1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

274 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 274
Reviews: 78
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 274 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, caramel, raisin, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt notes with moderate hop and oak balance. Taste of orange zest, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, pine, oak, grass, and floral earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange zest, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of deep malt flavors with moderate hop balance; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and moderately full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate hops; and dangerously smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:58:21 | More by superspak
Photo of seplo
seplo

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-21-2013 01:53:36 | More by seplo
Photo of JohnSnowNW
JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-15-2013 19:39:15 | More by JohnSnowNW
Photo of mikeincharleston
mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-13-2013 22:35:16 | More by mikeincharleston
Photo of vrbulldog22
vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-13-2013 18:57:02 | More by vrbulldog22
Photo of bluesplit63
bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-12-2013 11:17:09 | More by bluesplit63
Photo of Lynn
Lynn

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-12-2013 10:35:12 | More by Lynn
Photo of assman79
assman79

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-06-2013 00:33:10 | More by assman79
Photo of DrinkSlurm
DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into snifter at tap and mallet Rochester ny. Pours a hazy burnt orange with nice lacing. Sweet malty syrup and an almost citrus hop aroma. Taste is somewhat mild toffe at first but finishes with a big toffee caramel hop flavor with a mild vanilla woody oak. Its easy to drink....really easy but hits hard. Its better as it warms. Nice barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 23:26:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of KiMiRaiK
KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-22-2013 02:17:30 | More by KiMiRaiK
Photo of nesarebad
nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

TIme to rev up the old review machine:

Oak Aged-Back Burner; 22 oz bottle; Bottled on 2/28/13; served at 42-45F in my new Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku:

A - Poors a beautiful clear ruby with a tea brown tint, 1 finger head that clings to the glass as vibrant lacing.

S - The nose is not intense or over powering. There are hints of dark fruit, leather, smoke, and herbal tones from the dry hops. Not really getting any hint of the oak aging in the smell. I would say the smell is just somewhat flat.

T - Upfront, you call tell that there are some complex flavors coming together. Hops, not overly bitter but very fresh at this point. A nice malt balance. Slightly medicinal...and...not much oak.

M - Smooth, vibrant, very fresh. Not cloying or viscous, definitely a drinkable barley wine.

O - A well crafted American Barley Wine. Hits the mark with a nice hop bill that balances the sweetness of the malt. It is what you would expect. The kicker though, is you are not getting much of the oak in the flavor. Perhaps the oak is working in the background to balance out the often assertive flavors in the style. Would like to see how this one works out with age and will definitely consider getting more if it is available.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:47:45 | More by nesarebad
Photo of oldedog
oldedog

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-16-2013 23:01:41 | More by oldedog
Photo of Invictus
Invictus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-15-2013 22:17:10 | More by Invictus
Photo of Kelp
Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-15-2013 05:38:34 | More by Kelp
Photo of BrownAleMale
BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-15-2013 04:24:35 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of IPAchris
IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-12-2013 13:19:00 | More by IPAchris
Photo of Etan
Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a wine glass.

A: Pours out an amber-brown with a small light beige head.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, light oxidation, leafy, overripe citrus. A bit sweet.

T: Brown bread, toffee, a little bit of pleasantly dry oak character, light clementine and hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

O: This is actually pretty nice. The oak tempers the sweetness a bit, and the hop character isn't astringent or overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:21:40 | More by Etan
Photo of MaseFace
MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-31-2013 04:11:28 | More by MaseFace
Photo of swetsastonic
swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

03-30-2013 01:49:31 | More by swetsastonic
Photo of sneaks2210
sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-27-2013 01:04:40 | More by sneaks2210
Photo of Mantooth
Mantooth

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-26-2013 22:21:15 | More by Mantooth
Photo of jsteele
jsteele

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-25-2013 12:08:55 | More by jsteele
Photo of jmdrpi
jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a deep brown with brilliant red highlights. nice thick off-white head. decent retention and lacing. rich boozy aroma. spicy, herbal, wood. earthy hops, complex. taste has a good balance of caramel malt, bitter hops, and slight alcohol burn. a bit syrupy, coats the tongue, mild carbonation, which works. nice beers to slowly sip and enjoy. opens up and is quite nice as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 05:14:57 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of alamode
alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-16-2013 12:32:23 | More by alamode
Photo of CaptDavyJones
CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-10-2013 00:42:44 | More by CaptDavyJones
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.