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Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep, opaque amber. 1 inch white/off-white head despite an aggressive pour. Almost no visible carbonation. Great streaks of lacing that never disappear.

Smell: Predominantly sharp hops, with some caramel malt and slightly medicinal smells.

Taste: Cold, it tastes almost identical to 90min IPA. As it warms, it retains the strong burst of hops at the start and continues to have that beautiful malt / hop balance of 90min, but the finish develops into notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. It's sweet and smooth, and lasts. The overall flavor is honestly more complex than I have the expressive capability to capture. Basically, it's 90min IPA's perfected malt / hop balance (ie hop explosion with rich, engaging malt tones) that persists but transitions into a beautiful finish with the oak induced flavors developing and deepening that perfection.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. At times it's creamy and chewy, but then the small bit of carbonation dances on the top of the tongue.

Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable. The alcohol is hardly masked, but every time I've had this beer it disappears with surprising speed.

I don't know about paying 150% of 90min IPA's price for this beer, at least not on a regular basis. That said, if you like 90min IPA, I'd say you have to spring for its more sophisticated older brother at least once.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on date of 10/14/10 (I guess I'm enjoying it slightly aged).

Pours a hazy tea color with a small white head which quickly dissipates, but leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of bisquity malts, vanilla and some oak, a hint of hops. The feel is medium with okay carbonation, there is a little bitterness in it. The taste is a little vanilla, some oak, the malts and a little lingering bitterness, much more of a vanilla oak malty taste than an IPA one. Aged a little bit this isn't an IPA at all anymore, but its damn tasty and very nice. I'd love to try it fresh, but its very good aged.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from bottle into snifter. I've been searching for this one for a while and the guy at Nikki's Liquors had some in the back. Sweet! A blend of 90 and An English Strong Ale, barrel-aged, IIRC.

A- A copper, honey brown, effervescent brew. Looks like a solid head for 10% ABV. Darker than other DFH IPAs, my guess would be the barrel-aging.

S- Smoke, wood, and the traditional DFH proprietary hops. Smells great. Hints of vanilla? possibly.

T- Like most DFH IPAs, it has that new growth floral hop taste. The barrels add some depth on this which work well with the considerable malt. A very tasty beer. The barrel qualities, vanilla, sappy wood?... a honey sweetness, wow. I am impressed. Not your average DIPA. Not by a long shot. A wholly unique beer.

M- For the ABV, fantastic. Crisp, tasty, complex, never overbearing or cloyingly sweet, nowhere near syrupy.

D- Fairly high. I like this beer. For the price, I can't say I wouldn't grab a 90 minute or a Squall IPA (my all time fav), but if I saw this beer on tap I'd get a pint or snifter for sure. At almost double the price of the 60 min and 1 1/2 times the price of the 90 min, this beer is a specialty beer.

Truth be told, I like the hops in the 90 better, but that's just my taste. The barrels ad a whole other level of complexity to this one that's undeniably good. This beer has a nice malt character that takes the DFH IPA in a new direction. A joy to drink.

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear brownish red with a large two finger white foamy head. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is hoppy,yet subdued. The oak mellows the hops. The taste has some hop bitterness with some mollasses sweetness. The aftertaste is very sweet, but refreshing for a high alcohol beer.The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well balanced. Each sip should be savored because the flavors change as the beer moves down your tongue. Another interesting and different beer from Dogfish Head.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear dark orange-amber with a thin skim of white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Soft pine and citrus hops. A distinct oak note. Vanilla, bourbon, and darkly sweet caramel malt.
T: The oak and vanilla hit first and take the slight advantage over the less powerful hop notes (pine, citrus, herbal). Mild tobacco, mint, and bourbon. Caramel malt backbone.
M: Smooth and slightly sweet. A medium body...deceiving since it drinks a bit lighter than the ABV would suggest...dangerous. The hop notes are present, but subdued (mildly bitter and dry) from the oak aging and blending.
S: A nicely complex and solidly drinkable (sippable) brew. Excellent example of style. Seek it out!
Thanks to Kris for this one!

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what. Purchased from Total Wine Corridor who usually is up on freshness. Not much carbonation, very little if any head. Golden brown in color. Woody, toffee aroma. Way too boozy for me, which is the first thing I noticed. Hard to go down for me but got a little better. Hardly taste anything behind the alcohol. Maybe not my DIPA but, based on all the good reviews I will try it again.

Ok, so it WAS a bad bottle. I knew something had to be wrong with that first one. Bought another single on 4/29. Not too much difference in smell and appearance, but the taste is totally different now. Not boozy like the first one. A good beer, but I won't seek it out.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck stamped Bottled 04/07/11 105. Another one of those beers that I've drank a bunch of but never rated. Quick review:

Pours a clear and bright amber with some orange hues and 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head with great retention. Leaves lots of lacing. Nose is all about citrus-bomb hops. Smells like a bright, juicy East Coast sugar-bomb IIPA. Palate is slick with alcohol and sugar right up front. Lots of citrus hops on the palate, then the oak board flavors start to take over. There's something in there a little unpleasant, like sugar that is on the border of burning. But it's mostly a sticky-sweet IIPA. Hops mostly play a flavor role. ABV is fairly well integrated with a mellow warming feeling instead of a straight-up prickle.

This is a big, sweet beer. Not for fans of dry, bitter IIPAs, but rather folks that like 120 Minute or Southern Tier Un*Earthly.

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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber/orange color
S: Some vanilla and oak
T: Definite oak ones, some vanilla and malt, hop bitterness on the finish
F: Silky Smooth east drinking for a big ABV beer
O: Highly recommend this

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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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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,601 ratings
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