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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2013
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 5 July 2013) Reddish brown colour with creamy, beige head. Malty, fruity, vinous nose with dried fruit, caramel and pine needles. Malty, fruity, slightly roasted taste with notes of black-currant, toast, dark fruit, burnt rubber and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness and a light alcohol burn. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (737) - USA - JUL 5, 2013
Copper, clear, beige head. Aroma of nutty malt, toffee is restrained. Flavor of toffee, raisins, nutty notes, burnt sugar, leathery aged notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1695) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Ruby red color, white head. Bittersweet taste with caramel, hops, barley, pine, nuts and berries. Bitter finish with pine and nuts. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
On tap at Uno’s Hamilton during Philly Beer Week. The beer was pretty good. It simply did not stand up to Firestone Walker Sucaba, Founders Backwoods Bastard, or the 2 Uinta Beers that I had during this particular session. It would have been a standout if it was in the future sessions with the Weterbacher beers. Oh well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ellolovey (447) - Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a medium amber with a small foamy off-white head. Aro a of sweet malts, wood, dark fruits, and roasted malts. Taste just like the nose. Very sweet. Loaded with sweet malts balanced nicely by the hops. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Valgreen (640) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle at unibaren, 1 / 6 2013. Dark brown, small head. Aroma, Sweet malty, wine like, plums. Taste, malty sweet, bit bitter. Oaky mouth feel. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (763) - - MAY 30, 2013
Amber pour, very little head, no carbonation. Strong aroma of tangerine and toffee. Lots of citrus up front in this one - Tangerine, Orange, caramel, alcohol, oak is present but not overpowering by any stretch. Fullbodied. Nice winter sipper!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Pours clear and reddish copper with a scrumptious head of beige foam that fell to a thick cap and bewitching lace. Effervescing. Nose is strawberry, mango and sweet malt. Carmel toffee and as it warms sugar and molasses. Floral , oaky, and a little bread and butter. A musty breeze. First taste is sweet and then some. Juicy strawberry and mango and then the malt lays in it’s sweetness. There’s some alcohol warmth but on the second sip it’s alcohol on the palate. A touch of bitter to coat the throat as it goes down and some alcohol dryness. A bit of bread and butter in the dry finish. Body is thick and syrupy but also smooth and silky considering the candy sweetness and the alcohol presence. I am beginning to see why some people say that Southern Tier makes very sweet beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2013
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a cloudy amber with small beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a faint grain and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet vanilla malt and oak with boozey finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 10, 2013
A - Pours a hazy garnet brown. Tight off white head leaves minimal lacing. S - Roasted caramel malt, doughy fruit bread, dark cherries, some tropical fruit. T - Loads of caramel and toffee, caramelized brown sugar. Sugary cherries and fig brighten up the dense toffee while mild leafy and citrus hops breakthrough and add some spiciness. Bits of bitter pecan and pepper on the finish. M - Full thick body, chewy and creamy at times. Not sure how old this is buts it’s on the sweeter side of things, in a good way. Very rich and lots of complexity. This is more of a really well put together English Barleywine than it’s American counterpart. Serving type: bottle 08-16-2011

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