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RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (569) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 16, 2015
650 ml bottle from Cervezalandia.es, Spain. Dark red color with beige head. Aroma is caramel, bread and vanilla. Taste is sweet with caramel, malts, vanilla, and something like vanilla ice-cream. Some milk notes too on the aftertaste. Full body with low carbonation. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2015
Flaska från SB. 2011 vintage. Smak och doft av humle, karamell, honung, torkad frukt, russin, madeira. Rund och len, fruktig, fina smaker, stor sötma men som är välintegrerade med övriga smaker, välbalanserad helt enkelt.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2851) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
Flaska från SB. 2011 vintage. Relativt stiltypisk BW utan särskilt mycket humle. Stor söt kropp med stora djupa dofter och smaker. Karamell, honung, toffee, molass, söt torkad frukt, russin, madeira väl integrerade smaker och alkohol, komplex, känns nästan äldre än sina fyra år men har fortfarande mycket kraft. Riktigt gott.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1663) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2015
On tap at the GA Chapter Room. Dark brown pour, with a thin, beige head. The aroma is toffee, dates, molasses, spruce, black cherries, and some peat and black pepper. Very sweet flavor, with a nice background bitterness. Heavy body, fairly effervescent, velvety, creamy and smooth. This is a fantastic, complex, and well made beer. Brilliant nose, and a nearly perfect mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9502) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2015
22 oz bottle. From the brewery. Clear deep amber colour with a tiny head. Dessert wine, a ton of sweetness and malt in the aroma. Super sweet flavour with malt and portwine. Intoxicating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2447) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, hops, & fruit; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, spicy hops, dark fruit, citrus, and spice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Not overly complex - but pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (608) - - NOV 7, 2014
Medium to deep copper, thick lace. Full body, silky texture, well but subtly flavored, wonderful balance. Sweet but not cloying, enough acidity and bitterness to balance. Very malty but not surprizingly, almost no hops, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (2827) - NORWAY - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle shared with esp0r & edvard at The "Esp0r #2000 Weekend in The Woods" 2014. Dark brown body with s small tanned head. Boozy aroma with vanilla, caramel, oak. Taste of alcohol, malt, mild fruit. Pertty sweet finish, with an alcohol/caramel aftertaste. Good, but too notable alcohols.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
my favorite newbie of the night. nice malty, caramel tofee aroma. hops are there, but take a back seat (in the flavor as well). this is just a really nice sipper, more english leaning than american in style. very smooth."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3157) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy burnt red color with tints of dark orange along the sides of the glass. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess that mushroom capped and fell gracefully with a delicate lacing sticking to the sides. The smell had a light prune, light fig with a light cocoa, coffee bean, vanilla, toffee complexities to combine fairly nicely. The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors with a decent boozy taste to it. On the palate, this one was a sipper as it came across about a medium to heavy on the body. The carbonation was somewhat constrained. There was a moderate dry vanilla aftertaste that lead to a dry sweet boozy finish. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Barleywine I’d have again.


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