ineedbeer (427) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle is a little over a year old.
Aroma is balanced between malt and woodsy hops with a bit of alcohol in the finish. The malt aroma is caramel and burnt toast with a bit of dark fruit - prunes and raisins. Hints of burnt candi sugar.
Pours a fairly clear brown with some burnt amber notes. Small light tab head that persists very nicely. No lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor is toasted bread of varying degrees of darkness and some dark caramel. There is also some woodsy hop notes but they are light compared to the aroma. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Only faint oak character, very light. The malt complexity isn't as nice as is old have expected. Sweet but not too sweet. No dark malt character or much dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Astringency is low and alcohol warmth is medium low. A bit watery in the finish.
Overall and acceptable beer but not amazing. The hop aroma and flavor isn't as nice as it could be and the malt isn't super complex. It could have more complexity in the caramel notes.
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obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peanut hull, walnut, honey, and orange flavor. Hazy copper, medium yellow head. Overripe orange flavor, finishing with walnuts. Full body. Solid and well balanced, but would prefer a more assertive hop profile.
esox (906) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep ruby color, slightly hazy. Thin, long-lasting head. Aroma has loads of dried fruits, strawberry jam and caramel. Some vanilla. Intense floral hoppiness. Sweet and bitter flavor, woody and rather alcoholic finish. Medium to full body.
matthewjk (803) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving size, 22oz bottle: Very nice heavy hitter from S.T. Caramel bomb with raisin, spice, and of course that nice oaky goodness that S.T. does so well.
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, bottled: Feb. 2012. Shared with caterwaul. Clear dark red / slightly brownish color. Good thin khaki head. Some lace. Good smooth crisp lighter carbonation. Kind of dry in the finish, but still with a good thicker, kind of chewier body. Very nice texture. Wow, great flavor.. I like this significantly better than the standard Back Burner, from what I remember; much more complex. While the original I think I remember being more fruity, this one has much more earthy notes, some chocolate, and good wood flavors. Oak really shines here. Very nice long aftertaste with which to savor all of that. Hint of vanilla, good oat, barley. Super-nice. Just a very light hint of warmth, which is very enjoyable. Smooth, light creaminess to the texture. Much tastier than expected.
saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are rich hops, dried fruits, wood, caramel and malt. Full bodied and long bitter finish. Yummy.
deanso (4127) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15.cl glass at the beer temple.
Very thick white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely brew. Sweet but the oak balances it out nicely.
Johnsense (600) - - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour. small head that sticks around. Caramel, raisin, and slight oak on the aroma. Blood orange up front (!), malty, brown sugar, toffee. Getting oak more in the finish. Medium body, rings of lacing.
Suttree (4742) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper, thin ring of foam. Smells like caramel (a lot) oak, and toffee. Taste is caramel and toffee, oak, and some hints of bourbon. Maybe some vanilla, too. Nicely thick and viscous.
mcrae19 (59) - - MAR 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottled 02/12. Pours a reddish brown. Caramel, alcohol, and malt aromas. Sweet with flavor of raisin and vanilla. Syrupy and very smooth, all the way to the finish. Despite the name, very little burn. Then again, this bottle was cellared a year before I drank it, so perhaps putting Back Burner on the back burner for a year tamed the burn? An excellent beer.