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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

839 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 839
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-02-2007)
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Reviews by beagle75:
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beagle75

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with a partial residue of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Strong toffee candy and fermented grain. There is a spirituous edge of moist earth and fruit that becomes detectable.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy caramel and husky toasted malt. Acidity is understated, while fruity esters are fairly pronounced. Malt becomes softer, more bready, in the middle as umami becomes momentarily defining. Earthy flavors compliment relatively mild bitterness in the finish, with dark citrus fruit and resurgent caramel also present. Alcohol presence remains relatively restrained even at its late, slow peak.

M: Medium viscosity; soft, slightly syrupy, and warming on the palate; with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a pleasant, malt-focused barleywine that is strongly influenced by English yeast character. It gives up some of the interesting challenge of a strong ale to seem more palate friendly than most. This beer could easily pass as a stronger old ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 18:23:12 | More by beagle75
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Minute foam that follows the beer to the bottom of the glass.

I eat barley in soup sometimes and I like it. I drink barley in beer sometimes and like it and this is one of the best beers with barley in it so far. So I really like it. You should get some.

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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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