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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

852 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 852
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | FT: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 852 | Reviews: 496 | Display Reviews Only:
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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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No discernible date on the bottle. Tulip glass.

A: Pours clear dark amber with a ring and some swirls of off-white head.

S: Upfront is toffee malt and vanilla, along with some red fruit (cherry, raspberry) and citrus brightness.

T: Some mild caramel segueing into some hop bitterness, and finishing pretty tasteless and very dry with a little caramel. Kind of one dimensional.

M: Medium-full body and mild carbonation.

O: Smells good, but pretty average taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 05:46:17 | More by pmarlowe
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-07-2011 21:24:12 | More by ROGUE16
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fergster75

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-07-2011 04:21:59 | More by fergster75
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climax

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cherry wood color gleaming from inside the snifter is bright and vivid. Head formed pretty easy after a gentle pour. Retention isdecent for the ABV, and blobs of bubbles cling together after it's all settled down.

The aroma is as bold and flavorful as it should be. Subtle hints of mint, citrus, and earth bring hop presence to a huge malt bill. Big notes of ripe red grapes, tootsie rolls, and cherries make up the bulk of the nose. Malt backing comes from caramel and graham cracker, while a bit of wood/root flavor adds some aged flavor and sophistication. The alcohol is in there, but adds merely a whisper of warmth.

This one seems much more on the sweet side than a lot of barleywines. It's never cloying, but there's a load of unfermented sugar in here, giving it an almost maraschino cherry character from start to finish. The taste seems a little less complex than the aroma, but it's a tough act to follow.

The body is a bit on the thin side for a barleywine IMO. More viscosity is always a plus for a sipper like this, yet I am enjoying it after a meal and it's quite easy to keep at it. The gentle carbonation adds just a fluff in the beginning and then the dryness keeps things crisp through the finish.

All things considered this baby's got a load of flavor. It's definitely on the sweet side and gets a bit cloying as the bomber wears on, but it never stops being a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:53:48 | More by climax
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-06-2011 00:41:16 | More by JohneHoodlum
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-05-2011 15:58:24 | More by THECPJ
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-02-2011 06:02:48 | More by tripledbrew
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-30-2011 21:32:24 | More by bluntedboywonder
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maxk

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2011 12:18:19 | More by maxk
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.