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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 64 | 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 mmmbeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An anniversary barleywine that is available year round - kind of odd. As is the fact that I bought this almost two years ago in Utah and just recently saw the same vintage available at a store here in Boston. Anyway, from a 12 oz. stubby, bottled 04/09/09, 72 IBUs. Pours a chill-hazed crimson, with low carbonation and topped with a thin tan cap that retains a thin collar and doesn't manage to lace the glass. Smells richly malty and caramelly, with coffee, roast, milk chocolate, floral alcohol and very heady, citric, oily and resinous hops. Still tastes quite hoppy at two years old, with the same hop profile that gives an almost harsh bitterness. Lots of melanoidins and crystal malts contribute a robust malty base and a bit of sweetness. The yeast is earthy and fruity, and there is a light booziness as well that helps lead into a warming, bitter finish. Medium to full on the palate, moderately-carbonated, with a tongue-scraping bitterness and powdery yeast feel. Not terribly complex, but it is smooth, delicious, well-integrated, and it has aged quite well so far. I would like to try this one at five years old to see how it's going.

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

Uinta beers recently arrived in San Luis Obispo. I picked up a four pack of this Seventeenth Anniversary Barley Wine Ale at Sandy's, where they keep all of their beers refrigerated and away from direct sunlight.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A straight-down-the-center pour only netted a hair-thin ring of tight, khaki head. A quick swirl livens everything up though - creamy, tan foam that clings to the glass walls and shows half decent retention. Body is very dark; the color of earthy clay. When held to light, it glows crimson and displays excellent clarity. Not too shabby.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisins, molasses, leafy hops, and a hint of booze. As the beer warms, more aromas appear, notably toffee and cocoa. Funny, because the first three bottles I had (this is the last from that four pack) all smelled like dirty pennies. This one doesn't show any off notes. It's a bit mild, but shows nice complexity and character.

Taste: Brown sugar and raisins play prominent roles, just as in the taste. Hearty grains and bread crust help to form a solid malt backbone. Red currants and booze peek through just a bit, and earthy, piney hops kick-start a long-lasting, bitter finish. Not too special, but I don't notice any major flaws.

Mouthfeel: Rich, malty, very lightly carbonated, and bitter. Finishes clean and dry. I'd personally like more residual sweetness and intensity, but this is alright.

Overall: Not a barley wine that I'd go back to, but I can understand how others might dig this. Pretty mild in terms of aroma and flavor strength, though it offers up a good deal of complexity in each arena. Worth a try, I suppose.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

XVII bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore CA

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with dark fruit scents and a touch of alcohol

T - Like the smell starts of with the dark fruit then the sweetness comes out some with some alcohol in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I had the XIV a few years a go and I remember liking it more than this vintage but overall this is a good beer worth trying if you see it

Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVI, bottled 2/17/10

Translucent crimson-brown with a healthy beige head that shows solid rentention and lace for a beer this size.
Burnt toffee, grilled pineapples, prunes, Sherry, stewed apples, toasted walnuts, anise, and fig jelly grab and twist the hairs in one's nostrils. Hops have mellowed a good deal from the last time I tried this (maybe 8 months ago or so) and as much as I enjoyed them, they left behind a very refined, malt-bath barleywine.
As it oozes across the tongue, it leaves a wake of burnt brown sugar, plums, prunes, raisins, and general dark fruit compote. The middle brings notions of exotic fruit, drenched in molasses and stewed. Then a bit of yeast slurry and tart cherries. Some fortified wine, alcohol and vinous suggestions, but intergrated into the dark fruit persona, and the actual strength is only accounted for by its thickness and felt in the head. Hopping still adds resins of wood and pine, with tracers of floral bitterness...just enough to maintain a bit of balance.
The carbonation gives it an airy, fleecy feel upfront, but dwindles out over time, leaving it thick, sturdy, beefy, but un-cloying.
Forget any state-associated beer-handicap, this is a rock solid barleywine, and it keeps getting better with age.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

XVII (bottled 03/22/11). Tulip glass.

Pours a very deep amber, with almost no head and minimal lacing. Carmel, chocolate, some fresh sweet red fruit, and a little grassy, woody earthiness. Interesting stuff. Taste is initially a liquid caramel, but is quickly taken over by a lingering, slightly overpowering bitterness. The hops do not appear to be well integrated. A decent level of carbonation gives this medium-bodied ale a nice bite. Overall, the aromas were good but it's hard to get paste the sub-par flavors. I'm holding out hope that this will mellow out with some more time.

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/9/09. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown with a slightly dirty white head. Head didn't last long, clung reasonably well, and was replenished by a small stream of bubbles from the bottom. Aroma was typical barleywine. A touch of evident alcohol, with a fair amount of grainy sweet. Too sweet for me. Trace of something that reminded me of banana and cloves. Taste had some hops, and also a tad of bitterness. Mellowed out some over time, but not typical barleywine flavors. Felt good in the mouth. Coated well and was nicely carbonated. Overall a middle of the road barleywine. Not bad, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis California.

Appearance: A rich dark brown, almost that of a molasses, in appearance not viscosity.

Smell: Very average in smell, a hint of tartness in aroma.

Taste: Taste is a hint of dark cherries and minor smell of metallic.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in sweetness, light in thickness with a strong finish.

Overall:a Very nice, slightly above average darley wine with a balanced tone and a very unreadable ABV, does not taste "hot" or even imply the 10.4% that it is!

Photo of czechsaaz
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

XVI edition, bottled on 10/1/10 so about six months on it

Aroma is malt dominant more like a British b-wine than American. I get lots of caramel and some fruit like baked apples and a spicy nose probably from yeast. There is some hops in the background but no overly citrus hops. More grassy and floral and it's pretty subtle. Really nice big beer aroma that builds my anticipation of the first sip.

It's deep red and really clear. Poured with a pretty small head and it stays that way. Just a bit of lacing and small amounts of rising bubbles.

Flavor is pretty bitter right away. Lots of hop oil and resin and some woody hop flavor too. It doesn't match the aroma in that there's way more hop bitter than malty sweetness. There is a caramel and brown sugar flavor in the background but I get mostly hops. And mixed in are the citrus flavored hops too. Warming up I get a little more malt including some roasty notes. Mmmmm...add in some apple pie yeast esters too.

Mouthfeel is right in the wheelhouse for the style. A bit coating, a little light on the carbonation and a little chewy. And there's just a little bit of alcohol warmth. I can tell it's a monster but it's not killing me.

A very nice beer. I think I paid $10 for the four pack so for a barleywine of this quality, also a great value. Gonna lay two of them down for a while.

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

XVII - bottled on 03/22/11
drank 4/24/11

Appearance - deep ruby color with a thin quickly dissipating head

Smell - roasty, burnt caramel; citrusy, earthy hops; some floral notes that remind me of lavender

Taste - caramel and citrus hops, not bitter, nice malt/hop balance

Mouthfeel - light carbonation but feels relatively full bodied and just a bit chewy

Overall- pretty good, very drinkable, alcohol is not even noticeable, just wish for a bit more complexity in the flavor, and wish I was sipping it by a fireplace on a cold night, but a warm spring night in central Cali will do

Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair US barleywine with a general good sense and hopefully potential for aging.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Light cream label (with a faint harvest drawing) dominated by the roman numerals XVI noting name of brew and anniversary occasion. Notes bottling date as "Limited Early 2009 Release". Shows bottling date (02/17/10), and 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber-brown pour with a good 1/2" frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and some splashes of lacing.

S - Generic hoppy sense woven with sweet malts, pleasantly fresh but without much complexity.

T - Malty backbone, sweet, caramel and molasses... Supporting quite a resinous profile of hops, bitter with a grassy touch.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation providing a nice final kick, slightly sticky and smooth as it finishes with the bitter touch.

D - Good drink that lacks some to be taken to the next level.

Notes: The main range is there, and If this is actually a year old since bottling already... Maybe a couple of years in the cellar with soothe things out, and the initial sense is that it might be quite something else after that.

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

XVII. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Bottled on 23 November 2010.

A: Wonderful! A mahogany-coloured beer, dark and clear. Some small bubbles inside the beer, with faint-lived off-white head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass.

S: Very strong, pungent hops with a heavy, underlying molasses-y sweetness. Whiffs of alcohol. Delicious.

T: Much sweeter than expected from the hoppy smell. Strong, sticky malts carry the taste until about three-quarters through, where the bitter, resin-y hops take over. The aftertaste is drying and shockingly bitter, a similar sensation to chewing a coffee bean, though the taste profile is radically different. Good, but unusual, and perhaps not the best barleywine I've come across.

M: Rock-solid. Big, dense, and full of feeling. Drying alcohol and hops.

O: Definitely a good beer; at least, *I* really enjoyed it. Still, I probably won't be having another in the foreseeable future. As far as barleywines go, you can do better, but tentatively recommended all the same.

Notes: ABV 10.4%, SRM 20, IBU 72

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 3/22/11, Anniversary XVII,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a long-lasting off-white head, good head retention, spotty lace.

S: Dominated by pine, cedar, a bit one-dimensional.

T: The flavour brings the malt out to play, strong dark bread, with a lot of hops. Pine dominated again with white grapefruit. Good flavour, but could mellow out a bit.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, never cloying which is a plus in a barleywine.

O: This isn't even a month old, super super young, it needs time to coalesce. Buy now, drink later.

Photo of flannelman808
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Interestingly colored beer ... seemingly dark brown but very clear in the light, showing cherry red hues. Off white head does not retain itself for so long but does stick all over the place with nice lacing.

S: Piny herbal hoppy notes slash into caramel malty sweet aromas. Citrus rind flavors complete the bouquet.

T: Sweet dark fruit pays into chocolaty flavors and equals itself out into a bitter backbone. If not for the bitterness I think this would be cloyingly sweet. I would disagree with some others on aging this one for that reason ... drink now (or at least within 2 years). Its pretty good stuff though perhaps lacking a bit in the complexity department. It is a bit 2 dimensional.

M: Sticky

O: Decent stuff, but I wouldn't dedicate an anniversary to it.

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

363rd review on BA
bottle to NB Globe
12 oz

App- A red/orange semi peachy pour with a great two finger head. Good lacing all the way down my glass.

Smell- Huge hops with a scent of dryness, caramel, toffee and a bits of pine, resin

Taste- Finally I get why people say that barleywine and DIPAS are similar. Big hops, with a nice caramel sweetness and some bready malts. It tastes great. All I care about.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level and a nice dark burnt sugar taste on my lips.

Drink- I can't wait to crack my Cockeyed cooper now that I have had this brew. I read the BA mag article about Uinta and wanted to try there beers. Great brews, will return to this one.

Photo of drowninginhops
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/09/09 Enjoyed on 3/15/11 in a standard pint glass.

A: Dark ruby in color, 1 finger tan head that stuck with it.

S: Caramel, toffee, malt, some pine hop character with a sweet smell in the back.

T: Bitter (good), malt, caramel.

M: thin to medium carbonation, good thickness.

D: at 10.4% and with its weight it is not the kind you can drink alot of in a session.

Will be reviewing again after I age the other bottle for longer.

Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brown with a 1 finger creamy tan head that leaves great rings of lacing down the glass. Looks like an IPA going down.

Smells of huge floral hops, caramel, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, brown sugar and sweet cinnamon; really nice hoppy, malty aroma.

Tastes of huge floral hops, flowers, caramel, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, brown sugar, wet bread or cereal, cinnamon, light yeast and some faint alcohol; really tasty barleywine.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with a medium body and a medium alcohol and caramel feel. Very high drinkability considering the strength and style, this is a one and done per night yet still a very good and very tasty beer.

Photo of SchmoTerp
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 16th anniversary.

As I poured this beer into my glass, the aroma was quite strong and sweet. The color (at least to my observation) was somewhat two-toned; mainly a dark dark red. The head was minimal, but had a relatively slow dissipation. The taste was slightly acrid but still very smooth. Full-bodied with a bit of heaviness, this has a very satisfying taste and finish.

When I'm in the mood for a barley wine, this one is always an excellent choice.

Photo of claytong
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got a 4 pack of this guy. What a steal. I'm putting two of these back and probably getting more to put back for a while. It's a well balanced beer. The sugars are dead on. The additional flavors are a bit of a miss. It's nothing too strong. I'm hoping age might help this guy out a bit.

Photo of angelmonster
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is review of 16th anniversary barleywine, bottled on 11/24/09.

Pours a one finger, beige head. Body is a very dark brown. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

Smell is sweet, lots of caramelized sugar, roasted malt, and some spice like ginger or cinnamon. No hops are detected and alcohol is faint.

Taste is of classic barleywine. Honey, some diacetyls, and roasted caramel malt. Theres also a bit of fruit, dried apricots and dates. Hops are present but have faded with time. Alcohol, for 10 percent, is pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich. Carbonation levels are good. Head contributed some thick consistency to the beer.

Drinkability was excellent. One of the easiest drinking barleywines I've had the pleasure of drinking. Nothing too extraordinary about this beer, just a fine example of the style, nice and clean tasting. Excited to see what acouple years of aging does to this beer.

Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel and ruby hue with a generous light brown head with good retention; lacing is great

S: After a year there is still a surprising hop presence--slightly citrusy even--but also a strong molasses and fruit aroma: apple, plums, and dates; beyond all that is an oaky almost bourbon aroma with a nice malty base--a bit of alcohol finally penetrates as well

T:An oaky malt presence approaches first followed by a dry sweetness--a touch fruity with some raisins, dates, and caramel; also a touch of burnt malts and some pleasant alcohol numbing

F: Nicely carbonated; the beer is a touch thin on the back end but a pleasant film remains on the tongue and roof of the mouth

D: For what this is, this is a very easy drinking, delicious barley wine--nice work, Uinta!

Photo of grittybrews
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16th Anniversary, bottled 10/2010, drank 01/2011. Poured a muddy cider brown with an orange tinge into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding eggshell head. Malty aroma dominated by toffee/caramel with hints of vanilla, raisin, and dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a surprisingly light, prickly mouthfeel that starts dry and finishes a little stickier. Not overly sweet with mild toffee, biscuit, pepper, and plum and a long, intense tobacco-pine finish. I can imagine how different this beer drinks with some age on it, but consumed fresh the hops definitely dominate.

Alcohol is well-masked and the feel isn't overly heavy, but the relative sweetness and aggressively bitter finish kept me sippin' slowly. Unsurprisingly, most elements of this beer improved as it warmed up a bit.

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

This beer is a ruby-brown color, very clear, with a small tan head. The smell is classic Eastern barleywine...lots of malt... it smells like a malt-extract infused brew. Lots of boozy, alcohol and grain scents...it's got a lot of melanoid-enhanced scents. The taste is similar, with loads of sweet malt. Alcohol warming is notable, but it isn't overbearing. Full body. This is a very good barleywine.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this when I was in Utah four months ago. It has been patiently waiting for me in cellar. When the moment arrives the beer pours a dark brown color with lighter highlights around the edges. The foam sticky and left lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma is strong on caramel malt, but there is a nice balance of pine from the hops. The beefy palate ushers in the flavor. Rich caramel malt, with a hint of toffee, is complemented by the resin of hops at the end. The pine of the hops lingers and drys the palate a bit. Warming action in the chest indicates the heft lurking in the shadows.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. For an American barleywine, it checks all the boxes it should. It delivers a heavy hand of sweet malt, but is balanced by resin hops. The interplay provides complexity and depth.

Photo of digitalczech
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me begin by saying I'm not a big barley wine drinker. Mainly because it's difficult to make a decent drinkable barley wine. Uinta does a great job of brewing this beer.

A - Dark and muddy. It's not a pretty beer to look at. But the head is wonderful and thick. It took a few minutes for the head to rest.

S - It smelled of burnt carmel and toffee.

T - Here's where this beer was surprising. I expected to have some major bitter beer face. Don't get me wrong. It is bitter. But it sits well on your tongue after a couple sips. I expected more sweetness but didn't taste too much. Lots of malts.

M - Light carbonation compared to what I saw with the head. It was surprising how flat it was. The high alcohol come through though.

D - I could have one, maybe two. This is no session beer. Better paired with food but I'm afraid it would over power any dish you might serve up.

That being said. I do like it for a beer to have here and there.

Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Barleywine. My first beer from this brewery. Pours a clear brownish color. When held to the light it becomes a gorgeous ruby red. Good size off white head. Average retention, good lacing.

Aromas is great. Floral/Citrus hops and sweet/caramel mal. Very pronounced smell.

Taste is very good as well. Big rich caramel malt presence with a hoppy finish and some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich warm and very smooth for a fresh Barleywine. Sweet malts, a balancing hop finish and good barleywine spiciness throughout.

Drinkability is very good for this strong a beer.

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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