Sunday, October 17, 2010

Southern Tier Backburner

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier Backburner Imperial Barley Wine from Al's of Hampden based on the recommendation of one of the employees. The beer pours a reddish amber color with a foamy beige colored head. The aroma consists of chocolate and raisin with a good mix of dark fruit, caramel malts, and a hint of pine hops. The taste is big and malty with lots of raisin flavor. In the mix you can also find dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, toffee. The finish is perfectly balanced with the sweetness with a light but bitter pine hop bite. The alcohol content is 10.0% ABV. This is by far the best barleywine that I have ever had. Most barleywines hit a little too much on the sweetness or try to overbalance with too many hop. Southern Tier hit the perfect balance without being to sweet or bitter.

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