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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

860 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 860
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 99 | 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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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-19-2013 18:18:40 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-16-2011 02:41:26 | More by Burt
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btesta

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-14-2012 22:07:31 | More by btesta
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-10-2011 03:43:44 | More by Shango42
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davesway10

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-16-2011 21:43:27 | More by davesway10
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bryangb


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a DOB of 2%2F28%2F13. Poured fairly aggressively leaving about a finger and a half of head. Color is a gorgeous dark amber. Smell%3A malt%2C barley%2C subtle hops%2C booze. Taste%3A Very smooth. Moderate body. Malt and barley up front. Hops peak through with medium bitterness. The booze comes towards the back end. Perfect amount to retain the beer's smoothness yet remind you you're drinking a barley wine. Booze flavor becomes more present as you let the beer warm. Up there on the list of recommended beers to try

01-09-2014 23:23:22 | More by bryangb
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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... pretty tasty - might be a bit overdone with the hops considering the style (IMHO... though i admittedly prefer the english version, so i should keep that in mind) - but enjoyable nonetheless.

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 a barley wine fan.

10-15-2010 04:55:25 | More by perrymarcus
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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-13-2013 04:26:09 | More by pottergator
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-19-2011 13:51:34 | More by bacher468
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pest

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-23-2011 05:04:37 | More by pest
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-08-2012 03:32:17 | More by KarlSpackler
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maxk

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2011 12:18:19 | More by maxk
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bdn72

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-09-2013 02:34:53 | More by bdn72
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

Pours a copper color, clear, with a medium white head

Decent amount of hops in the nose, with a backnote of caramel and fruitiness

The flavor is similar to the nose, - this is really well-balanced. Not too hoppy, not too sweet, not too malty - strong ion each without overpowering in any.

Crisp finish, low carbonation but an overall light feel

Easy to drink - not the best barleywine in the world, but pretty damn good

09-30-2009 23:24:05 | More by mhatters
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-07-2012 16:08:49 | More by Stinger80OH
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mcmidc

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a deep amber color with a small tan head that lingered surprisingly. The smell is of fruits, and raisans with some hops and alcohol in the background. Tastes spicy with primarily plums and raisans that is spicy. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with spices running rampant. Drinkability is pretty good for a 10% beer and it's pretty smooth. Really becoming a fan of Southern Tier they put out some really good brews. I'll drink it again.

07-28-2008 20:41:45 | More by mcmidc
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-27-2011 21:54:38 | More by JAHMUR
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cowboy83

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-06-2012 15:34:36 | More by cowboy83
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-02-2012 06:54:20 | More by BYOFB
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-30-2013 07:02:53 | More by twelveinches
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Deep red, big head.

Smell: Very piney at first, then citrus, booze, dark fruit.

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness with just enough hops to balance it out. It does give a warming aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slick, coating.

Drinkability: Good stuff but strong and in 22oz bottles means one bottle only.

This is a pretty good barleywine. I think they seem to be going for right in-between American and English barleywine since it wasn't overly hoppy like US but not too sweet like UK BW's. Either that or the hops died down as it sat on the shelf in the store. Good to try.

08-02-2008 18:42:00 | More by Mdog
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-20-2011 20:24:43 | More by deapokid
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-04-2012 17:02:05 | More by ShemRahBoo
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured this into a New Belgium goblet and it is dark and murky. The head doesn't last long and sits down to nothing but a light lacing. Wow do I love the smell of barleywines. The aroma is strong and sweet. The plums and black cherries hit you first then comes malt and booze. It sends chills down my spine cause I know what the first sip is going to bring.

Wow, this is a gentle back hand to the taste buds. You expect it to be uber sweet with the first taste then here comes the hops. If there is a Jekyll and Hyde brew this is it which honestly adds to the enjoyment of this barleywine. I really enjoy the hops in this one and almost wish there was just a bit more to duke it out with the sweetness.

There is just a bit of heat on the finish but it for sure doesn't linger like other big barleywines. I really wish Southern Tier was here in Texas, damnit.

06-09-2011 02:13:13 | More by lonestar4lunch
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originsbrewery

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-27-2012 01:06:07 | More by originsbrewery
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.