Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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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Avg:
4.18
pDev:
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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured an orange amber color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a good amount of the woody oak showing through with some vanilla notes to it as well. I get a pretty big malty sweet base to it as well with some caramel and toffee coming through. The citrusy, grapefruit like hops seem to bring everything together. Very nice aroma to it overall.

The taste shows some bold hoppy bitterness throughout the beer. I get more of the woody, vanilla, oak flavors as well as the caramel and toffee sweetness. Nice mix of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very flavorful and tasty beer. The flavors all seemed to come together pretty nicely in it and the oak especially worked better then most aged oak aged hoppy beers I've had. Very nice beer overall.

The taste

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Photo of dcmchew
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Eggshell white head sits low with poor retention and ok lace. Great color on a clear apricot body orange body.

S - Bitter woods, grapefruit, maybe a hint of cardamon, touch of bready sweetness.

T - Grapefruit pith bitters, Werther's caramel, resiny spruce, oak, tobacco, bready malt.

M - Medium-full body. Low carbonation.

O - Not bad, but not outrageous. The flavor profile falls a little flat about mid way through the profile, and it could use just a shade more carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cheers to Beeronthebrain for this one! Bottled on 12/12/08 as far as I can read???

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight fruittyness & some honey

T: Herbal hops, fruittyness, booze, appleskins, caramel, & resiny pine & grapefruit up front. Fruittyness, honey, more piney hops,& a touch smokeyness once warm. Piney with a bit of Drambuie in the finish

MF: Sticky, with a bit of carbonation & chewyness & near perfect balance

Drinks pretty good despite the abv & the style, a different kind of DIPA, but tasty, none the less

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-dark amber color with a slight haze to the liquid. Initial three-finger head retreats very slowly and leaves excellent ring lace on the glass.

Strong pineapple and grapefruit hop nose. Very fresh smell. Some raisin and current in the background. Superior.

Somewhat prickly on the initial sip--both in the carbonation and the citrus-like hop. Good body to counteract the effervescence. The malt does stand up but only in the background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Strong oily alcohol feel that is notable after the swallow as well.

I would put this in the category of extreme beers. It is delicious particularly for hop heads, but it would be extremely difficult to have more than one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I feel I should review another beer with my pal AndoBrew or something. Let's do it!

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing head. AndoBrew, looking troubled, says it reminds him of "scary candy." Oh, how right he'll be!

Smell: Beyond a touch of wood shavings and an indistinct orange citrus note, its sweet-smelling candy sugar through and through. AndoBrew concludes Burton Baton has been conceived and made in the same vein as Avery's "Mephistopheles and Other Demons" line (i.e., jacked up sugar and alcohol content). I'm inclined to agree with him.

Taste: Terribly sugary, with a glaring sweetness that impairs the overall taste by laying waste to the other flavors of honey, apples, and pears. Even the bitterness is cowed by the sugar. AndoBrew's vote goes to "Watered down Toffee Brandy blended with a lil' bit of bad news." Right on, Ando.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but altogether cloying with a searing alcoholic warmth to it. AndoBrew says his mouth feels dried out and sugar-encrusted, like a "problem."

Drinkability: Essentially, I found this to be a flimsy IPA drenched in way too much sugar and alcohol. I feel fortunate to have survived this sugar-esque running of the bulls!

I wonder what beer AndoBrew and I will try next!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange. A chunky white two finger head forms up and then dissipates to a 1/2 finger of foam on top. Nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma, very floral. Some grapefruit and a little pineapple. The oak lends a little wood and some vanilla.

T: Lots of citrus flavor, hard to pick out specific fruits though. Very herbal/earthy. There is a nice malt sweetness and the oak adds some vanilla flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with a creamy feel to it. Has a slightly dry finish, but low bitterness. Very drinkable, probably my favorite DFH beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, ripe, dusky kumquat with undertones of burnished bronze and edges of juicy orange. There's more carbonation than expected, which results in the creation of a fantastic cap of foam: lustrous pearl bathed in a pale orange glow, thick and frothy, mounded and bubbly, descending at a glacial pace, thick ribbons of lace... it's all here and it looks great.

I can tell as soon as my nose enters the glass that I'm not dealing with a hop monster. To me, the beer is most reminiscent of a young barleywine. It's toasted caramel malty, woody, spicy, medium range hoppy and slightly alcoholic. Even though it smells woody, it isn't what I would call oaky.

Anyone expecting a tongue abuser will be disappointed. Burton Baton is actually a 50:50 mixture of an oak-aged English strong ale and 90 Minute IPA, a beer that isn't the hoppiest DIPA on the block to begin with. Malt is large and in charge, delivering a full, mellow, sticky sweetness that I wasn't expecting. An added benefit is that aging is unlikely to lead to a lessening of the major flavor(s), as it does in the classic DIPAs, and may even result in a better beer.

The flavor profile consists of heavily toasted barley malt, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy, earthy, sapsticky hops. The hop bill includes Warrior and Glacier for those who care about such things. Woodiness is still present, and I can now appreciate an oaky quality (the power of suggestion is a powerful thing). The most impressive part of the entire experience is the seamlessness and the velvety power of the beer. Rarely has 10.0% been masked so well.

The mouthfeel is gorgeously silky smooth and is as polished as they come. I'm glad I had the foresight to put this bottle away for a 12 month sleep. It's full without being heavy, and is sweet without being cloying. An impressive amount of flavor linger allows me to pick up nuances long after the beer has gone to its reward.

Burton Baton (the name is a tribute to the spiritual home of British brewing in general and IPAs in particular) is a first-class beer even if it isn't much of a Double IPA. This is only speculation since it's my first bottle, but I'll venture a guess that round about its first birthday is the optimal time to enjoy this fantastically balanced, supremely sippable, gentle giant of a beer.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no vintage or freshness date, the website says it was brewed in 2004.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with a thin lining of off-white lace, good stickage on the side of the glass.

Smell: Flowery with an almost rosewater like aroma, ripe fruit is in the back with some toasted grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Super creamy with a mellow smoothness, nice showing of malt upfront … good to have a sturdy beginning. Herbal, flowery and mildly soapy hop character. Bucket full of fruity esters and oak punch through but the hops hold strong. Suggestions of ruby red grapefruit and mango come to mind. Mild alcoholic bite leaves a long lingering warmth.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one hefty double IPA, I paired it with a creamy Danish blue cheese and honey wheat crackers. Big time kudos to DFH for keeping it real as usual.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Poured a deep ruby red amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. Did I say sweet!

The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the rebost flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overally done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet to have more then one or two, but is perfect as a sipper after dinner. Really a good sweet dessert, very nicely done, and at 10%abv, should be a nice sipper anyway!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter/goblet at Cobbletstone's in York.

A - A bronze colored w/ copper highlights and great clarity, the cap is ecru w/ light beige and thick lace that clings like glue. The bead is tiny

S - The smell is piney with caramel and toasted aroma w/ tinges of woody hops and wood from the barrel w/ a mild stone fruit and raisin-like aroma which is sweet and fruity w/ mild cherry acccents and subtle biscuit and doughy yeast elements

M - A fruity and strong feel w/ moderate bitterness and balance of texture w/ mild alcohol and slightly high residual sweetness. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is fairly dry considering the full malty middle

T - The taste is fresh, so great to enjoy on tap which brings another dimension to the oak and hoppy character which compliment each other. The flavor has an orangey hop quality similar to 90min's w/ subtle english ester in the yeast giving mild spice notes and tinges of creamy baked dessert.
There is a light black cherry and dark plum quality in the flavor w/ mildly oaky tannic accent leading back to the slight piney hop flavor. There is slight orange liquer quality with the high alcohol and citrus from the american hops and cordial quality with sweet texture but slight pepper taste w/ mild heat in the back of the throat. The taste has mild current and blood orange notes w/ gentle cinnamon and lightly toasted shortbread

D - I was pleased to try this on tap on my birthday - I really highly recommend it if you are a fan of American Strong Ales which it has more in common with than Imperial IPA. The flavor is like the beer equivalent of Grand Marnier - excellent drinkable flavor and a true nightcap, but so good anytime you can enjoy- World Class!

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 07/20/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of wood, caramel malts, sweet fruits, light hops, toasted malts, and toffee. I'm liking the nose, though I don't find it overly hoppy and it is not what I think of when I think of a DIPA.

t - Tastes of wood, caramel malts, citrus hops, some honey, sweet fruity malts, toasted malts, and light toffee. More hops than the nose and nice, but again, not what I think of in a DIPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer, but again, not what I look for in an IPA. Lots of wood and caramel and not a ton of hops. Would like to have this one again, but not when I'm looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to tendermorsel for hooking it up with a bottle of this in a recent BIF.

A: A bottle from 2005 poured into a Portsmouth brewing tulip glass. The color is a hazy light brown with reddish tints, there is no foam at all.

S: The smell is very rich, sweet, and malty. A lot of caramel and toffee, with some mild citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

T: The caramel and toffee flavors are very big and up front. There is also a slight bit of alcohol heat. The barrel flavors are quite present as well, with an excellent vanilla component. I don't detect any hops, so this seems to have become more of a barleywine, but still quite good.

M: There is very light carbonation and the body is quite full.

D: The alcohol presence detracts a bit from the drinkability. The beer is quite sweet, which makes it a bit difficult for me to drink.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer. I enjoy it though, and think it works quite well as a barleywine at this point.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the last of a four pack I bought literally months ago. The bottle says it ages, so hey, why not.

Appearance - Medium amber with a cream head. I poured it slowly, so it wasn't huge and didn't last long.

Smell - Not so hoppy in the smell. Mostly malt and oak. Probably due to the fact that it's so old.

Taste - Hops in the flavor, but mostly malt. A lot of oak. Exactly what I'd expect from an oak-aged IPA. I don't detect a lot of alcohol, but I seldom do in beers. It has an astringency about it. Seems to finish with a weird bite to it.

Mouthfeel - Thick for an IPA, but appropriate for this particular style. A bit syrupy, but not so much that it feels like a barleywine.

Overall - Good. Better when fresh, don't trust what it says on the bottle. It needs the fresh hops to balance out the tremendous maltiness that it has.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,574 ratings.
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