. I liked how the earthiness and vanilla-oakiness emerged among the caremelly malt and herbal hop flavors. I am surprised by the clarity of this brew. I'm not surprised that as I poured this light amber elixir there was little foam, yet a tingle of carbonation that seems to accent what bitterness hides beneath the sweet malt and oaky flavors. Double IPA? I don't think so (not enough hop spiciness) -- more a well attenuated barleywine to me -- that I think really needs to age some more, so I'm tucking the remaining bottles away in a place where I'll forget about them.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice deep amber with a litle bit of haze. pretty thick frothy head that laces pretty well. the aroma is a woody pungent grassy grapefruit hoppiness, with some caramel notes mingled with some old ale-esque aged aromas.
fruity and slightly herbal hops with a bit of oak. balanced with a good dose of caramel malt and a bit of vanilla here and there. there is a sort of lingering spiciness, that sort of dries things out. the alcohol iss really covered up well. a little bit of oxidation that adds some good complexity
not as full of a body as one might expect with smooth carbonation, with an almost cask like quality, especially as it warms. intensely drinkable. overall very well balanced, great tasting, and a real pleasure to drink. worth every penny of the 13.99 4 pack. i'd like to pick up one to cellar.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-orange with a smallish head.

Big time aroma, lots of different elements. Nice flowery and citrus aroma along with some lemon. No hint of alcohol, surprising for a 10% beer.

Medium-full body, fairly smooth. Big fruitiness blends with a mellow flowery hoppiness. The flavors from the barrel aging show up faintly with a light spiciness and a bit of oak, but aren't the star of the show. Nice malt balance, though the hops dominate. Near the end suggestions of mango and other tropical fruits show up as does a bit of caramel flavor.

A very interesting Double IPA. Certainly hoppy but not as much as the 90 minute.

A gigantic thank you goes out to Luckysevens82 for supplying this delightful treat.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to luckysevens82 and clvand0 for bringing this to my glass. It pours a deep copper color with a 2 finger thick head. The nose is great, with great citrusy hops but with a great spicey wood character. Wow. Smells nice. The flavor is super mellow. Sweet hops over a nice caramel base, but the wood character hits on the aftertaste. Very nice. The beer is really warming after swallowing. The feel is nice and thick, with a slight carbonation. Outside the warming feeing in my stomach, this doesn't drink like a 10% beer. Another winner from DFH.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber orange color with a whispy white head. Aromas are a mix of lemony and citrus hops with a huge dosage of hard caramels. Initial flavors are a strong mix of caramels with a huge lemon zest bite, and a resinous earthy hop smack. Within this wonderful mix is a slight oaky vanilla character and just an absolutely smooth and creamy mouthfeel. There is an apparant sweetness throughout this brew but it does not overpower or take anything away from the wonderful caramels and hops. The finish is only slightly bitter but nicely fruity with a nice firm citrus flavor that ends with just a hint of sweetness. Overall a very enjoyable brew and super drinkable (is this seriously 10%?). A great offering by Dogfish Head. Also awesome label graphic.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

an orangy, brown nectar that seems to glow. Good two finger head. you can smell it as soon as you pop the top. grapefruit, hoppy green smells dominate the smell.you can also detect the alcohol with a slight burn in the nose. you can taste the 90 minute, mostly in your burps, but it is there with a more burnt goldent aste added to it. not as hoppy and much more reserved, but still clearly DFH. vanillia ntoes pop on the tounge. great thick luxourious mouthfeel, and way to drinable at 10%. perhaps one of the mospt outrageous yet well balanced and beautifully crafted DFH brews.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a nice amber, with a very nice thick foamy head that refuses to go away. The smell is a
The taste starts with a bit of hoppiness of a C-hop nature, though at 80 IBUs the caramel-ish malt definitely shines through as does the smokiness from the oak in the beer, which is definitely reflected in the aftertaste as well, as is just a slight burn of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very creamy . As for drinkability, definitely a pretty decent sipper that I'd love to have more of (Dogfish...are you listening??)

Yes, I found the "Imperial Double Dry-Hopped Oak-Cask Aged IPA" (it helps that this was one I was looking for anyway), and yes, I opened it just to be contrarian. But I'm glad I did because this is really enjoyable. This is the 2nd of what I call Imperial Single IPAs that I've had (which I mention mostly since they have too much malt sweetness to be lumped in with other DIPAs, including DFH's own 90 Min), and while it doesn't jump out as boldly as the Stoudts, the more mellow flavor is a nice contrast, and also gives this quite a nice drinkability (especially since it definitely has oak aging, but isn't overdone the same way some of the more recent ones have seemed to do). A truely enjoyable beer, one that I'm happy to get my hands on, and certainly one I'd like to see in the future (2nd chance guys!!!)

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a small head that fades quickly but left lace. Smell is hoppy and sweet with some notes of oak. The taste is similarly hoppy but with a strong malt presence that tempers things out. The flavor is full of citrus with notes of vanilla and spice. The oak really comes through in the finish, which is creamy and not unlike a good bourbon. Mouthfeel is ultra-thick and well-suited to the taste.
Overall, an interesting and tasty take on the style that was a real treat to sip.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Luke's for having this 4 pack at a decent price ($13.99).
Pours a very clear copper w/ a full finger and a half of tan head that sticks around for almost the full duration of the pint.
Spiced hops up front w/ vanilla, caramel, and a hint of alcohol in the background.
Taste is an explosion of hops. Again, the alcohol is detected. The oak aging adds a very unique, yet desirable quality. Warms up the body rapidly and hits the head w/out warning.
Mouthfeel is a thick, syrupy delight...could put down a few of these, but a session brew...don't think so.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice,pale color-some great orange hues in there. No real head to speak of but theres some very nice lacing going on. Somewhat subdued hop aroma-whats there is grassy with a touch of citrus. Slight spiciness-almost comes thru as a vanilla/cinnamon cross. Big,slick malt and hop combination in the flavor. Theres more malt then hops if you ask me. Very minimal oakiness to it. Almost quenching in the finish. Killer body-love that oily feel. An extremely enjoyable beer but not as intense as the label might have you believe.

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Photo of Truh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twirled one about with this one on 2/5/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker.

Some quick lacing of head with a flat covering. Very light copper hue, with almost an orange glow, and tons of clarity with a great deal of action. To nose, kind of a hop with cloaking device employed on it; slight juiciness, like lemon Starburst. Surprised by how tempered the hop character is; more malt actually seems to come through; also, a light char character hits, likely the result of the barreling. Creamy mouthfeel lingers for a bit and then the warming alcohol notes pull through. Excellent.

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazed amber topped with a very tightly laced finger thick creamy head with some glass stick action and ample retention.

Some biscuity tannin aromas in the nose, framed with floral and wood.

Very smooth upfront, and a bit creamy in mouthfeel. The malty body flexes with a full and even bready sweetness and doughy and soapy edges. A citric bite throws down on the taste buds with some herbal spice, flower pith, leaf, and some oily stick, with piney notes. Loads of fruit presence, like a fruit mélange of blood orange and grapefruit steeped in a rose-hip peel tea-like character. An aggressive spicy alcohol presence waits beneath, hitting the head with a warming sensation that targets the forehead region and numbness forming in the temples. A deep oak flavor comes about towards the finish, and especially throughout as the beer warms. A very distinct and subdued dry and semi-tangy flavor that’s pulled from the oak and is a bit vinous at times, layers this beer with much depth. Suggestions of vanilla as the beer warms, with hints of brown sugar sweetness. Bready and soapy lingers.

A two-thread beer, blended with a new Imperial IPA aged in French oak for four months and 90 Minute IPA. The latter is noticeable, perhaps too noticeable to make this truly unique, but the end result is a welcomed familiarity, and none-the-less deliciously complex. Burton Baton is a concept that I've come to expect from Dogfish Head. Kick-ass.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first glasses poured on Lucky Cat night at the ole' Grey Lodge.

I'd say a dark rusty copper is the colour of this enigmatic brew. There is also a nice head of slightly off-white tan. This brew also left excellent lacing in my glass as well. The aromas are all floral, spicy hops, oak notes, a distinctive spicy fruitiness, and more. The taste is somewhat sweet up front with a very rounded mouthfeel and some slightly oaky hints as well. The oak hints are not very wood-like, but they do lend a distintively spicy level of complexion to the hoppiness of this beer. The mouthfeel is very well rounded, and truly cask-like in composition, and the drinkablity remains extremely high for a 10%abv, 80ibu brew from the folks at DFH. Wow, this one was really worth the wait. Another extraordinary creation by DFH. Excellent job guys!

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no vintage or freshness date, the website says it was brewed in 2004.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with a thin lining of off-white lace, good stickage on the side of the glass.

Smell: Flowery with an almost rosewater like aroma, ripe fruit is in the back with some toasted grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Super creamy with a mellow smoothness, nice showing of malt upfront … good to have a sturdy beginning. Herbal, flowery and mildly soapy hop character. Bucket full of fruity esters and oak punch through but the hops hold strong. Suggestions of ruby red grapefruit and mango come to mind. Mild alcoholic bite leaves a long lingering warmth.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one hefty double IPA, I paired it with a creamy Danish blue cheese and honey wheat crackers. Big time kudos to DFH for keeping it real as usual.

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Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a bright copper/orange color with a medium white head that leaves a ring of lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is the grassy/piney note that you expect from the DFH offerings mellowed by the oak that lends a hint of vanilla. The vanilla combines nicely with the toffee character of the malt. Taste does not have the “malt-up-front” I’m used to and expect in the DFH IPA. Much more subtle. The vanilla/toffee character comes across stronger than I expected too. Very rich and smooth mouth feel. Very little hop bite. Mellow alcohol warming. Very drinkable beer.

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

Funny they use the term "elusive" in the description of this beer, because it does have flashes of greatness, but just falls a bit short. Dark copper color with a compact white head. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty bright, with hops, grapefruit and caramel. The oak presence is there as well. Medium-bodied with a flavor profile on the verge of being spectacular, it just appears there is one piece missing somewhere. Subtle woody character, with hops, citrus along with a creamy sweetness. The finish is sweet fruit and fresh hops. Lots of pieces to the puzzle here, and if they came together perfectly this beer would be world class. Even with that I enjoyed this one a lot. Great potential here.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear deep orange, tanish head. Bourbony, malty, alcohol, meaty floral aroma, with a touch of brown sugar. Rich malty flavor, with molasses, carmel, alcohol, and single malt all blended together. Big full mouth feel. Not too dry, not too sweet. Rather barley wine like, and somewhat remeniscent of BA Old Salty and Insanity. Maybe a bit pricy at 14 bucks a 4 pack, but worth at least one purchase.

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Photo of findlayfan
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with 1/2" head; lingers a bit, with very modest lacing on the glass.

Coppery body with no carbonation.

Hoppy/spicy aroma - really quite complex, with additional hints of sweetness and an earthy oak scent as well.

Rather thick in the mouth; no fizz, but leaves a pleasant coating.

Taste is also quite complex, with initial hoppiness followed by a malty sweetness. Nowhere near the overpowering hops I had expected (which, for me, is a real plus - I don't get the tastebud burnout I've experienced from some hop bombs). A bit more hops in the aftertaste as well.

Goes down VERY smooth - it's hard to believe this is really 10% ABV. If it truly is, it does the best job of masking the alcohol of any similar brew I've tried.

Certainly not a "session beer," but 6 to 12 ounces of this is most welcome on a cold and snowy Ohio evening (or afternoon, for that matter)!

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Photo of marburg
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(I've tweaked this review a week after the fact after having this again. A recent Belgian ale with similar hops gave me a bizarre new appreciation for this beer.)

Pours to a dulled, slightly opaque brown with a moderate creamy head atop the beer. The aroma screams "nature meets man" as there's a distinctly natural oaky vanilla and wet wood aroma that mingles with bubblegum, phenols, and lemon sponge cake. Orange and lemon peel w/ that sugary lemon icing one might find on an angel's food cake. Snappy spring flowers.

Most notable is the creamy mouthfeel once consumed. Quite airy -- almost mousse-like in texture. The wood gets played up in the flavor along with a light banana and caramel sweetness. A mild astringency hits way, way, way back on the tongue and fades almost as quickly as it came.

The creamy mouthfeel really did wear on me a bit as this marched on; I'm glad I had a wife with whom to share this. Otherwise, it's underlikely I would have finished. Scant carbonation doesn't help the cause, though I'm sure that may change a bit over time.

A major plus: 10%? I see that 10% like I see my Detroit Lions winning a game. That is to say, I don't see it at all. And in a way, it's the most impressive thing about the beer.

I can see this getting better over time. I can also see it fading away. We'll see what comes of it. It's very interesting, as many folks have come to expect from DFH.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle with a rather amusing looking country-western fellow on the front. Thank you, Michael Jackson.

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with amber tint. There is very little head, what I could manage to get out of it was around 3/4 of a finger. Lacing is okay, but there is very little carbonation in this beer so the collar is somewhat lacking.

Smell is very woodsy. Oak, floral, very outdoors. Piny citrus from the hops and a very nice mellow woody sweetness from the oak aging.

Taste is very nice. There is definitely an IPA feel to this beer but I really don't know if I could call it an IPA. There is definitely a fair amount of hop bitterness, but it so well undercut by the oakey sweetness, that it winds up not nearly hoppy enough in my mind to be called an IPA, let along a double IPA. Now, I've never had a Burton ale, so I have little to compare this to in that respect, but I know what I like and I like this.

The only thing that suffers on this beer is the mouthfeel and really only because this is a very thick beer and there is not a whole lot of carbonation. I would, personally, prefer a bit more carbonation, but with a brew this sweet and thick it's not that bad.

Overall, I would say that this is exceptionally drinkable for the thickness and ABV, it is certainly one that I enjoyed and certainly something that I feel that DFH should be commended for.

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