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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

613 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%


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

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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XIII edition, bottled on 2/17/07.

Poured a murky medium amber hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet malts followed by a resiny hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront caramel malt, followed by some potent hop oils and a moderate alcohol element. A delicious smokiness appeared at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and relatively easy drinking barleywine. Thanks to Wasatch for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 01:28:50 | More by plaid75
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle of the XIII release.

Poured a muddy looking brown color. Very well carbonated with a dense head that never quite gave way. Lsyered lace that would slowly slide down into the glass. Nose is malty but there is a nice wallop of heat from the alcohol.

A bit too much heat in this beer without enough malty flavors to balance it all off. Malt are just too weak. Pine hops rise up but do not linger into the finish. Some nice wood flavors though. I can also feel the hop oils in my mouth even though I cannot taste them as much as I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 00:36:59 | More by MuddyFeet
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta Brewing Companies XIII Release.
Bottles on 11/09/06. Consumed 09/27/07.

That's thirteenth edition for those that are not roman numeral inclined.

Pours a very deep brown. Cloudy and a bit of sugary encrusted yeast sediment. Little to no head, with a ultra-thin lace.

Smells of complex dark malt. Lots of chocolate with a wafer crisp sugary edge. Definitely that Barley reminiscent smell, right on for the style.

Taste is very clean and smooth for the style. The year of aging has definitely toned down the harshness. A very mild sweetness consumes the palate with a beautiful underlay of ripened fruits. Lots of malt complexity with an outstanding resiny piney bitterness midway. The age has definitely made this one a solid drinker, with no alcoholic burn, or harsh nuances.

A fine example of the style. This is a good beer.
Thanks a bunch Wasatch for the chance to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 02:32:57 | More by HoustonTX
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:33:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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wjimson

Antarctica

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local liquor store. I was quite glad to find something that was over 4% in this part of the state.

Although the malt profile of this beer is well balanced, it came across as a little bland: lacking in richness. The taste of candi sugar is quite evident to the tongue and throat. A winning side of this beer is the well hiden alcohol content and and low acidity. The hop profile is also nicely balanced and mild.

Even after drinking this beer on a hot-summer afternoon, I did not felt the 9.8% alcohol at work. Like all other beers I have had in this state so far, the alcohol present feels lower than the stated alcohol content on the label, even if it means 4%. The lack of richness and alcohol-feel to this beer makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 15:56:19 | More by wjimson
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13th anniversary barleywine. This is funny, because we went to the brewpub in Park City and of course couldn't drink this because of the Utah laws on abv. I found this bottle in a store in Virginia. Pours a very dark brown with some chestnut highlights. Little to no head and just a bit of spotty lacing. Smell is slightly oaky with some tannins and a decent bit of sweetness. Yeast and dried apricots round it out. Taste is somewhat similar to the smell but quite dry and somewhat tannic. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, and a little puckery from the tannins, Not bad aat all, and nice to taste something a little stronger from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 23:11:53 | More by Georgiabeer
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 12 oz bottle of XIII Barleywine from a local State Liquor Store. Pours a deep ruby/brown color, light brown head settles very quickly, light to nonexistent carbonation.

Smells absolutely heavenly, Nice malty/hoppy balance in the aroma dept, hints of dried fruit, tobacco, leather perhaps? Hmm...

Taste is equally complex. Nice Hop bite, starts piney, fades to citrus. Lightly toasted malt is very apparent, coffee, a bit oakey even. ABV is well hidden by the hop/malt balance, which i feel is slightly skewed towards the hops....

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like to see from this beer. It's not bad, but for a barley wine i'd like it to feel a tad bit thicker.

I suppose i would rate this beer slightly higher if not for the apparent high hop bitterness. It's still really good, and i would certainly enjoy another. I bet it would age very well. I may have to pick up a case and try that out...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 06:42:01 | More by BigJTrucker
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 13th anniversary barley wine.

A- Deep garnet with a small off-white head. Nice color.

S- Lots of fruity malt; strawberry and citrus with some piney hops.

T- Some berry-like fruitiness and then a big spicy hop presence. There's a surprising amount of bitterness that's pretty nice, although it kind of takes over and masks some of the malt flavors.

M- Medium-full, pretty good.

D- Quite good, actually. I detected no hint of the 10.4% ABV. I'd consider having another.

Pretty good version of an American barleywine. If you like your barleywines hoppy, then give this one a go. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 05:11:14 | More by vtfan77
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Westsidethreat

California

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2005 vintage. Thanks to Wasatch for this beer.

A: Cloudy reddish walnut color with a nice, medium creamy sandy colored head.

S: Robust burnt caramel, bubble gum, rootbeer, pine needles and some dried cocoa.

T: Starts off with simple toffee around the sides of the tongue. A dirty bitterness pops up next with never seems to leave the through the entire process. Bit of day old coffee, chocolate milk and almond add the malty experience while raisins, dark plums and loganberry offer a fruity side. Finishes with evident alcohol, some butterscotch, marshmallow and a good amount of bitterness. And dirt.

M: Medium body, fairly hard with some syrupy aspects to it.

D: I hate dirty tasting beers. If there is one thing that can turn me off from a beer, its to have it taste like there is dirt in there. Without that aspect, it would have been a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 05:32:11 | More by Westsidethreat
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XIII Annniversary edition. A nice rich coppery bronze with a thin floating head and just a little lacing. Not too much in the smell, lots of hops, citrus, slight pine. Taste is nicely sweet, hot hops dominate the start. The malt backs it up in the finish with some caramel and dark fruits. Nice lingering hoppy, alcohol in the finish. Pretty nice example of an American Barleywine, nice thick mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 00:48:54 | More by kirok1999
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another review made possible by trade from Wasatch! I'm always happy to try new barleywines and this one continues the process for me! Thirteenth Anniversary edition

A - Rich dark amber. One of the darker BW's I've had lately. Modest off white head that quickly fades.
S - Citric hops, ripe fruit and a whiff of alcohol.
T - The malts pick up some as it warms from cellar to room temp. Nice balance between malt and hops but I'd prefer a bit more maltiness in the brew.
M - Nicely balanced, medium bodied, ABV makes itself known.
D - A nice sipper and good american BW example.

It reminds me some of bigfoot but lighter in hops and body. Worth trying if you can get some.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 15:38:36 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirteenth Anniversary. I was lucky enough to trade for this barleywine with Wasatch, thanks! The pour was a darker amber color that flirted with being too dark, if that is possible. A bit hazy but ok and there was a decent head when poured.

The nose was mostly malty and had a great overall presence. The malt was rather complex but some lighter crystal and come hints of coco are there too. Some high alcohol notes as well, but really balanced nicely and not overpowering. Mostly tropical fruits with a stronger plum and a touch of mango like aromas from the hops.

The taste is more malt dominant but lighter hop notes are present. The malt is more astringent than a typical barleywine. There are some crystal and sweeter flavors noticed as well. The alcohol flavor is more noticeable then the nose would indicate but hey it’s a barleywine. The plums flavors have more raisiny touches and there is a slight salty almost sulfur finish to it.

The body is big with a light carbonation that brings some of the little off flavors out more. The malt is sweet despite the astringent notes. Overall a good beer with a nice malt presence. Anyways, well worth the trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 16:24:26 | More by Oxymoron
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blitz134

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12th edition, tasted a couple weeks back. Review from written notes.

Clear carnet body with a dense whipped khaki head. Coats the glass in foamy lace. A fair amount of carbonation rises to the surface.

Caramely, sweet aroma. Touch of raw sugar. Some piney hops to round it otu.

Taste is malt laden throughout. Dinner roll malts and some tobacco. Really no sweetness at all. Finish has an earthy and resin hop bitterness to it, but not overwhelming. No alcohol shows at all.

Mouthfel is medium. Very low carbonation. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers for a while.

A nice twist on the barleywine style for me with its lack of sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 03:33:39 | More by blitz134
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 14:10:36 | More by jwc215
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet but balanced, hops hit right at finish with hints of the high ABV. Lingering bitter after taste. $1.95 for 12th anniversary, 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, UT.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 22:47:38 | More by jdhilt
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ampzilla

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

XII 2006 - bottled 01/03/07
Thanks Wasatch.
Low carbonation. Head rose to just one finger and settled quickly. The first few sips were creamy and relaxed. As it warmed the dark prunus malt was nicely balanced by a fair amount of citrus hops. I was impressed by the thick yet slick mouth feel.
I rather enjoyed this barley wine from Utah. It actually reminded me of Bigfoot with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 03:06:18 | More by ampzilla
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 03:52:51 | More by russpowell
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younger35

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13th edition. Drank out of pint glass.

Appearance- Poured a dark honey amber. Looks thick and has a very nice creamy head. Very sticky lacing.
Smell- Has a very nice malty sweetness with a light fruity background. Light warming alcohol tinge.
Taste- Wow! Has a sweet bite that tickles the tongue before you get slapped by the hops. Nice citrusy, piney hop profile that backs up the sweet malts nicely. Has that familar ol' barleywine alcohol tinge.
Mouthfeel- Fine carbonation bubbles that may be a little much for a barleywine. Very thin, unlike the looks.
Drinkability- I couldn't drink more that one of these badboys every-once-in-a-while but overall, not bad. Can't wait to try this little guys brother in 8-12 months.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 03:56:38 | More by younger35
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Version "XIII"
A hazey dark copper beer. Has a small tan head. Strong hop boquet with floral and piney notes and a hint of malt sweetness in the background. At first the hops overpower you ( think Bigfoot) but then on the backside of the finish some interesting coffee and chocolate notes appear. Makes me wonder what it might taste like after cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 22:23:15 | More by ybnorml
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stegmakk

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown almost porter like looking. Thin tan head.

Smell of a sweet alcohol malt.

Taste was mellower than the smell. A little woody definately the sweet raisiny alcohol. Tasty stuff to say the least.

Not too watery, had as slight syrupy feel as it slid down.
Despite the alcohol in this, I could drink it again and again.

Thanks to Wasach for this. I might have to get a couple more and let them sit for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 03:32:18 | More by stegmakk
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Vancer

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

WELL! First thing is to pull that “do not remove” tag from the bottle. Har ! I’m such a rebel. 13th version.

Nice pour to start, deep, deep amber with a very frothy tanish head. Very grainy and woody aroma, different. Lots of oily heading lace the NB snifter.

Quaff is also very woody for a barleywine, still very smooth and with a nice pop of malty goodness. Now, if I’m in Utah, this on my drink list, a nice sipper for a cold winter night.

Muchas Thanks to Wasatch for this Utah frosty!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 23:17:04 | More by Vancer
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The XIII Anniversary Edition:

Poured from the 12oz bottle(bottled 11/09/06) a clear deep amber bordering on brown with a large head of foam that quickly shrank to a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell has strong notes of malt with a good side note of fruitness.(dark fruit)

The taste has an abundance of semi sweet malt and a touch of plum up front that after a few sips, seems to calm down a bit. Don't do that!
I also get a touch of grain in the flavour as well with some sourness that is most evident in the finish. Weird tasting BWSA that, maybe, could use some aging to refine the flavours because the overall impression I'm getting is that it's a bit rough on the palate.

A few more sips in and the malt makes somewhat of a comeback and its renewed presence is most welcome. Yep. I can see some real potential in this brew so if I happen to get more samples, they're going in my "cellar" for sure. Also, for being almost 10%abv, to me, the alcohol is hidden pretty well.

I'm down to the last 3rd of my glass and the flavours seem to be more balanced and I'm finding it to be a smooth drinker. I *was* going to put a lower score on the drinkability factor but now, it's changing my mind completely. It's funny how a first sip impression can change so much after further tasting but that happens a lot with many brews....;^)

Bottom line: I like this sample from Uinta and I can only hope that they continue to push the envelope. Well done!
Thanks to Wasatch for giving me the chance to tastea BWSA from his great state of Utah!

Edit: XIV Edition, bottled 12/12/2007, tasted 04/17/2010.

A deep clear dark amber pour with a small but looks like stubborn head of offwhite foam. Lacing? You betchya. Score 4.0

Lots of aromas going on; caramel malt, lots of dark fruits with plums sticking out the most, some alcohol. Score 4.5

The taste goes along the lines of the smell with the caramel malt about as good as it can get. The dark fruit nose doesn't shine as well in the taste but is there. Some kind of bitterness on the back end, mainly pine, that grows during the session validating the fact that this is an American Barleywine. Also some alcohol but to a lesser degree than fresher samples of any year I've had. Score 4.0

It's on the low end of medium bodied with lightish carbonation. Score 3.5

Drinkability? A nice sipper of the style. Not *as* drinkable as some of the other BWs I've tried but still good. Score 4.0

XVI, bottled Feb 20, 209.

Deep and dark red colour, close to 2 fingers head of foam. Smell is all fruity and chock full of caramel malt. Very light bitterness.

The taste is pretty much superb! Caramel maltiness, toffee, some fruitiness, a light but balancing bitterness. Wow, is this good. The alcohol is there but doesn't interfere with drinking. I reckon this ould be the best of the batches. Without changing any of my scores, I'd say it's an A beer for sure and definitely one that benefits from cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 17:44:49 | More by Bitterbill
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warmstorage

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anniversary XIII edition, bottled 2006, poured into clean bell pint glass. Bottles states 10.4% ABV.

Pours a reddish copper, thickish tan head holds nicely for a high alcohol beer, leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is sharp hoppiness, and some sweet fruit / candy smell.

Taste is solid: piney sharp hoppiness, nicely balanced with sweet malt, tangy, finishes with strong earthy grapefruit and piney hops. It still has that problematic metallic finish of Uinta's barleywines (this is about the fourth edition in a row I've tasted it in) but it's much less pronounced than in the past.

Mouth is a little sharp and highly carbonated, and a little slick for an American style barleywine.

A better beer than the ones I've had in the past... and one which I'd actually buy again. It's getting more and more like Bigfoot, which I like a lot, and away from the weird hybrid of English and American style barleywines that past editions have seemed like.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 01:37:43 | More by warmstorage
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVII 2010 Vintage
Bottled on 11/23/10

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear dark grape color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind, and a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a nice sipper. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

Revisted: XII 2005 Vintage
Bottled 2005
Enjoyed 22 Nov 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with 5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08
Enjoyed 30 Jul 10

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Not much of a head on this one, which only leaves some nice oil slicks behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with some hop notes. Medium body, this one is kinda on the watery side. Drinkable, but not as tasty as other aged one's. I'm a bit disappointed.

Revisted: XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled 12/12/07
Enjoyed 24 Jul 10

Pours a very nice dark brownish/grapy color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacy left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, grapy notes, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, nice grape note, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 2.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled 11/09/06
Enjoyed 1 May 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 3.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice, definitely not as hot when fresh.

XVI 2009 Vintage
Bottled on 02/20/09

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a sipper for sure. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine. I believe to date, this has got to be the best one I've had fresh, well with not a year or more of cellaring.

XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled on 07/10/07

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice one-finger plus creamy/foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, putting a year on this one made it very tasty and highly recommended.

XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled on 11/09/06

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XII 2005 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XI 2004 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty decent barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 22:07:47 | More by Wasatch
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benito

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A Utah barleywine? This must be a contradiction. XII is the 2005 vintage, and while it may not be an exceptional beer, it's a great symbol of resistance against the Draconian and obsolete beer laws that hold down
Utah's craft brew potential.

It is a rusty brown with a fizzy tan head that lingers well. The bouquet has strong hop overtones and a distinct alcohol smell as well. Less mundanely, it has a nice saltiness and a slight hint of cinnamon. To its
credit, XII has a nice bitter bite up front, asserting itself as a squarely American barley wine and at the very least a distant cousin of Bigfoot. The hops meld well with a strong malt presence midway through the palate and this dance lasts until the end, where the finish is a little thin and watery. Throughout, there's a nice smokiness to back things up as well--an unexpected but delicious treat. It's also got a nice dash of pepper.

Overall, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable barley wine that would benefit from having a greater length of flavor. But, this is much better than anything I ever hope to get from Utah.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 05:31:38 | More by benito
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.