Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

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

Pours a burnt orange color with little to no head. Smell is citrusy with some wood coming through. Taste of grapefruit, pine and vanilla. The hops are not overpowering at all and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a well crafted beer and goes down quite easy for a beer of 10%.

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

The appearance is slightly more ruddy than a typical double, but I suspect that is from the wooding.

The smell is very balanced, a light nuttiness mixed with mature floral hops. Just beautiful.

The taste is a fruity hops with a little pineapple, some light pine, and a good amount of wood sense, but not at all overpowering.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with ultra chewy lacing.

If you can find it, get it, this beer is awesome.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Stubbie's Gainesville, FL. Served in Chimay glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, one finger of fluffy head and moderate lacing throughout.
Rich smell of piney/citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, and oak.
Tastes of bitter citrus, sweet caramel malt, and oak. The oak flavor is prevalent and mixes well with a noticeable alcohol burn.
I love the mouthfeel of this beer. It coats the mouth with a heavy hop bitterness, the hops begin to yield to the sweet malt and oak flavors, and finishes dry with a warm alcohol burn.
Drinkability is great. If you like the style of beer you will be happy until the end. Drink it slowly, complexity changes as the beer warms. Overly drinkable for such a potent beer.
A great beer by a great brewer, highly recommended.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber honey with a textbook two inches of sturdy, creamy beige head that holds like stone after rockily settling to one inch. Great retention; a little stringy lacing. Awesome.

Strong hop aromas with a little astringency. Lemon rind, leather, caramel malts, earthy woody background.

Wow. Really interesting taste/feel with a lot going on. Wet grass, weed, dryness (if that is a possible taste), maple syrup, bitter orange potpurri and an underlying oak flavor that changes as you taste but lingers warmingly after you swallow. Very whole and complex.

Lovely. Nicely carbonated (both subtle and prickly) with a creamy and coating feel in general. Medium body and a warming tingle from the hops, alcohol, and barrel (at least I assume so). Very nice.

A very fine beer.
I am not a huge fan of barrel aging in many instances, but this is a fine tasting beer that is in your face and bold without being needlessly 'fancy' (for lack of a better term) with it.
The beer pours beautifully and has a very pleasant aroma that hints at the beer's complexity but doesn't give it away. The first taste made me audibly say 'Wow!' if that means anything to anyone. A very long and multi-faceted flavor experience hits you and the beer has a near-perfect tingly, creamy, rich and bone dry palate. All-in-all: Delicious.
Would have again; worth getting ahold of.

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

Cool label. I think I may have overpaid for this. $6.45 a bottle at Downtown Liquors in Somerville. But hey, I had to buy it, because I knew it wouldn't be coming to Utah--ever.
Bright golden orange to copper body with a small, but prevalent, off-white/sand head. Decent lacing. Aromas of candied fruit (pineapple, mango, pear, etc.), cedar, alcohol, some caramel even, along with a healthy dose of resiny, pitchy hops. Very nice.
Tangy sweet fruit flavors up front. Malt develops some sweetish caramel roll flavors too, but the tangy, slightly acidic fruitiness stays there. Right before the hops come in, the palate turns oaky with some tannins. Interesting. Hops are resinous and spicy and provide an ample bitter burn. Alcohol is there, but isn't out of whack, it just adds to the complexity. Medium-full bodied; starts with a frothy, creamy-yet-bubbly mouthfeel, and then gets thicker in the finish. Worth $6.45, but sadly, this was my only bottle.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before date (though just purchased and already sold out!)

A - dark amber, mild carbonation, small head which resolves relatively quickly with little lacing

S - nice hoppy nose with a bit of pine, but also some toasty malt and a bit of cedar

T - ultra complex, easily one of the most impressive beers I've had in a while. Hoppy bitterness resolving surprisingly quickly into a toasty malt with a bit of vanilla and an enduring bitterness and a warming booziness

M - buttery smooth balanced with a bit of carbonation, very warming

D - evil drinkability, goes down really smooth with some delightful warming

Spectacular beer; really need to find some more.

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

From notes 09/08/10. Poured from 12oz bottle to oversized wine glass.

A- Deep copper/burnt, 1cm tan head, thick, cloudy

S- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hops, alcohol

T/M- Roasted hops, toffee, alcohol, caramel, smooth and sticky, resiny and mildly chewy.

D- Potent glory. I have trouble finding this, but I want to buy a case to keep around and play with different age levels.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, packaged 10/2010 poured into a pint.

A- Tight 1 finger doughy head atop a cherrywood red body with just hints of amber around the edges. Excellent head retention. Exceptional lacing, there is just a wall of foam down the side of my pint. Best lacing I have ever seen. Slight chill haze.

S- Whoa! Booz hits you right away. At 10% I wouldnt expect any less. Lighter notes of hops and vanilla-esque oak scents drift upwards.

T- Very strong! Initially booz and hop bitterness dominate. As it warms, you get the alcohol punch right away, but then a rapid succession of wood, malt, fruity hops and bitter hops lap at your tongue like waves on a lake. A strong breath of alcohol tops it off as a finale.

M- Very good. Carbonation is extremely light which lets the bitterness counteract the alcohol on the finish.

O- Great intense brew. If you can find it get it! It will not disappoint!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A friend of mine introduced me to this beer as "like the 90, but less bitter". In a nutshell, he was right.

Look: Amber in color. Cloudy, not clear. Decent head.

Smell: Sweet, hops, slight vanilla and citrus

Taste: Less hop bitterness than the 90 Minute. Spicy, slight citrus flavor. Hoppy aftertaste. Dogfish head has the IPA game down. A very good one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied. Refreshing and high on carbonation.

Overall: I prefer this over the 90 minute, but barely. I keep comparing it to the 90 Minute, because to me, it's so very similar, but slightly different. The main difference is it's just less bitter, and less strong hop flavor. Maybe it's a bit sweeter, but I give this the edge over the 90 Minute. One of my favorites from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this imperial IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IIPA poured a orange amber color, produced an average white head, left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. above average retention. The aroma consisted of toasted malt and floral citrus fruit. Full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel-There is a foundation of malted grain, herbal hop flavor, fresh fruit, citrus grapefruit and oak. Outstanding Imperial IPA another great offering from Dogfish Head

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a viscous dark golden amber with a slight haze and a frothy and tall off-white head which fell back slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was strong with grassy hop aromas and plenty of oak character. Behind the floral, grassy, oak presence was a caramel maltiness hiding somewhere in the back waiting for a chance to emerge.

The flavor was less powerful that expected. The hop presence was citrusy and grassy, but muted by time and aging. The malts were merged with bittering to form a complexity not generally found in a freshly brewed beer. The fruitiness was well done and worked with the malt and bittering. The alcohol, while present, was not over the top and was well presented. The oak character from the aroma was present in the flavor, but well done and never overpowering.

The finish was just almost dry with lingering muted hop presence and deep maltiness that lasts plesantly long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and only lessened by slight carbonation and the distinct alcohol presence. The alcohol mainly manifested itself in the warming after consumption.

12 ounce bottle. Kudos to Sam, great job!

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Photo of blackc5
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber with massive foaming head that stays forever. Above average lacing as well.

S - Lots of fruity grapefruit and lemon, as well as some floral hops, and wonderful toasted oakey malts.

T - Wonderfully complex - definitely can taste the 90 minute in it, and the oak adds a nice layer to the flavor profile. Very nice balance of the oak, very citrusy hops, some floral elements to the hops, and that expected DFH malt base.

M - Thick, chewy and yet creamy. Outstanding, and one to let linger on the tongue.

D - No alcohol noticeable despite the 10%, and this goes down as easy as any standard IPA, but offers so much more. Outstanding.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a cloudy dark copper color with a dense, long-lasting head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The aroma is rich with oak as well as pineapple, lemongrass, a little toffee from the malt and a hint of vanilla.

The beer tastes great. Loads of flavor: Piney resin, pineapple, lemon, oak, vanilla, caramel. It's mouthpuckering goodness that makes you want to go back for more.

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- so smooth, almost creamy and a wee bit sticky.

Overall, simply an outstanding brew that i wish I could get on a regular basis. Great stuff.

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Photo of utfiero
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- cloudy apricot amber. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- apricot marmalade and grapefruit zest.

Taste- Starts hoppy but quickly mellows with malty buttery smoothness with a hint of burnt toast and vanilla finishing with a long and strong grapefruit with subtle evergreen notes. A suburb imperial IPA.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1-3-14.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite DFH brews! A pretty looking copper and slightly orange pour, head quickly dissipates, yet, a thin ring like and frothy lace retains throughout. Initially I detect a malty and caramel sweetness in the nose; then, a strong scent of piney hops followed by a biscuity aroma as the drink warms. A wonderfully complex taste; caramel sweetness as well as fruits that is balanced by tons of hops. Also there is a strong woody and oaky presence. Smoky, spicy, creamy and soapy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. High ABV which definitely hits you hard, yet, all the wonderful flavors mask it. I truly love this beer!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 04/22/16

Pours slightly hazy burnt amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, orange citrus, candied grapefruit, dried fruits, cherry, with mild herby grass and earthy pine. Tastes like sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, roasty malts, some chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, orange citrus, candied grapefruit, dried fruits, cherry, with herby grass and dry earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice oak-aged imperial IPA.

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Photo of stewart124
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color with some reddish hues. Pretty awesome head. Off white and rocky that leaves a beautiful lacing.

Plenty of citrusy hops in the nose to go along with the pine. Just a hint of oak and vanilla.

Bold and yet very easy to drink. I can really pick up some old ale characters and then I get a hit of hops in the finish. I can see why this goes over so well. Pear and apple esters that blend well with some orange notes. There is a deep warming sensation from the oak and old ale. Loads of resin and background bitterness. NIce touch of caramel and vanilla as this warms. Some of the hops mellow and the body seems to pick up.

Very nice beer. Some warming alcohol but nothing to take away from this Imperial IPA.

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Photo of GregA135
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish head is one of my favorite breweries!
This IPA had a golden amber color.
Smelled of malt, hops, a hint of orange and oak
Taste was great! A great Imperial IPA with a nice oak hop bite.
A full bodied IPA with a great taste
Dogfish Head makes great IPA's!

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Photo of bigboytim28
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer review on this website. So, Im gonna caution this with saying, IM A TOTAL HOPHEAD. 12 oz bottle poured into regular pint glass. AROMA hits you right out of the glass. Exceptional double that creeps up on you. A must try for all hop heads and overall a good beer for anyone.

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Photo of marvin213
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like a bad-ass beer. Dark brown like a bronze medal or something. Perhaps the best non-brew physical thing I can compare it to is a hot-tanned female Brazilian body...it's appealing like that, anyway. The head might be a little lacking, but what's there lingers for the sitting's duration. The thin layer of foam left atop this beer leaves it a little enigmatic to me...kinda like the mix of young and old mentioned on the bottle. Who would've thought this would work so well?

Smells delicious. Considering my earlier hot body type imagery, the aroma is decidedly more masculine. It is a delicious--even yummy--concoction. I have to sip and taste it to figure out why I shouldn't give it a perfect score. My reason--it's too simple. It's just a delicious DIPA bolstered by oak. That's what you have here. It reminds me of a wine in the way it improves as it seems to breathe. Every sip's worth savoring. Though I'm no certified expert on the nuances of beer, I'm confident that's not what's intended here. Without anything overly, outwardly unique, the key here is that the beer is simply delicious. Hoppy yumminess with a taste of the perfect beverage medium--oak. The mouthfeel is like the rest--wow good without complexity. I really just hold each sip and...can't really explain why it's just so good--just a DIPA with oak. Still, it seems better than any other I've had.

I'd give it a 5 for drinkability, but I will pass on another one for now. It's just too simple.

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Photo of kb199
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh dear god.... This was recommended to me, as I was drinking a Hop Sun, and man, did it blow me away. the hops is balanced by a sweet, almost honey flavor. You can hardly taste the 10% at first, but it does warm you from the inside as you work your way down the beer. Great beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus, wood, and sweet caramel. Upfront blend of earthy and floral hops with big hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Barrel hints of oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and dates. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, pine, wood, and caramel. Upfront juicy and oily taste of earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, and lemon. Solid balanced barrel presence with notes of wood, oak, and vanilla. Sweet bready malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, yeast, and cracker. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, dates, and fig. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Oily and fairly chewy. Somewhat boozy but still fairly smooth for its size.

Overall: A really good twist on a imperial IPA. The barrel adds some interesting notes without overwhelming the hops. A very good balanced blend.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Dogfish Head Burton Baton, bottled 7/27/14, straight from the brewery in Milton, Delaware. Drank out of my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful red copper color with a tightly bubbled white head and a serious amount of carbonation and soapy lacing.

Smell: The nose is downright sexy. Candied orange, pink grapefruit, caramel and toffee (lending some American barleywine type characteristics) and sweet alcohol (see previous parenthetical) make this beer irresistible.

Taste: A very complex flavor profile resulting from a balance that most IPAs (willingly) do not strike. The sweet citrus (orange/grapefruit) flavors of IPA mix with a big note of caramel/vanilla old ale goodness and ride the length of the tongue into the finish, which is very dry, juicy, and has a slight bit of alcohol sweetness and spiciness. This isn't the least bit offensive, and rather adds some dimension and drinkability because the alcohol cuts the sweetness of the foretaste. The taste is, as the nose hinted at, reminiscent of an American barleywine. But that's how big east coast Imperial IPAs used to be brewed.

Mouthfeel: very well executed feel. The vigorous carbonation makes this very big beer more drinkable than it should be. The finish is dry, making me want to take another sip. I gladly will.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle. Nice appearance with a hazy orange-ish body and a creamy dollop of white foam atop. The head retention is very good and it leaves some nice splotches of lace at the outset of the glass. Oddly enough, the Dogfish Head yeast is more prevalent in the nose than the hops are... odd, unless they were looking to show off some or the oak-aging. There's some wet-straw, a spoonful of sweet fruit, some nuttiness, a brush of woodiness, a touch of diacetyl, and a drip of honey. It's intriguing. The body is medium-full and dextrinous; and it slides so smoothly, almost oily across the palate with only a caress of very-fine bubbled carbonation on the tongue. The flavor mirrors the aroma with little more to offer than a mild vinous quality and a note of vanilla, but again, it's intriguing and engaging! The wood is clearly a massive part of this beer, and that alone deserves some attention as it's a great example of the type of flavors that the wood imparts, and it can even give you an idea of how these similar characteristics appear in in wine. On that same note, the 10% alcohol is apparent in the same way that it might be found in a fine wine. It's doesn't ever step from the wings but you always know it's there; and it plays a major role in the direct flavor and overall character of the beer. It appears in the finish once the dribble of juiciness runs off the palate, and it helps to dry things; but it's almost immediately backed by the drying, raspy nature of the wood. Tied together just a little more tightly, this could be a brilliant beer.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six of us attending a beer tasting that I hosted in my man cave pub gave this beer a score of 23 out of a possible 30 for and an average score of about 4. It ranked 4th out of the 12 beers we tasted. The group of six were divided evenly, 3 that favored IPA's and 3 that favored Stouts. Comes in 4 pack and can be found in most well stocked micro-brew stores.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,845 ratings.
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