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RATINGS: 820   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Temptation (248) - - DEC 8, 2013
Deep reddish color, almost maroon, like a Bordeaux wine. Small and shortlasting head, leaving no lace. Aromas to caramel, cafe-au-lait, butter, some toffeish hints. Very malty, anyway. The mouthfeel is toffee, butter, caramel, biscuit, with a very hidden balance to orange peel. The texture is nor oily nor creamy, but both of them (velvety?), low carbonated, medium bodied, long development, balanced finish. Somewhat complex, the overall is extremely elegant, delicate and perfectly structured. An extraordinary barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2587) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
7/10/2010. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, dried fruit, spices, toffee. Malt, caramel, fruit and spice flavors that are in balance. The finish have some sweetness to it. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottled 13FEB12 Dark brown with deep amber character and a solid quilt of buttered cream foam. Smells nice. Toffee, leather, malts, coffee, caramel, more malt and a hint of oak. Nice nose. Flavor is sweet and alcoholic, not nearly as decadent as the olfactory. Malts and tannins and sweetness. Nothing special. Medium on full bodied with a light, touching carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2013
Bernsteinfarbig, geringe weisse schaumkrone, süsslich (melasse) und fruchtig im aroma, feinherb im abgang, feine rezenz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 (2757) - 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 (6511) - 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 (845) - 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 (1837) - 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!

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