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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

877 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
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:
Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of chrismattlin
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled the 306th day of 2011. (~3 years old)
$5.99 at the Party Source in KY.

A) Even after 3 years, this brew still pours a nice, small head with noticeable carbonation.
S) Exactly as a barleywine should smell. Nothing especially stands out, but not in a bad way.
T) This is good! No heat at all. The grains have melded nicely, and stand out beautifully. My tasting partner says it tastes like the broth of a barley-heavy vegetable soup.
F) The shit ton of grain used to make this beer comes through in the mouthfeel; there's some real substance here.
O) I wish I could've had this fresh in the past to be able to stack them up against each other. Maybe Southern Tier will brew this in the future- I wouldn't mind, however, it's not on the '15 brewing schedule. A solid example of barleywine for starters, yet appreciable to craft vets, this is something ST should be proud of.

Photo of AndrewGoria
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerNW
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of einman
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pVCropley1
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sonic4482
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Nobcefus
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DerekDudley
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DanielBarba
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Justin-m
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of LoganMc
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sully22
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jdash3d
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of jpro
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Maximus_the_Professor
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but probably from early 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruitiness and dark/bready malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice well aged barleywine style. All around good balance and complexity of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. This definitely tasted older than a 2011 bottling, but there is no real way to know for sure.

Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

650 ml. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a rust to copper color with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

The smell has bread, toffee, molasses, fig, date, etc.

The taste is on the malty side. Of course I have no idea how old this bottle is. The date and fig seem to rule the day. There are some hints of caramel and toffee.

Thick and viscous. A joy to sup.

I haven't had this in awhile and it tasted exactly as I remembered, malty with rich dark fruit flavors. It was a nice find.

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Marcusr76
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ryhn0
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.