Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by cokes:
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
XVI, bottled 2/17/10
Translucent crimson-brown with a healthy beige head that shows solid rentention and lace for a beer this size.
Burnt toffee, grilled pineapples, prunes, Sherry, stewed apples, toasted walnuts, anise, and fig jelly grab and twist the hairs in one's nostrils. Hops have mellowed a good deal from the last time I tried this (maybe 8 months ago or so) and as much as I enjoyed them, they left behind a very refined, malt-bath barleywine.
As it oozes across the tongue, it leaves a wake of burnt brown sugar, plums, prunes, raisins, and general dark fruit compote. The middle brings notions of exotic fruit, drenched in molasses and stewed. Then a bit of yeast slurry and tart cherries. Some fortified wine, alcohol and vinous suggestions, but intergrated into the dark fruit persona, and the actual strength is only accounted for by its thickness and felt in the head. Hopping still adds resins of wood and pine, with tracers of floral bitterness...just enough to maintain a bit of balance.
The carbonation gives it an airy, fleecy feel upfront, but dwindles out over time, leaving it thick, sturdy, beefy, but un-cloying.
Forget any state-associated beer-handicap, this is a rock solid barleywine, and it keeps getting better with age.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2011 07:12:09 | More by cokes
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev -2.6%
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
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.