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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

862 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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 Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

22 oz. bomber, 10% ABV, 85 IBU. Mahogany in color, with some ruby shades. Tan foamy head, which held together well for the size of the beer, then faded to a nice ring.

Citrusy, floral and slightly grassy aroma. Not much else.

Bits of dark fruit and toffee stick out first. A lot of sweetness, with some fruity flavors. Bitterness is not as powerful as the aroma would indicate.

Good body, with lower carbonation. Fairly balanced. Overall, not bad, but not terribly exciting either.

Bierguy5, May 17, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks Derek, this was good drinking for a young fresh BW.The malt and fruity yeast was enjoyable in the aroma, there was lace on the opaque brown. Amarillo and C-hop. Appropriate above-average carbonation. Above average mouthfeel.Some complexity and significant fruitiness to taste.

Sammy, May 17, 2007
Photo of klewis
2.38/5  rDev -40.6%

A: Pours a deep garnet color with a small bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Small but balanced smell with both a fruity malt character and a dry hoppiness. Noticable alcohol presence.

T: Malty with brief fruit flavors that quickly yield to a taste of burnt plastic and chemicals. Bitter, hoppy, and alcoholic in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, chewy, and sticky with light carbonation.

D: Not bad, except for the disgusting taste of course. One of the worst tasting barleywines that I've had.

klewis, May 12, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer pours a beautiful concord grape and burgundy color with an enticing creamy tan head.

In the smell there’s a little plumb and raisin with a touch of smoked honey that melts into a decisive silky, yet assertive, hop. There’s also a boozy alcohol that comes out, but it fades nicely into the rest.

Tastes of a creamy barley and a touch of peach that again transfers into a simcoe-esque hop. It’s simple but solid.

Feels medium bodied with a tiny electric carbonation that livens things up quite a bit.

Very nice, very simple and very solid.

DarkerTheBetter, May 10, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev -2%

Received in a trade from jayjaye. He has been my Southern Tier hookup lately. Much appreciated.

Clear body with a dark garnet color. Light tan head on top. An inch thick initially but reduced to a quarter inch of foam that reaches up towards the edges of the glass to hold on. Pretty nice.

Lots of hops and sweet simple sugar syrup. Not really caramel too much in the sweetness but more of a cherry lifesaver fruitiness. Hops are floral and a little citrusy. Flavor seems a bit subdued, good but not bursting forth from the glass.

Flavor is pretty good, quite hoppy again. Citrus hops predominately with some pine aspects. Malts are caramelly but has some sweet bread as well. Has some dark fruitiness too, a little raisin and other dark fruit hints. Pretty good. Not the most complex, but a solid offering. A little hints of alcohol, but works well in this.

Mouthfeel is medium or so. Coats the mouthwell and the flavor lingers. Low carbonation level.

Good drinkability. A solid barleywine offering. Not the most complex, but good. Bigfoot'ish in its hoppiness.

blitz134, May 10, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
3.93/5  rDev -2%

A new barleywine from Southern Tier??? I've been pretty impressed with their big beers since they became available here so I had to try it. Here goes.

22 Ounce bomber bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Very nice look. A dark mahogany that glows a bright red when held up to light. Two finger head of cream colored foam, probably due to hard pour. Head has some staying power.

S - Hops coming up here along with some sugary smell.

T - A whole lot of fruity/sweet malt flavors here. This brew really has the flavors of an English Barleywine. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Lots of sweetness.

M - A nice chewy, thick sticky feel.

D - I found the sugary flavors to be a bit overdone. Still pretty good if you're looking for a really sweet barleywine.

Notes: This one's gotta be mislabeled. It's an American brew but it's got the characterstics of an English BW. Still quite tasty.

EStreet20, May 08, 2007
Photo of trep
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

22oz bottle.

Dark ruby body, perfect clarity. So clear in fact that I can read what i'm typing on the screen through it. Nice stream of bubbles rise to the surface from the middle of the glass. A thin, bone colored head creates a crown around the edge of the glass. Rich malt, a bit of citrusy hops, and a sting of alcohol to finish the aroma off.

This is absolutely dominated by malt. Juicy fruitiness hits you at the start, followed by a balance of hop bitterness. Finishes biscuity with a touch of white grape aftertaste. Man this is a pretty complex brew. Certainly English in style, I'm not sure why it's categorized as American Barleywine.

Medium/Full bodied with nice carbonation. The alcohol never shows through on this one, which is a feat, considering its not very hoppy and 10% abv. Super-drinkable for style and abv. Another solid offering from the gentlemen in NY.

trep, May 05, 2007
Photo of jwff
4.45/5  rDev +11%

Pours a glowing ruby/light brown with a nice white head. Great clarity. Pepper and fresh citrus stand out from the northwest hops with a hint of sweet malt and some caramel.

Hops and malt are incredibly balanced. A lot more mellow than I would have guessed at 85 IBUs. Grapefruit rind mixes with some light malt and caramel. Prickly hop flavor, but never bitter. The caramel is more pronounced than in the smell and gives it a nice balance. Peppery end with a little breadiness. All the flavors are extremely subtle and play off each other nicely. No trace of alcohol or heat anywhere in this beer. Sticky finish.

Rich mouthfeel that borders on thick but holds back just enough. Coats the mouth but without any slickness. Perfect for the size of this beer. This beer is fairly unique to me as an American barley wine. It has the IBUS, but it doesn't have the harsh bitter hops like Old Ruff, and doesn't have the boldness in ingredients like a Bigfoot. Just an extremely pleasant and light (for 10%) brew. Great offering from the North East.

jwff, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of YankChef
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

22 oz. bomber poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown almost a black/brown. Creamly slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly.Decent lacing

Smell: Very fruity. smelled of strawberries, peaces and cream, orange, bubble gum. Subtle smells of honey, brown sugar and a barely detecable odor of roasted malt.

Taste: Smell is misleading, this tastes like a barley wine not a fresh fruit tart! caramel and roasted malt upfront and certainly a bit of a hop punch from the 85 IBU's. Alcohol is certainly present in a pleasantly warming way, but in no way overpowering. Thiss beer tasted yong, could use some time.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is certainly present but very mellow. Somewhat of a drying effect from the alcohol but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall: A very approachable barley wine. Not overly hoppy or alcoholic and very wel balanced. Certainly a sipper however. IF you like the style give this one a shot.

YankChef, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Southern Tier's two new offerings are seriously top notch and being so close in proxemity to the brewery they are easy to find and will be a main stay in my house.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep amber almost burgundy color with a tight formed thin white head leaving shitty lace stuck to the glass.Big and balanced aromas deep cherry and brown sugar tones mixed with piney,resiny Amarillo hop aromas a defient rum like alcohol presence shows thru as well.Sweetish brown sugar and dark fruit flavors really hit home with a noticable sweet alcohol zip really coming thru as it warms to near room temp,the hops seem a bit overwhelmed by such a big malty sweet base but they show thru after a bit in a piney,grapefruit rind presence but never jumps out at ya.The hop burps came afterwords but the hop flavors need a bit of a push in my mind but they are everywhere else,big and brash Iam gonna hold one for a awhile and see what turns up.

oberon, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

vital stats:
10%
85 ibu
15o L
2-row pale malt
light & dark caramel malt
kettle hop: chinook
aroma hop: willamette
dry hop: amarillo & centennial

clear ruby pour with frothy foam and amoebic lacing. slight pine in the aroma, mostly dominated by a strong scent of fruitcake. candied ginger, apricots, and healthy doses of cinnamon and brown sugar fill the nasal cavity. raisin puree rounds out the fruit bomb in my snifter.

smooth and easy-drinking, especially at a slightly warmer temperature. sweetness is an undisputed character that defines the back burner. the maltiness is a bit one-dimensional, and simple sweetness is the unfortunate byproduct of a beer that shoots for drinkability above thickness and overwhelming complexity. dry though, and that might be the saving grace as it provides some balance. an almost-belgian yeast flavor and hints of white grape and fresh-cut grass struggle for independence behind a barrage of overripe fruits.

it's been a while since i've had a barleywine.. not sure why.. but this one is rather pleasing, very drinkable, and no challenge to finish a bomber. version 1.0 shows need for improvement, but it's on the plus side of southern tier releases. solid good effort.. the previous reviewer thinks this will age well, i do not. take your chances, people.

goodbyeohio, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Backburner pours a beautiful dark ruby with a generous head that dies down a bit slowly after pour. Lacing is very grainy with a medium stickiness. Smell is very hoppy which excites me when it comes to Barleywines. Very sharp citrus odor with a subtle malt undertone. You can definitely tell this is an American version. The taste of this barleywine is a powerful hop explosion of grapefruit/pine. A hint of malt in the aftertaste, just enough to make this very well balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy but quite smooth. This goes down all too easy for a barleywine at 10% abv so take your time and enjoy this one. Definitely look forward to aging. Good work again Southern Tier, Keep it up.

BeerTruth, Apr 02, 2007
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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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