Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Hopswagger:
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
P: Murky mahogany color with a fast fading taupe froth. Wet lacing forms on the sides.
S: Heavy wood aroma, vanilla, sweet roasted caramel malt, creole spices, roasted barley, and a faint old milk aroma.
T/M: Super sweet upfront with toasted caramel, syrup, brown sugar, drinks similar to really sweet tea but with loads of smoldered barley and wood. Hops are earthy and very mild while faint chocolate lingers in the backdrop. A nice full body with moderate carbonation.
O: I hate to say it but I'm not a fan of this one. I like that the oak cuts the sweetness but its just too understated for the brigade of sweetness that attacks the palate. It's like drinking overly sweetened tea. Well put together and easy drinking gives this a bump in points. I read reviews about a strong hop profile so I really want to try a fresh version.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 03:30:40 | More by Hopswagger
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4.14/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. draft at Caliente Pizza and Draft House, Pittsburgh.
Beautiful dark amber, lets just enough light through to make it glow. Did not get much aroma to speak of, just a hint of malty bready sweetness...but I was also surrounded by fresh hot pizza so perhaps that made it tougher to pick up the subtleties. Very little head, and only a slight ring stuck around, with minimal lacing.
Slick smooth mouthfeel. On the heavy side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation. Taste was dynamic enough to impress, but not overly complex. Starts out with a caramel-toffee-vanilla malt presence accented by faint dark fruit. Just enough hops to offer some balance. Oak comes through smoothly on a dryish finish. The barrel aging definitely mellows this out a little. The alcohol is not "hidden" by any means, but it didn't strike me as particularly boozy.
Overall, this more than lived up to expectations. I went out specifically for the tapping of this keg and I'm happy I did. I will most defnitely be seeking this out in the future--would love to try it from a bottle as well.
Serving type: on-tap
01-13-2014 14:44:01 | More by glass_house
4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark nut brown appearance, cloudy. Minimal cream head.
Heavy oak and vanilla on the nose; heavy malts, but nothing stands out; slight booziness.
Extremely smooth and very tasty. Vanilla, oak, and caramel stand out. Whatever edge the beer may have had has definitely been smoothed by age.
Not a thick feel - about medium - but complex and sweet. Makes this beer a sipper.
I'm surprised to like this beer so much. It reminds me quite a big of Burton Baton. Definitely recommended.
Bottled Feb 2012; 23 months old.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 21:49:24 | More by Roguer
4.34/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Found this beer while looking for something tasty, and it looked to fit the bill. Oak aged barleywine, yummy
Appears out of the bottle in a dark red fashion/amber, with not alot of head to speak of.
Smells danky, loads of caramel malty goodness with a good hop bill to back it up. Also I can pick up oak too, it shows up right along with everything else so I can't wait to taste it. Dark and ripe light fruit smells also contribute.
Taste is very good with a tongue tickling burst of caramel, oak, cherries, and a sort of port like sweetness that sets this apart from beers like bigfoot or old guardian. Also is a decent hoppiness to the tune of fruity hops with low bitterness. This tastes more like an english barleywine.
Feel is low carbonation and a slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and fills the cheeks full of flavor.
Glad I got to try this as I think its one of the better barleywines I've had.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 00:51:24 | More by BastardKing24
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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