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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

396 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 798
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 86 | 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 mitch3114
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A- Beautiful dark ruby red liquid, clear with no floatys. Nice tight bubbly head that sticks around for about a minute before falling down to just a clumpy bubbly pool in the middle of the beer and around the edges of the glass. Nice lacing.

S- Smells of sweet floral candied hops, fermented raisons and brown sugar. I can pick up the alcohol but it is masked nicely through the other pleasant aromas.

T- Taste is much like the smell, although the hops aren't too bittering on the palette. Some rich creamy malt. The alcohol like the scent is also hidden quite nicely. It is sweet but not too sweet and bitter but not too bitter. Overall, for a fresh American style barley wine, this is balanced quite nicely.

M- Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and smooth. This is quite nice as it is a little chewy and thick, but this is a big beer. Some carbonation adds to the texture. The lightness of the bubbles add to the creamy texture, but as it's not too prickly, it goes down well. It's very drinkable.

O- Overall this is an excellent representation of the style. In addition, the price is right. It seems to be readily available at the moment as well. I would like to lay down a few four packs of this and see how it matures. Since there is some bitterness and a lot of complexity, I think this would be a great candidate for a couple years of aging. Cheers. (1,391 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 17th anniversary, bottled 6/17/2011

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper/amber/brown. Has about a quarter inch of head on it. Carbonation is on the lesser side. Looks good.

S: I could smell the malt with the snifter sitting on my desk. Extremely malty with hints of caramel and oak. Hints of hops are noticeable. Very, very nice.

T: This barleywine is on the drier side, with a fairly big amount of hop bitterness. Tastes of of oak, bitter chocolate, caramel, and leather. Dominating presence on the finish, which lasts a very long time. Very, very nice.

M: This one hangs around in the mouth for a VERY long time. Absolutely outstanding presence.

O: Very, very nice barleywine. On the drier and more bitter end of the scale. Alcohol is a little noticeable at the end, but cellaring may smooth this out a bit. Wish I had bought more than one. (878 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly my favorite new barley wine. Suberb lacing that clings to my glass like a net. Murky, nut-brown appearance with gold around the edges. Aroma is equally malts and hops; sweet leather, prunes, blackberries, a brandy-like alcoholic hotness in the nose. First sip is equal parts piney, resiny hop bitterness, and syrupy sweet alcohol warmth. Characteristics of an Arrogant Bastard distilled to 10.4% ABV, meaning I taste a similar hop profile (Chinook).Warms down the throat all the way to the belly. Thick and viscous in the mouth with a mild carbonic bite. Truly outstanding and worth trying if you see it. (613 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of XV (Fifteenth Anniversary) Barley Wine, bottled on 5/16/08, poured into a snifter glass.

Very deep ruby-brown in color with virtually no head making an appearance.

Aroma is of sweet dried fruit -- figs and perhaps some prune, with a bit of brown sugar in the nose as well.

Very thick and full-bodied (though not too much so) with a sweet maltiness up front, followed by a middle of alcohol and a somewhat bitter hoppy finish that is medium-dry. As the beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes more pronounced in the flavor.

Drinkability is severely hindered by the level of alochol, though two of these down would leave one feeling darn good without going over-the-top. The alcohol on the tongue may keep some away from downing anymore than one (or less), though for any discerning Bierliebhaber, another one down the hatch would be just a little more of heaven.

This is one very well balanced barleywine that is comparable to (and could in circumstances replace) a good wine, and comes highly recommended by this rater. I'd be interested in trying a cellared version to see how the flavors unfold. (1,120 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Vintage XIV - 14th Anniversary) Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; bottled on 14/01/2008, served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bulb sniffer.

A: pours a super dark brown hue, closely to black in this glass, coming with a very quiet carbonation and a thick layer of tight and creamy tan froth with superb retention.
S: richly jammy and flowery hoppy at the same time, bursting with longan-fruits, raisins, oily dark malts (sweet nut-flavoured chocolates at times, plus some gristy-nutty brown malts), dark honey, plus hints of melted dark sugar or treacle on the malty side, while the lively aroma of flowery hops serves to lift up the body from "behind" (esp. following a swirl), resulting in a dense but not cloying, nicely balanced aroma overall for a super strong ale. Alc. is very restrained, by the way.
T: at first the lubricating swallow yields lots of sweet coffee, light smokiness as of Chinese black prunes plus lightly-burned walnuts, and rich dark-fruity, jammy malt flavour (longan-fruits, black dates and black cherries all spring to mind). Quickly an undercurrent of sour dark fruits and oily flowery hops develops, before the whole palate gets immersed in a blissful, velvety, bitter-sweet nectar, naturally a great joint effort by both top quality malts and hops, with superior craftsmanship... particularly obvious is the lingering aroma of gristy brown malts and slightly tannic tea-ish bitterness. Chewy and dry in the finish, while not a single trace of alc. is detected (for my palate anyway) - unbelievable!
M&D: this barley wine is even more outstanding than Sierra Nevada "Bigfoot" tasted two days ago, thanks to its more balanced profile b/w a dark(-er) malt composition and (equally beautiful) hops, as well as a finesse texture on top of a really attenuated body for 10.4%abv. - seriously I still can't feel the impact of alc. even way past the last drop! Granted, this delicious barley wine is pronounced on hops, as the term "American Barley Wine" should guarantee, but an overall, supreme balance is the key to keep me in awe. If I see this ale - a different vintage of course - again at the BSF bar this year, I'll try to secure 2 bottles! (2,183 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"XV"
The "XV" is noticably smoother and more rounded & focused than the previous "X" I'd tasted (see below). I find it a bit more citrusy in the hops, and less piney (which I personally prefer). It's not as malty, but it's also not as joltingly bitter; and although I'd cellared the "X" for two years, this actually seemed far more refined with just a half-year on it. The appearance is also better, and it leaves more lace, so I've bumped it a half-point there; and I think it also deserves another half-point in drinkability. REALLY NICELY DONE! Perhaps one of the best American barleywines on the market today. Superb!

"X" Tenth Anniversary.... cellared for 2 years. 10.0% abv.

The initial pour from a longstanding bottle delivers a clear ruby-mahogany body beneath a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves some very nice lace throughout almost the entire glass.

The nose is sweet with sugar-cookie dough, brown sugar, berries, and pine. The components work well together, but also stand out on their own quite readily. Very nice!

In the mouth it's quite creamy without being overly dextrinous or full bodied, and it passes so smoothly that you barely notice it.

The flavor delivers a combination of raspy pine, juicy fruitiness (sweet red berries, juicy dark skinned fruit, orange), sweet malts (caramel, brown sugar, cookie-dough, biscuit), and a delicate note of alcohol that appears at the swallow. A bold bitterness intervenes halfway, and in combination with its resiny, piney hops, leads to a long-lingering, dry and bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit more age may soften the intensity of the piney hops, but I think not. Otherwise it's a really well rounded, soft barleywine that's a joy to drink; and in fact, at times the contrast of the raspy hops to the rounded sweet malt is quite nice. Well done. (1,819 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13th anniversary edition bottled 11/9/06 and purchased at the Wine Cellar in Williamsburg, VA. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter a nice murky dark brown with a decent amount of sediment. The beer is topped with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is loads of dried fruits, leather and some well toasted caramel malts. The taste is a decent array of dark malts, dried fruits, molasses and leather. The beer is certainly heavy bodied with plenty of present alcohol, but makes for a decent sipper. This is one that I know will take a while to drink, but I will certainly be enjoying it. (589 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to wasatch for this little gem.

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Belgian chalice. Label is fairly simple, parchment style paper with an X and a V. Bottled on 12/16/08.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of tan head. This settles slowly to a smattering of islands of foam, leaving behind spotty lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear and deep ruby. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet alcohol aroma, with undertones of candy sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Toffee malts upfront with hints of sweet cherries and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol makes itself known by the sweetness, but no burn.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A wondrous beer. Sipping on this through the evening as I read a good book reminds me of what I like so much about quality beer. (917 characters)

Photo of abgba121
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark reddish brown hue with very thin and lightly tan colored head that recedes quickly and leaves behind a thin lace

S: sweet and malty, some caramel notes and maybe dates and fig notes, followed by the hop presence. This is very similar to Sierra's Bigfoot, the hops are strong, certainly a west coast American barleywine

T: sweet with the fruity notes, the alcohol is mildly present but the hops and malty notes pair well to cover the bite. Bitter throughout and ends bitter.

M: medium to heavy body, well carbonated

O: a great barleywine, nice and hoppy, everything balances well to hide the alcohol level and makes it a nice and easy drinking brew. (668 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that I had not reviewed this one until now, one of my favorite locals. 12 oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter after about 2 hrs cooling in the fridge. This particular bottle has a bottle on date of 6/01/12, so almost 4 months old.

Appearance: Gorgeous dark amber light brown with ruby edges. White cap dissipates to a film.

Smell: Caramel and citrus with a mix of pine. Nice toasted/roasted malts.

Taste: Really delicious BW. This is one of the most citrus forward BWs that I have had, followed by pine. All of this hopping without a huge amount of bitterness. Caramel sweetness blends into a bit of chocolate semisweetness. Even a touch of dried dark fruit, maybe cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and packing a wallop of flavor, with out being too heavy. This beer is lower on the carbonation, but with a big body.

Overall: I think this is an excellent example of an American BW. And a good candidate for aging (glad that I have several more bottles in my cellar :) (983 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with reddish cast, almost opaque, topped briefly by a dark beige head that subsides to floating amoebae. The look of a fine barley wine, which ain't pretty, but is the least of the characteristics IMHO.

The smell is a delirium of contrasting aromas; orange, burnt bread, caramel, floral, molasses, figs, chocolate, herbal, even some prune in there. woooaaaahhhh, talk about complex!

The taste...ummm, how to describe this. It seems the brewer of this decided to try to balance as many different beer flavors as possible into an overhopped taste that hides the alcohol, pleases the palate, and soothes the mind. Mission accomplished. I could picture many people not liking this eccentric blend. Luckily I am not one of them (I enjoy the flavors of fish eyes, armadillo, pig tongue, and fermented baby clam sauce!). It is full flavored, to say the least, starting with a blast of orange, grapefruit, burnt toast, bitter herbs, pine tar, sweet floral, caramel, even a bit of darkest chocolate, then takes off into a bitter fugue unlike any BW I've tried...make that any beer I've tried, period. Think that Uinta can't make this unholy alliance work? Think again. This ain't a brew for the pale ale crowd, this is a stick of flavor dynamite that somehow works. As it warms the flavors morph crazily, the citrus subsides, the pine explodes, the bitter gets crazy, the caramel seems to burn in the mouth, insane herbs spring from the bushes, absolute shitloads of wonderful flavor that hide the copious quantities of alcohol residing within this strong-flavor-junky's wet dream.

Mouthfeel is excellent as a barley wine can accomplish. Super low carb, natch, very viscous but somehow not sticky, drinks way too easy, and a finish that is full of sweet, yet bone dry with sere bitter (how'd they do that?).

Drinkability? Well, I am snockered now after about thirty ounces, and I swear I didn't taste a bit of alcohol the whole time.

Impression: My first Uinta brew, and if this is their modus operandi I will be on the lookout for more! (2,055 characters)

Photo of TwoBeers
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent deep ruby red in color. One finger head that settles within a few minutes. Laces beautifully. Very clean clear richly colored beer.

S: Not as big of a nose as most barleywines. Some citrus and oakiness. Maybe some raisin and hints of carmel.

T: This is quite hoppy for a barleywine. Delicious, but not what I was expecting at all. Citrus, some pine then the malty flavors take over. Oak, toffee, some raisin. Very little alcohol taste.

M: Quite light for this beer style. Moderate carbonation. Very balanced and a great sipper.

O: This is an excellent beer. Quite a bit hoppier than I was expecting but it balanced nicely. This is a big beer at 10.4% but drinks quite a bit lighter. If I had bought the 4 pack, I could see these being dangerous. (766 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #258
Served On: 2/25/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10.4%
Date/ Code: 11/27/12

This was a 12oz bottle from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick.

Look: super deep ruby red color with amazing clarity. The head was a thin coating of patchy tan foam. Carbonation level was low. Inconsistent lacing formed rings throughout the session.

Smell: Pungent grapefruit with sweet syrupy malts. Also come caramelized brown sugar and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Up first was the super tart grapefruit with the sweet caramelized sugar kicking in towards the middle. A warming sensation was followed by a quick roasted quality. The finish was some nutty booze balanced with a lingering licorice sweetness.

This was a very well done Barley Wine. The complexity level was slightly higher than a SN Bigfoot, probably because the hop profile seemed dialed down a bit. Also do yourself a favor and let this one get some time on it before diving in. (944 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 3/19/13. Pours a brownish ruby with a one inch off white head, that leaves behind loads of lace. Smell is toffee, caramel, biscuit, earthy hops, and hints of fig. Taste is loaded with toffee, brown sugar, fig, and a blast of caramel hangs around in the tongue. Body is fairly large, nice carbonation, a touch dry, and easy drinking for its heft. Very nice! (397 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of BexterK
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours deep amber with a tan head.

S. Intense caramel bready smell with a hint of tart cherries.

T. Heavy hop bite that melts into spicy caramel, sweet raisins, rounded out with alcohol in the end.

M. Medium-high carbonation. Intensifies the bite of the hops.

Overall a fairly intense barleywine. The hops really never let go of your tastebuds which makes it harder to taste the sweet malts. My tongue is slightly numb as I type this, and that's after only 1/4 of the bottle. (481 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Devil's Milk Barleywine snifter.

A - Translucent dark brownish red, thin soapy head, very minimal lacing.

S - Bitter hops, grapfruit, alcoholic fumes.

T - Tons of bitter hops, slightly medicinal cherry flavors, candied black cherry, moderately sweet and sugary, grapefruit, a hint of molasses, grapes, alcohol is pretty noticeable, but I like that in barleywines.

M - Perfect carbonation, moderately thick, powerful, alcohol warms and opens your sinuses.

O - this is one of the best barleywines I have ever had, definately in my top 3 barleywines! Very complex and powerful, thoroughly enjoyed this one! (620 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from The Bayou, Salt Lake City, UT (I believe it was the XIII)

What an excellent surprise this beer was! Poured (into a chalice) a caramel-brown core with a fleeting, albeit initially thick almond head. Foam recedes to a patch of large bubbles & a ring that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is rich and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, lots of sweet candi-malt, and a sherry-esque alcohol presence. Very enticing.

The taste delivers on the aroma's promise of hops. My inital thought was that the waitress mistakenly gave me a bottle of SN's Bigfoot. A big alcohol warmth was noticed immediately. It wasn't off-putting, surprisingly, and was balanced by some sweet, nutty malts. Alcohol & hops combined to bite & warm the palate with an excellent, boozy bitterness. The body is medium-thick and spot-on with respect to the barleywine's carbonation level. Overall, this was an excellent American BW...good & hoppy. I would absolutly have it again, and wish I could have some to age in my cellar. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Algebrew
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a DARK red wine color accompanied by a creamy brown head that left such a beautiful, fine lace.

Smell: A grainy/biscuity smell comes through with strong malt aromas. Also, a delicately sweet, fruity wine floats in the scent.

Taste: The beginning opens up with some sweet fruit and nut flavors; the middle drags the flavor down into a bitter range, bringing out more of the hops but still balanced with some tasty malt flavors; the end finishes with a strong bitterness along with hints of toffee, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It was almost chewy. Excellent carbonation, just enough, sparse. It was creamy overall and left a very nice heat after a half minute on a sip.

Overall: I celebrate the anniversary of Uinta by letting them know this was a spot on brew. I'm not even finished with it and I feel a bit toasty. After trying this and Stone's barley wine brew, I have discovered that I'm fond of this style; complexly flavored and unique. Cheers. (980 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just picked this little baby up at a 'State Liquor Store' in Salt Lake City. This poor state has such piss poor liquor laws and because of it the brew selection is not the best. Either way I picked this one up from a local brewery and was pleasantly surprised.

The appearance is really nice, great actually for a barleywine. It comes with a nice liquor pour that produces a real foamy light brown head. The color is nice, dark dark in the center of the glass, then a lighter leather color around the thinner edges. The brew leaves a light lace around the edge of the glass.

The smell is typical of a barleywine, sweet sugar smells with a strong but silent alcohol smell. Has a great carbonation that brings out the smell very strongly with every twirl of the glass.

The taste is great. It does not contain an over liquor taste, has a smooth blend of alcohol with a great 'beer taste'. The carbonation is good, helps with the smell and mouthfeel, which hurts for a variety of reasons. Like I said with the smell, the alcohol is strong, but comes AFTER the flavor. Tastes better at room temp.

The mouthfeel gets a lower score because with most Barleywines being produced these days I am used to the kick in the mouth that they deliver. This is smooth, but needs an overwhelming characteristic that stands out on the palate to dance about. Nothing bad about the mouthfeel but most certainly not great.

The drinkability of this brew is great. Although it doesn't dance on the toungue like I would prefer, it has that smooth liquor effect. The taste is great, the alcohol is barely noticable. All around this is a surprise, and a good one at that. I will be buying more of this fine Utah gem, and I recommend you do as well.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fifteenth Anniversary edition, bottled 9/29/08. Thanks to everyone who didn't buy this at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, I now have a 6-pack of an aged barleywine that I didn't have to cellar myself. Sweet. (They have more, I believe!)

Not much "ziss" when opening the cap, but it's not dead after the pour...rather it's got a bubbly beige head that takes a couple minutes to thin, and then is just a crown. The liquid is a rusty brown, almost like watered-down chocolate milk as it takes on an almost bronze hue. Dots and slashes of lace are left on the sides of the snifter.

Aroma is huge gooey caramel, a bit of toffee, the sweet/salty pairing of taffy, raisin, fig, and a fair bit of alcohol to ramp up the volume on those other characteristics.

The flavor takes the dark fruits detected in the aroma and shoves them to the front. Along with raisin and fig, there's a good bit of overripe plum, and a particularly grape-y sweetness, although not sure I'd call this vinous (despite the name of the style). Caramel; toffee. Charred oak far in the background, and a healthy hit of leather, both which provide balance against the sweetness of this beer. Alcohol is present but incorporated well. Maybe this is just playing tricks on me, considering it's been in the bottle almost two years, but this has the vibe of an English old ale as much as it does an American barleywine.

Mouthfeel is round, silky, chewy and has just the right amount of stickiness. The grassy bitterness of hops show up in the finish, and that stickiness keeps them rolling long after each sip.

Complex and balanced, I'm curious to try newer (and older) versions of this bad boy. My first bottle three days ago seemed okay; second bottle yesterday impressed a bit more; today's tasting showed me the light. A classic case of a "grower" beer. Big beer lovers, seek it out. (1,851 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. Thirteenth Anniversary Barley Wine with bottled on date of 01/03/07 printed on the label.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of hops, almost to the degree of an IPA along with brown sugar, caramelized malt and some dark fruit.

T: The taste has a good complexity to it. It starts out with a decent hops bite and then some sweetness comes in with flavors of brown sugar & dark fruits. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but it’s not a bad thing. There’s an alcoholic sting that comes in, but it’s not as strong as it could be given the fact that the beer isn’t as heavy as most beers with ABV pushing double figures. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, when I first started drinking it, the beer seemed like a sipper, but as I continued to drink it, I found myself drinking it quicker and quicker, which is pretty dangerous for a beer with such a high ABV. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer and enjoyed it a lot. (1,383 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for spreading the love with this exceptional brew. Pours dark brown with cherry red hues which make for spaces which are barely penetrable by the light. A slight dark tan head fades fairly quickly into a good thick stripe all along the top of the brew. A big sweet aroma initially rises to the nose, and I like it a lot. Following that are some sour dark fruits, grain, black licorice and some sweet yeast. The taste involves a big hop bitterness with sweet and sour cherries and a good sweet breadiness mixed in between it all. Now this is what I'm talkin' about. A thin layer of chocolate is also discernible. A slightly piercing but very welcome alcohol heat exists, but that's to be expected, as this is a big one. Body is medium to heavy, a little creamy up front, and a little dry going down. Beers like this are just one of the reasons trading is so worth the effort and expense. (904 characters)

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= reddish brown, modest quickly fading head.

S= bountiful floral hops and nice malts, hints of some fruits.

T= I'm not a big fan of barley wine but this one blew me away-- spectacular! Bountiful hops and bitterness, rich malts, a smoothness I've never found in a barley wine, nice fruity notes including prune and probably cherry. Extremely well balanced.

M= savory hops florals and bitters, malts, slight creamy feel on the tongue, fruity notes, light prune.

D= only the high ABV% would keep me from drinking more than 1-2 of these at a sitting, otherwise highly recommended, great with beef, ribs, maybe roasted chicken.

Bottled 8/29/2008, consumed during the 2008 holidays that December and my review was mislocated until just now. (740 characters)

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