Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Treyliff:
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
This ones got at least a year on it, which is typically how I like American Barleywines. Poured into a snifter
A- pours a slightly hazy auburn brown with some ruby hues, creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top
S- the malty notes have definitely kicked in, lots of sweet caramel malt with some oaky vanilla aromas, toffee, woodsy earthy tones, some piney hops are present but the caramel malt has taken over
T- surprising fruity notes up front with notes of citrusy hops and some fruity esters, the caramel malt kicks in mid-palate with some bready malt notes, dark cherry. The citrus flavors reappear near the backend with a dry finish with a linger of vanilla oak
M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a fairly slick finish
O- big caramel malt flavor with a nice citrusy flavor to compliment, a bit of age has been nice to this beer, very good.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2013 01:33:07 | More by Treyliff
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Southern Tier Oak-Aged Back-burner
From 3/22/14 tasting notes. Split this one with my bro. This was poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a couple pint glasses.
A) Darker amber with a little haze. Not much head, maybe half a finger. A light tan collar remained. No lacing noted.
S) Nice sweet malt, good amount of the oak, and hint of raisin and dried cherries.
T) Follows the nose... Loving the sweetness of this brew. Light hop bitterness. Very woody.... The alcohol is very well hidden, even as this warms.
M) Smooth with a woody coating for your palate. Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.
O) I'd go for this again... A very nice barley wine to sip on. I've probably over scored a few barley wines in the past compared to this one, because it's definitely right up there.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 14:22:13 | More by RoamingGnome
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
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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