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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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“Evanscent Oak Character” 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
5th January 2013
Almost clear amber - brown beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Palate is semi soft with fine carbonation. Creamy malt with a little oaky vanilla but nowhere near as much as other Oak Aged Southern Tier beers. Some alcohol aniseed but no heat. Nice mellow hops - orange with a touch of mint. Finishes semi dry with jammy fruits coming to the fore. Hangs together very well. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit/pine, wood, toast, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, toast, grapefruit, some wood. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1902) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2013
bottle from the local grocer. grocer shelf whalez bro! pours light mahogany amber with a tan head. nose has toast, oak, and booze. taste is same with a bold body. booze burn on the finish. yay!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, caramel, oak and some citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt, dry oak, bitter hops and some mild alcohol. Medium body with a soft mouth feel. Great barley wine, the oak goes great with the base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2213) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Draft at shortys . Deep brown color. Taste is sweet of toffee and smokey taste. Little boozy with a nice aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (831) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle...probably a few months old. Poured in a medium Duvel glass. Dark amber with small head & lace. Light malt aroma. Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, caramel, oak barrel, sweet malts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, powder sugar, molasses. Big and bold, strong, rich, robust with a prominent malt body, and for me, balanced and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
650 ml bottle courtesy of Jesterdeal. Thanks. Pours a roan brown color with a small beige head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The nose is somewhat pungent with classic barleywine aromas of toffee, roasted grains, sherry, vanilla and some oak. The taste features toffee, caramel, earthy hops and a touch of sherry. The mouthfeel was uneven starting thin but building to a pasty conclusion, and the carbonation was soft. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: A decent BW that should age well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Pours a translucent brown with minimal head. Aromas of sugar plum fairies, spices and christmas trees. Tastes sweet with little appreciable hop bite. Molasses, brown sugar. Sticky. Dessert in a glass. Not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2013
s/o to DrSilverworm for the share. pours cloudy dark brownish orange. Red? Purple? Who’s been fucking with my medicine? 1.5cm head recedes quickly to a tiny tiny ring. agitation restores it to a thin pancake. Creamy fruit and molasses in the nose. This smells gooooood. Mmmmmmmmm That is juicy. Extremely smooth and creamy. Fruity and sweet- molasses, too. Oh dude- thanks for sharing this one. It is good. 2012 vintage.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1178) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2013
The aroma is a fairly light combination of clove and caramel malts, and the color is a cloudy dark orangeish red color with no head. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly umami, and mildly sour, and the palate mixes an average carbonation, medium body, oily texture, and a long finish.

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