Bourbon Barrel Backburner - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.78/5 rDev +16.3%
excellent beer. the aroma is similar to some of the greats. perfect amount of bourbon taste in it. not overpowering, but still the focal point. I'm a big fan of the traditional backburner, but this is a whole different animal. happened to find it on tap at a local bar. it's beautiful. the only possible criticism is that it could have a bit more bite, but really, that's only if I'm nitpicking. drink it.
07-23-2012 01:38:28 | More by swetsastonic
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville. Review from notes. Served in a goblet.
A - dark brownish amber, almost a plum color; soft off white head; decent retention
S - caramelize apples, bread, candy sugar, dark fruits
T - burnt sugar, alcohol, bread, sweet caramel, dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs
M - incredibly warm, borderline boozy, full bodied, moderate carbonation
This is a BIG beer. It has great flavor, solid body, and smooth drinkability. The alcohol content is definitely noticeable and at times can detract from the flavor, but overall it was a great barleywine.
09-01-2012 13:58:42 | More by tdm168
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Purchased at premier gourmet and consumed 1 week after purchasing.
The beer pours a clear, rich mahogany with a thin white head that fades instantly. The nose has big notes of vanilla, coconut, oak, buttery bourbon barrel caramel, and of course...a stinging alcohol. However, despite the alcohol's intensity, this beer doesn't smell like rubbing alcohol by any means. The taste carries the same bourbon barrel characteristics with huge molasses sweetness, fig, coconut, and an insane amount of vanilla on the back end. When the beer warms a bit it's like consuming dessert and your meal... at the same time. It retains its velvety smooth mouthfeel even with its huge %abv. Although this beer isn't quite barrel aged naked evil status (my personal favorite in this beer category), it's pretty damn close and for a better price/availability.
08-05-2012 20:48:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance is a cloudy, muddy brownish-copper with a thin layer of head. The nose is quite complex, containing nutty, caramel, malty and maple notes. The dominant flavor is sweet maltiness with a subtle but clear hint of bourbon from the barrel-aging process. This is certainly a hearty offering, but it remains quite drinkable in spite of its full-bodied nature.
Excellent effort from a great brewery – maybe the best barleywine I have ever sampled.
08-01-2013 03:32:51 | More by 57md
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Picked this up at Premier Gourmet in Amherst, NY...
A: Pours a deep red, almost brown. It's a great mahogany color. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades into a thin ring along the edges of the glass.
S: The nose is sweet and syrupy, mixed with spice and booze. It has a huge malt backbone that has been sitting in a barrel for quite some time. It smells boozy, but not too overwhelming.
T: It starts out with a quick hit of sweetness, but the booze come on strong within nano seconds. It's hot and spicy, a touch fruity, syrupy, and sweet.
M: Full bodied beer. It starts off sweet, and then the alcohol takes over. It's not overly cloying, and the flavors shine through once you have had about half a glass, and you can begin to appreciate this beer. It's hard to drink, but it's good.
O: This is a rough one. It's boozy, but it's delicious. Sit and sip this one for a little bit. The flavors are way better as it warms. Eventually you reach a point where it's sweet, fruity, spicy, and hot. Damn. This beer really grows on you. I want more of it.
08-13-2012 01:11:48 | More by trxxpaxxs
Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.