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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

1,841 Reviews
Burton BatonBurton Baton

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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

Appearance-Nice orange color. Decent head and retention. Very nice looking and inviting beer.

Smell-Definite citrusy and vanilla smell. Hints of pineapple, perhaps. Picking up some pine in there, as well. Smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste-Sweet. Very sweet beer. Almost overly so. Definite hints of citrus. Nice hoppiness. But, the sweetness is what overwhelms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-This beer goes down very smooth and has a nice feel. It's medium bodied and carbonation is very good. I can't go so far as to say it's a session beer. The sweetness is a little overwhelming. It pushes the envelope in that department. Nonetheless, very drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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

Big thanks to DrJay for sending this as part of BC-2. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear orange coloration. Tight bubbling beads of carbonation rise to the surface. The well maintained head is a creamy biege coloration. Thick webs of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very tasty aroma. The beers smell is dominated by a sugary vanilla oakeyness. This combines well with a floral fruity aroma of pears, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Big time citrus hops creep about the smell.

Taste: The beer has a up front vanilla sugary surge. This goes into a clang of hop bitterness. The bitterness is followed by more honey sweetened apricot, and pears. The beer then goes into an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beers carbonation lightens the beer up. The thickness of the flavors are very long lasting. The beer wasnt hard to drink. One of these is definately enough for a session.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting flavors in this one- Beautiful piney resinous hops on the aroma with some dried fruit undertones. This brew is thick, nice syrupy sweetness from the casked ale, slight spice from the barrel. Very obvious hop profile, oily on the tongue, but not too bitter in the aftertaste- very nice melding and interesting flavors. Hopefully dogfish will go even further with the IPA in the future.

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Photo of smurphy77
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a mixture of 90 minute IPA and an English cask-aged ale to yield a double-IPA. Now I have to admit, I'm a huge fan of the 90 minute IPA. So, after full disclosure, I can safely say that this is one of the top ten beers I've ever sampled.

Poured from the tap as a burnt orange color with a tight, lacy head.

The hops were most discernible in the aromas, not so much in the taste, with scents of tropical fruits and peaches.

The taste was divine - a caramel overtone with hoppy, bitter undertones, all balanced to perfection. This beer is incredibly drinkable, especially considering the high alcohol content. One of the finest dogfish head beers I've ever had.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Appearance is gorgeous, not a lot of head, but some lacing and a rich, deep amber color that's very clear. Smells not much of hops, which is what I expected, but more of ripe fruit aroma with a little hops in the background. Taste is similar to that of a 90 Minute IPA but with some of the hops replaced by a sweet, fruity flavor (I want to say a peach flavor, but I can't quite be sure). The alcohol is completely hidden in this brew, which is remarkable for 10%, the only trace is a slight warming sensation that lingers on the palate along with some sweetness. The alcohol comes through a bit more as the beer warms, but still is very hidden. The taste is very complex and rich, I think I could contemplate for a while on all the different tastes that are going on here. Mouthfeel is very smooth with only moderate carbonation. With the hidden alcohol this brew is extremely drinkable, it'll be hard to force myself to cellar one of these brews.

Overall this is instantly one of my favorite beers. I would like a little bit more head, and it might be a bit too sweet for some, but those are the only flaws I can see. A damned fine brew from one of the great American breweries.

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

appearance: Pours into my wine-style glass with a low, off white head that soon recedes to a thin ring and a thin smattering of carbonation islands on the surface. The beer is a clear, rich orange-amber in color.

smell: Smells absolutely delicious. Fresh oak soaked with sugary, caramel malt syrup. A ton of fruits noted, inlcuding pulpy pear, apricot, pineapple syrup, and date. Great f*ing hop aroma, too...completely loaded down with juicy, fruity hops. Great ethanol spice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just a little above medium. The body is full, and slightly slick on the tongue. Creamy, juicy, nice.

taste: Loads of sweet caramel malts and sugar-crusted candied fruits. Caramel malt candy. Notes of dripping pear and apricot. A delicate, sweet spice reminiscent of nutmeg and mace, comes in after the swallow. Each sip leaves a malty lip-smacking, honeylike coating. Heavy hop flavor, syrupy and tealike. Low to moderate bitterness lingers into the finish with a medley of malt flavor.

drinkability: easy enough for a beer of this weight...the alcohol is very well hidden

Bottled on 1/08/07

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip, moderately aggressively, resulting in an orangey-red body when held up to backlighting -- back down on the table, it appeared more ambery-orange. Just a slight bit of murkiness kept this from being crystal clear. A cream-colored head quickly settled down from about an inch high from the pour to about a half-inch, where it sat for awhile. No rings of lace at all, though some splotches clung to the glass momentarily as I drank it.

S: Not particularly strong at first, but more so as it warmed. Caramel malt, maple syrup, and whiskey-like alcohol. You can tell from the nose that this is a potent beer, but it's not a harsh, burning cheap-vodka alcohol smell at all, but rather a warm, inviting waft of booze, like a good whiskey or cognac, perhaps. Nice.

T: Sweeter than expected given the alleged style (DIPA): caramel malt, butterscotch and candied tropical fruit flavors give it the sweetness. Vanilla shows up too as it warms. There's an oaky dry finish that's followed by the alcohol in the back of the throat and down the hatch. That dryness lingers, presenting a nice balance to the dominant sweetness in the front of the mouth.

M: Medium- to full-bodied and on the lower end of carbonation -- which feels proper given the taste and heft. Real smooth in overall feel.

D: Very good to excellent, especially for a beer of this strength. It's a sipper, but it's not hard to go through the 12 oz bottle real fast.

Notes: I believe this bottle's been in my cellar for about 14 months. I drank one when it was fresh and it's my recollection (I didn't review it at the time) that it was more harsh all around. It seems to have mellowed quite nicely in the year or so in the cellar. . . . A note on the style: it's misleading to call this a DIPA. I believe it's a 50/50 blend, with their 90 Minute DIPA making up just one half of the equation. In taste, it's lacking the hop assault most of us expect from a DIPA. In many ways it seems to be more like a barleywine. Whatever you call it, I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it as a night-time sipper, especially on a cold night.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear coppery gold, nice rising head that leaves a ton of lacing.
Smell is trademark Dogfish Head sweetness. Super sweet hops, but the sweetness overcomes the bitterness.
Taste is much more complex, honey sweet malts, vanilla, oak, alcohol in the after. Very nice with a sticky, thick mouthfeel.
Drinkability only suffers by the over the top sweetness and high ABV.
Probably one of my favorite DFH brews.

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

I swear the last four or five beers I've reviewed have looked just like this. blood orange/mahagony with a thick retentive head that leaves some great lace behind. If Mr. Clean were a brewmaster his beers would most defnitely resemble this.

Loamy, piney very etheral hops mesh very well with the subtle yet stubborn oak aromas. Vanilla, toasted almond, light nutty and dried berry notes.

Have to admit I had this last year and really didn't care for it. Well this years to me is a night and day difference and one of the better tasting beers I've had in a long....long time. Rich sweet vanilla, meringue, oak. Nuts again with more dried fruits. Nicely hopped with again earthy type of resiny buds. RS is much higher than anticipated. Very chewy, and gummy mouthfeel. Delicious, almost a dessert drink. Huge, complex, and in your face.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yet another off beat brew from DFH. Love how they keep putting out new high quality stuff. A blended IPA labled as an Imperial and noted here as an American DIPA. I love category messes like this. How is this germaine to the review? Thanks for asking. I've run accross similar blending techniques prominently noted on the bottles of English and Belgian beers. Based on the sweet malty oaky flavors, high ABV and injection of fresh life to an aged beer by blending, I would look at this as more of a old ale or lighter barleywine than a DIPA.

I've noted my scores based on a DIPA or Imp IPA category. Just not hopy enough IMO to qualify. That said, I wouldn't change it. This tastes quite good and since I'm a barleywine fan rather than an IPA fan, I think it's better than their 90 min IPA.

FWIW - I would give them higher props if they would also step beyond the current hop craze marketing and use their rep and brews like this to bring other styles to the forefront. Instead, they lump this in the IPA hop craze category. Of course I don't have to sell this beer in hopes of making a profit so it's only my .02.

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Photo of westweasel
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. It pours out of the bottle like a thick elixir. The beer is a beautifully clear deep amber color, with a half-inch beige head. The head impressively lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is full of wood and alcohol and a faint burnt scent. The strong smell of alcohol though, overpowers other smells.

In this beer I taste caramel, butterscotch, and a lingering orange flavor. The mouthfeel is very full and thick.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but not fantastic. I find it too sweet, almost barleywine-like. It is nice from time to time, but I wouldn't be interested in drinking many of them in one sitting.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - deep burnt oragne color, fairly clear, one-finger off-white head with little retention and lacing

s - very citrusy hop smell, orange prominent, oak and vanilla notes, alcohol evident

t - sweet citrusy hop flvaor up front with a nice malty backbone, oak and vanilla provide a nice depth, finish is very smooth with only a slight alcohol presence and lots of vanilla, this is where the oak aging is most evident, taking the bitterness out of the finish

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied

d - quite drinkable, not very harsh at all as the alcohol is very well masked, could enjoy a few of these

Really great brew from DFH. This doesn't seem like a DIPA to me, but whatever style it is, it's good. Great variation of the 90 min in my opinion. Just wish this wasn't so pricey.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a mondo light tan head that resists fading and leaves behind a significant lacing pattern. It's clear, but very bubbly.

I'm struggling with the smell; not very aggressive. I guess it's more characteristic of an ESB than an IPA (or an oak aged IPA ta'boot). My numeric score is going to take a hit, but i guess that's how the cookie crumbles.

I like the flavor a lot though. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. I get a sweet malt flavor, caramel, brown sugar, a little smoke and some spice. I'm not getting the champaign-like feel that i thought i would with the effervescence that i noted.

The alcohol isn't noted in the mouth, but it is quite evident on the ride down. I could easily enjoy one more. The smell rating is going to skew my total score lower than my overall satisfaction with the product. I plan on buying another 4 pk and squirrel it away for the barbecue season.

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Photo of scott
2.38/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Great looker - nice deep amber coloring, with a thick gel-like appearance that allows only light carbonation. Very large alcohol rim. A typical olde ale/barleywine presentation.
Huge alcohol presence that stings, with a woody backnote. Some floral notes, that is stomped by more alcohol.
A syrupy, cloying mess that has more off-balanced wood than a boy with a Mature rated anime collection. One part simple syrup, one part rubbing alcohol, and one -quarter part attic wood and a dash of vanilla. Impressive?
NOTE - This actually becomes a great nightcap sipper if left open for a while. It numbs the gums, and it should have a little more definition. This could only pair with a cigar.

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Photo of drumline
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a 2 finger thick creamy head and some sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Floral hops, lots of oak, and a slight malt sweetness

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very silky and creamy mouthfeel up front, with a low to medium carbo bite. Very sweet flavor, slight vanilla notes, that is borderline cloying, but it kept in check by the floral and piney hops.

Drinkability - Very delicious. DFH are the masters of making very drinkable strong ales, and certainly succeed here. Amazing.

I'm not sure if this should be labeled a double IPA, to me there's a enough malt backbone here to classify it as an American strong ale. Those looking for a big hop bomb may be disappointed. This is one fantastically complex brew, and truly a pleasure to drink. Love it.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Dark copper-red translucent body with a half an inch of light tan head. Hops dominate the aroma though there's a generous dallop of malt to support - reminds me of 90 minute but with more malt. Tastes hoppy and sweet, with vanilla, alcohol and a hint of metalic twang. A bit lighter bodied than expected with a bit of syrupyness to it, though not thick enough to be sticky. Becomes more balanced as I get more used to it. Fairly drinkable for the ABV. Not a bad beer, though I think I'll be sticking with the 90 minute (or 60 minute for that matter).

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Photo of williamherbert
2.84/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Impossibly hazy with a decent tiny little bit of head (that disappears rather quickly). Color is a dark apple-cider orange. Glorious. As if it's encased in amber (the Jurassic kind, not the Irish kind). Has a few little random specks of lace. Perfect.

Massive colossal hop aroma, almost like burnt wood. Smells not just of woodsy hops, but of actual wood. I feel like I just came out of building a deck. It's oak (or so says the bottle). Unlike anything I have ever smelled.

This is a thoroughly rich and unbelievably overpowering brew. Major sawdust wood flavor. The hops are transformed into a malty, milky flavorburst. Has a saccharine-sweet undertone, and that's not a compliment. Absolutely overwhelming. Major alcohol taste. They just threw everything in this beer, everything including the kitchen sink; it's just too much. The flavor is complex but not enjoyable.

Seriously milky and creamy. Incredible post-swallow tongue presence. Very very very very thick. Wow. It practically oozes.

This is not an easy beer to drink. It's a heavy, brutal brew. If this were a beer drinking video game, this brew would be the final "Boss." Insane. It is way beyond what I consider enjoyable drinking. Glad I only bought one. To me, this is the exact example of what happens when good beer goes Imperial. It's just overwhelming for the sake of being overwhelming.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know about double IPA, by bottle reminded me a lot more of an American strong ale (which is blended into the beer with 90 min). There was a big, sweet malt presence, even a little syrupy and that's just too much for anything that's in the IPA family. Still, it was a pretty good beer, but like some of the dogfish beers i've tried, the flavor profile reminds me of a wine's flavor in that it's rich with very subtle flavors. I got random hints of wood (oak) out of this along with citrus hop notes. Worth a try, but a bit spendy.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly clear, with a measured, bright, off-white head that leaves a dusting of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edges. The color is a dark shade of amber with brown highlights. The nose isn't quite what I expected from the description on the bottle -- it's much less hoppy than I thought it would be. Instead, the vanilla notes are very powerful and backed by a grainy malt note that I usually associate with brown ales or possibly alt biers. On the palate, the first sensation is a huge oaky sweetness; it's a big, juicy, fruity (strawberry?) and vanilla sweetness. At first the sweet notes are nice, but they start to get cloying at the mid-palate and in the finish. The trouble is that the palate isn't composed of a whole lot other than that sweetness; it's unbalanced by bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit heavy, with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a sweet-bomb with some nice characteristics and smoothness, but it's not worth the high price tag.

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Photo of hammer09
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a huge fan of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, I absolutely had to try this when I found it at my local beer and wine retailer.

A - Burton Baton pours a deep, dark copper. This beer is very clear with faint traces of carbonation rising to the top of the glass. Head development is huge and rocky.

S - Fairly hoppy, but not as much as I expected. Aroma is slightly spicy with hints of pine.

T - Taste is extemely sweet and alcoholic with a slight vanilla flavor. This is very cloying at first, but the sweetness mellows after a few moments. Whatever hop character is present in the beer is quickly overwhelmed by its sweetness, unfortunately.

M - With its high alcohol content, this beer is warming. Carbonation appears muted, however.

D - Definitely not drinkable in mass quantities, but one or two bottles can be enjoyed in a sitting. This beer is best sipped due to its strong character and dominant flavors.

Overall, very enjoyable; I'll be picking up more of this if it's still available.

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Photo of rodrot
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd been looking forward to trying this beer ever since NC relaxed it's beer law regarded alcohol content. I missed out on it last year, so as soon as I saw some on the shelves in 2007, I eagerly picked up a couple of 4-packs. The beer poured a brilliant amber color with a small wispy head that left some lacing on the glass. There was lots of malty sweetness in the aroma along with some notes of honey and spicy hops. Being a DIPA, I expected a lot more hop in the aroma. Taste was quite sweet and malty with some notes of maple syrup, grape, vanilla and oak. Hop flavor was there, but didn't really stand out until the beer got closer to room temp. Alcohol was very well hidden. Drinkability was good for a high alcohol brew. I was expecting a hop bomb and never got it. This beer reminds me alot of DFH's Olde School barleywine. It's very sweet and the hops never go over board. It's a good beer, but not in the DIPA category as stated on the bottle.

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Photo of bkett01
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head presence on this one which quickly died away, leaving a small amount of lacing on my pint glass. Appearance is a copper/amber hue and carbonation is very present in this one. Smells of sweet malts with tones of vanilla and oak. Interesting combination here, the hops have certainly met their match as they are undetectable to the nose. Can't say that for many DIPA's.
Taste is also dominated by the vanilla/oak wood flavors. We begin with sweet malt followed up with a smooth oak that brings us to a mildly warming alcohol finish. The heavy carbonation helps balance out the sweet malt here for an impressively drinkable double. While the 10% is detectable, it isn't offensive and fits in nicely to the many flavors of Burton Baton.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small cream colored head that recedes. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with nice tones of vanilla and oak with hints of hops here and there. Slightly buttery smelling as it warms. I would have guessed this to be a superb English barleywine by the smell.

Taste is sweet with rich caramel malty flavors upfront. A tapestry of vanilla, oak, hops are woven in. Buttery flavor comes through as well, can't decide if it's a product of diacetyl or the blend of so many flavors. It's just packed full of so many complex flavors that are extremely complimentary of each other. The only thing holding this back from being a 5, is the sweetness - which remains right through the finish and lingers a bit.

Full body, light carbonation, mildly syrupy.

Very drinkable, especially for the big ABV. The sweetness is mildly distracting, but the depth of flavor will keep you coming back for more. Definitely mis-categorized as a DIPA, this beer more closely resembles an English barleywine (if anything).

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Photo of Atlas1
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy-o-boy was I excited to try this oak-aged IPA. I'm a fan of almost all-things DFH, so when the Burton Baton hit the shelves this year I grabbed a couple of bottles.

From the 1/08/07 batch, poured into a belgian snifter. Appears a bright amber/orange color with thick, creamy two-finger head. Some thinnish lacing left along the glass as the beer recedes. The smell is sweet, with notes of oak and hops and citrus and pepper. The taste really packs a punch. Crazy malted citrus flavor up front. Think of a juiced-up half-grapefruit, half-raisin on steroids; it strikes under the tongue extremely sharp. But unlike most double IPAs that I've had, the hops never really develop in the finish. I kept waiting for them to attack the back of the tongue and throat, but they never did. The malty sweetness of the beer is almost too overwhelming here, almost syrupy at times; it needs a higher dose of hops (and I've NEVER said that about any DFH brews before) to counter the malt and the oak here. They just seem to take the reigns early, and never really give back control to the hops. Too bad, too, because the Burton Baton has a lot of potential. Still, it's not a bad brew. I've got one in the cellar that I plan on giving a go in about a few months, maybe a year.

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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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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.
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