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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.


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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hockeybeerguy (1981) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Hailing all the way from upstate New York, Southern Tier sends this warm and welcoming Barleywine to venture me further into my escape of the night into pure beer bliss. Thank you to Breeze In, Juneau AK for getting your first Southern Tier beer on Growler fill or at least for as long as I have lived in Juneau. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a semi - dark red to brown color with what starts off as a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing that tried to stick to the sides of the glass but slides at a decent rate. The smell had a decent caramel and toffee blend of malts. It wants to show a sweetness but comes across with a fair amount of vanilla. There’s even a light nuttiness. Ah, finally, there’s the oakiness, damn, that took a long time to come out. The taste was pretty much exactly the same way I described the nose and in the same order. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with just a tad of sessionability about it. Sessionability? In a Barleywine, hmmmm...I’m wondering how old is this? Overall, uh...okay, so I’m not getting any hoppiness from an American Barleywine and there’s not any of the normal "tobacco" aroma from an English Barleywine. Though this was just put on tap today, how old is this? I guess it’s a decent perhaps "aged" Barleywine depending upon when this really came out. I stand on the fence until further notice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1400) - - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Clear ruby with an off white head. Aroma is melon and oak. Taste adds vanilla, cherry, almond and booze. Medium sticky palate. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5489) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber - Fire Sale price of $2.99. Deep dark brown pour with ruby red accents and a long lasting medium thick khaki colored head. Aroma has some fruity date accents, some bourbon, some brown sugar. Full-bodied flavor with lots of malty fruity goodness reminiscent of brown sugar, dates and some molasses. Just a touch of citrus bitterness comes through in the back end, some oaky bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Pretty solid and an absolute steal for $2.99.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4127) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Deep, clear chestnut brown. Bomber. Bad label. One finger light tan head. Woody, chalky, sweetish, peat, putty, light vanilla, happy aroma. Boozy, prominent oak and vanilla. Lots of hops, but somehow malt-forward at the same time. Sweeter as it warms. Dough and chemicals. Edgy, woody, lightly astringent. Thick mouthfeel, lively carbonation. New Leaf Market.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet toffee, caramel, light fruit, dry and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3880) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours brown/copper with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee from the malts, some bitter hops, light oak, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty standard beer, nothing exceptional or really unique.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (363) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rated from notes taken 22 Jun 2011, Southern Tier Beer Tasting -- very tasty beer, a little on the sweet side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6131) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2014
Tap. Slightly murky orange amber pour with a sticky foamy cream head. Toffee, bold oak, fairly sweet but drinkable, nice little hop bite late. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2203) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
A nice juicy barley wine. Sweet, bready, dried fruit, not too boozy. Not too bad I must say.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1068) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from southern tier. Poured very dark red amber with beige thick lingering head. Aroma of oak barley roast. Light carb med bod. Bittersweet dark fruit raisin taste.


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