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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, ruby hued, moderate frothy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet oak notes up front, some vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and graham cracker as well.   Slight tropical fruity flair as it warms.   On the tongue its certainly a malty sort, very woody (oak), with soft vanilla and graham cracker.   Not a hoppy example, rather sweet with a nice caramel like background.   Not real heavy, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Thankfully given its sweetness its not too sticky.   No real hops on the finish either.   This is an English example from start to finish.   The Oak comes through on the nose and up front on the tongue.   Otherwise its a nice mellow smooth caramel and slightly tropical example of an English style Barley Wine.   Better than I expected!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012
09-NOV-2012, From Fish & Beer, @Ulkløbben Meeting, @my place. Amber with lasting off-white head. Malty fruity with wood, grape fruit, caramel, raisin. High carbonation, sweet, long bitter and sweet finish. Fantastic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2012
from Erzbierschof - fully cloudy brown beer with a modest head retention; aroma of apples and prunes with hints of vanilla; moderate carbonation and full-bodied; velvety palate; some sweetness and some moderate earthy bitterness and a long aftertaste of caramel, chestnuts and marzipan - the alcohol is dangerously well hidden

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle @ home, thanks to jcnielsen! Thanks Jetson! Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a small tan head. Rich dark fruity, lively tannic, grainy fresh oaky, vanilla, caramel aroma. Super fresh oaky, big vanilla, somewhat boozy/strong, leather, tannin, caramel, dark chocolate, fig, raisin flavor with a bit strong but fairly smooth finish. Pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle, pours a medium brown, aroma is bit oaky and the flavour is really smooth and a nice woody flavour, lots of vanilla, and just really full bodied and flavourful, one of the best b wines i have had in awhile, yum

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. The head is nonexistent, off-white. The beer itself has the color I would expect from a barley wine: a clear dark red copper. Looks good. Aroma is some fruity hops, raisins, almond / marzipan. Flavor reminds me a bit of a strong American IPA, but the raisins differentiate it from those. Carbonation is soft and mouthfeel pretty smooth. Finish is slightly bitter and sweet, some alcohol.

What a great beer. Reminds me of Anchor Old Foghorn, which is the archetype barley wine for me, i.e. very good. The taste of alcohol at the end takes a bit away from my points. But, nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1550) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle. Dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma: wet dog, wool mittens, sweet maltiness with toffee, grapes. Taste: raisins and dried fruit, toffee, oak, light earthy, grape juice, sweet, honey, some kind of candy. Quite full bodied with medium carbonation. I was hoping for more from this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16253) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty woody vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty woody dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty vanilla woody caramel finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1583) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
On tap @ Beer Temple. Clear red-brown color. Off white to beige head, sticky. Aroma’s: sticky toffee and resinous hops. Retronasal the oak wood (vanilla) comes out clearly combining well with the toffee. Flavor is medium sweet with notes of wood. Medium body. Finishes malty, lightly bitter. Real nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
22oz. bottling date 2/15/12. Richly malty and sweet aroma, hugely complex with notes of dark brown sugar, dried fruit, citrus, pineapple, oak, vanilla, earthy, spicy hops and some faint medicinal alcohol in the background. Deep, dark amber in color with a fine, uneven, lasting, light tan head. Flavor profile is just huge in all possible ways like a good Barleywine should be, with dark, sweet, toffeeish, toasty malt, floral, citric, earthy hop, oak accents, and a strongly bitter, long, warming finish. A certain sugary raisin fruit character lurks in the background throughout. Palate is chewy and thick with a massive body. Oak presence is there, but certainly not overwhelmingly so. This is quite nice after 10 months of somewhat accelerated aging.


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