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 CalebM
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy orange, looking fizzy. Almost 2-finger head.

Smell: Sharp smell of hops, oak, and citrus.

Taste: True to the nose. The hops and alcohol hit me first, then I can perceive some more citrus peel. Initial bitterness and oakiness all ends in grapefruit and/or orange peel. Pleasant!

Feel: Full body, very carbonated--matches the intensity of the hops and citrus well.

Overall: Gets better with every sip. Past the 10% ABV lies quite a bit of flavor.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a local craft beer store in Jing An Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a pure hazy orange color with a 2 finger thick off-white head.

S: Citrusy with hints of floral hops. Hidden hops in here all over the place. Each sip revels a new classic hop note.

T: Heavy on the booze and hop - this beer has a sweet citrus taste up front followed by a dry kick to the face with lots of sap and grapefruit and some other citrus peel.

F: Full bodied with a bit of thickness in the feeling.

Overall: Nice beer - not sure if it lives up to the hype it receives. Nt a legendary beer but not bad at all either. In fact it's very drinkable, if a bit predictable.

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Photo of rjd722
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a very nice deep orange-amber, about a two-finger off-white foam head with great lacing and a film covering the top throughout.

Aroma: Citrus hops come through along with the slightly sweet and bready malts. There is definitely an oaky overtone that comes off as a bit musty, but it fits in really well.

Taste: Oakiness is more at the forefront of the taste, bready malts and citrus come through as well; nice and juicy.

Feel: This is an incredibly easy drinking 10% brew and it's really a unique offering. The two beers blend together extremely well and the way the citrus, hoppy IPA compliments the oaky old ale is excellent. I liked this beer a lot more than I had anticipated, glad I picked it up.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1 July but not poured until 3 Dec. Color is a dark amber, cloudy with a solid head. A very interesting ale. We can pick up the hops in the aroma and the oak in the taste. The English ale tempers what would be a stand-up Imperial IPA. A very tasty combination and Dogfish Head pulls off something most others could only aspire to. I'd watch out for this one, the high ABV sneaks up on you. Savor it with a light snack -- a nice sharp cheddar, a hard-boiled egg and bread would be about right. We have to go to Wisconsin for Dogfish Head; it's not sold in MN. It's a happy bonus on top of our periodic New Glarus beer runs to nearby Prescott, WI.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz with pry-off cap bottled on 07/01/2015. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with a puffy 2 finger head.

Smell: Bright citrus hops and fresh baked bread with warm toffee

Taste: Juicy hops with oak, vanilla, and caramel, bread malt. Hops up front and a 180 into malt and oak in the finish. Like two beers in one.

Mouthfeel: Full body and satisfying

Overall: A fine example of an IPA being aged. The oak will cover any lost hop aroma. The hop punch of a 90 minute up front quickly develops into the vanilla of american oak into an incredible finish just begging for another sip.

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Photo of TH28
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 9/2/15 bottle date (72 days old). Appearance: Deep golden orange, clear, with a moderate off white foam head. Nice lacing down the glass. Aroma: Pungent tropical fruit aromas (pineapple, mango, orange) with strong resin and a bit of green apple. Taste: Rich malt sweetness with some breadiness and caramel. Quickly rolls into a bold but balanced bitterness and hop flavors or resin, grass, pineapple, and grapefruit. Leaves a dry tartness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a low to moderate bitterness. Alcohol warmth is there but well hidden considering the strength. Finish: Dry, sticky resin on the tongue with long lingering bitterness and touch of bready malt. Overall: Really nice complex aroma. Malt character similar to other IIPAs, and the bitterness balances well considering it’s strength. Very drinkable for a beer of this s

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Photo of TheWolf
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - deep copper. Hazy opaque

Smell – Wow. I was skeptical but the balance between the oak, hop, and malt is amazing. Really a dynamic aroma. I can’t wait to taste it.

Taste - taste is true to smell. Very complex but the flavors blend beautifully together. The oak stands out but does dominate the palette. the hop bitterness follows the oak and keeps the oak controlled. But the malt smooths everything out and pulls everything together. I’m not a huge fan of malt forward IPAs but they are brilliantly used here.

Fee – great carbonation / great body. A big boy.

Overall. Not a go to IPA by any means. This is one you need to enjoy once in a while. But it is a treat and a good break from the “typical” ipa. Well done DFH.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's $10.00 or so for a 4pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high whitish, brownish head that lasts forever. Never made it to film out ever during the bottle

S- Oodles of oak and hops. Touch musty which I like

T- Very complex. Great hops. Wood is in your face on this one. Almost like staves were thrown in. Tremendous amount of heat though. The malt is there in spades and the sugar not too high. At least this one is not sickly sweet like so many other heavy IPA's out there.

M- Creamy a lot of heat.

O- Nice brew. Glad I have 4 but will not buy again. So many other ones out there to try but it is worth the $2.50/ea all the way

Food Pairing

This very good brew went very well with....... Cheese board with various pallet breakers like hot jelly, cured meats, honey and something a touch salty- I like oysters on the half shell to totally spin things around.


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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Burton Baton by Dogfish Head Brewery is a Double/Imperial IPA. Its froth is close to medium on the side of light on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its body is about the same on a similar scale. Its smell is refreshing and sort of sweetish. The color is of a slightly darker than usual effervescent amber.

The taste of Burton Baton is sort of unique. According to the brewer this is a sort of whiskey-esque Double, in that it is a combination of "new" brew and "old" brew, with the old brew being aged in barrels. I've got to say that this adds quite a sweet and mellow taste to the beer. It's as though the usual hoppy flavor is sort of veiled by this perhaps semi-smoky or sort of woody sweetness that gives it a really unique sort of scarf-taste over the hoppy taste if you will. The aftertaste still has the sort of characteristic hop taste, but it is somewhat sweetened by that same woodiness. The aftertaste sits nicely on the tongue as a sort of mellow spice.

Overall I would say this is a great beer. I really like the way that Dogfish Head tried something different here, and it makes for a great, very savory yet mellow, hoppy beer. Overall a great brew.

As a side note, it leads me to wonder perhaps as to the "original" flavor of the Double IPA, and if perhaps this sort of creative approach to modern Double IPA's suggests the original Double/Imperial taste per se.

I've heard conflicting stories as to the origin of this type of beer. One suggests that this Imperial title relates to the beer having been sent to the far reaches of the British empire, namely India and hence its extra hoppiness was good for preservation's sake per se. Another suggests that this same preservation was needed in the 14-17 hundreds and was requested by the Russian big-wigs per se from English brewers, and that the double hoppiness was both to their liking, and also amiable to the long voyage that such a journey may have been in those days(St. Petersburg on the East Coast of Russia was founded in 1700 or so according to Wiki, hence a beer voyage in those earlier days would have presumably involved both a land and sea voyage to Moscow).

Either way, original IPA's were probably in a sense barrel aged aswell. Hence perhaps this beer is a sort of more 'original" Double/Imperial than it might seem. Either way a great beer, the aged quality just makes it more sweet, tasty and mellow. A great beer with a different dimension than most other Imperials/Doubles.

The brewer's advisory to "hoard" it seems like a good suggestion.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I paired this one with a bowl of hot chili and it was not a disappointment. You can definitely smell the woody oak notes in addition to the sweet malts and light floral hop notes before you dive in. When you do jump in there is really good sweetness up front, almost fruity. The bite from the hops comes about mid sip and helps to clear the palate. Some whiskey-like dryness on the finish. Another great one from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Drank with sharp cheddar, blue cheese, salami, and pretzels.

L - red-amber color with a two-finger head. Lacing is gripping the glass and glides down very slow.

S - sweet fruit and vanilla notes. alcohol is prevalent, but not too noticeable. Interesting smell for a DIPA

T - The wood really stands out through the whole swig. Citrusy bitter hops but the vanilla-wood taste really smooths it out.

F - it is 10 ABV, but you can hardly tell. Light in body, but really smooth and easy to drink

O - Smooth-ness best describes this DIPA. The barrel-aging is a great addition to this beer, and it is year round! You can get a barrel-aged beer anytime you want. Dogfish Head did it again with this beer, so lucky to have them around. Cheers!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange almost Amber with a head that fizzles quickly.
Smell is vanilla fruit,peach and some others I can't quite put my finger on, and sweet malt.
Taste follows the smell very sweet with malty sweetness vanilla and fruitiness coming through. Slight hoppy bitterness but it doesn't overwhelm. Great beer.
The mouth feel is full, I would want to get a little more booziness on the finish but it was still very enjoyable.
Great beer, will definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of Vlaminck
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy, woody, sweet, bourbon like alcoholy smell. Sweet taste of vanilla, oak and molasses for me. Some fruity esters in the there likely from the yeast. Overall im glad I tried this, and surprised if found it. A very nice change of pace. Would I stock up on it. No. But I would have a bottle now and then or cellar one. At 10% that's all you need. Would love to drink one on a cold night around the campfire.

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Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting take on a well traveled style from Dogfish Head, this time for the imperial IPA. This drinks much more like the old ale thread than the hoppy double IPA it is blended with. Pours a very hazy dark copper, kind of like the color of honey. Head is worth admiring as you take in the bouquet.

Woody oak character is pronounced, though the bottle I had was not a recent bottling and so the hop bite likely as muted with age. Very smooth to drink, got some vanilla in the flavor and a beautiful caramel sweetness that was mouth coating. A single 12 oz bottle is perfect for sharing with another person, but it is restrained enough to drink in its entirety despite clocking in at a hefty 10% ABV. This is worth seeking out and cellaring for the right occasion.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy look. Smells sweet, bit o hops, bit o rubbing alcohol. Tastes pretty good. Kinda barley wine-ish taste. You get the oak. Overall. Nice to try. Not something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: An enormous, tightly-beaded, cream-colored head rests atop a hazy body of a deep honey color.

Smell: Fresh sprigs of mint hit the nostril along with a hint of vanilla and a handful of earth. It's a delicious scent that's both fresh and musky. A spritz of peach juice tops it off, while the smallest burst of bourbon smokes at the bottom, coasting across additional under-layers of pale malt and ripe cherry.

Taste: The malty backbone is sweet and complex, with flavors of multigrain cereal, rich caramel, condensed milk, and maple syrup. A savory, unexpected bite of bacon sprinkled with brown sugar provides interesting balance along with a taste of tart nectarine. While the sugary residue remains in the aftertaste, it gets pulled together by a medium-light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes this heavy flavor profile unusually refreshing, while the medium-full body feels just right. Alcohol warming is not present, but is not missed either, as there is plenty of else going on.

Overall: I have to state once more how remarkably refreshing this beer is in spite of its complex collection of dark, flavors. Light and dark, sprightly and deep, this artful beer is an ace at mixing separate sides of the spectrum.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As you can see from my rating, I like everything about this beer. Mouth feel, taste, look. I find it to be the beer that has no peer. It has a maltiness like a strong brown ale, but a hoppiness like the very best IPA. The oak flavoring is effective and makes is a world-class ale in my opinion. I compare it to Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but I find Burton to be smoother, maltier and sweeter and less bitter, though Burton is slightly boozier at 10% ABV. I would put this in the "one to have if you are having only one" category. Two of these might put you down. Share with a friend. Ages well. I've had a few tucked away, and Burton gets even smoother with age. It is not a beer for every occasion, but when called upon, it never fails to deliver.

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Photo of username
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/01/15.

Deeper copper color (SRM 4-7ish). Fairly fluffy cap which dissipates to moderate retention. Fairly hazy. Technically unusual for style but looks very nice regardless.

Smells strongly and primarily of hops with a bit of oak towards the end. Hop aromas are more of the floral, spicy, and pine nature as opposed to citrus — in fact, don't really detect any citrus at all.

Taste is great. There is a distinctive nuance of oak towards the end as advertised which makes a huge difference. Otherwise, floral, spicy, and oddly, more of a citrus flavor whereas the aroma is more piney. Seems rather complex/layered, quite a bit going on.

Feel is maybe a bit to the aggressive side, but very favorable. Absurdly easy to drink for ABV.

Overall I wish I had tried this brew much earlier, however don't know that I would've appreciated it as much without trying numerous other IPAs/DIPAs prior. Absolutely love that the oak is actually present and not just a marketing gimmick — I would probably drink it even without the oak aging on the regular. Good stuff.

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Photo of genott
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice amber color with a decent, one finger orange-y head. Nose of vanilla, malty sweetness and slight woody smoke. Similar taste with a surprisingly low alcohol presence despite the 10% abv. Balanced hops and malt flavors with citrus and vanilla. Dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured into a snifter
Very thin head dissipated quickly. Deep murky golden color. Smells of malty roasted sweetness with a touch of hoppy brightness. Taste very smooth, semi sweet with almost no noticeable alcohol heat. Can taste a bit of wood. Overall very good beer, definately improved with age.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into ale glass

Color is a nice amber, lots of head and sticky lacing

Smell is of oak and vanilla.

Strong malt profile, vanilla up front. The hops and a citrus taste come in later.

A little unbalanced, not badly so. Impressive lack of alcohol burn at end, only a little bit. Pretty full-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Can't believe I never tried this before. It's quite good.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big vanilla and soft citrus notes on the nose. Elegant, woody, sunset-tinged brown color. Middling effervescence, but it doesn't need it. Oaky, tannic bite predominates the edges; vanilla, orange-blossom, honeysuckle, molasses, and candied malt comprise the heart; a velvety, white-chocolate hinting finish hangs around, but doesn't seem uninvited. The English Old Ale is the overriding melody, but there's a subtle hopped counterpoint that adds thyme-based herbal and chewy pine-nettle notes, as well as informing the *very* subtle lemon-juice touches on the nose, the mid-palate, and the (super) late linger.

Boom. What ho. Great big-ass beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of those rare beers that defines easy classification or description. Pours a mostly clear light brown and only a bit of head. First smell is wood and raisons. Lots of wood and raisons. Beyond that, it's hard to say. Earthy, gritty, savory in a way that perhaps a chili with some smokiness is savory. Tastes like a meal that you'd piece together on a camping trip with spare food items in a log cabin. A hint bitter on the end but not like any IPA I've ever had. Actually, it's more similar to a rich, dark nut brown ale, only not as dark either. Worth trying just because this is one of Dogfish's better crazy experiments, and it's delicious in a rather sophisticated, esoteric way.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/20/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak – a little fruity
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 2.5 mm ring and layer
Lacing complete creamy ring with rocks
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor – kind of lagerish – unremarkable; no alcohol, no diacetyl; re-evaluate at one year
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5. Rating 3.28

Edit 1/6/17 - same batch
This time served in a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma has some oakiness which I didn't notice before
Flavor of alcohol and oak, while subdued, are noticeable this time around.
Appearance and palate remain unchanged but aroma and flavor both get kicked up to 3.25.

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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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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,529 ratings.
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