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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

723 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002)
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Reviews by DousedInStout:
Photo of DousedInStout
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head that clings tightly to my snifter. The aroma is of citrus and pine, but combined with the big alcohol esters, registers a bit chemical - it kind of reminds me of pine-sol cleaning solution. The taste is balanced, but not in a smooth way. The caramel and roasted notes do not mesh well with the citrus hop flavors, and the alcohol presence is a bit sharp. Overall, while I like their idea of a big, west coast barley wine, this one came off a bit chaotic. I would definitely recommend sitting on this one for atleast a year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of StoutHearted
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful deep red with no head. A sweet smell emanates of chicory and raisins, and the taste matches, with a dry, hoppy flavor that coats the mouth and lingers. The hoppiness and heat of the alcohol takes over the mouthfeel with a bit of boldness. Nice for savoring, but it doesn't have the advantage of other barleywines in having different tones and flavors open up as the brew adjusts to room temperature. Thus, you get a straightforward brew instead of one that changes.

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Happy 15 years, guys; only the best for the next 15! Oh, a generously hopped Barleywine ... something to sink our teeth into.

Bright clarity shows a rich-looking mahogany color, latte foam head comes and leaves with a sticky lace. Very aromatic with grapefruit zest, spearmint and tobacco from the hops, and a showing of caramel, figs and cookie dough from the malt and yeast. Smooth and creamy with a semi-slick medium to full body. Hops come in throwing bitterness around; lots of citric rind and tobacco bitterness that just does not want to shake off of the taste buds. Underneath sits the malt backbone, which has a lot of hop weight pressing down on it, but the foundation is sound enough to see this beer through. Hint of caramel and toasted bread in the middle is mostly squashed by the hops. Alcohol chimes in with a warmth and fresh fig fruitiness. Finishes with some maltiness, though the hops are still going strong even in the aftertaste.

Damn, this beer is bitter ... lovely, but bitter. Hopheads should rally to this beer. Cellaring should not even be a factor here as it is so delicious in its fresh form. Love the hops now.

Photo of blitz134
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12th edition, tasted a couple weeks back. Review from written notes.

Clear carnet body with a dense whipped khaki head. Coats the glass in foamy lace. A fair amount of carbonation rises to the surface.

Caramely, sweet aroma. Touch of raw sugar. Some piney hops to round it otu.

Taste is malt laden throughout. Dinner roll malts and some tobacco. Really no sweetness at all. Finish has an earthy and resin hop bitterness to it, but not overwhelming. No alcohol shows at all.

Mouthfel is medium. Very low carbonation. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers for a while.

A nice twist on the barleywine style for me with its lack of sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a dark brown, kind of like mahogany. There was a rim of head at the periphery of the glass. Some scant lace.

A caramel aroma. Some dark fruit. Resiny hops.

Caramel taste. Raisins. Hops late.

On the milder side, but still a tasty barleywine. Worth a try.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. 15th anniversary, bottled on 7/21/08. Pours a murky amber brown with a creamy frothy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cola, candy sugar, fruits, and some alcohol.

The flavor is some sweet malts and fruits with a dirty earthy mineral background leading to a harsh alcoholic bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for the flavors in this - it's too alcoholic and muddled.

Photo of mikechance
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A --- Deep red with nice amount of foam

S --- Malts, little hops and some sweetness

T --- Excellent blend of hops and malts with alcohol, but not over the top. Very smooth for such a strong beer.

M --- Nice body, good carbonation and smooth

O --- Excellent! I will add this to my Top 10 Barleywine Beers to get every year. Uinta Beers have just started to hit the greater Sacramento area and they are very good. I look forward to enjoying more.

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the XVI, obtained in an Ogden State store while visiting here in August. It's a very pretty beer; deep amber covered with a thick head. The smell is wonderful, rich and malty with some caramel notes. There are slight hints of sweetness that may overwhelm. The first taste is excellent, well balanced and not too heavy. The conditioning is very good. Just a bit of alcohol in the lingering finish. No cloying flavors at all. This seems more drinakable than most barleywines but I'd've liked a better balanced finish.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on "8/29/08", so this little number (12 ounceer) has been in the bottle for a total of about 3 weeks! Yikes, FRESH barley wine, not sure how I should feel about that...anyway lightly cooled and into a tulip glass, this one pours a rich, glowing dark, dark shade of honey amber, clear, equally thick and rich dark tan head, that leaves plenty of coating and scattered lace. Nose of gobs of malt, bready sweetness and resiny hops in the rear. First impression of this fresh and young brew is "wow" big and bold, smooth on the tongue, goes down easy. Big smooth malts, nicely balanced by more resinous hops on the back of the mouth. This one is drinking great right now and I would assume it will only improve with some time in the bottle. My first try of any of the Uinta line (how does one pronounce that anyway?) which have just made on shore in the NYC area.I'm impressed, well worth a try now or in a few months on one of those cold winter nights.

Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, high carbonation, clear, huge inch and a half head

Smell: caramel, hops, pineapple, and citrus

Taste: caramel, hops which is the dominant flavor, pineapple, sugarcane, and a coffee finish

Mouthfeel: bitter throughout with a little softening and sweetening towards the end. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is not a bad beer, but I have had way more complex in the style. It struck me as a bit on the hoppy side. I think one is enough for me.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of waprimrose
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of joshnovaski
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mehitabel
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hugh37
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wjimson
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local liquor store. I was quite glad to find something that was over 4% in this part of the state.

Although the malt profile of this beer is well balanced, it came across as a little bland: lacking in richness. The taste of candi sugar is quite evident to the tongue and throat. A winning side of this beer is the well hiden alcohol content and and low acidity. The hop profile is also nicely balanced and mild.

Even after drinking this beer on a hot-summer afternoon, I did not felt the 9.8% alcohol at work. Like all other beers I have had in this state so far, the alcohol present feels lower than the stated alcohol content on the label, even if it means 4%. The lack of richness and alcohol-feel to this beer makes it very drinkable.

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Dark brown and auburn with a thin khaki head and sheets of lacing down the glass.

A surprisingly citrus aroma--lots of orange and grapefruit spring up from the glass, alone with some toffee and caramel sweetness, and dark rye bread aroma add a little spice. Terrific!

Sweet toffee and caramel, along with some roast and char in the flavor. The citrus hops take the backseat to the malt profile, and there's a certain alcohol sting throughout.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A good barleywine, though I wish the citrus hops I smelled in the aroma translated through to the flavor.

Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't say how much this beer overcame my low expectations. Poured almost looking like a red ale. Aroma was pungent. Lots of comparisons to Bigfoot already.

Taste, extremely smooth for its alcohol level, hopping, not Bigfoot level, but high. Nothing was over the top, but perfectly balanced, no overt sweetness that can sometimes ruin a barleywine.

Great mouthfeel, its enjoyable, not uber bitter, maintains perfect balance throughout, great price for this beer, and very drinkable, especially for the style and ABV.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.