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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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862 Ratings

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 66
Gots: 101 | 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 RickS95
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

There isn't much to say about the pour and appearance as it's relatively non-descript. It comes out as a very thin pour with a dark chestnut color. The head is thin and doesn't retain well. The slight head never really forms, but never really goes away either, leaving a thin ring of white bubbles.

It picks up in the nose as a ton of malts and an equal amount of hops comes wafting up from the snifter. Sticking your nose deep into the snifter reveals a good does of caramel malts and some alcohol astringency which masks the Centennial hops. The citrus scent is still there, but it's been governed well.

The taste. Three letters...WOW or OMG. It's stellar. Caramel malt overload with brown sugar, vanilla, and the citric hops. Alcohol is there, but isn't overwhelming, nor is the hop flavor. Strangely, I guess due to all the malts and sugar, it takes on a Belgianesque fruitiness. Really sublime taste.

For the type, it's the smoothest, easiest drinking barleywine I've ever had. It's mostly sweet and while there is bitterness, it never punches you in the gut like other barleywines. It's full bodied, very sweet, only slightly bitter, carbonated only slightly, and amazingly, it's kind of creamy.

It's an amazing beer overall and one of the top rungs of the barleywine ladder. It's easy to drink, has well-hidden alcohol content, and won't make your lips, tongue and throat numb.

RickS95, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

djgustafson, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

MSandahl23, Jul 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

tjsmith910, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bmjivi221, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Supergenious, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

pottergator, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

smccann, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

pixieskid, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

kell50, Jul 07, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

1424IpA, Jul 04, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Dark reddish browwn. white big bubble head.

S: A little roast, bread, sour fig, clove, vanilla, burnt cherries, juniper berry and a finishing oak. Very enjoyable smelling!

T: Oak and spice up front with a good amount of roasted malt. Lots of pine and sweet caramel . A biscuit and toffee note with leather and tobacco at the end.

M: Full bodied. Sweet syrup

O: Not as hoppy as other American Barleywines. lots of roast and toffee with a very enjoyable finish. The oak really rounds this out and brings it to the next level. /86

schwemjw, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Iha, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jborg, Jul 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

EigenBeer, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

paulys55, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jaxon53, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

thegerm87, Jun 19, 2013
Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.