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Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) by Southern Tier Brewing Company
American Barleywine
0.00 % ABV

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Pours a dark amber color, kinda like a really heavy looking cider--appears syrupy. Smallish 1/2 finger almond colored head that disappeared rather quickly, leaving a small cloudy trace of fine bubbly goodness towards the center of me glass, minimal lacing.

Aromas strong with caramel and piney hops. More subtly of brown sugar, figs, vanilla, and perhaps orange zest. Strangely, I thought it would be more hop pungent... alcohol presence is quite subdued.

Taste is piney hops with a strong caramel malt backbone. A bit sweet, spicy, almost toastyness to it. Vanilla, toffee, brown sugar... this really does follow the nose quite well. Warming finish.

Medium to full in body, slick, smooth, syrupy. Good carbonation.

A Robust Barleywine would define this. Enjoyable, should be a good sipper, but I find myself wanting more and not quite sipping. I also find it becoming a bit more complex as it warms... as it should. An excellent ABW, and another standout in Southern Tier's Imperial line... Well Done!!!
Highly Recommended!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 10/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A- Nice burgundy pour with a toasty dark head. Head rises and falls into the brew.

S- Big hop, alcohol aroma. Crisp burned caramel.
Very strong.

T- Very big flavor. Nice malty backbone with a heavy dose of hops. Not cloying, and it works well together. Crisp clean finish to it, more so than I thought.

M- Very nice. /Borat

O- Another solid brew from ST. Not there upper echelon brews, but still really good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Gorgeously dark and deep burnt orangey brown. Firm smallish capping of lightly yellowish foam sits for good length before settling to a soild skim and a big bubbly collar. Tons of thinly placed sheeting which breaks apart into some webby strings and moth holes.

Lofty aroma of big caramel malts parched with orangified piney hops and toasted breads. A bit of soft berries, molasses, raisin, and fig grows as it sits.

Taste is just as good if not better and carries a very fine complexity to its flavor profile. Big on malts with some soft, soothing caramel mixed with alot of dark fruity acsents of fig, raisin, and berries. Semi tangy and sweet with a soft, silky, smooth body that's delicately malty rich and thick with just the perfect amount of warmth off the end to round it off as a partial hop tone comes into play. Only a slight bittering bite of orange peel and pine nudges at the palate as it maintains its big malty profile and deep richness settling into the finish. Quite complex with some hints to brown sugar, vanilla, pear, and a whole lot of raisinyness. A bit of toasted grain moves across the finish as it warms with just right kind of Barleywine ABV hint as it finishes.

Soft, full, rounded, thick, and rich body, not overly hefty nor hoppy and keeps a nice tone and malty creamyness and chewyness the whole way through. Oh, and the finish is just as soft and alluringly delicate as the rest of its nature with its small amount of warmth floating in over the maltitude of sweetness. Nice...

A pretty fuckin' solid Barleywine by Southern Tier. This will age well for those of you who do that sort of thing. But I found this fairly fresh bottle of Backburner to be dead-on, super nice, and yummalishious!! Brings memories of Old Guardian...when I can get it?!

Served In: Pint Glass

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