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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours red/copper with a decent size beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, spices, citrus, and hops. The flavor is sweet, caramel, fruit, citrus, spices, and a hoppy alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1408) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2007
Pours a dark red color, with minimal head and carbonation. A faint hop aroma starts the beer off, with a heavy malt flavor, that ends with a long bitter/alcohol finish. Thick palate makes this a sipping beer, overall not a bad first attempt at the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby chestnut color with a medium sized beige colored head. Aroma is floral hops which almost disguises the caramel malts. Flavor is huge hops, grapefruit, caramel malts, some dried fruit notes. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter. The hops are so dominating right now it hides much of the barleywine flavors. This defintely need to sit a while, at least for my tastes. Would like to re-rate in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle. Very clear chestnut brown color pour with a tan head. Fairly tame aroma... big malts, balanced with hops though, sour citrus - not hugely complex. Flavor is better... malts, caramel, really light hops, flat finish. Watery on the palate. I’m not sure I really understand this beer, it doesn’t have that velvety texture, chewy hops, or big malt that I like in barleywines. Usually the beer will have one of the three. This beer IS well balanced, but not conventional. The best thing I can say about this beer is that it hides its ABV very well. Note - it did get better as it warmed, more flavorful at least, but I didn’t bump the rating up at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
22oz bottle pours copper with a fair tan head. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, pine, and some candi sugar. Flavor is good caramel, candi sugar, and a nice dose of grapefruit and pine hops. Some good pineapple flavor as well shows the balance. Smooth throughout and rather sticky sweet on the palate. Nice barleywine.. I was pleasantly surprised by this one..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Deep ruby copper color. Nice khaki colored head and lace that clings to glass throughout. Aroma of caramel, sour/dried fruits, citrusy hops, bit of pine. Medium-full chewy body, carbonation carries the brew well, flavor is alot like the nose, got some hoppy bitterness but also has a very good hop flavor as well. Balanced, cool hop burps and a nice kick. Kinda like a cross of big foot and foghorn (when it was good in small bottles) Good BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Clear ruby copper pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, figgy fruit, slight nut and port notes. Medium to dense palate heft, with flavor notes of caramel malt, brown sugar, and mid-palate figs, plums, port, slight cognac, and slight oaky earthy notes. I consider this one a very good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2007
Poured a deep ruby color, nice cream head, very sweet grassy smell...Taste was slightly sweet malty grass up front with bitter finish...I like a sweeter barley wine myself, but this one was pretty decent....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2007
Deep mahogany colored liquid accompanied by a thin off-white head. Rich fruity aroma, notes of figs, plum, and some lightly toasted malts. Pine-like hops and a moderate bitterness are accompanied by light citrus notes and hints of roast/toast. Light caramel sweetness near the finish followed by another dose of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Hoppy aroma with a nice sweet malt scent. Dark reddish brown with a medium head that laces. Medium palate. Nice roasted malt righ away that then quickly gives way to the hop attack. Big hop aftertaste as well.

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