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

874 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 71
Gots: 105 | 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)
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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

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!

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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%

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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%
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.

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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

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-

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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.