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 dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A: hazy carmel color with very a thin head that lingers.

S: a wonderful citrusy and hops smell with a hint of malt.

T: smoothest Imperial IPA I've ever tasted (including Pliny the Younger). Plenty of hops and fruity flavor -- the citrus flavor lingers on. Other flavors also at work (oak wood)

M: Even with a 10% ABV, a non-existent alcohol taste. Not overwhelming and very flavorful.

Overall: one of my favorite beers. Wish DFH sold it year round.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

This one never fails to impress. A very reliable, delicious and interesting beer; had it several times over the past couple of years and it always has been great. The oak flavor is a great addition and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer.

I haven't noticed any major differences between the bottle and draft versions. Each time I've tried the beer, regardless of the version, it's been superb. I'm guessing that this is better fresh/on draft, though ... but, then again, I've never been able to keep a bottle long enough at home to age it for an extended period. Might try that sometime.

IMO, this falls within the 4.25-4.5 range. One of Dogfish Head's best.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful orange amber (almost pink) with a generous full finger plus of frothy white head in my oversized snifter. Lacing clung the way it does in a beer commercial. Hello Beautiful!

S - Nicely balanced hops. Subtle spicing...clove and candy. Vanilla and oak.

T - HOLY CRAP. I think I've just tasted the best IIPA I've ever had. Perhaps a bit too sweet and candied for some, this one is perfect for my tastes buds. Literally tastes like birthday cake. Caramel, vanilla, oak, candy.

M/D - A bit on the thick and heavy side. Filling for sure. Strong though. I think I'll be seeking this brew out again, but don't expect to be drinking more than one in a session.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent clarity in an amber beer, lots of visible carbonation and a head that won't quit. Off-white in color, about two fingers on a medium pour and awesome retention and lacing. Big piney hops in the smell, followed by a little bit of citrus and some faint malts. That piney hop smell is exciting and appetizing.

Lots of malts and hops in the flavor. The malts are a sweetish caramel that balance out big piney hops to the point that both are almost even in profile. The oak-aging goes a long way in calming both flavors down so that they aren't so hot. They are both at a perfect pitch, working together to bring full-flavor potential to its fulfillment. The hops are still oh so perfectly bitter and enjoyable, while the caramel malts sweeten it just enough to make it that much moer complex and big. The 10% ABV is felt once the beer is halfway gone, but the taste is so hidden that it sneaks up on you. Warming up, it starts to have a little bite, but the other flavors are so full that they overwhelm any real alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and slightly boozy and bitter in the aftertaste.

This beer is fantastic bottled, but I was lucky enough to sample some on-tap at the brewery, and I think it was even better then. The beer somehow seemed even smoother but just as tasty, if not more. If you're in the area, check that out, because it is worth it.

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

What a great collaboration of an English Old Style & Imperial IPA! The appearance is a nice copper color with good head. The nose is full of wood, sherry, and vanilla notes with subtle hops. The Northwestern hops taste amazing blended with the oak wood richness. This beer is very thick in the mouth, if you slush it, the beerexpands and deepens in flavor. I am not an over the top fan of 60 & 90 minute IPA but love Burton Baton. Treat yourself to a snifter or 4 pack of this brew.

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

Appearance - Hazy dark gold with a ½ ring of foam that lasts throughout

Aroma - Caramel, citrus, malt, with the slightest oak aroma

Taste - Amazing balance of light citrus hops with a bitterness lighter than anticipated, caramel and malt flavors fade into alcohol while citrus lingers

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body, fading into a crisp dry finish

Drinkability - Here is a brew that, while quite drinkable, keeps you happily aware of it's 10% abv.

Overall - Easily make it into my top 5 for two lists: Imperial IPAs AND Oaked beers. I could drink these all night, wake up from the coma happy and rested several days later, rinse, repeat, and encourage others to join in.

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

Intro: 12 oz. bottle served in a Dogfish Head tulip stemmed glass

Appearance: Good head, slightly tan colored, lacing is strong and clings to the sides, a little bit cloudy. Honey and amber colored beer.

Smell: Subdued fruity aroma with hints of spice.

Taste: Hoppy bitter flavor up front and spice and pine notes with some dryness

Mouthfeel: Some pine aftertaste but has a refreshing crispness of hops.

Overall: Easy to drink with some layering to the flavors that makes it more than just straight hop flavor found in many DIPAs.

Conclusion: This beer is a treat. It has the straight away, in your face hoppiness of the 90 min. but it also has the complexity of a layered, well blended beer with the oak aging and the spices. I definitely consider this in my top 10 beers to seek out and an old reliable when I just want a good beer without having to think about what to have.

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Photo of danielocean03
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 into a pint glass, appearance is a beautiful slightly hazy reddish orange, with the thinnest off white head that rapidly dissipated to a faint rim of sticky whitish lacing that doesn't cling to the glass. Aroma smells sweet and warmly of alcohol, malt and caramel, woody and earthy undertones present. Taste is sweet and malty, slight hop presence as the sweetness fades. Smoother than silk, by far the smoothest Double IPA I've ever had. Excellent all around, medium body paired with low levels of carbonation, slightest tingle on the tongue. Leaves a slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is dangerously high, another smooth criminal from the good folks at Dogfish Head, the 10% abv is there, but practically hidden under the sweet and smooth qualities of this excellent beer.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Always surprises me how much I like this one. It's like a barleywine with enough bitters to balance the syrup and booze. Ages well, drinks great while fresh.

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Photo of 2Bstout
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a spiegelau IPA glass. Cold it drinks as an IPA with some oak characteristics as it warms to room temp more of an oaked barley wine. Very solid brew from dogfishhead. I can't recall the last time I tried this beer (several years) but I am definitely going to be keeping some on hand from now on. For me it's as good as 120 IPA.

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

Pours with a big head an a pretty dark gold colour. The nose is all hops but tempered with some age. The taste is a big oily IPA that resonates with wood and pine needles. The more you sip this beer , the more the depth of flavours weigh out. Drinkability is huge as the beer smooths out past the intial hop hit. A truly big step in the evolution of the Double IPA.

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

Like many of us drinking a variety of American craft beers I'm suffering from a bit of IPA overkill. This beer could bring me back to the style, the barreling brought it a complexity that made it really interesting.

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

Bought in a 4 pack on 6/17 for around $12
Bottle date is 4/7/11 and tasted on 6/18

Poured into a pint glass.
A- golden copper color, a little hazzy with two fingers of off pale golden head. Leaves waves of lacing as I drink.
S- citrus right off the bat, with a hint of hops and oak. Doesn't smell boozy. I also recognize a hint of vanilla.
T- the imperial part is very apparent. A good balance of hops, citrus at first. The Malts and tast of oak hits you at the end. Forage taste like 10%.
M- smooth with just the right balance of carbonation. The taste lingers in your mouth. Oak hits you here.
O- very smooth and drinkable for 10%. However it is 6:30 pm and I haven't eaten since breakfast and I feel this after just one. This is a beer where I am happy it comes in a 4 pack.

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

Bottled 11/22/10 (9 months prior to tasting)

A- Slightly hazy, but bright copper with a creamy off-white head that sticks around, leaving behind sticky sheets of lace.

N- Sweet honey baked bread with subtle nuttiness and a vague fruitiness to it. Rich oak with soft vanilla accents. There's also some nice earthy, floral fumes on the back end. Smells delicious.

T- Rich bready maltiness with a touch of caramel, plenty of oak, smooth grassy/herbal bitterness, and fruity esters from the yeast. Herbal spiciness adds a nice touch. There's a tiny amount of oxidation which gives the beer some pleasant sherry notes. Long smooth finish with lots of complexity. I'm getting oak, grass, herbs, sherry, bready malt, and caramel.

M- Medium-light bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and a semidry finish.

D- Overall, this beer is best when fresh, but I recommend buying enough that you can age at least 2 or 3 of them. Delicious no matter what.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle dated 6/19/09 into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, burnt-orange amber color with a frothy, two-finger head of dense, dark manila colored foam. Medium, lazy carbonation is visible due to good clarity in the brew and clingy webs of lace line the glass.

S: Smells quite robust; lots of grapefruit and citrus as well as toffee and caramel aromas. Grassy, fruity and floral ale qualities are picked up with a somewhat smoky, burnt wood, pine-laced, spicy zest.

T: Flavor is big, sweet and sticky at first. Loads of sweet roasted caramel malt wash up front with a lush citrus fruit profile. Orange, grapefruit, apple and a bit of sweet raisin jump out of the mix. The malts and fruity ale flavors seem more mellow because of the oak-aging and bring a bit of that charred wood flavoring into the mix. Backing this is a sticky, stinging layer of citrusy and herbal hop flower characteristics. Oily and acidic with a sweet, semi-alcoholic finish.

M: Mouthfeel is big, sweet and sticky, but has a nice, mellow, smooth and somewhat creamy palate with a coating, full-bodied finish. Good balance with a bit left to chew on.

D: A big, dangerous sipper at 10% ABV and certainly one for sharing territory. I just happen to be taking down a 12-ouncer solo, but it's still pretty heady and delicious. I'd imagine it would pair well with BBQ or roasted meats, maybe even a wood-fired veggie pie. Could definitely see picking up a 750ml for a special occasion down the line.

On it's own, it's a slick, decadent treat for the DIPA enthusiast. I've got one more bottle aging a while longer, I suggest you'd do the same. That is, if you can resist Burton Baton's temptation.

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

One of the first glasses poured on Lucky Cat night at the ole' Grey Lodge.

I'd say a dark rusty copper is the colour of this enigmatic brew. There is also a nice head of slightly off-white tan. This brew also left excellent lacing in my glass as well. The aromas are all floral, spicy hops, oak notes, a distinctive spicy fruitiness, and more. The taste is somewhat sweet up front with a very rounded mouthfeel and some slightly oaky hints as well. The oak hints are not very wood-like, but they do lend a distintively spicy level of complexion to the hoppiness of this beer. The mouthfeel is very well rounded, and truly cask-like in composition, and the drinkablity remains extremely high for a 10%abv, 80ibu brew from the folks at DFH. Wow, this one was really worth the wait. Another extraordinary creation by DFH. Excellent job guys!

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

Pours a clear amber with a great fluffy 2 finger white head that lasts. Aroma is a little floral, with some sweetness and a orange brulee scent. Its as if someone took a torch to an orange rind and caramelized the oils. Taste has the same citrus sweetness with a bit of citrus oil bitterness. There is just a slight woody note. Its if the 90 minute and the wood aged parts are fighting for the title. There is also a taste there that i cant find, but it is so deep and good maybe a bit of lemon tartness or is it more floral, or a combination? There is a nice bit of sweetness to counter act the hops. Mouthfeel has a touch of sticky sweet hop notes like a natural citrus candy. Well carbonated and very smooth. This is tip top drinkable. Not quite as great as the straight 90 minute in my mind as something is just a little different and less. Overall however this is a great beer. I hope they make more of this, maybe the price will drop then.

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Photo of AMoceri7
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Amazing.

A: Foggy amber with hints of yellow green and a minimal head. Lacing is almost non-existent but no worries shes a beauty, would it make a difference in the bed if your wife had stockings on? Probably not. Especially if she was gorgeous.

S: Ohh yeeeaaa.... Malt and hops immediately all masked by a pristine campfire aroma. Almost as if you were just putting the fire out with the water from the nearby spout. Did I mention malt and hops? You know, real malt and hops.

T: Yes! If you could imagine taking DFHs 90 Minute IPA and aging it to perfection on a cask of luxurious burnt oak giving you any sort of excitement, this is exactly that. Fruity caramel goodness, hops and wood, nothing more, nothing less, straight up, but seems to be far more complex. A pinch of yeast but all things compliment each other working together to please my needs.

M: Creamy, thick, mellow and smooth with just a bite or maybe a nibble in that case of bitterness to round things off. Carbonation is perfect and almost unnoticeable which means its substantial, not annoying. Slowly moves down the throat and lingers a bit, but lingers like a good dog.

D: I have to slow down, its incredible how easy you can believe this is a 6% beer. Caught up very quickly, the only reason its a 4.5 is because before too long I would be forced to stop drinking it. GREAT

Overall: If you are into wood aged beers, love IPAs, this is the beer for you. Exactly what I expected, perfect. Also, if you have had DFHs 90 Minute IPA, imagine that with a complimenting wood swing, just glorious. Grab a four and make your palate happy!

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Photo of kennylopez
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 which was bottled 7-20-11 into a dogfish goblet.

Appearance: a dark golden hazy brew. well carbonated and a fingers worth of thin white head with artistic looking head.

Smell: a woody vanilla floral IPA. the hops come through with a pine smell. hint of bourbon comes to me but I don't know if that's my mind playing tricks on me because I know its oak aged.

Tastes: phenomenal IPA. I have to say it is bitterly sweet with a creamy vanilla taste. the woody smoke taste blends great with the 90 min. that DFH blended together. It does kind of have a floral finish which was well carbonated.

Mouthfeel: for the 10% they packed into this IPA it sure is smooth. the frothy creamy feeling left in my mouth lingered there until the next sip until the last.

Overall: I love this ale. I wish it wasn't a rotating release and so limited. I have trouble getting my hands on it when in season and it almost seems like the distributers pick and choose what regions get it and it never seems to make it around me in abundance. Which I find unfortunate and hope changes.

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Photo of drink-Frank-drunk
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Oak, malt, and Hagen Das rum raisin ice cream with a hint of citrus thrown in for good measure, makes this DFH offering an MJ slam dunk on a cool fall evening.

If Weyerbacher Insanty and Stone IPA hooked up after a night of heavy boozing and line dancing at the harvest festival...It's love child would be Burton Baton. :)

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

A: Pours a dark orange liquid with some haze into the glass. The head is off-white and leaves thick lacings on the glass.

S: Smells of oak wood, floral hops, citrus and citrus peel. Lots of lemon and lime! Some alcohol at the end.

T: The taste has a nice oak taste towards the end. I can also find Lots of lemon and lime juice together with orange and grapefruit peel. The alcohol warms at the end. Well balanced.

M: Medium body with strong carbonation.

O: A very fresh IPA with a nice oak flavour. The lemon and lime tastes are sweet, sweet stuff!

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Photo of bceagles39
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at home from a 12 oz bottle in May 2010.

Pours a deep copper amber color. Nice white head with moderate lacing.

Big aromas of everything - the heat of the alcohol, the oak, the big hops and a lot of sweetness from the malt as well as the vanilla (oak).

Very flavorful - big hop character balanced nicely by the vanilla from the oak. The alcohol is definitely masked by the bold flavors and the oak aging.

Very thick, chewy, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Super long finish.

Dangerous drinkability. Alcohol and overall heaviness will creep up on you but it would be easy to put a few back if you like the bold but balances style.

Great strong beer.

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

A very different beer ... and a very good one too! I'm not much of a fan of IPAs as they tend to be more hoppy than I prefer. However the store attendant highly recommended I try it after hearing me describe my favorite beer qualities. I'm glad I did!

The hops are there but nicely balanced with other flavor sensations. The alcohol is nicely subdued. There is a wonderful vanilla taste ... refreshing. Mouthfeel is excellent.

All around great beer.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted from the 12oz bottle in a dogfish head pint glass.

The beer poured into my glass with an amber color with hints of orange. The head is off white and is over two fingers in height without a very hard pour. The head holds well and leaves a ton of lace.

The aroma is full of citrusy hops, caramel malty sweetness, oaky woodiness and finally a bit of fruitiness that is reminds me a bit of strawberries.

The flavors are pretty similar to the aroma. Citrusy hops, caramel, oak, and a lingering fruitynes. The sweetness is amazingly balanced with the intense hoppyness, even more so than the 90 minute.

The beer is fully bodied and is almost creamy from the carbonation.

Overall, a great sipping beer, nice hoppyness, nice oak. Just an overall tasty beer, lets see how this one ages.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brownish orange with a lush and creamy tan head with lots of lacing.

Big juicy citrus hop nose with some malt and citrus fruit sweetness.

Like the nose with more of a caramel sweetness for balance. Nice bitterness with a mild oak presence and some light warm alcohol.

Full, smooth and frothy feel.

A top notch DIPA. Very enjoyable all around. I would absolutely buy this again.

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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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