Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Uinta beers recently arrived in San Luis Obispo. I picked up a four pack of this Seventeenth Anniversary Barley Wine Ale at Sandy's, where they keep all of their beers refrigerated and away from direct sunlight.
Poured into a Cigar City snifter.
Appearance: A straight-down-the-center pour only netted a hair-thin ring of tight, khaki head. A quick swirl livens everything up though - creamy, tan foam that clings to the glass walls and shows half decent retention. Body is very dark; the color of earthy clay. When held to light, it glows crimson and displays excellent clarity. Not too shabby.
Smell: Brown sugar, raisins, molasses, leafy hops, and a hint of booze. As the beer warms, more aromas appear, notably toffee and cocoa. Funny, because the first three bottles I had (this is the last from that four pack) all smelled like dirty pennies. This one doesn't show any off notes. It's a bit mild, but shows nice complexity and character.
Taste: Brown sugar and raisins play prominent roles, just as in the taste. Hearty grains and bread crust help to form a solid malt backbone. Red currants and booze peek through just a bit, and earthy, piney hops kick-start a long-lasting, bitter finish. Not too special, but I don't notice any major flaws.
Mouthfeel: Rich, malty, very lightly carbonated, and bitter. Finishes clean and dry. I'd personally like more residual sweetness and intensity, but this is alright.
Overall: Not a barley wine that I'd go back to, but I can understand how others might dig this. Pretty mild in terms of aroma and flavor strength, though it offers up a good deal of complexity in each arena. Worth a try, I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2011 06:56:07 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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 fullish with some tingly carbonation. Overall, this is a solid barleywine, but nothing to go crazy about.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 03:33:58 | More by goochpunch
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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