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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: 85 | 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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Reviews: 396 | Hads: 798
Photo of harrymel
2.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 07JAN13

Dark brown with ruby hues, a thick quilt of light caramel. Smells uber-fruity: plums, raisin, some spiced persimmon. Then there's a hit of brewer's licorice, vanilla, and burnt sugar mixed with vinyl. Taste is booze, then some bitterness, then some sweet malts, then some more booze. Really can taste the ethanol here - in a bad way. Medium body with moderate, tickle carb and a semi dry finish. I'm uncertain I'm gonna finish this. Waaaay too boozy. (467 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Actually labelled "Uinta Brewing Company 9th Anniversary Barley Wine 2002".
Pours out to a clear, deep-brown garnet color, forming a thin, dark-beige head with poor retention and lacing despite a vigorous pour. Aroma is intensely hoppy with a very piney aroma, a peculiar sand/dust aroma (maybe all that sand in Utah has worked itself into a Utah-themed brew!), and toffeeish amber malts. Taste is very acidic (like spit-up), with sticky amber malts buried/hidden somewhere in there. Mouthfeel is very cloying with a firm body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is not very noticeable in taste, but certainly is in the buzz it packs. Not very good stuff...horribly unbalanced, and an absolute embarrassment to the style. (718 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

XVII release

A: Garnet red with a large head. Recedes leaving lots of lacing.

S: Nice sticky hops aroma. Sweet and spicy and piney.

T: A letdown, somewhat burnt and woody, boozy and medicinal. Maybe too young to be drinking and this will mellow out with time?

M: Drier than I'd like for the style. Appropriate (low) carbonation.

O: I had hopes from the aroma, but this is not one of the better examples of the style, IMO. Honestly, might dump the second half of this if I had a better option on hand and the burnt flavors hadn't killed my tastebuds. (554 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this seems like a special brew but then again the barley wines I've had are hit or miss. I hope it's a hit. Let's see how she pours.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Caramel-amber in colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Dark fruit: maybe cherry or plum, caramelized malt (tame, not overdone), maybe hints of wine, and general esters. No alcohol. Moderate in strength.

T: Some nice dark fruit/tart notes are strongly curtailed by a horribly placed caramel note right at the midpoint, destroying the climax. The esters are very nicely handled and add to its complexity, but the midpoint through the climax is ruinous. Complex but imbalanced. Badly built all around. Incredibly, no alcohol comes through until it hits the stomach.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also very thick, and a bit coarse on the finish. Not particularly well done. I'd prefer a subtle mouthfeel, something more delicate.

Dr: Not very drinkable on account of the high ABV, but the ABV is well concealed by the flavours to an extent. The mouthfeel is too thick for it to be really drinkable. It's really nothing special. (1,295 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to alexgash for this one. 9th Anniversary edition, bottled in 2002. I've been aging this one for awhile, time to crack it open on this fall night, watching the Twins. Deep dark red color, looks like a port or red wine. Thin tan head that leaves speckled lacing on the sides of the glass. Caramel and chocolate covered rummy raisins dominate the bouquet. Bit of hops as well. Taste is amazingly thin and the nice smells don't come through in the taste. Very few flavors and a very astringent lingering aftertaste that is unpleasant. Glad I got to try this, but a poor example of a barley wine. (599 characters)

Photo of alexgash
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11th Anniversary bottle (2004). Cellared carefully.

Dark murky caramelized garnet with a tight, dense, glass-crawling, light sandy head. Smells of butter rum Lifesavers, dates, figs, caramel. Good malt aromas (if a bit buttery), but there's only a faint hop backing. Starts with toasted fruit malt with mild caramel and leather. Okay. Quickly turns tangy/sour, and not in a good Belgian way. Astringent, nutty, and bitter toward the finish. Off. Butter throughout and this did not age well. Moderately thin body, especially for the style. Disappointing. (556 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy rootbeer brown with visible yeast throughout. Very little head with no rention and a light tan color.

Rich maltiness, molasses, raisin and fig on the nose

Rich dark malt flavor, molasses, alcohol-bourbon and a hint of caramel

A little sticky and heavy on the palate with an alcoholic kick. Very alcoholic aftertaste

Overall I'm not very impressed, especially due to it being an anniversary beer. Bottled 3-22-11, the bottle description say "Can be laid down to age" this is another example that the brewers might want to puta best after date. Although I don't really visualize too much future complexity. It's not very well balanced with very heavy sugar/maltiness and alcohol being the overwhelming factors. I'd be interested to try this again after about 4-5 years of aging but I definitely would not buy it again otherwise.

Oh yea... This was the 17th anniversary. (891 characters)

Photo of david18
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure about this beer. It tastes very strange to me. Very strong, malty aroma is a bit overpowering, flavor is strong and syrupy. It was good to try because i've always heard about this brewery but in general this is not my favorite beer. Dark red in color, light carbonation, strong flavor and aroma. Good for a try but I won't get it agin. (348 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for opening this up on what pretty much became "Bad Beer Day" at our 4th of July get together.

A - Dark brownish red color that rubys on the edges. Little bit of tan head on it that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Burnt caramel, toffee, a little bit like chemicals. There is some astrigent hops, can't say I care for this.

T - Taste is bad also, I actually like this less than the Portsmouth Barleywine which I didn't like at all. Bitter, burnt taste leaves a bit to be desired. Carmel, toffee, but not in any combination that works.

M - Lower carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O - Not a beer I ever care to have again. I didn't like the taste or the smell, and it's really hard to like a beer if you don't like those two things. (753 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle of their 14th anniversary, bottled 11/30/07, 10.4% ABV. I picked this up in SLC on a snowboard trip in February, and after floating bottomless pow at Mt. Hood today (the last weekend of March!), I thought it would be an appropriate après-ski reminder that as sick as the Wasatch are, I'm damn lucky to live in Portland!!!

Poured into my Midnight Sun cervoise, Uinta's BW is a dark, ruddy chestnut with a creamy tan head that is slow to settle, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is fairly strong, big piny hops, malty, pretty standard (fresh west coast) American BW.

Taste is hoppy and not very complex, not as rich as the smell, the strong alcohol character thins it out, giving a dry finish. There's a mineral/metallic tang that really struck me from the first sip, and while it's less noticeable after a few sips, it's still a distraction. Otherwise, not much to this one, which eases my buyers remorse of not getting a few extra to cellar...

Mouthfeel is dry, boozy perhaps a bit on the lighter side.

Drinkability is average, maybe less, as there's really no complexity, even the hop dominated taste is all pine, with the alcohol making it clear you should take your time. Nothing distinguishing or memorable to be found here, sorry. (1,253 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2003 Bottling

Pours a dark brown with tinges of red and about half a finger of light brown head. The aroma is crammed full of malt. Notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice, and a slighty spiciness. Nice piney hop aroma with a little alcohol too. The carbonation is a little overwhelming and it's a little hard to distinguish many of the tastes. I'm getting some chocolate and toffee and some alcohol, but that's really about it. I thought from the aroma that this was going to be really good, but it was hard for the taste to break through. (549 characters)

Photo of papat444
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

***XV Vintage (15th anniversary)***

Picked this up at New Beer in NYC 2 years ago.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottles 09/28/08.

Appearance: A dark brown body with light red tinges but veers towards more murky brown. 2 fingers worth of head and some lacing make it look nice.

Smell: Whoa, not really a barleywine aroma. Heavy sugar and buckwheat(!) mixed with molasses, Some biscuit and sugar to round it off. While not offensive, it's not what i'm looking for for this style.

Taste: Some dark fruits, buckwheat is reserved thankfully and it feels like alcohol drenched raisins but in an unbalanced (unfinished?) way. Burnt sugar is distracting. These flavors are not bad in themselves but again, not what i expect in a barleywine. At least the grapefruit aftertaste is nice.

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness but the carbonation is low to almost flat. A bit lifeless and the only thing saving it somewhat is that it is easy to drink a bit.

Overall: Weird smell, body is disjointed and not much fullness. While not an inherently bad beer, it's somewhat of a fail as a barleywine. (1,079 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis California.

Appearance: A rich dark brown, almost that of a molasses, in appearance not viscosity.

Smell: Very average in smell, a hint of tartness in aroma.

Taste: Taste is a hint of dark cherries and minor smell of metallic.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in sweetness, light in thickness with a strong finish.

Overall:a Very nice, slightly above average darley wine with a balanced tone and a very unreadable ABV, does not taste "hot" or even imply the 10.4% that it is! (514 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

17th year. C is my Average. now to the chase.

Solid finger of head, clear dark amber.
Aroma has caramel malt influence and is on the slightly sweeter side, not super aromatic. Flavors have the same caramel malt backbone holding down the fort, and there is a lighter hop presence then most american BWs, that has a bit of a grassy and citrus profile. Not super deep and complex.
I found this beer to be solid, one i'd buy a few of but not go crazy with. (453 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

XIII vintage. This bottle is courtesy of Ddarden. Bottled on 11/09/06

Pours walnut with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Breadyness & fruittyness (raisins & dates)

T: Breadyness, plums & booze up front. Dryness, hop tea, baker's chocolate & alcohol burn follow as this warms. Coarse piney hops, ddates, dryness & a persistent alcohol burn

MF: Medium bodied. oily, with low carbonation.

This 10.4 abv barley wine drinks like it, not exactly going down like water. Too much alcohol burn, had potential. My 2nd beer from utah, I won't give up on them yet. Maybe lay this down 18 months & try again if your sitting on some... (680 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new state. OK on color and aroma, but not much on taste. Low as a barleywine, a little too drying. Altogether doesn't work, with sweetness and medium mouthfeel but acidic, and too much alcohol in there. Maybe in a few years, but I won't look out for it. Radekfest #5 (268 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10th Anniversary barleywine, poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It pours a deep reddis-orange with a fairly thin head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace of lace. The smell is piney hops with just a bit of sweetness. The taste seems to go from from somewhat unpleasantly unbalanced to decent and back again. It finishes with a strong, astringent flavor that is only made worse by the hop bitterness. I'm having a hard time finishing this one. (444 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2005 vintage. Thanks to Wasatch for this beer.

A: Cloudy reddish walnut color with a nice, medium creamy sandy colored head.

S: Robust burnt caramel, bubble gum, rootbeer, pine needles and some dried cocoa.

T: Starts off with simple toffee around the sides of the tongue. A dirty bitterness pops up next with never seems to leave the through the entire process. Bit of day old coffee, chocolate milk and almond add the malty experience while raisins, dark plums and loganberry offer a fruity side. Finishes with evident alcohol, some butterscotch, marshmallow and a good amount of bitterness. And dirt.

M: Medium body, fairly hard with some syrupy aspects to it.

D: I hate dirty tasting beers. If there is one thing that can turn me off from a beer, its to have it taste like there is dirt in there. Without that aspect, it would have been a lot better. (869 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

TENTH ANNIVERSARY BARLEY WINE Bottled 2003 - 10% Alcohol.

Pours a clear dark brown brew with red color when viewed through light.

Smell is sweet and malty with an oily hop scent and a grainy background.

Taste is sweet and fairly bitter. This is lacking in secondary flavors, bland for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable but not that great a barleywine. Needs more complexity to be a great brew. For the money Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is a far better beer of this type. (489 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle : tulip snifter
bottled on 03/07/12

Pours dark red with a fizzy, light toffee colored head.

Light caramel and toffee malt, with bitter grassy, pine hops.

Pine hops, with some caramel and biscuit malts. Very faint boozy finish.

Medium body with light, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing memorable. (326 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" head that breaks down quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is soft and all you can detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, prunes, some earthy qualities, some citrus tones, and a decent bitterness make up a rather dull barleywine. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long aftertaste as alcohol and malt sweetness dominate.

Drinkability: so-so at best. There are better American versions on the market. (495 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a dark red twist off crown cap. Single thick high quality cream colored parchment obverse label has a large red ‘X 1993’ on it. Labeled as ‘Tenth Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 2003’ it has a stated strength of 10.0% Alcohol by Volume.

Appearance: Caramelized brown sugar body with some dark chestnut threads. A thin cream colored head is quickly formed but soon relaxes to leave just a thick halo ring with a broken surface. Some light lacing stays on the glass close to the halo ring but not to far up the glass sides. Solid conditioning levels support a reappearance of the head with a gentle swirl. Nice appearance.

Nose: Piney hops, thick oily nose with some caramel malt which in turn has a dense rich orange liquor zest to it. Strong alcohol in the back end, almost solvent like at times.

Taste: Malts start but are immediately interspersed with decent levels of biting bitterness that is rasping with a thick pine oil feel and some liquorice sting on the tongue. Warming from the middle, the alcohol feel is still bold and unfettered by mature flavors. This is still a boisterous youngster that needs more time scrapping in the playground before it can even think about becoming an accomplished late night Barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Quite a creamy feel in the mouth, it has a solid presence and a rather bold body - but it feels aggressive. This will assist its aging no end but at the moment it prepubesent.

Drinkability: I found this one a little hard to drink, sharp tastes are unbalanced and make for a rough ride late at night when I really needed something more mature and rounded. I keep using the word ‘raw’, but this is the one expression that I think neatly sums up this Barleywine. I guess I'm soft tonight, a 3.0 is being polite.

Overall: A tad young and a little fresh at the moment to be honest. The label states that this can be laid down for some years, I would suggest that it will need at least this time to take the rough edges off of the raw character that it has.

In an ideal world, I would seriously consider popping one of these away just to see how it ages - but I live the Real World, and with the small closet in my 11th floor Apartment already full of much better beers slowly aging, I don’t think that this really cuts the mustard or deserves the space to be honest. There are much better Barleywines for my money. (2,430 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

XVII (bottled 03/22/11). Tulip glass.

Pours a very deep amber, with almost no head and minimal lacing. Carmel, chocolate, some fresh sweet red fruit, and a little grassy, woody earthiness. Interesting stuff. Taste is initially a liquid caramel, but is quickly taken over by a lingering, slightly overpowering bitterness. The hops do not appear to be well integrated. A decent level of carbonation gives this medium-bodied ale a nice bite. Overall, the aromas were good but it's hard to get paste the sub-par flavors. I'm holding out hope that this will mellow out with some more time. (585 characters)

Photo of andylipp
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on date: 04/09/09- Sixteenth Anniversary version.

Appearance -A deep ruby/copper pour into a tulip which made an inch or so of off-white head. It dissipated quickly but left moderate lacing on the sides as I sipped. Looks good!

Smell -Piney, resinous and sweet. Dark candied fruit, citrus, and a big ol' whiff of alcohol.

Taste -The malt makes the first sip pleasant, the big hop bite follows...so far so good...but the finish is alcoholic and unpleasant. Sadly, even the substantial malt and massive hop presence can't compete with the boozy finish. Medicinal-like low-end vodka. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel -Moderately thick, coated the palate nicely. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- I'm not interested in obtaining another one. But I finished it.

Comments- I tried this on draught at the ACBF in June and although the samples were small, I had a bunch of them because I liked them so much. The hit-you-over-the-head alcohol finish was, to my memory, not evident at that time. I was excited to find this in bottles recently, but what a letdown. (1,075 characters)

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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