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Bourbon Barrel Backburner - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Backburner
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 07-17-2012)
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.7%

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Washington

5/5  rDev +21.7%

06-22-2014 01:11:10 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 01:38:28 | More by swetsastonic
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r0nyn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-01-2014 05:31:18 | More by r0nyn
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-31-2012 20:04:08 | More by dtx00
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

07-27-2012 19:04:42 | More by DrunkinYogi
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katje111

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-03-2013 02:25:13 | More by katje111
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Kroller86

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

10-09-2013 03:08:25 | More by Kroller86
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JustinSamuelson

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-27-2013 12:04:07 | More by JustinSamuelson
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cosmo4u

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

09-13-2012 23:47:35 | More by cosmo4u
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-13-2013 15:29:48 | More by EROCK75
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 13:58:42 | More by tdm168
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-30-2014 13:34:22 | More by JohnParadee
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-20-2012 02:51:45 | More by thebouch01
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metalgdog

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-27-2012 00:21:32 | More by metalgdog
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-04-2013 01:20:21 | More by rolltide8425
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-14-2012 16:53:42 | More by Woodysbeard
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-20-2013 02:14:50 | More by Gww1864
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-10-2014 18:14:10 | More by Belittle
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-24-2012 21:14:22 | More by brewdude1982
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-23-2013 02:26:58 | More by DaPan
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 20:48:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 03:32:51 | More by 57md
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2012 01:11:48 | More by trxxpaxxs
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2013 15:18:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.