Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 02-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
327
Reviews:
81
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
43
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BrewMaven
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last of my Syracuse trip purchases.

Poured into a pint glass an hour after removal from fridge. Poured
a deep clear amber with a pretty tall off white head that receded to a cover.

The worlds weakest beak is picking up some ripe fruit aromas.

Right up front this may be one of the most flavor intense beers I've had in quite a while..a mouthful netted a nice hit of ripe plums and dark cherries followed by a caramel sweetness in the middle. Finish is showing a slight hop presence with more lingering sweetness.

Viscous, malty mouthfeel with gentle carbonation.

This is good...REALLY good.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kuaff
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, cellar temperature. An oak-aged barleywine? From a brewery I already know to be awesome? You could say I'm looking forward to this one... Let's get it on.

A pour of this barleywine creates a two-finger, sort of tan off-white head that slowly recedes. It's the color of a wall or piece of paper that once was pure white, but has been forgotten by time, faded and yellowed with age. The body is deep, dark ruby red. A murky, thick red that I can only barely see through.

The aroma delivers strong raisins, cherries and vanilla upfront without messing around. Some resinous hops mixed with maple syrup and leathery bourbon are enhancing things even further... caramel and butterscotch too... oh man, this is amazing.

The flavor is brimming with vanilla, cherries, plums, caramel, and woody hops. As if all of this wan't enough, the finish adds some sensual sweet breadiness.

Thick and syrupy feel. Sticky, too. I love it.

I kinda knew I was gonna love this before even cracking it open. And I did. Oh yes... I did.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter at World of Beer Tioga. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with nearly no head. Aroma of sweet hard candies, bit of dank hops, but heavy on the caramel malt. Flavor is toffee, biscuit, hard candy, dry oak, vanilla root beer. Plenty going on but super sweet. I sould have shared this with someone, but it was only my wife and I at the bar and she won't drink it. Slick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Not bad, but just a bit much for me. On the sweet side and a bit more oak than I would have wanted.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish caramel brown hue with a big thick light brown head and fantastic lacing

S: Amazing sweet roasty caramel malts playing off the dark fruits and cherries; the oak aromas bring it all together--God, this smells good

T: Roasted toasty malts up front followed by some subtle sweet fruitiness--cherries, raisins; the oak character dries the finish

F: Full bodied and fairly chewy though a touch too dry on the finish because of the wood aging

O: This is a damn nice barley wine and the year I let it age has done some nice things to mellow it out a bit

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass

A) Pours thick a very dark brown color like caramel or maple syrup. Not too cloudy thick two finger head that lingers and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S) Toffee candy, caramel, brown sugar, Citra hops, oak

T) Sweet batter, same as aroma and a strong oak finish very pleasant.

M) low carbonation thick

O) Very good beer can't wait to have again. It's a great option for an American style barley wine

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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