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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
22 oz bottle. Clear ruby amber pour. The aroma was initially metallic with grass, alcohol and fig. As it started to warm I thought I noted hints of plastic. Also, in the flavor, I initially noted plastic, but this eventually dissipated and the flavor grew on me. Hints of caramel and chocolate, some semi-slick syrup sweetness that had dark fruit with alcohol. A bit raw. Medium creamy body. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
bomber. thanks to eljefe for this. pours clear over ripe plum color with soapy off-white head. nose is very sweet and tropical fruity hops - pinnapple, oh and some green apple in there too. flavor has a rum raisin, dark fruits, slightly charred and bubble gummy, cotton candy, and cookie. abv is well hidden. body is light and mouthfull is thin. i was expecting this to have more hop bitterness due to the hoppy nose but this came off as having an american bw nose with an english bw syrupy sweet flavor. this is what i’d think a hoppy bw blended with a quad would taste like. whatever it is, it isn’t pulled off that well. decent, but i dont think i need to try this again soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Thanks Derek, this was good drinking for a young fresh BW.The malt was enjoyable in the aroma, there was lace on the opaque brown. Amarillo and C-hop. Appropriate above-average carbonation. Above average mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Reddish body with beige head. The aroma is caramel, vinous, toffee, red berries and citrus. The flavor is grapefruit, toffee, caramel and fairly sweet. Full, sticky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Pours a clear deep ruby with a large mostly-lasting beige head. Looks great! Nice sweet malty aroma with a good amount of c-hops, some fruit and brown sugar. Flavour is fruity and malty with plenty of hops, a bit of alcohol and a long bitter finish. Holy shit that’s easy to drink! What’s the abv on this sucker? 10%? You wouldn’t know it. Medium to full bodied. Really good stuff, I have no problem drinking a bomber of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Dark ruby red, very little head. Dark fruit aroma, alcohol. Really nice taste - lots of alcohol and lots of hops, real hop bite in this barley wine. Nice fruity linger. Mouthfeel is great - almost quenching and crisp. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21897) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Nut brown, almost no head. Aroma of black currant and bubblegum. Sweet and thick with hard mouthfeel. Some syrup and salt mixes with black currant juice. Long piney bitterness. An unusual barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Very pretty deep crimson body. Thin light tan head recedes slowly and fully. Appears viscous. Lacing is nonexistent. Lovely aroma is piney and minty from bold hoppiness. Caramel malt is fresh and blends well with the specific hop bill. Alcohol is moderate, much of which is adequately concealed by fruit notes. Flavor has a full, rustic sawdust character. Hop profile is absolutely delicious. This is definitely a flavor composite I’ll enjoy the most when fresh. Bitterness is medium-high, sweetness is medium-high as well. These two traits balance out evenly. Palate is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and quite smooth and mellow. Finishes very dry with lingering toasty caramel sweetness, signifigant warming coming very late. Southern Tier has another winning recipe, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Dark amber/ruby. Small dense, tan head. Aroma is floral, vegetal, caramel/toffee, berries, resinous hops. Similar flavor- less vegetal, more resinous, piney hops, sweet caramel/toffee malt, florals, a bit of dark dried fruit showing up as it warms, subtle alcohol in the finish. Full body, balanced carbonation, lightly syrupy. Very good, drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2640) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
This is a barley that I enjoyed. Dark reddish brown - thin head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and booze. Palate is very sweet, syrupy thick. And I like that they balance it more than some with the hops.

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