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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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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 27
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-01-2012

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a Gobet of this for 5 bucks at the Beermuda.

A - Pours a rustic deep brown mildly hazy with a pillow like inch plus of head
S - Smells of aged citrus hops, butterscotch candies, bready malts, oak notes, and a decent amount of sherry.
T - Taste is smooth the hops are fairly aged and take a back seat but still have a tropical tone. The oak is also mixed well within giving a slight woody taste but the majority of the flavors are a sherry and a mild stingy medicinal cherry aspect.
M - Like the regular Backburner the body is thick and syrup like but goes down smooth.

Overall like the oak aged Pumking the oak really does round out the hops and malts, making some flavors stronger and some secondary flavors come to life. Truly a world class Barleywine.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown. Cream colored head that disappears after half a minute or so. Minimal lacing. Some visible carbonation. A little cloudy

Smells of toasty malts. Vanilla and oak notes. Toffee and caramel

Taste follows the nose to the tee. Lots of toasty bready malts. Almost a fruit bread flavor. Woody oak with hints of vanilla. Sweet caramel and toffee in the finish. Slight alcohol heat

Feels full-bodied and coating. Some warmth and tingly spice from the alcohol

Overall not too bad. Approachable for those starting their forray into barleywines. not overly complex. The oak smooths the beer out and adds a nice secondary flavor profile. Affordable (8.99), easy-drinking and tasty but not the greatest

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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.

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2011 bottle I believe

a: This was a slightly hazy caramel color with golden edges; it poured with a small but long lasting sticky head.

s: Lots of caramel and brown propped by surprisingly strong given the age of the bottle, leafy lemon rind hop aromas. There was also some mild toasty oak.

t: Big bracingly sweet molasses and caramel dominate. Towards the middle and finish there was grassy, oaky, alcoholic bitterness that mellowed the sweetness very nicely.

m: Not thin, but thinner than expected.

o: I'm very glad I found one of these but I wish I had more. Great beer with some age on it.

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22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Red-brown in color. Good clarity. A quarter inch of beige head quickly dies, leaving only a few small spots of lacing as a legacy.

S: Chewy brown caramel, brown molasses, brown sugar, toasted bread crust. Toasted oak and light vanilla backing. Fig and date fruitiness. Subtle citrus and earthy leaves from the hops.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, and chewy caramel up front. Toast and bread crust. Oak has an established presence on the mid-palate. It comes across as toasty and lightly seasoned with a warming hint of vanilla. Touch of spicy alcohol toward the back end. Just a slight suggestion of citrus peel a subtle herbal, oily spice coming from the hops. Fading finish of caramel, bread crust, and toasty, seasoned oak.

M: Thick in body. Viscous and very chewy. Light sensation of warming alcohol and a gentle touch of hop astringency that has almost been ironed out.

O: A sure winter sipper of a beer. It’s very nicely balanced and the oak is well integrated. Alcohol is very tame, even at the 9.6%. A solid buy when it’s available.

Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.