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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

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 22
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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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
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TheBeer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-04-2014 17:56:36 | More by TheBeer
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-04-2014 02:56:12 | More by SkinniePost
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-26-2014 01:29:36 | More by HollyHops
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-25-2014 05:28:12 | More by BUNZILLA
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-16-2014 18:52:44 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-07-2014 02:16:18 | More by georgiaboy8686
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Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-05-2014 23:16:10 | More by Illos
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-29-2014 14:26:56 | More by kdahnke123
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-26-2014 02:53:01 | More by maxcoinage
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Southern Tier Oak-Aged Back-burner

From 3/22/14 tasting notes. Split this one with my bro. This was poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a couple pint glasses.

A) Darker amber with a little haze. Not much head, maybe half a finger. A light tan collar remained. No lacing noted.

S) Nice sweet malt, good amount of the oak, and hint of raisin and dried cherries.

T) Follows the nose... Loving the sweetness of this brew. Light hop bitterness. Very woody.... The alcohol is very well hidden, even as this warms.

M) Smooth with a woody coating for your palate. Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.

O) I'd go for this again... A very nice barley wine to sip on. I've probably over scored a few barley wines in the past compared to this one, because it's definitely right up there.

03-25-2014 14:22:13 | More by RoamingGnome
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

03-23-2014 22:05:57 | More by rderedin
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Drew88

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 16:21:48 | More by Drew88
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joh02034

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

03-22-2014 04:56:36 | More by joh02034
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-17-2014 18:53:20 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-16-2014 18:10:43 | More by BeerBucks
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

03-07-2014 18:53:18 | More by SHerninko
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Pug

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-07-2014 14:57:02 | More by Pug
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TechBrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

03-06-2014 13:53:32 | More by TechBrew
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themanilow

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-20-2014 23:57:20 | More by themanilow
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Rod_J

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-20-2014 02:38:38 | More by Rod_J
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Ptzy13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-17-2014 23:14:17 | More by Ptzy13
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mhammo129

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-16-2014 18:33:40 | More by mhammo129
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Zimm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-13-2014 21:37:27 | More by Zimm
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tikk

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-06-2014 04:22:36 | More by tikk
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.