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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

869 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 869
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 70
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-02-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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.

deadonhisfeet, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

1424IpA, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dsshuck, Jul 21, 2014
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.

plaid75, Jun 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

hotmanflab666, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

pathman, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ian1976, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BeerForHokie, Sep 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

JohnK17, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of soupyman10
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.

soupyman10, Aug 27, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ztcoll, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of t420o
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-

t420o, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Drknight, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

atone315, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

gwguest, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

smartassboiler, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of BostonHops
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

BostonHops, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

duracell, Oct 19, 2013
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.