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RATINGS: 814   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of shadey. A nice, well rounded bw w/ more hop presence than most. Nicely done. Smells like an IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2007
Poured a cloudy mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. Rich aroma of ruby-red grapefruit, pine forest, sweet wildberries, a bit of cinnamon. Taste is very well balanced with some citrusy hops nestling against some sweet and tart fruitiness, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. A bit of tartness as well as some earthy hoppiness and some slight dryness, though nowhere near indicative of 10% ABV. A bit of hoppy tartness remains at the back of the palate after the swallow to serve as a reminder of the delectably balanced strong ale you have just enjoyed. I can’t completely put my finger on it, but everything here just really clicked. An excellent barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2007
Bottle- pours a mohagany brownish red, with a small fizzy head. smells citrus hops cherry, molasses, and some whiskey. tastesberries,cherries to be exact, with a strong piney citrusy hoppy finish that is well balanced by the malty fruity sweetness. lingering brown sugar taste with some pepper/ mouthfeel is syrupy. I can see this one aging really well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Clear dark rusty red and brown colored body, very sharp hoppy, stenchy, sweaty Bigfoot-like nose of musty red wine, caramel and sugary, dense hops. Coarse and meaty mouthfeel and flavor, with meaty bacon and maple in the finish. Turns to sweet residual sugars later. God overall but a little too sweet and a bit too sweaty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
Bottle shared by sliffy. Deep crimson pour with a light tan head. Aroma of earhy/spicy/citrus hops coupled with caramel malts. Flavors of earthy hops, light coconut and cinnamon and a tinge of smoke. Solid body, soft carbonation with a bitter/spice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of scraff (and Dickinsonbeer!). Thanks, Scott! Pours a clear, amber-red color; off-white head with decent lacing. Candy sugar, wet malts, and citrus bitterness in the aroma. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of candy sugar, chewy malts, and citrus / floral bitterness; reasonably well-balanced and drinkable. Lengthy, candy sugar finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2007
Ken’s Thirsty Thursday Throw Down - Clear dark amber, thin lightly tanned head. Dank fruity hop nose with softer toffee and caramel tones. Pulls out some lighter vinous notes upon further warming. Flavor was front loaded with dark fruity tones and huge sweet hop notes. Falls a bit to the sweet side of balance. Medium to full bodied, soft slick carbonation, light bittersweet finish. Enjoyable now, but some age might do it wonders....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
22 oz bottle: Medium amber w/ coppery highlights and a thin, short lived lightl beige head. Grassy and piney hop notes start it off in the nose. Light alcohol notes, and tons of caramelly malt character. Also has a light, brown sugary touch. Some floral hoppy aroma show up after the beer warms a bit as does some light fig fruit from the combo of malts & alcohol. Bottle says dry hopped w/ Centennial and Amarillo..I ain’t getting it! Light toasty malt also makes an appearance when warmed. Starts out sweet, but finishes w/ a light, assertive bitterness. Herbal hoppy flavor is dominant over the bready and caramel malts. Pretty clean of fruity esters in the flavor. Aftertaste is herbal hops and bready malt, moreso the herbal hops. Some of the citrusy hops come in to the lingering aftertaste. Fuller body, lower medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol. I’m still not getting the dry hops, but oh well. maybe it’s just me today! Nice little beer though (I use the term little figuratively speaking)! Nice complexities as it warms w/ the malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 26, 2007
Pours a deep dark copperish brown with a light tan head. Aroma is loaded with caramel, spices, citrus. and dark fruit. Flavor is initially malty and grows more robust with citrus, dark fruit, and spices. Finish is full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle: Rusty copper colored pour with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel and brown sugar, some floral notes. Flavor, caramel, very malt forward, some earthy notes, sugars, and some slight spices. Alcohol didn’t really come through much to me, some bitterness on the finish. Not bad.


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