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 JDK
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear reddish amber with a 1/4" head that quickly disappeared.
Has a nice mild sweet hoppy smell
Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a lingering honey aftertaste. Tastes almost "thick" at the very end of the swallow
Tastes of honey, very sweet which would make it hard to drink several in a setting but at $14 for 4, you probably wouldn't anyway.
States on the bottle that "this beer ages with the best of 'em" and I'm planning on taking the other 3 down to my stash in the storage room to try in a year or two.

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Photo of mmcave
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at whole foods thanks to Kim, chilled and poured into a tulip glass. Creamy coconut flesh colored head appeared about two centimeters thick with nice clump lacing. The body is a dark, ruby (strawberry), amber color with purple shades (like iced tea) and visible bubbles maintaining the head. The smell is an aromatic blend of caramel malts, toffee, and a tinge of vanilla from the oak. Hops, I’m going to venture a guess, but maybe tettnanger, cascade and something else for bittering. Needless to say there is a nice hop bouquet, not as forward as I thought it would be though, yet it expresses that sort of light tropical character. Notes of alcohol are present as it warms; yet they are not in any way a deterrent. Flavor wise I get toffee, notes of honey, deeply fermented malt and I can almost taste maple syrup and even hints of mint. At moments I also detect something not unlike an orange liqueur. As it warms it can almost seem abrasive, but it is still quite palatable just the same. Personally there is something fall like to this brew. I very much enjoyed this, however it is definitely not something to loose your head over,add one another slightly risqué, yet tasty brew from Dogfish Head.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Bottled on 1/8/07.

Crystal clear, dark golden color with hints of red. Large, rocky light tan head.

Pine & citrus greet the nose. Alcohol says hello as well. Not much malt initially, maybe notes of caramel and biscuits. Vanilla, some fruit, maybe peach, and grass.

Very sweet, with a good bittering balance. Fruity - peaches and pineapples. Peppermint, caramel and pepper at finish.

Medium to full bodied. Medium in carbonation. Refreshing more than drying, with a bit of a bite at the finish. Alcohol warming hits fast.

A great sipper, but not for everyday. This is a barleywine, dammit!

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Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very attractive beer out of the bottle. Reddish amber color, crystal clear with sparse, lazy bubbles climbing to the surface. Ample, white head that has no problems sticking around.

S - Tofee and caramel. Very slight hop aroma with some grassy notes.

T - Distinctly malty taste with detectable alcohol. Sweetness with a charred, slightly vanilla oak barrel flavor. Bitterness in the background with slight hop flavor, but overall low hoppiness for a double IPA.

M - Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Lingers in the mouth and seems like it is an even bigger/ stronger beer than it is.

D - Overall a very plesant beer, supprisingly devoid of the excessive use of hops that sometimes comes with a I2PA. The very heavy mouthfeel and percieved alcohol makes it seem more like a barleywine than anything else. Quite a good beer, but the 12oz that I had was all that I would want in one sitting.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear, pale copper color. Creamy, two-finger white head--good retention, receing into foamy craters, with some decent lacing.

Aroma of toasted grain and honey--similiar to that of graham crackers, with metallic, herby accents. The flavor is very sweet and phenolic, nearly sealing the lips shut with the sacchrine sticky-ness. Strong presence of cherry, apple, pear, along with wallops of sugar and alcohol, and a touch of toasty oak.

The mouth is light, but weighed down by the cloying sweetness. It's a bit overwhelming, which renders it not very drinkable. Not bad, but a little too sweet and medicinal--ultimately, it's not worth the price.

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Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a clear and luminescent burnished copper. Very radiant! Small, but sturdy, almond head retains well before leaving behind island chain and sheet lacing.

Aroma is unique and quite rare. Honeydew and watermelon, tropicals like mango and guava, pink grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Some caramel maltiness lurks underneath. Wow!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit slick.

Taste opens with sweetish, even syrupy, malts but the hop parade quickly catches up. Tropical fruits are all over the spectrum here lending an amazing complexity. Solid hop bitterness is evidenced by a juicy pink grapefruit presence edged by a note of fresh cedar. Some oaky vanilla sneaks into the melange, adding additional substance. No hint of the big alcohol. Finishes clean and even.

Very impressive! Possibly the best DFH I've sampled. Certainly the most drinkable. Very comparable to Stone 10th Anniversary in many ways. An intense experience here.

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Photo of cproioi
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red body with an off-white head that stuck around nicely. The smell was largely of citrusy, floral hops with notes of vanilla and oakiness. The taste smacked hard of hops at first but then opened up to a huge strong malty backbone. The oakiness was also very noticable in the taste. The mouth feel was slightly sticky finishing with a long bitter finish. This beer was mighty tastey but I don't think I could drink more then one in a sitting.

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Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with a 2 finger head that dissipates slowly.

Sweet malt, oak and hops greet the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with a well balanced complexity that belies the usual overwhelming hops character of this style. Sweetness more predominate than in your usual Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation and has quite a bit of density.

Drinkability is good for a brew of this style, the aging helps tremendously in this respect. Main concern is the high alcohol content.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2005ish vintage salvaged from the closeout sale at Sindee's Market. 12oz bottle poured into a pokal glass. Body is a pretty brown-copper hue with burnt orange highlights, topped by a creamy light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Intense aroma of sweet caramel malt, with notes of raisin, a little vanilla and bourbon. Considerable alcohol is present as well.
Palate is a nice, mellow blend of sweet malt and deep, fruity hops. The aging has mellowed the sharp hoppiness of the 90 Minute very well, and the barrel-aged component certainly helps to smoothe things out. Some mild heat from the alcohol comes through on the finish, with a strong vanilla-bourbon flavor right at the end. Body is smooth and just a tad sticky, which is to be expected for a 10+% beer. Very approachable and drinkable for a strong, complex ale. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper color. Thick & creamy off-white head. A lot of lacing.
S - Light fruits. A little bit of alcohol. Slight oak.
T - A little more hoppy than the 90-minute and the alcohol is more present in this one, which is expected, but still not too much. Very smooth all the way through with a warming finish. When you swish it around your mouth, the flavors jump out, and I mean jump. The malt is definitely there, which makes it sweet & syrupy. There are a few others flavors I'm close to figuring out. You can taste the effects of the oak-aging which smooths out the tastes and alcohol.
M - A warming mouthfeel which coats the palate very well.
D - Very drinkable. I wish I had this in a bomber. Neither the hops nor the malt are overwhelming, which makes it very easy to drink. It's so smooth that you drink it faster than expected. I had to slow down. This is yet another great brew from Dogfish. Similar to the 90-minute but not at all similar in the same respect.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear copper color with a creamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Not quite an in your face boquet of hops, but the aroma is pleasing. This beer has a nice bready nose.

Flavor has a myriad of complexities ranging from fruit to wood to the background of 90 minute this brew is blended with. Mouthfeel is smooth and lush with a satisfying carbonation and finish. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by the alcohol and the flavors can get cloying as the brew warms IMO, but these are but minor quibbles when a beer has this good a taste. Another interesting brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of WilliamHardgrove
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit pricey, but worth a try. The great hop characters are complimented nicely with a rich sweetness I assume comes from the oak conditioning. Out of the 10 of us that split the 4 pack it was a dead split between love it and hate it, hopefully you have the chance to try one too.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4 pack of 12oz bottles was $14 at GrapeVine Market in Austin, TX. This was my 2nd sample:

Way too sweet for me, reminiscent of an over-sweet barley wine and their Midas Touch in that respect. Not as hoppy as I would have thought; little to no hop bitterness. Vanilla clove sweetness dominates. Complex flavor though. I like their 90 and 120 minute a lot better, although not to so say this is my third favorite of theirs. Definately a let down based on the packaging and high score on BA. I'm so glad I bought them at room tempaeraure, and I'm not going to open another for a long time in the hopes they will not be as sweet.
At the end of this 2nd sample I added a touch of their IBA and liked it alot better. I wonder how good a mix of their BB and 120 would be.

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Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear deep amber color with a very good looking white head.

Beer smells quite sweet, fruity, candied, and with a bit of pine from the hops.

First thing I notice upon sipping this is how full bodied and well rounded the mouthfeel is. It is excellent.

Flavors are quite full, a very dark stewed fruit like quality is dominant. This reminds me much more of a barleywine than of a double IPA. Malts are the main player here, they impart a sweetness in addition to the fruit flavors. Beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop finish, that is also quite crisp.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting beer. It hides the alcohol very well. Even though this is a very enjoyable beer, I am not sure I'd have more than one in a setting.

Gotta love Dogfish Head for being so creative.

Many thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending me this one.

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Photo of psinderson
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter-type glass.

Appearance: Clear, light red amber color. Thin off-white head with some lacing. Nothing too spectacular.

Smell: Strong maltiness with a fruity background - dates or raisins. A note of spicy hoppiness, too.

Taste: Hop wallop up front followed by a strong vanilla sweetness. There is a long-lasting sweet aftertaste that I did not really care for. Oak background with a little strawberry.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied as expected with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but sweet aftertaste will probably hinder some drinkers.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled on 1/08/2007. Consumed on 2/19/2007.

A - Pours gorgeous translucent copper color with a medium caramel colored head. Mild carbonation. True to the style, with good consistancy throughout.

S - Very pronouned hops - smelling the beer actually tickled the inside of my nose. Almost a new car smell coming through. Sweetness comes through on subsequent whiffs.

T - Caramel is the big flavor here. Extremely sweet, not as hoppy as I usually think of IPAs being (I suppose that comes from the oak aging process). Alcohol is very present as well. I like this beer, though I am confused by its classification. This bottle was low in carbonation as well as bitterness. As I continue to spend time with the beer, I find it definetely to be too sweet for me. An interesting beer though, certainly complex, which I have tried to reflect in my numerical score.

MF - Very thin, does not go down easy.

D - Definetely a sipping beer. I imagine even someone who is a big fan of this beer won't want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Byeast
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear , copper-orange , with a half-inch of solid offwhite foam.

Smell: lots of floral and pungent hop scent , a fair dose of malt , and a nice and noticeable backing of vanilla. Also just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Perfect balance! The big malt presence and heavy hops are melded together so well. First to hit my taste buds is a sweet malty character accented by some vanilla , some fruityness , then the oily and floral hops show their force , followed by a flash of warming alcohol. The oak ageing has definatly left a mark on the flavor of this DIPA blend. Nice hints of the oak and vanilla , and a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , slightly viscous

Drinkability: Exellent flavors and balance make this a highly drinkable brew for me. Truly unique. Very good buy for the price. Delicious!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 01.08.07

Pours an orangish amber color with a thin white head with good retention that sticks all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is malt, a floral sweetness, bubblegum, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is creamy with a nice maltiness in the beginning that is followed with a flowery and fruitiness with the hops rounding out the finish and some warming from the alcohol. You can also pick up on the influences from the oak as well in the taste. Overall, this is another solid offering from DFH. Not something I would drink every night, but it certainly is interesting enough to revisit again. Recommended.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin off white head on a crystal clear deep amber/copper body.
S- Sweet, wood, light grass and citrus hops, malt body, and a weird kind of floral/tree/grass aroma. Not the big huge hop aroma I was expecting.
T- Really sweet caramel malts come through pretty big. Followed by that is a big wood flavor. The wood comes through very strong in this. You can taste the alcohol and you get a big warming in back of throat from it also. Some citrus and grass/floral hops come through nicely too. They are slamming in your face, they are more blended in with everything else. A pretty big bitterness cuts through most of the flavors (with a delicate touch though) and it is left lingering on the tongue along with some wood flavor and sweet caramel.
M- Full body with low carbonation, also kind of sticky/chewy.
D- It is good but it is not a hop assault I was expecting. It is well balanced and almost more on the side of an American barleywine. It is a sipper but in my eyes that is never a bad thing.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice coloration. Dark orange and ruby colors. Not much head to speak of and very little lace. It's still a nice beer to look at based on it's coloration alone.
I could sit and smell this beer all night. Rose petals, mangos. Lot's of floral and tropical aromas(not citrus though). They should make this into a perfume.
This is not the beer that I've come to expect as a double IPA. It's doesn't have the over the top citrus and pine flavors typical of the style. With that said it's a very good beer that exemplifies the uniques of Dogfish Head. This is not a hop bomb, but is a very flavorful and complex beer. Brown sugar, vanilla, and biscuity flavors lead to a very pleasant fruity finish. Mango.
Very dry in the aftertaste and smooth in the mouth.
This is a nice once in a while sipper but not a beer that I'd drink often. Even though it's not an everyday beer, I'd still say it's a must try.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Serving : 12oz bottle

A 10%abv barrel aged DIPA from Dogfish head, how could I resist?

Great looks sporting beige red-tinted froth measuring a finger thick that slowly settles atop a translucent reddish amber body alive with quickly flowing streams of fine carbonation.

Intensely sweet aromas of marschino cherries, fruit syrup, floral hops and butterscotch mingle on the nose with hop bitters, hints of dark brown sugar and woody bourbon barrels.

With flavors reminscent of a sweet aged barleywine, this delivers tons of sweet syrupy fruit with a dash of hop bitters on the entry slowly evolving into a exquisitely creamy and cloyingly sweet, floral mid palate. Wood aged characteristics take hold on a bold, tight finish revealing tart fruit, butterscotch and tasty dry wood flavors. What an odd twist on a DIPA, my hopes for abundant hops were dashed with volumous sweet syrupy hop infused fruit and bourbon soaked wood. Wrapped up somewhere inside all the sweet fruit is a load of undetectable alcohol that slides over my palate without leaving a single trace.

Closer to a sweet cordial than an oak aged ipa, this is quite viscious, syrupy and overpowering with dulled down drinkability. Sipping is the best method to enjoy this sweet treat.

Dogfish head has done it again by creating a new and interesting concotion that totally dashes my concept of what a DIPA can be.
What will the awesome brewing talent at DFH come up with next?


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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA pours a transparent burnt sienna color with a full finger of light tan head held aloft by a vast amount of swift carbonation

S - nice mellow aroma, hoppy, but not overly hoppy; a sweet caramel/toffee/vanilla note to it, with a citrus grassy aroma complimenting it nicely

T - oh man, this could get one in trouble, devilishly smooth and sweet, sweet syrup without the maple, a nice vanilla bean/toffee type sweetness to it that makes you beg for another sip, a masterful job of hiding a high ABV in the taste

M&D - a silky smooth mouthcoat that really rolls down your throat, warming as it goes, the higher ABV is the only drawback to the drinkability, with a flavor like this and an ABV that high you can really get in over your head quick with this one, DFH really has mastered their craft

as if i didnt feel this way before, but i would try anything this brewery puts out

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Pours an appealing golden-copper color with a thick light tan head. Good lacing and an amazing retention, as at least half a centimeter of foam stays on top throughout the course. Aroma is a bit barleywine-esque at first. There are floral and grapefruit notes, as well as caramel and mash whiskey scents.

Taste is definately sweet, with citrus and velvety malts bursting through. Strong alcohol notes as well. Only a slight amount of hop action here, but it's a nice surprise. Mouthfeel is lush and juicy, amost "starburst" in its texture. Very smooth across the palate with a sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer is complex and tasty, but the strong alcohol content paired with a powerful sweetness make it tough to imagine having more than one in a single sitting (not to mention the price!).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. Did I say sweet!

The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the rebost flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overally done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet to have more then one or two, but is perfect as a sipper after dinner. Really a good sweet dessert, very nicely done, and at 10%abv, should be a nice sipper anyway!

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass, copper color with smallish head and some lacing on the glass. Smell is more of liquor and vanilla and less of the citric hops of the DFH90. Some vanilla in the flavor and the hops are not as upfront, but still there. Sweeter than the 90 minute and more mellow for sure. I'll cellar a couple of these to see what happens to them. This beer is a definite treat, different enough from the other DIPA's one that I will make a point to revisit every year.

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