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

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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

880 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 73
Gots: 103 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant looking for the style. Amazingly clear with a deep yet bright amber hue. Massive off white head. I love it. Nose is familiar yet unique. Classic big malt aromas of dark fruit bowls mixed with honey roasted peanuts. Touch of licorice combines with the nutty notes making a scent i've smelt before but can't put my finger on. Oak present on the nose as well, big time actually as the beer breathes.

First impressions on the first sip: thinner body then expected with a dominant oak taste but not overbearing. Not a small body so to say but a little thinner than most barley wines. Oddly subtle for such a fresh barley wine, I can only imagine this with a year on it, probably drinks too easily (but probably delicious) Some deep fruit flavors come through and those that do really play well with the oaky flavors. Some cola flavors with deep dark raspberries. A bit of honey on the front end.

A very complex brew with a lot to it if yo really want to look into it. I'm really interested as to how age would effect this one since it's already received some benefits of being aged in oak barrels.

A very earthy beer with flavors that remind you of a camping trip gone right. I like it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

When not held up to the light, the beer appears as almost black with some ruby highlights. Some light reveals that this is a mahogany colored beer with an off white one finger head. The head settles to a very thin cap, along with a thin rim along the glass. The settling head leaves behind a solid wall of lacing.

High amounts of citrusy grapefruit is in there along with a little bit of sweet and tart pineapple. The hops are a little spicy as well. The malts aren't detectable behind the high amounts of hops.

Ultra sharp hops in the flavor. Some sweet flavors come from the malts, hidden behind more grapefruit and pineapple. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops seems to dominate the flavor.

Another major hop-bomb from ST. This one gives any hop fan a run for their money. Tons of citrus from the sharp hops. Barely any malts to speak of. A good Barleywine. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Arknot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm loving this beer!
Appearance is dark amber with soft tan head.
Smell is caramel malt
Taste is buttery smooth caramel with very mild hop finish. Sweet upfront with a mostly dry finish.
Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and coating.
Overall, this really is a perfect straight up barley wine.
This beer doesn't try to blast you with hops, over malt, or burn you with alcohol. Its just a perfect smooth barley wine. Sometimes I like a beer that offers some thrills and I'll grab something from Stone or the likes. But if I want just a perfect rounded beer that simply tastes great and goes does perfect, Southern Tier is one of the best!

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date on the bottle. Appearance is a nice, hazy, reddish mahogany color like a dark burnt orange. The head is thin and sandy white and dissipates quickly. The nose is primarily fruity with notes of tart oranges and cherries and some dried fruits as well. There are also some malty notes like fresh bread.

The taste is very sweet and malt-forward. Fruit and malt tones predominate and there's a soft hoppy presence at mid-palate that gives the beer a tart finish. The predominant flavors are caramel, sour apple, and orange juice. There's not a huge alcoholic presence, but it is detectable. The mouthfeel is firm and syrupy and the finish gives a tart dried apricot flavor.

Overall, this beer has a nice combination of sweet, bitter, and tart flavors. It's not as hoppy as I anticipated and I may need to revisit it sometime (I question the freshness of this bottle). Still, it is definitely a nice cold evening sipper.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy caramel malt with some alcohol and a sweet hop.

The taste consisted of a dull alcohol, dark fruit, raisin and an earthy hop. Some residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a slightly tongue numbing alcohol.

Overall a tasty and well balanced barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.