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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

deapokid, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into a New Belgium goblet and it is dark and murky. The head doesn't last long and sits down to nothing but a light lacing. Wow do I love the smell of barleywines. The aroma is strong and sweet. The plums and black cherries hit you first then comes malt and booze. It sends chills down my spine cause I know what the first sip is going to bring.

Wow, this is a gentle back hand to the taste buds. You expect it to be uber sweet with the first taste then here comes the hops. If there is a Jekyll and Hyde brew this is it which honestly adds to the enjoyment of this barleywine. I really enjoy the hops in this one and almost wish there was just a bit more to duke it out with the sweetness.

There is just a bit of heat on the finish but it for sure doesn't linger like other big barleywines. I really wish Southern Tier was here in Texas, damnit.

lonestar4lunch, Jun 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

djre4orm, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

otrejo, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Stumpy29er, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bbrown12, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mervjahn, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

THECPJ, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GuttaMane138, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky ruby red with two inch foamy cream colored head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops mixing with a sweet toffee like smell. Pine and earthy hops in the back of the aroma, smells somewhat acrid.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine hop flavors are front and center but followed by a strong caramel malt background. The hops come back at the end to give you a nice hit of flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full-bodied, kind of sticky but very smooth drinking.

Drinkability: Deceptively easy to drink.

Overall: I love Southern Tier and this barley wine does not disappoint, but I would say that it could be amazing after some aging. It has enough hops in it to age it for two years and it still be pretty damn hoppy. I'd say give it a year in the cellar and you'd have a stupendous, and more traditional, barley wine.

optiontwo, Feb 24, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We taste-tested a few Southern Tier and Rogue beers last night and this was one of the favorites among our friends. I'm normally not a big fan of Barley Wine style beers, but this was pretty good. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden, and this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I doubt I would put this on tap at home, but I'd certainly buy a couple more bottles of it.

msolar, Sep 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Fitzmke, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. screen-printed bomber. Labeled "First Brew of 2008".

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber, with a thick tan head. Leaves a good, creamy cap and nice lace.

S - Erupts from the bottle the moment you crack it open. Caramel malt dominates, with toffee and slight dried fruit notes - solid complexity. Some pine and slight grapefruit rind reveal an American hop variety. Alcohol is perfectly hidden, becoming a bit more noticeable as the beer warms.

T - Malt sweetness up front. Alcohol comes off as a moderate woody/boozy taste. Finishes hoppy, semi-bitter, and dry. A hint of fruity sweetness lingers.

M - Nice chewy richness, but not syrupy. Carbonation begins a bit lively, but softens as you savor. Warming/numbing alcohol is almost immediately apparent.

D - A pretty nice barleywine here, and it would make a good nightcap. Boozy taste was a touch overdone, but not overpowering.

association330, Jan 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

danipp, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a murky crimson brown color with some visions of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet caramel malts, toffee, citrus, and boozy alcohol.

Taste: Very tasty brew. I have been holding on to this one for several years and it has stood the test of time. It is good to see the hops not killing the maltiness of this beer. The taste follows the aroma really well.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, medium bodied, boozy, and quite the treat.

Overall: Pretty solid barleywine. Hoppy, but the maltiness makes this beer well balanced. Quite enjoyable and a good sipper in the middle of this snowstorm we are getting.

Flounder57, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MarvinSnyder, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BMart, Nov 28, 2012
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.