lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.99 (sale)
Aroma: amazing, delicious, tea, herbs, alluring. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful, blood red moon, quickly thinning, off white head, interesting lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: blunt, delicious, silky, mild, surprising, very well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: dull, numbing, medium to long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Taste is smooth and alcohol is amazingly disguised. Very interesting aroma — more than inviting. I would have it again, and it is a favorite. It was very well crafted. 20 out of 20. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours brownish red with small fizz. Smells like run soaked raisins and some bready notes. Tastes sweet, malted, fruity, a touch bitter, all with a hint of alcohol; all very well wrapped together. Full-bodied with a sticky texture and extremely soft mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Back Burner finishes with a touch of alcohol burn and sweetness. Alexus (242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2012
Shared botle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Deep amber in color with a small off white head. Aromas of sweet malts, nuts, dried dark fruits, somewhat earthy tones. Rich taste of sweet caramel, nuts and malts. Nice bitterness. Again, I think they’re cheating. A really great BW. Recommended! hophead1234 (46) - - APR 9, 2015
Medium to deep copper, thick lace. Full body, silky texture, well but subtly flavored, wonderful balance. Sweet but not cloying, enough acidity and bitterness to balance. Very malty but not surprizingly, almost no hops Festus69 (18) - - NOV 24, 2012
Oh mommy is this good or what??!! This is a great barleywine. Just enough sweetnes but not too much and the mix of flavors will drive you insane!
Southfarm (2) - NORWAY - JAN 12, 2013 does not count
Smooth and malty, still some hops remaining. Small alcohol burn at the finish. AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours a nice maghonany red with a nose of vanilla. Hints of cherry, bourbon and candy sugar mingle for a complex taste that lingers on palate. Taste changes as it warms. A great Barleywine!! emgesp (10) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a dark amber, with a average head that forms great great lacing down the glass.
Smell is of fruits and figs, but I sense no strong alcohol prescense.
There is great balanced between bitters and sweetness.
Though, both flavors are at the max here. Strong hop bitterness stays on the tongue for a couple of lip smacks (LOVE IT).
Mouthfeel is very silky and velvet like all the way down.
This is a super sipper beer for sure, one bottle will be enough for most.
I’m really impressed by Southern Tier lately. They have awsome Imperial IPAs, Stouts, and now a Barley Wine.
TWO PINTS UP FOR THIS BREW.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Deep brandy hue with no head. Aroma is sweet caramel, honey, malt, dried dark fruit. Sweet flavor with a well hidden alcohol finish. Oily flat and sticky. Full bodied. Just incredible. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from tap into a small (10 or 12oz) nonic pint glass and served right at the brewery in there own bar The Empty Pint.
Appearance: A small finger of just off white head sits on top of a mahogany reddish brown colored beer. The body looks thick and blurry when held up to the light. Its head quickly fades to a slick ring of lace.
Smell: In the nose I get a big blast of sweet, rich, bready and somewhat fruity malt. Hops can also be found in the nose and they add just a touch of citrus.
Taste/Palate: The flavor is like caramel covered raisins and baked apples with hints of plum and nectarine wrapped up in sweet bready and pie crust like maltiness. Add to this a nice warm boozy character and some mellow hops with modest notes of citrusy grapefruit rind and herbal bitterness. It feels quite firm on the palate and smooth but still lightly carbonated. (slow sipper)
Notes: When I think Barley Wine, this is about what I think of. It has loads of malt complexity first, which is then backed up with hops. Backburner is a very enjoyable Barley Wine!!!