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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 68 | 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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Ratings: 759 | Reviews: 392
Photo of DousedInStout
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured dark amber/red with a thin white head, into a 4oz sampling glass. The smell yielded maltiness, raisin, pineapple, and a searing sweetness. The taste also was very syrupy sweet, with an alcohol burn evident in the finish, and I couldn't help but wonder how more aging would help smooth out the harshness of this beer. Maybe I'll try reviewing again in a few years if I can get my hands on some more of this vintage. The mouthfeel, while syrupy at times, was nicely thick for a barleywine. Drinkability? Again, I think that this beer would benefit from more aging.

Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad my computer battery died mid-review last time around, here is the condensed version. Pours a very dark crimson brown with a one finger head (into a snifter) and leaves light creamy lacing behind. The retains decently and dies down to a ring around the side with clouds atop the beer. Smells initially like a double IPA hop bomb but soon becomes a nice mix of malts, hops and alcohol. Tastes of malts, piney hops, a bit of alcohol, dark fruits and nutty flavors. The balance is mostly good but seems to go towards malts and then back to huge hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent creaminess to it. The carbonation is a tiny bit too much here for the flavors and style. The warming is really not overwhelming at all and adds a nice feel. A huge bittersweet flavor is left on the tongue for a long time after drinking this one. Drinkability is good. The taste is good, the price is decent, the alcohol and hops seem to take over this one as time goes on as I long for the balance the beer had midway through drinking it. This is one of the better barley wines I have had, but I still need to explore this style a lot, lot more.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with plenty of orange-red highlights. Head is creamy and solid, tawny colored, with great stick. Not much lacing for me, but there's still a cap when I'm finished.

Hoppy nose, with hints of citric fruit and resin, with some dark caramel and molasses notes. The flavor is hoppy again, but decently balanced. There is a lot of sweetness that takes the sting from the hops. Very fruity and sweet overall.

Not quite firm, but creamy enough mouthfeel. A little hot in the finish, but I'm impressed overall by the masking job, and the brew in general. Solid effort.

Photo of andylipp
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on date: 04/09/09- Sixteenth Anniversary version.

Appearance -A deep ruby/copper pour into a tulip which made an inch or so of off-white head. It dissipated quickly but left moderate lacing on the sides as I sipped. Looks good!

Smell -Piney, resinous and sweet. Dark candied fruit, citrus, and a big ol' whiff of alcohol.

Taste -The malt makes the first sip pleasant, the big hop bite follows...so far so good...but the finish is alcoholic and unpleasant. Sadly, even the substantial malt and massive hop presence can't compete with the boozy finish. Medicinal-like low-end vodka. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel -Moderately thick, coated the palate nicely. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- I'm not interested in obtaining another one. But I finished it.

Comments- I tried this on draught at the ACBF in June and although the samples were small, I had a bunch of them because I liked them so much. The hit-you-over-the-head alcohol finish was, to my memory, not evident at that time. I was excited to find this in bottles recently, but what a letdown.

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
A) Pours with a tight, two finger head. Slowly settles to a creamy top, tan in color. Lacing is thin and sticky. Mahogany in color with a clear body.
S) Caramel. Alcohol. Dates. Light floral notes.
T) Sweet malty nose. Caramel. Nutty - walnut, pecan. Brown sugar. After initial blast of sweetness and flavor moves to a balanced taste with a hop bite. Definitely alcohol in the finish, like brandy.
M) Full bodied. Creamy. Smooth. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A well crafted barley, not too over the top and not too blah. Slow sipper, but I'd pour another.

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

From a 16th anniversary bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep garnet tinged mahogany, with nice clarity. A rocky and dense cap has nice retention and leaves rings of lace.

S: Anise, pine, caramel and a hint of tobacco. A healthy whiff of alcohol rounds things out.

T: Quite bitter. A pine and citrus bitterness dominates. It eventually gives way to a malty middle that has a generous toffee and caramel sweetness. Alcohol adds a layer of warmth. Finishes dry, with a lingering pine bitterness.

M: The heavy body feels a touch over carbonated.

D: Definitely a good candidate for the cellar. At this young age, if feels a little rough around the edges. I feel letting it mature for awhile would bring out its full potential. A solid pickup overall.

Photo of projectflam86
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonsreeb85 sent this my was as an extra! Bottled 07/16/09, Sampled 10/28/09.

A- Pours a deep crimson color with a rocky head that leaves great lacing.

S- Dark fruit and a rich malty aroma. A big whiff of alcohol and a noticeable hop presence.

T- Big bold malt flavor with a huge sting of alcohol. The flavor is almost like dark cherries and plums soaked in rum. A bit of caramel malt flavor in the finish with a slight hoppy pine bitterness.

M- Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation. A bit of a bruiser especially this young.

D- Nice full barleywine flavor but just a little boozy. This will probably do quite well with some age.

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

Pour - The 16th Anniversary edition pours thick and viscous. It settles dark ruby and amber in color. Wow, just looking at the legs this one has in the glass is impressive. Not a whole lot of carbonation is present but still a nice off-white and fluffy head tops this one nicely.

Aroma - Super, super sweet fruit, caramel and brown sugar. There are faint wisps of alcohol that come out as well. Is it bad that I get a little excited by that?

Taste - Very sweet and estery but deceptively smooth. Lots of baked apple flavors along with tangy brown sugar and a decent amount of hop bite (which is still present since this one isn't too old). This is a great beer for a cold night, lots of warmth from the alcohol combines with so much flavor.

Overall - I have to say that I am impressed. Very easy drinking, regardless of the high ABV, plenty of nice fruit flavors along with a decent kick from the hops. My sinuses are tingling and my stomach is warm, a great Barley Wine from Utah!

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

Aroma is strong and rather fruity with a firm alcohol ting, the sort I expect from a barleywine. It pours a translucent dark mahogany, almost a cola brown, with a fairly thick if none too persistent pale cream-tan head. Flavor is more hoppy than malty, almost like an IPA, with a fairly strong and ragged alcohol bite. Texture is rough and rowdy and tingles all the way down.

Photo of Mavajo
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wowee, my first barleywine - quite an experience! Pours an amber color with virtually no head - what little there is quickly fades to the thinnest of crowns. Smell is quite strong - kind of fruity and spicy. There's literally a feel of stinging on the nostrils. Taste is similar - fruity taste, with something else - nuts, figs, raisins? Maltiness at first taste, but definite hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is very noticeable - warming sensation after sipping. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated. Not very drinkable, but I believe that's to be expected of this style - definitely made for sipping.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a dark ruby-brown color with a rocky 1.5-finger tan head. The head slowly dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts and booze-soaked red cherries with hints of milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by boozy red cherries. Midway through the sip a hint of brown sugar and butterscotch enter into the profile before fading away before a mildly bitter ending. A sugary sweetness lingers after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle with no problem and could have another.

Overall I thought the nose and flavors were cleaner while the beer was on the colder side, which in my experience is a rarity for a big barleywine. I say try it while it's cold (~50 deg F) but even if it's warmer it's worth a shot.

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

Sixteenth Anniversary edition; 12-ounce stubby courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks, John!

With a healthy hiss, the chilled bottle yields its sticky-sounding, sticky-feeling crown. A brisk pour reveals a amber-chestnut-colored beer trimmed with a glimmer of ruby at the periphery and capped with a finger's thickness of slick creamy pale ecru foam. As the head slowly dissipates, a skimmy layer atop the liquid glues fine ragged sheets of lacing onto the sides of my Duvel tulip glass.

Warm, spicy caramel laced with orange zest greets the nose, accompanied by a waft of barely ripe pear/apple. As the drink warms, the aroma is increasingly sweet, toasty, and laced with dark toffee.

The taste is mild and fruity with a dryly bitter bite. A substantial semisweet caramel backbone fades into a sprinkle of ground sugar cookies drizzled with molasses right before alcohol masquerading as diluted orchardfruit juice finishes the drink with a little palate-drying and intra-abdominal heat. Caramel-toffee and red apple juice return to prominence as the drink warms a bit.

The drink is silky-smooth and fullish in body with just enough carbonation to cut the sweet stickiness near-perfectly. A definite sipper I'd like to see with a little age on it.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew (last year) in a trade with Wasatch, thanks John!

14th XIV Anniversary batch, served in a snifter.

Deep brown color with a tan head that hung on as long as it could, considering this brew is a 10.4% abv sipper.
Aroma is dates/figs/raisins, you get the idea.
The taste is very good, sweet dark fruit with a wonderful dose of bitterness on the dry finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Makes for a nice nightcap/sipper.

Note: I'm glad I sat on this Barleywine for over a year, as I think it was probably a bit 'hot' when it was fresh?...
I'm not a big fan of Barleywine, but this was a good one.

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

now that fall is apparently upon us, time to break out a heavy hitter, this is the XV Anniversary vintage, bottled 11/12/08

a: the beer is a dark amber, the color of grade b maple syrup, a delicately thin head graces the surface, with a ring around the edges roused with each tilt

s: rich melange of caramel and toffee, apples, figs, and raisins all baked in brown sugar, toasted nutmeat, citric hops, booze on the strong side but befitting of the style, excellent aroma with an outstanding balance, Uinta makes great use of an array of malts rather than simply inciting a caramel-hop war

m: delicate carbonation and a viscous body that cleans up well

t: caramel malt backbone thinned out with some pale and complimented with a dose of nutty toasted barley, notes of toffee as well, big citrus hop flavors pull the malts back down to earth without overtaking, moves on quickly to a pretty clean finish - citric hop bitterness of moderate strength with some lingering toffee and nutshell, almost approaches coffee

d: a sipper no doubt, but being on the drier side really gives it a boost here, a really nice bwine that kinda surprised me...sought it out while in SLC but everybody was out, glad to see it's in abundance in these parts

single from Bon Vivant, Smithfield, VA...enjoyed with a cheese from the Keswick Creamery - Beer Wash Experiment #2 bathed in Troeginator

XVI bottled 04/09/09, consumed 07/01/10: good beer, much the same as my previous review, some scores would be lower for this particular bottle, but I won't deduct from my first

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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