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RATINGS: 154   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5667) - 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 (3752) - 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 (10660) - 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 (6509) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2013
On tap at WOB. Deep brown pour with a thin white head. Oak, vanilla and toffee notes in the aroma. Big body, with notes of toffee and vanilla, yet very drinkable. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11127) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle, 9.6%. Slightly hazy dark amber/brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, oak and wood. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, caramel, toffee, oak, wood, hop, little vanilla and a little bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours almost clear amber with a medium beige head. The aroma is lovely fruity hoppy with a great malty kick and oak in the background. The flavour is great malty with notes of biscuits and sweet fruity hops. Long fruity finish. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 25, 2012
nice looking dark brown with white head. big lacings, malty, earthy hops and hint of oak in aroma. Taste is similar with, caremel, wood, hops, malty sweetness witn very nice hop bitterness, alcohol very well hidden, truly balanced and solid.. Really really nice

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegingerkid (11) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2012
This is a superb brew the smell of oak and graham crackers is very strong i could also detect a hint of caramel and touch of citrus. A very full mouthfeel. The alcohol was there but for 10% ABV it was very subdued. This is a very complex brew. This beauty is for the true connisuer and not for begginers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3558) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber/ruby with average, creamy off-white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is dark, vinous fruit, cereal and cookie malt, figs, booze, floral hops, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malt forward with booze, vanilla, oak, vinous fruit, and floral hops; sweet, boozy finish. Full body and low carbonation.


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