Bourbon Barrel Backburner - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Backburner
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 6
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 07-17-2012)
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of 57md
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8.5 oz pour into a snifter at the Tap and Mallet. From notes last night.

A: Pours a hazy ruby brown with no room for any head. Hardly any visible carbonation. Head leaves some lacing behind.

S: Center stage on the aroma is the barley wine characteristics. Bourbon is certainly present but doesnt overpower the base. Complex aroma, loads of roasted malt and a slight hop backing.

T: Similar to the aroma this stays pleasantly focused on its barley wine roots. Bourbon smacks you in the face once you swallow but the aftertaste comes back around to the malty goodness. Mildly sweet.

M: Full body with low carbonation. Very warming on the belly and a touch hot on the tongue. For the ABV its reasonable.

Overall a very well done beer. You can really tell a good beer went into those bourbon barrels. To anyone into a rich and complex beer, I'd recommend this in a second.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY.

Pours a deep dark red color, with a little bit of visible carbonation, small half inch head, and not really any lacing.

Smells insanely sweet and boozy, some caramel, booze-soaked dark fruits.

The taste is similar. Just way too boozy, I wish it hid the alcohol better. Wet brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, booze, booze, booze. Some sweet bourbon flavors are hidden.

Thick, full, syrupy body and mouthfeel. No carbonation noticed. Not all that drinkable.

Maybe it's just me, this beer rates pretty high, but I really didn't like it.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.