Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 Beertracker
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Label: This special ale is a two-thread blend of young & wood-aged Imperial IPA please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers! Lush & enjoyable now, this beer ages with the best of them. 10% ABV, 80 IBU's

Dogfish Head Burton Baton (Imperial IPA) pours up with good carbonation that creates a beige head that sits prominently atop a bright, deep copper-orangish amber body. Excellent head retention, very nice! The aroma shows some restrained cirtic hop character (white grapefruit, pomelo, Mandarin orange-tangelo), as well a some spruce, piney notes accenuated with hints of toasted oak (bourbon vanilla, leather, tobacco). Solid maltiness. Spicy, pungent, and resiny. Some notable alcohol warmth as it warms in hand. Sublime! The flavor starts off with a lovely honey, toasted maltiness that carries the moderate-high bitterness. The finish is warming, toasty, and malty. Strong, complex, but not overwhelming. This is an extreme beer that shows some finesse. Buy, hoard, and steal all that you can get! Here's to another "Off-centered" creation from Dogfish Head!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an '05 bottle that I found and is probably on its way out. But here are my thoughts anyway.

Clear amber color with a nice tan head.

A mix of mild malts and piney hops. Lots of earthy oak tones as well.

The flavor is sweet for an IPA and is at the time probably in the barleywine realm. Caramel, malts, ripe fruits and some herbal hops. All balanced nicely by some oaky flavors.

Full body and good carbonation. Has aged pretty well, but I would like to try a fresh bottle.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. into big bad Reidel Cab glass...

Ample, gently rising carbonation from clean, copper/mahogany body into dulce de leche-colored head with nice lacing

Sweet, milky/caramel scent with balanced and bountiful malt, alcohol and huge, floral hop presence

Creamy, velvety warm vanilla ice cream with tight, puckery hops

Coats well, like a warm dessert, lightly tingly with tight hop puckering finish

Solid stuff. Very enjoyable to savor.

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Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear auburn color with light tan head. It smelled like a mix of copper and floral hops with noticeable oak and burnt caramel malt, along with a hint of alcohol. Its flavor came in waves, first of brown sugar and molasses, then of copper and floral hops, then of oak and roasted malts, then of brown sugar again for a smooth and sweet aftertaste. It was oily with very slight carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was a very unique and enjoyable beer that was well balanced and had great, creamy flavor. Hooray!

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

w00t new seasonal.

A - big beautiful off-white head with a hazy, dark amber body

S - smells of hops and citrus and all around delicious, hints of sweet malt and alcohol

T - great citrusy sweetness balanced by hop bitterness, great malt presence with oak hints (I assume some of the oak sugars are what sweeten the beer?), hints of alcohol

M - certainly full bodied with good carbonation

D - woah I don't remember this being this good, but I am loving this beer tonight while I wait for dinner to cook! It's a bit full bodied to do more than 1 or so in a sitting, but man, this thing hides its relatively high ABV pretty well and is a joy to sip. Good work DFH!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

Bottled in 2008 F.

A: Pours an awesome tarnished copper color capped by a long-lasting, three-finger, khaki-colored head that leaves a lot of sticky lace sheets in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of piney hops and sweet caramel at the outset. As it warms, the smells get even more complex as grapefruit, vanilla, toasted malt, and a spicy woody-ness pop through.

T: Pine, caramel, and alcohol wash over the tongue and, in the process, lead the way for the aforementioned grapefruit, vanilla, toasted malt, earthy/spicy wood, and an interesting toasted marshmallow sweetness.

M: A near perfect mixture of bitter, piney hops and sweet juicy caramel. The boozy alcohol heat is a slight distraction but the other complexities here keep the points from dipping too low. The mouthfeel alternates from bitter, to sweet, to dry.

D: I was surprised how easy it was to drink this one considering the 10% abv. Once again, the alcohol seemed a little brutish, but the rest of this beer is so awesome it more than makes up for it.

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Photo of ewpgolf2
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ 10% ABV, this is a snifter Ale. Couldn't locate a bottle date.
Poured a rich orange like that of burnt sienna with a head of small rise that retreated down to nothing relatively quick. I couldn't quite place the smell but I'm positive I sense more than a hint of conifers-OR MAYBE it's Juniper berries?
The initial taste was slick with more of that piney taste coupled with teeming alcohol. Like several other higher ABV's, this got a lot better as it warmed.
Mouthfeel was a lingering syrup with the ever upfront presence of alcohol. However, strangely enough, I would buy this again because I do like the higher ABV's. Better yet, I would definitely "order" this, if possible, at a pub to enjoy-gives you a hell of a great start to tying one on....If that's what your inclination is...

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber color with plentiful off-white head. Aromas, if memory proves true, are nearly indistinguishable for a 90 min. The strong citrusy and piney hops dominate, but an earthy, candy like sweetness is present, a sign of oak? Alcohol notes are present too; overall its bouquet is comparable to a citrusy fruitcake. On the palate, the 90 min likeability is burdened by an aged, old hop feel. Oakiness isn't like any other oaked beer I've had. It's subdued, provides a firm tannic feel, slightly astringent, but sweet in the finish as well. The malt profile provides plenty of honey like floral flavors with lots of sweetness to balance the hop presence. I would liken this to a dry-hopped old ale rather than a DIPA. The finish brings some puckery dryness and vanilla notes reminiscent of the oak. Overall, another crazy beer from DFH, enjoyable, but I'm content with just one bottle.

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap at TJ's Everyday into a snifter.

A-Pours a beautiful deep amber with a nice off white head. Some nice lacing and good stickiness.

S-Very nicely balanced. Citrusy hop notes, caramely malt sweetness both come through.

T-Delicious malty taste up front with a nice citrusy hop explosion on the finish. Excellent balance and interesting all the way through.

M-Smooth and creamy, moderately carbonated.

D-The balanced flavors make this an all too drinkable DIPA.

A delicious blend of the excellent 90 minute and oak aged strong ale (Immort maybe?). Highly recommended.


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

Fresh bottle from 2008 (February). $14.99 a 4-pack. Pink cap this year and a much darker bottle than last year's (should def help in aging this brew).

A: Average pour yields a an amber-accented golden mahogany base with an approximate 3/4 inch eggnog-colored head that collapses quickly, leaving some nice lacing along the way.

S: Apple, fresh banana, and citrus hops dominate with faint carmel/oak background aromas.

T: Smooth and carmel-laden up front, immediately followed by an explosion of citrusy hops with a dry wooden (oak) finish.

M: This is certainly full bodied -- on the cusp of being syrupy -- but with just the right amount of carbonation for me to give mouthfeel a 4.5 rating.

D: I guess you could theoretically put back a few of these in a sitting, but I likely wouldn't in favor of switching it up. It's quite heavy with 10%ABV.

Overall, I was expecting a bit more from this beer given previous ratings. However, and in fairness, I'm sure it will taste twice as good given 6 months. So I have a few I plan to cellar.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeance - Pours with a beautiful off-white head. Nice amber color.

Smell - The oak character is not in-your-face which is nice for this beer. The smells of sweet malt and hops show themselves in the first sniff! There's a lot going on in this beer!

Taste - The taste of oak is present throughout. The hops are there, but in the background as a smooth malt . . . very smooth . . . taste dominates.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was absolutely perfect! Ending in a nice dry finish.

Drinkability - If you enjoy oak-aged beers or Imperial IPA's, I recommend this beer for you! It's a beer that one is perfect, but two might even be better! Good job Sam and the DFH Gang!!!

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Photo of F2brewers
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a SA Boston Lager pint glass. Serving temperature ~ 60F.

Appearance: The beer poured crystal clear. Deep copper color with a massive off-white head. The foam crept up about 3/4 of an ich over he top of the glass. It was thick and creamy and held together quite well. Medium sized bubbles and moderate carbonation.

Smell: The standard piney/cirtrus op smell expected from an American Double IPA. The hop scent was not overpowering though. A touch of roasted malt/biscuit malt shone through too along with a light oaky note from the aging of the beer.

Taste: Quite nice. Unlike most American Double IPAs, I tasted the malt up front in this beer and the hops came later after just a touch of alcohol burn. Oak flavor was present, but blended into the other flavors well. Overall, the flavor was very well balanced. Some hop bitterness lingered in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a nice, moderate body. The medium carbonation suited this beer well. It left a nice warm felling going down my throat.

Drinkability: The high alcohol level (10%) makes this a sipping beer. I wouldn't suggest having more than one in a sitting. The balance prevents your palate from being ruined.


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Photo of Rainintheface
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: cloudy, dark copper with a one+ finger slight off-white head

S: grapefruit, blood oranges, oaky and a little piney

T: malty backbone, spicy and oaky

M: full body, creamy, medium viscosity and a dryish finish

D: one to savor. you won't be drinking a four pack a night. another great beer from Dogfish Head

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber orange color with a thick offwhite head.. moderate lacing left begind

S: nice piney hop aroma... oak smokyness and sweet malts all balance well here.

T: Nice pine like hop start followed by a nice oak tones and sweet caramel like malts... crisp hop finish.

M: Moderate body with a nice tingle on the tongue... slightly oily.. Crisp finish.

D: Had with lunch and really wanted another... its subtle and well balanced.. a good showing from Dogfish Head

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

12 oz bottle. Pours orange amber with two phase head, foam on top of bubbles, 2 cm head thats off-white. Aroma of yeast and hops, slight hint of citrus. Initial flavor is citrus and pine, switching to a more dry finish by the end with a hint of alcohol that sits on the tongue for an extended period. Moderate lacing, long aftertaste, medium body, and lots of alcohol noted. Drinks like a mellowed out IPA with a big bite. Standard greatness from Dogfish.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-dark amber color with a slight haze to the liquid. Initial three-finger head retreats very slowly and leaves excellent ring lace on the glass.

Strong pineapple and grapefruit hop nose. Very fresh smell. Some raisin and current in the background. Superior.

Somewhat prickly on the initial sip--both in the carbonation and the citrus-like hop. Good body to counteract the effervescence. The malt does stand up but only in the background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Strong oily alcohol feel that is notable after the swallow as well.

I would put this in the category of extreme beers. It is delicious particularly for hop heads, but it would be extremely difficult to have more than one.

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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love an opportunity to drink a Dogfish beer I haven't yet tried.

Poured into a thistle glass - becoming my new favorite glass for any IPA style.

Reddish-orange clear pour with a light head. Smells a little like Redpop with a little vanilla cream thrown in. May have been my nose, but I didn't detect a strong fragrance.

Tastes a bit like it smells. Bitterness from start to finish - lingers for longer than I prefer. Bitterness on the dry side, not getting much hop note with the bitterness.

Like all of their beers I have tried, this beer feels good to drink. I could sip through a couple no problem. No need to do more than that.

I little disappointed, not sure if I will get again.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for the taste. Pours a glowing orange color with a nice fine white head. Lot's of carbonation. I've never had an oak-aged IPA. I guess we'll see how it turns out.

Smells very hoppy (Cascade hops maybe?). The hops taste like citrus, especially pineapple. The oak aging is definitely apparent, and imparts a vanilla sweetness on the brew. What a great offering. From start to finish it is unique and delicious. You can always count on DFH to come up with something innovative.

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Photo of ericj551
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Burton Baton pours a deep copper with a a nice head that lingers as a dense creamy layer that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh citrusy hop cones with a nice carmel maltiness and a touch of oak. You've gotta hand it to DFH, they do an amazing job getting the beer to taste and smell like you just stuck your nose into a handful of hops. The flavor starts off with dark caramel malt, followed quickly by by hop bitterness and flavor. The hops are nice and citrusy, plenty of grapefruity flavor. I'm pretty sure I taste Chinook and some other American "C" hops. There is a hint of oak in the finish but it's light and not overpowering. I think this is the first time I've had this beer outside the EBF's, where it was hard to appreciate after all the other DIPA's, RIS, and barley wines.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, Single bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $3.99...
"An Oak-Aged Imperial India Pale Ale" written on the front logo sticker...
A very aggressive pour resulted in a five-fingered, full, foamy, and frothy head which nearly obliterated the glass... A huge appearance, ruby-red hue, slight dark-amber and mahogany brown...
Subtle, yet refined IPA aroma, filled with fresh hops, caramel, vanilla, pines, and grapefruit...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an obvious suggestion of freshly picked hops, pines ,grapefruit, citrus, lemon, lime, and phenols...
Mouthfeel was very rich and creamy, but the overall level of drinkability took a hit due to the hefty ABV and rich conglomeration of pine flavors which really stuck to the tongue and didn't let go, slightly cloying and overbearing...
Certainly not a horrible brew, but not the best depiction put forth from Dogfish Head...

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

Poured beautiful dark orange almost red with a thick ½ head. Smell of heavy, heavy hops - crisp to the nose, very fresh. Thick, sticky lacing wraps the glass. First taste - a mouthful of hops, very, very smooth, great mouth feel - lovingly bitter. Did I say, "Smooth and Hoppy"? What a nice hoppy/oak mix!

Very Nice. Very Nice!

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

I gave this 4,0 all the way around. It poured a lovely orange bronze colour with a nice 2-finger thick soapy head. Heavy, sticky lacing clung to the sides of my glass. Nice. Smell is sweet, candy hops. Almost smells like Dreadnaught with its fruity, mango-like aroma. I really enjoyed the smell of this one. Mouthfeel was right about where it needed to be in this one. Not too heavy, but certainly "meaty". I don't know if syrupy is the word I would use, but it certainly is thicker than I expected.
Where I can indeed tell that this is over 6%, I feel it drinks below 10, so the alcohol is well hidden. If I didn't know any better, I would guess this to be low 8's; 8,3, perhaps? This is really good beer and I'm glad to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of churchillps
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Really quite nice. A nice deep mahogany brown. Looks very clean, clear, and crisp. Not much carbonation at all. Thick, fluffy head that lingers awhile, superb lacing, and head retention dripping down the walls of the glass throughout drinking.

S: Toasty biscuit, hops, some floral accents, and wood that I assume is oak.

T: Especially creamy, really coating your entire mouth throughout. Toasted bread flavor really comes through, some nice rich wooden aged flavor, bitterness of the hops present but not at the forefront, and vanilla and citrus notes as the beer warms.

M/D: This is really heavy and creamy. Couldn't have more than 2 of these. The rich mouthfeel will keep me buying this as long as I can.

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

A: Pours a dark amber with a finger of foam that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lace on the glass.

S: Light floral and pine hops, a bit of malty sweetness. It's not overly strong in the nose, but it's appealing.

T: The hops are at the forefront, but at the same time they're also somewhat muted. It's piney, with a hint of floralness, but they aren't in your face. They're incredibly balanced by a nice malt backbone that hints at caramel, toffee, and even a bit of vanilla. The alcohol comes through a tiny bit, with a hint of warmth. This is extremely well-balanced.

M: Smooth, almost creamy. But viscous and pleasant. A nice sweet finish.

D: This is a surprisingly drinkable DIPA. Most of DFH's stronger offerings I find to be too sweet, but this time, this is incredibly well-balanced and tasty. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured 6-oz at a time into a Reidel "O" shiraz glass.

A = Deep, clear caramel amber color, small white to off white head that dissipates leaving good lacing on surface of the beer and light to medium on side of glass. Lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Fresh cream, fresh bread dough, light floral hops notes, well balanced.

T = Tastes of scones with clotted cream hit the front of the tongue and continue into the mid-palate, also traces of clover honey. On top of the many sweet flavors there is also a good amount of bitterness, some of it oaky tannins and some of it a floral hoppiness, all continue thourghou the taste into a nice long bitter finish, but even then there is a lingering sweetness in the middle and front of the tongue. Again, as with the smell, there is very good balance in this beer.

M = Medium to heavy bodied, good mouthcoating, carboantion stings just a little more than I would have liked given the high ABV. The combination makes a slight unpleasant burning on the middle of the tongue.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. In a blind tasting I would not have picked it out as a DIPA though, more of a hopped American Strong Ale, but whatever DFH wants to call this, it is enjoyable.

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