Southern Tier Back Burner

Southern Tier Back Burner

Today I spent some time working on a new design concept for LIBA. I have a master-plan to re-engineer the “home” page of LIBA so that you see a little something special when you land here. I’m nearly done with the design so soon you’ll see the changes for yourself. Until then, they will remain shrouded in uber-secrecy!

Southern Tier Back Burner

The beer of the evening is this Southern Tier Back Burner barleywine. At 9.6% ABV, this should make a lovely night-cap.

The last barleywine I had was the Boulder Killer Penguin back in January. That beer was killer-good. I hope this one is also. I’m a big fan of this style of brew.

Southern Tier Back Burner

The first thing I noticed was how incredibly balanced the beer is. I often find barleywines to be on either end of the spectrum (either far too bitter, or far too sweet), but that’s not a problem here.

Caramel sweetness. Bitter raisin flavors. Lingering aftertaste that keeps bouncing back and forth between sugary sweet and the bite of something bitter.

This isn’t a revolutionary beer by any means. It is a solid offering for the style. Worth giving a go.

-Lost

Southern Tier Back Burner

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

3 thoughts on “Southern Tier Back Burner”

  1. Ah, another Southern Tier beer. Didn’t they do the Pecan beer also? Or am I thinking of something else?

    Barleywine is an EXTREMELY hit or miss style for me… like you say they can easily go too-bitter or too-sweet, and for my palate that perfect medium is hard to find. I am a little sensitive to bitter tastes I think. Will have to check out both this one and the Killer Penguin when I can find them.

    1. Royce:

      If they did a pecan beer, I haven’t seen it yet. I suppose I could Google, but I’ll leave it to the imagination. :)

      I’ve reviewed a bunch of Southern Tier beers. Someone once made an interesting comment to me that I realized I totally agreed with…anything in 12oz bottles from S.T. are not particularly good, while anything in the 22oz bottle tends to be better. Strange, but I agree!

      -Lost

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