Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by portia99:
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle (2007 vintage) poured into a Portsmouth goblet.
A - Pours a beautiful reddish amber/brown color (held to the light, this gives off a not quite, but close to a red wine color)...perfectly clear with a small, tight bubbled cream colored head that fades rapidly to a thick collar around the glass and sparse pockets of bubbles on the surface.
S - Tons of caramel character here. Very rich and sweet, lots of fruity aromas here...a little bit brighter than expected. Malty sweetness, brown sugar, unfermented wort.
T - Quite malty, tons of caramel, a touch of coffee and dark roasted malts. Molasses, brown sugar. Some fruityness (I'm getting citrus - oranges, lemons) and a good portion of port wine character. Alcohol presence is definitely there, but not at all hot...a couple of years on this one has smoothed out any hotness that was there to begin. Hop levels are just about perfect. Bottle says 85 IBU, but this has mellowed for sure over the years. There is still enough bitterness there to really balance this out well for me. Tons of malt and sweeet character, but the hops keep this from seeming cloying or syrupy. Very good barleywine.
M - Fairly full bodied. Has a nice feel on the tongue - a touch oily and quite viscous. The hops keep this from feeling syrupy. Carbonation is maybe a touch high for my liking, although I would say it is medium level overall. Just feels maybe a little too prickly for my tastes, feel it would be better served at a lower level to enhance the fullness of the body. Overall, still quite good.
D - I was a little bit concerned(?) about opening this bomber for myself, but figured what the heck. Thought it might be tough to get thru, but I'm finding this much more drinkable than expected. At 10%, it is on the high side...this will be my last beer of the night, but this is hidden fairly well. Thought with a couple of years on this the hops would be totally faded and this might be a super sweet barleywine, but I am pleasantly surprised to find that it is quite well balanced.
My local store still has about a case of the 2007's left...think I'm going to have to go down there and get a couple more bottles before they disappear.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2009 00:34:57 | More by portia99
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is good stuff. Cool color - HTML #43104 or so, transparency 95.
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.
This is strong but doesn't taste strong. Get a girl two glasses and she'll like you afterwards.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 20:24:26 | More by Wedgie28
United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A 650ml bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop. This bottle is old; I've had it for nigh on two years and it may have been out of date even before then. Mostly stored in my garage. The label describes it as an American take on the British barleywine.
Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, heavily oxidised malt with a fruity character. Hints of caramel, grain, sherry/port, brown sugar, dried fruit, subtle pine, stewed hops, faint yeast and a serious whiff of booze. Rich and slightly cloying.
Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a hoppy finish. Notes of caramel, grain, sherry, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild pine resin, faint weed, stewed hops and yeast esters. A warming whiff of alcohol lurks in the background, accompanied by a lingering sweetness and a hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a light carbonation that suits the style. Lovely body that borders on unctuous, while tingly hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, pine-laden hop notes, booze and a mild bitterness.
Despite the age of the bottle this is OK. Then again, I'd expect this style of beer to hold up reasonably well. It looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour are laden with sweet, oxidised malt, dried fruit and mild pine. Little in the way of aromatic hops but quite well balanced. Great body - just right. I reckon the booze helped to preserve this one. Not sure if this is produced anymore, but worth a punt if you come across it.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 01:41:39 | More by jazzyjeff13
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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