Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -27.7%
On tap at Southern Tier brewery.
A - Poured a mahogany brown with a thin cream cap. Very pretty beer.
S - Lots of oak, buttery caramel, vanilla, rich candy toffee, burnt raisins, licorice, alcohol.
T - Super dense malt, oak was very heavy, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, candy toffee, burnt raisins, pine and hints of citrus.
M - Full body, creamy feel, low carbonation, warming.
This beer is either way too young or just doesn't work. Very raw and powerful flavors all around. Nothing seemed to mesh well. I'd like to try a bottled version with some time on it.
08-28-2012 23:38:14 | More by StaveHooks
3.1/5 rDev -23.5%
Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow bourbon, small dark fruits, and alcohol. In the taste, alcohol to oaky bourbon, dark fruit, and licorice. An alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol like aftertaste. Too big, like a shot inside a barleywine. It's just too much for me.
07-21-2012 14:51:58 | More by OWSLEY069
3.4/5 rDev -16%
I've been in love with the Backburner, and when the base beer is as good as it is I believe you shouldn't mess with it. However, there's exceptions to that just looka at what Founders does with variations of Breakfast Stout. Pours a deep ruby red mahogany brown hue with a cream colored khaki head with fine speckled laicng forming on the sides of my glass. Aroma has oak and vanilla with hints of booze, caramelized sugars with a rolling breadiness. Also in addition there's a subdued earth, citrus pith, and herbaceous flavor combination that gets a bit jaded by the loads of vanilla and charred oak flavors, making the beer a bit dysmal for me. I like Unearthly but not a fan of Oak Aged Unearthly, this is basically the same type of oak flavor, it just doesn't do anything for me that the base beer meant so much. Mouthfeel burns a bit a, quite booze ridden with dry oak chip finish going on, cloyingly sweet at the same time not enough hops balance things out. Overall I don't like the booze level and the overt sweetness found in this beer.
03-04-2012 21:16:12 | More by WVbeergeek
3.41/5 rDev -15.8%
22oz bottle (repeatedly poured) into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a beautiful glow. Given the small glass size, there isn't much head - just a thin off-white film, and even that retains itself poorly. The beautiful shade gives it a few extra brownie points.
S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth in this one. The hops seem faded at this point (not unexpected) with only faint notes of melon, peach, and lemongrass. I also pick up additional oaky, vanilla tones as it opens up in the glass. Competent without bowling me over in any way.
T: This opens very fruity on the tongue. There are still some front-loaded hop flavors (it's almost like a lemon cake, in a manner), without any obnoxious bitterness anywhere on the palate. Finish is subtly oaky, but more dominated by sweet, buttery vanilla - and after some time, some boozy touches. The end result is a very sweet brew best suited for dessert, but with a surprising drinkability level. Not amazingly complex, though.
M: It's thick yet soft on the palate - as a barleywine should be - though perhaps a bit too prickly at times. Once carbonation softens, the full texture is allowed to shine through. Oak helps to dry the finish up slightly; this is why it's relatively drinkable.
O: This seems to strike a middle ground between the hoppy American barleywine and the sweet, desserty English barleywine - and truth be told, I'm more reminded of the latter here. Oddly for the style, this is best when it's very cold; it becomes rather imbalanced and even harsh when warmed up sufficiently.
07-10-2013 22:46:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
750ml poured into a tulip at 46F
A: pours a dark, reddish amber with a half-finger of light khaki head
S: fig and raisin, bready with hints of oak and cherry
T: Dates and raisin with cherry, toffee and oak
M: medium bodied with a big malty beginning and a light hop finish. Balanced booziness
O: A solid beer, but not a showstopper. I definitely enjoyed it, and it gained some complexity as it warmed up from the 46F pour temp. There’s just a “stand-out” element missing that places it behind other barlywine-styled brews I’ve drunk.
07-31-2013 22:46:24 | More by JWeldon
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.