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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

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very good

399 Reviews

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 827
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 89 | 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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
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...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
Very smooth with partly hidden alcohol. Alcohol esters are obvious in tasting and there is noticeable warming in the mouthfeel.
Smells sweet with fruity, but is more malty upon tasting.

O: a very good barleywine.

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Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13th Anniversary edition:

Pours dark mahogany with a thick, off-white foamy head that slowly descends.

The smell is of prunes, dates, and figs with sweet caramel. Slightly vinuous.

The taste is of dark fruits as listed in aroma and caramel. Very malty. As it progresses, some earthy hops offset some of the sweetness. Peppery alcohol is certainly present, but never overwhelms.

Thins a bit, but holds on. Alcohol kicks in in the aftertaste and lingers.

Well, it sure is a sipper. As it warmed to room temperature, it became a bit tough, but I put it back in the fridge for a just a bit, and that worked. Bottom line - a nice "sipping" brew.

My thanks go out to bitterbill for including this one! Thanks Bill!

Thanks to Wasatch for sending me the 14th Anniversary. I bumped up the scores half a notch for mouthfeel and drinkability because body seemed richer and alcohol was very restrained.

Complex maltiness of toffee/caramel turning towards chocolate with a nice hoppy, fruity backing. Good stuff - Thanks John!

Thanks again to Wasatch for sending me the XV Anniversary. As I remembered the XIV - a very nice Barleywine. Not quite as fruity, a bit more herbal. Thanks, John!

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Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is an amber copper brown.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, dried fruits, plums, raisins. Fairly malty.

Taste: Bready malts, toffee, caramel, some roasted malts as well. Raisins, dried fruits, and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a hint of booze.

Overall, average barlywine. Somewhat drinkable. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of stakem
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mini snifter. The brew appears amber brown with a finger of tan froth. Patchy lace sticks along the glassware. Some ruby clarity is noted when held to the light.

The smells is mostly dark fruits with a raisin quality mixed with toffee-like malt. A slight alcohol sting hits the nose when a deep whiff is taken. A light inclusion of hops is present but overall not a complex or bold aroma.

The taste of this brew is slightly musty with a grain feel leaning towards caramel but not sweet as it is contrasted with enough bittering hops to keep it in check. Thoughts of toffee and raisins come to mind as well as some hints of slight oxidation with a greater focus on must/stale grain and a bit of cardboard. Fruity hops that are lightly pine-like show themselves once this brew goes beyond ideal temperature.

This is a full bodied brew leaning towards medium in the feel. It displays a light level of carbonation. Warming alcohol gets a bit distracting as it warns. A light resinous pine-like hop presence keeps me interested but overall this one just didn't totally come together for me.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/23/06- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, X (tenth) anniversary bottled in 2003. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep copper in color, smaller 1/5th inch off white head with streaks of lace here and there.

Smell- Super dark malt with a flourish of spicy scented hops. Dark current scent as well. Appealing.

Taste- This is one of the darkest barleywines I have set my taste buds to. Almost burnt and slightly smoky malt. Actually, it tastes more like a imperial stout/barleywine combo. Hops are suprisingly lasting in a 3 year old brew. Deep caramel flavors, albeit burnt, but deep.

Mouthfeel- Long lasting bitter flavor, medium carbonation level, lightly creamy.

Drinkability- Oddball flavor, wonder what this year would have tasted like fresh? Happy I tried it and will try another years if I see it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled November 4th 2011.

Off the pour, a nice somewhat creamy and tight uniform head of off caramel color is created. Settles slowly, to sit on a body of very clear dark amber red. Pretty solid, with some faint leopard like lacing.

Nose is nice. Sense of chewy and fruity malt backbone, hop sense of dark subtle fruits and mostly figs. Dense, sweetness subdued. Faint dried apricot just wants to creep out but doesn't quite make it. I'll take this. Nice.

Palate hits with a very dry hop angle. Borderline chalky, very dry finish, grabs a very large hop bitterness with a hint of wetness on the palate. Chewy sense hinted on the nose doesn't quite hit through, but boy is this hop forward. Big on tea action here in taste and tannic finish.

I get this sense this needs some age to let some sweetness roll forward and kill/subdue the hop presence. I would hope that with more time some more classic flavors would come out (fruit, caramel, etc..), otherwise I think this could get better and this isn't at prime. My 2 cents.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on "8/29/08", so this little number (12 ounceer) has been in the bottle for a total of about 3 weeks! Yikes, FRESH barley wine, not sure how I should feel about that...anyway lightly cooled and into a tulip glass, this one pours a rich, glowing dark, dark shade of honey amber, clear, equally thick and rich dark tan head, that leaves plenty of coating and scattered lace. Nose of gobs of malt, bready sweetness and resiny hops in the rear. First impression of this fresh and young brew is "wow" big and bold, smooth on the tongue, goes down easy. Big smooth malts, nicely balanced by more resinous hops on the back of the mouth. This one is drinking great right now and I would assume it will only improve with some time in the bottle. My first try of any of the Uinta line (how does one pronounce that anyway?) which have just made on shore in the NYC area.I'm impressed, well worth a try now or in a few months on one of those cold winter nights.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A- Uinta anniversary barleywine looks the part with a dark brown mahagony look with a semi dark tan head about 1/2 an inch in height. Pretty nice streaks of lace but not overly covering the glass.

S- Smell consists of a deep sweet caramel scent from the malt with other sweet candi additions. A bunch of good smelling hops also take up a good amount of smell. A lot of alcohol is underneath the malt/hop mix. Up to par for an american BW and very hoppy.

T- The hop taste is what comes first with a big pine taste plus some other resins from them. Sweet syrupy malt with some caramel while being overall sweet with sugar like tastes. Some dark fruits in the middle after the hops and then finishes with some alcohol.

M- While there is a lot of hops in the nose and taste this does not come off bitter, probably from all the sweet malt. This one is above medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Goes down sweet smooth and hot as the alcohol is noticable.

D- Very drinkable for a 10% barleywine but it's a sipper for sure. I enjoyed what this had to offer and would purchase again, thinking about aging one or two.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14th Anniversary Release, Bottled December 2007; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a very dark amber / brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, striking cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with hop notes of candied citrus, lychee, candied pine needles, some harder pine sap notes and a solid herbal backdrop. The dominant hop aromatics are supported by a sticky malt base that is quite caramelized, has some rich toasty notes and ample biscuit aromatics. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the sticky hop notes. While hop focused, this is not nearly as hop dominated as a Bigfoot of this age is, there is quite a bit more malt character here.

Spicy hop flavors mix with ample toasty malt notes. Seems a touch more malt focused than the aroma, but it is still leans more to the hop side of the spectrum at this point; this should get quite malty as it ages out. Lots of bitterness from the get go, towards the finish this even gets a little astringent in its bitterness with green, almost tannic, hop influences. Not quite as rich as one would expect from a beer of 10% abv; it has a medium thickness to it with a soft creamy viscousness; actually the sharp hop bitterness really cuts through the body quite a bit. In the end, somehow, this manages to seem a bit thin. This does have a nice malt character to it though; lots of toasty, almost brown malt flavors, dark bread notes and some caramelized berry flavors.

I really like the aroma of this beer and I think that it will age quite gracefully, but it is just too harshly bitter to be really enjoyable right now. Give this at least two years and this should be tasting quite nice (thankfully I was sent two bottles of this). This is definitely a beer to lay down, in fact I would guess the Brewer brewed this with that intent; so hold on to those Fourteens for a bit.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.