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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arpagamos (6) - Ault, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Dark copper color in my snifter. Thin soft white head. Aroma is filled with caramel hints of deep red flowers, butterscotch and orange. Surprisingly light on the tongue. Sweet caramel with a nice malty background. Only hoppy enough to tell you that it has hops. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Tastes like a beer meant to go with a rich meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1515) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Pours a ruby red-brown with light tan head. A strong dark fruit malt, sweet caramel, and bourbon barrel aroma. A sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel taste. A lingering dry and sweet malt aftertaste with little bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjgmd (2098) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
With Z, pours a Amber color with no head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Taste is sweet, fruity, syrupy caramel and malt . Finish is sweet and fruity as well, with a moderately long finish . Quaff Score 6 / 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1938) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
Bomber. Pours a red brown with a dissipating beige head and sweet fruity, caramel aroma. Taste is of ripe fruit, alcohol, caramel, and malt notes into the sweet, fruity finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (1728) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Originally reviewed 6/3/2011. Deep garnet body with an off-white head. The head doesnt last long and it doesnt leave much lacing. Delicious smell. Caramel and toffee malts with strong dark fruit aromas. Maybe some bananas in the background. Not a lot of the hops come through. Taste has a bit of hoppiness right at the start, then sweet. Not a complex as the smell. The sweetness overwhelms what I can only imagine to be subtlety in the flavors. A good hop bitterness in the back lingers. Thick and a bit syrupy, which makes sense considering the sweetness. Not a lot of carbonation makes it feel thicker. The drinkability really starts to get sluggish as this beer warms. The slightest bit of alcohol warming in the finish. Great smell, slightly disappointing flavor. Still tastes good, just not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pumpkin87 (245) - - MAR 4, 2016
American take on "barley wine," with a label that begins by touting how many different types of hops were used. Difficult to analyze because a four-pack yielded four different drinking experiences. In general, pours a burnt copper/burgundy with small to medium khaki head that offers some lacing and a bit of skim. Rests in the glass as a black cherry red. Spruce and maple makes for an odd combination, but thats what most of these bottles offered. With some variation, those are the dominant aromas along with alcohol. On the palate, molasses sometimes dominates, sometimes Pine-Sol takes over with its cleaning agent taste. Leather and dark fruit made appearances in two glasses. With aeration, sweet trend resolves into the maple again. In one bottle, hop bitterness provided a light tweak for a nice finish. In others, it was stronger and poorly integrated. Overall, this truly is one to put on the back burner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..amber/burgundy pour with a thin off-white head.. aroma of caramel,brown sugar,molasses..tastes like it smells..not overly boozy..not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Pours a burnt copper with thin khaki head. Aroma of Molasses, raisins, cherries, strong alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Very sweet with aggressive alcohol. Full bodied. Oily testure. Light bitter finish. Not well balanced. Overly sweet. Aggressive alcohol for 10.5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (1221) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2015
22 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, dark roasted malt, raisins, dark fruit. Full bodied, nice barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (3332) - GREECE - OCT 7, 2015
650ml bottle. Unclear dark amber color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, fruity, light hoppy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft cabonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2015
American English-style barley wine, from an older bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft. Loose, yellowish beige, irregular head over an eventually murky, amberish hazelnut brown beer. Aroma of fresh, lightly moist rye bread, hazelnut paste, cashew nuts, brown rhum, candied figs, cornflakes, milk chocolate, marzipan, cognac, white pepper. Rich candied sweetness, marmelade, hazelnuts with a very subtle sourish edge, very soft carbo, vinous mouthfeel as it should be in a barley wine; the main part consists of deliciously thick caramelly malts, nutty with a chocolatey touch, balanced with a light spicy and leafy hop bitterness and warming, liqueurish alcohol. Very rich and warming BW.

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