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RATINGS: 811   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, BWSA, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.99 (sale) Aroma: amazing, delicious, tea, herbs, alluring. 10 out of 10. Visuals: beautiful, blood red moon, quickly thinning, off white head, interesting lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: blunt, delicious, silky, mild, surprising, very well crafted. 10 out of 10. Palate: dull, numbing, medium to long bitter finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: Taste is smooth and alcohol is amazingly disguised. Very interesting aroma — more than inviting. I would have it again, and it is a favorite. It was very well crafted. 20 out of 20.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours brownish red with small fizz. Smells like run soaked raisins and some bready notes. Tastes sweet, malted, fruity, a touch bitter, all with a hint of alcohol; all very well wrapped together. Full-bodied with a sticky texture and extremely soft mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Back Burner finishes with a touch of alcohol burn and sweetness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2012
Shared botle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Deep amber in color with a small off white head. Aromas of sweet malts, nuts, dried dark fruits, somewhat earthy tones. Rich taste of sweet caramel, nuts and malts. Nice bitterness. Again, I think they’re cheating. A really great BW. Recommended!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Festus69 (18) - - NOV 24, 2012
Oh mommy is this good or what??!! This is a great barleywine. Just enough sweetnes but not too much and the mix of flavors will drive you insane!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Southfarm (2) - NORWAY - JAN 12, 2013 does not count
Smooth and malty, still some hops remaining. Small alcohol burn at the finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AmericanHobo (43) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours a nice maghonany red with a nose of vanilla. Hints of cherry, bourbon and candy sugar mingle for a complex taste that lingers on palate. Taste changes as it warms. A great Barleywine!!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emgesp (10) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a dark amber, with a average head that forms great great lacing down the glass. Smell is of fruits and figs, but I sense no strong alcohol prescense. There is great balanced between bitters and sweetness. Though, both flavors are at the max here. Strong hop bitterness stays on the tongue for a couple of lip smacks (LOVE IT). Mouthfeel is very silky and velvet like all the way down. This is a super sipper beer for sure, one bottle will be enough for most. I’m really impressed by Southern Tier lately. They have awsome Imperial IPAs, Stouts, and now a Barley Wine. TWO PINTS UP FOR THIS BREW.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Deep brandy hue with no head. Aroma is sweet caramel, honey, malt, dried dark fruit. Sweet flavor with a well hidden alcohol finish. Oily flat and sticky. Full bodied. Just incredible.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from tap into a small (10 or 12oz) nonic pint glass and served right at the brewery in there own bar The Empty Pint. Appearance: A small finger of just off white head sits on top of a mahogany reddish brown colored beer. The body looks thick and blurry when held up to the light. Its head quickly fades to a slick ring of lace. Smell: In the nose I get a big blast of sweet, rich, bready and somewhat fruity malt. Hops can also be found in the nose and they add just a touch of citrus. Taste/Palate: The flavor is like caramel covered raisins and baked apples with hints of plum and nectarine wrapped up in sweet bready and pie crust like maltiness. Add to this a nice warm boozy character and some mellow hops with modest notes of citrusy grapefruit rind and herbal bitterness. It feels quite firm on the palate and smooth but still lightly carbonated. (slow sipper) Notes: When I think Barley Wine, this is about what I think of. It has loads of malt complexity first, which is then backed up with hops. Backburner is a very enjoyable Barley Wine!!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3387) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
650ml bottle. Copper in colour with red flecks that catch the light. Pale sandy foam that clings to the edge of the glass. Big cracking caramel malt aroma that is powerful and fills the nose. Creamy texture while it is in the mouth and leaves a long strong aftertaste. Perfect for sipping on a winters night.


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