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Southern Tier Back Burner

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RATINGS: 829   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2702) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1413) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a copper color with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, pine hops, some alcohol, and some spices. Thick on the palate with caramel and sweet malts, dark fruits and finishes with lots of pine hops. Bitter finish with some alcohol that lingers. Not sure I really like the amount of hops on this barley wine. I know that plenty of Southern Tier beers are hoppy but leave it to those ones and not the barley wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2007
(22oz bottle, thanks scraff) Small off-white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape, caramel, some cherry, grapefruit. Taste is sweet, caramel, grape, grapefruit, light spruce. Full body with some stickiness and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2007
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.. Clear dark ruby red colour. Low creamy tan-coloured foam. As the beer warms up, the aroma is quite fantastic and complex. First some biding hoppy motes of grapefruit and wet grass. Later on sweet and almost sticky notes of caramel, figs, vanilla, crackers and leaves. Full and rather bitter flavour of grapefruit and leaves with dense sweet notes of raison, figs and red berries. Clean american mouthfeel. Grapefruit, grass and alcohol in the long finish with a slight stickiness from the caramel malt.A powerfull offering, a sippers delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and sandy hoppiness carefully perfumes the peachy caramel before herbal and leafy hop bitterness claims the back of the tongue. This levelled Barley Wine remains a flavorful libation throughout, if not as impressive as some other Southern Tier strong ale offerings.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Frothy foam dwindles into the clear copper.
-Amarillo hops stand out proficiently.
-The smooth cleanliness of the maltiness is impressive, yet lacks some of the tongue-smacking goodness I enjoy in my favorite examples of the style.
-Alcohol is well concealed in the round maltiness.


   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8885) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - 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.

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