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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

851 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 851
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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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-31-2012 21:58:55 | More by disemgrowler
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 2-finger cream-colored head. Nice retention but not much lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. A little bit lighter than expected, but still fits the style.

S – Mostly caramel malts and citrus hops with some dark fruits mixed in. Alcohol is definitely apparent in the nose.

T – Follows the nose with a little more depth in the malt department. Starts off sweet with caramel, rich malts, molasses, and dark fruits like plums and figs. Bitter citrus hops creep in mid-taste and build toward the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a dry and bitter finish. Sweet caramel and bitter citrus hops linger. Lots of alcohol warmth is apparent at the finish.

O – This is a pretty solid American barleywine. It comes exactly as advertised with sweet caramel balanced with bitter citrus hops. The heat detracts a little from the drinkability, but it seems like that’s to be expected in beers that are this big. I haven’t had many barleywines so it’s tough to judge, but this one is pretty tasty. Another good beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 22:13:03 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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macrosmatic

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-10-2012 05:53:56 | More by macrosmatic
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-18-2011 16:06:15 | More by mhaugo
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Edwaka01

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-04-2012 23:46:30 | More by Edwaka01
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rickrem

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2014 16:47:43 | More by rickrem
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rebelthrower

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark red/rust in color. Off-white head that took a while to dissipate.

S-Smells sweet, strong barley and a little bit of hops

T- Rich with malt. Alcohol is not as strong as originally expected. a bit spicy on the tongue.

M- Mid amount of carbonation. Body wasn't to heavy. Nothing stands out as a unique taste.

D- Easy to drink. Not overwhelmed with alcohol. Overall the beer is pretty good. I was expect more though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 23:58:40 | More by rebelthrower
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

Relatively fresh bottle, <1 year old.

A: Pours a murky amber with a good sized and dense tan head. Fades slowly, leaving a thin but almost uninterrupted wall of lacing.

S: Loads of raisin, fig and molasses primarily. Some toffee and caramel in the middle.

T: Strong molasses up front along with the dark fruit - raisin and fig. Some toffee, caramel and a bit more molasses in the middle and towards the end. Not overly sweet, especially with a little burst of earthy and resin hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Heavy, thick.

O: A good american style barleywine. Nice complexity and balance of flavors. However, nothing stands out as earth-shattering so I give it a solid 4 across the board. Not a knock against the beer, it's a pretty excellent staple for the style. Just nothing to distinguish it from the rest.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:28:55 | More by Dope
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Fargrow

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-11-2013 03:17:44 | More by Fargrow
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briiguy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-29-2012 02:55:07 | More by briiguy
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-03-2012 02:18:41 | More by jrohrbacher
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-30-2011 21:32:24 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-01-2012 01:53:16 | More by Phacoman
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jmathis

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-17-2012 01:42:54 | More by jmathis
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-28-2013 14:04:19 | More by paulys55
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 18:41:39 | More by Exiled
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2012 20:16:10 | More by eawolff99
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lpayette

Vermont

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

Purchased from Table & Vine in W. Springfield, MA for $6 a bomber.

At the pop of the cap you know that you wont be disappointed by this beer. With a hiss, the aroma immediately hits you with big fruity, malty, and hoppy notes. Ok, that was only my review of the popping of the top. On to the appearance-

Out of the bottle backburner pours a copper-like hue, but in the glass with more volume it develops a very nice ruby hue. With a hard pour the beer mustered about 1 finger of head which produced some nice brussels lace but still disappeared rather quickly.

The smell as mentioned previously, does not disappont. I'm proud to declare that I successfully was able to guess 2 of the 4 hop varities in this brew before looking at what it was brewed with (I guessed chinook, and amarillo). The willamette really made sense after reading it on the bottle, and the centinnial as well.

This is certainly an american style barleywine rather than an english... Very hoppy as expected, but to be honest... the combination of hops seems a little odd initially- although it seems to work better by mid bottle or so. I'd predict that this would be much better with some age under it... maybe a year or two? Malt-wise- subtle notes of caramel with a slightly chocolatey finish. The 10% abv is apparent, but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel when young at least is a bit lacking, but I predict that some age on this would yeild a much better result. The hops are so potent that they tingle around the edges of the tongue and you can practically feel the enamel stripping off your teeth... I suppose that's a good thing if you're looking for a hop bomb, american style barleywine. I tend to prefer the english variety, but again, with some aging, this might be spectacular. Also, the initial sips with the head present are very creamy, and I enjoyed those most.

Overall a very respectable offering from southern tier, and probably worth seeking out if you're a big American style barleywine fan. I know that I'll be picking up some more if I get the opportunity, but this time I'll wait at least a year before opening and let this develop a bit further before I revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 06:21:31 | More by lpayette
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-29-2013 20:13:56 | More by lovindahops
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-06-2012 06:26:28 | More by HumphreyLee
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jpatton0127

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-08-2013 18:56:51 | More by jpatton0127
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roadhouse

Florida

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a snifter.

Appears a dark reddish brown, but when held to the light it seems more of a straight up ruby color. Thin head of a little less than a half inch sinks down to a skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is typical of many American barleywines. Citrusy and resiny hops with a strong caramel backdrop. Good but nothing to go nuts about.

Taste is good as well, but again it's not really anything special. More of the citrusy hops right from the start along with a sweet caramelly surrounding. Finishes somewhat bitter and citrusy, but the malts keep a bit of the sweetness around.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, smooth drinking with a fairly low but nice level of carbonation.

Overall I found this one to be good and tasty but it's not really one that makes you say wow. The main problem I have with Southern Tier is that the painted on lettering on the bottles always comes off on my hand!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 00:19:48 | More by roadhouse
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bigorange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-25-2012 17:41:55 | More by bigorange
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Faina

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-05-2012 03:58:25 | More by Faina
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-29-2014 01:14:55 | More by Latarnik
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.