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Bourbon Barrel Backburner - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 07-17-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ncketchum, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Googs, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

katje111, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Woodysbeard, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

andant, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DRBiser, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark reddish amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet with a mild hop bitterness and lots of warming alcohol. I'm getting some brown sugar and dark fruit along with the bourbon note.

Taste: Brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness right off the bat. There is a slight hop bitterness throughout the sip. I'm getting some fairly warm bourbon, good for a cold night. Along with the other sweet flavors I'm getting some caramel and a touch of coconut. Slightly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit on the syrupy side of medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice bourbon barleywine. The high abv was apparent, but I still liked it and it wasn't too harsh. The flavors all mixed together well.

oline73, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mendvicdog, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

beenitty, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

duceswild, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

oriolesfan4, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

twowheelssoar, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

10oz snifter
Draft at Ernest & Scott Taproom in Wilmington, DE

A: Murky opaque dark ruby red brown color. Basically no head. Thin ring of off white around edges. Appears to be low carbonation.

S: Vanilla. Candied sugar. Not tons of bourbon oaky notes. Sweet maltiness. Toffee. Caramel.

T: Some piney hop bitterness on tip of tongue. Then it's all very sweet malt: caramel and toffee. Wish there was more bourbon flavor, actually having some heat would be nice surprisingly. Sticky toffee pudding.

M: Full bodied and chewy.

inlimbo77, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

aarobertson, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Poured a deep ruby color with lower carbonation at first but then as the beer warmed the carbonation dialed in. It finishes with a medium tan cap, light bubbles and minimal lacing. This was from a growler and shipped for a week so I am going to give it the benefit ofthe doubt.

S: Big bourbon and holy sweetness. Loads of caramel, some toffee with a larger than life vanilla presence and a touch of American oak to round it out.

T: Immediate caramelized sugar and bourbon, big caramel, light dark fruits and some piney hop notes in the mix but they all fall prey to the vanilla and relentless bourbon notes. The finish is a lingering syrupy, sticky sweetness with oak, caramel, bourbon and vanilla all playing a factor

M: Big bodied but I thought it was a tad thin. Very warming, numbs the tonugue after a bit, loads of sticky sweet sugar, pine resin, bourbon reside on the palate.

O: This is very much a raw, in your face bwine. A treat to drink but man will this kick you in the balls! Well done and considering how much I enjoy the traditional and oaked Backburner this was a must try for me. My only complaint was the bourbon heaviness but then again if you like bourbon heavy bombs this is for you. This must have been on a new barrel because the influences were extreme.

barleywinefiend, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DrGonzoDDS, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

infi, Sep 18, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

This one poured with a one finger white head that took awhile to dissipate. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy dark chestnut color with no real visible carbonation. The nose was really pungent. I got rum soaked raisins and lots and lots of bourbon. It was really enjoyable. The taste was just as good. I got huge notes of bourbon and raisin with lots of booze. The body was pretty thick overall, but for a barleywine it wasn’t as thick as I’m used to. The brew finished long and boozy. I really enjoyed this brew. I would definitely have this one again, even in August. I definitely have to get my hands on the regular version and see how it stands up to this one.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
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2.28/5  rDev -44.5%

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very cloudy, dark copper color with mahogany edges and a half finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Surprisingly good retention considering the high abv.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Huge bourbon barrel aroma with lots of charred oak, toasted coconut and vanilla as well as a very prominent spicy bourbon character.  Underneath, there are some burnt sugars, caramel malt sweetness, toffee and leather. It takes a while to open up before you can smell anything but bourbon barrel, but once it does, there's even some dark fruit.  Hints of raisin, fig and plum as well as a ton of sweet booze.

Medium bodied with a blast of super sweet, hot booze that dominates the flavor.  Everything else from the nose is completely overpowered until it warms up substantially.  Really, really hot and unpleasant.  It doesn't even have good bourbon flavor, just overwhelming alcohol heat and sweetness.  The oak barrel is present as well with roasted wood flavor but only has a subtle vanilla character and not much else.  Way too hot and sweet with little flavor until the palate adjust and it warms up considerably.  Mildly earthy with some leathery malt, peppery spice and faint dark fruit notes but it's completely overpowered by the cheap bourbon flavor.  Overall this is an overly sweet booze bomb that's tough to drink.  I can feel all 14.1%!

corby112, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

cosmo4u, Sep 13, 2012
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BobCobb, Sep 08, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.