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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Pours a clear deep ruby with a large mostly-lasting beige head. Looks great! Nice sweet malty aroma with a good amount of c-hops, some fruit and brown sugar. Flavour is fruity and malty with plenty of hops, a bit of alcohol and a long bitter finish. Holy shit that’s easy to drink! What’s the abv on this sucker? 10%? You wouldn’t know it. Medium to full bodied. Really good stuff, I have no problem drinking a bomber of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Dark ruby red, very little head. Dark fruit aroma, alcohol. Really nice taste - lots of alcohol and lots of hops, real hop bite in this barley wine. Nice fruity linger. Mouthfeel is great - almost quenching and crisp. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23711) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Nut brown, almost no head. Aroma of black currant and bubblegum. Sweet and thick with hard mouthfeel. Some syrup and salt mixes with black currant juice. Long piney bitterness. An unusual barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Very pretty deep crimson body. Thin light tan head recedes slowly and fully. Appears viscous. Lacing is nonexistent. Lovely aroma is piney and minty from bold hoppiness. Caramel malt is fresh and blends well with the specific hop bill. Alcohol is moderate, much of which is adequately concealed by fruit notes. Flavor has a full, rustic sawdust character. Hop profile is absolutely delicious. This is definitely a flavor composite I’ll enjoy the most when fresh. Bitterness is medium-high, sweetness is medium-high as well. These two traits balance out evenly. Palate is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and quite smooth and mellow. Finishes very dry with lingering toasty caramel sweetness, signifigant warming coming very late. Southern Tier has another winning recipe, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Dark amber/ruby. Small dense, tan head. Aroma is floral, vegetal, caramel/toffee, berries, resinous hops. Similar flavor- less vegetal, more resinous, piney hops, sweet caramel/toffee malt, florals, a bit of dark dried fruit showing up as it warms, subtle alcohol in the finish. Full body, balanced carbonation, lightly syrupy. Very good, drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2958) - 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 (1517) - 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 (13313) - 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 (9411) - 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.


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