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RATINGS: 834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
first brew of the year 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. Its 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. 10% abv. 15L

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
bottle. pours a clear dark brownish red with a medium off-white head that wont quit. smell is nutty and malty with some floral hops and maybe even some berry and wood. taste is caramel malts with some pretty big citrus and floral hops taking over as it fades to a dry and mildly bitter finish. i can feel the alcohol warming way more than i can taste it. medium to thick body with very mild carbonation. a very solid barleywine, if you like the hoppier variety. if not, cellar it for a while, im sure the hops will grow more tame as it ages. but i like it as is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
22oz bottle from MrBendo - thanks, Todd! A modest PNW-style barleywine, definitely hop forward in the aggressive American style. Just a bit of nuttiness in there, almost as a nod to English style, and some malt, but basically a hop bomb thats too hot and sticky to be really distinctive. Well made, but not really to my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Poured a mostly clear amber color with a ruby tint. Full fruity malt aroma. Moderate amount of hops come through. Citrus and earthy with some alcohol. The flavor was malty with some fruitiness. Mild to moderate bitterness, Lightly sweet finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7247) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance :Ruby, clear ale with good creamy / porous top. Decent lace left behind.
Nose :Fine refined alcohol, some roast notes. Smooth and clean , malty.7+
Flavour/Palate : Clean medium , full bodied ale. Solid malt base . Surprisingly refined for such potent brew . Sweet fruity aftertaste. At 10 % felt more like mid 8s.Neat prime example of this style. Its more a bout clean alcohol paired with grain than hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (10126) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle. Dark mahogany brown body with a small fluffy beige head. (4+) Aroma of alcohol and hops, and underlying sweet malt, hints of brown sugar. (7+) Soft hoppy bitterness up front coasts the mouth with a lingering warming alcohol residue that allows the sweet brown sugary malt middle to quietly sneak past. Hints at dark fruit (briefly) and dark sugar. Smooth medium palate feels a touch heavier than it would with more carbonation, but is nice the way it is. This was quite nice. A very solid, malt forward barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7807) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2007
22. Thanks, GoldTwins! Pours a gorgeous clear deeply rubied mahogany with a thick, surging, moussy tan head that falls quickly away to film. Leaves nice sedimentary rings of lace on its way down. Sweet and sugary nose; caramel and dark tree fruit. Thick but very drinkable and finished body; nice soft carb and not a hint of rawness. Mid-palates a roiling stew of malt sugars: caramel, dates, brown bread, black bread, just a smash-em-up derby of grainy delights. I honestly think I should have laid this one down a while longer, but Im not regretting for a second the pleasures of drinking it now (I think its less than a year old). Nice sticky roast caramel nougat finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (12313) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and dark copper/mahogany color. This is the best smelling Barleywine I can remember. Aroma is northwest hops-citrus/pine, medium malt-molasses/chocolate. Taste is right in line with the stronger side of the style northwest hops-citrus/pine/ resin/very bitter, medium malt-molasses/chocolate, dark fruit, plastic, alcohol. OK carbonation. Also could be an I2PA/American Strong Ale then saw on label- an imperial barleywine. Nice hop profile, but total beer not my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Dark purple pour, small white head. Aroma is dark berries. Flavor is caramel, berries, chocolate, and a touch of roasted malt. Caramel lingers in the aftertatse bigtime. Lots of fresh leafy hops but low on bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with some smoke in the finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
Bouteille 2007 (650ml), courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur rouge-brune fonce et transparente. Nez malt de caramel toffee sucr lgrement rti, de houblon citrique (pamplemousse) aux petites notes herbeuses et terreuses, fruit (raisins, prunes, lger dagrumes, petites notes de figues), lger dalcool et de biscuits ainsi que des notes de sucre brun. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen-bas et une texture moyennement crmeuse et sirupeuse. Got fruit (moyen de raisins et de prunes, notes dagrumes, traces de figues) et accompagn dun got moyennement amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse) et aux notes terreuses (prsent toute la gorge) lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got malt de caramel toffee bien sucr et moyennement rti ainsi quun lger got de biscuits et de faibles notes de sucre brun et de chocolat noir paralllement un moyen got dalcool doux et un peu rchauffant puis en finale lon assiste un regain damertume de houblon lgrement plus terreuse et herbeuse ainsi quavec des petites notes rsineuses. Post-got long, moyennement amer de houblon citrique, lgrement herbeux et terreux avec un moyen got rti, fruit (mot de raisins, zest dagrumes) et galement un lger got dalcool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bomber.. Pours a clear copper in color with a white lacey head. This beer is full of malty, sweetness with some dried fruit and caramel flavors. The finish is full and warm with a good bit of alcohol. A pretty solid barley wine.

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