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 EMV
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 tulip.

L: Pours a hazy golden amber color. 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Caramel and toffee. Citrusy hops.

T/F: This is a big beer... malty up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Gives way to a floral citrus hop profile. Alcohol is present but not nearly as boozy as it should be. Warming and slightly spicy with notes of Vanilla. Creamy and sticky on the mouthfeel.

O: I really like this barrel aged IPA/Old Ale mix. Great compliment of flavors... complex, delicious, and a real treat. Almost tastes like an american barleywine. Another winner from Dogfish Head.

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

12oz with bottling date of 03/30/09. tasted in mid-may 2009.

classic deep coppery amber. clear. 1.5-finger light tan head, gradually recedes to thin but stable, almost creamy layer. great lacing, esp later on, almost curtain-like.

aroma: fresh citrus zest and pine, meets fruity tones, melding with oaky vanilla. caramel maltiness is the underlying foundation though. more citrus and pine in the back.

taste: citrus and pine upfront again, but solid malty caramel and fruity esters back it up, as the resinous, almost bold bitterness comes in, finishing with oak and vanilla hints, plus yet more resins and citrus rind.

medium body, quite smooth, with some resins and tannic astringency (from wood?). moderate carbonation is tingly yet creamy.

solid stuff

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

Poured from bottle into snifter. I've been searching for this one for a while and the guy at Nikki's Liquors had some in the back. Sweet! A blend of 90 and An English Strong Ale, barrel-aged, IIRC.

A- A copper, honey brown, effervescent brew. Looks like a solid head for 10% ABV. Darker than other DFH IPAs, my guess would be the barrel-aging.

S- Smoke, wood, and the traditional DFH proprietary hops. Smells great. Hints of vanilla? possibly.

T- Like most DFH IPAs, it has that new growth floral hop taste. The barrels add some depth on this which work well with the considerable malt. A very tasty beer. The barrel qualities, vanilla, sappy wood?... a honey sweetness, wow. I am impressed. Not your average DIPA. Not by a long shot. A wholly unique beer.

M- For the ABV, fantastic. Crisp, tasty, complex, never overbearing or cloyingly sweet, nowhere near syrupy.

D- Fairly high. I like this beer. For the price, I can't say I wouldn't grab a 90 minute or a Squall IPA (my all time fav), but if I saw this beer on tap I'd get a pint or snifter for sure. At almost double the price of the 60 min and 1 1/2 times the price of the 90 min, this beer is a specialty beer.

Truth be told, I like the hops in the 90 better, but that's just my taste. The barrels ad a whole other level of complexity to this one that's undeniably good. This beer has a nice malt character that takes the DFH IPA in a new direction. A joy to drink.

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

You can't deny the sheer awesomeness of some of DFH's brews. If you do, I feel sorry for you, cuz your missing out on beer like Burton Baton. This is one of my favorites of the brewery...fanboy gushing warning, skip this review if you have a weak stomach.

Actually, this beer isn't perfect. It's most glaring flaw is that it just doesn't have that over the top hop presence I expect from an American Double IPA. Unlike it's sibling 90 Minute and cousin 60 Minute, I don't feel like I'm drinking honest to god American IPA when I drink this. The malt character is so accentuated, that I feel like I'm in barleywine territory. The lack of a supreme hop kick to the gullet is a slight letdown.

But this beer tastes awesome. There is a significant hop presence, even if it isn't on par with the rest of the best, sweet and citrusy like grapefruit running simultaneously with a strong piney flavor. The alcohol doesn't burn unpleasantly, but warms the jaws and throat enough to remind you that you're drinking a strong ale. Grapejuicy malt flavors come on strong with each sip. Hints of oak keep popping up here and there, as well as an unpleasant tannin bitterness puckering up my tastebuds. Tannins might be this beers other major flaw, as they become more noticeable and more puckering the farther into the cup I drink, but they honestly don't ever get out of hand. I'm just nitpicking.

Burps. This is a lightly carbonated beer, so you won't burp much if at all, but if you do you'll be treated to a warm hopflavored gust of air wafting up your trachea, and all will seem at peace with the world. Seriously, I don't think people take burping seriously enough. I guess it's uncouth and all that, and we want to be beer advocates, not reinforce the negative stereotype of the beer swilling slob...but burps don't have to be loud and rude, you can keep them to yourself, and they add to the enjoyment of beer, which is a good thing.

Appearance and smell. Very dark amber, with a dense caramel head, which eventually dies down to a sticky lacing. Smells like hops, citrus fruit, and grapejuice. Very strong and pleasant aroma.

Overall a tasty and complex beer with some debatable and some actual flaws that nevertheless manages to be awesome.

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

Bottled 7/7/14; drank 11/18/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange rust hue.

Big khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Grapefruit & mango nose, with mild caramel notes as well.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet honey, orange citrus & mango flavors up front with a mild caramel backbone. A hint of booze emerges as this warms. Almost no bitterness; a wonderful DIPA to my palette.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1" of beige head over the light copper brew. Head lasts well, leaving a pillowy head, and heavy foamy lacing from top to bottom of the glass. Aroma is mutedly hoppy for a DFH brew. Taste is lightly fruity, with a tangy hops presence. Mouthfeel is where barrel-aging starts to show on this brew, very smooth, with some oaky notes at the same time. Drinkability for the style is incredible. An excellent brew.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangy/brown with a thin ring of lace, and pretty much no head

Smell is out of this world: caramel, oak, toffee, dark fruits, tropical fruits...really a little bit of everything.

Taste is very good as well, first the oak and dark fruits, then some alcohol in the middle, with some sweet caramel on the back end. Tremendous.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, sticky with a decent amount of carbonation.

Superb beer.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz bottle in to my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.It was a beautiful amber in color with a thick white head that hung around all the way down the glass. IT had a wonderful aroma, smells of fruit and malt. For a 10%er, this is tame and goes a bit too smooth for a high alcohol beer. Malty flavor comes out first with some vanilla, and a hop bite, the oak really tones this beer down. This was one of the best beers I've had. Great job by Dogfish!!

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Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY MOLY! What a massive reverse cascade of foamy goodness. Finally settles on top of a clear amber/honey glass of heaven. The currants and oaked malts really tingle in the nose. Then, the quaff, an execptionaly well balanced DIPA, more like a barley wine to me, very strong on the malt side. Hints of whiskey really add a nice element.

Full, thick bodied, malty, rich. Just a pleasure to sip. Hey, paired well with my Caribbean jerk chicken!

Thanks to beerbeing!

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Photo of Jameson77
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a 1/2 in head, great golden amber color with a slight creamy look.
Smell-Strong sweet malty smell, very boozy with slight fruity taste.
Taste- Very well balanced, hoppy with a smooth finish
Mouthfeel- Full mouthfeel, very heavy with a little excess carbonation.
Overall a fantastic beer, one of my favorites, I like it better than the 90 minute ipa but after rating it, it is very boozy and has somewhat of a barleywine taste, Id like to see a few more characteristics done to it to make it more of an ipa.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a beautiful, clear amber color with thick, creamy, off-white head. Great lacing in the glass as well.

Smell - The smell isn't very aromatic, however, it is pleasant. Piney hop aroma followed by something sweet that I just can't put my finger on. Smells like brown sugar almost.

Taste - Absolutely delicious. Very sweet and subtle hop flavor. Wood and vanilla flavors are in there as well. Very complex and very yum!

Feel - Smooth as a baby's bottom. ABV is barely detectable.

Overall - Exceeded my expectations. Very delicious, complex, and well-crafted beer. Dogfish head does it again.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Label: This special ale is a two-thread blend of young & wood-aged Imperial IPA please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers! Lush & enjoyable now, this beer ages with the best of them. 10% ABV, 80 IBU's

Dogfish Head Burton Baton (Imperial IPA) pours up with good carbonation that creates a beige head that sits prominently atop a bright, deep copper-orangish amber body. Excellent head retention, very nice! The aroma shows some restrained cirtic hop character (white grapefruit, pomelo, Mandarin orange-tangelo), as well a some spruce, piney notes accenuated with hints of toasted oak (bourbon vanilla, leather, tobacco). Solid maltiness. Spicy, pungent, and resiny. Some notable alcohol warmth as it warms in hand. Sublime! The flavor starts off with a lovely honey, toasted maltiness that carries the moderate-high bitterness. The finish is warming, toasty, and malty. Strong, complex, but not overwhelming. This is an extreme beer that shows some finesse. Buy, hoard, and steal all that you can get! Here's to another "Off-centered" creation from Dogfish Head!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of gtermi
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a very nice copper body with a head that is thick and white. The head quickly fadesa and leaves a lot of lace on the lace.

S: There for sure is a lot of hops and malt. It smells amazing and masks the 10% alcohol very well.

T: Now this is one of the best Imperial IPAs I have ever had. It tastes great and has a lot of hops. The more I drink it, the more malt I get, but man the hops are the best part of the taste. The beer lingers and almost tastes like pineapples on the back of my tongue.

M: This is the easiest Imperial IPA I have ever had. It goes down with ease and just seems like it should be a 5% beer. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat, but that adds to the beer. I also love the hoppy coating in my mouth.

O: This is one of the best Imperial IPAs and Dogfish Head beers on the market. I love this beer and I am glad that I finally get it in my market.

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Photo of mbudner
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours an orangish brown with a 1-finger off white head that leaves thick lacing.

S-Lemon, vanilla, pine, definitely getting some of the oaky-ness.

T-Really well balanced, I would liken it most to Oaked Arrogant bastard, but more subtle. Some vanilla and wood followed by a piney, subdued hop with citrus notes (mainly lemon.) Also, I get a slight amount of caramel that finishes with an ever-so-slight bitter kick.

MF-Very creamy and just very well done. Easily the best part about this beer (not to say that the rest is bad.)

D-The flavors are melded very well and integrate nicely with the overall appeal of the beer. I really enjoyed this one this time around (hadn't had it in years and didn't have much recollection of it.) Alcohol masked very well. The only real downside is it is a bit pricey for what it is, so won't ever be a go-to of mine. I'm not the biggest fan of 90 minute, but this is just worlds apart in my opinion.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into DFH snifter, reviewed from notes

A-Dark cloudy amber color. Retained its carbonation well for a DIPA

S-Citrus hops, woody scents. As it warmed more earthy elements came through

T-Starts off tasting similar to the 90 minute. However this beer has a slight hint of vanilla that comes through along with woody-flavors imparted from the barreling. Starts of sweet and ends bitter. Well balanced, one of the better beers I've had.

M-Smooth and Heavy, almost drinks like a fine whisky.

D-The high abv does not really make its presence felt. As the beer warmed it became better.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another review from notes.

A normal pour delivered 1 finger of cream colored head. The coppery-tan body was beautiful to look at, and a long time coming as I haven't had the privilege of drinking this fine beer since march. The head dissipated in a few minutes, leaving nothing but a ring of fine bubbles around the top of my glass.

The aroma starts off with a strong citrus dash. Mandarin oranges, tangerines and grapefruit form the body of the lovely bouquet that bequeaths a pleasant journey for the nose. Oak is a nice note that comes into play once you have basked in citrus goodness, and the experience is topped off with a strong whiff of alcohol.

The taste experience was just as lovely as the nose. It started off with a nice stiff pine flavor, then transitioned into mandarin oranges and grapefruit. These were followed up by oak and a little nip of alcohol to remember the beer by.

A good amount of carbonation delivers a pleasant bite to the tongue. This beer is medium to heavy bodied, a little syrupy, but the alcohol and overall mouthfeel is such that one needs to keep in mind this is a heavy beer and overindulgence will get you in trouble.

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Photo of TomTwanks
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/28/11, poured into a Bruery tulip.
Appearance - pours a deep burnt copper with a 1 finger slightly off white head white dissipates rather quickly, great lacing!

S - Wow, pretty fricken awesome! Honey, sweet orange, butterscotch. Definetely smell the oak!

T & M - Smooth, sweet orange, oak, grapefruit. Ends with a nice hop bite. Earthy/oaky aftertaste which i enjoy alot.

O - I had mixed feeling about oak aged DIPAS, and still do to be honest. This is fantastic, much better than oak aged unearthly imo. DFH I used to this was overrated. My mine has been changed not only by this beer, but 120 min and WWS. Keep doing what you guys do!

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass, poured for me from the tap at Prarie Moon.

A: Dark brown, some seriously good lacing with a thick head. Looks appetizing.

S: Sweet, in a sugary way. There is some serious maltiness and hoppiness going on here. Chock full of flavour.

T: Quite hoppy but oh so sweet. Like the nectar of the gods. Seriously, this is like nothing I've ever had before. This is the first 5 I've ever given out for taste. I truly think that looking at its style (and even maybe on its own) the taste of this beer could not be improved in any way

M: Oh so smooth, damn good, but oh sooo boozy. Very warm, but still light at the same time. It's like a sexy russian spy seducing you, and then killing you afterward.

D: Like Muhammad Ali, this one will knock you the eff out. Do not, and I repeat, do not have anything before this, because you will get drunk. It is so good, but so alcoholic.

This is one of my top beers, hands down.

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Photo of engagechad
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this single at once upon a vine in south richmond, VA. Bottling date was 10/24/10

Popped the top on this and the pour itself excited me

A - The appearance is a reddish orangey amber hue, somewhat hazy but not cloudy. It just looks complex! The head stuck around and the lacing was TIGHT. Teeny tiny bubbles sticking to the glass.

S - The smell. Oh jeezus the smell was to die for.. I think I spent more time smelling it than drinking it! VERY floral and aromatic it has the characteristics of an IPA but the floral nose on it surprised me (and the wife) big time.

T - Taste was amazing and complex, on the exhale through the nose you get some of the yeast and it's very intriguing.

M - Felt smooth, WAY too smooth for a 10% beer with no age on it.. I'm sure the drinkability and the mouthfeel would be even better with a year on it.

D - Very drinkable, I will note that the alcoholy taste is there, present, but not in the forefront of the profile. Very impressive for a 10%

Buy it now, buy it often. I know I'm probably going to grab a 4 pack if i can, drink two and age two..

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Photo of lpayette
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- About a 1 finger head atop bright copper elixer. Head has some lacing.

Smell- Oak aromas immediately attack the nose followed by a wave of malt and hops. You can tell that this is going to be packed with flavor right off. Most similar to the 90 minute IPA, but with the nice addition of oak.

Taste- Lots and lots of oak flavor with a vanilla profile. Big citrusy hops, though the oak really tames the citrus flavors and covers them up. Brandy-like in some respects. A bit of nougat in there as well. Some dark fruits closer to the finish followed by just a bit of hot alcohol. Very, very nice overall.

Mouthfeel- Full, but not heavy. Carbonation is spot on and adds just enough to the overall feel of this.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable in my opinion, though it might not be a good idea to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. I'll definitely be getting some more of this sometime soon. Surprised it's taken me this long to try it.

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Photo of DrJay
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep orange/amber colour toped by a short cap of foam off a vigourous pour. Bubbles were of various sizes and formed a little short-lived lacing. The head dissipated over a few minutes, but left behind a long-lasting collar. Wow! The results of my first sniff were a bit unexpected - and in a good way. There's a really rich malt character with lots of caramel. Notes of vanilla, wood, and alcohol blend well with a muted hop presence. The first sip didn't disappoint either. Initially heavy, nearly syrupy, the sweetness slowly gave way to vanilla, oak, and alcohol - a definite whiskey vibe. Subsequent sips flashed back and forth between strong yet tempered bitterness, rich malty caramel and toffee, faint citrusy hops, and high end whiskey. Each time I went back it was almost like having a different beer. Superb. Full bodied all around, bordering on heavy, with carbonation on the light side. Alcohol warmth was apparent almost throughout, made more pronounced yet retaining some softness due to the oak aging. Unfortunately, this numbed my taste buds a bit after about half a bottle. To me, this was more like a fine old ale rather than a DIPA. Regardless of semantics, this is a sophisticated gem of a beer - truly a work of art.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Reviewed 5/18/14.

I've had this beer several times, but hadn't reviewed it. It pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Good lacing.
The aroma is really nice. Caramelized oranges, oak, vanilla, tropical fruits.
Flavor is really complex. Lots of citrus hop flavor balanced by caramel sweetness and toffee. Finishes with a crisp bitterness and a bite of alcohol. The balance of hops, wood, malt and alcohol is pretty unique.
Medium to full body, good carbonation, juicy.

This might be my favorite beer from Dogfish Head. I really like the 90 minute, but BB has more complexity.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 2008

A: Kind of hard to describe the color. A bit amber, copper and brown, under a small creamy white head. Decent retention. not a lot of lace.

S: I get a little bit of toasted malt, some slight vanilla and oak hints, some grassy hop, not really citrus. Pretty unique.

T: If the smell was unique, then the taste is whatever is above unique on the unique scale. Very "refined" if that makes sense. Sweet, woody, bit of vanilla, slight spirit character, mild bitterness, a bit of warming, toasted, very slight chocolate, bready, a bit sugary. This is one complicated taste. Never really intense, but just really excellent and different.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit high but OK, full bodied. Drinkability is good really because of the taste alone. It's pretty filling and it's a sipper, but I could really sip one after another. A really excellent and unique beer.

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Photo of BigMike
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers."

Bottled on 3/30/09

Pours a whiskey color light brown with some ruby and orange highlights.

Fruity caramel aroma. Floral and roasted malts.

Caramel sweetness up front wit toasted malts and caramel. Finishes smoothly with a nice alcohol warmth. This is alot smoother on the palate then 90minute. The oak really mellows it out.

Mouth feel is silky smooth. Caresses the tongue with smoothness and finishes very easy.

This is a hit from DFH in my book. I hope to come by some more of these before they're gone.

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Photo of Beast35
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inaugural pour into my brand new dogfish head snifter

Pours a hazy amber. Around one finger worth of head with decent lacing.

Smells like a bouquet of flowers mixed with an apple orchard in spring.

Very interesting taste reminiscent of the 90 min but with a definite variation. Very nice hop hit at the front with some citrus undertones. Decent alcohol at the end but not in a bad way.

nicely carbonated

This beer will sneak up on you and hit you over the head be careful

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,518 ratings.
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