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RATINGS: 816   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Murky rust colored pour with a fizzle of white foam. Deep caramel, toffee, plum, raisin, sweet malt, and a touch of hop bitterness. Taste is dominated by raisin and plum with complimentary sweet malt and some pine. Light mouthfeel. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2749) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
From an aged 650ml brown bottle, ’08 I believe. Pours red brown, cloudy. Head dies fast, leaves a whitish ring. Nose has caramel/crystal malts, soft toasted malts, richer and deeper than expected. Taste of rich malts - caramel and toffee, toasty, grainy, orange notes and some sweetness. Some caramel in the finish and mild alcohol. Medium body with soft carbonation and lovely mouthfeel. A good aged barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
I’m very intrigued by the aftertaste on this one. Cannot quite pin it but it’s pretty agreeable. Detect some serious sweetness on the aftertaste for sure. Otherwise, a nice barley wine that will get you feeling pretty great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (6310) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2008 - Vinous and malts with some booze. Cloudy amber with a thin brown head. Candied orange and a bit of pine and huge malts. So well balanced with a slight bitterness to match the sweetness and absolutely stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (846) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Tap. Brownish red pour with off white head. Smells of wheat, malts and slight alcohol. Tastes of wheat and slight alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1812) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. (Not positive if this is the standard version or the oak aged.) Hazy brown pour with a creamy tan head. Huge toffee flavors! Salted vanilla caramels. Chocolate pudding. Molasses. Raisins. Body reads too thin, though finishes creamy. Bit of bite at the end as well. Cinnamon. Black pepper. Despite the watery body (which could be unique to this pour/keg/bar) this is really good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours deep orange with white/cream head. Deep grapefuit, candy, see toffee semll. Taste is warm caramel/citrus sugar taste. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (281) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2013
Very nice reddish color. Nice creamy white head. Aroma of caramel and american hops. Taste is caramel, raisins and american citrus hops. After a while a little oak character comes through. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EpicALE (5) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013 does not count
Smooth and crisp taste followed by a Belgian style after-taste. Strong wheat presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6634) - 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.

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