Backburner - Barleywine Style Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
938 Ratings
Backburner - Barleywine Style AleBackburner - Barleywine Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
938
Reviews:
512
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.25%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
132
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 938 |  Reviews: 512
Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Boca-X
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of zenwatts
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of klewis
2.48/5  rDev -38%
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 cd_beer_disapear
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Photo of golf4collet
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

-Oelergud

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Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Clear orange/red with a moderate white head that sticks. Smells mostly of hops, but with a strong malt presence providing some bready scents. Taste is all over the place; smooth clean malt sweetness at first, then slightly minty hops, warming alcohol, and finally a slightly yeasty finish. This is a big beer; just what I'd expect a barleywine to be. Mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy, moderately carbonated.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. I bought it at Total Wine in northern VA in November. Since its a February release, I'm assuming its from 2/10.

Appearance: An attractive clear red-brown color and an off white head with good retention. Webs of lacing.

Smell: A nosefull of caramel malt, ripe fruit, and citrus hops. Less hoppy than I hoped, but it is a year old or so. There's an earthy, slightly vegetal aroma in the background that I often find in ST beers and do not enjoy.

Taste: Very much what I expected from the smell. The vegetal aroma is really not tasted much. Caramel and fruit. A little toast. A nice amount of hops bitterness, but again the flavor is subdued. Alcohol is barely detected.

Mouthfeel: Very little bad to say about the mouthfeel. Big and sticky with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Without that slight earthy/vegetal smell/taste, this would be excellent. As it is, for me, its pretty good.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev 0%

Backburner - Barleywine Style Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 938 ratings.
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