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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Our first brew of the year, this ale is conceived in three small batches with voluminous amounts of barley and hops. We brewed this lightly sweet and warming ale with blackstrap molasses & maple syrup, which give it notes of dried fruit and rich grains. Our barley wine style ale is a tribute to days remembered and a celebration of things to come. We hope that sipping this rare brew leaves you feeling gracious for another trip around the sun. When we last made this brew in 2012, nearly 1000 RateBeer users rated Back Burner with an overall score of 98. The numbers speak for themselves. This resurrected brew is proof that big things come in small packages.

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Gluepot (666) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2017
A dense off-white head over an iridescent mahogany/red body. Big, fresh taste elements leading with apricots, toffee, citrus hops, malt, honey and dark berries. Sweet, but the additional elements round it out nicely. Very slick and slightly cloying. A lovely rich BW nonetheless.

3.2
jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Vintage keg on draft at Screamin Eagle with A&E, B&E, F&T and PJ. Pours a deep amber body. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with notes of syrupy sweet malt, berries, booze, caramel and raisin.

3.7
Franckg (1782) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2017
Bouteille datée du 05/01/2016, bue après 20 mois. Robe rougeâtre à teinte brune laissant filtrer un peu de lumière et avec un léger voile de mousse rocailleux et beige. Arômes de sucre d’orge, citron confit, sirop d’érable grade claire, malt caramélisé arrosé de mélasse, figue séchée, liqueur Chambord©. En bouche, sucre d’orge, malt caramélisé un peu grillé, prune/figue séchés, mélasse, croûte de sirop d’érable flambée, alcool volatil. Finale de substances grillées avec légère astringence venant de l’alcool. Texture assez épaisse mais où on ne retrouve pas la douceur des vin d’orge anglais, corps moyen à rond.

3.9
BVery (10716) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a frothy head. Sweet caramel and sharp hop profile. Really yummy.

3.9
blackflag321 (692) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Shared bomber. The molasses and maple syrup were used effectively with neither giving the beer an overly sweet or syrupy character. Molasses on the nose, along with brown sugar, dark fruit, toffee and more. Smooth on the palate. The ABV sneaked up on me as it warmed while I sipped.

2.8
crossovert (13457) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2016
355ml bottle. Super hazed brown/amber pour. Aroma is a thick, leathery, fruity, nougaty, oxidized barleywine. It seems they aged these at the brewery or in the warehouse or something. It isn’t fresh but it also only recently showed up at the store. Flavor is boozy and raisiny, super sweet, boozy, meh.

3.9
Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Really good, really serious barley wine with a gigantic ABV kick. It pours dark brown with a lot of light tan colored suds. The aroma is brown sugar, sweet fruit, raisins, all the typical barley wine kind of stuff. The flavor is very strong, very rich, sweet but not too sweet, with the blackstrap molasses and boozy character fighting for domination of the finish. Just a fine beer by any standard.

3.7
Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, dark fruits, and a litre citrus hop.

3.7
thorongil2 (3264) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2016
(bottle) clear, bright reddish brown colour with a small beige head; aroma of sweet jam, fruit compote; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; thick palate

4.3
Hopstinopolis (29) - - JUN 23, 2016
Deep amber color with a frothy head that laces nicely. Aromas of caramel, bread, maple, malts. Full bodied mouthfeel that starts slightly sweet but balances nicely with the bitterness and no harsh linger. 10.5% is hidden well, as it warms up more toffee and roasty notes. Only thing that would take this beer to the next level would be bourbon barrel aged. Fantastic beer.


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