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RATINGS: 822   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


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3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Wonderful aroma of spice and pumpkin notes. Light reddish appearance. Taste is a little skunky, malty flavor. Not impressed by this beer.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hophead1234 (21) - - APR 9, 2015
Medium to deep copper, thick lace. Full body, silky texture, well but subtly flavored, wonderful balance. Sweet but not cloying, enough acidity and bitterness to balance. Very malty but not surprizingly, almost no hops

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1389) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Over three years old. Has a clear, dark amber color and a small, light beige head. Aroma of caramel, black currants, leather, grapefruit, pine and some ammonia. Rich flavor of pine, leather, wood, caramel and grassy hops in the background. Has a silky and rich mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A powerful, round and sweet barley wine with a touch of hops in the background.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmrmwel (1215) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber, with a small creamy offwhite head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, with grains and some alcohol. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with grain, notes of wood and a hot sting of alcohol, as well as raisins and notes of something herbal caraway-ish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (460) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 16, 2015
650 ml bottle from Cervezalandia.es, Spain. Dark red color with beige head. Aroma is caramel, bread and vanilla. Taste is sweet with caramel, malts, vanilla, and something like vanilla ice-cream. Some milk notes too on the aftertaste. Full body with low carbonation. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2036) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2015
Flaska från SB. 2011 vintage. Smak och doft av humle, karamell, honung, torkad frukt, russin, madeira. Rund och len, fruktig, fina smaker, stor sötma men som är välintegrerade med övriga smaker, välbalanserad helt enkelt.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2421) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
Flaska från SB. 2011 vintage. Relativt stiltypisk BW utan särskilt mycket humle. Stor söt kropp med stora djupa dofter och smaker. Karamell, honung, toffee, molass, söt torkad frukt, russin, madeira väl integrerade smaker och alkohol, komplex, känns nästan äldre än sina fyra år men har fortfarande mycket kraft. Riktigt gott.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1409) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2015
On tap at the GA Chapter Room. Dark brown pour, with a thin, beige head. The aroma is toffee, dates, molasses, spruce, black cherries, and some peat and black pepper. Very sweet flavor, with a nice background bitterness. Heavy body, fairly effervescent, velvety, creamy and smooth. This is a fantastic, complex, and well made beer. Brilliant nose, and a nearly perfect mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8316) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2015
22 oz bottle. From the brewery. Clear deep amber colour with a tiny head. Dessert wine, a ton of sweetness and malt in the aroma. Super sweet flavour with malt and portwine. Intoxicating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2194) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, hops, & fruit; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, spicy hops, dark fruit, citrus, and spice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Not overly complex - but pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (456) - - NOV 7, 2014
Medium to deep copper, thick lace. Full body, silky texture, well but subtly flavored, wonderful balance. Sweet but not cloying, enough acidity and bitterness to balance. Very malty but not surprizingly, almost no hops, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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