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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

286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medium citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but really doesn’t come across as oak-aged in the aroma or flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY into a Great Lakes Brewing snifter. The brew glowed a golden ruby red, holding a two finger tan head of tight bubbles. This left spotty froth around the glass as it went slowly away. Carbonation appeared light, and no haze or sediment was noted. The nose blows your socks off!! There was the deepest butter and oak, mixing and flourishing with freshness and robustness. It was musky, yet warming and spicy. There was maple syrupy sugars and thickness, and light booze to the back. Our first impression was that it was boozy and buttery, but not nearly as good as the nose. The flavoring opened with light caramel grains and syrupy sweetness. The booze cut everything, moving to the peak with unforgiving fusel bite. Black pepper, oak, paler malts, and faint honey flowed on the back. The booze really killed a lot of any remaining flavoring, leaving booze, wood and caramel to the very end. The aftertaste rumbled on with vodka, nail polish, plastic phenols, and more even oaky musk. The body was thinner than expected, with medium carbonation. There was light coating, but ultimately fusel bite to suck the palate bone dry. There was nice slurp and smack, but thin on froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was very slow drinking.

Overall, by far the best thing about this brew was the nose. This is the closest nose we’ve found to be nearly as oaky and smooth as the Bourbon County series. The rest of the tasting falls from there drastically. The flavoring is hugely boozy throughout, with fusel fire burning away the rest of the palate, and decimating all flavor. The feel was also thinner than expected, again, taking away from the experience.

TheBrewo, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

StaveHooks, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber/orange with a small head and bits of lacing.

Smell is on par. Slghtly sweet, caramel malts, burnt sugar, light booze, light floral hops, some pine.

Malt forward..oak comes through more in taste with some spice notes..figs, more sweetness, little bitterness, little booze.

Easier to drink than many of this style

Nice BW, falls into its style.

TheMultiYeast, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Crystal clear deep dark ruby red. About one finger of a white/tan head. Pretty good alcohol legs on the glass.

S- This is one hoppy smelling barley wine. The hop profile is showing signs of aging but is still rather pleasant. It is citrusy, has an overly ripened feel to it. A little caramel sweetness. A slight vanilla oakyness. Really nice smelling barleywine.

T- Big beer. A big bitterness is the first thing here. Followed up by that really hoppy profile. It is astringent and citrusy. The flavors are pineapple, raisins, grapefruit. Sticky feel from the malt load. The malts carry a lot of caramel and toffee. Really helps balance out the bitterness. Not as much oak as I was expecting, it does bring a dry vanilla taste with it. Some alcohol taste but hardly noticable.

M- Big and bitter. Drinks about as easy as you would expect. Leaves behind a lot of the hop taste. Nice sized mouthfeel to it.

O- This is a solid Barley wine. Its very hop forward which leaves me to think that this was only aged for a few months on oak chips. If it was aged for a longer period of time The hop flavor would have completely disappeared and I think the oak would have been more present. But, a great beer and for 7$, it is a steal.

TwelveOunces, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- The slightly dense deep aged copper body has a sticky light beige film on top that last a bit.

S- The soft rich buttery toffee aroma has papery oak notes and some cream and dry hops notes in the finish. There is some raw oak aromas with green raisins and vanilla that come through as it opens.

T- The pine wood pungent hop flavor dominates the slightly sweet malt notes that follow in the finish. There is a soft raw oak, paper straws and green raisin hint that comes through in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a bit dry and most of the flavors are very soft but the big pungent hops seem to dominate everything. The raw oak notes do add a nice character to the beer.

rhoadsrage, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Acuity
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Acuity, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

aztraz, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev -1.2%

cwd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A- Clear, dark mahogany pour with red highlights. Half finger off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Nice sweetness, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and a touch of bitterness and alcohol.

T- Oak right up front, brown sugar, vanilla, date, figs and some pear. Nice roasted malts. Bitterness is quite low for an American, seems almost English inspired. Very mellow in the finish with a touch of alcohol.

M- Light to medium body. Very chewy, slightly warm in the finish.

O- I've never had regular Backburner so I can't say if this is better or worse, but I can tell where the oak really shines through and helps this beer.

korguy123, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of ImperialSnout
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ImperialSnout, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Antnyd82
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Antnyd82, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with good carbonation leaving a small dirty white cap, some bubbles and a light amount of lacing

S: Nice and sweet. Notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, pine resin are most evident

T: Wow. Me likey from the first sip. A nicemalty sweetness with some wood tannins, toffee, caramel, liht raisins and light vanilla kick with booze. The beer is a bit sticky, sweet and coating but drinks well and super tasty. The finish is a little sticky but very persistent on the oak.

M: Medium to full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. A bit slick, sticky

O: I will drink this again and again. My biggest inital complaint with non BA version is that it super bitter, like Bigfoot, which I can not stand. The oak really rounds out the beer and makes it very plesant and enjoyable.

barleywinefiend, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Hanzo, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

JAHMUR, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mjtiernan, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Brown120, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet. 

A- deep chestnut hued red brown. Thin layer of cream head. Nice lace. 

S- citrus and floral hops, sugar, vanilla. 

T- so smooth! Big hops but smoothed out by the oak. Caramel, biscuity malt, vanilla. Only hints of the near 10% abv. Long smooth sweet aftertaste. 

M- medium to full feel. Nice dose of carbonation that makes the flavors tingle. 

O- one of my favorite barleywines that I've tried. Robustly hopped and so smooth with the nice blended flavors of oak. Excellent and highly recommended.

ThickNStout, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of JHarris1717
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

JHarris1717, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

CarolinaKev, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark chestnut brown/cherry wood pour into my Bruery tulip. The light tan head fades rather quickly, but leaves some nice sticky lacing that doesn't want to let go. Shines a beautiful ruby red when the light hits it.

S- Caramel, vanilla, figs, prunes, toasted and charred wood. Little hints of cherry lollipops, subtle sweet, candied citrus, and black licorice. This is deeper than a Leonard Cohen lyric.

T- Licorice covered in caramel... sweet and citrusy! Some grapefruit, orange peel, and vanilla. Wonderful dried fruits! Notes of cherry, plums, figs, and red grapes. Some hints of melted buttered popcorn and toasted oak.

M- Bitter/citrus/sweet/licorice... but with a buttery feel. On the thick and oily side which is nice! No sign of carbonation, and the alcohol doesn't really show it's head.

O- Silky smooth, sweet, bitter, citrusy, with enough notes to keep even the best playing!!! Awesome blend of caramel sweetness, bitter citrus/pine, licorice, and buttered popcorn. Nice mouthfeel! Nice stickiness!!!

Thickfreakness, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

CWhite, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jtingue
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from the brewery. Poured into a pumpking chalice.

Appearance. Copper brown in color. Pours with 3 fingers of off white head, which dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing down the side of the glass. A thin, frothy layer of head remains for a while.

Smell. Caramel and toffee are joined by a faint toasted oak and some mustiness, which I often recognize in Southern Tiers oak aged beers.

Taste. Starts off with a semi-tart grape flavor. Some of the more sugar-sweet flavors of caramel come in. This is balanced, and eventually overtaken by a slight oak soaked bitterness. The oak, however, is not as musty as I found it to be in their other oak aged beers. The slight fruity tartness comes back, this time soaked in rum. The finish is dried a bit by the alcohol presence, and contains a lingering ripe berry flavor.

3.5Mouthfeel. A moderate to thick body is broken up and made light by a moderate amount of loose carbonation.

This one really benefits from the aging, in my opinion. The original was dominated by a persistant presence of the yeast that was used, while this was much more balanced by the oak, fruit and caramel flavors.

jtingue, May 28, 2012
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.