Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

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

Revisit: 27 Dec 16
12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 06/22/16

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a DFH glass a hazy dark golden orange/amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a small creamy off-white head, which also leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, sweet, some hops, some citrus, slight oak. The taste is malty, sweet, some hops, citrus, oaky. Full Body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, still a very tasty brew, quite different take on the style, no chewyness/thickness at all for such a higher ABV DIPA. Glad to see it around here, it's been maybe 10 years since I've last had this brew. Would be nice to see the last/original date of the review on this page, and not have to go looking it up, from day one of the first review ever posted on the brew.

A - Pours a clear reddish/brown golden in color, some carbonation, basically no head or lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts, citrus, grapes, and some spices.

T - The taste is sweet and slightly bitter, can taste the grapes. The alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a totally different DIPA than any that I have ever had in the past, kinda tastes like a Beligian Strong Dark Ale. I've never had a oaked aged DIPA, that could be the difference. Not hoppy at all, but very tasty, highly recommended.

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

Dogfish Head has just impressed the hell out of me lately.

A- Beautiful orange/amber color. Looked like a burning ember when held to the light. Cream colored head, insane spiderweb lace. This is one good lookin brew.

S- Smell was hoppy and citrusy- pine notes mixed in with some caramel undertones. Certainly added to the drinking experience.

T- The wood really came through on this one and balanced out all of the different flavors. The hops were fresh and tasty (citrus-earthy- nothing too bitter)- caramel, some vanilla. An insanely tasty DIPA- one of the best. That 10% ABV is hidden by the smoothness of the wood aging.

M- Creamy and smooth. Some burning in the back of the throat. Easy sipper.

D- VERY well balanced for a DIPA making this an easy drinking DIPA. I loved it and I am glad I had the chance to try this. One to look out for- for sure.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass to a clear golden / amber colour with a thinnish white head that holds up fairly well throughout drinking. A Little lacing is present above the beer line at all times.

Overall - first ever straight 4.5's! An excellent DIPA and will seek out again and again !

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Redish/amber with a thick foamy head that leaves behidn a good deal of thick lacing.
S- Soapy and malty.
T- Malty and citrusy with a numbing tingle in the back of the mouth. It's defintiely got an oaky taste, as well. It is apparently mixed with 90 minute IPA, which is my favorite beer. This is sensational. The oak-barrel aged part of it gives it more of an alcohol kick. Not quite as good as the 90, in my opinion, but still sensational.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain.

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

Bottle from 2010

A: poured into a snifter to a nice deep brownish orange with a half finger of off white head that is quick to fade to a collar around the glass
S: smells of citrus and caramel with some nice vanilla notes
T: taste is citrus and orange marmalade with some caramel and vanilla. slight piney and floral notes as well. swallow is more citrus and orange marmalade with some caramel, vanilla, and oak
M: pretty full bodied with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate.
O: It's ancient for a DIPA but it still tastes great. hops are subdued but it's still a great beer.

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

A - Brownish Orange, mildly turbid in appearance, 1/2 finger head, some lacing.

S - Malty Caramel with aromas of Dried Dark Fruits, Light brown sugar, citrus hops, slightly alcohol.

T - Very malty, Sweet candy, Grapefruit hops, hint of oak.

M - Low carbonation, thick but not over the top thick. Hop bitterness hits the entire tongue.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. The Alcohol burn is mostly hidden from all the Malt and bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. No fresh on date.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange amber hue with hints of ruby, head is a big two fingers, wonderful lacing and a thin foam remains during entire glass.

S: Vanilla, oak, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malt and a hint of breadyness. Smells fantastic!

T: Big flavors of vanilla, oak, sweet biscuit malt and a nice balance of piney citrus hops to crisp up the finish. Wonderfully complex flavor and well balanced.

M: Very crisp despite the high abv, medium body and the hops bite just a little on the finish, exactly what I hoped for.

D: Dangerously drinkable, no hint of alcohol, balance makes it very smooth and crisp on the finish that keeps you coming back for more. This is an outstanding beer, would love to see what its like in 6 months! Will be picking up lots of this one!

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Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the bottle label says, "Lush & enjoyable now, this beer ages with the best of 'em."

12 oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

This beer did pour our lush just like the bottle says and had a thick, but not syrupy weight. The view through the glass was very cloudy and orange-ish amber with lots of bubbles racing to the top. A very creamy head formed quickly and sat firmly in the glass without much dissipation. Scents of orange and grapefruit mixed in the aromas.

The mouthfeel was consistent with imperial ales, in that it was heavier and a bit creamy. This beer went down easy without any bite. The flavors of hoppy bitterness is delicious, but doesn't give you a kick or linger for too long. It left me eager for another sip. This is a very enjoyable beer to take your time with.

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

Pours a dark amber with brighter orange highlights and a two-finger creamy, dark straw colored head that left beautiful lacing.

Huge nose of citrus hops: lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit. There's some vanilla and oak along with some bready aromas over a toasted, earthy malt background.

Taste is toasted biscuits with some buttery caramel malts before an explosion of citrus hops: again, orange, lemon and grapefruit. Nice bitter dry finish, but not overwhelming. Wonderful balance between the toasty oak, malt, and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied. Great balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops.

With a well hidden ABV, I seems as though I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an amber color with thick off-white head, leaves a fine lace and is lightly effervescent

S: smells very much like their 90 minute IPA, though slightly more alcohol on the nose. Overall citrus notes and

T: citrus hop bite up front, followed by some alcohol burn, though very slight and a woody almost roasted finish, that lingers with a trace of hop bitterness

M: medium body, a little creamy almost, perfect carbonation to accompany

O: a great beer, I did not know what to expect and this came out to be a wonderful strong Imperial IPA, delicious.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5th of the 6th offering from my first trip to Abe's Cold Beer, what a place. I was glad to get a shot at yet another Dogfish offering (though I'm not sure I'm ready for some of their "unique" brews, ha).

A: Hazy honey color with a rocky head that lasts quite a while and leaves plenty of lace.

S: Big nose of caramel and dark, ripe raisins and apricots

T: Opens with a sweet caramel base with the fruit from teh aroma. Then a nice undertone is formed by the oak/ vanilla flavors from teh barrel. A very well balanced hoppy bitterness finishes things up.

M: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D: Another extremely enjoyable DFH brew and one I'm glad I finally got take try. Though not quite on par with 90 minute, I like the unique oak flavors that this one offers. DFH definitely does some well crafted (balance!), creative brews and this is one of them. Very recommended and a brew you should try if you come across it.

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

Great flavorful beer! The malt comes out predominantly. Nice oak smell and after taste. Smells nutty. The high alcohol content. Fantastic hazelnut brown color brings out the malt characteristics. High alcohol content does hit you straight. I recommend.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice deep amber with a litle bit of haze. pretty thick frothy head that laces pretty well. the aroma is a woody pungent grassy grapefruit hoppiness, with some caramel notes mingled with some old ale-esque aged aromas.
fruity and slightly herbal hops with a bit of oak. balanced with a good dose of caramel malt and a bit of vanilla here and there. there is a sort of lingering spiciness, that sort of dries things out. the alcohol iss really covered up well. a little bit of oxidation that adds some good complexity
not as full of a body as one might expect with smooth carbonation, with an almost cask like quality, especially as it warms. intensely drinkable. overall very well balanced, great tasting, and a real pleasure to drink. worth every penny of the 13.99 4 pack. i'd like to pick up one to cellar.

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Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 weeks old

A: Cloudy kind of a dirty dark copper, orange edges. in color. One finger head. Nice lacing.
S: Oaky, big sweet carmel malts. Reminiscent of a nice bourbon there is also a nice citrus hop aroma. You can smell the booziness as it warms.
T: Oaky bourbon maltiness up front finishes with a nice smooth bitterness.
M: Thick almost syrupy consistency.
D: For 10 ABV this is very drinkable

This DIPA, very different in a good way. I would like to see how this one ages.
Overal: 3.95

Updated: One year old

Thin cap never completly goes away. The nose is similar to fresh. The booziness seems to have faded. Taste is great it all just comes together after a year. Oaky, malty, still slightly bitter. I am pleasantly surprized, I am a Huge Fan Aged!

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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