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 ronjohn
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

simply splendid. probably better than 90 minute IPA. There's so much rich flavor. sweet, not bitter, complex and tasty. 10% with no taste of alcohol it's all beer! another amazing beer from dogfish head.

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Photo of Beervis
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a slightly hazy amber with a thick white head.

Smell is incredible, sweet citrusy hops with slight vanilla notes.

Taste is smooth and bitter up front with plenty of biscuity malt to balance. Medium body and a good fruitiness fills the mouth with very complex notes of wood and vanilla. Finish is long and crisp with nice bitterness.

This beer is awesome, you can taste the mixture of 90 Min IPA, but it has those added complexities from barrel aging. The taste is HUGE and well balanced. I'm at a loss for words to better describe it, I am just happy I got to taste it.


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Photo of edunaye
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head spiegelau.

appearance- pours a gold bloodorange with a one finger off white golden tint head. leaves a nice thin spotty lacing.

smell- great nose here, sweet oak, light vanilla, nice hop aroma and some booze.

taste- wonderful vanilla and slight oak combo up front, followed by a nice hope bite and a slightly bready malt backbone. there is a slight taste of booze but very subtle. ive had multiple oak and barrel aged ipas but this one far surpasses them all. nice amout of hop bitterness but not over the top, taste lingers just right

mouthfeel- medium body with medium carbonation, slightly oily. great feel

overall- this is my favorite dogfish head brew to date, a well made dipa with very good balance between the vanilla oak and hop bitterness with a good transition. if youre a fan of dipa's this is definetly a great spin on your average imperial, highly recommend1

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Photo of LosRobots
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer has a very impressive look to it. It is a bright coppery orange, almost red beer. The head isn't huge but it is impressive for a beer with 10% alcohol. It is relatively low but it is a creamy head and it lasted the whole time I was drinking it.

S - The smell of this beer is fairly subtle, especially compared with the other extreme characteristics of this beer (such as 10% abv and extreme amounts of oak). However if you give it a good smelling on the way to a sip, you will smell booze and not much else.

T - When it comes to taste, this beer shines. Terrific hop and malt flavors but then the oak adds a tremendous amount of vanilla notes and also mellows the high alcohol content. This beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

M - This beer has great mouthfeel to it. It is full bodied but is also quite easy to drink.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. I find it quite easy to drink a 4-pack of Burton Baton no problem, but at 10% abv this kind of drinking catches up to you later on and the certainly in the morning.

Burton Baton is a terrific beer! I suggest trying some if you haven't already. This is my favorite dogfish head beer that I have tried.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A nice copper color with a two finger head.

There’s grapefruit and an oak woodiness, with a sweet roasted maltiness in the aroma.

There’s a kick like a bourbon with a grapefruit bitterness. It has a malty backbone. It’s an amazingly complex beer with a soothing bitter finish. This thing is so freaking well balanced. It’s not a grapefruit bomb, but as a malt head, I love this.

It hides the booziness perfectly. It reminds me almost of a Stone Oaked Bastard or Double Bastard.

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Photo of jtw004
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - An excellent dark amber that sits and looks somewhat cloudy

Smell- A faint smell that has a somewhat oak cask smell to it

Taste - An excellent taste that despite being in the double digit for ABV has not cut or bitterness. Similiar to Three Philosphers. It is very smooth and has a slight woody taste. Quite simply a well crafted beer

Mouthfeel - So very smooth. It never stops being smooth and leaves the mouth feeling somewhat coated but in a nice way

Overall - A fantastic beer and one of the greatest higher alcohol beers on the market

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Photo of Harvest06
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange with red and rusty brow highlights. Darker than 90 minute.
S: Complex aromas: citrus smell of 90 minute w/ undertones of subtle vanilla oakiness, raisin and figs and molasses.
T: Beginning is hoppy citrus, middle is subtle vanilla oaky with dark fruits, finish is smooth, cripst with, carmel and vanilla cloying sweetness. Leaves your mouth watering for more.
M: medium-full body. Definitely a sipper.
O: The IPA aroma and bitterness blends nicely with the sweetness complexity of the old ale. The subtle barrel characteristics adds an additional layer of complexity. Overall a very creative and impressive drink. Drink fresh as the oakiness and the dry hops begin to fade in about 3 months (see bottle date on the neck of the bottle). If you cellar this you'll find yourself with a sweet old ale after 6 months or so (which is less interesting than this ale fresh in my opinion). With several years of aging this could become an amazing American barleywine (or a boring one) but I'd drink it fresh.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pleasant dark copper color that reflects light through just right. Great looking head that turns into a perfect juicy/tight bubbled layer. A swirl brings fine lace and boosts retention with ease. I bet this fresh off tap would get a five for app. Aroma is creamy, juicy and spicey all in one. Fragrant/aromatic lemon with nuts, roses and tulips, some banana cream pie, and lastly some pina colada. Taste begins sweet and smooth, maybe with a little creamy pina colada and caramel??? followed by what you realize is an awesome velvet cream mouthfeel. Candy-like but not too much. Lemons, red and black grapes, oranges, syrup...the list goes on. Finish comes with a sticky dry mouth and drinkability!
Something I can't control is making me drink this really fast...

Somehow I'm getting something like winter seasonal in the tropics. There's a big contrast in flavors but they meld together suprisingly well.

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Photo of Roguer
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark garnet pour, pulpy, and nearly opaque. Pours a thin, <1 finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin, bubbly rim. Lovely thin but complete lacing.
Aged: head grows enormously, big and fluffy with excellent retention, and there is a touch of sediment that clouds the brew.

Warm, delicate nose of tannins, flowers, oak, vanilla, and hints of tobacco and mint. You can tell it's a hoppy brew, but there are no major traditional hop aromas that jump out at you.
Aged: oxidation starts to emerge, giving the brew a more pronounced barleywine-style aroma. Even darker and richer.

Flavor comes across as a mix between 90 and 120 minute: malty, slightly boozy, and with a dry yet flowery hoppiness that manifests as a quality vice distinct hop flavors. The oak barrel makes a noticeable appearance with a strong oak backbone. Malts are well represented yet extremely well balanced and not overpowering; hint of caramel, with some grains and oats.
Aged: again reminiscent of a barleywine. Oak and caramel are dominant, along with a big dose of bitterness, some oxidation, and even a hint of chocolate showing on the back third.

Not a thick mouthfeel, but still a sipping beer. No alcohol or carbonation sting. Thick clingy hop oil residue, and a beautiful palate-cleansing astringency.

This is a very complex brew that is extremely tasty. There's an absolute ton going on, and every sip might reveal something new. 90 min is well-represented by the strength of flavor and the impeccable balance, but the time spent in French oak adds a lovely special little something.

For a 10% ABV beer, this is an easy-sipping, fantastic beer. Some DFH odd-balls are worth a try; this is worth buying regularly.

Ratings are based on having the beer fresh. Aged, it's a completely different beast, as the old ale base really dominates. I can't stress enough how much it comes across like an oak-aged barleywine. I highly recommend having it fresh and aged.

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Photo of bierguru
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -
thick creamy head looks slightly off white body is copper with a redish hue

S -
floral in the citrus ballpark oak hints of hops vanilla and alcohol which you expect when a beer is at 10 abv

T -
big toasted and vanilla notes right up front you also taste hops finishes with an oak and alcohol taste however there was no strong burn or bit if was mellow and very smooth

M -
silky smooth hops linger on the back of the tongue which is expected its an ipa

D -
Very drinkable at 10 abv it does have a punch but this beer is so so very good I bought a single bottle to try and was wanting more

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. A nice looking beer, amber hues and a light tan foamy head. Sticky lacing. The hops smell sweet and piny at the same time. The taste is quite interesting: The two IPA's being blended both show themselves separately. Up front there is a smooth but resiny taste then it transitions into a full bodied, bold, and almost malty sweet double IPA. The oak takes any kind of edge off of this strong brew. The end of it is the best part with it's almost caramelized, super-sweet taste removing any chance of alcohol burn.

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Photo of julian89
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at work along with Innis & Gunn Independence day, Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Weyerbacher 17, Dogfish Festina Peche, and Port Old Viscosity. It made quit an expensive medley of a 6-pack. Oh and a good friend gave me a Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald porter.

Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent orange amber with a cream 1/2 inch head. A nice color.

Smell: A wonderful Cara-malt smell with subtle apricots and banana and dark sugars. The caramel smell is very strong.

Taste: The progression is quite simple. First the caramel sweetness flushes the palate through, almost to a point where other flavors are to be washed out. A subtle taste of banana, apricot, raisin, and other dark fruits pulls through. Then the earthy oak taste with some slightly stronger vanilla touches finish oh so smoothly. The taste progression of this beer is its fine point and I'll gladly give it a 5.

Mouthfeel: A medium rich body, perfect carbonation. Once again, so smooth.

Drinkability: I always love Dogfish head beers. It's one of my favorite breweries, and I look forward to this beer each year. Soon when I can afford to get a beer/wine cellar I need to buy this and bottle age it, for sure.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle date 03/01/10. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours the color of dark tree sap with a 1/2 inch khaki head that recedes quickly. Moderate lacing.

According to DFH's website, this is a blend between a DIPA and an old ale. The nose suggests more old ale characteristics than hops. Lots of sweet caramel malt, biscuity malt and a bit of musty sweetness. Orangey hops.

Delicious. Drinks like an old ale. Reminds me of the Mad River John Barleycorn if it had a fresh, hoppy bite.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with low/moderate carbonation. Very appropriate for supporting the hoppiness while not muting any of the sweet malty goodness.

I really dig this beer. Gonna buy a 4 pack for the cellar and see how it fares once the hops fade.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a beautiful, transparent amber with two fingers of head that literally sparkles. A few tiny, slowish bubbles. Strong stalactite lacing.

Smells of mild caramel malt, like toffee chip cookies, with floral & citrus aromas from the hops. Rich & well-balanced.

Flavor is complex: starts with the caramel, almost maple like sweetness. Then the oak kicks in, along with the booze & the bitter hops. Pine-like. Ends with a tangy twist, like blue cheese, & leaves an aftertaste with seeds of all those flavors. This is a doozy, but I'm lovin' the ride!

Mouthfeel is prickly, tingly, & then softens with the foam. A little sticky in the "after-feel" from the sugars. Full.

This might be my favorite offering from Dogfish Head: a little crazy, but I got what I expected & more. I've had a difficult time with other Oaked Imperial IPAs, but this one really did it for me. One is satisfying, I don't think I could drink this baby all evening.

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Photo of IronLover
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on March 27, 2012. Weathered copper orange in color with a deep chill haze that partially clarifies as this warms. Poured with a rich, rocky off-white foam that slowly reduces to a thick cap that leaves huge sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Resinous citrus hop aromas are prevalent with a musty earthiness and intensely sweet maltiness. Creamy smooth feel with soft, delicate carbonation. Earthy, musty flavor up front that gives way to a quickly emerging citrus hop flavor into the middle. Citrus and sweet malt flavors through the middle toward the end hat transition to a mellow, musty, vanilla flavor right before the finish . Finishes with a bitter pine hop bite that ushers in a final earthy, musty flavor before a piney hop and slightly boozy finale. Fabulous feel and flavor complexity.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was tempted to give this one a perfect score, however I have yet to give out all 5's and as good as this one is, I can think of a few others that may be more worthy of the highest honors.

The appearance is that of a brew that is slightly hazed and garnett colored with a proud standing 2 inch high velvet ivory head that looks to keep track of my every sip with telling sticky layers of Belgian lacing.

The smell is pungeant and whiffs of tropical and citrus fruits explode out of my DFH glass. there is a big sweetness with honey drenched malts and resiney hops. I look like a moron because I can't stop picking up my glass just to smell this amazing concoction.

The oak characteristic adds another dimension to what is already a personal favorite DIPA of mine. The hops are present in the way of soapy/piney. But the real starts of the show is the cake-like bready sweetness this beer offers up.

The feel is spot on: medium-full bodied with moderate co2 levels and oh-so velvety smooth and creamy.

10% has never been so well hidden. Delicious and worth every penny.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I only finally got to try tBurton this year (the march 2009 release) and it has become by far one of my favorite DFH beers... I enjoyed the bottle pour a bit more than on tap, even, (this may have just been because I was eating while having it on tap).. and after drinking 4 bottles I've realized mre and more how much I like it (a practice I think more BA's should attempt, rather than reviewing a beer after one bottle).. The color is very similar to 90 minute, an amberish, deep copper hue with off-white head.. It's actually got a really beautiful deep red/amber. Simply perfect. the smell is very hoppy but also has a sweetness that is present right behind the hop and is almost the same strength, really showcasing what you'll find in the flavor. The oak presence provides a really nice base. The hop and sweeness in the flavor are balanced perfectly, with a creamy mouthfeel, its like cream soda mixed with hops (which sounds gross, but the beer is amazing).. Its basically exactly what you should expect from what it is- take 90 minute IPA and added maple syrup to it and oak age it.. Amazing.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this amazing beer as part of a trade with JasonM of Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a beautiful what i would call deep caramel color. Bright white head settles to leave a nice, long lasting layer of foam. Nice hoppy nose, faint odors of oak and tobacco, also possibly pears. Taste is very smooth. You can definitely taste the oak, it helps to mellow the characteristic extreme hop bitterness DIPA's usually have. It tastes more like a very hoppy barley wine than a DIPA. Very full bodied and well balanced. Alcohol gives a bit of bite to the back of the throat, but the overall smoothness brought about by the oak aging mellows it substantially.

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Photo of mhanc
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a growler from Lowe's Foods. Touch of sweetness hides the alcohol well. Really unique flavors. Good color and texture. Delicious. I have tried the bottled version since and found excellent as well. One of my favorite DIPAs. Looking forward to my next growler.

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Photo of JVEyck309
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

four pack of 12 oz bottles $15
Poured into large snifter
golden ruby sunburst with a sticky icky thin head
smells are floral hops and bready malts
tastes thick and bready creamy malt stickiness heavy buttery fruits and citrus hops well balanced with a creamy biscuity malt character, alcohol warms the back of the throat sweet love and joy in a bottle laced with ecstasy and vanilla oak aged threesome flying on wings of apocryphal anthems.. buttery thick and palatable. Heavy booze equals smiling face and goofy exuberance. Jetwaves and dramamine. Fancy bottle means I've been tricked into it... placeboed into a beer I paid too much for but I'm too dumb to care. This is a heavenly nectar. Ambrosia. Something of a myth come to reality. I know what you're thinking.. should I spend this much for a beer.. well, how you living? Big, small? Round, thin? just formalities
Give her a go, she might have something interesting to say!

hare krishna!

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Photo of beersensei305
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As an IPA drinker I prefer the Imperials, the most. This brew is very smooth for its ABV, which has to come from the oak barrel it ages in. Cloudy Amber in color, with a lacy cream head. The aroma is Oaky, Hopy, and you can definitely smell the ABV. The taste is what, you smell oaky and hopy with a vanilla finish. I have four on my shelf in the closet I am aging... love this brew!

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Photo of diechipmunk
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Deep orange with ruby highlights. Creamy 1+ finger head,

S: Vanilla, oak, caramel malt and a touch of snap of fruit, slight hint of nuts. Great aroma!

T: Deep, round flavors. Lots of vanilla, carmel and malt and oak. Snappy fruit, I don't quite get citris; maybe tart apple or nectarine?. Very well balanced big taste that fades into a long finish. There is a little hint of alcohol as the beer warms, but it blends well with the rich flavor.

M: Medium body. Silky on the tongue with a little bite at the tail end from the hops.

D: Extreamly drinkable, the high ABV is not apparent. It's a perfectly balanced and weighted beer. I haunted the store in March waiting for the release. I hope to cellar a bit for the ski season. It's rich enough for a winter warmup and clean enough to be refreshing after a day in the snow.

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Photo of BBP
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Burnt amber with a thick creamy head. Ample frothiness and decent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S- Pine was the aroma put forth most from the hops. A lot of oak to it. It smelled much more like an old ale or barleywine than a DIPA. Appealing, albeit it slightly light.

T- Superb, and I think worth reclassifying. Very much like a barleywine or an old ale. The hops are definitely there, but there's an undeniably large amount of malt for the style.

The dominant flavors are pine from the hops, and roastiness. The oak comes out after, and is foundational to the entire taste. The richness to the oak comes out after about half your drink, and makes you wish you didn't just have half of it left. It has the amount of character that you'd expect from a drink that has twice the booziness.

I was hoping to get my DIPA fix from this, but I got a barleywine fix. Not the same, but probably better.

M- The mouthfeel is entirely perfect. It rolls around and feels just as full as you'd want. After that, it's full of sticky hop resin to keep you immersed in the taste.

O- Very impressed with this beer. By far, my favorite offering from DFH. I only bought one bottle of this, and I'm wishing I bought the remaining two at the store.

This is a barleywine style beer, that drinks like a DIPA, or perhaps even better. The alcohol is there, but it's not getting in the way one bit. For a 10% beer, I thought it had a great amount of complexity.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love getting DFH beers just for the fact that I get to use my rounded, heavy-based DFH pint glass properly! Hooray!

I also love the presentation of this particular DFH beer. All of the others have serious YAWN... HO-HUM factor for me. I think, honestly, that it's the neon yellow-green dogfish 'warning label' cap that does it for me. it's so out of place on the earth-toned bottle.

It pours a very clear, very deep oak amber-red, chock full of medium size, very lazy bubbles. The head is two fingers, slightly tan in color, fluffy, and retains well until I've drained it during a few draughts. It leaves behind sticky lacing.

For a 10% DIPA, I expect a lot more hops in the nose - now, I run into a bit of a quandary here, because of these two points: The beer smells amazing. But it doesn't smell hoppy. There are definitely huge notes of influence from the oak aging, a rich woody vanilla creaminess that tones up the medium-roasty malts - there's a big hit of honey in the nose, too, but no bitterness and, really, almost no hops to be found.

Now the taste, on the other hand, is awesome. I mean, really awesome. This is going to be a hard one to describe. Hitting the tongue, there's a really rich, mild sweetness that's kind of a medium blend of honey and caramel, but it's immediately wiped out by the middle, which is the dominating presence of the beer's taste - it's thick, slightly fluffy, with a nutty, earthy, woody flavor - really more of an all around taste sensation than any singular flavors. The finish is slightly dry, with just the tiniest bit of alcohol peeking through, and a slight rosy hop bitterness, but this really isn't what I'd call a DIPA. Not at all. If I called the shots, I'd call this an American Strong Ale.

Mouthfeel - Wow, incredibly thick. Almost 90minute thick and oily, but very easy to drink. It's spiced up with a bit more carbonation than the 90 minute, which really brings out the honey and nutty tones. It really fills the mouth, tightening a taste bud here or there with some alcohol. Swallowing is half-dry, half-lingering stickiness, and the alcohol warms alll the way down.

Okay - this is 10%. Yes, I've mentioned alcohol several times in this review. However, I will go on record as saying this is one of the easiest to drink strong ales I've had in recent memory. Case in point: Double Bastard. Also 10%. That brew is positively evil. It's evil (delicious evil) in a bottle. I had to drink that Bastard very, very slow. This, on the other hand, is a drinker. This is a pussycat all the way down into your belly, where it turns into a monster. I could easily drink a 4-pack of this at a go.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,471 ratings.
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