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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

860 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 860
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 100 | 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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hotmanflab666

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-04-2012 03:46:45 | More by hotmanflab666
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rdespain

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-30-2011 17:55:49 | More by rdespain
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Marc33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-27-2011 21:46:05 | More by Marc33
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-27-2011 03:28:40 | More by OBIrish24
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beagle75

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

12-26-2011 18:23:12 | More by beagle75
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-26-2011 15:27:41 | More by MarcatGSB
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

12-25-2011 04:38:39 | More by RoyalT
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-23-2011 13:32:36 | More by FalconA
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dave00100

Vermont

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-22-2011 04:41:26 | More by dave00100
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-19-2011 19:59:52 | More by djre4orm
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-18-2011 16:06:15 | More by mhaugo
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-18-2011 14:57:15 | More by tat2dhllblly
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casualfan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-16-2011 23:54:15 | More by casualfan
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-15-2011 04:35:06 | More by SteelCityHops89
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Discordian

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-15-2011 04:34:59 | More by Discordian
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ccarney2

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

12-15-2011 02:53:52 | More by ccarney2
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-14-2011 20:27:56 | More by IrishColonial
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-14-2011 17:37:57 | More by GrindFatherBob
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mylar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-13-2011 23:37:30 | More by mylar
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-13-2011 17:15:35 | More by Duff27
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-12-2011 20:11:59 | More by djrn2
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doof116

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-11-2011 03:07:24 | More by doof116
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-10-2011 03:43:44 | More by Shango42
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-09-2011 04:00:21 | More by rab53
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gwguest

Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-09-2011 00:53:43 | More by gwguest
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.