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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

851 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 851
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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edmedina

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice clear dark amber color. It does have nice heard as well shows off a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Hoppy with hints of mint and cocoa. Very much floural smell. Not at all what I would expect from a Barleywine.

Taste: Very interesting taste here. Starts off bitter from the hops. As the taste settles you get a sweet after taste. Finishes dry leaving nothing left to taste

Overall: When I saw Imperial Barleywine on the bottle, I thought to myself how do you take a beer that is already strong and go over the top on it? Well Southern Tier certainly figured it out. The hops they use blend very well together. The smell leads you to believe you are enjoying an Imperial IPA but the taste lets you know otherwise. I never thought someone would go further with my favorite style of beer. I am glad Southern Tier did.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 05:54:09 | More by edmedina
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-25-2012 01:06:59 | More by mctizzz
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-24-2013 18:21:58 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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DruC4

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

06-18-2012 19:17:36 | More by DruC4
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown close to purple with one finger of head that fades to a thin lacing. Nose is malts and raisins. Taste is caramel and roasted malt with a very smooth dark fruit flavor maybe raisins or figs and just a hint of chocolate. Very good mouthfeel, not over carbonated, full bodied, and very smooth warmth from the alcohol.

I really liked this beer. I found it in the back of a Wegman's on my journey to Hornell, NY. It had dust on the bottle and looked like a hidden gem. Since we only recently started getting my hands on Southern Tier in NC, I buy up any I see. I'm so glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:05:53 | More by tdm168
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aleslover

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-22-2012 01:16:48 | More by aleslover
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ghonickel

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-21-2014 20:17:21 | More by ghonickel
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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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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-10-2012 19:41:09 | More by Cramerican
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lernerlift

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-05-2013 22:07:15 | More by lernerlift
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HerbCarroll

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-27-2013 16:12:15 | More by HerbCarroll
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-30-2012 03:37:09 | More by swetsastonic
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, caramel, and some sugar.

T: Tasted of hops - a lot of hops - caramel, malt, and sugar. Nicely complex. Actually gets better as it goes along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the more drinkable American barleywines around.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 13:14:05 | More by avalon07
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Clayton1220


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-20-2012 00:07:13 | More by Clayton1220
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schoun

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-24-2012 15:04:08 | More by schoun
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-23-2012 18:07:35 | More by kaelingirl
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-02-2012 07:08:09 | More by Zachtheporter
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hopandbarley28

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-25-2013 15:41:55 | More by hopandbarley28
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BrewBoyR

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

10-22-2013 23:47:31 | More by BrewBoyR
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-01-2012 05:53:36 | More by BugTownPub
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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-04-2014 00:32:51 | More by WuBByG999
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-31-2013 15:06:21 | More by mikepcarney
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Philly82785

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-19-2012 19:46:35 | More by Philly82785
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jpvenezia

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-30-2012 12:40:10 | More by jpvenezia
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Lordkrystic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

10-03-2012 05:12:38 | More by Lordkrystic
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.