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RATINGS: 807   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Dark ruby color with a big tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruit and citrus hops. Flavor is very sweet, with flavors of berries, raisons and some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
22 oz bomber thanks to a trade with drewbeerme. Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick beige head. Nose is malty and fruity. Lots of red ripe fruit grapes, citrus, a little brown sugar. Sweet flavors to go with the nose all of that red ripe fruit bursting with a hint of licorice but no bitterness to balance out that sweetness. Pretty tasty none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007
Cloudy redish-mahogany body topped by a long-lasting beige head. Rather fruity on the nose with dark grapes, citrus fruits and why not some kiwis. Taste is basic but effective basic very sweet malts balanced by a generous dosage of leafy citrusy hops. Sticky body and alcohol well hidden. I also had this floral aroma and taste all along I drank my glass that I’d describe as “tulip-ish”. A very good beer but this is one of the rare beer that would benefit from a little aging. Next bottle I get I’ll let it stand there for a while before opening it, I’ll put it on the back burner, how ironic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2007
An amber apperance with a white head. Some molasses, raisins, and brown sugar in the aroma. The flavor is quite sweet with some caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and molasses. A very warming and nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Deep red color with a medium off-white head. Scents of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is strong, yet smooth with oats, caramel, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Sweet malty hoppy caramel flavor. Sweet malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Sweet malty finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby-copper body with a small white bubbly head. The aroma has thick juicy hops, fragrant grapefruit, plums, and pineapple. Oily hop flavour in a thick body. Not overly bitter just plainly resinous with some warming alcohol in the background. Apricot and pineapple fruitiness left with some caramel malt sweetness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Appearance: Pours a ruby-colored body with a short-lived, beige head. Smell: A rich, malty sweet aroma with plenty of fruitiness held within notes of black cherries and syrup-soaked plums. Taste: Strong, supporting malt backbone bringing flavors of sweet, charred caramel, dark fruits, and hints of chocolate. The beer certainly needs that malty brace for the sharp hop hit of soapy pine right at the end and into the long, lingering finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with a very thick, lush mouthfeel. Drinkability: Its all kinds of decent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2007
22 oz Bottle. Fresh. Split with friend. Pour is a deep murky purple/red. Head is just wisps of white and ring of white around the glass. Aroma is laden with spicy hops. Dry and dusty but they are well blended with a malt body of caramel candy sugar. The flavor is a pleasant blend of big sweet malt and cleansing spicy hops. An interesting beer. Not sure I would call it an English style BW, but I can see the reasoning with the dusty hops as opposed to the juicy resiny American hops.

   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.

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