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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
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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Reviews: 399 | Hads: 827
Photo of mthomp081
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

A - deep mahogany brown, lace sticking to the sides of the glass, slight foam

S - very aromatic, dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins, sweet alcohol

T - balanced sweetness from the dark fruits and solid bitterness, sweet malts, can definitely taste the alcohol

M - warming, sharp, creamy on the palette

O - Intense amount of hops, barley, malt, and alcohol but rounded off nicely with strong fruits. A fantastic offering.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a year or two ago.

Pours out a slightly murky brown body with a thin head. Smells of caramel, dried fruit, figs, piloncillo, and PNW hops. Tastes sweet; lots of caramelized malts. Very toasty: more so than I would have imagined from the taste. Aftertaste has some roasty coffee notes. Hops are prominent and resinous/grassy. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a solid barleywine. Darker than normal.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark orange amber color with a small off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, toffee, orange, raisins

T-toffee, raisins, caramel malt, spices,pine, alcohol prevalent, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average Barleywine, alcohol a little too forward

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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 scotorum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before Nov. 29 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear ruby-copper with a finger thick tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Alcohol.

t; Caramel malt with a spicy note. Some hop bite as well, which seems to build.

m: Moderate with fine smooth body. Throat burn from the high ABV is almost immediately apparent.

o: I had this last summer and loved it, but somehow missed writing a review. This second single bottle confirms my recollection of it as a superior barleywine.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of XVI, bottled 5/15/09, into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Savored on a snowy night.

A: Cloudy dark russet-brown body under a finger of tan head that settles slowly into a ring and leaves a nice amount of lace. Attractive.

S: Simple yet complex, with a lovely mixture of toffee and dried fruits. Candied raisins, dates, and apricots. Some chocolate and toasted bread crust. Really nice.

T: Opens with dark fruit, followed closely by caramel malt. Dark chocolate and residual hop bitterness combine with some warming alcohol to close things out rather heavily, but not too harshly. The age has mellowed it nicely, but it's still aggressive.

M: Smooth, lightly carbonated, and substantial. Not really thick, but substantial. I like it.

O: This with almost 5 years on it tastes a lot like Bigfoot with 1. I'm extremely impressed at how well it's aged, with not even a hint of oxidation. It tastes mature, but not in the least bit old. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of BierJager89
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark translucent ruby red with a light tan ring of head.

S: Red wine, grapes, strawberry, peach and maybe apricot in the nose.

T: Starts off with lots of dark fruit and citrus, quickly fades to citric and piney hops, finishing quite floral and predominantly hoppy. A bit earthy, almost a bit tart.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Recommended for fans of American-style barley wines. Not excellent, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in my basement for awhile. Had it fresh some time ago. Gonna go ahead and review this one that was bottled 10/12/12, which would put it between 15-16 months. Cheers!

A- I really like the look of this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Fairly aggressive pour. A finger of a frothy tan head forms and retains pretty well. Carbonation bubbles up, feeding the ring of foam around the edge. A deep dark, ruby. Almost impenetrable. Solid lacing on this one, too. Good stuff.

S- Really nice bouquet here. Lots of vanilla, caramel and toffee. I remember this being hoppier, and there doesn't appear to be much in the way of hop aroma. Really smooth nose, and pretty standard for a barleywine with some age on it.

T- Good, but feels a little empty. Not as pleasant as the nose. The caramel that's present in the aroma tastes a little too burnt. While the vanilla and toffee are also there, they don't command much presence. It's not a bad flavor. Just not good enough for me. I should add that 10.4% ABV that I remember being very noticeable last time has evened out.

M- Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhere between the heavier end if medium and the lighter end of heavy. Could use a tad more on the mouthfeel. But, it's good.

O- Time does this beer a favor. Wasn't an amazing beer, but was pretty solid. If I see this beer at a good price, I'll totally grab a few and throw them in the cellar. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz to a snifter, best before 5/15/14

Pours a very dark ruby brown with hues of dark orange and a finger of beige colored foam. Very clear with very mild carbonation, lacing and retention could be a bit better though. Really diggin dat color

Smells of upfront of pine and earthy citrus hops followed by a heavy sweet malt full of toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Finishes with pretty strong alcohol aromas

Taste is pretty close with the nose. Hops hit first with with strong flavors of pine followed by a mild lemon and grapefruit citrus. Malts are pretty much what you'd expect from the smell, loads of sweet and toasted toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Alcohol is still really detectable, not as strong as the nose though

Feel is thick and heavy with a wet finish. Pretty bitter and has a nice snug warmth to it. Pretty sippable

Overall a solid barley wine, nothing spectacular but worth the try. I threw two in the cellar to see if it really falls of after a few months. Will update

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Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a burnt brown color. A beige head is slow to rise, but eventually gets to two fingers. That recedes, and gobs of lace is left behind.
S: Tree sap and pine resin. Perfume like hops up front, that fades in a minute to a big malty sweetness. Maple syrup and lightly woody. From the nose, everything about this seem really viscous.
T: Again, a big piney, resinous, and oily hop flavor up front. Sticky, sweet malt comes next. Then burnt wood and caramelized sugars, and leather. Lingering bitterness.
M/D: This is a big viscous mess. Full body, again oily, and resinous. A slow sipper for sure. Fusel like alcohol. It is taking me a while to get through this.

A big abrasive barelywine. Not bad, just to much for me. Everything is pretty overwhelming here. Worth a try, but not something I am dying to come back to. Maybe I should hold on to the rest of the 4 pack for a while and see where this goes?

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Photo of darthvohn
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: A very deep mahogany with a thick thumb's thick sugar cookie colored head. Light has some trouble passing through but it does, around the edges and the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Perfumey Meyer lemon, pine, hard candy sweetness, malt, with hints of leather.

Taste: Gobs of malt and sweet floral lemon, some dark fruits and hops. A sharp bitterness lingers well after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Thick;coats the mouth and tongue.

Overall: A malty and perfumey lemon-pine American barleywine that's enjoyable to the end. Worth a try for you ABW fans.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours three fingers of head on a clear but dark red to brown colored body.
The aroma is excellent. Lots of lemon, grapefruit and pine with a mix of candy.
The taste is candied lemon, grain, mild bitterness at the end.
The texture is fairly crisp for a barley wine with moderate carbonation.
It's probably one of the more easy drinking barley wines and it's good.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a clear deep ruby-tinted brown. Creamy tan head doesn't have huge retention but does linger and leave some lacing

S-minimal aroma with some mild malt notes

T- more hop-forward than traditional barley wines. Some nice malt flavors (think dark fruit) underpin the earthier hops notes. Flavor develops well as the beer warms.

M- nice and full with a bite from the hops on the finish

O- a good ale, less a traditional barley wine than just a good ale

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red with two fingers of light tan head that is still there after five minutes and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.
Smell is figs molasses and dank hops.
Taste is molasses figs bitter hops that are pushed aside from the malty sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden by the huge sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated chewy full body and a medium bitter finish.
Overall a fine beer in this style. Probably a one or two beer night due to the high abv. Enjoy!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

appears a medium brown color, clear, with ruby highlights. cream colored head. rich malty aroma, smells slightly boozy. taste is malt dominate as well - but not too sweet - good level of earthy bitterness. no alcohol in the taste. medium body and carbonation.

overall it drinks easy for a big beer - nice flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beer to remember, I've had this before and can't wait to review it.

Pours a dark red/brown that leaves an abundance of lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell is big molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, danky hops, leather, fig, raisin, dates, lets just say alot more complexity than bigfoot.

Taste is a warming sensation of malty goodness, with dark fruit flavors, leather, caramel, figs, dates, just a really enticing selection of specialty malts. Very well balanced in terms of bitterness and sweetness from the hops and malt.

Feel is good for the style, just a bit thick, and medium carbonation.

Overall I think this, just ever so slightly kicks old guardian's, and bigfoot's butt. I found this to be less hop forward than the aforementioned. Try this if you get the chance, its well worth the 3$ per 12oz price.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 3/19/13. Pours a brownish ruby with a one inch off white head, that leaves behind loads of lace. Smell is toffee, caramel, biscuit, earthy hops, and hints of fig. Taste is loaded with toffee, brown sugar, fig, and a blast of caramel hangs around in the tongue. Body is fairly large, nice carbonation, a touch dry, and easy drinking for its heft. Very nice!

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Photo of TwoBeers
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent deep ruby red in color. One finger head that settles within a few minutes. Laces beautifully. Very clean clear richly colored beer.

S: Not as big of a nose as most barleywines. Some citrus and oakiness. Maybe some raisin and hints of carmel.

T: This is quite hoppy for a barleywine. Delicious, but not what I was expecting at all. Citrus, some pine then the malty flavors take over. Oak, toffee, some raisin. Very little alcohol taste.

M: Quite light for this beer style. Moderate carbonation. Very balanced and a great sipper.

O: This is an excellent beer. Quite a bit hoppier than I was expecting but it balanced nicely. This is a big beer at 10.4% but drinks quite a bit lighter. If I had bought the 4 pack, I could see these being dangerous.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly my favorite new barley wine. Suberb lacing that clings to my glass like a net. Murky, nut-brown appearance with gold around the edges. Aroma is equally malts and hops; sweet leather, prunes, blackberries, a brandy-like alcoholic hotness in the nose. First sip is equal parts piney, resiny hop bitterness, and syrupy sweet alcohol warmth. Characteristics of an Arrogant Bastard distilled to 10.4% ABV, meaning I taste a similar hop profile (Chinook).Warms down the throat all the way to the belly. Thick and viscous in the mouth with a mild carbonic bite. Truly outstanding and worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of s111
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes, Utah steps up and smacks one over the fence. A delicious surprise after so many expensive disappointments.

I've got one in front of me right now, let's dance...

ST: Poured out of a 12oz bottle (actually 1 and a half bottles) into an oversized Duvel tulip that's been beat down, chipped and filed smooth at the base several times. This ones seen three years of quality beers. My favorite chalice for sure.

A: Viscous when tilted sideways, tan moderate head bubbling down the sides, beautiful ruby color on the ends going mahogany towards the middle, pretty cool to marvel at and take a long exhale.

S: Deceivingly sweet, a malty Godzilla for sure.

T: Mmm... Roasty up front, backed off sweetness (comparatively), molasses nuance in the middle with rum raisin and black pepper on the back end. Woodiness starting to accumulate after a couple of sips... Nice.

M: Springy carbonation when freshly poured then dissipating somewhat shortly thereafter. A medium body, molten malty yumminess, but not one of those creamy ones. Slightly dry.

O: So nice to pick a winner with limited dollars. A vote of confidence for exploring the rest of the Uinta menu. Good job, brewers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEST BEFORE 03/19/14

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with a little over a fingers worth of head that sticks around forever. Leaves some nice sticky lacing behind as well

S: On the hoppier side. Get some citrus zest, some earthiness, and light spearmint. Malt is also very present, and lends some woodiness and caramel sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of bitter citrus rind and some fruitiness with the woodiness and caramel in tow. Bitterness is quite present throughout and well into the finish. Alcohol provides a nice warmth and compliments the woody notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Hop bitterness is littered throughout this barleywine. Even though the malts keep right up with the hops, the bitterness winds out in the end. So, if you enjoy a hop-forward American barleywine, this one could definitely fit the bill

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a slight amount of head which appears to have some retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a deep maroon with hints of garnet that appears as mix between a light orangish-crimson and a dark amber when held up to the light. A tiny bit of sheeting extends from the surface of the beer. Leaves a good amount of lacing after I drink more.

Nose- Fairly muted for a barleywine. There is the obligatory caramel followed by light hints of brown sugar and molasses but not much else. Aroma from the glass is practically non-existent. Maybe some raisin. Swirling shows a sour, akin to rye, quality.

Taste- Caramel (as in the aroma) is the dominant characteristic here. However, there is also a lot of oakiness with a lot of present which would usually be a big negative for me but it seems well rounded and well countered by the hints of brown sugar. The alcohol is apparent but not grating. The notes of caramel, oak, and brown sugar are pretty big and gives this beer a lot of presence. However, this seems to be all there is to this beer. Good presence, good balance, but lacking in what also defines most good barleywines- complexity. The caramel and brown sugar seem a little burnt in the middle and give rise to a blend of weak sourness and slight raisin. I would prefer this fresh barleywine to be messier as that would portend a brighter future. It does not appear that will be the case and I would not suggest aging- unless you want a really boring barleywine. But don't get me wrong. This is a highly accessible, high gravity beer and would be an easy introduction for the novice.

Mouthfeel- Pretty much medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation for a barleywine. Too much for me anyway.

Drinkability- If this beer were more interesting, it would be scary. But it's not. I would rather get some Bigfoot.

Overall- Above average to almost good. A boring barleywine but still pretty tasty. Worth a try. You might find you like this low-key, high alcohol offering.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A- Beautiful dark ruby red liquid, clear with no floatys. Nice tight bubbly head that sticks around for about a minute before falling down to just a clumpy bubbly pool in the middle of the beer and around the edges of the glass. Nice lacing.

S- Smells of sweet floral candied hops, fermented raisons and brown sugar. I can pick up the alcohol but it is masked nicely through the other pleasant aromas.

T- Taste is much like the smell, although the hops aren't too bittering on the palette. Some rich creamy malt. The alcohol like the scent is also hidden quite nicely. It is sweet but not too sweet and bitter but not too bitter. Overall, for a fresh American style barley wine, this is balanced quite nicely.

M- Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and smooth. This is quite nice as it is a little chewy and thick, but this is a big beer. Some carbonation adds to the texture. The lightness of the bubbles add to the creamy texture, but as it's not too prickly, it goes down well. It's very drinkable.

O- Overall this is an excellent representation of the style. In addition, the price is right. It seems to be readily available at the moment as well. I would like to lay down a few four packs of this and see how it matures. Since there is some bitterness and a lot of complexity, I think this would be a great candidate for a couple years of aging. Cheers.

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Photo of elihull
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark cherry wood with a very appealing garnet quality. Poured in snifter with very slight head.

S: Fresh bread aroma with a good deal of yeast on the nose, similar to a hefeweizen or similar wheat beer. Slight boozy aroma in the tail end.

T: Caramel, sweet butter scotch, bready character initially. Quite a sweet barley wine. The back-end has a boozy, hoppy bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Leaves a molasses like after taste.

M: The first few sips are fairly heavy, but alleviates halfway through the glass. Not too thick, but pleasantly hefty.

O: Another fine offering from Uinta. This beer isn't too complex or wild, but very enjoyable. This is my first barley wine so I do not have anything to compare it to, but as an introduction to the style I like it a lot.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although I like Uinta, I was a bit disappointed with this barleywine. I held on to it for a few months (probably should have been more), but I expected to like it more than I did. It seemed to be lacking in most areas--a bit thin, average taste, not as much complexity as I'd hoped. Even the alcohol didn't seem to be too present. It seemed to be lacking something, and that's sad. I'll revisit this some day, but it won't be on my regular rotation of barleywines, like Insanity, JW Lees Harvest Ale, Solstice d'hiver, and Lower de Boom.

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