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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - 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!

   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

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
Rich ruby in colour, lingering tan coloured head, some patchy lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, some citrus, quite herbal, some alcohol, caramel sweetness, very fresh. The flavour is very hoppy again, moderate alcohol, light spice, lots of caramel, huge amount of citrus. Rich and chewy mouthfeel, medium/large body, high carbonation. Finishes long, very warm, some citrus. A hot and hoppy barley wine, quite good. It made me more and more thirsty as I drank this. Fantastic aroma, quite smooth.

650ml bottle from the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York graciously picked up for me by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>IPFreely, many thanks Tim.
Opened on June 22, 2007.
No best before date.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3575) - 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.

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