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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

697 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 697 | Reviews: 383 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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

Sammy, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Jul 23, 2013
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.

metter98, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

brentk56, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, May 13, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

GRG1313, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

ygtbsm94, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.9%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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 imagery to care to much about 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 one 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.

biboergosum, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 02, 2005
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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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