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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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869 Ratings

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 70
Gots: 102 | 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%

ztcoll, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JMBSH, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Heavy-G, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jgunther71, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Boca-X, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

shoretaxi, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Gonzoillini, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Wedgie28
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is good stuff. Cool color - HTML #43104 or so, transparency 95.

Minute foam that follows the beer to the bottom of the glass.

I eat barley in soup sometimes and I like it. I drink barley in beer sometimes and like it and this is one of the best beers with barley in it so far. So I really like it. You should get some.

This is strong but doesn't taste strong. Get a girl two glasses and she'll like you afterwards.


Wedgie28, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of MVG666
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

MVG666, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

RayOhioFelton, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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

rickrem, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ghonickel, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

seangibbs60, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650ml bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop. This bottle is old; I've had it for nigh on two years and it may have been out of date even before then. Mostly stored in my garage. The label describes it as an American take on the British barleywine.

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, heavily oxidised malt with a fruity character. Hints of caramel, grain, sherry/port, brown sugar, dried fruit, subtle pine, stewed hops, faint yeast and a serious whiff of booze. Rich and slightly cloying.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a hoppy finish. Notes of caramel, grain, sherry, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild pine resin, faint weed, stewed hops and yeast esters. A warming whiff of alcohol lurks in the background, accompanied by a lingering sweetness and a hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a light carbonation that suits the style. Lovely body that borders on unctuous, while tingly hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, pine-laden hop notes, booze and a mild bitterness.

Despite the age of the bottle this is OK. Then again, I'd expect this style of beer to hold up reasonably well. It looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour are laden with sweet, oxidised malt, dried fruit and mild pine. Little in the way of aromatic hops but quite well balanced. Great body - just right. I reckon the booze helped to preserve this one. Not sure if this is produced anymore, but worth a punt if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

pathman, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Gio, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

YeastEnthusiast, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Mugenlude, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of dar482
2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This was bottled 2/15/12. Basically two year old bottle.

The beer comes in a super hazy copper color with ruby red coming through in the light. Not much of a head.

The aroma has oak chips, tons of oxidation, wet leaves, cardboard. A tinge of dark toffee sweetness.

The beer follows with oak woodiness, some syrupy caramel sweetness, but the beer is generally dominated of oxidation. Chewy leaves, potpourri flowers, wet cardboard. Not much bitterness with a slightly empty finish.

I would not recommend empty this beer as there lacks sweetness and the oxidation tastes horrible. Tons of oak, oxidation, without much sweetness. I had to pour it out.

dar482, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Shagator, Jan 18, 2014
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.