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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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865 Ratings

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 69
Gots: 102 | FT: 8
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%

jaxon53, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

thegerm87, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

aorloski, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and reddish copper with a scrumptious head of beige foam that fell to a thick cap and bewitching lace. Effervescing. Nose is strawberry, mango and sweet malt. Carmel toffee and as it warms sugar and molasses. Floral , oaky, and a little bread and butter. A musty breeze. First taste is sweet and then some. Juicy strawberry and mango and then the malt lays in it’s sweetness. There’s some alcohol warmth but on the second sip it’s alcohol on the palate. A touch of bitter to coat the throat as it goes down and some alcohol dryness. A bit of bread and butter in the dry finish. Body is thick and syrupy but also smooth and silky considering the candy sweetness and the alcohol presence. I am beginning to see why some people say that Southern Tier makes very sweet beers.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

kinmundy77, Jun 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

goblin7704, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Fargrow, Jun 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

jreindl, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

diehl07, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

MikeCactusGordon, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

TKEbeerman, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BuckeyeSlim, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JMS1512, May 31, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

enjoyed the 2012 oak aged version chilled in a tulip with tenderbranson69 from the bomber.

The color is deep cocoa brown with tranfslucent clarity and thick cap of tan. The smell is caramel with a touch of alcohol and slight hint of wood with a nice fruity tinge of yeast and light malt caramel odors with mild vinous yeast element giving that dried fruit you may excpect in the nose. The feel is sweet but potent with moderate bitterness and somewhat dark fruit essence with good balance of bitterness from hops w/ a semi-dry finish

The taste is familiar in that it has that dark fruit tinged flavor with lots of caramel up front with a good amount of alcohol and light flavors of malt with a gentle roasted taste in the background an almost port-like with a nice blend of hops giving the barleywine a slight pine accent to the mild toffee elements in the malt. Overall a pretty tasty barleywine and respresents the style well

Slatetank, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GuttaMane138, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

HerbCarroll, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

windypete, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Gagnonsux, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

IrishGermanAmerican, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

randylangford, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light brown, mahogany, amber color…fairly transparent, I can see a few bubbles in the middle…head is a light khaki, starts pinky thick and settles to a nice top layer…a good lookin’ brew…(4/5)

Smell: Candied strawberry and dark cherry sweetness right off the bat…it’s very malty, with hints of caramel and toffee…there’s some earthy yeast notes in there as well…no hops bitterness to really speak of…it’s not overly complex, just a sweet, inviting barley wine…(3.75/5)

Taste: Sweet dark cherry and candied strawberry flavor up front…very malty, with tones of earthiness, caramel and toffee…there is very little sign of hops, though I do get a light airy, citrus feel late…there’s also a noticeable earthy, musty yeast flavor playing a background role to all that sweetness…the tiniest hint of alcohol heat is present too, giving the brew a bit of a cough medicine feel…still very enjoyable…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to lots of carbonation…it fluffs up bringing tons of candied sweetness and earthy maltiness to the palate…it’s rich, syrupy, creamy and mildly chewy…sweet malt lingers well into the after taste…(4.25/5)

Overall: This is a pretty good brew…the flavor isn’t anything too exotic, but it is solid and very drinkable…it’s close to a winter seasonal minus the warming spices…I’d put this at an above average brew, worthy of purchase, but won’t blow any minds…Southern Tier makes some very tasty beers and this is another in that long line…lately, I’ve been fancying the barley wines lately and Backburner will only continues that trend…scoop one of these up and enjoy your evening! (3.75/5)


SerialHiker, May 16, 2013
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.