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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

869 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 869
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 70
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, tawny, rubies thrown in the fire... Backburner is a heavy, opaque and dark barleywine. Sweet caramel malts, candied pears, plums and leather all lend themselves to a great aroma. Southern Tier never lets one down with anything short of a sweet beer but does well not to do so in a cloying way. A bit too peppery, but overall solid with great flavors of roasted caramel, dark fruits, earthy hops and leather.. Decent medium-heavy mouthfeel with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

seedsofchaos, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky amber in color into my snifter with about two fingers of dense tan head that has excellent retention and very sticky lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, apricots, cherries and a touch of alcohol.

T - Sweet caramel/toffee malts up front, mild piny and citrus hops, raisin, cherry, plum and even apricot are all present, and a warming presence of alcohol.

M - Really well balanced, not too hot, very smooth, slightly sticky.

O - Solid offering from Southern Tier, not overly impressive but very drinkable and enjoyable.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (aged 2 years @ ~50 degrees) poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Dark gold/ Amber brown color, big eggshell colored bubbles with lacing that drips down the glass

Nose: Malty, toffee, caramel, light fruit notes like apricots

Taste: The apricots come through with a fantastic caramel and roasted malt backbone. Finish is piney and citrus from a the hops, the bitterness has faded perfectly well to support the beer.

Mouth: Velvetty and smooth, the alcohol taste that was there fresh is gone. This feels like silk on the tongue.

Overall: Bought 2 of these 2 years ago, and thought it would age ok, I am pleasantly surprised with this beer. Fresh isn't nearly as good as this, which has allowed the fruit to come out and the alcohol taste to settle down.

2378GCGTG, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of btesta
4/5  rDev -0.2%

btesta, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

nucmedmario, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Turbodog666
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
Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of hotmanflab666
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

rdespain, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Marc33
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
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
Photo of MarcatGSB
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
Photo of tat2dhllblly
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

casualfan, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of SteelCityHops89
5/5  rDev +24.7%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Discordian
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
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.