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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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“first brew of the year” 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. 10% abv. • 15ºL


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
A small finger of just off white head sits on top of a mahogany reddish brown colored beer. The body looks thick and blurry when held up to the light. Its head quickly fades to a slick ring of lace. In the nose I get a big blast of sweet, rich, bready and somewhat fruity malt. Hops can also be found in the nose and they add just a touch of citrus. The flavor is like caramel covered raisins and baked apples with hints of plum and nectarine wrapped up in sweet bready and pie crust like maltiness. Add to this a nice warm boozy character and some mellow hops with modest notes of citrusy grapefruit rind and herbal bitterness. It feels quite firm on the palate and smooth but still lightly carbonated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (800) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 16, 2014
Botella de 65 cl en el lúpulo en septiembre de 2012. barley wine con carácter, tonos dulces de toffes y caramelos tostados con un toque ligeramente especiado y con sabores finales a maderas empapadas. Cuerpo medio con 9.6 vol que se dejan notar en todo momento. Bastante buena y para repetir sin duda.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (110) - - JUN 30, 2014
6/39/14. Bomber on close out from Sam's. Pours a reddish toffee with a thin head. Mild nose with a big sweet toffee and light coffee mouth. Lots of booziness to round it out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1735) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours reddish amber, toffee and caramel, rich, fruity, bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (473) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Rousse. Nez: Malt. Cerise noire. Caramel. Café. Sucre caramélisé (crème brûlé). Vanille. Bouche: très sucré. Caramel. Sucre d'orge. Petit côté légume (panais, citrouille). Très Vanillé. Excellente.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2061) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
Tasty barley wine. Has that nice full raisiny sweet maltyness, altogether with some hops and spices.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Celest (126) - - MAY 31, 2014
Copper amber. Caramel, burnt sugar, malty sweetness, brown sugar, fruity. Maybe too much carbo, but good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1740) - USA - MAY 25, 2014
Deep amber in color... Aroma is sticky toffee, tropical fruits, oak... Flavor is maple syrup, caramel, big tropical notes of pineapple, punch... Hints of citrusy tropical hops on palate, oak... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (473) - - MAY 25, 2014
Bomber, thanks sevenhokie! Sweet caramel and toffee malt aroma with some brown sugar and booze notes. Pours dark, cloudy copper colored with a thin white head and no lacing. Sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors with notes of dark fruit and brown sugar and a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with the brown sugary sweetness that lingers on the palate as well as a bit of alcohol. Excellent barleywine!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (131) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
5 oz pour at 5-17 brewery public day. Poured a red/orange. Aroma was some citrus, toffee, hint of bourbon, caramel, and wood. Taste was sweet, but overall good. I got mainly the caramel and oak in it with citrus following in the background. Overall solid. Wouldn’t drink it daily, but it would be a nice treat here and there.


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