Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

6,541 Ratings
Burton BatonBurton Baton

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This oak-aged gentle giant has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two "threads," or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they're transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you'll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

70 IBU

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A hazy amber-orange with nice soapy-white head-retention and lots of small circular lacing all over the glass. With every sip it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of stuff going on here. Sour fruits, oak complexity, vinous characteristics, huge citrus, grass, vanilla, toasted malt. And yes, a huge, visceral hop presence.

Taste: Sour fruits at first along with a heavy oak presence, some vinous flavors, and then the hops, grassiness, floral notes, grapoefruit rind, then sinking in to some vanilla, sweet malt flavors, caramel malts, raisins. More and more complexity as it warms. Wonderful stuff.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium to full-bodied with nice bursts of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: A slow and visceral sipper with a lot of flavor and complexity. Though I don't really cellar IPAs anymore, I wonder about the complexity of flavors in the future and what could happen with the wood. I don't think I could do a bomber or anything bigger in one sitting, but 12 ounces is perfect.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle 2008

A: Poured into a snifter. Burton Baton pours a reddish-orange color with a white head. Low retention level with mild lacing.

S: Sweet citrus aromas, some pine and earthy tones as well. Smells like simcoe hops to me.

T: Tons of oak in the flavor. Very sweet citrus flavors with a hint of bourbon, as well as some vanilla.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Higher carbonation level than I expected. Big beer equals big hoppy palate.

D: I was happy to get a couple of cases of this and shared the wealth with some friends. At 10% this is not a brew to be taken lightly.

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

Pretty deep red/amber/brown color poured into my DFH snifter with a slightly off-white head that faded after a couple minutes to leave some thin lacing around the sides.

Hops hops hops in the nose, as it should be. From the aroma I'm getting some dryness and bitterness that I think will probably come through in the taste as well. A little smoky/burnt flavor is also noticeable, probably from the barrel aging. Some citrus characters also present.

Sharp and bitter at first that quickly turn to strong ale flavors and a decent malt base. Very well-balanced and smooth considering it's 10%. The sharp flavors are what I really love about this.

Mouthfeel is nice and in the middle. Not heavy but there's definitely some consistency in the mouthfeel.

I could put a few of these back no problem. The only hindering characteristic to the drinkability is the fact that this beer has a high alcohol content.

Great beer all around here, pick some up and give it a try.

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Photo of petebritton2003
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 07 bottle from one of the best. Head gone after a minute. Great vannilla and dark fruit smell. Give it a nice big swrill and stick your nose in it for a treat. Very malty and still some lingering bitterness. Smooth and sweet alcohol taste, not hot. Nice, balanced and ages well.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a cherry red amber with a good amount of suspended haze. A tight off-white head bubbles up and fades rather quickly. Rings of lace are left up and down.

Smells of rich dark fruit, wood, vanilla, caramel, and candied grapefruit. Really interesting blend here. It's like a barleywine meets an IPA after hanging out together in a oak barrel for a while.

The initial taste is of candied grapefruit and then a rush of dark fruit with a warming alcohol finish. Not overly complex, but a very nice flavor for an IPA. Bright citrus fruit with a perfect whiskey flavor from the aging. They definitely took a chance on this one and it paid off.

Kinda chewy and big on the palate.

This is a pretty high octane beer with a lot going on. This one is for enjoying.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lovely copper color with foamy head.

S: Very inviting. Notes of the base malt, and just hints of hop aroma. I had to try hard to smell the oak.

T: Like many other bottles that say IPA, this does not seem to be one. The hop character and aroma is far too faint for a definitive IPA. I am not saying this beer isn't good by any stretch of the imagination. It has good character from the malt and hops, and the oak taste comes through at the end.
(Three Months Later): I don't know what I was thinking. I am drinking one from the same 4-pack now, and it has great citrusy hop flavor. Not faint at all.

MF: Nice

D: At $13 a 4-pack, I am unlikely to get any more. This is a good beer that may get a better drinkability score if it were not so pricey. I have drank many beers at this price that I would recommend over this one.

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Photo of ewright
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into a DFH snifter a slightly hazy dull copper color with a thin, rapidly dissipating head.

S: Huge hop bouquet up front with notes of flowers, pine and citrus. A mild mellow woody aroma is present underneath.

T: Caramel and plum from the malt backbone complement the spicy bitterness from the hops. The oak character is present, but muted to play an accompanying role rather than a primary. The flavors blend to form a superb medley.

M: Full bodied maltiness sits on the tongue, while the hop bitterness is evident as on the roof of the mouth. My mouth puckers and salivates while awaiting the next sip.

D: A great beer for sipping, but not something of which you can have more than 1 or 2 before the palate wears out.

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

Poured 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. To expensive and the oak should have been more prominent.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a thick deep ruby-amber color. Tiny bubbles swirl and dance, wandering their way through the syrupy body to form a creamy egg shell foamy head, leaving nice lace as it diminishes slowly.

Nose is a hop lover's delight. Fresh perky pine and juicy peach and grapefruit. A little sweet bubblegum mingles with soft wood, spiced with alcohol.

Taste is somewhat surprising, with very little of the sweetness on the nose. Instead, a warm woody marriage of malt grains and hop bitterness set in from the start. Finishes with bitter flavors fading instead of intensifying, kind of an inverse effect for an IIPA. Very course in flavor, not smooth, somewhat hindering a sense of balance. Resin and alcohol are nearly phenolic, with an almost chemical undertone. Taste is a little too sharp, with the oak serving to brighten instead of mellow some of the other flavors. Alcohol taste is a deterrent, and what happened to the juicy hops?

Feel is very full, with plenty of tingly carbonation on the tongue. Not overly sticky at all, cleaning off well with the swallow, leaving some concentrated resin. Again, plenty of alcohol

Not a huge fan, surprisingly. I do find it intriguing and worth the try, but I can't get the overall flavor to be one that seems pleasant. Alcohol is unbalanced and the flavors seem to blend coarsely into a difficult version of an IIPA. Tempted to seek out another bottle to determine if this one is somehow off from the norm.

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

It pours a nice reddish copper color with a nice white head! With good lacing throughout!

The aroma is very nice piney and citrus hops, and a nice carmel malt and alcohol

The taste is very interesting a smooth hop explosion and then a nice woody malt with a nice bitter finish.

It's got good balcane but it does have a strong alcohol taste. All in all a good beer!

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

Poured an amber color with a two inch head that falls into a lite lace around the edge. The smell was a piney with a hint of citrus. Tasted hoppy but finished with a taste a malt. I really liked this beer and dispite the price (which I understand) I will get again.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this at Green's on Buford Highway in Atlanta, Georgia. Pours a deep amber color that just screams "drink me." Nice creamy head and a lace along the side of the glass. Smells is very piney and citrusy. Taste is very hoppy - big surprise I know. But there is a strong malt backbone to back this beer up. Almost a meal in a bottle for me. Another fantastic brew from Dogfish Head. They have IPA's down in my book.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with label code 2008F. Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Crimson with a light tan head that stays for a while, leaving a pleasant looking lacing on the glass. The beer is mostly clear with some floaters in there

S: Pine, alcohol, sweeter malts with hints of figs and oak.

T: Piney hops right up front followed by a touch of alcohol, and a reserved malt backbone. The finish is dry and bitter. I'm not tasting much oak here - it appears for a bit in the middle but disappears to the finishing bitterness.

M: Very pleasant with the right carbonation. The drying finish makes this a bit of a sipper.

This beer is quite finely crafted - the hops are present and the blending has helped retain the IIPA characteristics while tuning down the barleywine nature that an aged IIPA becomes.

**Edit 12 Feb 2012**
Burton Baton 2008F, split with my dad

Faintly hoppy, loaded with crystal malt, mild aspirin, a surprising amount of oak. Boozy. Sweet and quite tannic, plenty of crystal malt flavor but not enough sweetness to balance out the astringent oakiness. Full in body but the oak is just way too raw and in your face. Tannic and caramel sweetness on the finish. Despite some severe flaws, this is decent, especially as an OA BW. 3.5/3/3/3

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Photo of Raymond69
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky orange , decent head with some lacing.

All hops in the nose, very citrusy, grapefruit predominantly.

Taste is a hop explosion, again a lot of citrus. Barrel aging and malts aren't very perceptible but I'm sure come out better with some aging.

Mouthfeel is thick , with a lot of sweetness on the finish. The hops keep it from becoming to cloying.

Overall a very good brew, normally I don't like hopbombs, but this one might change my mind.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a decent, white fluffy head that dissolved fairly quickly. It left behind a nice layer of bubbles on top and on the side of my pint glass. A roasted sweetness hits the nose first, but is then overtaken by spicy and floral hoppiness. A very spicy and woody flavor that is supported by a nice malty foundation. Not as hoppy as I was hoping it would be, but a really good beer. Very creamy and not overly carbonated. I should have stocked up on this stuff when I had the chance to throw some in the cellar.

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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 rye726
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an '05 bottle that I found and is probably on its way out. But here are my thoughts anyway.

Clear amber color with a nice tan head.

A mix of mild malts and piney hops. Lots of earthy oak tones as well.

The flavor is sweet for an IPA and is at the time probably in the barleywine realm. Caramel, malts, ripe fruits and some herbal hops. All balanced nicely by some oaky flavors.

Full body and good carbonation. Has aged pretty well, but I would like to try a fresh bottle.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. into big bad Reidel Cab glass...

Ample, gently rising carbonation from clean, copper/mahogany body into dulce de leche-colored head with nice lacing

Sweet, milky/caramel scent with balanced and bountiful malt, alcohol and huge, floral hop presence

Creamy, velvety warm vanilla ice cream with tight, puckery hops

Coats well, like a warm dessert, lightly tingly with tight hop puckering finish

Solid stuff. Very enjoyable to savor.

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Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear auburn color with light tan head. It smelled like a mix of copper and floral hops with noticeable oak and burnt caramel malt, along with a hint of alcohol. Its flavor came in waves, first of brown sugar and molasses, then of copper and floral hops, then of oak and roasted malts, then of brown sugar again for a smooth and sweet aftertaste. It was oily with very slight carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was a very unique and enjoyable beer that was well balanced and had great, creamy flavor. Hooray!

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

w00t new seasonal.

A - big beautiful off-white head with a hazy, dark amber body

S - smells of hops and citrus and all around delicious, hints of sweet malt and alcohol

T - great citrusy sweetness balanced by hop bitterness, great malt presence with oak hints (I assume some of the oak sugars are what sweeten the beer?), hints of alcohol

M - certainly full bodied with good carbonation

D - woah I don't remember this being this good, but I am loving this beer tonight while I wait for dinner to cook! It's a bit full bodied to do more than 1 or so in a sitting, but man, this thing hides its relatively high ABV pretty well and is a joy to sip. Good work DFH!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

Bottled in 2008 F.

A: Pours an awesome tarnished copper color capped by a long-lasting, three-finger, khaki-colored head that leaves a lot of sticky lace sheets in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of piney hops and sweet caramel at the outset. As it warms, the smells get even more complex as grapefruit, vanilla, toasted malt, and a spicy woody-ness pop through.

T: Pine, caramel, and alcohol wash over the tongue and, in the process, lead the way for the aforementioned grapefruit, vanilla, toasted malt, earthy/spicy wood, and an interesting toasted marshmallow sweetness.

M: A near perfect mixture of bitter, piney hops and sweet juicy caramel. The boozy alcohol heat is a slight distraction but the other complexities here keep the points from dipping too low. The mouthfeel alternates from bitter, to sweet, to dry.

D: I was surprised how easy it was to drink this one considering the 10% abv. Once again, the alcohol seemed a little brutish, but the rest of this beer is so awesome it more than makes up for it.

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Photo of ewpgolf2
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ 10% ABV, this is a snifter Ale. Couldn't locate a bottle date.
Poured a rich orange like that of burnt sienna with a head of small rise that retreated down to nothing relatively quick. I couldn't quite place the smell but I'm positive I sense more than a hint of conifers-OR MAYBE it's Juniper berries?
The initial taste was slick with more of that piney taste coupled with teeming alcohol. Like several other higher ABV's, this got a lot better as it warmed.
Mouthfeel was a lingering syrup with the ever upfront presence of alcohol. However, strangely enough, I would buy this again because I do like the higher ABV's. Better yet, I would definitely "order" this, if possible, at a pub to enjoy-gives you a hell of a great start to tying one on....If that's what your inclination is...

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber color with plentiful off-white head. Aromas, if memory proves true, are nearly indistinguishable for a 90 min. The strong citrusy and piney hops dominate, but an earthy, candy like sweetness is present, a sign of oak? Alcohol notes are present too; overall its bouquet is comparable to a citrusy fruitcake. On the palate, the 90 min likeability is burdened by an aged, old hop feel. Oakiness isn't like any other oaked beer I've had. It's subdued, provides a firm tannic feel, slightly astringent, but sweet in the finish as well. The malt profile provides plenty of honey like floral flavors with lots of sweetness to balance the hop presence. I would liken this to a dry-hopped old ale rather than a DIPA. The finish brings some puckery dryness and vanilla notes reminiscent of the oak. Overall, another crazy beer from DFH, enjoyable, but I'm content with just one bottle.

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap at TJ's Everyday into a snifter.

A-Pours a beautiful deep amber with a nice off white head. Some nice lacing and good stickiness.

S-Very nicely balanced. Citrusy hop notes, caramely malt sweetness both come through.

T-Delicious malty taste up front with a nice citrusy hop explosion on the finish. Excellent balance and interesting all the way through.

M-Smooth and creamy, moderately carbonated.

D-The balanced flavors make this an all too drinkable DIPA.

A delicious blend of the excellent 90 minute and oak aged strong ale (Immort maybe?). Highly recommended.


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