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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

676 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002)
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Lob

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -73.9%

02-27-2012 15:29:26 | More by Lob
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GTB

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -73.9%

03-04-2012 22:19:34 | More by GTB
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SoCaliC8

California

1/5  rDev -73.9%

01-16-2014 05:32:44 | More by SoCaliC8
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

02-23-2014 18:12:29 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Rizalini

Nevada

2/5  rDev -47.8%

12-08-2011 09:21:27 | More by Rizalini
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mhaugo

California

2/5  rDev -47.8%

12-18-2011 17:29:07 | More by mhaugo
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webrunr


2/5  rDev -47.8%

07-25-2014 05:12:28 | More by webrunr
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.1/5  rDev -45.2%

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.

06-24-2003 15:23:32 | More by Mitchster
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harrymel

Washington

2.13/5  rDev -44.4%

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.

02-20-2013 08:59:29 | More by harrymel
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

03-27-2009 23:01:14 | More by Beaver13
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

02-26-2012 05:18:00 | More by ygtbsm94
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whartontallboy

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

01-03-2012 04:18:15 | More by whartontallboy
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -33.4%

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.

07-12-2011 04:28:38 | More by kscaldef
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

11-08-2011 05:37:46 | More by kojevergas
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

10-03-2003 13:42:14 | More by chaduvel
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alexgash

Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

03-30-2006 23:40:20 | More by alexgash
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andant

New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

12-24-2012 23:33:24 | More by andant
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

04-28-2013 01:03:01 | More by IdrinkGas
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

09-14-2013 06:54:01 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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david18

New York

2.85/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

06-06-2010 22:35:19 | More by david18
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MrVonzipper

California

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

05-24-2011 00:38:59 | More by MrVonzipper
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nvsblman

Arizona

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

01-26-2006 01:59:17 | More by nvsblman
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

07-06-2011 20:35:00 | More by AgentZero
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ccrida

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

03-30-2008 06:43:30 | More by ccrida
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

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...

04-08-2007 03:52:51 | More by russpowell
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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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