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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

863 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 66
Gots: 101 | 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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

UncleWesticles, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

davesway10, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Burt, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Update: One year aged - VERY sugary, this may be my last ST brew... Very bland and heat filled and non-unique, no loger fits a B-Wine. Mouthfeel is metallic and papery. No longer recommended.

A - Very little head rises... A nice cream colored ring forms around the perimeter of the brew. Color is very caramel with poor clarity.

S - Interesting. Very malty. Slightly metallic. Doesn't really smell like a IB-Wine... Vaguely fits the style... Not too much hop in this one. Lots of sweet caramel too.

T - Very smooth and well blended. A unique B-wine. Lots of grape and caramel. Slightly on the overly sugary side.

M - Near perfect. Good carb, no heat, and gentle smoothness.

O - Not quite what I was expecting, but still a nice brew. Worth finding and trying. Not sure what the price on this was, but I would think twice before paying over $8

chugalug06, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A murky ruby/amber pour into my DFH glass. Not much of a head, but really sticky and oily as it drips down the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet Caramel and butterscotch candy, nutty toffee, raisins, black figs, honey and a touch of piney hops in the backround. Picking up notes of toasted marshmallows. Very complex!

T- A sweet and piney/fruity punch, that blends seemlessly! Tons of depth! Rich buttery caramel, sun dried fruits, honey, pine, roasted nuts and candycorn! Really wishing I could try this oak aged or out of a Firkin! Funny how it seems like an English BW after each sip... only to be punched in the kisser by the tart/piney hops!

M- I love the way the piney, citrusy punch marries with the sweet, sticky and oily malts! I wish they made gum that tastes like this... I chew it all day long! A nice bit of alcohol burn on the tongue! Love it!

O- Yet another brilliantly executed Imperial brew from Southern Tier! They sure as hell know how to do big beer!

Thickfreakness, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Imperial Barleywine" huh? Isn't a barleywine already imperial?

A: Poured a very dark, caramel amber color, with a slight beige head that was just right for this style.

S: Smelled like a melted "Astro Pop" combined with diluted cotton candy and the slight citrus bite only added to the pleasant aroma.

T: Sugary on the front part, along with a good bit of alcohol warming in the middle. The lingering was both dry and with an ending spice that was reminiscent of caraway seeds.

M: I dug the way the hops punched through the sugariness, making this multi-dimensional, rather than a sugar bomb. The carbonation was slight and insignificant overall.

O: For $6.99, this is a steal... and a damn fine barelywine if you ask me.

Chaney, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Heischman
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)/ Southern Tier Brewing Company
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Barleywine
ABV – 9.6%
IBU – 85
DATE – 23 OCT 2011
SERVING TYPE – 22 oz Bomber
GLASSWARE – Snifter
APPEARANCE – It is a murky brown with a hint of red, sadly it reminds me of pond water. It poured with a ¼ inch head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass
AROMA- Fruity sweet with traces of alcohol
TASTE – It has the defined barleywine taste with some nice roasted malts, but with traces of fig and dates with the alcohol closing in at the end to warm you up.
MOUTHFEEL – A little thick with a good bit of carbonation on the tongue
CONCLUSION – A good stand alone barleywine, nothing special, but very enjoyable.
-JH-

Heischman, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: Split a 22oz. with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Somewhat of moderately thin head with big bubble. Moderate amount of carbonation on the glass. Deep amber color with a tint of ruby. Clear with no sediment

Smell: Fruity aromas with plums and dark berry notes, slightly sweet.

Taste: Good solid fruit flavors with a strong barley flavoring that really balances it out, slightly dry but a sweet feel in the back of the tongue.
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Mouthfeel: Not any real aftertaste, nice and crisp and clean.

Overall: Well balanced barleywine, rich without being overly exotic. I think its high on my list for the type, although I have only rated a half dozen or less.

heysuz, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours a clear copper brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. A foamy curtain of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and zesty herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, and citrus zest. A mild citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine that has a very nice sweet but hoppy flavor. Taste is better than the smell but good stuff all around.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from an undated bomber (at least I cant find a date) into a snifter

a- pours a deep brown/ruby color. what very little head appears is slightly off white. not a ton of lacing on the glass.

s- lots of caramel malt sweetness. some sweet fruit as well, raisin or fig maybe. bread and some slight hop citrus

t- follows the nose pretty closely, but with more gusto. sweet caramel and fruit initially. then comes some more bready malt. some bitter citrus hops come out, then back to the fruity sweetness. i dont get a ton of hops here (older bottle maybe?) but there is a lot of sugar present for the style. Very tasty though.

m- not a ton of carbonation. this brew doesnt seem to heavy though. lots of sugary sweetness without being to viscous. flavors linger along time and the abv is not very present at all. highly drinkable.

overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I will be the first to admit that im not incredibly experienced in the style, but this brew is tasty. I have yet to find an imperial beer by southern tier that I didnt like.

m-

crewfan16, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden red colour with healthy white head and lacing.

Nose is rye, lactic, soy milk. Marzipanny. Concrete. Bit of alcohol. More English-style, like Golden Pride. Yeast and honeycomb.

Taste is more of that vaguely synthetic sourdough yeast. Bit of concrete. Lots of toffee and a little sweet in the taste.

Mouthfeel is mediumish for the style with lowish carbonation and a lot of sweetness.

The funk concrete elements are interesting and not unpleasant. Dangerous and sneaks up on you (my bottle was marked 10%). Little bit sweet in large doses, but I get the impression that's Southern Tier's trademark.

danieelol, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rickyn06, poured into a Russian river glass. 2009 vintage.

Blood red with brilliant clarity. One finger of foamy tan bubbles fizzles away after a while, leaving thick, winding trails of lace.

Herbal and fruity nose. Overripe orange, mint, caramel and biscuits. Smooth and malty-sweet.

Malt is stepped up in the flavor, creating a flavor like caramel and biscuits sprinkled with mint sprigs. Some orange peel is there as well, but not many hops are left in this two-year-old bottle. Toasted crackers linger long into the finish.

Very mild carbonation and fizz. Alcohol lends an almost chili spice quality, numbing the tongue a bit. Some fumes in the nose as well. Body is a bit thin, just under medium-light.

This backburner’s developed admirable smoothness after two years. The alcohol has moved to the back, blending nicely with age. The flavors aren't outstanding to begin with, but it's smooth and sweet now.

Phelps, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sending this one back from NY and to texasclimber for bringing it to the tasting. Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Cloudy deep mahogany with about a finger thick off white head that slowly fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Slight citrus aroma, very malty, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a hint of molasses and chocolate.

Taste: A kind of candi fruit, brown sugar, taste with raisins, molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Big, thick, and chewy with minimal carbonation and a mild boozy finish.

Overall: This is a good barleywine, closer to an American barleywine then an English barleywine. More time could benefit this beer.

jamescain, Oct 10, 2011
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.