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

Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%


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:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-01-2012)
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Tulip

Appearance- Deep amber, somewhat hazy, half finger head dissipates quickly.

Aroma- Wow, Toffee, Caramel, Vanilla, Some dark fruits(figs, dates), some slight citrus and pine, alcohol but not getting in the way of the other aromas. And it gets much better as it warms up. Getting the oak in the nose for sure.

Flavor-Sweet, a lot of oak, vanilla, caramel, taffy, good balance but on the sweet side of things, Boozy but not harsh. Compared to the aroma the flavor is a lacking.

Mouthfeel- Full, smooth, medium low carb, alcohol warmth

Overall- I have had this before younger and it was very good. Picked up a 15 month old bottle to try. Still a solid barley wine. I have never had the un-oaked version so I don't how it compares but the oak helps this out a lot. I see they dry hop with amirillo and centennial so I'd be interested in finding a fresh bottle some day. If you like barelywine this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 05:43:28 | More by LI_PO12
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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MadScientist

New York

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium copper with a slight haze, I'm pretty sure this was dry hoped hence the haze. The head doesn't get very big but last for a long time with the foam being made of a mix of mostly cream bubbles with some large soapy bubbles that are tan in color. The crown has small blisters indicating that it is not a fresh bottle, have just bought it last week I'm guessing it's a bottle from last year.

S: A moderately-strong, rich malt aroma that has malt sweetness, some ripe cherries, a bit of and caramel. The oak notes are moderate bringing some cinnamon to nose. There is a bit of dark stone fruit at moderately light levels. Maybe this is last years bottle as the hops aroma is pretty low, just a faint citrus. A reasonable amount of floral alcohol aroma as well.

T: The malt flavor is strong and up front bringing a fair amount of sweetness but it is quickly balanced by a strong hops bitterness. The malt bring flavors of caramel, plums and nectarines with a moderately-light cocoa showing up mid-way into the flavor. The hops are again on the low side with a nondescript citrus hops flavor like an aged beer. Light citrus hops flavor but a moderately strong hops bitterness. Having a moderate oak flavor that only underlines the Barleywine flavor with some cinnamon and a faint coconut flavor. The balance of the beer is somewhat bitter while the finish is medium. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness, some caramel malt sweetness and the oak showing a bit more as the other flavors fade.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. This one reminds you that it a sipping beer from the good amount of warmth from the alcohol from the palate to throat to the belly.

O: A fairly sweet beer that's got a good amount of hops bitterness with a moderate amount of oak character. I didn't get much in the way of an other barrel character like like it was a wine or whiskey barrel that it was aged in and overall I'd like a bit more oak character in there. I'd had this fresh before, like out bright tank 13 day after brewing fresh along with from the store where it's had a solid amount of hops flavor and aroma which is awesome if not a bit agressive. Aged this beer has mellowed but I don't see it become an elegant after dinner beer like other Barleywine. Personally I prefer this one young and full of hops character but this still help ease the pain of a long work week just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:27:30 | More by MadScientist
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Bung

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Into Founders snifter. Dark brownish red pour. Thin layer of white on top.

Aroma, toffee like maltyness, quite a bit of herbal and red fruity hops.

Taste, some herbal and piney hops initially. Large brown sugar, caramel and toffee follows. Fig. Some woodiness, peat, cocoa even.
Time has been kind to this, making it somewhere in between an American and English Barleywine.

Med-full body, just enough carbonation. Coats well, not too sticky. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:04:43 | More by Bung
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:33:50 | More by mjpolzin
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RDAdams

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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."

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:16:29 | More by RDAdams
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:34:04 | More by SawDog505
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tut2528

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:17:10 | More by tut2528
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weeheavybutdieting

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:46:09 | More by weeheavybutdieting
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.43/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:41:33 | More by beerdrifter
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BasterdInABasket

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 05:00:29 | More by BasterdInABasket
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 18:09:54 | More by jrenihan
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:33:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 20:33:00 | More by TheBrewo
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 23:38:14 | More by StaveHooks
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:53:04 | More by TheMultiYeast
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:38:32 | More by TwelveOunces
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 15:59:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 14:51:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:19:14 | More by korguy123
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 16:10:13 | More by barleywinefiend
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.