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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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737 Ratings

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 61 | 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 bucklemyshoe
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Snifter.

A: It's dark red and cloudy with about a finger of creamy head that falls slowly.

S: Ripe cherries, apples, plums, smoke, and caramel.

T: Strong, tangy, and dark fruits with chocolate and smoke.

M: The body is beyond thick and a bit sticky. It gets hot quickly.

O: This is stronger and more flavorful than most barleywines.

Photo of buffs9
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip snifter

A - Darker than I expected, deep clear burgundy color w/ some orange highlights, very minimal lacing.

S - Not picking up much special here, lots of malt.

T - a bit medicinal and fruity with some bitter hops, not enjoying this as much as I thought I would

M - Perfect carbonation, moderately thick, powerful, alcohol is warming.

O - an average barleywine

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

bottled on 11-04-11
from the bottle into a snifter

Pours a mahogany with a solid cream head that leads to heavy lacing. Big hop nose grassy and citrus with a bit of malt. taste is a range from the hops bitter citrus to rich sweetness of ripe fruits and caramel
Creamy body with levels of hop flavors and malty richness

I am liking a lot of stuff from Uinta, thanks guys for a great brew

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

17th Anniversary, bottled 11/23/10

Pours a deep copper/brownish color, decent sized light tan head, leaves a cap on top for a good while.

Smell is strong in caramel malt and toffee, picking up a hint of faded hops which adds some citrus.

Taste is fairly straight forward with a very heavy caramel malt front, alcohol is quite present even with more than a year of age on it and warms the belly, hint of citrus in the aftertaste which seems odd but at least spices things up a bit from the typical malt coverage, soft carbonation gives a decent creaminess.

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

Bottled in February 2010. Dark brown in color and murky. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Toffee and caramel malt aromas are prominent. The hoppy aromas that others have noted have likely faded with this being nearly 2 years old. There is a hint of hop spiciness toward the end that accompanies the boozy aroma as this warms. Very smooth feel with lazy rich carbonation. Tangy citrus and ripe fruit flavors up front that slowly grows thru the middle. The strong toffee and caramel malt backbone is difficult to suppress throughout. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering sweet toffee flavor accompanied by a tangy hop bitterness.

Photo of billyzoom666
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the celler for about about 6 months, letting it age. Maybe I waited too long. Pours an amber color, nothing special, but now awful. I'm getting a citrusy hop smell, again, not blowing my mind. Damn though, this is nice and smooth. Not harsh at all, but a solid liquory aftertaste. I was holding this for the Packers Super Bowl win...well that didn't happen, so I'm not overly disappointed, but not as good as I expected.

Photo of Daveychu
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of theempire
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

12 oz bottle (bottled 12-05-11) poured into a tulip snifter

A- Beautiful dark amber with a 2 finger head that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing.

S- Had to let this one warm up before the smell shined through. Caramel malt, oak, and citrus hops

T- Taste matched the smell. Not too boozy. Incredibly smooth. Taste of caramel malts, oak, and well hopped due to how fresh it is.

M- Favorite aspect of this beer is the creamy mouth feel and spot on carbonation for style. The slightest of warming reminds you this is 10.4%. Well done.

O- A pretty good example of a barley wine. At this price point, it's hard to pass up. I will revisit this one.

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of evilkalla
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 17th anniversary, bottled 6/17/2011

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper/amber/brown. Has about a quarter inch of head on it. Carbonation is on the lesser side. Looks good.

S: I could smell the malt with the snifter sitting on my desk. Extremely malty with hints of caramel and oak. Hints of hops are noticeable. Very, very nice.

T: This barleywine is on the drier side, with a fairly big amount of hop bitterness. Tastes of of oak, bitter chocolate, caramel, and leather. Dominating presence on the finish, which lasts a very long time. Very, very nice.

M: This one hangs around in the mouth for a VERY long time. Absolutely outstanding presence.

O: Very, very nice barleywine. On the drier and more bitter end of the scale. Alcohol is a little noticeable at the end, but cellaring may smooth this out a bit. Wish I had bought more than one.

Photo of SageO
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mrshoes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good. Not too hazy, not too clear. Mellow amber/brown.

Not getting a whole lot through the nose, hopefully the taste can make up for it.

Mmmm. Theres the saving grace. Tastes suprisingly smooth for 10.4 ABV but still has some heat! I know most frown upon the alchohol flavor but I personally enjoy it. This brew has a good balance between flavors and booziness.

Love the body of this beer. Very full and very smooth after the initial warmth of alchohol.

I dont find it to be anything super groundbreaking but I would definitely go out and buy this one again. I got it as single 12oz bottle from tru beer in easthampton MA but I just might go back later this week and grab a sixpack.

Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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