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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874 Ratings
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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%
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!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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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... 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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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