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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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869 Ratings

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 70
Gots: 102 | 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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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
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

doof116, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Shango42, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

gwguest, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
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.

pmarlowe, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of climax
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.

climax, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

THECPJ, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

maxk, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date, but I'm assuming it's a 2011 bottle, and the brewery's website indicates a yearly February release.

appears a cloudy dark brown, with amber highlights at the edges of the glass. thin off-white colored head. strong aroma of sweet caramel malt with a touch of hops. very appetizing.

taste is big malt, as expected - toffee, bready, brown sugar. but not overly sweet, and balanced by a little hop finish. coats the mouth, but not too thick. just enough carbonation, so it drinks smooth.

a nice cold season beer, another Southern Tier success!

jmdrpi, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

rwilde, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

truestar, Nov 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Magery, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.