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Bourbon Barrel Backburner - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 5
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

cosmo4u, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

BobCobb, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler to CBS snifter.

A - Medium toffee-brown colour; very slightly translucent. A small layer of cream coloured bubbles scattered across the top of the beer.

S - Sweet caramel initially, followed by bourbon, oak and lighter vanilla notes. Some brown sugar and toffee aromas present in the background. The barrel qualities definitely dominate the nose.

T - Barrel characteristics up front - bourbon and oak with a touch of vanilla. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar come through in the background from the base beer. The ABV is very well hidden. The barrel dominates the base beer in this one and it is somewhat one dimensional, although still enjoyable.

M - Medium body with watery at times. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

dtx00, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

brewdude1982, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bentonquest, Aug 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

gpawned, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of B33R501
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know. Has this brewery made a beer that's impresed me yet? I will say I absolutely love how Creme brûlée smells. In general, maybe along with Founders the most overrated brewery on the planet. OK, they are now #1, Founders #1A, maybe Troegs is #2. Troegenator's an old favorite, but the dreaded NN remains the most overhyped, underwhelming beer on planet Earth. But, as usual, I digress. Is that spelled correctly? Whatever.

Murky brown, oak aroma. Taste caramel, oak, bourbon notes. Butterscotch and toffee, which I usually love, but very average here. Dry with a little hop bitterness in the finish. Hot, but this is 14% abv.

Overall not nearly in the same class, ok not even in the same ballpark as Weyerbacher Insanity and or Central Waters BBB. But it did deliver the alcohol, and I didn't waste alot of $

Defines mediocrity. But it looked pretty. Insert (comment) here.

B33R501, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

thebouch01, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger.

Beer is murky brown with a small, off-white head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is full of bourbon and the oak. The oak in particular is very strong. Some caramel malt as well.

Taste is barrel dominated. Lots of bourbon, lots of oak. Some vanilla. A decent amount of caramel malt. Booze. Fairly sweet. Goes down easier than 14.10, that's for sure.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. A big beer.

Overall, quite tasty, but the barrel is very dominant and overpowering. It is a tasty drink but not exactly nuanced. If you are fine of bourbon barrel aging generally, this is enjoyable.

jrenihan, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
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.

trxxpaxxs, Aug 13, 2012
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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.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

matthewb9, Aug 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

metalgdog, Jul 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

RMoeNay, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Cask Republic. According to the bartender, this was aged for 8 months in Jim Beam barrels.

A: Clear mahogany body with only a thin cap of off-white bubbles that quickly recede into a delicate ring, and eventually into oblivion. Nice color at least, with some sticky alcohol legs. I guess it's no worse than average for its strength.

S: Smells more like cheap bourbon than beer. Seriously, I'm getting flashbacks to dorm room shots before frat parties. The booze is absolutely dominant, with only some secondary notes of mint, vanilla, and oak coming through as well. The mint is intriguing, but can't save it.

T: Watered down bourbon - like you put in one too many ice cubes, forgot about it, and let it warm up to room temp. I like bourbon, and usually love bourbon-forward beers, but I don't like beers that taste like crappy watered-down Beam. The base beer just doesn't add anything. Pity.

M: Thick, viscous, and nicely carbonated. One unqualified high point for the beer.

O: I was really, really excited about this one, but it just didn't work out. You'd think a 14%+ beer could stand up to any amount of barrel aging, but the bourbon absolutely took hold here, and not in a good way.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of swetsastonic
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.

swetsastonic, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different than the oak aged bottles more commonly found. Bourbon aromas significant. Dark with little head though some lace. Smooth above average mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden by big chocolate and spice. Sweeter side of everything which made it dangerously drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 17, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.