Back Burner - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 07-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 18
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at khyber - served in tulip

Clouded caramel-gold pour with a one-finger crop of tanned head resting on top. Wisp of lacing on top, leaving little lacing behind.

Bourbon-forward nose with alcohol heat, vanilla and oak. Caramel and bready malts with raisins and dates. Borderline cloying sweetness and burnt sugar with toffee.

Alcohol heat kisses the tongue up front with bourbon and toasted oak. Sweet vanilla meshes with toffee and dark fruit with candi sugar. Full, burly backbone with toasted malts, caramel and burnt sugar. Continuing alcohol warmth from the barrel with lingering sweetness in the finish.

Fuller body, medium level carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Pretty solid barrel treatment, although I understand the "cloying booze-bomb" reputation this beer seems to possess.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark reddish amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet with a mild hop bitterness and lots of warming alcohol. I'm getting some brown sugar and dark fruit along with the bourbon note.

Taste: Brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness right off the bat. There is a slight hop bitterness throughout the sip. I'm getting some fairly warm bourbon, good for a cold night. Along with the other sweet flavors I'm getting some caramel and a touch of coconut. Slightly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit on the syrupy side of medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice bourbon barleywine. The high abv was apparent, but I still liked it and it wasn't too harsh. The flavors all mixed together well.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz snifter
Draft at Ernest & Scott Taproom in Wilmington, DE

A: Murky opaque dark ruby red brown color. Basically no head. Thin ring of off white around edges. Appears to be low carbonation.

S: Vanilla. Candied sugar. Not tons of bourbon oaky notes. Sweet maltiness. Toffee. Caramel.

T: Some piney hop bitterness on tip of tongue. Then it's all very sweet malt: caramel and toffee. Wish there was more bourbon flavor, actually having some heat would be nice surprisingly. Sticky toffee pudding.

M: Full bodied and chewy.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep ruby color with lower carbonation at first but then as the beer warmed the carbonation dialed in. It finishes with a medium tan cap, light bubbles and minimal lacing. This was from a growler and shipped for a week so I am going to give it the benefit ofthe doubt.

S: Big bourbon and holy sweetness. Loads of caramel, some toffee with a larger than life vanilla presence and a touch of American oak to round it out.

T: Immediate caramelized sugar and bourbon, big caramel, light dark fruits and some piney hop notes in the mix but they all fall prey to the vanilla and relentless bourbon notes. The finish is a lingering syrupy, sticky sweetness with oak, caramel, bourbon and vanilla all playing a factor

M: Big bodied but I thought it was a tad thin. Very warming, numbs the tonugue after a bit, loads of sticky sweet sugar, pine resin, bourbon reside on the palate.

O: This is very much a raw, in your face bwine. A treat to drink but man will this kick you in the balls! Well done and considering how much I enjoy the traditional and oaked Backburner this was a must try for me. My only complaint was the bourbon heaviness but then again if you like bourbon heavy bombs this is for you. This must have been on a new barrel because the influences were extreme.

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Back Burner - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 100 ratings