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RATINGS: 809   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 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 (7729) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
Got some sweet malt,slight hops and a bit of alcohol in the aroma.Pours a very deep copper with a medium off white head.Malt,hops and alcohol stand out in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2331) - California, USA - APR 13, 2007
I was drinking this with hot sausage, and it was almost a drain pour. The alcoholic heat was magnified. I didn’t base my rating on that though. Reddish brown, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel, floral, various fruits. More or less what you’d expect from an American style BW. Fairly sweet finish with detectable alcohol, but also a fair share of hop bitterness. Overall I thought it was decent but there was too much heat for my liking. It definitely has aging potential though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2007
I have to say wasn’t a fan of barley wine but thought I would give this a shot and glad I did. Poured a tea color body and an off white head, a very nice head. smell was bitter raisins, taste was fruity and nice. For as much abv, this was a nice smooth taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2007
Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a thinning off white head and good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits- passion fruit and mango, citrusy hops, moderate crystal malts, light sweetness, similar to Green Flash, even a bit of alcohol burn on the nose as it warms. More fruity and citrusy hop flavor, with some light floral and herbal hints, light sweet caramel malts, nothing too big, some earth in the end, and a bit more alcohol. Body is medium- not too syrupy or thick. Good easy drinking barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 10th rater. Twist off cap on this 650ml bomber. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass with a very small head. Looks almost brown colored but when viewed against the light one can see this is an extremely dark ruby red color. Almost complete clarity in the light and absolutely no clarity away from the light. Aroma is hop heavy with lightly citrus-ed pine-y gassiness. Aroma is full and heavy with a spiked feel on the nostrils. Light alcohol hints hidden underneath all those hops. There is enough strong caramel maltiness underneath the hops to offset it. A very young Bigfoot-like feel to it. Taste is similarly hop filled with a similar malt flavors adding a good amount of sweetness and heaviness to the flavor but overall not as heavy as the aroma would indicate. An interplay of sweetness from malt and hops throughout. A medium-strong bitterness intersects the sweetness and finishes with a burnt caramel aftertaste. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more apparent and the sweetness a bit overwhelming. Its a hefty body and slightly under-carbonated, creating for a strong presence on the cheeks. A very nice West Coast barleywine from a nice NYS brewer.

Tasted blind @ Cornboy’s 2nd Annual BW tasting. Don’t know how much stock I put into my own blind tastings but here it goes. Piney hops dominant aroma. Taste starts with pine and ends with slightly empty raisins. 7/3/7/3/15. Pretty close the original rating. Bottle was same batch but about a year old.

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