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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: 799
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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/22/11, so a little over 4 months on this one.

Pours a semi-clear dark copper-amber color with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of toasty malt, caramelized brown sugar, and citrus zest. There is a mild hop bitterness on the tongue after each sip and a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine with a big hop flavor and my first beer from Uinta. (648 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense tan head that quickly died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose plus notes of caramel and toffee from the malts. These become more balanced as it warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops and especially lingers through the finish. The malty flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hoppy and bitter barleywine—something that hopheads could enjoy (especially if they drink it cold). If you are looking for something with more complexity you need to let this one fully warm up to let the malty flavors develop a little more. The alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste. (991 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

version XVII, pours a hazy brass color with a thin white head into a wine glass. smells instantly of booze, which isnt surprising given the abv. also smells of straw and a peculiar maltiness. Flavor matches the nose, and the bright carbonation fizzes the flavors into a very unique palate. cant say this is my favority barleywine, but it is different. mouthfeel was as heavy as it gets, thick and weighty, even the carbonation doesnt make it feel any lighter. a good beer on a cold night (487 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(11th Anniversary, brewed: 2004; tasted 8/23/08)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with very little head (but what would you expect from a four year old barleywine); leaves the tiniest dots and shards of lace I have ever seen, however

Smell: Rich bitter, caramel (almost like caramel with angostura bitters)

Taste: Opens with a big malt bill that grows increasingly bitter in the angostura direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors continue, with a slightly grassier edge, but linger for a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The beer has held up well over its four years and provides a nice, complex take on a barleywine; the hops have settled down and the alcohol has mellowed (754 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 4-17-09. This brew poured out as a brown color with some light orange highlights. The head didn't really stick around too long here. The smell of the beer has is typical barley and malt aromas and possibly some subtle fig on the nose. The taste of the beer has a light sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was medium. Overall I wasn't getting too much from this that made it so special. It's a decent barley wine at best in my opinion. (438 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney hops with some sweet malt. Taste is a very well balanced mix between some piney and somewhat citrus hops and a sweet malt base that is not overly sweet. Body is full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done with great balance and very good drinkability factor. (405 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no indication as to what 'anniversary' it is.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby-red amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a whole metric shit-ton of randomly encyclopaedic lace around the glass as things gradually abate.

It smells of pungent caramel/toffee malt, Nordic licorice, muddled Mediterranean fruit, concentrated orange and grapefruit rind, and heady, but at least minding its manners, alcohol. The taste is musty caramel malt, toffee pudding, black orchard fruit - plums, prunes, and overripe cherries - a bit of wayward yeast, spicy grassy, leafy, and citrusy hops, and a certain by-standing alcohol measure.

The bubbles are quite low-key and unobtrusive for the most part, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops and booze kind of too entranced with their own images to care all that much about interfering here. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel/toffee malt and burgeoning alcohol vying to be the only game in town, in the face of an insurgent complex hoppiness.

Huh - for all the guff and mockery that I've heard about Utah brewing in general, at home and abroad, this offering really sloughs off all that inanity - big and brash, hoppy and malty, in layers that I can't possibly appreciate from this single instance in time. Worth trying, if only to see how it's doing, and right now for me, it's doing just fine. (1,442 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tenth Anniversary Edition (bottled 2003). Dark crimson bleeding to orange and then gold at the bottom edge of the glass. The head is fantastic. It's pale tawny in color, looks like mousse and persists longer than the cap on a 10.0% beer has a right to. Sturdy pillars of foam appear on the glass as the foam slowly melts into a thick puddle on the surface of the beer.

All of the proper style elements are present and accounted for in the nose. Hops aren't overly prominent; not surprising given the three years that have passed since bottling. The aroma is nicely fruity with a fairly typical 'cherries soaked in Cherry Herring' vibe. There's quite a bit of caramel and brown sugar too, but almost nothing in the way of darker aromas. If it tastes like it smells, we're in business.

It does. The first thing that occurs to me (after, 'boy this is good') is that this beer is showing its age. That leads to a whole lot more positives than negatives in this particular case. The only negative is a lack of slap-you-silly power, in particular, that fresh hoppy bite that I love so much. Not a big deal; especially since I'm not sure that it was present immediately after bottling anyway.

The main positive is a mellowness that one doesn't often experience in a 10.0% ABV beer. I'll sacrifice a little tongue abuse (on occasion) for this degree of easy drinking civility. That's not to say that the double-digit ABV won't still sneak up and sucker punch those who aren't paying attention.

The flavor profile doesn't differ too much from the nasal profile. It's still cherry-dominant with only a little of that cough medicine character that some versions have in spades. There's also a citrus fruitiness (oranges more than lemons) that one doesn't often taste in beer of this style. This may not be the most complex barleywine on the block, but it is tastes good and that's all that matters.

I was hoping that the body would firm up a tad with warming... and it has. It's lightly creamy rather than heavily creamy and is inching into 'chewy' territory. I'd like a bit more fullness, but then I always do. This is a lovely little sipper and would be great to introduce any who are interested to the style. I can't believe that too many of the Tenth Anniversary bottles are still knocking about though.

Don't ever doubt the ability of Utah's brewers to overcome the limitations placed on them by the state legislature. This 2003 bottling of Uinta Anniversary Barley Wine is ripe for the picking if you have one (or more) stowed away and is a testament to the talent present at the best little brewery in the Beehive State. (2,634 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had recieved this one as an extra from a kind trader before I realzed we now carry this locally. No matter though it was a solid beer all around. Used this one as a nightcap and served it at cellar temp. Consumed on 01/17/2009.

The pour was nice. Rich caramel in color with light reddish tints to it. Small head of white rises up from the bottom to cap off the top of it rather nicely, no active carbonation that I could see either.

The aroma was very sweet, with lots of carmael and hints of bready malts. SOme light diffused hoppiness in it as well, but nothing that was terribly overpowering. Light alcohol notes were hiding underneath as well. The flavor was more of the same, light alcohol, some light piney hops and a touch of carmel and toffee. Nothing really huge here at all, but on the same token nothing really bad either. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a full body, this was a very nice above average barley wine.

Overall while I have certainly had better, I have certainly had worse as well. I would have no problem at all with putting a couple bottles down in the cellar, and at 2 bucks a bottle not bad at all. (1,130 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the XVII Anniversary release.

A: The beer pours almost mahogany in color with a nice big off-white head and sticky lacing.

S: A nice bit of citrus hop aroma, particularly grapefruit and grapefruit peel. There is a big floral note to it as well. Toffee, molasses, and brown sugar provide a nice sweetness to the beer.

T: Plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee sweetness to provide this beer with a nice base. The hops are a very nice accent to it all and there is a solid bitterness and perfumey hop flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation. Sort of creamy on the tongue.

O: This was a pretty solid barleywine. Really easy to drink and a solid flavor profile. (691 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tiny, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel malts with a handful of toasted breadcrusts and a pine resin hop scent. A bit of booze lurking in there as well.

Taste: Sweetish caramel malts arrives with a bitter, resinous hop hit of pine. Slight cherry fruitiness underneath. As with the aroma, the abv is apparent. Tangy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a top tier barleywine. I, for one, could use a heft of malt and body. (536 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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a DEEP clear amber that appears almost black at times until you hold it up to the light. A thin layer of tan head sits on top, retaining around the edges and leaving a solid cascade of spotty lacing when swirled. The aroma is big with oats and grains, as well as some sticky smelling notes of caramel and maple syrup. Deep citrus tang also emerges, as does spice, floral character, and some hoppy resinous notes. Nice Barleywine aroma.

The taste once again is led by that big malt backbone. Burnt grains, chocolate and caramel malts, maybe even a little bit of dark fruit in there. Luckily, there is some equally big hop character here, with sticky, resinous bitterness evening all of that chewy sweetness out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and beefy feeling, with a lower carbonation that really makes those big malts comes out. Alcohol is very nicely hid for the size. I'm getting some gentle warmth but that's about it. Nice.

Good American Barleywine here with some nice robust character and extremely good drinkibility. A solid warm up on a chiller February evening. I dug it. (1,120 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/4/11 so nice and fresh

light fizzy head fades very quickly, over auburn molasses ruby colored beer with surprisingly clear ruby light coming through the dark beer.

nose is nice, loaded with caramel, toffee, light molasses and brown sugar, hints of cocoa, dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, fig, lots of soft brown malts and semi sweet malty aromas with a hint of booze, then light earthy hops way in the background. A light brandy like fruity booze also present.

Taste comes semi sweet, complex barleywine. Earthy hops make their presence known right away, little salty earthy spicy hops bring a decent bitterness that grows. the hops and bitterness actually start to dominate. Aside from that soft brown malts, caramel, toffee, again dark fruits hint of fig juice and raisin, candy apple, light molasses and sweet brown sugar. Light sweetness and hint of warming booze. The flavors would be nice of the crazy astringent his didn't dominate this like a crazy triple ipa. Maybe some aging will help this. Finish is bitter and astringent, some sweet malts remain but mostly dry, and a bit sticky, and long lingering earthy salty spicy hops.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall mixed, the nose is great, and the flavors would be great of they weren't drowned out by the crazy bitter astringent hops. (1,355 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 mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden chestnut color in the brandy glass. A decent cap of foam and enough carbonation to add a little spritz to each mouthful.

A sweet and malty richness is balanced by an assertive hop aroma and flavor. The hops are full and toothsome with a lot of leafy flavors. The bitterness stops just at the right level. It would be interesting to blind-taste this with SN Bigfoot. The rich malt flavor dries out as you sip, and the dark caramel and roasted flavors are more savory than candy-like. A great blend of robust grain flavors, lots of warming alcohol, and a burning, aromatic hoppiness.

This used to be about the only barley wine sold in Utah. I'm glad to see it elevated from occasional to year-round. From the 12 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House. (794 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixteenth Anniversary Version -I picked this up at Brass Rail, bottle dated 2/20/09 poured chilled into my La Fin Du Monde tulip

A - A deep amber/dark copper w/ rocky tan head of 3 fingers. The cap is pale and there is plenty of lace thrown up and rings collect on the glass

S - Plenty of dark fruit and rich fruity yeast esters. Plum, cherry and woody notes w/ mildly citrus hops and hints of pine. A very deep currant and malty toast rounds out the nose

M - A crisp hopped pine element w/ mild bitterness when placed w/ a malty mild caramel note and woody texture w/ warmth of alcohol and light hoppy astringent bite. The warmth and bitternesss linger w/ a touch of residual sweetness

T - A fruity, citrusy hop flavor starts the taste off well w/ a mild piney underpinning and merges to an almost tannic plum taste. The malt is sweet w/ a mild biscuit taste bordering on graham cracker. The grassiness in the hop taste is subtle w/ mild coarseness and grapefruit notes. There is a sugary tip w/ slight peppery notes as it finishes w/ pine hops still holding on to my tongue

D - A tasty Barleywine for sure, glad I grabbed this - one of the few styles I like to cellar. I would have let it age, but I couldn't hold out 6 months. The bottle on 2/20/09 is surprising since it has so much hop flavor and is very fresh and vibrant. The American style is right on but my notes indicate 9.8% instead of the 10.4% listed here. This ranks up with some of the best West coast barleywines. (1,485 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do believe this makes it state #32 for me.

Brewed on 8/29/08. 15th anniversary edition.

Pours a clear but very dark brown that let's quite a bit of a ruby hue show. Airy alcohol nose with faint malts. Flavor delivers a slight touch of alcohol on a slight fruity malty base. Smooth overall but the alcohol bites a bit. Feel is a bit slick on liquid and the carbonation is low. Easy to drink, but not displaying any great complexities at this time. (450 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 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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was picked up from a bottle shop the date of the bottled on is 10/12/12...I bought it 2/28/14. Overall appears a deep murky mahogany brown hue big tan head forming thick, with fine speckled lacing. Smells like an aged barleywine, what does that mean the hops have tamed, the malts are full of over ripened fruit and big alcohol notes. The smell is of spicy plum and raisin notes, that I can't quit sniffing on. Dark fruit, brown sugar, malt layers in the flavor, nothing like an aged Bigfoot, a hint of diacetyl or wet cardboard in the malt character just from oxidation. Plum and dark fruit sugars coat the palate, not bad at all...well aged smoothed out Anniversary IPA bottled on 10/12/12. Mouthfeel is creamy, effervescent carbonation medium bodied texture. Overall it's good barleywine, I'm intrigued to see what this beer tastes like fresh, with 2 years of age it's fantastic. (892 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVI version: Pours deep brown amber, like dirty copper. Modest but thick light beige head. Leaves a continuous ring of lace after every sip.

From a distance, I smelled perfume. As I brought my nose closer, brown sugar and sweet malt came through. Up close, solid floral hop aroma. Great balance.

Could be a strong brown ale; could be a high-hopped barley wine; could even be a sweet porter. It has elements of all three. Again, superb balance with a multitude of flavors coming through--none of them dictating the flavor. Crystal malt up front, mild alcohol warmth, biting hop aftertaste. Heavy, almost buttery body with plenty of carbonation.

A superb beer that is worth seeking out. A complete surprise when compared to the other Uinta offerings. (751 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter. Picked this up at Stateline a week or two ago. Bottled on 06/17/11.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with a slight reddish tint, one inch of off white head, and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toasted malts, and bready malts. Alcohol really isn't there which surprised me. Very nice caramel and toffee and pretty sweet; very nice nose.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, toffee, sugar, molasses, and toasted malts. The caramel and sweet fruits are still there which is nice, but the alcohol is much more prominent than it was in the nose. A slight step down.

m - Full bodied barleywine and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth; little less alcohol in the taste and this would be pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this is a good, strong barleywine. The nose is really nice, the taste is just pretty strong alcohol-wise. I think if I had another bottle of this I'd sit on it for 6-12 months and try it again, as I feel it could get even better. Would have it again. (1,174 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/22/20111. Pours very hazy and cloudy; almost opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, pine, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, citrus zest, floral, and piney earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; but are pretty weak for a barleywine. Taste of toffee, toast, caramel, raisin, brown sugar, pine, brown bread, floral, grapefruit, orange zest, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toffee, caramel, toast, raisin, pine, brown sugar, brown bread, grapefruit, orange zest, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt complexity; with a good amount of hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,291 characters)

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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