Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev -4.7%
The initial smell that sways my sinuses is one of raisin and a bit of toast. A few more inhales and I also notice a little bit of citrus, I suspect from the Willamette hops. Its color appears as a deep, and slightly cloudy mahogany. Backlit by the sun, it gives off a small red flare midst the brown. My first sip includes roasted malt, a tinge of hops, and more raisins from the nose. Midway through, I also detect vanilla and a little bourbon. It lingers, joined by big wood. [rim shot] No, really, the finish really leaves you with the oak-aged portion of the process. Great sipper. Tiny bubbles and mist-droplet like lacing. I’ve had the regular version of this. I much prefer this one, as it reminds me of Widdershins, but with less oak. Good take on barleywine, without being from across the pond.
07-27-2014 23:08:51 | More by JMS1512
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
22 oz bomber from Lil Roberts poured into a tulip glass. DOB 2/15/12. Bought 6/20/ 14.
A - dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger head that moves to a thin lace quickly. Cloudy.
S - dark fruit, fig, grains, oak/vanilla.
T - More of the same, heavy dose of malts and vanilla notes. Some heat is present but it is not overbearing. Bourbon and molasses.
M - Mouthfeel is very dense, carbonation almost nonexistent. Yep, things get sticky.
O - Meal in a glass. Definitely a sipper. Could have used a touch more carbonation/hop balance, but based on the age, I can understand that the hops and carbo is lost. Good to finally try a 2 yr barleywine, they wont last that long in my house.
06-29-2014 00:24:21 | More by Apellonious
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
This is a review of an older bottle, and the hops are not as prominent as they would be in a fresh bottle.
Great color,albeit a bit cloudy, and a nice fine head that like to stick around for a while. The nose is almost barleywine all the way, with a hint of oak playing a supporting role deep down under the figs, berries, nuts, light caramel, showing as a touch of vanilla bringing up the rear. Not too much here in the way of hops or specialty malts, but that's how I prefer them anyway. The vanilla comes out a lot more on the palate, while the oak lingers in the finish- a very well-integrated and non-intrusive element. The elegant presentation of well-woven flavors, unfortunately, is marred by an underattenuated quality that dominates all else. Dry this out a touch, and it would do a lot for this beer. Solid effort, but it easily could have been on a whole other level.
06-18-2014 02:22:58 | More by TongoRad
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
this cant have spent too much time on wood, as the oak properties are way behind the malt, and the carbonation on this is still so robust. the color is a hazy dark amber, and its real heady for an oaked brew. the nose is slightly fruity, almost dried cherries or figs on it, with all the grain taking on a sweeter, molasses sort of complexion, with just a faint staleness. the flavor is rather uniform, with a real fruity finish and an impressively light body for both the alcohol content and the norms of the style. dark caramel sweetness from the grain, it tastes like unfermented wort, but the finish is much more resolved, dryer, and honestly rather clean for the start. cherry and maybe raisin fruit flavors as well. tons of bubbles on it, a well hidden abv, and a dangerously drinkable lighter body. i could stand to see a little more of a prominent oak profile on it, may mellow the grain sweetness, but i think the beer is solid as a more drinkable barleywine. not southern tiers best, but a beer not to pass up if you havent had one.
06-09-2014 20:07:31 | More by StonedTrippin
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
Great toffee and Carmel tones bright mouthfeel for a 2012 vintage. Some orange hints light lacing. Some chocolate is there as well.
Overall better then expected, with the sweetness thatbi love but still needing to age a little more for my taste. Would like to pick up a bottle
05-29-2014 03:04:28 | More by RollBounce
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours a clear amber with a fizzy khaki head that dissipates quickly.
S: Muted aromas of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, chocolate, toasted almonds, charred oak, and mildly herbal, citrusy hops express themselves on the nose. As the beer warms a bit, a touch of prickly, warming alcohol becomes more apparent.
T: Notes of brown sugar, toasted almonds, charred oak, caramel, toffee, nougat, woody spices, chocolate, herbs, and lemon are underpinned by somewhat prickly alcohol. The finish is gentle and warming with a nice juxtaposition of citrusy, herbal hop and sweet, toasty caramel malt flavors.
M: Fairly full in body and a little sticky. Carbonation is crisper than I would generally expect for a beer of this style. Alcohol is subdued. This ale can hit hard, though it is very smooth, straight-forward, and drinkable compared to many other American barleywines.
O: A nice, approachable example of an American barleywine that displays just enough depth and complexity to remain intriguing. I could see this being a good introduction to the style for ale drinkers wanting to try something a bit stronger and heavier.
05-11-2014 16:00:55 | More by mrfrancis
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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