Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 03:39:34 | More by dar482
4.13/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Tap House Grill - Des Plaines, IL
A - brown with faint ruby hues, creamy tan head sticks to the glass as it slowly fades
S - malty and earthy aroma, woodsy oak, vanilla, brown sugar
T - bold flavors of toasted grain, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, earthy hops, fruit, raisin, piny hop bitterness, boozy at times
M - fuller body, creamy, drying finish
O - nice oak aged barley wine. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't change anything about it.
Serving type: on-tap
01-10-2014 04:12:39 | More by barnzy78
4/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bottle with a DOB of 2%2F28%2F13. Poured fairly aggressively leaving about a finger and a half of head. Color is a gorgeous dark amber. Smell%3A malt%2C barley%2C subtle hops%2C booze. Taste%3A Very smooth. Moderate body. Malt and barley up front. Hops peak through with medium bitterness. The booze comes towards the back end. Perfect amount to retain the beer's smoothness yet remind you you're drinking a barley wine. Booze flavor becomes more present as you let the beer warm. Up there on the list of recommended beers to try
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 23:23:22 | More by bryangb
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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