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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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286 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this cant have spent too much time on wood, as the oak properties are way behind the malt, and the carbonation on this is still so robust. the color is a hazy dark amber, and its real heady for an oaked brew. the nose is slightly fruity, almost dried cherries or figs on it, with all the grain taking on a sweeter, molasses sort of complexion, with just a faint staleness. the flavor is rather uniform, with a real fruity finish and an impressively light body for both the alcohol content and the norms of the style. dark caramel sweetness from the grain, it tastes like unfermented wort, but the finish is much more resolved, dryer, and honestly rather clean for the start. cherry and maybe raisin fruit flavors as well. tons of bubbles on it, a well hidden abv, and a dangerously drinkable lighter body. i could stand to see a little more of a prominent oak profile on it, may mellow the grain sweetness, but i think the beer is solid as a more drinkable barleywine. not southern tiers best, but a beer not to pass up if you havent had one.

StonedTrippin, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

xJMFCx, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

stomioka, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

EgadBananas, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

neckbracesub, May 29, 2014
Photo of RollBounce
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great toffee and Carmel tones bright mouthfeel for a 2012 vintage. Some orange hints light lacing. Some chocolate is there as well.

Overall better then expected, with the sweetness thatbi love but still needing to age a little more for my taste. Would like to pick up a bottle

RollBounce, May 29, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

mrfrancis, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

TheBeer, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SkinniePost, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

HollyHops, Apr 26, 2014
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BUNZILLA, Apr 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

TheSleepyMonkey, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

georgiaboy8686, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Illos, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kdahnke123, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

maxcoinage, Mar 26, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

RoamingGnome, Mar 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

rderedin, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Drew88, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

joh02034, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerBucks, Mar 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

SHerninko, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pug, Mar 07, 2014
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.