Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
***XV Vintage (15th anniversary)***
Picked this up at New Beer in NYC 2 years ago.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottles 09/28/08.
Appearance: A dark brown body with light red tinges but veers towards more murky brown. 2 fingers worth of head and some lacing make it look nice.
Smell: Whoa, not really a barleywine aroma. Heavy sugar and buckwheat(!) mixed with molasses, Some biscuit and sugar to round it off. While not offensive, it's not what i'm looking for for this style.
Taste: Some dark fruits, buckwheat is reserved thankfully and it feels like alcohol drenched raisins but in an unbalanced (unfinished?) way. Burnt sugar is distracting. These flavors are not bad in themselves but again, not what i expect in a barleywine. At least the grapefruit aftertaste is nice.
Mouthfeel: Some bitterness but the carbonation is low to almost flat. A bit lifeless and the only thing saving it somewhat is that it is easy to drink a bit.
Overall: Weird smell, body is disjointed and not much fullness. While not an inherently bad beer, it's somewhat of a fail as a barleywine.
12-03-2011 03:14:29 | More by papat444
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
11-28-2011 20:40:25 | More by stakem
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured at basement temp in flared glass
A: dark ruddy color; clear; spot-on carb and head
S: sweet caramel aroma; booze comes out
T: as a barleywine it's relatively simple in flavor profile; very boozy, something like drinking a whiskey and beer (is that such a bad idea from time to time?); if aged, it would probably open up and develop some complexity in its fruited profile; I think I'll try it; see you in a couple of years
11-17-2011 04:43:57 | More by Arithmeticus
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
version XVII, pours a hazy brass color with a thin white head into a wine glass. smells instantly of booze, which isnt surprising given the abv. also smells of straw and a peculiar maltiness. Flavor matches the nose, and the bright carbonation fizzes the flavors into a very unique palate. cant say this is my favority barleywine, but it is different. mouthfeel was as heavy as it gets, thick and weighty, even the carbonation doesnt make it feel any lighter. a good beer on a cold night
11-10-2011 19:05:31 | More by StonedTrippin
2.63/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
11-08-2011 05:37:46 | More by kojevergas
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
12 oz bottle poured in a Pilsner glass.
A- thin, tan head, only about 1/4 inch thick. Decent retention for so thin, more than a minute. Ruby-brown coloration, light still permeates it. Some spotted lacing.
S- Anise, smome dark fruits, malt and a strangely distinct note of pineapple. Maybe my nose is off. Little bit of boozy wafting up.
T-Somewhat unlike the nose, dark, roast malt flavors. Some of the dark fruits return, not boozy at all.
M: Thick. Very nice thickness, the finish was a bit sub-par in that I found it inconsistent, but not badly done at all.
O: Good beer, tastes and smells great. Wish I had let it age for longer, this one is barely over six months old.
11-03-2011 02:07:49 | More by Murrhey
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-24-2011 23:53:12 | More by mdfb79
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
XVII, about 3 months old, so a fresh one.
the pour is mahogany with a velvety dessert sand colored head that settles to one-finger in height and laces very well.
sweetened dark fruits (figs) and smooth caramel with some grains and a backdrop of some herbal hops.
not asfull-flavored as I expected in a 10.4%ABV Barleywine, but what is there is pleasant. sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits with some grainy bread with some piney earthy herbal hops. it goes sweet again on the finish.
sticky yet lighter bodied and boozy throughout with a slightly prickly carbonation.
overall, i like it and its one of the better deals out there. not the best barleywine, and it doesn't do anything different, but it works pretty well.
10-24-2011 03:47:09 | More by silentjay
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
I acquired this recently in a trade with Exiled.
Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on 6/11.
A: Crystal clear mahogany with reddish highlights. Minimal head that dissipated quickly into a ring but left some decent lacing.
S: Floral, spicy hops balanced by some dark fruit and rich malts.
T: The first thought that comes to mind is balanced. Spicy hops along with some dark fruit coat the mouth. The flavors are smooth, rich and complex. Finish dries out and leaves a slight bitterness.
M: Full bodied with smooth, fine bubbled carbonation.
O: An excellent beer, with flawless balance in my opinion. Rich and full of flavor, yet remarkably drinkable for it's size. If the opportunity presented it's self to get some more of this, I'd certainly jump on it.
10-23-2011 23:53:31 | More by setexascustoms
4/5 rDev +4.4%
XVII vintage, purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.
Pours a lovely thick and deep red-brown colour, brilliantly clear, and so heavy as to form the most minute, tiny carbonation. Head is riddled with large bubbled from an enthusiastic form, but is mainly formed of a fine yellow film across the top. Looks great.
Nose is sweet and heavy, but really pleasantly laced with a big hoppy presence, giving it some green, crushed vegetation characters, and the pleasant aroma of citrus. This is all mingled with big sweet characters of broken butter biscuits, caramel and unfermented, grainy wort. Indeed, it's like the two types of characters are sitting at either end of a see-saw, in perfect balance. Gorgeous.
Taste is similar, with again that big, almost buttery sweetness forming a solid base on which some fresh hoppiness can dance. Across all of this is a rather potent bitterness, which cuts across the palate like a big red, bloody streak. I understand it—perhaps because this is meant to sit and last for many years—but right now it's a glaring injury on the palate. Feel is smooth and fluid and chewy, apart from the sharp bitterness, which almost has a kinaesthetic component to it.
Obviously, this is worth cellaring. That would cut down the raw bitterness a bit, which is just about the only unpleasant character here. Even still, it's an impressive, flavoursome and well-integrated barleywine. I'd love to try this vintage again in a couple of years.
10-16-2011 02:48:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
Somehow I find myself in the vice presidential suite at the marriot in salt lake city - so why not drink some local brews? I like 17 year olds so this looks good.
This 12oz bottle was dated 6/17/11. Fresh for my likes.
Pours a beautiful dark copper, burnt Carmel color with a slight off white head. Smells sweet malty goodness. Vanilla notes, Carmel notes, bready pudding, slight ever so slight tobacco highlights.
Great smooth mouthfeel as she goes down. Slight sweetness makes it not quite perfectly balanced but the taste lingers on the palate with a nice hop character sticking around. Good brew. Happy 17th!!!
10-01-2011 23:32:37 | More by Patrickbrusil
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There wasn't alot of foam, but what was present left some decent lacing.
S - hints of astringent alcohol, raisins, plums, dark fruit, alot of brown sugar, the aroma is really pleasant. I feel like this hasn't lost alot during again.
T - slightly chalky burnt flavor, dark fruit-raisins and plums, a bit of malt sweetness, it seems slightly lacking from the aroma
M - medium bodied, chalky, ashy feel, carbonation is still good
D - Probably not as good as it was fresh, it just seems to be a bit off, oxidized i guess. I'd love to try one of the newer versions
09-28-2011 05:26:14 | More by mikereaser
4.25/5 rDev +11%
A - AWESOME HEAD! Slight yellow tint. Extreme foam head leaves awesome lacing behind. Brew is nice dark purple color with lots of browns.
S - Great scent! Big raisin! Some slight mango and pineapple.
T - Whoa. For a B-wine it's inherently smooth! Missing only a slight something...
M - No heat, shockingly. Perfect carbonation and bitterness too.
O - It's a must buy every year, I drink one and sit on three for the rest of the year... Ages super well. Great B-wine!
09-28-2011 00:23:18 | More by chugalug06
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
A-Pours clear dark ruby with 1/2 inch of fluffy khaki head. Leaves sheets of thick lacing.
S-Spectacular aromas. Sweet, round complex maltiness, muted citrusy hops. Caramel and black bread.
T/M-For a barleywine that's less than a year old, this is really well balanced and complex. Bready and mildly sweet. Warming, but not to the point of being boozy. The mouth feel is soft and round. The citrusy hops on the back end provide an excellent balance, drying out the finish.
O-Up there with North Coast Old Stock as a high quality, low price barley wine that is sure to improve with age.
09-27-2011 00:53:50 | More by DaveHS
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
poured from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass.
Appearance:the reddish brown ale poured a half fingers worth of tan head with beautiful lacing.
Smells: a bit like cherry with a citrus note, the alcohol is there as well.
Tastes: of fruits like plum and a earthy hint in the middle. A floral finish actually when I was expecting a orange flavor which I got from the smell.
Mouthfeel: a tingle from the 10.4%, but smooth and a nice dry finish.
Overall: a good barleywine in my opinion. Picked up a a 4 pack at total wine in Riveredge, NJ for $7.99 and worth even more. I am going to get more soon, no doubt.
09-22-2011 00:16:01 | More by kennylopez
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a brandy tasting snifter.
A- One finger tan head, brownish red/burnt orange color, decent lacing.
S- Brown Sugar, dark fruits (plums, raisins) sweet malt presence, slight breadiness as well.
T- Really sweet, caramel malts, hops are nowhere to be seen, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, nutty breadiness, slight alcohol presence, slight roastiness.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- This beer is decent, enjoyable, nothing special or worth revisiting but still tasty, well balanced, alcohol is hidden for being 10.4%.
09-20-2011 05:22:03 | More by Chriscrundwell12
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
I pour the XVII into a globe glass. Picked up recently for $2.99 and bottled on 3/22/11. Opens with a light pop and pours a deep brown with clear crimson red highlights. A half inch of tan foam offers moderate retention.
Aroma of caramel malt and some brown sugar. Rather lacking in hops for such a young barleywine, with some earthy/chocolate hops coming out with a bit of warming. Flavor follows suit with caramel, some raisin and light brown sugar notes as well as a light touch of roast. This doesn't come across as overly sweet yet manages to mask the alcohol fairly well. It is evident on the nose but less so on the tongue. Finish is fairly full bodied but rather nondescript in its delivery. Overall an enjoyable pour but a bit lacking in complexity for the style. Age may help but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed and in fact this beer warms to offer a slightly oxidized hop aroma. Still worth a visit.
09-16-2011 04:32:08 | More by HalfFull
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Was at a total wine and I love Barleywines and have never heard of them so figured I would give it a shot.
A- A nice semi dark amber color, medium head of foam and mild carbonation.
S- Had a very nice hoppy smell, good citrus kinda piney with a small back up of malt scent.
T- A great bold flavor nice hoppy flavor good citrus flavor with a nice balance of malts and a pretty sweet finish.
M- Has a very good drinkability, leaves your mouth with a sweet aftertaste, very good bold beer.
Overall- I was very impressed. I really liked the hoppy flavor. Getting harder and harder to find a nice hoppy barleywine. Cheers
09-04-2011 00:59:04 | More by yankeej13
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
Stone Brew Co.
Dark brown and auburn with a thin khaki head and sheets of lacing down the glass.
A surprisingly citrus aroma--lots of orange and grapefruit spring up from the glass, alone with some toffee and caramel sweetness, and dark rye bread aroma add a little spice. Terrific!
Sweet toffee and caramel, along with some roast and char in the flavor. The citrus hops take the backseat to the malt profile, and there's a certain alcohol sting throughout.
Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.
A good barleywine, though I wish the citrus hops I smelled in the aroma translated through to the flavor.
09-01-2011 02:41:49 | More by ehammond1
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Got a 12oz bottle for $7 (plus tax) at Ella's in Chinatown during their event for DC Beer Week. Bottled on 6/17/11.
Appearance (4): Clear ruby, light cream head. Half a finger of head, which reduces to a bubbly layer.
Smell (4): Strong resinous hops up front. Caramel and a touch of sweetness and pine. Gets more bready as it warms.
Taste (4): hops are there but are more integrated than the nose. Caramel and bready up front. Sweet through the middle and then especially the finish. Smooth, strong bitterness in the middle which lingers. A little bit of ethanol through the finish but it's not overwhelming considering it comes in at over 10%.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth with all the flavors melding well. A bit creamy. Full bodied and medium carbonation. A bit sticky.
Overall (3.5): Good but not great. Might not age well with the strong hop character. The 10% is disguised well.
09-01-2011 01:50:56 | More by grover37
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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