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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcrae19 (65) - - MAR 7, 2013
22 oz. bottled 02/12. Pours a reddish brown. Caramel, alcohol, and malt aromas. Sweet with flavor of raisin and vanilla. Syrupy and very smooth, all the way to the finish. Despite the name, very little burn. Then again, this bottle was cellared a year before I drank it, so perhaps putting Back Burner on the back burner for a year tamed the burn? An excellent beer.

rouhlas (4018) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUL 3, 2015
650ml bottle. Dark brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, dark fruits, light hoppy, wood, alcohol, vanilla. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.

SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Pours mahogany with a small beige head. Smells of oak, toffee, caramel, hints of pine. Taste is sweet, oaky, caramel, touch of pine. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Oak Aged Back Burner finishes with a soft lingering oakiness.

Frothmeister (846) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
1pt 6floz bottle. In the cellar for about a year and a half. The older I get, the more I’m beginning to realize I kind of love barley wine. The smell alone. When it’s well made, so damn good...and this, so damn good. Pours a hazy copper with a thin beige head, and some serious lacing. On the nose, ice wine like notes, resinous hops, caramel, and as it warms the barrel comes through with some buttery notes. It smells genuinely delicious. As for taste, full bodied and moderately sweet, the barrel comes through up front (light butter, vanilla), as well as some soapy hop notes, burnt sugar, some alcohol burn, and light resinous notes that lead into some solid malt that brings you through to the bitter citrusy (orange peel) end. Another for the "should have bought more" pile.

jbruner (5578) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours a cloudy copper brown from the bottle with thin wisp of bubbly tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and vanilla from the barrel. Taste follows, nice big oak aged barley wine, sweet and crazy. I would like to try out fresh, this is a 2 year old bottle, but damn, very nice.

outlawskies (564) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says its a Andy beer it is a tremendously hoppy Barnsley wine Julie gives a 2.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Hailing all the way from upstate New York, Southern Tier sends this warm and welcoming Barleywine to venture me further into my escape of the night into pure beer bliss. Thank you to Breeze In, Juneau AK for getting your first Southern Tier beer on Growler fill or at least for as long as I have lived in Juneau. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a semi - dark red to brown color with what starts off as a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing that tried to stick to the sides of the glass but slides at a decent rate. The smell had a decent caramel and toffee blend of malts. It wants to show a sweetness but comes across with a fair amount of vanilla. There’s even a light nuttiness. Ah, finally, there’s the oakiness, damn, that took a long time to come out. The taste was pretty much exactly the same way I described the nose and in the same order. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with just a tad of sessionability about it. Sessionability? In a Barleywine, hmmmm...I’m wondering how old is this? Overall, uh...okay, so I’m not getting any hoppiness from an American Barleywine and there’s not any of the normal "tobacco" aroma from an English Barleywine. Though this was just put on tap today, how old is this? I guess it’s a decent perhaps "aged" Barleywine depending upon when this really came out. I stand on the fence until further notice.

conway (2210) - - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Clear ruby with an off white head. Aroma is melon and oak. Taste adds vanilla, cherry, almond and booze. Medium sticky palate. Good.

PorterPounder (8396) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber - Fire Sale price of $2.99. Deep dark brown pour with ruby red accents and a long lasting medium thick khaki colored head. Aroma has some fruity date accents, some bourbon, some brown sugar. Full-bodied flavor with lots of malty fruity goodness reminiscent of brown sugar, dates and some molasses. Just a touch of citrus bitterness comes through in the back end, some oaky bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Pretty solid and an absolute steal for $2.99.

Aurelius (5682) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Deep, clear chestnut brown. Bomber. Bad label. One finger light tan head. Woody, chalky, sweetish, peat, putty, light vanilla, happy aroma. Boozy, prominent oak and vanilla. Lots of hops, but somehow malt-forward at the same time. Sweeter as it warms. Dough and chemicals. Edgy, woody, lightly astringent. Thick mouthfeel, lively carbonation. New Leaf Market.

Stuu666 (15526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet toffee, caramel, light fruit, dry and bitter.

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