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RATINGS: 828   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
“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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and dark copper/mahogany color. This is the best smelling Barleywine I can remember. Aroma is northwest hops-citrus/pine, medium malt-molasses/chocolate. Taste is right in line with the stronger side of the style northwest hops-citrus/pine/ resin/very bitter, medium malt-molasses/chocolate, dark fruit, plastic, alcohol. OK carbonation. Also could be an I2PA/American Strong Ale then saw on label- an imperial barleywine. Nice hop profile, but total beer not my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Dark purple pour, small white head. Aroma is dark berries. Flavor is caramel, berries, chocolate, and a touch of roasted malt. Caramel lingers in the aftertatse bigtime. Lots of fresh leafy hops but low on bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with some smoke in the finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
Bouteille 2007 (650ml), courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur rouge-brune foncée et transparente. Nez malté de caramel toffee sucré légèrement rôti, de houblon citrique (pamplemousse) aux petites notes herbeuses et terreuses, fruité (raisins, prunes, léger d’agrumes, petites notes de figues), léger d’alcool et de biscuits ainsi que des notes de sucre brun. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture moyennement crémeuse et sirupeuse. Goût fruité (moyen de raisins et de prunes, notes d’agrumes, traces de figues) et accompagné d’un goût moyennement amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse) et aux notes terreuses (présent toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel toffee bien sucré et moyennement rôti ainsi qu’un léger goût de biscuits et de faibles notes de sucre brun et de chocolat noir parallèlement à un moyen goût d’alcool doux et un peu réchauffant puis en finale l’on assiste à un regain d’amertume de houblon légèrement plus terreuse et herbeuse ainsi qu’avec des petites notes résineuses. Post-goût long, moyennement amer de houblon citrique, légèrement herbeux et terreux avec un moyen goût rôti, fruité (moût de raisins, zest d’agrumes) et également un léger goût d’alcool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bomber.. Pours a clear copper in color with a white lacey head. This beer is full of malty, sweetness with some dried fruit and caramel flavors. The finish is full and warm with a good bit of alcohol. A pretty solid barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Short and sweet...I really enjoyed this one from Southern Tier. The sweetness is very well balanced out by the hops so neither taste is overbearing. A nice beer and a nice price at $5.99, I will be drinking this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3062) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper color with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruitiness, and some mild citrus hops. Flavor is very well balanced and fairly sweet with dark fruits, sweet malts, light toffee, and notes of grapefruit with a nice bittersweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22oz - First brew 2007 - Aroma is very strong. Raisin, prune, molasses, alcohol, brown sugar and sharp hop bitterness. Pours mahogany with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is a bit more "old house" than the aroma but otherwise matches. Palate is sticky with the alcohol there but not overpowering. Mellow, flavorful and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Clear toffee body, medium cream head, patchy. Aroma of dense, burnt caramels, toffee, toast, and prickly alcohol. Big, faded citrusy hops punch the palate, coating the heavy, burnt caramel and toast malts with a bitter astringency. Basic, not stretching any boundaries. Southern Tier has a distinct yeast strain that leaves a dusty, slightly medicinal characteristic in all of their beers. Sweetness increases as the beer warms. Not bad, but rather plain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
22-oz bottle received via trade with adam_john. Pours a rubied brown with a spare, fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, nutty, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of brown sugar and pear. Full bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
22 oz bomber. Dark brown brew with a fast-fading white head. Lovely aroma with a sweet rich maltiness. Strong citrus and a biscuit/cookie dough maltiness. Aroma is quite hoppy but this shows good balance as well. Flavour shows sweet toasty/cookie dough maltiness and sweet grapefruity/orange citrus. Light cherry as well. Slight chewy but nowhere near cloying. Surprisingly drinkable for a such a big beer. Rich and sweet with an orange marmalade flavour. Nice smoky caramelized brown sugar on the back behind all the citrus and biscuit. A lovely elegant beer.

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