Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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4.73/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
10-26-2013 01:59:09 | More by mitch3114
4.63/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
01-19-2012 00:15:30 | More by evilkalla
4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
11-20-2013 22:52:14 | More by Aaron_Ramson
United Kingdom (England)
4.55/5 rDev +18.8%
(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!
07-29-2009 20:57:47 | More by wl0307
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
08-18-2008 03:20:23 | More by superdedooperboy
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
07-02-2005 04:38:58 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
07-12-2009 03:20:11 | More by beveritt
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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