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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002)
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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown color, almost black, with a finger and a half of cappuccino colored foam. Aromas of dried apricots, raisins, tobacco and leather. On the palate, the hops really kick in, bringing some good citrus to balance out the caramel malt. A very good beer, even better considering it's less than $8/4 pack.

Photo of thedetective
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz glass.
Bottled on 7.16.09.

A- A dark orange color, almost ruby-brown. A tiny bit cloudy but for the most part a clear brew. Very little head, as expected.

S- Big strong sweet malts, just like a barleywine should be.

T- Just like the taste, a little bit of hop presence is found in the aftertaste, but for the most part this is a big typical barleywine.

M- Good carbonation levels, full-bodied, not overly sticky or syrupy, maybe even a tiny bit thin. But almost exactly what you're looking for in an American Barleywine.

D- Couldn't have many of them, but considering the style, it's about what it should be.

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

Reviewed from notes - 4/30/10.

Bottled on 5/15/09.

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with mahogany highlights. 1 finger of off-white head rims the glass. Thin sheets of lacing.

S: Candied malts with caramel and molasses.

T: Caramel and sweet malts. Very rich. True to the style but I would prefer maybe a few more fruits in the taste.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. Bitter, malty aftertaste (is that an oxymoron?)

D: A sipper for sure. Not the easiest to drink multiples of, but I do enjoy trying new beers.

Photo of kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale with a slight cream colored foamy head and nice lacing on the glass. Syrupy aroma with some sugar cane whiffs and bourbon. The taste is very hoppy with the bourbon coming through on the swallow and a slight burn on the way down. No sweetness at all on this. I was waiting for a sweetness kick but it never came. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. At 10.6% this went down very smoothly. I had no idea who this brewery was before I tried this at a BW festival, but after trying, I am a big fan. Great stuff.

Photo of therica
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= reddish brown, modest quickly fading head.

S= bountiful floral hops and nice malts, hints of some fruits.

T= I'm not a big fan of barley wine but this one blew me away-- spectacular! Bountiful hops and bitterness, rich malts, a smoothness I've never found in a barley wine, nice fruity notes including prune and probably cherry. Extremely well balanced.

M= savory hops florals and bitters, malts, slight creamy feel on the tongue, fruity notes, light prune.

D= only the high ABV% would keep me from drinking more than 1-2 of these at a sitting, otherwise highly recommended, great with beef, ribs, maybe roasted chicken.

Bottled 8/29/2008, consumed during the 2008 holidays that December and my review was mislocated until just now.

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 7/16/09) received from Jmoore50 in the Black Booty 3 BIF. Thanks again Jordan! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a medium amber brown with ruby highlights. A thin head briefly appears and just as quickly drops to a oily looking film on the surface and a thin collar. Good looking barleywine.

S - A hint of sweetness over the top of some rich caramel and a small amount of molasses. A bit of fruity esters, some alcohol, a bit of black pepper. Not much for hops.

T - Well balanced...hop bitterness is pretty high but in perfect harmony with the malt - neither takes the lead. There is still enough sweet and caramelly flavors to offset the bitterness...and I'm still getting a bit of black pepper in the flavor too. Nice smooth drinking barleywine.

M - Body is medium, as is the carbonation. Carbonation is perhaps a touch on the high side of ideal, at least for my tastes, but still good. Only a small mouth coating effect...like it's trying but can't quite get it done. Seems like the oily qualities that are also there win out in the end.

D - Hmm, I find a lot of ironies in this beer while doing the review. From a pure technical standpoint, I find this to not stand up particularly well to the finest examples of the style, but at the same time it is very enjoyable. I think it is it's ease of drinking that makes the difference. The richness and total sipper qualities of the best barleywines are so far from this, they don't even seem to be the same style. This is quite an easy drinker due to its excellent balance. In short, I think I like this beer much more than the review might indicate.

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" head that breaks down quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is soft and all you can detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, prunes, some earthy qualities, some citrus tones, and a decent bitterness make up a rather dull barleywine. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long aftertaste as alcohol and malt sweetness dominate.

Drinkability: so-so at best. There are better American versions on the market.

Photo of steve8robin
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never saw this one before, So I decided to give it a go...

A: Awesome look. Deep ruby red color with 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace.

S: Earthy / grassy upfront with some hops blended in. Grapefruit in the middle with faint fig and booziness on the backend.

T: Bready and grassy upfront. Hop bitterness bit in the middle with a raisin / dark fruit flavor hidden on the backend.

M: A little too syrupy for a barleywine. Not bad, but not perfect.

D: Hop bitterness makes this a little tougher to get down. Decent.

All in all, this was a decent brew. This would definitely fall on the American side of barleywines. Good to try if you like American bwines, otherwise, if you're not a hop guy, then don't bother with this one.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 07/16/09 into a tulip glass.

A: Dark copper, with a 1-finger head that dwindles quickly but let's you know it's still around with a patch of carbonation.

S: Malts, barley, graham cracker, raisins, and quite a bit of booze. This guy is still young.

T: Now this is an American Barleywine. Figs, caramel, and IBU's. The sweetness gets it part at the beginning and the hops override it to leave a nice bitter end.

M: Carbonated to the point it tingles. This one is built to age. Has a nice dry finish.

D: Solid. Drinks like a DIPA more than anything at this point. How much are pints of this?

Overall, an outstanding representation of the style. Not too rich and an enjoyment to drink.

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

I can't say how much this beer overcame my low expectations. Poured almost looking like a red ale. Aroma was pungent. Lots of comparisons to Bigfoot already.

Taste, extremely smooth for its alcohol level, hopping, not Bigfoot level, but high. Nothing was over the top, but perfectly balanced, no overt sweetness that can sometimes ruin a barleywine.

Great mouthfeel, its enjoyable, not uber bitter, maintains perfect balance throughout, great price for this beer, and very drinkable, especially for the style and ABV.

Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with reddish cast, almost opaque, topped briefly by a dark beige head that subsides to floating amoebae. The look of a fine barley wine, which ain't pretty, but is the least of the characteristics IMHO.

The smell is a delirium of contrasting aromas; orange, burnt bread, caramel, floral, molasses, figs, chocolate, herbal, even some prune in there. woooaaaahhhh, talk about complex!

The taste...ummm, how to describe this. It seems the brewer of this decided to try to balance as many different beer flavors as possible into an overhopped taste that hides the alcohol, pleases the palate, and soothes the mind. Mission accomplished. I could picture many people not liking this eccentric blend. Luckily I am not one of them (I enjoy the flavors of fish eyes, armadillo, pig tongue, and fermented baby clam sauce!). It is full flavored, to say the least, starting with a blast of orange, grapefruit, burnt toast, bitter herbs, pine tar, sweet floral, caramel, even a bit of darkest chocolate, then takes off into a bitter fugue unlike any BW I've tried...make that any beer I've tried, period. Think that Uinta can't make this unholy alliance work? Think again. This ain't a brew for the pale ale crowd, this is a stick of flavor dynamite that somehow works. As it warms the flavors morph crazily, the citrus subsides, the pine explodes, the bitter gets crazy, the caramel seems to burn in the mouth, insane herbs spring from the bushes, absolute shitloads of wonderful flavor that hide the copious quantities of alcohol residing within this strong-flavor-junky's wet dream.

Mouthfeel is excellent as a barley wine can accomplish. Super low carb, natch, very viscous but somehow not sticky, drinks way too easy, and a finish that is full of sweet, yet bone dry with sere bitter (how'd they do that?).

Drinkability? Well, I am snockered now after about thirty ounces, and I swear I didn't taste a bit of alcohol the whole time.

Impression: My first Uinta brew, and if this is their modus operandi I will be on the lookout for more!

Photo of MikeGill
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Draught poured into a 12oz. snifter.

Cola colored with a thin pale head and spotty lacing. Chocolate cake batter on the nose with a hint of malt vinegar and herbal hops.

The taste was much more mellow then my nose lead me to assume. There is a cocoa malt sweetness upfront with roasted malt and a kind of pretzel like bready quality. A very noticable piney hops presence shows up toward the finish and remains. The alcohol is definitely there, trademark of the style but it is surprizing subtle. Overall, a delicious well balanced barley wine.

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

A nice looking barleywine. Goes from dark to light brown in different lights, and is complemented by amber edges and a nice, though quickly fading, peach colored head. The smell is of sugars and malts, and, though good, is not nearly pungent enough. Neither is it complex enough. Some slightly burnt brown sugar and sweet dark fruits. Figs, apricot, peaches, caramel, and molasses.

The flavor is good, but not nearly as complex as I've come to expect from the style, especially American versions. What I thought was burnt sugars in the smell turns out to be sugars and hops, not playing as nicely together as they should be. The hop character is apparent from mid sip through the finish and into the aftertaste. Sweet fruits up front: pomegranite and plum, a little peach, along with a little caramel. Sugars and hops through the middle, and alcoholic hoppiness the rest of the way.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines above all of its other aspects. Wonderfully thick and coats the mouth with oils like a DIPA, but it is a little undercarbonated. The drinkability is on par with the flavor.

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

Tried on tap at Falling Rock, 7 Feb 2010.

Served in a 8oz glass. Clear deep auburn colored beer. Aroma nice, bit a touch soapy. Lots of rum and raisin and etoh, sweet caramel in smell. Sweet boozy beer. Dark fruits, dates, burnt sugars, etoh warm all way through. Carbonation minimal, medium body. Rum lingers in finish and aftertaste.

Photo of DousedInStout
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head that clings tightly to my snifter. The aroma is of citrus and pine, but combined with the big alcohol esters, registers a bit chemical - it kind of reminds me of pine-sol cleaning solution. The taste is balanced, but not in a smooth way. The caramel and roasted notes do not mesh well with the citrus hop flavors, and the alcohol presence is a bit sharp. Overall, while I like their idea of a big, west coast barley wine, this one came off a bit chaotic. I would definitely recommend sitting on this one for atleast a year.

Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown copper with a thick, creamy, light tan head that left copious lace.

S-Wow--->ORANGE! Like a chocolate orange candy, well OK, like a caramel, chocolate orange.

T-Spicy orange overlies a balancing roasted caramel malt base. This one seems rather simplistic at first but it is actually really nice and becomes more complex with warming.

M-Medium bodied with long lasting spicy bitterness. Rather dry and never becomes sticky.

D-For a 10% ABV brew the alcohol is very well concealed. Rather sharp and biting, certainly hop forward. A very tasty brew that is, without question, one of the best beers I have had from Utah and I have been there!

Photo of fastpass17
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruby, slightly diminished head, good carbonation.

S: Sappy, pine essence, citrus hops, dark brown sugar in the background.

T: Rich, chewy, Belgian-esque, alcohol heat towards the back of the mouth.

M: Coats mouth like maple syrup, lasts in the palate.

D: Small glass after dinner, any more would overwhelm the palate.

12oz dark brown bottle.

Photo of Pahn
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Opaque, dark reddish brown. Inch head dissipates quickly, leaving clumpy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Very eccentric; startlingly savory. It's a deep smell of chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses, with some leather hints. It smells like a mole or BBQ or Worcestershire sauce. The smell was taking me aback the entire time. It smells good, but not what you'd expect from a beer.

Taste: Huge, somewhat piney hops up front, on par with a really hopped up DIPA. Segues into a subdued caramel sweetness, with notes of dark chocolate and plum. Finish is bitter, with no alcohol warmth. The malt sweetness is a lot weaker than in other American barley wines, but still stands up to the big hops.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and frothy. It borders on sticky, but doesn't really get there (the smell and flavor seem to imply that this would be a sticky, syrupy brew, but it really isn't). Not bad.

Drinkability: Very good. I assumed from the style that the beer was at least 8% ABV, and sure enough it's 10+%. Drinks like 5%.


All told, a very good beer, though perhaps not what I'm asking for when I ask for a barley wine. It tastes more like a barley wine influenced, smokey DIPA--which sounds like a description of a good beer to me. The savoriness of the flavor was more of a novelty than a hindrance, as the smell is ultimately enticing (and the flavor is very good). I want to get a bottle of this and cook with it.

I don't know how this beer would age, but with its IBU and ABV, it seems like it would be worth trying.

I assume that it's because this brewery is located in Utah that I've never heard of it (I live in New England). This beer definitely makes me want to sample their other offerings, because it's very adventurous for its style.

Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my SS 09 Ding! This bottle is XIV Anniversary. Bottled on 1/14/08. A beer clocking in at 10.4 % ABV from Utah who would have thought it? The beer was served chilled and in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: The body of the beer is orange to dark scarlet. Some golden highlights are noted when the beer is back lit. The head of the beer is light tan / dirty biege coloration. The beer leaves a passage of foam on my glass marking its passage. The head resolves itself to a skim of foam.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is caramel, brown sugar, a bit fruity mostly cherries, alcohol is present but seems to be of the brandy nature. Hops are present but only in the citrus sense and a subdued bit of pine.

Taste: The beer is certainly sweet up front, brown sugar, caramel, nice fruity tones, I know this isnt barrel aged but getting some nice brandy type notes, bit of butterscotch, all this sweetness is checked by an underlying notes of pine bitterness. The beer never really goes to bitter. Reviewing this while drinking it lol. The beer has a nice interplay between the hops and the sweetness as the temperature warms up. Not abusive and not cloying in the least.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is full. Carbonation is low but wasnt expecting alot either. The alcohol is very mellow. The beer isnt tongue abusing nor is it overly sweet. This beer is a nice sipper. All in all a very surprising beer treat from Utah.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into glass a reddish/ chocolate color, small amount of tan/whiteish head,

S - smooth smell with some alcohol present,

T -good, just about what I enjoy in a barley wine;

M- appropriate mouthfeel,
D- high drinkability despite having a fair amount of alcohol,

Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with offwhite head that retains reasonably well to a thin laced rimjob. Nose is fresh with some pine and brown sugary baked goods. Palate has the same elements with piney hops, caramel & brown sugar sweetness, and a little alcohol warmth on the finish. More easy drinking than many barleywines. I'll have to get this one on draft when I'm in Utah next time.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color. The head is tight and foamy and dissipates quickly leaving considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells very earthy with distinct notes of Cascade hops. A mild maltiness also comes out in the aroma.

Taste: Very complex...I almost don't know where to start. Earthy hops up front that turns quickly into fruity notes and sweet malts. Has a kind of bittersweet flavor to it. The alcohol is also very noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Has a thick body that finishes kind of sticky. The high alcohol level also gives it a nice warmth.

Drinkability: A very complex beer that I'd love to try again. Seek it out if you can.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Veryt dark amber-caramel color with a medium sized, long standing tan head that leaves a bit of lace behind.

Smell: Caramel maltiness with earthy hops and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malts, finishing with a strong hop backbone- all of this under a very wine-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy, with light carbonation and a smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability: My first barleywine, and overall this is a good one. Is a sipper for sure, but is very enjoyable.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 05/05/2009 enjoyed 11/28/09

Pours a deep dark red with a thinnish off white head that dissipates quickly to a cap. Smell is initially hops with some citrus wafting its way into my nose. The hops fade quickly to reveal more layers of malt. Brown sugar, prunes and dried cherries, and a bit of caramel. There's a touch of alcohol in the nose, but its quite restrained. The taste is caramel and burnt sugars. A little pine, and some alcohol. There is more alcohol in the taste than the aroma led me to believe. Long lingering hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish. Mouthfeel is a mix of syrupy water, body is a bit thinner than I would have liked, carbonation is low. Decent barleywine, might be better with a bit of age to tone the alcohol down a bit.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - cola colored with a light biege head that shows nice retention and some noteworthy lacing

S - citrusy and floral hops give it sort of a grassy aroma. sweetness to follow in the form of brandy, cherries and caramel. also some alcohol also pokes it's head out.

T - roasted malt, coffee, bitter as all hell. this one is still a youngin' and smells so good, but hops and alcohol heat overpower everthing and make this too much of a mess. answer: time

MF - lots of carbonation big big body

D - this stage in it's life it's too hot and overly bitter. this one will only improve with time I am sure of it.

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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