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RATINGS: 814   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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bomber from Secret Santa. Aroma had a good citrus hiting the nose at first. By middle to finish a dirty dish rag aroma appeared. Amber body with tan head. Flavor was sweet thicker textured carmel malt with some citrus hop. Sweetness lingered on the palate but smooth with alcohol not a factor drickable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle sampled on 5/8/07: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a lightly-lacing, spotty light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt with some earthy, green grapefruity hops. Body starts with nice fullness and sweet caramel malt well balanced with good, fresh grapefuity hops. Finishes bittersweet and crisp, hiding the alcohol well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2007
22 0z bottle. Dark reddish copper in color with a little white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Citrusy caramel notes. Malty caramel and hoppy flavor. Very hoppy and roasty notes. Sweet tasting. Medium bodied. Finish is bitter. Drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2007
22 oz bottle. Man, this shit is hoppy. It does burn the back of the mouth with stinging hops. There’s quite a bit of maltiness to try to balance it out, Some smoky tobacco as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Rich, dark amber in color. Tan foamy head. Amazingly malty sweetness, slighy roasty, definetly malty. Its not over carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3538) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a moderate light tan head that left partial lacing on the glass all the way to the bottom. Very pleasant sweet aroma of caramel and fruit. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side with caramel being the dominant flavoring along with some raisins and apples. Really not much of an alcohol burn to speak of. Nice buttery mouthfeel. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 17, 2007
22oz bottle - crystal clear medium ruby red color with smallish light tan head. Aroma is full of lightly toasted caramel, bit of apricot, orangel peel, cream. Flavor is malty, fair amount of herbal hops and light caramel, bit of metallic off notes, with a balanced finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Sweet aroma, lightly malty with a gentle, nice little citrus and Centennial hop aroma, just a touch of caramel. Huge deep red body, clear with slow medium carbonation and a medium, fizzy, unattractive tanned head. Body is very full and somewhat acidic, hopcit picking up with time, cutting and hefty from the alcohol, and a bit too heavy. Alcohol burn in the fade out. Light bitterness, but the story here is the big, full maltiness. Caramel, toffee, and light figs with somewhat repressed red fruit. Have to say now, I’ve had enough ST to be unimpressed; a good example of how “imperializing” or adding body does not automatically improve a beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2007
22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY (June 2007) sampled at cellar temperature or slightly below from a Maudite glass. Very deep, clear rust-tinged bronze, smallish quick-fading head leaving a touch of lacing....pretty typical rough, resinous PNW hoppy aroma, more bark-y and piney than most, citrus characteristics are muted, overall not terribly interesting and surprisingly rather weak....thick, syrupy, very sweet body is at first a nice sipper, with a modicum of vanilla in there with the wood-tinged caramels, but as it dries out towards the finish it becomes astringent, alcoholic, and medicinal, and the thickness in the body combined with very low combination makes for a seriously cloying, hard to drink beverage. Sadly I have lost just about all faith in this brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bomber in a blind tasting with Great Divide Old Ruffian and Green Flash BW. This came in 2nd, behind Green Flash. Oily, vinegar, chocolate and roast aroma. Deep and dank. Aroma was unusual for the style yet still fitting, and certainly interesting. Firm, light, sweet, fair body. Not too complex, but zero alcohol burn and as refreshing as a barleywine could be. This is very different but rather enjoyable.


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