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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Turbodog666, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

KarlSpackler, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

otrejo, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

hotmanflab666, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

rdespain, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with a partial residue of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Strong toffee candy and fermented grain. There is a spirituous edge of moist earth and fruit that becomes detectable.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy caramel and husky toasted malt. Acidity is understated, while fruity esters are fairly pronounced. Malt becomes softer, more bready, in the middle as umami becomes momentarily defining. Earthy flavors compliment relatively mild bitterness in the finish, with dark citrus fruit and resurgent caramel also present. Alcohol presence remains relatively restrained even at its late, slow peak.

M: Medium viscosity; soft, slightly syrupy, and warming on the palate; with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a pleasant, malt-focused barleywine that is strongly influenced by English yeast character. It gives up some of the interesting challenge of a strong ale to seem more palate friendly than most. This beer could easily pass as a stronger old ale.

beagle75, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

MarcatGSB, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a nice, bronzy brown in color with a modest but very stubborn head that left cool-looking pits and a nice film.

Smell – This smells more like an EBW than an ABW. The table sugar is huge at the nose along with a vast collection of light, summertime fruits. I get a beautiful white apricot, a must try if you’ve never had them, with a bit of non-tart apple and maybe white grapes to go along with the barleyWINE moniker. The malts are modest caramel but really they are in the background here.

Taste – The light fruits and table sugar come through at the taste along with the first hint of hops. I guess the hop profile is somewhat complex but they do not dominate this ale like you would think from looking at the impressive list. I get a nice citrus and light pine mix but again nothing heavy. The caramel is a bit bigger in the mouth but nothing off the charts.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied and greasy slick in the mouth with little suggestion of the high ABV.

Drinkability – This is the closest thing I’ve found to a session Barley Wine. It is very easy-drinking, not intimidating at all as most ABVs can be, and actually is more Enlgish than American. The light fruity character sets this apart from the rest and makes this mandatory tasting for all the BW lovers.

RoyalT, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

FalconA, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

dave00100, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

djre4orm, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

tat2dhllblly, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

casualfan, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ccarney2
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Darkish deep amber orange color that is very cloudy. Pours about an inch of off white head when poured violently. Head quickly dissipates into a thin film that leaves hardly any lacing. Not too unexpected with the style and gravity.

Smell - Dark fruits with lots of cherry and plum to start. Alcohol is definitely evident, but so are a moderate amount of sweeter hops. Maybe a bit of caramel/vanilla scent, something sweet.

Taste - There is a big sweetness off the bat with this barleywine, that doesn't really fade too much. Alcohol flavor lasts throughout also, with the same characteristics of the smell here as well. Cherry, plum, and raisin dominate the palate. Kind of one dimensional in terms of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Moderate to high carbonation, with a pretty viscous and thick coat left on the tongue.

Overall - I feel like this is a slightly better than average beer. I don't have too much to compare it to stylewise, but I will say that you know how much alcohol you're taking in while drinking this. Southern Tier does not normally disappoint, and they didn't necessarily here either, but they also didn't really excite me either.

ccarney2, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mylar, Dec 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Duff27, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.