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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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ďEvanscent Oak CharacterĒ 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. Itís 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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EamonTheGreat (89) - USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at Yogi's in Bloomington. Pours amber with a decent head and some lacing. Nice bourbon aroma that's not too strong when you drink it. A quality barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4164) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Oak and vanilla aromas. Sweet caramel and toffee upfront turning to oak in the lasting resin finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
metalhead0043 (141) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
22 oz for 9 bucks. DOB was 2/14/12. I hope that doesnít affect the taste. Pours a rusty/caramel type of color with a small off-white head. Aroma is heavily malty, with some whiffs of alcohol, piney hops and fruit coming through. Taste is malty up front with the fruity flavor really coming through too. There is a bit of alcohol and oak flavoring in the finish. Body is medium with a slick texture. This is a quite nice barleywine ale. I approve.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (236) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Pour is hazy amber rust with a modest off white head and ok lacing. Smell is very earthy and bready with wood and caramel notes as well as raisin, orange and pineapple. Alcohol present and some piney hops as well. Taste is heavy malt with caramel sweetness, oak is prevalent, the raisin and pineapple along with dark fruit also shine through. A hop profile gives the perfect bitterness and slight citrus finish to achieve balance. Mouthfeel is chewy and robust. I love barley wines and this oneís pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (1737) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2013
A: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Mild Brown Head, Decent Lacing S: Caramel, Vanilla, Raisins, Sweet Malts T: Caramel, Raisins, Sweet Malts, M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sweet Overall, a nice barleywine that isnt over powering and the oak aging takes some of the sweetness away and mellows it out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2056) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
southern tier vs. founders at tap and mallet score 1 for southern tier. Pretty nice. candied oranges in the aroma waft out. Palate is complex. Sweet, malty. Sticky, thick. Dry oak finish. Very decent. Glad to finally find this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Maple syrup colored with 2cm of dense, off white head. Aroma is sweet with juicy plum and butter baked pineapple notes. Taste is the same but more attenuated with drying oak notes, that arenít as smooth as Iíd hoped. I think Iíd prefer the bourbon barrel version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1425) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of oak and dark fruit invites you to take that first sip. Taste is oak, creamy, little dark fruit, sweetness of caramel malt, and it has a dry oak finish. Alcohol is well balanced. Great lacing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22oz bottle (repeatedly poured) into a snifter. A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a beautiful glow. Given the small glass size, there isnít much head - just a thin off-white film, and even that retains itself poorly. The beautiful shade gives it a few extra brownie points. S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth in this one. The hops seem faded at this point (not unexpected) with only faint notes of melon, peach, and lemongrass. I also pick up additional oaky, vanilla tones as it opens up in the glass. Competent without bowling me over in any way. T: This opens very fruity on the tongue. There are still some front-loaded hop flavors (itís almost like a lemon cake, in a manner), without any obnoxious bitterness anywhere on the palate. Finish is subtly oaky, but more dominated by sweet, buttery vanilla - and after some time, some boozy touches. The end result is a very sweet brew best suited for dessert, but with a surprising drinkability level. Not amazingly complex, though. M: Itís thick yet soft on the palate - as a barleywine should be - though perhaps a bit too prickly at times. Once carbonation softens, the full texture is allowed to shine through. Oak helps to dry the finish up slightly; this is why itís relatively drinkable. O: This seems to strike a middle ground between the hoppy American barleywine and the sweet, desserty English barleywine - and truth be told, Iím more reminded of the latter here. Oddly for the style, this is best when itís very cold; it becomes rather imbalanced and even harsh when warmed up sufficiently.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (392) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours amber-brown - surprisingly clear - with a thin light tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and oak. Combined with the alcohol, the aroma is reminiscent of whiskey. Taste is nice. Molasses & grains up front with a brief, but noticeable flash of alcohol in the mid palate, then smoothing out to a nice oak infused heavy malt finish. The oak really refines this barley wine. Really nice.


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