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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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867 Ratings

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Ratings: 867
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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Photo of TommyW
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy, brownish gold with lots of tiny bubbles coming up the sides of the glass forming a thin, off-white head.

S- Caramel malts with some fruitiness (maybe golden raisins and apricot), faint note of floral hops and a note of alcohol as well.

T- Big caramel malt base with some notes of molasses and a nice warming alcohol presence.

M- Full and smooth body with a nice carbonation.

D- Really enjoyed this one a lot; a great sipper.

TommyW, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of edmedina
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.

edmedina, Feb 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mctizzz, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

IrishGermanAmerican, May 24, 2013
Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Aug 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

aleslover, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ghonickel, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Cramerican, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

lernerlift, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

HerbCarroll, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

swetsastonic, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Clayton1220
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Clayton1220, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

schoun, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

kaelingirl, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

hopandbarley28, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BrewBoyR, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BugTownPub, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

WuBByG999, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mikepcarney, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Philly82785, Dec 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

jpvenezia, Nov 30, 2012
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.