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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

852 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 852
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | FT: 6
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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FrostyWPG

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-22-2013 19:07:13 | More by FrostyWPG
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-07-2014 00:59:02 | More by pathman
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ian1976

Maine

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-01-2012 21:37:54 | More by ian1976
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2011 07:58:16 | More by ScreamForMe
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BeerForHokie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-23-2012 14:44:15 | More by BeerForHokie
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-13-2012 20:22:27 | More by JohnK17
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Pours a solid brown with some amber highlights, a pretty short tan head with no real lacing. Nose is strong on spices. Some dried fruit, maybe raisins. Sweet spicy malt flavors up front. Dried fruit on the tongue, prunes, some deep molasses or brown sugar too. There's a touch of hops that show up in the background, although their very mild, especially for an American barley wine. Alcohol shows up later on, although its fairly mild, but it does stay for most of the rest of the beer, especially in the aftertaste. Feel is medium bodied, not quite syrupy, and tasty. This is another good beer from Southern Tier, although it doesn't dominate the style like a lot of their brews do.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 22:07:41 | More by soupyman10
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-04-2013 20:47:27 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-27-2012 04:09:49 | More by jskennedy
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ztcoll


4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-29-2014 02:10:36 | More by ztcoll
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t420o

California

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

From old notes (9/3/2011)

Southern tier back burner barleywine

A- semi aggressive pour yields a 1 finger off white/tan head that rests atop a hazy copper body. Leaves decent lacing. 4 

S-deep candied sugar, cherry, ripe dark fruits, toffee, bready, slight sourness from the cherry smell, some alcohol. Smells very good 4   

T- follows the nose. Big waves of dark fruits, cherries, caramaized brown sugar, toffee, lightly hoppy, and some caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden.  Complex and well done. 4

M- good mouthfeel. Lowerer carbonation good weight 4

O- a very good barleywine which may be my favorite style. It is sweet but it does it in a good way in my opinion. Pretty drinkable 4

B+/A-

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:17:11 | More by t420o
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-25-2014 20:28:25 | More by Drknight
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-04-2012 03:45:10 | More by atone315
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gwguest

Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-09-2011 00:53:43 | More by gwguest
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-15-2013 16:55:36 | More by smartassboiler
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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

bomber (22oz) served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a luscious, murky mahogany tone with a finger plus of a beige/tan-colored head which quickly retreats into a collar around the glass. spotty lacing evident; nothing to write home about on that front. both somewhat subpar showings (head retention/lacing) forgivable with respect to the strength/style.

fairly pungent nose is rife with caramel malts and a discernible hoppy presence; taste follows through as expected with a malt-forward, hoppy profile with the hops becoming most notable mid-palate. pretty good balance between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness, the latter resonating through the finish. not as big an alcohol showing as you might expect for a 10% ABV although it is discernible.

medium-plus bodied, a touch syrupy. easy drinking for a barley wine. looks like i'm going even 4s across the board on this one. recommended, especially to an ABW fan.

original review on: 10-15-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:24:13 | More by BostonHops
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spoonhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-23-2011 23:12:33 | More by spoonhawk
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-11-2013 15:42:40 | More by allenson21
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-17-2012 02:31:02 | More by Dufraine
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-01-2013 19:53:34 | More by scotv
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Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-14-2011 20:27:56 | More by IrishColonial
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.