Back Burner (-2015)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
4.04 | pDev: 10.15%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Back Burner (-2015)Back Burner (-2015)
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man I scored one of these for the first time way back in the day when I was in Yakima, WA for the fresh hop festival.

Its mostly a mixture of the colors brown, dark red and some black. Thin head, beige in color, 1/5". Aroma was roast and booze. Seems almost like a black barleywine, like a mix of a stout and barleywine. The best black and tan there is.

Dark fruit, roast, toffee, caramel, booziness, mild citrus hop quality to it. Actually a lot more dark fruit than I would expect in the mouth feel.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's Backburner at Boyne Country Provisions. It's a little cold tonight and I'm in the mood for a Barleywine, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a brown and red color that takes on more of a ruby and crimson color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a candied sugar aroma being the first to show up and it goes right into some fruity aromas which impart some nice dark fruit aromas that when mixed with the candied sugar it becomes a nice candied fruit like aroma. Up next comes a slight alcohol aroma that goes into the malts which impart some caramel, toasted, brown bread and lots of sweet malt aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, but I wish it was a little more complex.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark fruits still being the first to show up this time it has a nice juicy aspect to it and the sweetness makes it a little bit like candied fruit. Up next comes a little bit of alcohol that goes into the malts which impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time more caramel aspects come through with a little bit of toffee. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it has a nice dark fruit and malty aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but for a barley wine I wish it was bolder and more complex.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, not too boozy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it was thicker with less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and decent example of the style, to me it was more like a lighter version of a barleywine and I was kind of missing some of that complexity and intensity, but the flavors and aromas seemed to be pretty inline with the style. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and that the alcohol was well hidden, those are the highlights to me. What I like the leas about this beer is the mouthfeel, I wish it was thicker with less carbonation. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. I would only recommend it if your looking for something on the lighter side of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and in some aspects it was a little rough around the edges, but it's not a bad beer. It's not a favorite Southern Tier beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Solid job guys, but with a little more work this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (10.5%) and there is a bottled date (01/05/2016). The beer is a coffee colored brown. It has 1 finger of khaki head with medium bubbles to large chunky bubbles.

S: [3.75] Black strap molasses, worn leather, plums, figs.

T: [4.25] Highlights from the nose figs, plums, currants, molasses hints of cocoa. The flavor is really good.

M: [4.00] Its got some boldness to it. You feel it in the back of the throat. It is lower in carbonation and the only real lingering flavor is some sticky sweetness of molasses.

O: [4.00] This is really nice. At 10.5% I expected some heat from the alcohol but there is none. The beer has a unique flavor profile like a dark fruit dessert. The striking thing is the "bite" in the back of the throat. I am not sure what causes it but it is not unpleasant. I am not always a Barley Wine fan but this is a winner.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Properly cellared 2009 bottle. Pours a medium to dark, clear reddish orange with a fine half finger light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark and light dried fruit, a hint of orange, slight oxidation. Flavor is caramel malt, dates, figs, a hint of plum and peach, brown bread and a hint of rye (without any rye tartness). Finishes very smooth with dry caramel malt, figs and dates. Nice medium creamy body. I was not sure what to expect from this, especially after such a long aging. I had put this down to try after a few years with a fresh bottle, but this was discontinued until a new version came out in 2016. Although I expected an odd comparison since they adjusted the recipe for the new version, I'm pleasantly surprised to find I like both of these very well. This aged one is very mellow, very well integrated with no hops noticeable. It's a little muted, but like the fresh version, the strong presence of date and fig over lighter stone fruits is different, well done and appreciated for a change. I thought the fresh one was date/fig forward, but this aged one is like the essence of those fruit extracted and melded, mellow and pleasant. Although there was a light oxidation in the aroma, it is absent in the flavor. This has aged like a champ. Very good.

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

I set one of these up for a couple years in my aging bin. It came out smooth and mellow, as one might expect. I see they are making a new batch. I will grab one of those for consumption much later.


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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep dark ruby red with a one finger off white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of caramel malts, tropical fruits and light maple syrup.

T - The taste is caramel malts, brown sugar, tropical fruits, maple syrup and piney hops. The finish has a nice light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Super solid Barleywine. The flavors are perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable at 10.5%.

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Photo of counciloak
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darker than I thought it was going to be, reddish coloring
Cinnamon and spice on the nose, Big malt and big hops. Alcohol
Malty and roasty, Cereal grain taste as it warms up
On the sweet side but blends nice with the hops for a great balance.
It reminded me of Backwoods Bastard as I was sipping, however not quite on par

I haven't had a ton of barley wines, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beverage.

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Photo of ErikFort
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 batch. Pours a beautiful dark copper. Nose is slightly harsh, molasses and raisins but very noticeable alcohol. Complex, malty taste, like hoppy brown sugar. Surprisingly light mouth feel. Would be a great barley wine in a year or two.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2010 bomber poured into a tulip. Appears a clear mahogany with khaki cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

Aroma of raison, toasted malts, toffee and slight biscuit grains. As it warms, a touch of herbal character.

Taste is tannic/astringent like strong black tea that fades into herbal bitterness, toffee and molasses with no residual sweetness. Slight raisony alcohol.

Medium in body and modestly carbonated. A decent brew thats leaves the mouth feeling weird from all the tannic character/astringency.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barleywine styles are my favorite, but I found this a little harsh. It is worth the try, but may benefit from sitting a while. I bought another and plan on letting it sit about a year to see if it mellows out any. This would be an excellent recipe for some sort of barrel. I just find it a little out of tune as is.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled. DOB 01/05/16.

A: dark copper, light brown hue. head follows the same route and has a light brown tint to it. minor haze. good lacing and retention.

S: vanilla, dark brown sugar. there is definitely a hop aroma but hard to pick out specifics.

T: molasses, burnt caramel, and a rich hop pine flavor starts this out. you can definitely taste a significant portion of sweet unfermented sugars. the hop bitterness combats that to some extent rounded out by some alcohol heat.

M: moderate amount of carb on a full body.

D: drinks pretty good. the heat is super manageable. wondering what time will do to this as there aren't too many rough edges to smooth out. not a ton of frills or complexity, but a solid barleywine.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure where the bottling dates are coming from, but I see none. Also, not listed as retired on untappd. Guessing this is at least a year old, as it was on clearance.

Aroma is rich with deeply caramelized malt and huge dark fruit character. Notes of raisins, prunes, plums, and dates abound.

Flavor falls comparatively short in complexity, with raisins and dark cherries dominating, and a hint of cardboard oxidation drying out the finish. Could age longer. Wish I knew how old it was.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine, available in 22 oz. bottles and on rotating draft. Retired since its last brewing in 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a caramel cream color over a mildly hazy garnet brown body with light, delicate carbonation and high clarity. Retention is below average, and lacing insubstantial. 3

(Smell) Caramelized barley malts, robust caramel syrups, dark fruit sugars, moderate graininess, trace ethanol on the surface. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is more accessible than the aroma gives off, with moderate caramel and bread malts, a modest syrup sweetness, warming grain alcohol on the finish. Much of this beer's robust sweetness seems to have flattened out with aging, but altogether the beer collectively seems like it's in the right place. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, lightly syrupy, lightly grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a moderate frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even grainy, earthy bitter and sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Not too fruity, not too grainy and not too sweet, Back Burner falls comfortably in the middle of the Barleywine spectrum, making this a decent introduction to the style for newcomers. Altogether, a very respectable American Barleywine ale, don't feel ashamed to have hung onto this beer for as long as I have., at its ripe age of 4-ish years, the sweetness and grain alcohol are essentially on-par with each other for a very enjoyable-drinking ale. I always question the beers that Southern Tier chooses to discontinue, and Back Burner Barleywine is another beer of theirs worthy of revival in one form or another. 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Back Burner Barley Wine Style Ale

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: A dark, slightly hazy pour supports a clingy 2” cream colored white foam collar. S: Wine and fruit aromas. T: A big malty palate with toffee, large pitted fruit, cola, and a long, lingering bitter hop finish. F: Full body, soft palate, medium carbonation. Has a wine like warming. O: A big, well balanced beer.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled the 306th day of 2011. (~3 years old)
$5.99 at the Party Source in KY.

A) Even after 3 years, this brew still pours a nice, small head with noticeable carbonation.
S) Exactly as a barleywine should smell. Nothing especially stands out, but not in a bad way.
T) This is good! No heat at all. The grains have melded nicely, and stand out beautifully. My tasting partner says it tastes like the broth of a barley-heavy vegetable soup.
F) The shit ton of grain used to make this beer comes through in the mouthfeel; there's some real substance here.
O) I wish I could've had this fresh in the past to be able to stack them up against each other. Maybe Southern Tier will brew this in the future- I wouldn't mind, however, it's not on the '15 brewing schedule. A solid example of barleywine for starters, yet appreciable to craft vets, this is something ST should be proud of.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but probably from early 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruitiness and dark/bready malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice well aged barleywine style. All around good balance and complexity of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. This definitely tasted older than a 2011 bottling, but there is no real way to know for sure.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

650 ml. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a rust to copper color with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

The smell has bread, toffee, molasses, fig, date, etc.

The taste is on the malty side. Of course I have no idea how old this bottle is. The date and fig seem to rule the day. There are some hints of caramel and toffee.

Thick and viscous. A joy to sup.

I haven't had this in awhile and it tasted exactly as I remembered, malty with rich dark fruit flavors. It was a nice find.

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Photo of Wedgie28
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is good stuff. Cool color - HTML #43104 or so, transparency 95.

Minute foam that follows the beer to the bottom of the glass.

I eat barley in soup sometimes and I like it. I drink barley in beer sometimes and like it and this is one of the best beers with barley in it so far. So I really like it. You should get some.

This is strong but doesn't taste strong. Get a girl two glasses and she'll like you afterwards.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650ml bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop. This bottle is old; I've had it for nigh on two years and it may have been out of date even before then. Mostly stored in my garage. The label describes it as an American take on the British barleywine.

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, heavily oxidised malt with a fruity character. Hints of caramel, grain, sherry/port, brown sugar, dried fruit, subtle pine, stewed hops, faint yeast and a serious whiff of booze. Rich and slightly cloying.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a hoppy finish. Notes of caramel, grain, sherry, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild pine resin, faint weed, stewed hops and yeast esters. A warming whiff of alcohol lurks in the background, accompanied by a lingering sweetness and a hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a light carbonation that suits the style. Lovely body that borders on unctuous, while tingly hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, pine-laden hop notes, booze and a mild bitterness.

Despite the age of the bottle this is OK. Then again, I'd expect this style of beer to hold up reasonably well. It looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour are laden with sweet, oxidised malt, dried fruit and mild pine. Little in the way of aromatic hops but quite well balanced. Great body - just right. I reckon the booze helped to preserve this one. Not sure if this is produced anymore, but worth a punt if you come across it.

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Photo of dar482
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This was bottled 2/15/12. Basically two year old bottle.

The beer comes in a super hazy copper color with ruby red coming through in the light. Not much of a head.

The aroma has oak chips, tons of oxidation, wet leaves, cardboard. A tinge of dark toffee sweetness.

The beer follows with oak woodiness, some syrupy caramel sweetness, but the beer is generally dominated of oxidation. Chewy leaves, potpourri flowers, wet cardboard. Not much bitterness with a slightly empty finish.

I would not recommend empty this beer as there lacks sweetness and the oxidation tastes horrible. Tons of oak, oxidation, without much sweetness. I had to pour it out.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap House Grill - Des Plaines, IL
A - brown with faint ruby hues, creamy tan head sticks to the glass as it slowly fades
S - malty and earthy aroma, woodsy oak, vanilla, brown sugar
T - bold flavors of toasted grain, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, earthy hops, fruit, raisin, piny hop bitterness, boozy at times
M - fuller body, creamy, drying finish
O - nice oak aged barley wine. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't change anything about it.

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Photo of bryangb
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a DOB of 2%2F28%2F13. Poured fairly aggressively leaving about a finger and a half of head. Color is a gorgeous dark amber. Smell%3A malt%2C barley%2C subtle hops%2C booze. Taste%3A Very smooth. Moderate body. Malt and barley up front. Hops peak through with medium bitterness. The booze comes towards the back end. Perfect amount to retain the beer's smoothness yet remind you you're drinking a barley wine. Booze flavor becomes more present as you let the beer warm. Up there on the list of recommended beers to try

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a couple fingers' worth of head which dissipates rather quickly. The head is light beige while the body is a sickly, chestnut brown which glows a dark amber when held up to the light. It would not appear that any lacing will be left behind.

Nose- Delicious. I hope that this is the coconut bomb that the nose seems to indicate. Lots of coconut, toasted almond, followed by toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Subtle hints of citrus (lemon) seem to appear after I swirl the beer vigorously.

Taste- Subtle notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla start off the palate with some light alcohol. The coconut of the nose starts to follow these notes and become more dominant. Slight instances of oak start to appear but nothing too conspicuous. It somewhat defines the finish and blends well with the slight heat. This is pretty much a malt bomb with hints of oak (I'm guessing oak chips instead of a barrel). Solid beer that could potentially be really good to great if more of the coconut from the nose would show itself. Nevertheless, this is a really good barleywine. There's no messiness and the integration is amazing. There is a slight thinness and this beer suffers a little from the lack of complexity you get from a lot of barleywines. But for the price, I'm not sure if it can be beat. I think I will have to check out Deschutes' Class of '88 Barleywine to test that thought. Not a world class beer but I'm still pleased with this purchase.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup in the texture. Probably a little bit more than medium bodied. A little watery. Almost no carbonation but that isn't a big negative for a barleywine.

Drinkability- Smooth, easygoing. It's almost easy to forget that this is a barley wine. And the price is plus. 8 bucks for a 10% bomber that reflects the style well- definite win.

Overall- Very solid. This is a must try. It won't knock your socks off, it's not the most amazing barleywine, but it could be a repeat purchase- it's that mellow and tasty. I will be buying a bottle to cellar but it probably won't cellar long as the balance is amazing. I wouldn't be surprised if this had a little age on it already as I can't find a bottle date.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark translucent amber with a loose head, about one finger, produced with a vigorous pour. It subsided quickly to a nice foam cap. The cap remained throughout definitely a plus coupled with some lacing.

S - notes of hops come first then followed by a wall of malt sweetness, and fruity nuances. The hops are a piney resinous character while the malt provides a nice raisin and dark fruit aroma. It is rounded out by vanilla and whiskey notes.

T - Taste is very mellow, I would even say refined. It is malt forward, with notes of toast, biscuit, brown sugar, and raisin. There is a slight grassy hop flavor and even slighter Bittering hops. I think the barrel aging does a lot for the balance, making this very smooth tasting.

M - mouthfeel is a little light for the style, low carbonation. Went down really fast for the style, I would have expected more of a sipping experience, this drank like a much lighter, lower abv beer.

O - it's a very balanced BA barley wine, more of in the English style in my opinion, certainly more malt forward and low hop flavor/bitterness. It was missing some just overall body and there was nothing really lingering on my pallet afterwords, but nonetheless enjoyable if your looking for a more relaxed barley wine experience.

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Photo of RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There isn't much to say about the pour and appearance as it's relatively non-descript. It comes out as a very thin pour with a dark chestnut color. The head is thin and doesn't retain well. The slight head never really forms, but never really goes away either, leaving a thin ring of white bubbles.

It picks up in the nose as a ton of malts and an equal amount of hops comes wafting up from the snifter. Sticking your nose deep into the snifter reveals a good does of caramel malts and some alcohol astringency which masks the Centennial hops. The citrus scent is still there, but it's been governed well.

The taste. Three letters...WOW or OMG. It's stellar. Caramel malt overload with brown sugar, vanilla, and the citric hops. Alcohol is there, but isn't overwhelming, nor is the hop flavor. Strangely, I guess due to all the malts and sugar, it takes on a Belgianesque fruitiness. Really sublime taste.

For the type, it's the smoothest, easiest drinking barleywine I've ever had. It's mostly sweet and while there is bitterness, it never punches you in the gut like other barleywines. It's full bodied, very sweet, only slightly bitter, carbonated only slightly, and amazingly, it's kind of creamy.

It's an amazing beer overall and one of the top rungs of the barleywine ladder. It's easy to drink, has well-hidden alcohol content, and won't make your lips, tongue and throat numb.

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Back Burner (-2015) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 943 ratings