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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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2013 17:25:47 | More by ShanePB
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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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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-17-2013 20:54:27 | More by gpblackgt
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-28-2013 18:44:21 | More by rodlavers
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seplo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-20-2013 23:16:21 | More by seplo
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-19-2013 12:58:03 | More by greg4579
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2013 01:20:44 | More by Photekut
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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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JReites

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-05-2013 05:06:45 | More by JReites
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-03-2013 06:38:06 | More by spycow
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-01-2013 17:34:23 | More by smutty33
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CloudStrife

New York

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.

04-25-2013 02:43:03 | More by CloudStrife
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-20-2013 13:33:54 | More by outoffocus
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-12-2013 13:19:35 | More by IPAchris
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Dbot

Delaware

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-04-2013 23:20:49 | More by Dbot
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-03-2013 02:11:41 | More by Hermthegerm
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jsteele

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-25-2013 12:08:20 | More by jsteele
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

New York

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.

03-06-2013 00:24:19 | More by GreesyFizeek
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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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bilboTbaggins

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-23-2013 07:42:00 | More by bilboTbaggins
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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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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.

02-05-2013 13:43:34 | More by xnicknj
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-03-2013 18:36:15 | More by jbaker67
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-27-2013 22:10:47 | More by spark3148857
Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.