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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1334) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Bottle to snifter at World of Beer Tioga. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with nearly no head. Aroma of sweet hard candy, but if hops but heavy of the caramel malt. Flavor is toffee, biscuit, hard candy, dry oak, vanilla root beer. Plenty going on but super sweet. Slick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (3640) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Whoa! Deep caramel color. Dense but small taupe head. Aroma is toffee with some caramel and oak. Flavor is woody, sweet, resinous alcoholic malt, but smooth. Rhubarb comes to mind. Very smooth and strong. Start, donít finish with this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3092) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep orange color with a thick and dense off white head. The nose is powerful with tons of overripe orange, lighter oak, and a little caramel sweetness. The flavor starts off with a bit of caramel but segues quickly into bold citrus notes, vanilla, oak, and a solid bitterness on the back end. Full bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a lasting finish. I couldnít get over how much orange and citrus was in this brew. It worked really well overall and I would recommend this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Wow! What a looker this is! Bold, dark amber in color with some vicious carbonation that lifts slowly off the bottom of the glass, then by the middle of the glass it begins a violent rush to the surface. This rapid carbonation produces a wickedly dense, foamy off-white head that looks like frothed milk. Softly sweet in the nose, it only hints at an alcohol presence. Itís very smooth and pleasant in the mouth, dense in malt chewiness but not cloying - the alcohol and almost earthy, candy-like hop and malt combo gives it a touch of dessert beer, while the yeast and ,alts keep it real. Itís a very nice balance of sweet/sticky and hearty, and very much like an old ale to be honest. The sweet malt stickiness really hangs on the lips for quite a while. Heavily caramelized malts, a candy-like experience on the palate... the mouthfeel of an old ale, and the hopppiness of an American Barleywine. What more could you want? Itís hard to pull out any oak from this, and perhaps itís so subtle that it only adds to the softness. A pretty slick, classy, sweet barleywine with an English body and an American edge. Perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Southern tier tasting at coles. Pours a dark red Amber with an off white head that laces and sticks around. Smell is hoppy and complex with flowers and definitely a big oak presence. Taste is immensely smooth. Oak brings everything in together. Mellowed out hops, caramel, light bitter finish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2013
On tap at Southern Tier brewery. A - Poured a mahogany brown with a thin cream cap. Very pretty beer. S - Lots of oak, buttery caramel, vanilla, rich candy toffee, burnt raisins, licorice, alcohol. T - Super dense malt, oak was very heavy, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, candy toffee, burnt raisins, pine and hints of citrus. M - Full body, creamy feel, low carbonation, warming. This beer is either way too young or just doesnít work. Very raw and powerful flavors all around. Nothing seemed to mesh well. Iíd like to try a bottled version with some time on it. Serving type: on-tap 08-28-2012

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2013
P: Murky mahogany color with a fast fading taupe froth. Wet lacing forms on the sides. S: Heavy wood aroma, vanilla, sweet roasted caramel malt, creole spices, roasted barley, and a faint old milk aroma. T/M: Super sweet upfront with toasted caramel, syrup, brown sugar, drinks similar to really sweet tea but with loads of smoldered barley and wood. Hops are earthy and very mild while faint chocolate lingers in the backdrop. A nice full body with moderate carbonation. O: I hate to say it but Iím not a fan of this one. I like that the oak cuts the sweetness but its just too understated for the brigade of sweetness that attacks the palate. Itís like drinking overly sweetened tea. Well put together and easy drinking gives this a bump in points. I read reviews about a strong hop profile so I really want to try a fresh version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2013
On tap. The big takeaway for me with this one was the strong hop profile for a barley wine - I like it

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3902) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Wooden barrel strong here. Oak really gets into the taste. Pours clear brown with good lacing, a little head. Finishes wooden oaky bSlick texturw.itter. Mild carbonation. Not a super strong barley wine, nut ok. Unbalanced on oak. Tap at coles.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5816) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours a deep amber ruby .. . mild oak, tons of vanilla, and mild booze .. . love the mouth .. . very smooth and fun .. . full yet drinkable, loved it .. . .
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