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Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)

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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-01-2012)
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 2/28/13)

A: Pours a nice tan 1 finger head that has nice lacing. It is a solid murky amber brown color.

S: Sweet, sweet malt with some nice tropical fruit notes in there with some taffy and licorice.

T: Very light barleywine flavor. Not very sweet but a very nice even controlled flavor throughout. Easy to drink. Almost creamy tasting. A bit of taffy and licorice as well.

M: Nice solid carbonation that you can just feel in the pressure of it. It isn't so much on the tongue but just in the texture of the liquid.

O: Finally, a good beer in the past few days, it might just have been that I needed a break from stouts. This seems like a light barleywine, but I don't mean that in a bad way. It is a full and flavorful BW that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:43:40 | More by gillagorilla
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-16-2014 18:52:44 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-07-2014 02:16:18 | More by georgiaboy8686
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-05-2014 23:16:10 | More by Illos
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-29-2014 14:26:56 | More by kdahnke123
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-26-2014 02:53:01 | More by maxcoinage
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

03-23-2014 22:05:57 | More by rderedin
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Drew88

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-23-2014 16:21:48 | More by Drew88
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joh02034

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-22-2014 04:56:36 | More by joh02034
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2014 18:53:20 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-16-2014 18:10:43 | More by BeerBucks
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-07-2014 18:53:18 | More by SHerninko
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Pug

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-07-2014 14:57:02 | More by Pug
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TechBrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-06-2014 13:53:32 | More by TechBrew
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themanilow

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-20-2014 23:57:20 | More by themanilow
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Rod_J

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-20-2014 02:38:38 | More by Rod_J
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Ptzy13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-17-2014 23:14:17 | More by Ptzy13
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mhammo129

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-16-2014 18:33:40 | More by mhammo129
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Zimm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-13-2014 21:37:27 | More by Zimm
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tikk

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-06-2014 04:22:36 | More by tikk
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-25-2014 18:52:47 | More by sharpski
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rockrob

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-18-2014 22:08:26 | More by rockrob
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glass_house

Ohio

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
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judkinst

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-12-2014 02:57:06 | More by judkinst
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Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.