Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 59 | 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:
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 stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for spreading the love with this exceptional brew. Pours dark brown with cherry red hues which make for spaces which are barely penetrable by the light. A slight dark tan head fades fairly quickly into a good thick stripe all along the top of the brew. A big sweet aroma initially rises to the nose, and I like it a lot. Following that are some sour dark fruits, grain, black licorice and some sweet yeast. The taste involves a big hop bitterness with sweet and sour cherries and a good sweet breadiness mixed in between it all. Now this is what I'm talkin' about. A thin layer of chocolate is also discernible. A slightly piercing but very welcome alcohol heat exists, but that's to be expected, as this is a big one. Body is medium to heavy, a little creamy up front, and a little dry going down. Beers like this are just one of the reasons trading is so worth the effort and expense.

Photo of beveritt
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to wasatch for this little gem.

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Belgian chalice. Label is fairly simple, parchment style paper with an X and a V. Bottled on 12/16/08.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of tan head. This settles slowly to a smattering of islands of foam, leaving behind spotty lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear and deep ruby. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet alcohol aroma, with undertones of candy sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Toffee malts upfront with hints of sweet cherries and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol makes itself known by the sweetness, but no burn.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A wondrous beer. Sipping on this through the evening as I read a good book reminds me of what I like so much about quality beer.

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

XVI version: Pours deep brown amber, like dirty copper. Modest but thick light beige head. Leaves a continuous ring of lace after every sip.

From a distance, I smelled perfume. As I brought my nose closer, brown sugar and sweet malt came through. Up close, solid floral hop aroma. Great balance.

Could be a strong brown ale; could be a high-hopped barley wine; could even be a sweet porter. It has elements of all three. Again, superb balance with a multitude of flavors coming through--none of them dictating the flavor. Crystal malt up front, mild alcohol warmth, biting hop aftertaste. Heavy, almost buttery body with plenty of carbonation.

A superb beer that is worth seeking out. A complete surprise when compared to the other Uinta offerings.

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

12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A- Uinta anniversary barleywine looks the part with a dark brown mahagony look with a semi dark tan head about 1/2 an inch in height. Pretty nice streaks of lace but not overly covering the glass.

S- Smell consists of a deep sweet caramel scent from the malt with other sweet candi additions. A bunch of good smelling hops also take up a good amount of smell. A lot of alcohol is underneath the malt/hop mix. Up to par for an american BW and very hoppy.

T- The hop taste is what comes first with a big pine taste plus some other resins from them. Sweet syrupy malt with some caramel while being overall sweet with sugar like tastes. Some dark fruits in the middle after the hops and then finishes with some alcohol.

M- While there is a lot of hops in the nose and taste this does not come off bitter, probably from all the sweet malt. This one is above medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Goes down sweet smooth and hot as the alcohol is noticable.

D- Very drinkable for a 10% barleywine but it's a sipper for sure. I enjoyed what this had to offer and would purchase again, thinking about aging one or two.

Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic at 53 degrees.

Appearance: A nice 2 finger tan head that has retention. The head is foamy, creamy, and some bubbles. The color of the beer is a dark copper red color. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque but light is still very pentratable.

Nose: A very nice boquet of flower, citrus, biscuit, maltiness, caramel, some phenols, and a light subtle sweetness. There is a light woodiness in the background of the beer.

Taste: A very rich maltiness, there is floral esters, citrus, pine, a biscuit, a touch of caramel, phenols, a subtle sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel is rich, astringent, and a subtle creaminess. The body of the beer is medium full and the finish is medium. This is a very nice rich well made barleywine. I would like to have seen more strenght in this barleywine would have put it through the roof. I have enjoyed it very much.

Photo of BeerSox
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Deep, nearly opaque, dark ruby hue, close to maroon, with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a razor thin cap. A one finger wall of lacing is left behind.

Sharp and piney hops sit on top of a dark fruit background. The malts add a little bit of a toasty aroma in the background.

The malts are toasted pretty well, giving off a little bit of burnt caramel. The hops are front and center, with plenty of grapefruit-like citrus and a little bit of mint. Full bodied, slightly acerbic feel. The hops linger for a very long time after each sip.

Careful with this one as the alcohol is very well hidden, and slowly becoming more obvious as the beer warms. Complex with good flavors, and not too overpowering. Recommended.

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

Sixteenth Anniversary Version -I picked this up at Brass Rail, bottle dated 2/20/09 poured chilled into my La Fin Du Monde tulip

A - A deep amber/dark copper w/ rocky tan head of 3 fingers. The cap is pale and there is plenty of lace thrown up and rings collect on the glass

S - Plenty of dark fruit and rich fruity yeast esters. Plum, cherry and woody notes w/ mildly citrus hops and hints of pine. A very deep currant and malty toast rounds out the nose

M - A crisp hopped pine element w/ mild bitterness when placed w/ a malty mild caramel note and woody texture w/ warmth of alcohol and light hoppy astringent bite. The warmth and bitternesss linger w/ a touch of residual sweetness

T - A fruity, citrusy hop flavor starts the taste off well w/ a mild piney underpinning and merges to an almost tannic plum taste. The malt is sweet w/ a mild biscuit taste bordering on graham cracker. The grassiness in the hop taste is subtle w/ mild coarseness and grapefruit notes. There is a sugary tip w/ slight peppery notes as it finishes w/ pine hops still holding on to my tongue

D - A tasty Barleywine for sure, glad I grabbed this - one of the few styles I like to cellar. I would have let it age, but I couldn't hold out 6 months. The bottle on 2/20/09 is surprising since it has so much hop flavor and is very fresh and vibrant. The American style is right on but my notes indicate 9.8% instead of the 10.4% listed here. This ranks up with some of the best West coast barleywines.

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

14th Anniversary, brewed 14/01/08 and enjoyed 26/05/09.

Scarlet tinted russet with a dazzling display of ruby red when held into the light. Clarity is upheld but difficult to observe given the dark tone. Nevertheless, when it becomes radiant the tone is simply sensational. Its head provides little more than a bold outlining but remains present throughout the tasting and decorates with an ornamental graffiti.

One sniff and my eternal, unconditional love for beer is reinvigorated. The aroma is oozing with wilted citrus, scorched caramel, dark chocolate and resiny tree sap. This is all that is wonderful with American brewing - it has gluttonous, boastful, flat out obnoxious levels of both rich malts and bitter, fruity hops. This bouquets props open the eyes, indulges the nasal passage and reawakens the senses.

The taste is multi-faceted. Our flavour journey begins with lightly smokey, lightly roasted malts and we then venture off into the world of mangoes and pineapples, a sidestep into a pine forest and finally land in the realm of scorched caramel and crisp toffee wafers. Candied cherries become increasingly noted. This has everything you can want in a barleywine, both the toasted bread and caramel spread malts and the resinous, citric hops.

Given the beer is a year and half old by this point, I wonder if it wasn't even more hoppy and malty fresh. Although their flavours remain, the mouthfeel seems considerably thinned. Not to say the palate doesn't get its gratifying dose of bitter resins and sweet maltiness, but they simply don't linger as long as you'd want them to. On the same token, however, the alcohol might as well not be noted because it is nowhere to be found.

This is a barleywine in the body of a quenching IPA. It is one beer that I'd love to have a running vertical of stashed away in the cellar. Who would of thought you could go to Utah for one of America's most enjoyable barleywines? In recent years palates have become more difficult, more demanding and Uinta deserves full credit for continuously keeping up with the challenge over the last (15 now) years.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just picked this little baby up at a 'State Liquor Store' in Salt Lake City. This poor state has such piss poor liquor laws and because of it the brew selection is not the best. Either way I picked this one up from a local brewery and was pleasantly surprised.

The appearance is really nice, great actually for a barleywine. It comes with a nice liquor pour that produces a real foamy light brown head. The color is nice, dark dark in the center of the glass, then a lighter leather color around the thinner edges. The brew leaves a light lace around the edge of the glass.

The smell is typical of a barleywine, sweet sugar smells with a strong but silent alcohol smell. Has a great carbonation that brings out the smell very strongly with every twirl of the glass.

The taste is great. It does not contain an over liquor taste, has a smooth blend of alcohol with a great 'beer taste'. The carbonation is good, helps with the smell and mouthfeel, which hurts for a variety of reasons. Like I said with the smell, the alcohol is strong, but comes AFTER the flavor. Tastes better at room temp.

The mouthfeel gets a lower score because with most Barleywines being produced these days I am used to the kick in the mouth that they deliver. This is smooth, but needs an overwhelming characteristic that stands out on the palate to dance about. Nothing bad about the mouthfeel but most certainly not great.

The drinkability of this brew is great. Although it doesn't dance on the toungue like I would prefer, it has that smooth liquor effect. The taste is great, the alcohol is barely noticable. All around this is a surprise, and a good one at that. I will be buying more of this fine Utah gem, and I recommend you do as well.


Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, high carbonation, clear, huge inch and a half head

Smell: caramel, hops, pineapple, and citrus

Taste: caramel, hops which is the dominant flavor, pineapple, sugarcane, and a coffee finish

Mouthfeel: bitter throughout with a little softening and sweetening towards the end. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is not a bad beer, but I have had way more complex in the style. It struck me as a bit on the hoppy side. I think one is enough for me.

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

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like copper hops and caramel malt, with some light orange and honey and biscuit. It tasted like bold copper hops with some roasted barley malt, and a bit of sweet caramel and alcohol. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter metallic aftertaste. Overall this was good but not outstanding, reminding me somewhat of a fresh Bigfoot. It smelled better than it tasted, and the flavor could have been a bit cleaner too. But other than that, it had great body and was easy to drink, hiding the alcohol pretty well. Perhaps some age would help sweeten the flavor to match the scent, which would make this a solid barleywine.

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

12 oz. Solid dark amber/mohoganny pour. Nice off white head, a descent amount of lacing. Fruity caramel aromas, some pine and citrus. Tastes was much more pine up front, at first anyway. Almost IPA-ish. Malty, caramel covered red fruits followed. Hops balance nicely without being overly bitter. The sweetness lingered with the hops through the finish. Prefer an English style, but as this warmed it was a pleasant suprise barleywine. Really improved for me as it warmed. Would recommend, was not too pricey either.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney hops with some sweet malt. Taste is a very well balanced mix between some piney and somewhat citrus hops and a sweet malt base that is not overly sweet. Body is full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done with great balance and very good drinkability factor.

Photo of wchesak
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15th anniversary poured into an Allagash chalice

A - dark mahogany color with a more ruby brown color towards the bottom of the glass, about a finger and a half of beige head, head fades into a lumpy rim leaving good lace

S - smells like a piece of chocolate filled with citrus fruit and caramel, hops catch the nose first, but are quickly over taken by the chocolate and caramel malt smell, as the beer warms the slightest smell of alcohol appears

T - hop bite leads to malty background then lingering hops on the sides of the tongue, quite the rollercoaster

M - good carbonation that pushes the beer to all the taste buds, smooth going down

D - have started to pick up on the alcohol about mid glass, however its more in the chest than hot in the mouth, its the only beer from this brewery I can get my hands on and I am not complaining

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/13/09.

A - Deep copper-colored body with reddish hues and two-finger dense, foamy beige head that settled into about a half inch of retention, retaining quite well and leaving sticky lace around the glass.

S - Pungent waft of piney and resiny hops up front backed by a burnt caramel malt character. While the hops were at the forefront initially, a warm alcohol presence soon dominates as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Quite hoppy overall with sticky pine and some resiny notes supported by a thick caramel malt backbone. Alcohol warmth is pretty substantial, especially in the middle and through the finish. There is also a mild dark fruit presence that adds a bit of sweetness to the mix.

M - Medium bodied with a chewy, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is warm and tingly overall, with a pronounced alcohol sting in the finish. Hops have a lingering effect on the palate.

D - While this reminds me a bit of Troegs Flying Mouflan (especially the hop profile), it is a bit heavy-handed with the alcohol content. You can definitely detect the 10.4% ABV in this brew. Still, it is a quite tasty and drinkable barleywine.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew sent to me by Wasatch. Thanks John!

A very reddish body, ruby colored with a slow rising light brown head. OK retention but no lacing that I can tell.

Smells pertty fruity, with notes of sugar and mollasses.

Taste is about the same as the nose, which is a plus because both are pretty good. Cherry flavors come through to create almost a cough syrup flavor, but it is rescued by this extreme with some sugary sweetness and some caramel or molasses type flavor. Perhaps a touch of hops, but nothing that is very strong.

Mouthfeel is smoewhat creamy, medium carbontion, pretty good.

10.4% ABV? This one is way too smooth and easy drinking for that. Good beer.

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

XVI 16th Anniversary...

I've never had any of the other Vintages but I'm guessing its the same recipe each year.

this brew pours up a clear dark reddish amber color with a quickly fading off white head. great lacing. the nose is floral and citrus hops, low key sugary malts, uh-verrry nice! the taste is very nice floral and smooth subtle citrus hops (the hops are dominating the scene), sweet malts, caramel, red apple, medium bodied, low carbo, sweet finish. This would age beautifully!

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. 15th anniversary, bottled on 7/21/08. Pours a murky amber brown with a creamy frothy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cola, candy sugar, fruits, and some alcohol.

The flavor is some sweet malts and fruits with a dirty earthy mineral background leading to a harsh alcoholic bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for the flavors in this - it's too alcoholic and muddled.

Photo of Hophead101
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank on 3.11.09 at home.

pours a hazy brownish color with red tints, very little head, minimal lacing. decent malty nose, a bit spicey as well, slight hop aroma as well.

decent barleywine taste, big malty base with a big hopyy bitterness, alcohol is a bit hidden, good smooth taste. mouthfeel is a little puckery and pasty in the mouth, phlegmy.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a tasting by zymrgy. Thanks for the opportunity to try a Utah beer.
I wasn't expecting much from this. Utah isn't really know for their craft beer.
Anyway, a 1 finger head color is brownish amber. Smell is very citrusy, some oak, brown sugar , malty.
Taste. good bitterness for a barleywine. Not cloying at all. Malty, some vanilla.
Mouthfeel: pretty light for a barleywine, although it's enjoyable.
Drinkability: A very drinkable barleywine if you like American Barleywine style. This compares favorably with the best examples of the style .

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says,"earh, wind, and beer" under the cap. I'm not sure if that's a Earth Wind and Fire or Captain Planet referance.

Pours a dark caramel color with ruby highlights. Medium beige head with good retention and minimal lace.

Smells fo sugary caramel, milk chocolate and pine and citrus hops. I also got a few whiffs of defrosted refrigerator.

Creamy caramel briefly interrupted by bitter hops before mellowing into alcoholic pine and earth hops. Mild pepper with swallow. Fusel alcohol increases as it warms. Mouthfeel is chunky albiet solvent-like. I would have liked to have seen the citrus hop carried over from smell to flavor.

via colts9016

Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle courtasy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

2008 brown stuby bottle served at 45 degrees. Poured into an oversized snifter. This is probably the darkest barley wine I've seen. Its a pale dark brown with some golden murky brown glowing when held to light. No transparency. A nice off white 1 finger head forms off a semi-rigerous pour. Leaving the smallest spotty lace traceage. A little ring around the collar of bubbles and that is it for head.

The aroma is fairly sweet with unfermented brown sugar, beady sweet caramel rolls, a touch of citrussy hops and a little bit of orange juice like aroma. No hotness or any detection of alcahol at the knose. Its quite the floral hoppy pleaser, nice and inviteing sweetness.

The taste is holding some warm alcahol solvent flavors, and loads of sweet buttery bread flavors, more caramel and a nice bottled water like Affina pure water flavor. Some peppercorn taste just before the swallow. A nice bite of hops into the swallow with pine and citrussy orange peel. No zesty rind resemblence, its all fruit.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin, only gaining a little bit of creamyness from the carbonation. There is some syrupy like slickness at the swallow.
Even with that touch of solvent up front, its still a terrific beer.

Hops, bready yeast, sweet unfermented sugars and a good finish. Gotta try it atleast once.

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

Mahogany with 2 finger head and heavy lacing.

Burnt caramel malty sweetness with strong hoppy finish, alcohol is very well hidden in the nose.

A burnt malty sweet flavor balanced quite well by copious hopping. A little more depth would have been nice, perhaps age will meld the flavors.

A lingering bitter smoke with a big body. Still very crisp and clean despite high gravity. Excellent.

Hoppy balance makes this beer very sessionable for an American Barleywine. Definitely worth a shot overall, good brew.

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

12oz bottle at 52 degrees. Vintage 2008 and courtesy BA jdmek9..Thanks!

Pours sparkling ruby with a half inch beige, dense head. A slow settling of the head revealed a solid skim coat on the surface along with plenty of torn and solid lacing. A real beaut.

Aromatics lead off with a heavy dose of juicy malt, ripe fruit, and citrusy hops. Fresh figs, toffee, plums, spruce, and lush malt.
Fresh and lively.

On the full side of medium bodied with a creamy, tacky, and sticky mouthfeel. A bit chewy.

Plump, fresh malt, caramel, dark fruits, and warming alcohol start the palate. Raisins, ripe figs, and pine bark follow through. A solid but smooth bitterness sustains throughout.

Finishes with a lingering, earthy hop bite, piney undertones, and warming alcohol.

Damn tasty Barleywine. Great balance but still heavy on the hops. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing. Lucky to try such a fresh example.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with 09/08 bottled on date into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Dark ruby with chestnut browns in it. Almost no head, maybe a quarter-inch of white foam that dies almost immediately to a ring with minimal soapy dots on the glass. A finger swish brings it to life pretty easily, though.

S--Lots of Cascade hops, which to me means pine and floral, specifically rosewater type scents. This is actually a little annoying to me, not because I don't like hops, but because I expect at least some of the cloying malt to peep through on the nose. If you dig on this one and really open up the hoover nostrils you can maybe find some chicory buried in there along with a hint of almonds. But that's really pushing it.

T--Same deal as the nose. The hops are the highlight, and while I got no beef with the ingredient, I don't really need a 10 percent version of Liberty Ale. Oh well. There is a mellow pleasant alcohol warmth that makes barleywines special, and again, if you go looking for it and wait until the initial piney and floral character of the hops dies but pay attention before the resinous bitterness parches out the finish--you've got about a half second window here--then you catch a decent glimpse of more roasty nuttiness of almonds, decent chicory bitterness, and a more fully developed marriage between honeyed sweet malt and rosy hops. This is all begging to make its way to the forefront but gets squashed.

M&D--Both are fine. I think the mouthfeel may be the strongest part of this beer, as it's not heavy or fizzy, but mildly smooth and round. Drinkability would be higher but I'm not that much of a hophead.

I've never had Bigfoot, but if it's this hoppy I'm gonna be in trouble...

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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