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RATINGS: 798   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
22oz Bottle: Pours a very deep amber/ruby color with some clarity in the light and topped by a tan head that fades to a film. Nice looking. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and tropical fruits: mango, guava, berries, passion fruit. Also has some sweet candy-like malt notes. The mouth feel is slightly sticky. Has a sweet candy malt character but also has some hop bitterness. There’s also some fruity flavors with a berry-like component and sweeter fruits like mango and guava. There’s a later roasty hint and a minty touch which is warming on the way down. A decent Barley Wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2007
22oz bomber via trade with someone that is escaping my mind, and hmm. Honestly I’ve lost my mind because I should know. If you see my rating alert my drunken brain. I was just about to drink a porter and I realized I want a BW. Pours dark dark amber almost no light in but a bit through the head. The head is thing third finger with a tan color. The nose is complex but subtle, with fruit, maltiness, a touch of hops and a bit of candy sugar. The taste is remarkably smooth, sweet and yummy. Wow that is a very very smooth Barley Wine, that I doubt has much age on it. This is a somewhat hopy BW not bad after a DIPA, this is damn nice. Another great one from Southern Tier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy deep red with a medium off white head. Smells of dark fruits, malts, and a little hops come through as well. A little sweet cinnamon is present too. Taste has some good dark fruits, semi-sweet, with a big malt backbone. The hops come into play a little in the end which had some light brown sugar symptoms too. Lively carbonation, but easy drinking brew. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2007
2007 vintage bottle and enjoyed in my Great Lakes snifter, mucho thanks Todd!

The beer has a lovely mahogany hue topped by a lasting creamy beige head and left outstanding lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of resiny and herbal hops, pepper and clove, hint of grapefruit rine, brown sugar, earthy and leathery yeast esters. NICE

The taste profile starts with a healthy dash of hop bitterness and peppery spice before the midsection displays a syrupy malt and sugar sweetness with an additional undertone of fruit and mineral nuances. The finish is still rough around the edges with a tad too much alcohol bite (more noticed as it warms) but it show plenty of depth to make me believe it will be a keeper for a long time and yet still can be enjoyable in it’s young brash state. The mouth feel is sticky and heavy-bodied with some bite and aggressiveness.

I want more for it is quite yummy. This is worth two bottles, one for now and one for the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. It has that barleywine aroma: hoppy, malty and slightly citrusy. It has a thick strong palate, very heavy on the tongue. The first sips are very hoppy but as the beer warms it loses its strength of taste and some of its luster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Clear, transluscent dark amber, mahogany colored body, with barely a head at all. Sugary-sweet aroma, with a full nose of sweet plums, and mild malts and sugar cane. Brightly flavored. Mostly a pleasant earthiness coupled with smooth vanilla notes and lots of strawberries, plums, figs (m favorite!). Quite good, and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Clear burgundy pour, with a tiny ring of lace - aroma of dark fruits, carmelized brown sugar, chocolate, background herbal hops - a bit of an oily mouthfeel, but a tiny bit thin - burnt grains and a moderate hop flavor up front, followed by notes of black cherry, plums - herbal, tea-like flavors arrive late, coupling with grassy hops and a clean, raw can sugar sweetness - alcohol warmth crops up in the finish, along with lingering cookie/bready malts and carmelized sugar - one of the better high octane beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Bomber from Dickinsonbeer. Pretty ruby/amber color with large head. This beer is Big, Rich, and Chewy. Caramel roasted malt flavor with burt bitter finish. Pretty good BW.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2007
A clear, dark-reddish pour from a bomber bottle with a light tan head. A full malt, slightly sweet flavor. Heavy bodied with a rich mouth feel. The 85 IBU’s barely balance this robust presentation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
bomber. thanks to Dorwart for this. pours clear dark amber color with soapy off-white head. nose is very sweet and tropical fruity hops, some bread. Strong malt back bone is complimented by a heavy dose of hops. EtOH is well hidden. body is light and mouthfull is thin. Let’s see where this is next year.

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