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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

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ShanePB, Jul 31, 2013
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gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

rodlavers, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

seplo, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

greg4579, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

EROCK75, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

JReites, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

spycow, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

smutty33, May 01, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

CloudStrife, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

outoffocus, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

IPAchris, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dbot, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Hermthegerm, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jsteele, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

DaPan, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Gww1864, Feb 20, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -9%

on tap at khyber - served in tulip

Clouded caramel-gold pour with a one-finger crop of tanned head resting on top. Wisp of lacing on top, leaving little lacing behind.

Bourbon-forward nose with alcohol heat, vanilla and oak. Caramel and bready malts with raisins and dates. Borderline cloying sweetness and burnt sugar with toffee.

Alcohol heat kisses the tongue up front with bourbon and toasted oak. Sweet vanilla meshes with toffee and dark fruit with candi sugar. Full, burly backbone with toasted malts, caramel and burnt sugar. Continuing alcohol warmth from the barrel with lingering sweetness in the finish.

Fuller body, medium level carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Pretty solid barrel treatment, although I understand the "cloying booze-bomb" reputation this beer seems to possess.

xnicknj, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jbaker67, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

spark3148857, Jan 27, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.