RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
“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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MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Pours a translucent brown with minimal head. Aromas of sugar plum fairies, spices and christmas trees. Tastes sweet with little appreciable hop bite. Molasses, brown sugar. Sticky. Dessert in a glass. Not a fan.

Caterwaul (83) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2013
s/o to DrSilverworm for the share. pours cloudy dark brownish orange. Red? Purple? Who’s been fucking with my medicine? 1.5cm head recedes quickly to a tiny tiny ring. agitation restores it to a thin pancake. Creamy fruit and molasses in the nose. This smells gooooood. Mmmmmmmmm That is juicy. Extremely smooth and creamy. Fruity and sweet- molasses, too. Oh dude- thanks for sharing this one. It is good. 2012 vintage.

EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2013
The aroma is a fairly light combination of clove and caramel malts, and the color is a cloudy dark orangeish red color with no head. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly umami, and mildly sour, and the palate mixes an average carbonation, medium body, oily texture, and a long finish.

Yorker (2050) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2013
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear reddish amber with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Flavour is caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some warming alcohol – with a slightly dry finish.

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Red-amber pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of oak, vanilla, caramel and maple. The flavor is similar with some strong caramel and oak notes, as well as some sweet maple, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Bottle to snifter at World of Beer Tioga. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with nearly no head. Aroma of sweet hard candy, but if hops but heavy of the caramel malt. Flavor is toffee, biscuit, hard candy, dry oak, vanilla root beer. Plenty going on but super sweet. Slick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Not bad.

kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Whoa! Deep caramel color. Dense but small taupe head. Aroma is toffee with some caramel and oak. Flavor is woody, sweet, resinous alcoholic malt, but smooth. Rhubarb comes to mind. Very smooth and strong. Start, don’t finish with this.

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep orange color with a thick and dense off white head. The nose is powerful with tons of overripe orange, lighter oak, and a little caramel sweetness. The flavor starts off with a bit of caramel but segues quickly into bold citrus notes, vanilla, oak, and a solid bitterness on the back end. Full bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a lasting finish. I couldn’t get over how much orange and citrus was in this brew. It worked really well overall and I would recommend this one.

ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Wow! What a looker this is! Bold, dark amber in color with some vicious carbonation that lifts slowly off the bottom of the glass, then by the middle of the glass it begins a violent rush to the surface. This rapid carbonation produces a wickedly dense, foamy off-white head that looks like frothed milk. Softly sweet in the nose, it only hints at an alcohol presence. It’s very smooth and pleasant in the mouth, dense in malt chewiness but not cloying - the alcohol and almost earthy, candy-like hop and malt combo gives it a touch of dessert beer, while the yeast and ,alts keep it real. It’s a very nice balance of sweet/sticky and hearty, and very much like an old ale to be honest. The sweet malt stickiness really hangs on the lips for quite a while. Heavily caramelized malts, a candy-like experience on the palate... the mouthfeel of an old ale, and the hopppiness of an American Barleywine. What more could you want? It’s hard to pull out any oak from this, and perhaps it’s so subtle that it only adds to the softness. A pretty slick, classy, sweet barleywine with an English body and an American edge. Perfect.

Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Southern tier tasting at coles. Pours a dark red Amber with an off white head that laces and sticks around. Smell is hoppy and complex with flowers and definitely a big oak presence. Taste is immensely smooth. Oak brings everything in together. Mellowed out hops, caramel, light bitter finish.

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