Back Burner is a winter seasonal from Southern Tier Brewing Company. This Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale clocks in at a hearty 10% ABV.
Long ago, British farmhouse brewers made special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the tradition of days past. At Southern Tier this long awaited brew is placed on the back burner until the start of the new year. Back Burner Barley Wine is a celebration of things to come and things remembered. It’s conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The process starts early in the morning and ends late into the night. We hope this rare brew reignites your spirit for another trip around the sun.
Cracked open with a hiss, Back Burner pours a deep dark brown with amber highlights. The head is a massive two inches of cream-colored foam and crowns the hefty liquid.
This is a “full” flavored beer. I picked up pine, brown sugar, caramel and bread notes. It actually reminded me of a sweet tea!
Back Burner is a sweet tasting brew with a flavorful brown-sugar body. Caramel and mild hops come through in the backbone. Alcohol also comes through with a nice little bite.
The mouthfeel is surprising light, but definitely sticky. It goes down smooth, but it goes down with a burn. This alcoholic burn increases as it warms.
Back Burner is a pretty damn tasty barley wine (style ale). Smooth and balanced, with the hops and sweetness countering each other splendidly. I’m glad that it’s only 10% ABV, because I’m pounding this 22 oz. bottle!
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a BARLEY WINE: 8 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Sierra Nevada BIGFOOT BARLEYWINE, Great Divide OLD RUFFIAN, Avery HOG HEAVEN,