Back Burner (2016-)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Back Burner (2016-)Back Burner (2016-)
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American Barleywine
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Back Burner (2016-)Back Burner (2016-)
Notes: Long ago, British farmhouse brewers made special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the tradition of days past. At Southern Tier this long awaited brew is placed on the back burner until the start of the new year. Back Burner Barley Wine is a celebration of things to come and things remembered. It's conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The process starts early in the morning and ends late into the night. We hope this rare brew reignites your spirit for another trip around the sun.
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Reviews by C_Pel:
Photo of C_Pel
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early February for $5.99. Bottled on 1/5/2016.

Beer poured mahogany with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is malty with dark fruits and hints of citrus.

Taste is well balanced between the huge malt base, dark fruits and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is a nice barley wine that is worth a shot. A bit pricey for the format but still good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Side by side tasting with a properly aged 2009 version. Pours a dark, murky orange with a thin light khaki head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma of dark and light stone fruit, raisins, caramel malt, a little orange zest and light hint of hops; a bit boozy. Flavor is dry caramel malt, figs and dates, light molasses and raisin. Finishes with a very satisfying semi-dry dried fruit and toffee flavor with just a little bit of grassy hops. Finish is full and rich. Medium to heavy bodied with nice creaminess and light carbonation. This barleywine leans much closer to dried dates and figs with little of the plum flavors many barleywines have, and it works very well. The start is a little mellow, but the rich dried fruit flavors and caramel build into a pleasant, balanced finish. Hops are mild, but this bottle is a few months old, so they may have faded a bit. A different flavor profile that leans towards an English style, but with less stone fruit presence. Not as complex as some others of the style, but the flavors are very good as they are. I like this quite a bit and will look for another bottle to lay down for a few years.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated [unreadable]/5/16:
Pours a mostly brown looking, but with a little light the ruby color listed on the label is obvious. Head is rusty white, and grows to a couple fingers, lasting well into the drink covering the surface, considerably thick at the glass edge.

Nose is about right in notes - malty caramel, a little dark fruit (raisiny later in the pour), and some piney bitterness. The issue comes in strength - it takes a little effort to find the aromas. alcohol does show up eventually.

Taste reminds me of Old Ruffian a bit. There is a decent thick honey-molasses maltiness up front. The hops aren't completely hidden, though, and poke through early. Their power is countered nicely by the malt and a decent little punch of alcohol. The hops seem a little piney early, but become a more generic woody as the beer gets closer to room temps.

Decently thick in body, but slick on the palate with a little oily lingering. I feel the strength of this beer in boldness and ABV as I drink, which is perfectly fine.

Barleywines are hit or miss for me, and I tend to like the English style more. This plays a little balancing act and I think leans American, but not so much to kill my interest. Really enjoyed it and need to grab it again.

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Photo of lochef81
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/5/16

Poured fairly gently into a snifter. It is a dirty/murky brown with an amber tint. A moderate tan head settles into a fine ring.

It smells sweet and syrupy, with caramel, molasses, brown sugar,
some alcohol, and malted barley. It is pretty rich. Strikes me as an English style.

Surprise! There's hops. Spicy and ripe fruit ester up front with a significant bitterness with a touch of floral flavor on the back end. In between, the sweetness rules. Maple syrup, molasses, caramelized sugars, and some dates/figs. A nice balance between the rich flavors and the hops.

The body is fuller, with a bit of a sticky, syrupy feel. The biggest knock is the dry, overly crisp finish.

This is a nice Barleywine. It still leans American, even after a year, but offers plenty of sweet, malty English qualities for those who prefer the later.

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Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bman13
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---THANKS KEVIN!
This FINE barelywine pours a muddy amber tinged brown with a nice head of
off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light pool, and features some
nice sticky sudsy lacing. Nose of sweet syrupy caramel malts, sticky hop notes
of pine, and subtle yeast notes letting one know that this is in the English style.
Flavors hit the perfect notes of balanced hops and malts with brown sugar malts
and caramel dashed with light fig and dates with a touch of tart cherries that are
balanced with herbal and pine touched hops. Excellent mouth feel; medium full
body, coating, sweet, and boozy with medium light carbonation and a lightly
dry sweet finish.

A solid and well put together barelywine. Excellence.


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Photo of AMCimpi
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour. Thin tan head. Bready, treacle malts accentuated by sweet molasses, woodiness. Dark cherries and stone fruit are prominent. Forward hop floral taste. Thin cutting sweetness with good carbonation level. Malty on the back with subtle notes of alcohol. Raisins, ginger, barley complimentary to chocolate, licorice molasses.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Salinesnake
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby brown body. Reddish hues with a tan frothy head that settles to a thin layer thru out. Nice beautiful lacing is present as well. Smells of alcohol and juicy dark fruit, sugary sweetness. Taste is a bit sweeter than most barleywines I've had. Maybe due to the molasses and maple syrup added. Caramel and light breadiness too. Actaully you can smell the abv more than you can taste it. Super easy to drink, very smooth, light carbonation and full bodied. Awesome beer for then winter.

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Photo of redgorillabreath
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just visited the brewery!!! Anyway...
Look: nearly altbier dark. 3/16" head disappeared in a few minutes, no lacing.
Smell: "balance" is evident
Taste: nicely balanced, with a long,long finish. Alcohol burn seems to give way to roasted grain.
Feel: not watery, but not in proportion to intensity of flavors.
Overall: I'm currently working my way through 10 gallons of a home made tripel. This would make a nice "variety" brew to break the monotony...IT JUST DID!!!
Anyway, I'm really enjoying back burner.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back Burner (2016-) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 86 ratings