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

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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

273 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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Reviews by hustlesworth:
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a clear ruby red with an amazingly thick and creamy cap of beige foam. This head is just ridiculous. Outstanding retention and bubbly texture and thick blankets of everlasting lace. Absolutely perfect for the style. ***theres STILL a gulp of foam left at the end of the glass. Gosh.

S- hops dominate the aroma, as shown by the IPA-esque foam. Clean and floral bitterness and very very spicy peppercorn and chile. Bold alcohol vapors seem barrel-concentrated similar to whiskey and the oak aromas are powerful and smoothly sweet in the form of cured wood and earthy tannins, but low on vanilla. Half dried orange and sun dried tomato with some mild sandalwood, caramel and toffee notes. Very spicy, earthy, woodsy and manly.

T- as spicy as it smells from this combination of bold hops. Intense oak flavor has been absorbed into every corner of the flavor profile. Huge tannin character and again, low on sweetness. Slight smokiness lends a suggestion of a less peaty Islay scotch and the hops play out a grassy lemony bitterness along with the bitterness of alcohol. Peppery and warm, very bitter but balanced by the oak flavors and concentrated grainy malt. The finish is long and whiskied, with the lingering taste of a saturated barrel and golden raisins.

MF- very low carbonation fades to almost nil by the bottom of an 8oz snifter, adding more whiskiness to the whole shebang. Backburner doesn't feel as hot as it smells and tastes but still has some warming effect on this cool summer night. The body is thickly malted and akin to a thin syrup which is completely acceptable considering the angels have taken their share and surely some H2O along with it. Eisbock concentrated feeling. Sticky and dry, tannic and unashamed. Not for Lil bitches.

D- could be the oakiest beer I've ever had and it's dope when you think of it as a whiskey although it has a distinct freshness to it also. The sheer amount of tannins has my pilot light flickering. A little more sweetness in the flavor would be appreciated but it's a beast as it is. This is a cigar beer if I've ever had one. Something dark to compliment the spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:52:47 | More by hustlesworth
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S - dark fruit, fig, grains, oak/vanilla.

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Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.