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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)

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864 Ratings

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 68
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mike099, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Gotti311, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

BobCobb, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

DIPAFAN, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

lernerlift, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

n00blar, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

scotv, May 01, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Clear orange/red with a moderate white head that sticks. Smells mostly of hops, but with a strong malt presence providing some bready scents. Taste is all over the place; smooth clean malt sweetness at first, then slightly minty hops, warming alcohol, and finally a slightly yeasty finish. This is a big beer; just what I'd expect a barleywine to be. Mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy, moderately carbonated.

BurgeoningBrewhead, May 01, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -56.4%

PapiMagnum, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Rappaman, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Sparty55, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

whatname, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jason1337, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a very deep copper with hints of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big sweet malty caramel aroma with good hints of hops and oak. Toasted bready malts with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Hints of oak chips and wood. Solid hop profile with earthy hints of grass, pine, and a floral perfume like scent. Hints of citrus orange and grapefruit. Also hints of apple along with dark cherry, fig, and raisin. Sweet burnt brown sugar is in the mix as well as soon booze. A pretty solid rich aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a big rich taste of caramel malt, oak, hops, dried fruits, and booze. Sweet toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, grains, bready biscuit, and yeast. Taste of oak and wood. Brown sugar sweetness. Big hop kick with notes of grass, pine, and a floral, herbal hop taste. Citrus taste of orange peel and grapefruit. Dried apple taste. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of dried cherry, raisin, and fig. Some alcohol is also noticeable in the taste. A very rich and good Barley Wine taste with a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, rich, and fairly chewy. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is felt as expected but it isn't too hot.

Overall: A really good Barley Wine. Good bold mix of sweet malt, hops, oak, and fruit esters.

MattyG85, Apr 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

carteravebrew, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

hiphopj5, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

DaPan, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MarvinSnyder, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

HerbScott, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

buzzy, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jpatton0127, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Zach136, Apr 08, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh, not a horrible beer, but certainly nothing special. A bit "earthy", which in my mind doesn't accurately represent the style. Pretty heavy malt, but backed up with some sort of minty flavors. Just not a cohesive brew. The differing flavors seem to be playing against each other, not offering a constructive flavor buildup. Flavor gets worse as the beer warms, which is opposite of what I usually prefer. Best I can say about this is that the alcohol presence isn't offensive. But no real attractive flavors or aromas present. Mouthfeel is okay, but that doesn't really make or break a beer. For the price, there's MUCH better out there. I'm glad I tried it, because now I know what to avoid in the future. No more than a B- rating from me.

DrewV, Apr 06, 2013
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.