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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 ledouge
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of descobar
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 12 oz bottle: aroma - very sweet caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar. hint of vanilla with just a faint sign of oxidation. appearance - pours deep amber, with a thin off-white head of maybe quarter inch thickness with low retention. the beer is hazy bordering on muddy although it seems to clear a bit as it warms. light lacing is observed. taste - complex combination of bold malt sweetness together with intense bitterness that slams the palate. the evidence of oak aging is definitely there with vanilla notes in the background. palate - this is a medium/full bodied beer with resiny, oily texture and pronounced astringency. medium carbonation. finishes long and strong with intense sweetness that lingers overall - this beer is not for the faint of heart. obviously does not mellow with age as some other strong ales and barleywines. as with other DFH beers, it promises intensity and it does not disappoint. after 3+ years this is more old ale than imperial IPA. if you enjoy old ales, put a few away and enjoy a treat a few years down the road!

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Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy, white, one finger head; hazy adobe to orange reddish color, quite a muddy looking beer honestly, very prominent lacing
S: immediately spicy, earthy and malty with a hop bite coming in as well, its a very pungent aroma that coats the nose, honestly. I do get suggestions of the old ale but more in the sense of a J.W. Lees Harvest ale, there is a subtle caramel here melded with the very grainy initial character of the malt. This is definitely one to sit with (not even because of the strength of the beer) because its opening up allows for more to parse through, so give it time, the vanilla becomes a mildly present tone, emerging from the sweetness of the malt
M: very soft and delicate, sits lightly on the tongue
O: This is an odd beer, and indeed one that scratches an itch I don't think I've ever had or will ever have. Don't get me wrong, this is a very interesting (and yes, very good) and entrancing beer, but I can't think of a time when I would want something in the vein of a burton baton, it's a thick, pungent and almost must experience and if that sounds appealing, given what else I've written about it then grab some now, I kinda feel the same way about this that I do about theobroma, it's very good, but I can't really see a place for it on my particular shelf.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice copper amber clear color. White head sticks and leaves a nice lacing.
S - big floral hops, grapefruit, oak, very floral - almost reminiscent of two hearted but a little less balanced
T - again very floral, grapefruit, citrus peel, slight earthiness, oak def there
M - medium to heavy mf, alc covered, carb appropriate, aftertaste is grapefruit, citrus peel, oak, slightly flowery
O - really good beer. More flavorful than boozy at 10%. However, this likely wont be a repeat offender with me.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NMA
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle bottle on 4/15/15 poured into a can glass.

A: Amber Caramel body good clarity small off-white khaki head that disappears to a film.

S: floral resins hops make your head almost snap back. Lots of caramel malts and honey.

T: lots of toffee, honey, floral almost vine like hops and that resiny bitterness.

M: Softer on the tongue without the bitterness more pillowy makes the beer more approachable.

O: This beer has aged gracefully I have had it fresh and thought it was dynamite. This 2015 bottle has really rounded out any harsh bitterness and it's still hoppy.

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Photo of Jm_cook_52
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KShophead
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justinm4bama
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2/1/17. The beer pours very nice orange/amber color with a light white head that disappated quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

When I first opened the bottle I got a hit of grapefruit immediately. From the glass I'm getting lots of light malts. The hops seem a little subdued and mostly pine and citrus.

The taste is a very interesting blend of lots of flavors. There is a definite citrus hop presence up front but the malt quickly moves in through the middle. The finish balances out the malt with a lingering bitterness. In searching for the oak, I get little hints of it on the front and the finish. There is no hint of the 10% abv.

The mouthfeel smooth and slightly slick/oily with relatively low carbonation.

Overall this is a very unique beer. There is a ton going on but nothing seems to dominate other than lingering bitter finish. I'm really enjoying how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of B_B
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear amber color with orange highlights. It smelled oak, bready malt and pine. Some good oak flavors like vanilla. A boozy heat with some sweet caramel, too.

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Photo of hazedandconfused13
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcflorian
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gruves33
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manticore
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richj1970
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,593 ratings
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