Backburner - Barleywine Style Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Backburner - Barleywine Style AleBackburner - Barleywine Style Ale

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired after 2015 - new recipe/beer coming out in 2016 with a new listing.

Added by BeerTruth on 04-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StevenNebulous
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhysicsBrew
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +11.9%
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 ivorycannon
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbwimer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mtd160
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 AndrewGoria
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%

Backburner - Barleywine Style Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 940 ratings
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