Bourbon Barrel Backburner | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good
100 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 07-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
100
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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4
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

excellent beer. the aroma is similar to some of the greats. perfect amount of bourbon taste in it. not overpowering, but still the focal point. I'm a big fan of the traditional backburner, but this is a whole different animal. happened to find it on tap at a local bar. it's beautiful. the only possible criticism is that it could have a bit more bite, but really, that's only if I'm nitpicking. drink it.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville. Review from notes. Served in a goblet.

A - dark brownish amber, almost a plum color; soft off white head; decent retention

S - caramelize apples, bread, candy sugar, dark fruits

T - burnt sugar, alcohol, bread, sweet caramel, dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs

M - incredibly warm, borderline boozy, full bodied, moderate carbonation

This is a BIG beer. It has great flavor, solid body, and smooth drinkability. The alcohol content is definitely noticeable and at times can detract from the flavor, but overall it was a great barleywine.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a cloudy, muddy brownish-copper with a thin layer of head. The nose is quite complex, containing nutty, caramel, malty and maple notes. The dominant flavor is sweet maltiness with a subtle but clear hint of bourbon from the barrel-aging process. This is certainly a hearty offering, but it remains quite drinkable in spite of its full-bodied nature.

Excellent effort from a great brewery – maybe the best barleywine I have ever sampled.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at premier gourmet and consumed 1 week after purchasing.

The beer pours a clear, rich mahogany with a thin white head that fades instantly. The nose has big notes of vanilla, coconut, oak, buttery bourbon barrel caramel, and of course...a stinging alcohol. However, despite the alcohol's intensity, this beer doesn't smell like rubbing alcohol by any means. The taste carries the same bourbon barrel characteristics with huge molasses sweetness, fig, coconut, and an insane amount of vanilla on the back end. When the beer warms a bit it's like consuming dessert and your meal... at the same time. It retains its velvety smooth mouthfeel even with its huge %abv. Although this beer isn't quite barrel aged naked evil status (my personal favorite in this beer category), it's pretty damn close and for a better price/availability.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Bourbon Barrel Backburner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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