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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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BA SCORE
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249 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

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

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle I believe

a: This was a slightly hazy caramel color with golden edges; it poured with a small but long lasting sticky head.

s: Lots of caramel and brown propped by surprisingly strong given the age of the bottle, leafy lemon rind hop aromas. There was also some mild toasty oak.

t: Big bracingly sweet molasses and caramel dominate. Towards the middle and finish there was grassy, oaky, alcoholic bitterness that mellowed the sweetness very nicely.

m: Not thin, but thinner than expected.

o: I'm very glad I found one of these but I wish I had more. Great beer with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 10:52:16 | More by DIM
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Red-brown in color. Good clarity. A quarter inch of beige head quickly dies, leaving only a few small spots of lacing as a legacy.

S: Chewy brown caramel, brown molasses, brown sugar, toasted bread crust. Toasted oak and light vanilla backing. Fig and date fruitiness. Subtle citrus and earthy leaves from the hops.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, and chewy caramel up front. Toast and bread crust. Oak has an established presence on the mid-palate. It comes across as toasty and lightly seasoned with a warming hint of vanilla. Touch of spicy alcohol toward the back end. Just a slight suggestion of citrus peel a subtle herbal, oily spice coming from the hops. Fading finish of caramel, bread crust, and toasty, seasoned oak.

M: Thick in body. Viscous and very chewy. Light sensation of warming alcohol and a gentle touch of hop astringency that has almost been ironed out.

O: A sure winter sipper of a beer. It’s very nicely balanced and the oak is well integrated. Alcohol is very tame, even at the 9.6%. A solid buy when it’s available.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:01:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 2/28/13)

A: Pours a nice tan 1 finger head that has nice lacing. It is a solid murky amber brown color.

S: Sweet, sweet malt with some nice tropical fruit notes in there with some taffy and licorice.

T: Very light barleywine flavor. Not very sweet but a very nice even controlled flavor throughout. Easy to drink. Almost creamy tasting. A bit of taffy and licorice as well.

M: Nice solid carbonation that you can just feel in the pressure of it. It isn't so much on the tongue but just in the texture of the liquid.

O: Finally, a good beer in the past few days, it might just have been that I needed a break from stouts. This seems like a light barleywine, but I don't mean that in a bad way. It is a full and flavorful BW that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:43:40 | More by gillagorilla
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

A: Pours an orange-ish brown with ruby highlights when held to light. 1 fingers width of light tan head dissipates down fairly quickly, but leaves lots of lacing.

S: Caramel/toffee, very nutty, apple, candied sugar. Quite sweet, along with some floral hops, and subtle oak that I probably wouldn't have picked up if I hadn't known this was the oak aged version.

T: Follows the nose. Candied sugar, caramel and toffee, nutty. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Again it is quite sweet, deliciously so. I often find American Barleywines too hop forward and at times astringent. That is not the case with this one, as although the hops are certainly more prevalent than most English Barleywines, they still take a back seat to the sweet malts. Nice balance of flavors here.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriately low carbonation that makes it quite smooth, ABV is very well controlled, and drinkability is excellent for the style.

O: Excellent American Barley Wine, one of the best Ive had. Id drink this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 01:18:55 | More by zac16125
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle (repeatedly poured) into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a beautiful glow. Given the small glass size, there isn't much head - just a thin off-white film, and even that retains itself poorly. The beautiful shade gives it a few extra brownie points.

S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth in this one. The hops seem faded at this point (not unexpected) with only faint notes of melon, peach, and lemongrass. I also pick up additional oaky, vanilla tones as it opens up in the glass. Competent without bowling me over in any way.

T: This opens very fruity on the tongue. There are still some front-loaded hop flavors (it's almost like a lemon cake, in a manner), without any obnoxious bitterness anywhere on the palate. Finish is subtly oaky, but more dominated by sweet, buttery vanilla - and after some time, some boozy touches. The end result is a very sweet brew best suited for dessert, but with a surprising drinkability level. Not amazingly complex, though.

M: It's thick yet soft on the palate - as a barleywine should be - though perhaps a bit too prickly at times. Once carbonation softens, the full texture is allowed to shine through. Oak helps to dry the finish up slightly; this is why it's relatively drinkable.

O: This seems to strike a middle ground between the hoppy American barleywine and the sweet, desserty English barleywine - and truth be told, I'm more reminded of the latter here. Oddly for the style, this is best when it's very cold; it becomes rather imbalanced and even harsh when warmed up sufficiently.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:46:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown in color with a reddish hue and a slight haze. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet caramel malt, prune and ripe apple aromas with spicy herbal and citrus hop aromas in the background. Vanilla aromas surface and intensify as this warms. Full bodied, chewy feel with lazy rich carbonation and a pleasant spicy tanginess. Vanilla, ripe fruit, apple and prune flavors throughout. Bready and caramel flavors up front. Tangy, peppery, herbal flavors through the middle that transition to citrusy, bitter hops at the end. Finishes with a sticky sweet maltiness on the edges with a delayed hop bitterness down the middle. Incredibly malty yet a plethora of flavors and hop character.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 19:55:31 | More by IronLover
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a clear ruby red with an amazingly thick and creamy cap of beige foam. This head is just ridiculous. Outstanding retention and bubbly texture and thick blankets of everlasting lace. Absolutely perfect for the style. ***theres STILL a gulp of foam left at the end of the glass. Gosh.

S- hops dominate the aroma, as shown by the IPA-esque foam. Clean and floral bitterness and very very spicy peppercorn and chile. Bold alcohol vapors seem barrel-concentrated similar to whiskey and the oak aromas are powerful and smoothly sweet in the form of cured wood and earthy tannins, but low on vanilla. Half dried orange and sun dried tomato with some mild sandalwood, caramel and toffee notes. Very spicy, earthy, woodsy and manly.

T- as spicy as it smells from this combination of bold hops. Intense oak flavor has been absorbed into every corner of the flavor profile. Huge tannin character and again, low on sweetness. Slight smokiness lends a suggestion of a less peaty Islay scotch and the hops play out a grassy lemony bitterness along with the bitterness of alcohol. Peppery and warm, very bitter but balanced by the oak flavors and concentrated grainy malt. The finish is long and whiskied, with the lingering taste of a saturated barrel and golden raisins.

MF- very low carbonation fades to almost nil by the bottom of an 8oz snifter, adding more whiskiness to the whole shebang. Backburner doesn't feel as hot as it smells and tastes but still has some warming effect on this cool summer night. The body is thickly malted and akin to a thin syrup which is completely acceptable considering the angels have taken their share and surely some H2O along with it. Eisbock concentrated feeling. Sticky and dry, tannic and unashamed. Not for Lil bitches.

D- could be the oakiest beer I've ever had and it's dope when you think of it as a whiskey although it has a distinct freshness to it also. The sheer amount of tannins has my pilot light flickering. A little more sweetness in the flavor would be appreciated but it's a beast as it is. This is a cigar beer if I've ever had one. Something dark to compliment the spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:52:47 | More by hustlesworth
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber tinged deep brown with a billowing one and a half finger off white creamy head that takes forever to settle,just great clarity and a great head.Toasty oak and alcohol soaked dark fruit in the nose,as it warms a real alcohol zip comes into play.A full creamy feel with low carbonation.Flavors are lightly toasted with a shot of vanilla and raisin,it's not overly sweet though as there is a earthy more toasted finish.I like this better than the standard version,it doesn't seem to be as sweet,the oak is not overbearing.another great one from ST.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:09:05 | More by oberon
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with unexpected clarity. Poured a one finger cream-colored head that has now dissipated to a thin film of suds, leaving good lacing.

Aroma: Rich malts oozing with caramel, apple and a touch of hearty spice (like one would find in hot cider). Not much in terms of hops and reminiscent of a Scotch Ale.

Taste: Of the many flavors, the oak is the most prominent. It brings out an almost cinnamon or nutmeg spice note in the grain. This creates a sort of cinnamon apple flavor that gives it an almost candy-like quality. Although it is hard to define what hop flavor is present, it is easier to detect the bitterness that is contributed by them. The bitterness starts about halfway through and continues on through to echo in the aftertaste. This strikes a good balance with the somewhat sweet malt flavor. Once the hop bitterness has faded after each sip, the heat in the back of the throat kicks in. Although I’d classify 9.6% ABV as being only in the upper middle part of the craft beer strength range, it definitely packs a punch in this Barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Almost full in body but not quite heavy feeling. The carbonation is on par with what is expected from an oak-aged brew and brings a lightness to the drinkability. Although classified as more of a sipper, it is easy to take this beast down.

Final Thoughts: I’d been curious to try Backburner for a while now (well ever since I grew to appreciate this style) and while not the beer I expected, it did impress. Just when I’d begun to peg the American Barleywine style as nothing more than citrusy malt-bombs, Backburner comes along and redefines that trend. With characteristics of both an American Barleywine, English Barleywine, and Scotch Ale, Backburner is a treat for those seek out the finer things. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 19:54:19 | More by JamesMN
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Murky mahogany color with a fast fading taupe froth. Wet lacing forms on the sides.

S: Heavy wood aroma, vanilla, sweet roasted caramel malt, creole spices, roasted barley, and a faint old milk aroma.

T/M: Super sweet upfront with toasted caramel, syrup, brown sugar, drinks similar to really sweet tea but with loads of smoldered barley and wood. Hops are earthy and very mild while faint chocolate lingers in the backdrop. A nice full body with moderate carbonation.

O: I hate to say it but I'm not a fan of this one. I like that the oak cuts the sweetness but its just too understated for the brigade of sweetness that attacks the palate. It's like drinking overly sweetened tea. Well put together and easy drinking gives this a bump in points. I read reviews about a strong hop profile so I really want to try a fresh version.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:30:40 | More by Hopswagger
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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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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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