Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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2.68/5 rDev -33.2%
Update: One year aged - VERY sugary, this may be my last ST brew... Very bland and heat filled and non-unique, no loger fits a B-Wine. Mouthfeel is metallic and papery. No longer recommended.
A - Very little head rises... A nice cream colored ring forms around the perimeter of the brew. Color is very caramel with poor clarity.
S - Interesting. Very malty. Slightly metallic. Doesn't really smell like a IB-Wine... Vaguely fits the style... Not too much hop in this one. Lots of sweet caramel too.
T - Very smooth and well blended. A unique B-wine. Lots of grape and caramel. Slightly on the overly sugary side.
M - Near perfect. Good carb, no heat, and gentle smoothness.
O - Not quite what I was expecting, but still a nice brew. Worth finding and trying. Not sure what the price on this was, but I would think twice before paying over $8
11-14-2011 04:00:14 | More by chugalug06
4.13/5 rDev +3%
A- A murky ruby/amber pour into my DFH glass. Not much of a head, but really sticky and oily as it drips down the sides of the glass.
S- Sweet Caramel and butterscotch candy, nutty toffee, raisins, black figs, honey and a touch of piney hops in the backround. Picking up notes of toasted marshmallows. Very complex!
T- A sweet and piney/fruity punch, that blends seemlessly! Tons of depth! Rich buttery caramel, sun dried fruits, honey, pine, roasted nuts and candycorn! Really wishing I could try this oak aged or out of a Firkin! Funny how it seems like an English BW after each sip... only to be punched in the kisser by the tart/piney hops!
M- I love the way the piney, citrusy punch marries with the sweet, sticky and oily malts! I wish they made gum that tastes like this... I chew it all day long! A nice bit of alcohol burn on the tongue! Love it!
O- Yet another brilliantly executed Imperial brew from Southern Tier! They sure as hell know how to do big beer!
11-10-2011 03:11:17 | More by Thickfreakness
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
"Imperial Barleywine" huh? Isn't a barleywine already imperial?
A: Poured a very dark, caramel amber color, with a slight beige head that was just right for this style.
S: Smelled like a melted "Astro Pop" combined with diluted cotton candy and the slight citrus bite only added to the pleasant aroma.
T: Sugary on the front part, along with a good bit of alcohol warming in the middle. The lingering was both dry and with an ending spice that was reminiscent of caraway seeds.
M: I dug the way the hops punched through the sugariness, making this multi-dimensional, rather than a sugar bomb. The carbonation was slight and insignificant overall.
O: For $6.99, this is a steal... and a damn fine barelywine if you ask me.
11-08-2011 23:06:50 | More by Chaney
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Beer/Brewery - Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)/ Southern Tier Brewing Company
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Barleywine
ABV – 9.6%
IBU – 85
DATE – 23 OCT 2011
SERVING TYPE – 22 oz Bomber
GLASSWARE – Snifter
APPEARANCE – It is a murky brown with a hint of red, sadly it reminds me of pond water. It poured with a ¼ inch head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass
AROMA- Fruity sweet with traces of alcohol
TASTE – It has the defined barleywine taste with some nice roasted malts, but with traces of fig and dates with the alcohol closing in at the end to warm you up.
MOUTHFEEL – A little thick with a good bit of carbonation on the tongue
CONCLUSION – A good stand alone barleywine, nothing special, but very enjoyable.
10-23-2011 16:34:58 | More by Heischman
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Intro: Split a 22oz. with a friend in a tulip glass.
Appearance: Somewhat of moderately thin head with big bubble. Moderate amount of carbonation on the glass. Deep amber color with a tint of ruby. Clear with no sediment
Smell: Fruity aromas with plums and dark berry notes, slightly sweet.
Taste: Good solid fruit flavors with a strong barley flavoring that really balances it out, slightly dry but a sweet feel in the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Not any real aftertaste, nice and crisp and clean.
Overall: Well balanced barleywine, rich without being overly exotic. I think its high on my list for the type, although I have only rated a half dozen or less.
10-20-2011 19:28:35 | More by heysuz
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!
Pours a clear copper brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. A foamy curtain of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and zesty herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, and citrus zest. A mild citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine that has a very nice sweet but hoppy flavor. Taste is better than the smell but good stuff all around.
10-20-2011 01:08:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.93/5 rDev -2%
poured from an undated bomber (at least I cant find a date) into a snifter
a- pours a deep brown/ruby color. what very little head appears is slightly off white. not a ton of lacing on the glass.
s- lots of caramel malt sweetness. some sweet fruit as well, raisin or fig maybe. bread and some slight hop citrus
t- follows the nose pretty closely, but with more gusto. sweet caramel and fruit initially. then comes some more bready malt. some bitter citrus hops come out, then back to the fruity sweetness. i dont get a ton of hops here (older bottle maybe?) but there is a lot of sugar present for the style. Very tasty though.
m- not a ton of carbonation. this brew doesnt seem to heavy though. lots of sugary sweetness without being to viscous. flavors linger along time and the abv is not very present at all. highly drinkable.
overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I will be the first to admit that im not incredibly experienced in the style, but this brew is tasty. I have yet to find an imperial beer by southern tier that I didnt like.
10-20-2011 00:31:55 | More by crewfan16
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a golden red colour with healthy white head and lacing.
Nose is rye, lactic, soy milk. Marzipanny. Concrete. Bit of alcohol. More English-style, like Golden Pride. Yeast and honeycomb.
Taste is more of that vaguely synthetic sourdough yeast. Bit of concrete. Lots of toffee and a little sweet in the taste.
Mouthfeel is mediumish for the style with lowish carbonation and a lot of sweetness.
The funk concrete elements are interesting and not unpleasant. Dangerous and sneaks up on you (my bottle was marked 10%). Little bit sweet in large doses, but I get the impression that's Southern Tier's trademark.
10-20-2011 00:30:04 | More by danieelol
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle shared by Rickyn06, poured into a Russian river glass. 2009 vintage.
Blood red with brilliant clarity. One finger of foamy tan bubbles fizzles away after a while, leaving thick, winding trails of lace.
Herbal and fruity nose. Overripe orange, mint, caramel and biscuits. Smooth and malty-sweet.
Malt is stepped up in the flavor, creating a flavor like caramel and biscuits sprinkled with mint sprigs. Some orange peel is there as well, but not many hops are left in this two-year-old bottle. Toasted crackers linger long into the finish.
Very mild carbonation and fizz. Alcohol lends an almost chili spice quality, numbing the tongue a bit. Some fumes in the nose as well. Body is a bit thin, just under medium-light.
This backburner’s developed admirable smoothness after two years. The alcohol has moved to the back, blending nicely with age. The flavors aren't outstanding to begin with, but it's smooth and sweet now.
10-11-2011 23:16:29 | More by Phelps
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sending this one back from NY and to texasclimber for bringing it to the tasting. Poured into a sniffer.
Appearance: Cloudy deep mahogany with about a finger thick off white head that slowly fades into a ring around the side of the glass.
Aroma: Slight citrus aroma, very malty, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a hint of molasses and chocolate.
Taste: A kind of candi fruit, brown sugar, taste with raisins, molasses and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Big, thick, and chewy with minimal carbonation and a mild boozy finish.
Overall: This is a good barleywine, closer to an American barleywine then an English barleywine. More time could benefit this beer.
10-10-2011 19:15:53 | More by jamescain
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
a- light chestnut color, medium head that reduces to a sticky, light colored collar around the glass, nice!
s- smells like cola. no other way to describe it
t- big taste. molasses, raisins, yeast, earthy malts, with a hop bite. brilliant balanced taste that comes into the barleywine parameters with ease. alcohol is very well masked. a little peppery aftertaste, not hugely so.
m- a bit prickly, medium carbonation with tiny bubbles. overall very drinkable, hop finish is a tad dry but crisp, nothing heavy here
o- happy with this selection, as always with the southern teir products, big robust imperial beers with complex tastes. I'm not a huge fan or regular imbibor of the barleywine style, but I would get this one again.
10-08-2011 03:46:51 | More by cindiwindi1025
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Bottle is from January 2010, and with a recent batch of cooler nights, I figure it's a good of a night as any to crack it. Review is from notes taken on 9/23/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is a deep coppery color with some hints of ruby to it; body presents a little a bottle murky, but you can still see light through it despite the cloudiness; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan, creamy head that fades relatively quickly to a thin, uneven skim with a thick, foamy ring around the surface; plenty of tiny spots and oil lingers on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Smell is fantastic, very big, robust -- I can smell it from the table; plenty of hop presence to it still and it is fairly citric and reminiscent of oranges, and with the big, sweet caramel maltiness backing it up, it is like candied fruit; warm toffee (and caramel, as already mentioned) sweetness, and a bit of a warm baking spiciness to it.
Taste: Taste is very good, and the hop presence has managed to really hold up well and there is still a good bit of herbal and fruity bitterness to it; very sweet, rich and deep maltiness is the strongest aspect to it along with the hops, and they are just as the nose suggests -- caramel and toffee with a bit of the warm baking spices to them; alcohol is still present, but more in the back and as a warming presence as opposed to a big isopropyl-like flavor.
Mouthfeel: Body is just over what I would consider medium in weight, and the carbonation is still present, but comes across as soft and it provides just about the right amount of carbonation; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth, and it allows the bitter hops to linger well into the aftertaste; belly is left a little warm from the nearly 10% ABV.
Overall: A great beer to be sure, and well worth picking up. I'm a pretty big fan of ST's bigger beers, and this one definitely runs with the rest of them. It's a sipper, to be sure, but it won't be a problem to finish the bottle by myself over the course of the night.
09-24-2011 01:08:13 | More by bamadog
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a deep caramelly amber color. Three finger cinnamon colored head sits atop. The head works its way back at a casual pace leaving behind heavy moth eaten lacing. A nice cap remains on top for the duration.
Warm toast malt and caramel aroma are surprisingly dominant off the bat. Bright pineapple and citrus hop scents fill in behind. The aroma displays an impressive balance. Not the aroma I expect from an American Barleywine but it is enjoyed non the less.
Candied pineapple and caramel flavor lay heavy on the tongue out of the glass. A bright bitterness picks up as the flavor transitions to the midpalate before a heavy caramel flavor emerges. Deep flavors develop on the back of the palate, heavily caramelized sugar and raisins mainly. The darker flavors become very strong on the back end drowning out the lighter flavors from up front.
Backburner comes in just under full bodied. The carbonation is a bit higher than expected, delivering a bit of a lighter body than I would prefer. The finish is long as the dark sugar and fruit flavors dig into the tongue refusing to budge.
Backburner is a solid beer, enjoyable but fails to reach the top tier of the style. Easy to drink and enjoyable. This is one I will pick up a s a change in pace Barleywine but will not be on the top of my list.
09-13-2011 17:48:53 | More by kzoobrew
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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