pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich copper with a decent dense cream colored head. The nose is very strong with alcohol, conveying big rounded malt ranging from light and sweet to dark and nearly roasty and gentle floral hops. Hints of vanilla and oak are present. A thick viscous mouthfeel, lacking in visible carbonation almost to the point of, dare I say it, being too flat! Significant alcohol warming. The flavors in this beer are complex, perhaps to complex for its own good, or at least for my appreciation. Big sweet malt, caramel and darker malt flavor seem to appear, but it might be the wood providing those latter flavors. Great big alcohol here, complementing those woody flavors well. Also hints of vanilla. The oaky bitterness lingers overshadowing any sort of hoppy bitterness. I think the hop character is overwhelmed and subdued by the oak (and perhaps oak aging) as well as the big alcohol to the point of this not really being an IPA anymore. Perhaps this should under a catchall category like American strong ale, rather than IIPA. I just think there’s too much going on with this beer to give it an incredibly high rating. The alcohol and wood are too big for this beer, period.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish brownish colored beer with a nice fluffy tan head on top and very low carbonation. Smells more like a barley wine than an IPA, super sweet, a bit oaky, some caramel, some vanilla. Can smell/taste some alcohol, but wouldnt have guessed that its 10%. A bit sticky on the palate, thick consistency. Its got the hops in the flavor, but it also has a whole lot of sweetness followed by bitterness in the finish. Like the aroma, it has both oaky and caramel flavors and mild fruityness- especially grape.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a medium copper with foamy white head. Heavy caramel, hints of wood, floral hops and a bit of alcohol. IPA qualities have been masked by the barrel aging making this one feel more like a barleywine. Finishes warm.
pintocb (651) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a pretty beer. The color was a rich, dark copper. Some fizzy white head. Bread and some faint citrus in the nose. The taste is rich, sweet and malty. As it warms the alcohol swells up and the beer sweetens a bit...maybe a bit too much, but I liked it. Not as hoppy as I expected.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark body and thik pour. Aroma is of peach and apricot. Flavor is carmel and plum with a citrus finish. Interesting in its compexity, the downside being the punch is missing.
GarrettB (1388) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 I’ve actually misplaced the notes I took while drinking my first bottle of Dogfish Head Burton Baton, but the impression it made on me was strong enough to imprint a sensory memory. It was one of those beers that I neglected to research. I knew nothing about it – in a way, the ignorance was bliss. You see, it wasn’t a mistake or error in planning, but very intentional. Well, blithely intentional. I though it was a dark beer, at least, maybe a porter or a stout, and that if it was worth noting then I could compare my jottings with the authoritative crowd online at Ratebeer. The liquid inside was far from any smoked, dark identity. It was a strong IPA, which makes it all the more fortunate to have been mistaken for something else. Two nights before I had shared a repulsive IPA with a friend which left another strike on the IPA’s already tarnished reputation. I had to face it: IPA’s and myself had had a rough time recently. Now we’re friends again, thanks to the somewhat hard to find Burton Baton. The body is much darker than your average light and prismatic IPA, swimming in a bolder, richer 1970’s shag carpeting colored orange, with a beige head atop, upon which a cluster of seven chromatic bubbles gathered. A head upon a head, as it were. The smell was the most unremarkable aspect of the Burton Baton, like a string of orange, lemon, grapefruit, wheat and pine resin. But the taste was altogether something new. Something refreshing! It was a Rennaissance of India Pale Ale’s; a time to recommence the work stymied by rude and crude hoppy beers before it. The Burton Baton acted an earthy, rich play upon my tongue; dramatic heaps of caramel, molasses and pine sap dripped from the flowing brew, hands held with the cookie-cutter hops and wheaty tastes. It was, in all, a pleasant surprise. Moreover, it was a bottled apologetic for its entire clan – a swarthy, brooding individual in a crowd of vivacious, hopped and rakish beers. My only hope is it isn’t as unique as I believe it is.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank> beerhugger, thanks Steve. Rich copper in colour, thin white head, some lace. The aroma was very rich, quite sweet with caramel, some oak, chocolate, noticeable alcohol. The flavour starts off with some alcohol, some oak, dark malts and chocolate come through next. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes thick, strong with a bit too much alcohol. Not bad.
JFowler (32) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little stronger than 90 Minute with more complex flavoring. Good aroma I must say my sampling was after a long night at dogfish drinking everything under the sun so I hope to visit again and not ruin such a fine product with my drunkeness.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma was of caramel malts and hops. Flavor was caramel with a touch of hops in the back ground. The alcohol was well hidden, but there is a very nice alcohol warming as it goes down.
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. I am very impressed with this beer. It has a wonderful gold color with a lasting head. The nose has a large hop characteristic, and the oak aging just makes this beer go down smooth. The 10% alcohol isnt apparent in the mouth. Great flavor, again the oak comes through big time. This beer makes it into my top 20 beers easily. Dogfish does it again.