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RATINGS: 828   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Clear burgundy pour, with a tiny ring of lace - aroma of dark fruits, carmelized brown sugar, chocolate, background herbal hops - a bit of an oily mouthfeel, but a tiny bit thin - burnt grains and a moderate hop flavor up front, followed by notes of black cherry, plums - herbal, tea-like flavors arrive late, coupling with grassy hops and a clean, raw can sugar sweetness - alcohol warmth crops up in the finish, along with lingering cookie/bready malts and carmelized sugar - one of the better high octane beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (975) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2015
22 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, dark roasted malt, raisins, dark fruit. Full bodied, nice barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1716) - GREECE - OCT 7, 2015
650ml bottle. Unclear dark amber color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, fruity, light hoppy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft cabonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2015
American English-style barley wine, from an older bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft. Loose, yellowish beige, irregular head over an eventually murky, amberish hazelnut brown beer. Aroma of fresh, lightly moist rye bread, hazelnut paste, cashew nuts, brown rhum, candied figs, cornflakes, milk chocolate, marzipan, cognac, white pepper. Rich candied sweetness, marmelade, hazelnuts with a very subtle sourish edge, very soft carbo, vinous mouthfeel as it should be in a barley wine; the main part consists of deliciously thick caramelly malts, nutty with a chocolatey touch, balanced with a light spicy and leafy hop bitterness and warming, liqueurish alcohol. Very rich and warming BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9520) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle( presumably filled by Abraham Lincoln himself…): Almost clear, ruby to copper coloured, stable medium-sized off-white head; dried fruits plus traces of almonds, caramel and leather in the moderate to solid sweet nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, not very full bodied; raisins and caramel in the relatively dry bitter-sweet finish. Easy drinking and well balanced…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Pours a dark brown colour with a slim head which dissipates quickly but leaves a light ring. The aroma is sweet caramel malt. the taste I notice a light light bitterness I think from the Chinook hops and a sweet alc. finish which is smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (1245) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle found randomly at a store this week from February 2013. Copper. Some oak, caramel, sweet, a touch of vanilla, some faint cherry. A little thin on the feel but, not too bad. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hophead1234 (46) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1494) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmrmwel (1432) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (560) - 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!

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