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RATINGS: 825   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2981) - 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

3.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Deep ruby, large foamy sand colored head, web like lacing.   Astringent citrus peel and caramel malt aroma.   Notes of biscuits as well.   Pale citrus peel, lighter malts, slight biscuity hints on the tongue.   Does not feel like 10% at all, and at the same time it doesn’t feel malty enough.   The character is mainly the citrus rind and its white bits, with a low malt profile.   Bitterness doesn’t seem to be hop oriented.   Light on the backside, somewhat warming but then again lighter than I would think the 10% suggests.   Either that or this ABV is very well hidden, which it might be.   Moderate to full body, moderate mouthfeel.   Citrus rind rounds out the finish.   Some sweetness, slightly malty, but not as sticky as I would have thought for such a high ABV Barley Wine.   Good, tasty, but not exceptional.   Doesn’t have a lot of hop character, so down the road I don’t know this one would turn out.   For a young Barley Wine its enjoyable, but given time I don’t know that it would get much better.   Just doesn’t seem big enough.   Anyways, enough of my blabbering... I still did enjoy this one simply because it was not brash nor over the top with hops.   I just wanted a bit more malt character to counter the citrus bitterness.   Only time will tell.   Thanks to Jah Noth for hooking me up with another nice Souther Tier brew!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/08/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

clear dark amber, wispy beige head, drops of lace, big sweet dark caramel malt aroma with earthy hops, creamy body, rich dark caramel flavor, sweet dark fruit character, light balancing bitterness adds some balance but lets the sweet fruit dominate, a bit of piney sweetness in the background, light warmth, upon warming the flavors meld really well,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Post-Mondial Tasting. Citrus hops, malty nose, deep copper, small toffee head. Strong taste of malts, orangey hops infusion. Full bodied, very well balanced, bitter, too easily drinking for 10%. Terrific!


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