Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 yeahnatenelson
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a blazing orange with rose highlights, faint haze, and two fingers of stiff beige head. Biggest head I've ever seen on an IIPA.

Smell -- Pine sap, citrus, and a bit of earthiness in the hops department. Fresh ground cinnamon, cracker and gooey caramel malts. Diacetyl evident. Smells woody, but not what is expected from an oak barrel. Staves?

Tate -- Grapefruit, pineapple and apricot, fresh pine, caramel, buttered crackers. Not a lot of woody character; a bit of oak earthiness, spice, and faint vanilla. Finish is a strong push of tropical fruit and pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- medium in body with mild carbonation; starts of prickly, finishes creamy. Mild oaky astringency. Oily and astringent finish.

Drinkability -- Not bad. On the whole, probably my favorite DFH IIPA. While certainly hop-forward, it's still quite malty and could pass as a thin American Barleywine. It's a good beer for certain, but dyed-in-the-wool hopheads may wish to look elsewhere.

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Photo of Damian
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottled on: 03/28/12 07:51
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a gorgeous, glowing, orangey-amber color and was quite hazy initially. It appeared that some of the yeast sneaked into the glass. The chill haze eventually dropped to reveal a nearly clear body. The liquid was topped by a dense, creamy, three-finger head of eggshell colored foam. Lots of streaky lacing clung to the glass. The head slowly faded to a lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was a bit subdued initially but came out as the beer warmed. Lots of grapefruit zest. Yeasty and somewhat sweet. The nose turned even sweeter and punchier with time. Candied orange peel was noticeable. Good dose of biscuity malts. Some fusel-like booziness was detectible as well.

The flavor profile was similar to DFH's 90 Minute IPA, yet it seemed more simplistic. Grapefruit zest dominated the front end. Some caramel and biscuity malts lent a decent amount of balance. As the beer warmed, the flavor turned fuller and sweeter. Candied orange peel was apparent. Somewhat yeasty and sweet. Grapefruit rind came through strong on the back end. The finish was piney, bitter and moderately hot. Unfortunately, I could not pick up any indication of the oak aging.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium bodied. Frothy, soft and somewhat creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Because Burton Baton is classified as a double IPA, I assumed that I should drink my bottle fresh. However, I later discovered that this beer has more similarities to a hoppy barleywine than an IPA and thus might benefit from some aging. Given some time, this could be a real winner.

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Photo of Buck89
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A clear copper-brown color with a frothy tan head. Decent staying power and the foam left some nice tracks. The nose brought a nice mix of floral, citrus, earthy, woody, and malty aromas. The flavors lined up this was as well - a fun balance of a big hoppy beer with the best aspects of an Old Ale, all with some wood tones.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Giving DFH yet another go-round. We'll see.

Appearance- Nice copper color. Full inch of very creamy, off-white head. Caps nicely. Laces beautifully. It's a nice color, and a good looking beer.

Smell- Lots of pine and resin. Definitely a hint of booze. The oak is very noticeable. Rich caramel malt.

Taste- Rich and malty. The booze is quite noticeable. The oak is strong as well. If finishes with some hops, and a little burnt caramel finish. Almost some grape. Butterscotch sweetness, lingering burnt. Can't believe how boozy it is, honestly.

Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy. Way too thick for a DIPA, but very pleasant for whatever exactly this is.

Drinkability- The sweetness, oak, and booze makes more than one something I'd rather pass on.

This is an interesting beer. I think as a DIPA I'd really dislike it, but as something else, it's kind of good. I'd like to age some to see if it mellows out.

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Photo of wspscott
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled: 6/8/12

kind of surprised I had never reviewed this before.

A: Crystal clear copper color with a one finger white head, a surprising amount of lace. As the head drops, it never quite disappears, it just fades into a film on the surface.
S: Smells like an old ale, lots of caramel, a little bit of butter. As it warms, the hops start to develop, mostly citrus, but a little pine as well.
T: A nice mix of oak and hops, although there is some hop flavor (pine resin and some dankness makes me think Columbus), it mostly seems to be bittering hops. As it warms, the oak becomes more apparent along with a slight caramel sweetness.
M: The oak is very apparent on the tongue, there is a little bit of dryness/astringency, but it is not unpleasant. Very "creamy" mouthfeel, but not thick, "rich" is probably a better description.
O: I don't buy this often because of the price (~$15/4 pack), but every time I think I should buy this more often. This is a great change of pace for a sipping beer if you are getting tired of only having a RIS.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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 anchordrinker
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- orange-amber, thin, off-white head that dissipates for the most part, good lacing.

S- Sharp citrus rind, woody, dried fruits, caramel malt, some oak-y vanilla in the background.

T- Citrus flavor that intensifies before giving way to booze-soaked dried fruit, apricot, light-vanilla/floral sweetness, some tropical notes, and an oak-y finish. Caramel malt backing throughout rounds out sharper flavors without compromising complexity.

M- Medium-to-thick bodied, very fine carbo lighten body without being so prevalent as to mute flavor.

D- A little boozey to be considered truly drinkable, but not bad for a beer packing 10% ABV.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. Bottled on 10/16/09, so its a year old...lets see how this has aged.

A- pours a very cloudy shade of amber with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around for awhile and laces nicely

S- grapefruity citric hops...not getting any of the oak characteristics coming through, but I wouldn't really expect that too much on the initial nose. Smells good...but not really what I expected

T- the oak comes through here, at least. Its a nice combination of flavors...I'm getting a little bit of bitterness from the grapefruity hops, and then sweetness from the oak, with the vanilla and such. The finish is bitter and piney...interesting. The hops seem a little muted, as you'd expect from something with age like this on it.

M- a lot more of the malt is coming through, but its not a total mess like you might expect...though its getting close

D- I'd like to try this a little fresher...the hops are a little too muted, and the oak is coming through a little much. Maybe something with 6 months age or so on it...

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Photo of aorloski
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 month old bottle, poured into a snifter

Appearance - Pours a nice golden orange, about a fingers worth of head, despite the high alcohol and aging with loose off-white bubbles, beautiful lacing as it drinks.

Smell - Even after 6 months in the bottle this one still has a nice juicy aroma to it, wrapped all in some sweet figs and plums wrapped in brown sugar.

Taste - Very tasty, you definitely can tell this is a blend. Not quite an american barley wine, not quite an old ale, not quite a DIPA, its a game changer. This one lies in the middle with hints of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, sweet brown sugar and malts with a nice hint of dark fruits. Really subtle complexities make this beer great.

Mouthfeel - Velvety and rich, coats the mouth.

Overall - A Very good beer, as i said before this is a game changer, it really is unlike anything I've had before in the vast amounts of styles I've tried, i really enjoy this beer fresh or old and can't wait to see what this one does in a few years.

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Photo of grees20
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the 60 min IPA, the 90 min IPA, the ApriHop and a few others so I was glad when a friend brought this to a tasting. This is an oak-aged Imperial IPA that doesn't have an overpowering hop aroma. It pours a cloudy amber. A sweet alcohol taste up front gives way to one that is more floral and citrusy. I'm wondering where the oak flavor is? A smooth mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Overall, it's good, but I'm disappointed that it doesn't have the hop kick.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a finger of head that leaves quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. Has oak, toffee and bitter hops on the nose. In the mouth sweet malt and toffee with some dusty chocolate and a hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a nice tannic bite from thr wood and hops. Very drinkable and 10% and normally not a fan of ba beers but thoroughly enjoy this one and have drank it many times.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From what I've read at DFH's website this is actually a blend of oak aged English Strong Ale and 90 minute IPA.

This one poured into the glass a clear rich amber color. Head was a dense biege froth, lace was thick and sticky.

A complex mix of scents greet the nose. Sweet malts, molasses, buttery, grapefruit, piney, florid hops and a mellow oak woodiness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Taste is sweet, alcohol is more overt than the smell would indicate. Hops are much less pronounced than expected, but still leave a nice hoppy dry signature.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A thicker mouthfeel.

I have to say this is a damned fine brew from our friends in Delaware. I wish it was more readily available. A wee bit heavy, but would be very nice to warm my bones beside the fire.

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A darker shade of amber with some orange highlights...nice clarity...a one finger white head that stayed for a while...decent lacing

S - Bitter citrus hops cut through the aroma and mix with earthy English hops...there is a touch of sweetness coming out as well

T - The flavors start off with a big hop presence...they bittersweet with grapefruit leading the way...the middle of the beer lends itself to a more balanced profile...the hops become more earthy and less bitter...caramel malts and oak also show up to balance things out...the bitterness comes back to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...nothing special from the nitro...oily and bitter...alcohol comes through

D - I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer and espcially on tap...although the nitro did nothing special...a very hoppy, English-style, oak aged, doulbe IPA...leave it to Dogfish Head

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Photo of briman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium amber. About a 1/4 inch off white head. Average retention, but a decent amount of lace.

Aroma is malty with some hop presence, but not nearly what I was expecting. A touch of alcohol is evident as well. Vanilla comes out after it warms.

Flavor is malty, with sweet fruits. Finish is fairly sweet, and I get maybe a hint of oak with clear vanilla notes (especially after it warms up). Hops don't really make an impression until the finish, but even then they are fairly mild. Only a slight bitterness into the aftertaste, with a hint of alcohol as well.

Medium to full body, with fairly mild carbonation. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Balance is quite good, and there is evident alcohol warming. I'm not sure what to make of this beer. I don't get any of the citrusy hops the label/website makes you think you'll find, and I really had to let it warm up before I started getting the vanilla notes. It's certainly not a bad beer, and is actually pretty interesting....but to me it's nothing like what I was expecting. It's a nice mellow, warming beer...would be great in the winter. Very drinkable, but high ABV keeps it from being sessionable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like this when I first bought it a year or two ago. That is especially usual because this is my favorite style from my favorite brewery. So what's wrong? I don't know for sure. I guess I was bit put off by the barrel taste (and whatever) overpowering the hops. I would much prefer a 90.

I so disliked this that I put some up in storage for much later tasting. After a year of two it is much mellower and smoother than I recall. And I like it better. I wish I had more than one to drink and criticize.

It's a quality product, but not my ideal.

I found one more a couple months later and I stick to my previous comments - it's strong, deep, malty and boozey and just not what I like.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 12 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa.
Appearance: Pretty carbonated, a brown body with an dark eggshell head. The head was only a couple of fingers tall, and left not much lacing and disapated rather quick.
Smell: A sweet, tart, boozy aroma. I was a bit suprised at the alcohol smell with "only" a 10% ABV.
Taste: Very sweet and boozy, not as tart as the aroma. Very intense, and not as hoppy as I was expecting from a DIPA from DFH.
Mouthfeel: Very very smooth and syrupy.
Drinkabilty: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap along with the Avery IPA during my most recent trip to Brews Cafe in Granville.

Appearance- Comes off the tap a nice dark golden bronze with just a minimal sheeting of white head across the top of the beer. Translucent body with just a touch of beading.

Smell- Very intrigued here. Definitely a punch of piney, slightly fruity hops up front. However, there is also a pretty strong whiff of alcohol, with some woody notes that come through in it as well. Sweet smelling, slightly bready malts evident as well.

Taste- Again very interesting DIPA for me. Big notes of grapefruit and piney hops start off the palate but are immediately followed by that unusual oakiness and then lots of sweet caramel malt and a touch of bread. Finishes on a pretty strong note of biting alcohol with a mild touch of astringency.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decent throughout until the finish, of which I found the strong alcohol to make it feel a little thin on the end. Drinkability is also hurt by the strong finish and sweetness, which really builds as the beer warms.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this one. I thought this was a really interesting and creative DIPA that had its moments particularly in the nose and certain characteristics of the taste. However, given the finish and the sweetness, the jury is still out for me. Will have to give this one another shot.

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Photo of scooter231
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This guy pours a rusty color with no head and no lacing. No delicate lacyness on this guy- he means business. He's not wasting time with carbonation and aesthetics.

Nose is so, so hoppy. Breadyness and some earthy grassy hops come through as well.. Just deliciousness. Taste lets you down some... nowhere near as hoppy and delicious, but it's alright. Mouthfeel is lacking the suds and thin. Drinkable for a 10% beer, and I love DIPAs- but I wish the taste had lived up to the smell.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Berts Growler Garage. Citrus lemony aroma, light amber body, small soapy head. Citrus follows into the flavor, sweet with minor sour elements, some tanginess. Malt profile comes forward, not hoppy at all. ABV hides in the background, becomes evident here and there. Interesting take on the IIPA style.

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Photo of Hoperator
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light amber with a touch of haze and a light tan head that doesn't stay on the glass. Carbonated perfectly. The aroma has an almost sour presence with citrus notes behind it and woody overtones. The taste starts with a strong Warrior hop punch right out of the gate, moving to an oaky bitterness in the middle when the malt depth and prune notes surface. It finishes citrusy with a bit of lingering, drawling mouth feel. You certainly get the English Ale yeast throughout the experience providing a somewhat sweet foundation to the taste. Surprisingly drinkable for a 10%er. Another nice "Big Beer" from DFH.

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

Ours a dark hazy orange with a hint of reddish brown. Good inch of head with lacing on glass.
Aroma is of grassy hops and figs. Flavor is super bitter, with quite a bit of malt backbone. Some subtle raison and brown sugar flavoring coming through with a hint of alcohol. Finishes smooth with a lingering hop bite to it.

Overall pretty solid. Would drink again, but I'm not in love with this beer.

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

Bottled on 2/18/08.

A- Deep amber-red with a big white sticky head. Can see through it but not perfectly clear.

S- Initially a sweet floral smell, very candy-like, tropical fruit. Almost want to say sugary but it's in that fruit way. I was hoping it'd have more of a aromatic hoppiness to it.

T- Very interesting here. It's a struggle between sweet fruit as mentioned above and resiny hops. I get some sort of woody taste in the aftertast, but not sure if I can detect anything during the sip. The bitterness is very low.

M/D- any carbonation is overriden by the slick malt. It glides down like a thin syrup. If I were tasting this blind I would guess barleywine, easily. But an oak-aged IIPA? Crazy. It's sweet, yet has a hop presence in the background that is unmistakable.

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

Pours a dark amber with a one-fingered head that has some good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aromas of piney hops and alcohol.

The taste starts out with a heavy dose of pine but then the sweet malt balances out the flavor. It leaves with hot alcohol throughout the mouth. The alcohol hangs in the mouth then the pine flavor comes back.

Has a medium body with low carbonation that doesn't distract from the consumption. Very nice.

A nice flavorful example of a DIPA. I don't know how much the oak-aging really added to this compared to 90Min. The alcohol severly limits consuming this beer. Very pricey as well and likely only a one time purchase.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a murky reddish orange. A thin creamy cover, already some lacing on the sides, but thinning in the center rapidly.

Aroma - pretty much emulates a barleywine with the heavy malt, fruity wet citrus, abv and all.

Taste - rather sweet. Malts have this one after 13 months of aging. The hops have some citrus flavor but it's all candified and no bite. Some oak mixed in to smooth things out even more. The woodiness muddles any chance for the hops to really take stage. The swallow shows an intense orangy flavor, but it passes quickly. The finish is warming, sweet.

Mouthfeel - quite bubbly, decent weighty body to it. Feels lile a big beer, as it should.

Drinkability - not especially hoppy or oaky, but after a year the hops are more a preservative than a flavoring ingredient. The sweetness makes this a dessert style sipper, another winter winner, but not one that was all that distinctive to me.

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

Bottled: 14OCT10

A: Pours a hazy copper on red ale with a little under one finger of burnt cream head. This sticks around for quite some time before finally becoming a quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: Earthy and floral hops mix with evident oak. Even at this age, the beer maintains the hop profile in the nose. Below decks is a nice malty background and plenty of caramel and crystal malting.

T: Sweet. cherry, orange, sweetened lemons. Weirdly fruity, this one. The oak comes through on the back end and retains a presence through the finish. Not terribly complex, but quite tasty. Bitterness is subdued, a little sweeter than I would prefer for the style.

M: Medium to light body for the style with a little higher carb than preferred. Semi dry finish.

O: Good beer. I haven't had this fresh in a couple years, next time I see this in my area within a couple months of bottle, I will be on it.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,538 ratings.
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