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RATINGS: 155   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1114) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (939) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14163) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2013
15.cl glass at the beer temple. Very thick white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely brew. Sweet but the oak balances it out nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (858) - - MAR 16, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcrae19 (59) - - MAR 7, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2202) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6559) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
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.

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