Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

6,561 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 DruC4
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattGrimley
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Beerswag
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper-red color in a Spiegelgau glass with a 3F head which slowly resolves.

Aroma: wonderful pungent citrus and pine. There is a special hops combo here.

MF: very carbonated.

Taste: the aroma transitions to the taste: spicy citrus and pine.Not the typical grapefruit
citrus in a lot of IPAs- this is a special spicy blend of flavors.

Overall: the citrus intensifies as does the malt character with warming. The oak masks the alcoholic finish. Excellent beer.

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

Dark orange, amber in body topped by white head. Great aroma of hops, grass, tiny lil citrus note, wood, pine. Amazingly smooth! Malty, hoppy, a bit of bourbon toward the finish. Whiskey aftertaste persists but gets wiped clean by the next sip. Medium-thick in body and highly drinkable. Much more drinkable and taste friendly than I had expected. Two thumbs way up!

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Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BigAl18
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adam42381
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 08/13/10 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with a 1-2 finger creamy off-white head. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with caramel malt and oak in the background.

Taste: Pine and a little spiciness up front followed by sweet citrus and caramel in the middle and ending with ruby red grapefruit at the finish. Oak is evident throughout but not overpowering. Aftertaste is a light mix of sweet and bitter citrus. Very nice blend of oak, sweet fruit and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden so you could drink a couple bottles before you realized how much alcohol was in the beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. The oak aging really adds a nice element to the beer. I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Is this a Double IPA? Seems much more like a hoppy barleywine to me. It's got caramel, just a little sweetness, and a whole raft of complex flavors that I'm not proficient enough to pick out separately. The hops are there, and there's some bitterness, but if I were served this blind, I wouldn't pick it out as a DIPA ... it's a long way from Pliny, which is also one of my favorite beers.

I've had this several times over the past few years, and always loved it. Incredibly rich and complex blend of flavors. Well worth the $4.50 it costs around here ... for a beer like this, it's actually quite a bargain.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz bottle bearing no freshness date but stating it can withstand cellaring and ages well. Poured into my Stone IPA glass.
Nice clear bronze color with a modest white head and random carbonation. Nose was quite fruity with a touch of diacetyl. No real citrus or herbal aromas associated with a hearty hops presence.
Tasted very fruity and bearing a solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of oak and butter. But where, oh where, are the hops? Sweet, yes. Citrusy, no. Herbal, nope. Sorry folks, the hops profile is sorely lacking here. A bit hot in the finish thanks to the 10% ABV. The feel was medium-bodied and a bit slick.
Overall, rather disappointing. Burton Baton might even be mis-cast as a DIPA, IMO. This brew simply lacks the one essential necessary to fall into that style: hops. I'll stick with DFH's 90 Min IPA, thanks. There are many other DIPA's I'd rather spend my time and money on over this offering.

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

Pours a deep, lightly hazy amber with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Smells malty and of fruit, dark berry and such. Also some citrusy aromas from the hops. Alcohol and toffee back there somewhere. Hints of sweet vanilla.

Taste is malty, some dark fruit and toffee. Vanilla is stornger here. Strident hops as well but they don't take over and it balances the sweetness. Mouth is still lightly sticky and full bodied. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty and drinkable. An experiment that works!

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

Finally found a bottle of this after having on tap several months ago.

Copper orange color with definite IPA-like smell of hops, grapefruit, and pine. Maybe a little more of the wooden character than the typical IPA as well. Taste is a nice mixture of hops, grapefruit, alcohol, and oak. The oak comes out very well in this.. adding another layer of complexity to a DIPA. Not overly strong. This is a great beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer over the summer I thought it was simply amazing! Got some more bottles and giving it another go!

Pours a nice amber color, very clear and clean. About an inch of well retaining foamy head rests at the top. Lots of citrus and herbal notes on the nose. Smells a little oily and kind of like the 90 minute IPA but a bit more pungent. Creamy and thick mouth feel. Huge Body but still some decent carbonation and it goes down easy. Drinking a little too easy actually! This is going down fast for a 10 percenter. Some woody and biscuity maltiness upfront. The perfect amount of malt as well, you get the flavor but no lingering sweetness. Some citrus in the middle and then nice piney hop finish with a little oak.

This is honestly one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. Simply put, this is an amazing beer, with amazing taste and amazing drinkability!

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Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of silentjay
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky amber copper with a one and a half fingered head that sticks around for a while and clings well to the glass.

aroma has definite hoppiness and woodiness from the barrel aging which is from the mix of fresh hoppy IPA and barrel aged IPA, bringing both into the equation. mixes to a very earthy, woody, sappy aroma that is quite nice.

grapefruit up front with the a middle that screams "dogfish head" sweetness and the barrel characteristics pushed back a bit, but bringing some vanilla and nougat before the finish. not bad, but would like the bitterness and barrel characteristics turned up a bit to counter the sweetness that permeates dogfish head IPAs.

rather nice, full bodied and relatively smooth beer that finishes peppery, yet sweet with a bit of a burn when I exhale.

drinks okay. has tons of potential and was probably groundbreaking half a decade ago, but just needs to tame down that sweetness a bit.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kushlash23
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,561 ratings.
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