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 ghostmech007
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle poured into a snifter glass from the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD. It has been aging for about 8 months so says the bartender.

Beautiful amber haze when out of the bottle. very thin beige color head. No stick on the glass.

Very powerful floral aroma. Fruit and toasted malts are present as well but very subdued.

Possibly the smoothest beer I have ever had. Ever. Big malty taste followed by floral notes again. A rather subdued hop flavor but you can still tell that they are there. On the other end are lots of fruit flavors, mango and peachs come to mind. You can also begin to taste the big alcohol note when it warms up.

A wonderful brew through and through. Had it with Brats and I thought I died and went to beer heaven. Will definitly pick this one up again. The label says to "...hoard from the non-believers." And that is exactly what I plan to do.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served into a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful full copper color with a sturdy two finger cream colored head. Fairly nice head retention for a beer of 10% abv.

Smell: Very sweet in the nose but I can smell a bit of hop in the form of citrus. Plenty of caramel and wood are present as well. Suprisingly no alcohol is noted for such a big beer.

Taste: EEEKKKK! This is one sweet beer! The massive sweetness is a bit off setting at first but as I relax and really dive in, I discover a nice hop bitterness to help keep me afloat amid the torrent of malt sweetness. Some phenolic spice, astringent alcohol and plenty of citrus are present. This really tastes like a barley wine, big and complex.

Mouthfeel: Very full mouthfeel but the presence of 10%abv helps to lean out an otherwise fat beer. Syrup like stickiness that lingers well into the throat.

Drinkability: I was shocked at such a sweetness for only 10%. That being said, this beer has plenty of flavors to keep a beer geek interested but I don't think I could drink more than one due to its cloying nature. I love Dogfish Head beer and applaud them for producing such a ballsy brew. Cheers!

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Photo of bosco7
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful copper color with a creamy light brown tinged head.

Lots of toffee, caramel, and oak in the nose. Not really a whole lot of hop aromas.

Holy crap this is a sweet beer. Caramel and whiskey dominate the palate. Some oak and rose like floral hop flavors present as well.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation lightly tickles the tongue. It was hard to put 12 oz. of this stuff down because of the sweetness. Might be interesting to age a bottle and enjoy in the Winter, but I found it hard to drink.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have mixed feelings about this beer. Dogfish describes this beer as "a blend of oak-aged English strong ale and our 90 Minute I.P.A." I love their 90 Minute IPA, but was not as keen on this beer. It had a sweet quality similar to (while certainly not as extreme) Avery's The Beast Grand Cru.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Honey amber in color with a 1 finger foam head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a decent amount of lacing behind after each sip.

Smell - Honey, lemony citrus notes, vanilla notes, hops and the pineapple scent that I get from the 90 Minute IPA.

Taste - Sweet. Almost to the point of cloying. The sweetness seems to mask a lot of the other flavors. I can taste honey with sweet malt, and a very slight hop backend. Tastes like a 90 Minute IPA with a bottle of wildflower nectar honey poured in it. The hops bitterness shows up more in the mouthfeel than the actual flavor of the brew.

Mouthfeel - Smooth going down with a bitter finish. 10% ABV becomes apparent once the beer has warmed up a little. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - This brew was too sweet to finish fast and too heavy feeling on the stomach to have more than one in one sitting. Definitely a sipper.

I bought a 4 pack and so far I have finished three (not at one time) and set one away for aging. Hopefully aging this brew improves it a little bit. Perhaps my palate is not as developed as it should be to fully appreciate this brew.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle from the original 2004 release with Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Tour. Served in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature and paired with Chaumes Veritable from France.

Appearance- Pours an attractive fiery deep amber, loud and hissing... the head fights to climb a few inches, but doesn't even remain paper thin after a minute. A few dots of lacing, without any retention.

Smell- Mature, full hop nose that carries a backbone of vanilla and wood from the oak aging.

Taste- This beer incorporates a boozy, almost whiskey cask flavor that intensifies the citrus finish. A woodsy tartness is evident throughout the time spent inside the mouth, coating the teeth and drying the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- With the most subtle carbonation, the texture expands marginally to add some body to the deep, oaky flavors here. This is not an easy beer to savor, sip, or swig... but it's an adventure nonetheless. I would have loved to have tried this pre-storage just to compare.

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Photo of Neehan
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a pure, nectar-like honey color with good retention and nice head presence. Clean smell of hops, but with extra richness and presence that goes deeper than other DIPA's. Smooth taste of an IPA, but more maltiness and not the blasting of hops that you would expect. Honeylike from start to finish. Similar to a combination of a DIPA and a well-aged barleywine. Warming in the body and the smooth nectar presence in the mouth is pure and perfect. Watch yourself so it doesn't go down so fast. Incredible stuff here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I feel I should review another beer with my pal AndoBrew or something. Let's do it!

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing head. AndoBrew, looking troubled, says it reminds him of "scary candy." Oh, how right he'll be!

Smell: Beyond a touch of wood shavings and an indistinct orange citrus note, its sweet-smelling candy sugar through and through. AndoBrew concludes Burton Baton has been conceived and made in the same vein as Avery's "Mephistopheles and Other Demons" line (i.e., jacked up sugar and alcohol content). I'm inclined to agree with him.

Taste: Terribly sugary, with a glaring sweetness that impairs the overall taste by laying waste to the other flavors of honey, apples, and pears. Even the bitterness is cowed by the sugar. AndoBrew's vote goes to "Watered down Toffee Brandy blended with a lil' bit of bad news." Right on, Ando.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but altogether cloying with a searing alcoholic warmth to it. AndoBrew says his mouth feels dried out and sugar-encrusted, like a "problem."

Drinkability: Essentially, I found this to be a flimsy IPA drenched in way too much sugar and alcohol. I feel fortunate to have survived this sugar-esque running of the bulls!

I wonder what beer AndoBrew and I will try next!

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Photo of ccrida
1.94/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear amber orange with a moderate white head that subsided to a thick skim leaving lots of thing, sticky lace.

The aroma is malty and with some pungent hops, but they are pretty faint, certainly for a Double IPA. It is mainly sweet.

The taste just smacks you upside the head with sugary sweetness. Lots of brown sugar and stone fruit like apricot. Where are the hops??? A bit of flowers try to break through that malt, but they ultimately fail. The finish finally reveals the oak, but man, this is a sugary strong amber ale in my mind. I was hoping that blending the 90min with an oak aged batch would temper the malty sugar bomb, but I was mistaken.

The mouthfeel is pretty viscous, inspite of the active streamers, this is syrupy.

The drinkablity on this one was low. Way to sugary and pretty much no hops. My beer store, which has pretty high turn over, just got this, so even though it's from back east, I doubt it's that old that the hops would have faded so much. And the malt is so sweet and fresh and sugary. I'll easily forget about the other one I have until it's well past it's prime I'm sure, even though that's probably 5-10 years out (prime being relative). From what I'd heard of this brew, it was very dissapointing. And then I remembered I've felt this way about pretty much ever DFH brew I've ever had!

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

Here's a drinkable, complex, high ABV beer that more than met my expectations. Poured into a pint glass, the brew sports a thick and rocky white head. Huge tufts of lace cling to the sides of the glass through the bottom of the beer. The liquid is a clear but deep copper. It has a much better head than most high alcohol beers.
The aroma is very interesting. There's a little ripe fruit, a bit of malt, and a huge, expressive hoppiness...citrus and must. There's also a wood character that makes a nice back-statement. The taste is sweet, but balanced with a long and solid bitterness. The beer if full bodied, and the flavors are very intense, which seems to hide the alcohol. Still, there's a little warming by the end of the glass. This is a great brew.

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Photo of crwills
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this in NYC, and got another from AlohaC as part of Secret Bunny 2007; not sure which this one was, so I'll thank AlohaC anyway! Thanks!

Poured a dark golden or light brown into an oversized wine glass. Very little head, but lots of lacing as I drink. Oak and vanilla are prominent in the aroma, with a little bit of piney hops and soap in there for good measure. Smells sweet, and the taste follows up big time. I actually was not a huge fan of this -- I realize the oak aging dulls the hops and increases sweetness, but for me it was surprisingly cloying. Maybe it was just the surprise factor, but I didn't find it as amazingly drinkable as some people have. Flavour is heavy on the vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, and molasses. A little bit of field fruit and grassy hops in there as well. Mild bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Well above average, but not knock-me-out wow.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this amazing beer as part of a trade with JasonM of Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a beautiful what i would call deep caramel color. Bright white head settles to leave a nice, long lasting layer of foam. Nice hoppy nose, faint odors of oak and tobacco, also possibly pears. Taste is very smooth. You can definitely taste the oak, it helps to mellow the characteristic extreme hop bitterness DIPA's usually have. It tastes more like a very hoppy barley wine than a DIPA. Very full bodied and well balanced. Alcohol gives a bit of bite to the back of the throat, but the overall smoothness brought about by the oak aging mellows it substantially.

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Photo of Flyer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my very favorite beers. Pours a nice orange-copper color with lots of fine streams of bubbles. Aroma is somewhat lacking. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and maybe a little pineapple throughout, oak, some caramel, with a nice crisp, only moderately bitter aftertaste. Despite the less-than-typical hoppiness, this year's blend reminds me more of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA and seemed to have a little less oak character than last year's batch, but that's a nit. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rayjay
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed and bottled 12-29-05, so this one's almost 1.5 years old. First time I've had it. Honestly I've done so much trading lately I forget who hooked me up, but it was an unexpected surprise and much appreciated. I'd been wanting to try this for a while.

A barleywine in appearance, it's a deep and thick amber that is not a particularly good friend of light. There is a small head of foam and the carbonation looks fairly inactive. Slight lacing, but honestly one of the better lacers I've had in the bottle from DFH. Pouring into a Belgian-style snifter, my trusty 2005 strong beer month glass. The nose is pretty ballsy, with crystal and carmel malts dominating, and some alpha hops, but in the back. Smells a bit oxidized like mud, lets hope for the best. Perhaps this doesn't age with the best of them after all? Time to find out.

Mmm! It's got lots of chocolate malts upfront, lots of carmel malts and faint bitterness in the middle, and finishes with the faint hoppyness and big malt body fading away with some soft water and alcohol. Reminiscant of Old Stock from North Coast. No oxidation present, although I can certainly tell it's a vintage beer. Faint heat. Really a ton of malt in this bad boy. I definatley wouldn't call it a 2xIPA, but I won't penalize it for the classification. I'd say old ale or barleywine for sure, but I'll let the brewers make the call. Great after dinner drink, maybe with a cigar.

Carbonation is neither here nor there. The few bubbles rise extremely slow, almost hanging in suspention, and are a blast to watch every time I stir the glass. This one could be a real challange at room temp...I'd recommend it straight from the fridge and let it warm slowly over the course of enjoying for 45 min or so. There are more drinkable challanging big beers out there, but this one is quite nice. Cheers to DFH!

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

Bottled on date 1/08/07. 12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH snifter

Appearance: Reddish amber with peach hues. 1/2 inch fluffy head that quickly dissipates and forms a ring around the edge of the glass

Smell: Sweet fruit like pineapple, peach, apricot and mango. Hop oil and a slightly grassy aroma is also noticable.

Taste: Upfront there is a stone fruit sweetness the quickly gives way to an alcohol bite and a quick hop punch. Very strong malt flavor for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: moderate bodied with low carbonation due to the oak aging of half the beer. Coats the mouth with sweetness and lives an astringic drying sensation from the high alcohol.

Overall: Truely an excellent beer, simple but original concept from the guys at DFH. Although the presence of the 90 min ipa is very strong, still an interesting and incredibly enjoyable brew. At 4 bucks a pop, it is a rare treat to be sipped and enjoyed with friends.

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Photo of Mdog
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark copper, small head but good lacing.

Smell: Very complex for my nose. Citrus, woody notes, dark fruit smells can all be found.

Taste: I'm really impressed by this even though it doesn't pack the bitter punch I'm used to from DIPAs. This beer is quite sweet with a kind of wine-like bite. A complex mix of dark fruits, sweetness, and a little citrus makes this very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This went down really good. I'd like another but it's a little pricey to blow through in one day.

My favorite style is the DIPA, this beer is unlike any other DIPA I've had. But it is an excellent beer and one I'll definitely come back to.

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Photo of macster
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper-orange color. Produces a thin white head which reduces to a swirly, paisley pattern of foam. Some dispersed streaky lacing along the sides of the snifter.

Rich, sweet aromas of caramel and butterscotch candies along with honey and maple syrup come immediately to the forefront. More sudued notes of citrus/pine hop resin, vanilla, raisin, flowers, alcohol and freshly cut wood float in the background.

Palate was fairly slick and sticky, but perhaps just slightly on the thin side for such a huge brew.

The flavor department delivers quite a pancreas stimulating sweet malt-monster here with notes of candy sugar, orange blossom honey, butterscotch, caramel and rum cake. Subtle flavors of citrusy hop flowers, spices, vanilla bean and toasted oak come to the rescue to tame the insulin-soaked sweetness of this malty ale.

Finishes sweet and very warm; reminiscent of rum soaked fruitcake. Overall not what one would consider a well balanced DIPA, but still a solid and unique beer well worth exploring.

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

Beautiful mahogany color, clear, with a substantial head and excellent lacing. Full spicy/earthy hop aroma, with a touch of fruitiness. The taste is quite sweet malt with a little butterscotch. Bitterness is moderate but there's some dilectable spicy hop flavor. Quite estery yeast character. Finishes with lingering sweetness and a tad bit of alcoholic bite.

This would be an odd IPA, let alone double IPA. I would have guessed barley wine would be a much better style category. But it's very characterful and tasty regardless.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep orange color with just a bit of white head. Leaves nice lacing along the edges of my snifter.

Smells of citrusy hops and sweet fruit.

Taste is very much like that of the other big IPA's from DFH. Hops are not overly pronounced. Has a very lingering sweetness that some dislike but I don't mind at all. Sweet pineapple and tart grapfruit blend nicely.

Well balanced. A blend of their 90min and something oak aged although I couldn't taste any of the barrel aging. Very fine brew.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with rosey hues. Light tan foam reaches almost an inch and holds up well. Nice appearance. The smell seems a bit faint really, some light hops, with a hint of caramel sweetness underneath. The alcohol fume creeps out some after while.

The taste is a different story, this beer is a complete malt bomb, intensely sweet with sugar, caramel, and raisin. It's definitely too sweet, with a moderately warming alcohol finish. The hops and expected hop bitterness for a DIPA just aren't really there in the flavor. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat thin, with a syrupy slickness. The carbonation is very fine but decently sharp.

The first time I tried this beer I hated it. I waited to review it this time and have realized that it just wasn't what I expected. I should have known better what to anticipate because this is just like all the other big DFH beers, strong and malty sweet. It's not bad, but not great either, just drink it slow and it will grow on you.

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

Perfectly clear copper appearance. Slender white bubbly head. Lace is sporadic and web like. Pretty nice aroma and quite unique actually. Nice fresh hop flower aromas, but not like a West Coast DIPA. This is a little more fragrant perhaps but also mutated into something totally different by the presence of the oak barrel traits. It's all good. Upon first tasting this, I realize that this beer has got some character. Very rich malt base of nougat and caramel and toffee. Pretty sweet actually. (But that's not out of the realm for DFH and DIPAs. See 120minute for example.) Layered on top of the decadent maltiness is some spiked fruit punch character and some oakiness. Hoppy?? Not really. Bitter?? No. Good?? Yes!! Very...

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Photo of scorched
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Michael Jackson tasting glass, this near-red pale ale is a real beaut. A thin head, which quickly dissipates, bit laces the glass and stays put throughout.

The smell is fantastic. Rich, hoppy, malty, oakey.

The taste... almost overpoweringly malty, which is a bit surprising, being a double IPA. The hops are definitely there, being a dogfish head beer, I'm sure the IBU's are pretty high up there. Definitely an oaked beer. VERY smooth and robust.

Mouthfeel, as described in the taste, is extremely smooth.

Drinkability is a bit lower, being so overpoweringly malty and boozy, but an all-around fantastic brew.

Drink it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a short head that fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing. The aroma is of bitter hops, oak, and sweet malt. Very balanced. The flavors are amazing. Perfectly balanced oak, sweet malt, and hops again. The hops are bitter, earthy, and piney. There are also flavors of candy sugar, a chewiness from the malt, maple, and charred oak. A little on the sweet side, but the oak tannins and hops both balance the flavors. The mouthfeel is just the right body for the flavors, and mostly creamy with a touch of tannins. This is one great beer. Its definitely a sipper, but its so delicious you can't help wanting more.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nic. Beautiful clear amber with a short lived beige head. A bit of swirling brings it up again and leaves nice clinging lace. Smells of auslese and carmel. These smell assert themselves in the taste as well. So very sweet. Cloying. The taste gets better and the sips get larger after you let yourself get accustomed to the sweetnes. I think there may be hops in here somewhere, but I can't be sure ;)

Nice mouthfeel, creamy and full. Drinkability is not so good because of the sweetness and the warming alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not one I'll be buying again.

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Photo of BBM
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep amber color, very clear and somewhat carbonated. There really was no head to speak of, though there was a bit of white lacing around the glass. Aroma was dark fruits, earthy hops, and a certain bread-like quality.

This is a powerful tasting beer, but perhaps not in the way it was intended. Very sweet dark malts come through, with hints of raisins, dark fruits, caramel, perhaps even red wine. The hop profile is there but overpowered by the sweetness. The oak barrel is especially subtle; I would have liked a slightly more woodsy flavor, I think. The finish packs a warming alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Drinkability suffers from the sweetness and alcoholic finish.

Overall I had very high expectations for this one; perhaps too high. It is a solid brew, and certainly worth trying, but it was too sweet for my tastes, and the oak-aged IPA didn't come through strongly enough. Personally, I'll take the 90 Minute over this one just because it's a more balanced beer. But this is still solid. Just a bit disappointing.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for this one. He's a solid trader.

A nice looking IIPA/DIPA or whatever the hell it is. It has a deep bronzed amber body, with a fairly vigorous, fine level of carbonation. It easily supports is two finger pale tan coloured head, with its sild, whipped appearance. Clingy lacings defy gravity and rest where they formed inside my glass.

Peaches and cream, vanilla, citrus, and a touch of caramel sweetness along with bready malts.

Yup, sweet peaches and cream, along with a good dose of vanilla, and drizzled with caramel. The oak reveals more of its woody character in the finish, along with a hint of oily hops with flavours of citrus and pine.

A very interesting brew with lots going on in it. Too sweet for my tastes, but very interesting nonetheless. A hoppy brew, although the bitterness is almost entirely cut with the sweetness. The oak is evident in pleasing notes of vanilla and a woodsy finish. Just too much sugary sweetness for my tastes.

Again the syrupy sweetness detracts from the drinkability of this brew in my opinion. That being said, this would make a fine desert beer, and would likely pair very nicely with grilled pork, vanilla ice cream or peach deserts. Its a nice beer that im grateful to have tried. Not going to rush out and try to get my hands on more, but probably will in due time if the opportunity arises.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,518 ratings.
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