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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (750) - - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - 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.

4.4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (1865) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (5937) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5855) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
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.
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5417) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
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?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3611) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
650ml bottle

Pours dark orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet caramely malts, syrup, hints of oak and wood. Taste is sweetish malty, caramely, hints of syrup and hops. Finish is warming, syrupy and sweetish with some malts, hints of vanilla. Okay, quite sweet and malty barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark tart fruit, smoke and vanilla wod aroma. Medium to full body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex smoke wood vanilla flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish that was of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
What the heck? I thought I’d had this one a few times. Been a while, but still. Guess I only had the regular BB. 22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99- thanks again, Tom! Pours a clear, reddish-copper color with a small off-white head made up of big bubbles. Sweet nose- toffee, vanilla, dried fruits, toasted sugar. Flavor was the same, with a little bit of citrus hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and moderate soft carbonation. Decent barley wine but didn’t strike me as great in the lineup I had tonight.


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