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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

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396 Reviews

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 807
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

Rich and complex, this all malt barley wine exhibits hints of dried fruits, toffee and caramel balanced by an abundance of American hops.

72 IBU
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant mahogany, ½” off-white to tan foam cap S: rich and malty with grassy hops T: malty sweet with traces of cola and root beer but well balanced by the hop bitterness, alcohol on the finish F: Creamy and chewy, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A big bold beer with a good blend of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of hophead723
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Mostly clear with some hazy and woody light brown hues. A tan head crowns this brew, and the lacing is as strong as the ABV.

Smell: A nuanced aroma of coffee, oak, licorice, cherry, cough syrup, and caramel. There is noticeable alcohol in the aroma that jumps right out of the glass.

Taste: Quite complex flavor profile, with pronounced alcohol leading to a number of flavors reflected in the aroma. There is a peculiar underlying cola-like flavor that consists of caramelized sugars, toffee, and artificial cherry.

Feel: Thick and rich but not too syrupy, a brew this big can easily be overwhelmed by a sticky mouthfeel. However, this beauty is well executed and balanced.

Overall: A real winner from Uinta, this beer satisfies throughout and would be great paired with a hearty barbecue themed meal.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uinta is one of those brewers that you love the moment that you find them. I am one of those people and must impress upon you the idea that Uinta is beyond amazing and this particular brew is something of dreams. It has an elevated 72 IBUs and a whopping 10.4% ABV so take these one at a time.

Look-It has a dark amber color that is hazy and has no head. But if you place it in the light it glimmers arrogantly with a blood red blush that is ubiquitous in the best of the redder sunsets.

Smell-It smells of dank hops and deep alcohol. It has noticeable overtones of licorice, toffee, cocoa, candied fruits, strawberry, and alcohol. This one already promises to be a world class brew.

Taste-The taste is bold and arrogant. The alcohol dominates at first and this is to be expected with that 10.4% alcohol content. Most barley wines bring the alcohol heat at the end, but by that point you’ve lost interest because of your senses being accosted by too many flavors. But this barley wine has a strong malt base founded on orange peel zest, nutmeg, eucalyptus juice, tangerine, bourbon barrel oak, smoked cedar, and caramel. The hops are citrus, earthy, and bitter melon. It has a noted smokiness to it that mixes very well with the aforementioned flavors. The carbonation is medium which was to be expected since the head vanished so quickly.

Mouthfeel-This is a medium-bodied yet thick and chewy barley wine. The hops leave a noticeable resinous coating on the tongue like other IPAs, but this one is accompanied by oak barrel smokiness and a fruity zest.

Overall-This beer is quite delicious and is thankfully not syrupy which I was dreading. It is well mixed, integrated, and approachable. It does not neglect the well-timed release of its attributes and it does not despair. It is confident and soothing. If you do not respect this elixir of joy, then it will chew you up and spit you out. And drink with your eyes open or you’ll miss the best that this has to offer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-red with particles in suspension, 1 inch off white head that falls to a steady cap quickly. Thick sticky lacing. Viscous.
Aroma - Grain. Gritty. Dirty. Dank. Sticky
Thick, lush mouthfeel
MALTY....hops are plentiful and bitter but beyond aromatic at this point (best by 3/15)
Nutty maybe or tannic?
Long bitterness.
Great value for a 10.4% 4pk

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly too fresh? This had a harshness I did not expect. Alcohol was forefront, more so than other barley wines I've enjoyed. Poured brown, with little head. Aroma's of malt and alcohol. Flavor was slightly astringent, with more bitter than malt, and more alcohol burn. Finish could be smoother, again perhaps needing aging.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rejtable (RB) for the bottle

Pours a deep copper with 1 finger of creamy tan head. Nose and palate feature large quantities of toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar with a nice bitter hoppy finish. On the palate, this beer drinks velvety smooth with just the right amount of carb. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of Slack
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amberin color with razor thin heqd and minor lacing. Smell is pungent hops, alcohol, black licorice, strawberry, and a minor cofffe note. Taste is hoppy up front, sweet fruit in the middle, and a lingering bittersweet oily finish. Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation. Overall a nice beer but not what i was expecting from a barleywine.

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Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with light khaki head, touch of lace, Assertive hop aroma of eucalyptus with a touch of grapefruit. Flavor has hops upfront followed by burnt sugar/ caramel and orange marmalade finish. Tasty. strong. A beer with character.

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Photo of drpimento
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet hammer here. Appearance is a large, long lasting, tan to cream-colored, thick head, plenty of lace, and a clear, dark amber hue. Aroma is leather, dark ripe fruit, dark malt, yeast, hops, and lumber. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet being up front and bitter heavy in the finish and just right carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, but the heavy bitter yields some coarseness. Ditto for the finish, with some off flavors, though overall, I’d definitely have, just not right away. I'd be especially curious to try it with some aging.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by of 5/4/15.

Randomly came across a 4-pack of this and didn't have very high expectations, but I really like this one...may even be one of my favorite non-BA barleywines that I've tried to date. It's a bit nuttier than I expected, but it works well and is balanced by a lingering hop bitterness and some heat on the back-end. Even so, the alcohol is pretty well-masked and so it isn't too boozy at all. Overall, a real solid barleywine for a reasonable price.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep amber, mahogony color. Glistens, and quite transparent when held to light. Frothy, slight off-white head when agitated, one finger thick, extremely sticky lacing on glass.
Aroma- Rich, dark winter fruits, figs/dates/raisins/plums. Sweet malt notes, molasses, caramel, candy sugar/toffee. Noticeable piney, bright citrus hop notes as well. Slight tinge of booziness.
Taste- Bright citrus and piney hop notes come forward, nice bitterness. Dark fruits compliment, as well as a nice counterbalance of sweet toasted sticky malts. Nice earthy tones, warming alcohol.
Feel- Medium body, slight stickiness. Moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall- Wonderful balance of flavors, being quite young the hops are very forward and present in the beer. Beautiful hop character though, strikes a harmony with the toasted sweet malts and sticky dark fruits lying underneath. Nice, enjoyable sipper, alcohol quite noticeable.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: dark Amber. Thick, foamy, light brown head. Thick, sticky lacing.
Smell: molasses, fig, sweet orange peel.
Taste: dark grain, slight raisin. Dark candy sugar. Lightly roasted barley.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big, burly body. Slightly sweet, slightly dry.
Overall: pretty good barley wine. A little bitter from the roasted barley. But good. Big and heavy.

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Photo of Daniellehto
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at home 19/11 2014.
A warm deep red color that invites you, paired with a bronzy head that looks fantastic.

The smell is fruity, thoughts go to raisins, prunes and fruitcake.

Taste is of dried fruits and prunes. The taste of alcohol is there and some suprising bitterness making me think of bitter coffee and bitter american hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and comes with a good heat from the alcohol. Starting to wonder if there might have been some chili involved seeing how the heat is stronger than what I would expect from the ABV. The carbonation is mild which enhances the flavours in my opinion.

Overall a nice barleywine!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
Very smooth with partly hidden alcohol. Alcohol esters are obvious in tasting and there is noticeable warming in the mouthfeel.
Smells sweet with fruity, but is more malty upon tasting.

O: a very good barleywine.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 12/2/14. Dark brown opaque, half inch light brown head that settled to a nice film that laced nicely. The aroma is fantastic, with rich dark fruit notes, lotsa raisin, toffee and some piney notes. The flavor is similar, with caramel malt, figs, raisins, and a bit of hop bitterness. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy for a Barleywine, with a very nice finish and aftertaste, nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a very nice beer, I'll probably be looking out for this one again.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Deep and dark amber red.

Nose of candied fruit, fruitcake, caramelized malt.

Flavor exhibits a mouthful of sweet malt, prunes and plum, citrus, and smokey toffee. Surprisingly bitter finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full from the ABV and a bit sticky. Mild carbonation.

Overall it's a good effort for the style. If a smokey and bitter barleywine sounds nice try this out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no indication as to what 'anniversary' it is.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby-red amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a whole metric shit-ton of randomly encyclopaedic lace around the glass as things gradually abate.

It smells of pungent caramel/toffee malt, Nordic licorice, muddled Mediterranean fruit, concentrated orange and grapefruit rind, and heady, but at least minding its manners, alcohol. The taste is musty caramel malt, toffee pudding, black orchard fruit - plums, prunes, and overripe cherries - a bit of wayward yeast, spicy grassy, leafy, and citrusy hops, and a certain by-standing alcohol measure.

The bubbles are quite low-key and unobtrusive for the most part, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops and booze kind of too entranced with their own images to care all that much about interfering here. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel/toffee malt and burgeoning alcohol vying to be the only game in town, in the face of an insurgent complex hoppiness.

Huh - for all the guff and mockery that I've heard about Utah brewing in general, at home and abroad, this offering really sloughs off all that inanity - big and brash, hoppy and malty, in layers that I can't possibly appreciate from this single instance in time. Worth trying, if only to see how it's doing, and right now for me, it's doing just fine.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

A - deep mahogany brown, lace sticking to the sides of the glass, slight foam

S - very aromatic, dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins, sweet alcohol

T - balanced sweetness from the dark fruits and solid bitterness, sweet malts, can definitely taste the alcohol

M - warming, sharp, creamy on the palette

O - Intense amount of hops, barley, malt, and alcohol but rounded off nicely with strong fruits. A fantastic offering.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a year or two ago.

Pours out a slightly murky brown body with a thin head. Smells of caramel, dried fruit, figs, piloncillo, and PNW hops. Tastes sweet; lots of caramelized malts. Very toasty: more so than I would have imagined from the taste. Aftertaste has some roasty coffee notes. Hops are prominent and resinous/grassy. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a solid barleywine. Darker than normal.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark orange amber color with a small off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, toffee, orange, raisins

T-toffee, raisins, caramel malt, spices,pine, alcohol prevalent, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average Barleywine, alcohol a little too forward

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was picked up from a bottle shop the date of the bottled on is 10/12/12...I bought it 2/28/14. Overall appears a deep murky mahogany brown hue big tan head forming thick, with fine speckled lacing. Smells like an aged barleywine, what does that mean the hops have tamed, the malts are full of over ripened fruit and big alcohol notes. The smell is of spicy plum and raisin notes, that I can't quit sniffing on. Dark fruit, brown sugar, malt layers in the flavor, nothing like an aged Bigfoot, a hint of diacetyl or wet cardboard in the malt character just from oxidation. Plum and dark fruit sugars coat the palate, not bad at all...well aged smoothed out Anniversary IPA bottled on 10/12/12. Mouthfeel is creamy, effervescent carbonation medium bodied texture. Overall it's good barleywine, I'm intrigued to see what this beer tastes like fresh, with 2 years of age it's fantastic.

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Photo of scotorum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before Nov. 29 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear ruby-copper with a finger thick tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Alcohol.

t; Caramel malt with a spicy note. Some hop bite as well, which seems to build.

m: Moderate with fine smooth body. Throat burn from the high ABV is almost immediately apparent.

o: I had this last summer and loved it, but somehow missed writing a review. This second single bottle confirms my recollection of it as a superior barleywine.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of XVI, bottled 5/15/09, into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Savored on a snowy night.

A: Cloudy dark russet-brown body under a finger of tan head that settles slowly into a ring and leaves a nice amount of lace. Attractive.

S: Simple yet complex, with a lovely mixture of toffee and dried fruits. Candied raisins, dates, and apricots. Some chocolate and toasted bread crust. Really nice.

T: Opens with dark fruit, followed closely by caramel malt. Dark chocolate and residual hop bitterness combine with some warming alcohol to close things out rather heavily, but not too harshly. The age has mellowed it nicely, but it's still aggressive.

M: Smooth, lightly carbonated, and substantial. Not really thick, but substantial. I like it.

O: This with almost 5 years on it tastes a lot like Bigfoot with 1. I'm extremely impressed at how well it's aged, with not even a hint of oxidation. It tastes mature, but not in the least bit old. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of BierJager89
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark translucent ruby red with a light tan ring of head.

S: Red wine, grapes, strawberry, peach and maybe apricot in the nose.

T: Starts off with lots of dark fruit and citrus, quickly fades to citric and piney hops, finishing quite floral and predominantly hoppy. A bit earthy, almost a bit tart.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Recommended for fans of American-style barley wines. Not excellent, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in my basement for awhile. Had it fresh some time ago. Gonna go ahead and review this one that was bottled 10/12/12, which would put it between 15-16 months. Cheers!

A- I really like the look of this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Fairly aggressive pour. A finger of a frothy tan head forms and retains pretty well. Carbonation bubbles up, feeding the ring of foam around the edge. A deep dark, ruby. Almost impenetrable. Solid lacing on this one, too. Good stuff.

S- Really nice bouquet here. Lots of vanilla, caramel and toffee. I remember this being hoppier, and there doesn't appear to be much in the way of hop aroma. Really smooth nose, and pretty standard for a barleywine with some age on it.

T- Good, but feels a little empty. Not as pleasant as the nose. The caramel that's present in the aroma tastes a little too burnt. While the vanilla and toffee are also there, they don't command much presence. It's not a bad flavor. Just not good enough for me. I should add that 10.4% ABV that I remember being very noticeable last time has evened out.

M- Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhere between the heavier end if medium and the lighter end of heavy. Could use a tad more on the mouthfeel. But, it's good.

O- Time does this beer a favor. Wasn't an amazing beer, but was pretty solid. If I see this beer at a good price, I'll totally grab a few and throw them in the cellar. Cheers!

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.