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Southern Tier Back Burner

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RATINGS: 834   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. It has that barleywine aroma: hoppy, malty and slightly citrusy. It has a thick strong palate, very heavy on the tongue. The first sips are very hoppy but as the beer warms it loses its strength of taste and some of its luster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Clear, transluscent dark amber, mahogany colored body, with barely a head at all. Sugary-sweet aroma, with a full nose of sweet plums, and mild malts and sugar cane. Brightly flavored. Mostly a pleasant earthiness coupled with smooth vanilla notes and lots of strawberries, plums, figs (m favorite!). Quite good, and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Clear burgundy pour, with a tiny ring of lace - aroma of dark fruits, carmelized brown sugar, chocolate, background herbal hops - a bit of an oily mouthfeel, but a tiny bit thin - burnt grains and a moderate hop flavor up front, followed by notes of black cherry, plums - herbal, tea-like flavors arrive late, coupling with grassy hops and a clean, raw can sugar sweetness - alcohol warmth crops up in the finish, along with lingering cookie/bready malts and carmelized sugar - one of the better high octane beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Bomber from Dickinsonbeer. Pretty ruby/amber color with large head. This beer is Big, Rich, and Chewy. Caramel roasted malt flavor with burt bitter finish. Pretty good BW.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2007
A clear, dark-reddish pour from a bomber bottle with a light tan head. A full malt, slightly sweet flavor. Heavy bodied with a rich mouth feel. The 85 IBU’s barely balance this robust presentation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
bomber. thanks to Dorwart for this. pours clear dark amber color with soapy off-white head. nose is very sweet and tropical fruity hops, some bread. Strong malt back bone is complimented by a heavy dose of hops. EtOH is well hidden. body is light and mouthfull is thin. Let’s see where this is next year.

   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 (3919) - 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 (11251) - 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.

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