DrSilverworm (6021) - 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 (13833) - 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 (5080) - 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 (759) - - 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 (5073) - 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.
Lowenbrau (1885) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl bottle @Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. Caramel and spicy aromas, along with some wood ones. Pours amber, a bit hazy, with correct white head, some persistent, poor lacing. Medium bodied, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is malty, caramel, a bit spicy. Sweet and warm aftertaste.
lusikka (6043) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a ruby amber colour with a white foamy head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel, oak and grapefruit. Flavour of strong sweet caramel, berries, oak, chocolate and some bread. Medium bodied, thick mouthfeel and a warming, malty and slightly dry finish. More of an American strong ale.
olio (5951) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours clear ruby red color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel malts, toffee, mild nuts, some oak and vanilla. Flavor of toffee, caramel, sweet malts, sweet ripe fruits, some vanilla and mild hops. More like an american strong ale type, well balanced. Nice.
laiti (5566) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ olio, no BBE info
Aroma is sweet with ripe fruits, oaky notes, caramel and some vanilla – also some gluey notes at the end of the glass. Flavour is sweet with hops, fruits, caramel, vanilla and woody notes. Feels like an American strong ale with some oak added. Feels a bit flat – perhaps this could be better more fresh. Then again, what is a ’fresh’ oak aged beer?