Back Burner (-2015) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Back Burner (-2015)Back Burner (-2015)

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerTruth on 04-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden red colour with healthy white head and lacing.

Nose is rye, lactic, soy milk. Marzipanny. Concrete. Bit of alcohol. More English-style, like Golden Pride. Yeast and honeycomb.

Taste is more of that vaguely synthetic sourdough yeast. Bit of concrete. Lots of toffee and a little sweet in the taste.

Mouthfeel is mediumish for the style with lowish carbonation and a lot of sweetness.

The funk concrete elements are interesting and not unpleasant. Dangerous and sneaks up on you (my bottle was marked 10%). Little bit sweet in large doses, but I get the impression that's Southern Tier's trademark.

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Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nice label, no date

Appearance: Attractive hazy dark burnt orange beer, with lazy carbonation and a nice chunky dark ivory/cream cap with good retention

Smell: Really pleasant aromas...LOTS of sticky rich caramel, vinous dark fruits, just a GHOST of alcohol, with some dark toastiness as well...surprising lack of hop aromas, especially since it's dry-hopped; I wonder if this has had a year or so to mellow out on the shelf

Taste: Again, more English-style than I was expecting, which isn't a bad thing...there's a medium-strong herbal hop bitterness, but it's not anywhere near something like a Bigfoot for example; there are big toasty caramel notes, with a mild alcohol sting, and light notes of dark fruit. This is tasty, but not quite up to the vibrancy of the aromas.

Mouthfeel: Soft, and fairly full

Drinkability: Deft. on the high side for the style.

Conclusion: This is a really tasty barleywine that fits somewhere between the English and American styles. 10% alcohol? Really? WHERE?! This is nicely balanced, and the fact that the hops have receded a bit makes me wonder if this has been aged a bit. If it has, it's all the better for it. Would pick this up again.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A dark reddish orange color with a thin off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweetness and floral herby hops.

T: First hint is dark fruits with some floral herby spicy hops, then the malt honey caramel sweetness flows in. A bit spicy but the sweetness overtakes the hops to the point of being cloying IMO. Finish is sweet and really over the top. Where are all the dark dried fruit flavors I love in my barleywines?

M: Medium with a coating prickly mouthfeel. Some bitterness but sweetness is lingering.

D: Low, this wore on me at the end of the bomber.

Overall this barleywine just didn't do it for me. Too honey sweet and not enough dark fruit flavors. I'll take an Old Guardian, Bigfoot, Old Ho or Old Ruff over this any day. Sorry, misses the mark for me.

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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6/21/2007 $5.75 22 oz. 10.00% First beer brewed 2007.


Given a hard pour, this is a relatively still beer that is dark brown suffused with crimson highlights. Just a thin ring of tan rims the glass, but otherwise there is no head to speak of.


Caramel candied apples with a touch of spiced rum. Notes of fig and banana lurk in the depths as well.


I've come to the conclusion that if Southern Tier puts something in a 22 oz. bomber, then it's worth drinking. This has a nice slick mouthfeel, with loads of caramel sweetness up front. Fruit flavors include pear, apple, raisins, prune, with rum-soaked bundt cake flavors dominating the finish. Supposedly this is 55 IBU's, but I find the bitterness to be minimal in this one, with the malts and alcohol taking center stage.

Drinkability is lower in this one than their last big beer I had (Hoppe, which also was 10% ABV), as the alcohol catches up with you by mid-bottle. Definitely a sipping beer, and something I'd like to cellar and see how it improves with age.

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Photo of hero27
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
10% abv
Courtesy of IBUnit63 in trade, you rock!

Pours a clear, dark amber with a chunky head of tan foram.
The malt backbone carries a huge load here..quite sweet outright, but surprisingly mellow for the style. dark fruits blend in well with the heavy caramel sweetness..hop bitterness is certainly there, but not to the point of bashing your tastebuds into oblivion..they provide just enough clout to balance out the tremendous dosage of malt included here...
Mouthfeel is big, but not distracting and still very easy to drink..

Overall, a very satisfying barleywine from Southern Tier.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky super dark copper with some stick lacing. Clear and dark, really pretty in a goblet. Smell is pretty strong fruits, yet lots of hops balance it really well.
Taste is sweet and strong and clear. More balanced toward the malts than some aggressively hopped barleywines. I imagine if this is left to age and mellow the hops it will be really nice. As it is it is very fruity, raisins, dates and some caramel thrown in. This is most everything a good barleywine should be, I think it leans more toward the English barleywine than American. A few years in the bottle would really let that come out.
A real sipper, very nice to drink and very easy going down.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy walnut brown with minimal tan head, yet what does exist leaves a thin, but sticky lacing behind.

The aroma immediately displays fruity resins with sweet malt, and a strong hop presence towards the finish, but returning to resinous and vinous qualities.

Dark fruits, raisins, sweet malt, and perhaps molasses highlight the palate. Earthy hop notes are also present as well as some hidden barley.

Velvety smooth with medium carbonation and a full body as well as slight alcohol warmth to highlight this barley wine.

I quite enjoyed this brew and its many excellent features of the traditional style. I did not find some of the apparent hop aspects many did in this beer. It was exactly what I was hoping for prior to opening the bottle. Enjoy.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is about a year old half which has been spent in a refridgerator...

ruby brown, with a good sized tan head.
the aroma contains a nice rich malty character with berry (strawberry, blackberry) tinged molasses, caramel, toffee, grape-y raisin, bread like yeast aroma that are almost rye like, a little bit of port wine, and it still has a little bit of piney hops. it's also got some pretty evident booze.
the taste follows suit with medium dark fruits, lots of boozy berries, it's spicy caramel/toffee malts, as well as some vanilla. the bitterness is toned down, but present at the back. don't even bother drinking this at anything but near room temp it's a far different and better beer warm. milk chocolate develops with the warmth as the berries tone themsleves down. pretty well balanced actually.
the body is full with moderate carbonation.
it doens't lend itself well to great drinkability, but it's a very enjoyable beer, and like i said, let warm A LOT.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of klewis
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep garnet color with a small bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Small but balanced smell with both a fruity malt character and a dry hoppiness. Noticable alcohol presence.

T: Malty with brief fruit flavors that quickly yield to a taste of burnt plastic and chemicals. Bitter, hoppy, and alcoholic in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, chewy, and sticky with light carbonation.

D: Not bad, except for the disgusting taste of course. One of the worst tasting barleywines that I've had.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slow to emerge 1.5" head. Clear dark auburn brown. Smell is like a strong double IPA. Taste is complex with very sweet malt, hops, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, some fruitiness, and spices. It's a big barley wine which will put some hair on your chest. A solid A performance to me.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lately (perhaps unconsciously) I have been drawn to Barleywines by sheer evidence of the fact that I keep purchasing new ones. I bought this one for two reasons: I have never had it out of the bottle, and I grabbed a new blue cheese (Great Hill Blue) to pair it with. Poured a dark rosewood color, with a small white head. Nose has lots of grains that almost come off as honey soaked, followed by some brush strokes of stone fruit, and plenty of alcohol to go around. Taste is as intense as the smell, with some residual sweetness showing up at the beginning (perhaps the fruit and honey), and then ending on a much more hoppy, bitter note. Body of this brew coats the mouth from top to bottom, and leaves a very noticeable hoppy aftertaste. No question that this beer is big, with lots of hops and alcohol to push your palate around. One bomber is more than enough for me, but that isn't to say that it is not a very complex, tasty Barleywine. It is nice to see a beer like this with such balls come along. An impressive beer from Southern Tier, and one that I think would make a great candidate for some aging. Cheers

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 1 pint 6oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows what I'm assuming is a back burner.
Caramel colored body with a nice tan creamy head that leaves good lace and stays well.
The scent is a delicious caramel covered hop cone and spice.
Excellent flavor of caramel malts and spiced hops, very similar to the scent. Great aftertaste of spicy and sweet hops.
Medium body with plenty of residual sugars and good coating.
Great drinkability, easy to enjoy, complex and long lasting.


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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Back Burner (-2015) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 941 ratings