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RATINGS: 816   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. Its 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. 15L

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Pours to a viscous mahogany brown body with a creamy tall beige head and awesome lacing. The aroma is hoppy with citrus and has a dusty graininess to it. The hops vanish in the aroma soon after the pour. The flavor is grainy alcoholic malts with a nice creamy toffee and nougat. More old-ale-ish than a barleywine. The palate is medium bodied and creamy. Light bitterness. Flavor has pine resin to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Nice well hopped aroma fairly piney a good amount of carmel some raisens the hops definatelly fade when in an open glass. Pours a muddy brown w/ a full tan well laced head. Palate is pretty avg in my book a little thinner than Id like for a big beer. Flavor is big and full, carmels some light raisens hints of apples almost a bit of dry wood and a light pine. almost like a dry hopped old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Aroma:caramel,pine hops,grapes... Appearance:Clear ruby red,good head... Flavor:caramel,light toffe flavor,light wood flavor,cheery mixed with pine hops...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2007
Hazy dark ruby color; very thin head. The aroma shows some apples, less powerful than expected, with light hop flowers. Strong body, full malty, a lot of caramel flavor, very well combined with a strong hopping (85 IBU), of good quality. Hoppier than an English Barley Wine, maltier than an American Ale, it misses some stronger aromatic character, but its still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4305) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Vintage 2007. 22oz bottle. sweet malt aroma. Cherries, caramel. rich malt flavors. very bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5277) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
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Bottle: The aroma is a combination of chocolate, caramel, oxidation, faint smoke, and mild citrus hops. It pours a transparent garnet with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and caramel. There is some light fruitiness in the background. The finish has some light notes of oxidation and very mild citrus hops. The mouthfeel is a tad thin for a Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Thank you Holdenn for sharing this beer. Red brown with nice brown head. Lots of fruit in the nose, especially strawberry and some pineapple, sweet malt and some dough. Flavor is unlike any barley wine I had tasted before, lots of sweet fruit, slight pine bitterness, some dough. Full body. Very tasty and well done, but defintely not a big hop bomb like most American style barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1522) - 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.

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