Back Burner (2016-) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Zthoren on 01-20-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by fx20736:
Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pak from Wegmans Feb 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Dark garnet, thin offwhite head, decent lacing.

Smell: Nice dark fruitiness

Taste: rich Port-like mix of fruity syrup and toasted maltiness

Feel: Syrupy for the style

Overall: good, solid barleywine

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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 arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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 cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Jason
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Deep garnet hue, love the froth on top. Mint and rind in the nose with a caramel sweetness and floral alcohol. Smooth and full bodied with a semi-dry feel. Some caramel, hop resin, and spicy warming alcohol to start. Ripe fruit, bread, esters, and some bitterness in the middle. Finishes very warming and leans a bit dry. A good take on the style, quite lively.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 01/05/16

Appearance - Pours dark, ruby brown in color with a khaki, near finger width head. Fair retention, dissipating to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing consists of few, tiny spots.

Smell - Arousing aroma of caramel, maple, light roast and a hint of earthy hop.

Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Maple sweetness, caramel and a touch of molasses upfront, then a lesser bittering note of earth and roasted malt add balance to the brew. Slightly numbing 'anise' quality. Light notes of dark, fruity character that hints at fig and black cherry. Finishes bittersweet, with earthy hop lingering alongside the caramel/maple sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Super smooth, nigh velvety texture with just a touch of stickiness. Drinks stupid easy for a 10.5% brew.

Overall - This is a beautiful and unique barelywine. Just enough complexity, with a well-layered flavor profile and a smooth, approachable drinkability. I hope ST keeps this one around. I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again, given the chance.

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Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 PJCarnell
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle from bessettes canton ny for $5.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of docdeens
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BB1313
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/5/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown with ruby hues; fluffy khaki head that fades leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of malts. Lots of caramel and toffee along with some maple. Dark fruits are there. Hints of some black cherry as well. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The flavors are definitely on the sweeter side. Lots of maple syrup. Lots of caramel along with more hints of toffee. Lots of raisin notes. Dark fruits are there. Some citrus notes in the mix. Hints of cocoa as well. The malts dominate. There's a subtle warmth in the finish, but it's absolutely not boozy at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. It's dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels light and slick. Very smooth.

This is a very nice barleywine. It has everything that you would expect from the style. The maple really shines. Enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My latest horizontal has taken me onto Southern Tier & frankly, some relatively big beers from them. I am a little surprised that this has already been retired, but perhaps there will be a new recipe in 2017.

From the bottle: "Brewed with 4 varieties of Hops, 4 types of Malts, Blackstrap Molasses, and local Maple Syrup".

My bottle has a DOB of 01/05/16 12:47PM, making it just over a year old. The Pop! of the cap was followed by a gentle pour since I have no idea as to how it has aged. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head that slowly fell away to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet, a combination of the malts and the easily identified treacle and syrup. Mouthfeel was medium, a little light for the style. The taste was interesting - very sweet and again, both the treacle and the syrup were evident, but the hops were providing an interesting bitter counterbalance. In fact, had it not been for the hoppy bitterness of it, I might have guessed/assumed that it was an English Barleywine. Finish was semi-dry, more thanks to a fusel alcohol heat than anything else. It was aging nicely & if they release a 2017 version, I may buy two with an eye towards cellaring one of them for an extended period.

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Photo of JoeLacy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Back Burner (2016-) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 84 ratings