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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 6,603 |  Reviews: 1,884
Photo of mitch3114
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dense cream-colored froth crowns this deep amber brew and extends to the rim of the tulip. Caramel and faint hops are noticed in the aroma, but take some effort getting to. Tastes of caramel and brown sugar up front with the wood and vanilla notes quickly showing themselves strong before a faint presence of pine is noticed. Alcohol heat is strong at the end; showing who's boss and demanding respect. Body is medium to heavy and quite creamy, but doesn't ever feel "big".

What an excellent change from all the West Coast vs. East Coast biz, and a very tasty and well-made one at that.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colbywatts
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only had a small sample of this. Poured a nice amber orange with a thick tan head. Mild hop and nice vanilla oak flavor give this beer a unique and delicious taste. A good sipping beer.

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Photo of FlaS4
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Darwin68
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper with just a hint of fog to it. Three fingers of khaki head, which retains well. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is oak, pine, bread, and alcohol. A touch boozy. Flavor profile is oak, pine, resin, bread, with a touch of boozy, alcohol. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a velvety, smooth texture. It's quite filling. Overall, the oak and alcohol both show up, limiting this to a slow sipper.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a teku glass

hazy orange copper in color, two finger off white foam cap, sticky lacings, frothy sudsy head

aroma of pine hops, citrus hops, malts and oak

taste has citrusy hops with accents of oak and malts

no bitter bite, but the hops nicely linger on the tongue, alcohol is well hidden

Good beer, sorry I waited so long to taste it

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Photo of baldy00
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light clingy lacing sticking and then sliding into the beer. The smell started off with a resinous citrus to piney bittering sort of sharp hoppiness about it and then allows a nice slightly woodiness to enter into some sharp sweet caramel malts. The taste was entirely bittersweet, no ifs ands or buts, all the way through just like a spectacular DIPA should be. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body as I tended to sip it for the most part. It had a slight sharp carbonation about it. Bitterness was there but nothing overbearing. Overall, very good DIPA that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Kbret
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Dogfish Head brews. I love the off centered beers for off centered people sloagon. The mix between the English ale and the ipa exploding together on fermination and chilling in oak barrels for a month is nothing short of amazing. Smells of pine hops. The taste is a vanilla, carmel, malty, oak, and hops. Very smooth drinkablilty for a heavy ten percenter...

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Photo of Radford007
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best of Dogfish's brews with 90 minute coming a close second! This beer has body, taste is smooth as Demi Lovato's backside! Color and shine of Nicki Minaj sunbathing nude in Vegas! Plus the bottle itself will remind you of a beer you'd find at an Oklahoma vs Texas Game. Drink this beer!

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A hazy orange brew with a slightly off white and dense head. Streaks of lacing left behind. Smells like oranges, vanilla, caramel, and sweet malt. The taste is citrus (mainly orange), vanilla, oak, caramel with a bit of lemon zest. There is a nice, malty sweetness and a nice bitter finish. It is a little hot but that is to be expected in a beer this big. This is a really tasty DIPA.

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Photo of rpjterp
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer by Dogfish, went to the brewery and the owner happened to be behind the tasting room bar pouring and suggested Burton Baton, it didn't disappoint. Looking forward to my next Dogfish recommendation.

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Photo of ledouge
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of descobar
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 12 oz bottle: aroma - very sweet caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar. hint of vanilla with just a faint sign of oxidation. appearance - pours deep amber, with a thin off-white head of maybe quarter inch thickness with low retention. the beer is hazy bordering on muddy although it seems to clear a bit as it warms. light lacing is observed. taste - complex combination of bold malt sweetness together with intense bitterness that slams the palate. the evidence of oak aging is definitely there with vanilla notes in the background. palate - this is a medium/full bodied beer with resiny, oily texture and pronounced astringency. medium carbonation. finishes long and strong with intense sweetness that lingers overall - this beer is not for the faint of heart. obviously does not mellow with age as some other strong ales and barleywines. as with other DFH beers, it promises intensity and it does not disappoint. after 3+ years this is more old ale than imperial IPA. if you enjoy old ales, put a few away and enjoy a treat a few years down the road!

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Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy, white, one finger head; hazy adobe to orange reddish color, quite a muddy looking beer honestly, very prominent lacing
S: immediately spicy, earthy and malty with a hop bite coming in as well, its a very pungent aroma that coats the nose, honestly. I do get suggestions of the old ale but more in the sense of a J.W. Lees Harvest ale, there is a subtle caramel here melded with the very grainy initial character of the malt. This is definitely one to sit with (not even because of the strength of the beer) because its opening up allows for more to parse through, so give it time, the vanilla becomes a mildly present tone, emerging from the sweetness of the malt
M: very soft and delicate, sits lightly on the tongue
O: This is an odd beer, and indeed one that scratches an itch I don't think I've ever had or will ever have. Don't get me wrong, this is a very interesting (and yes, very good) and entrancing beer, but I can't think of a time when I would want something in the vein of a burton baton, it's a thick, pungent and almost must experience and if that sounds appealing, given what else I've written about it then grab some now, I kinda feel the same way about this that I do about theobroma, it's very good, but I can't really see a place for it on my particular shelf.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,603 ratings
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