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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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283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 46 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Ptzy13, Feb 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

mhammo129, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Zimm, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

tikk, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sharpski, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rockrob, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of glass_house
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. draft at Caliente Pizza and Draft House, Pittsburgh.

Beautiful dark amber, lets just enough light through to make it glow. Did not get much aroma to speak of, just a hint of malty bready sweetness...but I was also surrounded by fresh hot pizza so perhaps that made it tougher to pick up the subtleties. Very little head, and only a slight ring stuck around, with minimal lacing.

Slick smooth mouthfeel. On the heavy side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation. Taste was dynamic enough to impress, but not overly complex. Starts out with a caramel-toffee-vanilla malt presence accented by faint dark fruit. Just enough hops to offer some balance. Oak comes through smoothly on a dryish finish. The barrel aging definitely mellows this out a little. The alcohol is not "hidden" by any means, but it didn't strike me as particularly boozy.

Overall, this more than lived up to expectations. I went out specifically for the tapping of this keg and I'm happy I did. I will most defnitely be seeking this out in the future--would love to try it from a bottle as well.

glass_house, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

judkinst, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Gatch, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ubenumber2, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark nut brown appearance, cloudy. Minimal cream head.

Heavy oak and vanilla on the nose; heavy malts, but nothing stands out; slight booziness.

Extremely smooth and very tasty. Vanilla, oak, and caramel stand out. Whatever edge the beer may have had has definitely been smoothed by age.

Not a thick feel - about medium - but complex and sweet. Makes this beer a sipper.

I'm surprised to like this beer so much. It reminds me quite a big of Burton Baton. Definitely recommended.

Bottled Feb 2012; 23 months old.

Roguer, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brheuer, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

LCannon4, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

superdoopersauce, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of BastardKing24
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer while looking for something tasty, and it looked to fit the bill. Oak aged barleywine, yummy

Appears out of the bottle in a dark red fashion/amber, with not alot of head to speak of.

Smells danky, loads of caramel malty goodness with a good hop bill to back it up. Also I can pick up oak too, it shows up right along with everything else so I can't wait to taste it. Dark and ripe light fruit smells also contribute.

Taste is very good with a tongue tickling burst of caramel, oak, cherries, and a sort of port like sweetness that sets this apart from beers like bigfoot or old guardian. Also is a decent hoppiness to the tune of fruity hops with low bitterness. This tastes more like an english barleywine.

Feel is low carbonation and a slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and fills the cheeks full of flavor.

Glad I got to try this as I think its one of the better barleywines I've had.

BastardKing24, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MNBeer1017, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

avisong, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

camartin27, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Hallertau, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky burnt amber brown color, very nice looking. Head is small only a finger on an aggressive pour but leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is wonderful sweet brown sugars, caramel, maple, molasses, figs add fruit notes. Rich sweet malt notes some light wood earthy vanilla hints mingled through out hops are way underneath a deep citrus, probably more when fresh but this has been aged some and is perfection now.

Taste is like the nose big huge chewy sugary malts. Can defiantly taste the oak and vanilla more then you smell it as it mingles through out the sugary molasses. Finish is dry oak and vanilla a lingering sweetness and a light alcohol burn that blends well.

Mouthfeel is big almost full with carbonation level that is mellow. Smooth easy sipping brew.

Overall, the shop employee recommended this not sure how old it is but he said it had some age on it and it was drinking well, well he wasn't lying this is great. More like an English Barley Wine as the hops have matured past in your face bitterness.

mntlover, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

eddsan, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

myuncle, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

fredmugs, Dec 06, 2013
Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.