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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale
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736 Ratings

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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 60 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no indication as to what 'anniversary' it is.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby-red amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a whole metric shit-ton of randomly encyclopaedic lace around the glass as things gradually abate.

It smells of pungent caramel/toffee malt, Nordic licorice, muddled Mediterranean fruit, concentrated orange and grapefruit rind, and heady, but at least minding its manners, alcohol. The taste is musty caramel malt, toffee pudding, black orchard fruit - plums, prunes, and overripe cherries - a bit of wayward yeast, spicy grassy, leafy, and citrusy hops, and a certain by-standing alcohol measure.

The bubbles are quite low-key and unobtrusive for the most part, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops and booze kind of too entranced with their own images to care all that much about interfering here. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel/toffee malt and burgeoning alcohol vying to be the only game in town, in the face of an insurgent complex hoppiness.

Huh - for all the guff and mockery that I've heard about Utah brewing in general, at home and abroad, this offering really sloughs off all that inanity - big and brash, hoppy and malty, in layers that I can't possibly appreciate from this single instance in time. Worth trying, if only to see how it's doing, and right now for me, it's doing just fine.

Photo of nygannon
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of seifer1886
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of mthomp081
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of goochpunch
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 fullish with some tingly carbonation. Overall, this is a solid barleywine, but nothing to go crazy about.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.