Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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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4.14/5 rDev +1.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +6.6%
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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