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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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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 44 | 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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Ratings: 310 | Reviews: 79
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mjpolzin
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of hoppy barleywines...and this was hoppy...but that said, it was still a very tasty beer but not amongst my favorite barleywines because I look for a more malt forward beer when drinking something out of this style.

As the beer warmed, there were some malt and fruit characters that came through. One thing I noticed missing in this beer was the oak taste, since this was supposedly aged in oak barrels.

Overall this was solid beer but with some many other barleywines out there that I like better, I probably won't buy it anytime soon again.

Photo of RDAdams
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a thin, lingering, tan head.

S: WoW! I was overwhelmed, first by the maple syrup, then by the caramel, then by the oak, and finally by the alcohol. It has a very sweet, thick, high octane aroma with hints of toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit plus citrus & floral hops. I am in love.

T: The label says to serve at 42°F. Do so as its taste is very affect by temperature. Regardless of temperature, it is cloyingly sweet and over-oaked. At lower temperatures, the hops and the alcohol provide a balance that is otherwise lacking. Also when it is warmer, it lack the clean finish and the fruity aftertaste that the brewer intended.

M: Mouthfeel too depends on temperature. Warmer means a thinner body and over carbonation.

O: Obviously the answer is "It depends on the temperature."

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SawDog505
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip, bottled 2/15/12. Pours a orange red, with a one inch off white head, that leaves some solid lace. Smell is hard candy, vanilla, dark fruit, biscuit, carmel, grapefruit, and brown sugar. Taste is really well balanced, lots of vanilla, carmel, burnt brown sugar, and sweet grapefruit in the finish. Body is thinner than expected, the amount of carbonation you would expect, not really dry, and drinkable for its heft. This is a good and different tasting barleywine.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tut2528
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a FFF teku

A: pours a dark ruby color, almost brown. there is also some transparency and when held up directly to the light the ruby really comes out. there was very minimal head formation and I feel that the 1/2 fingers worth that did form was more forced carbonation. the edge of the glass does have a slight film

S: oak and toffee really sweeten this one up, and is complemented by vanilla, alcohol soaked figs. I also pick up on some slight grassy hops. there also seems to be a peppery spice present as well. quite complex, and its all in a nice balance.

T: the hops make there presence known more here than in the nose. still get the big oaky, toffee aspects, along with barley, brown sugar, pepper spice, alcohol, figs, and sweet vanilla finish. again, very nice complexity.

M: medium bodied, but on a the lighter side of medium. it leaves a big sweet and sugary note on the palate well after the finish, with a slight touch of at the back. wish this was a bit more viscous, but still nice.

O: its a pretty nice all around BW. really enjoy the oak aged aspects, along with the big vanilla. like BW's it has the complexity to make this one intriguing and enjoyable. Solid.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber from Ale Yeah, Roswell GA.

Quick disclaimer: I am a softee for Quads, Tripels and Barleywines. Yes totally different, but that is my deal...

A: Got all of the skills needed for a good BW. Has a nice dark yet golden look, enough not to see through but transparent enough to not scare you away. Surprisingly carbonated along the lines of a champagne. Very light lacing left over.

S: You know it is a sweet barley wine. Nice caramel notes with just a hint of that oak aged differentiator.

T: Yes. No really. It is exactly what I want out of a barley wine. The front end has the caramelicious taste and coating of the tongue. Then comes just enough hops to wipe the palate. Lastly I am left with just the right amount of sweet and sticky requiring me to take yet another sip.

M: Again, just what the style asked for. Deep enough to coat but not so heavy to cover up the nuances of the barrel aged notes.

O: I am a big Southern Tier fan, they just do it right. I am a big Barley Wine fan. This is a beer that meets the style and lives up to the Southern Tier level of quality and uniqueness.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My sister picked this up for me at the brewery. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with two finger off-white head with decent retention and great lacing. Huge sweet oaky nose with hints of caramel, butterscotch candy, booze, vanilla, and toffee. The taste is complex and the oak is once again the star. Nicely complemented with hints of caramel, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit (specifically figs), toffee, and just a touch of orange zest, licorice, and coconut. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but surprisingly smooth with a subtle bitterness and alcohol warming on the finish. With that said, it's really pretty drinkable for a 9.6% ABV beer! Had this on tap at the brewery earlier this year and it's even smoother and more drinkable than the bottle version. Probably my favorite Barley Wine...

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, DOB 2/15/12 (8 mo. old) poured into Tulip glass
A- Mohogany-colored with red highlights, Very Hazy, About 1.5 finger off-white head, little retention, some spotted, whispy lacing
S- Oak, Caramel malts, dark fruit, Vanilla, sweetness, slight hoppiness, alcohol, (something strange here: get some citrus smelling straight from the bottle but none really from glass, hmm..)
T- Tastes similar to nose, The oak is present throughout but not overpowering, some booziness, overall good not great flavors
M- Full, Could be bigger, Pretty Smooth and a little creaminess, coats the mouth some
O- Nothing really jumps out to me in this beer but overall its solid. Have had better barleywines for sure but this is a worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Beer is a very dark amber, with a moderately sized beige head. Good lacing, OK retention.

Lots of oak in the nose, along with caramel malt, vanilla, some dry dark fruit. Nice smell, the oak is strong but blends in well.

Taste consists of caramel, oak, raisin, vanilla. Some bitterness from the hops, and perhaps a bit of grass and citrus peaking through the rest of the beer. The hope and the barrel leave the beer not as sweet as it probably would be otherwise (which I think would be quite a bit, given how my mouth is getting dried out).

Beer is full bodied, but a little thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation. Dries out the mouth in a big way.

Overall, pretty good. Glad to have tried it.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
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.

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