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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

666 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
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

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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14th Anniversary Release, Bottled December 2007; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a very dark amber / brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, striking cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with hop notes of candied citrus, lychee, candied pine needles, some harder pine sap notes and a solid herbal backdrop. The dominant hop aromatics are supported by a sticky malt base that is quite caramelized, has some rich toasty notes and ample biscuit aromatics. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the sticky hop notes. While hop focused, this is not nearly as hop dominated as a Bigfoot of this age is, there is quite a bit more malt character here.

Spicy hop flavors mix with ample toasty malt notes. Seems a touch more malt focused than the aroma, but it is still leans more to the hop side of the spectrum at this point; this should get quite malty as it ages out. Lots of bitterness from the get go, towards the finish this even gets a little astringent in its bitterness with green, almost tannic, hop influences. Not quite as rich as one would expect from a beer of 10% abv; it has a medium thickness to it with a soft creamy viscousness; actually the sharp hop bitterness really cuts through the body quite a bit. In the end, somehow, this manages to seem a bit thin. This does have a nice malt character to it though; lots of toasty, almost brown malt flavors, dark bread notes and some caramelized berry flavors.

I really like the aroma of this beer and I think that it will age quite gracefully, but it is just too harshly bitter to be really enjoyable right now. Give this at least two years and this should be tasting quite nice (thankfully I was sent two bottles of this). This is definitely a beer to lay down, in fact I would guess the Brewer brewed this with that intent; so hold on to those Fourteens for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 04:43:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Uinta- XIV Anniversay Barleywine

Big thanks to Wasatch for this!

A- Ruddy reddish brown with a small head. Good chunky messy lacing.
S- Oily pine hops and alcohol. The nose is weak on this!?
T- Strong oily pine hops with a slight touch of dried fruits; raisin and figs.
M- This one starts off watery, sweet and bitter hops arrive midway through and ends off sweet malty and boozy.

Overall- let this warm up. Not bad although flavors seem, a bit, toned down.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 16:19:10 | More by NJpadreFan
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mentor

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XIV, 2008 release. Pours a half finger tan head over a clear dark brown liquid. Smells piney hops riding alcohol clean sting. Orange from hops and light esters, like pear. Toffee on malt sweet wave.

Tastes rough co-humulone grassy hops that come across amplifed due to the clean alcohol. Many similarities to Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada. Piney flavor from hops is nearly medicinal. Mixes with a toffee malt sweet. Md thick with strong carbonation.

Not a style I care for, but does conform well. Rated on style, not my preferences. Needs some time for the alcohol to settle and the hop character to come around.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 05:29:13 | More by mentor
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

XIV Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 1/14/08, 10.4% ABV

Pretty pour, with ample tight and creamy light tan head over a mostly-opaque mahogany body. Head fades to a thin lid, leaving lots of thick lacing.

Smell is quite vinous and boozy. Rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, very fruity, warm and sweet. Like cherry pie, almost. Smells really good. Hope it tastes this good.

Big ooops on the taste. Overtly pine-metallic hops bitter, from start to finish, and at all temperatures. You sure this is a Barleywine? Tastes like a DIPA and then some. Very long bitter finish. Certainly the bitterest B-W I've had. Very one-dimensional. Hop-heads should love this. I definitely don't.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, but this is too bitter for me to keep in my mouth for long.

Drinkability is way down for a B-W, because this seems so out of style.

Weird beer: smells like a Barleywine, tastes like a DIPA. That takes some doing. However, I still have four of these out of a six pack for which I paid 10 bucks, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them. I'm too cheap to throw them out, so maybe I'll have them one at a time with four different very strongly flavored meals.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 04:27:57 | More by ColoradoBobs
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a10t2

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the XIV release, with a bottling date of 11/30/07, cellared since March 2008.

A: Pours a perfectly clear, dark ruby red, nearly brown. Bottle-conditioned, but the nice compact sediment stays behind. White head persists remarkably well and provides a little lacing - very impressive in a 10.4% beer.

S: Hoppy aroma, but with some malt to back it up. Citrus and pine, plus a distinctly sugary aroma, a little breadiness and a hint of alcohol.

T: Very malt-forward throughout, but the hops are nicely balanced. Some light chocolate flavor as well, then the aftertaste lingers with the hops dominant - clearly this is an insanely bitter beer. Exactly what an American Barleywine should be.

M: Maybe a little more carbonation than typical for the style, but that keeps things light. The alcohol probably helps too; even as heavy as the malt flavor there's nothing cloying about it.

D: Dangerous. After almost two years this is clearly hitting its stride.

ORIGINAL MAY 2008 REVIEW:

XIV batch, bottled 11/30/07. 10.4% ABV.

A (5.0): Slightly cloudy amber-brown with copper highlights. Beautiful thick tan head with exceptional retention and lacing. Wish I could get head like that on a 10% beer...

S (2.5): Aroma is pretty subdued, maybe because of the thick foamy cap. Primarly resinous hops with some floral notes. Very little malt sweetness, but a hint of sour cherries and just a little alcohol.

T (3.5): A big up-front load of hops, but the malt dominates the experience: fairly light and toasty, without the caramel sweetness I would expect. The alcohol is surprisingly subdued.

M (3.0): Maybe a little over-carbonated for the style, it's light over the tongue, without much of a slick or vinous quality to slow things down.

D (4.0): Probably too drinkable, I finished this pint in less than half an hour.

Notes: I dinged this half a point on smell, taste, and mouthfeel. As is it might fit better into the IIPA category, but I would imagine in a year or so it will be an exceptional BW.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 05:56:53 | More by a10t2
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charlzm

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/11/08 during Brewfest 08 at Barley's Casino & Brewing Co., Henderson, NV.

Almost mahogany brown with coppery highlights. No head on this one.

Aroma is grapefruit hops, dark fruits and caramel malt.

Thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy, but pleasing. Alcohol is present but muted. Substantial malt character and sweetness well-balanced against hops more traditionally associated with west coast APAs than barleywines.

Very tasty and easy to swallow quickly. Keep an eye on this one or you may wind up horizontal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 00:58:50 | More by charlzm
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rajendra82

Georgia

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

The color of this XIV anniversary pour was deep copper and the head was one finger thick. The mild smell was not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, but it was tilted more towards the hops than the malts. The taste is where this beer came to its own identity. It was well attenuated dry taste with woody and smoky flavors quite noticeable as result of the lack of heavy sweetness. The hops provided a bit of spice, and the alcohol (which was at 10.4% ABV) was apparent but not over the top. I liked the uniquely non fruity approach of this beer to barleywine quite a bit. The mouthfeel was dense as anticipated and the aftertaste warming. Very easy to drink this one quite rapidly, so watch out.

I picked my six pack up at Bullocks on Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 04:58:23 | More by rajendra82
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tiny, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel malts with a handful of toasted breadcrusts and a pine resin hop scent. A bit of booze lurking in there as well.

Taste: Sweetish caramel malts arrives with a bitter, resinous hop hit of pine. Slight cherry fruitiness underneath. As with the aroma, the abv is apparent. Tangy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a top tier barleywine. I, for one, could use a heft of malt and body.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 01:17:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ccrida

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle of their 14th anniversary, bottled 11/30/07, 10.4% ABV. I picked this up in SLC on a snowboard trip in February, and after floating bottomless pow at Mt. Hood today (the last weekend of March!), I thought it would be an appropriate après-ski reminder that as sick as the Wasatch are, I'm damn lucky to live in Portland!!!

Poured into my Midnight Sun cervoise, Uinta's BW is a dark, ruddy chestnut with a creamy tan head that is slow to settle, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is fairly strong, big piny hops, malty, pretty standard (fresh west coast) American BW.

Taste is hoppy and not very complex, not as rich as the smell, the strong alcohol character thins it out, giving a dry finish. There's a mineral/metallic tang that really struck me from the first sip, and while it's less noticeable after a few sips, it's still a distraction. Otherwise, not much to this one, which eases my buyers remorse of not getting a few extra to cellar...

Mouthfeel is dry, boozy perhaps a bit on the lighter side.

Drinkability is average, maybe less, as there's really no complexity, even the hop dominated taste is all pine, with the alcohol making it clear you should take your time. Nothing distinguishing or memorable to be found here, sorry.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 06:43:30 | More by ccrida
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from The Bayou, Salt Lake City, UT (I believe it was the XIII)

What an excellent surprise this beer was! Poured (into a chalice) a caramel-brown core with a fleeting, albeit initially thick almond head. Foam recedes to a patch of large bubbles & a ring that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is rich and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, lots of sweet candi-malt, and a sherry-esque alcohol presence. Very enticing.

The taste delivers on the aroma's promise of hops. My inital thought was that the waitress mistakenly gave me a bottle of SN's Bigfoot. A big alcohol warmth was noticed immediately. It wasn't off-putting, surprisingly, and was balanced by some sweet, nutty malts. Alcohol & hops combined to bite & warm the palate with an excellent, boozy bitterness. The body is medium-thick and spot-on with respect to the barleywine's carbonation level. Overall, this was an excellent American BW...good & hoppy. I would absolutly have it again, and wish I could have some to age in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:18:05 | More by wagenvolks
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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

note: I had the 14th anniversary edition bottled on 2-12-07.

a: This is a very dark, clear ruby copper color. It pours with a medium light tan head; lots of lace.

s: Upon opening the bottle, the scent of pine is immediately noticeable. After a while, the hops fade a bit revealing some swet brown sugar and a hint of sour cherry.

t: This bottle is fresh enough for piney hops to dominate. There is a suggestion of caramel or brown sugar and some dark fruits in the backround.

m: The body is thick and super sticky.

d: Thanks to JohnGalt1 for 2 of these, 1 from '06 and 1 from '07. I think this has great potential for aging so I'll give the older bottle some time.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 11:49:48 | More by DIM
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz received in trade from Wasatch.. He really hooked me up.. The distributors in Boise stopped carrying Uinta this year.. this after 4-5 years of being able to get the Anniversary Barleywine.. huge thanks... I now have a 4 year vertical in the basement... Bottled on 12/12/07.

12oz shared with my brother.. mine poured into my New Belgium snifter..

Short lasting light tan head.. spotty lacing above a mahogany brew.

Aroma is hop dominant.. but not off the charts.. grapefruit and pine.. thick caramel malts.. strong toasted malts.

Big bitter balanced with a punch of thick malts.. caramel and toffee..good balance throughout.. sweet plum and light cherry esters... viscosity is helped by the fairly low carbonation... slight cold coffee... finish is lingering strong citrus and floral hops.. with a touch of yeasty esters... Brother says the finish is like chewing on a flower petal... hops really dry out the finish... needs more body (my only complaint)... a touch thin.

The 14th can settle down for a long while.. will show massive complexity after a stint in the cellar.. right now.. tastes very fresh.. but it needs to relax.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 09:32:38 | More by JohnGalt1
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jaxon53

Connecticut

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

XIII Release bottled on April 30, 2007. Thanks to Wasatch for this brew. Served at cellar temperature, into my Old Guardian glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful deep, ruby color that was quite dark. A good finger of thick, creamy, tan head formed, and just seemed to hang there. Great head retention left plenty of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Great nose on this one. Tons of hops up front, plenty of thick malt aromas to back up the hops, a hint of sweet raisin and other dark fruits hidden in the background. Smells very sweet with just a touch of alcohol in the nose. Tons of flavor in this brew as well. Pretty hoppy but not overwhelming. Plenty of thick caramel malt flavors balance this out nicely. Also noticed some dried dark fruits, a bit of wood and smoke, toffee, and some underlying cocoa powder notes. Finished smooth and dry with minimal carbonation, and plenty of body warming, spicey alcohol heat. A nice full bodied barleywine that had a bit of a syrupy feel to it, almost like a cough medicine. Pretty drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 17:42:41 | More by jaxon53
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the fourteenth anniversary barleywine bottled 09/25/07 and consumed 11/29/07. nice mahogany color with a substantial head that quickly faded. Smells like sweet citrus and then malts and then nice caramel and toffee as it warms. The smell was my favorite part. The taste was orange rind, some malt, and pretty good but not as good as the smell.

-07/16/08 15th anniversary

this was bottled exactly two months ago and smells hoppy and alcoholic. The taste is leathery, toffee, and alcohol. This needs some aging but for some reason it seems like a good barleywine for long-term aging (like bigfoot).

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 16:07:43 | More by ArrogantB
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- gigantic fluffy beige head stands,and holds, proudly above a clear mahogany brew, pleasant fluffy lace

S- roasted and toasted caramel, pine, some citrus, roasted brown sugar, molasses

T- nicely balanced with some heat at finish. unfermented sugars, toasted caramel, hints of burnt caramel, slight tobacco, molasses, strong pine from hops with hints of citrus to support, woody in aftertaste

M- full,slightly chewy body heat at finish that continues throughout after

D- nothing that will make you say wow, unless you enjoy mellow well brewed to style barley wines, it you can get this, it is worth it

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 03:58:06 | More by tonistruth
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plaid75

New York

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

XIII edition, bottled on 2/17/07.

Poured a murky medium amber hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet malts followed by a resiny hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront caramel malt, followed by some potent hop oils and a moderate alcohol element. A delicious smokiness appeared at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and relatively easy drinking barleywine. Thanks to Wasatch for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 01:28:50 | More by plaid75
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle of the XIII release.

Poured a muddy looking brown color. Very well carbonated with a dense head that never quite gave way. Lsyered lace that would slowly slide down into the glass. Nose is malty but there is a nice wallop of heat from the alcohol.

A bit too much heat in this beer without enough malty flavors to balance it all off. Malt are just too weak. Pine hops rise up but do not linger into the finish. Some nice wood flavors though. I can also feel the hop oils in my mouth even though I cannot taste them as much as I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 00:36:59 | More by MuddyFeet
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HoustonTX

Texas

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

Uinta Brewing Companies XIII Release.
Bottles on 11/09/06. Consumed 09/27/07.

That's thirteenth edition for those that are not roman numeral inclined.

Pours a very deep brown. Cloudy and a bit of sugary encrusted yeast sediment. Little to no head, with a ultra-thin lace.

Smells of complex dark malt. Lots of chocolate with a wafer crisp sugary edge. Definitely that Barley reminiscent smell, right on for the style.

Taste is very clean and smooth for the style. The year of aging has definitely toned down the harshness. A very mild sweetness consumes the palate with a beautiful underlay of ripened fruits. Lots of malt complexity with an outstanding resiny piney bitterness midway. The age has definitely made this one a solid drinker, with no alcoholic burn, or harsh nuances.

A fine example of the style. This is a good beer.
Thanks a bunch Wasatch for the chance to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 02:32:57 | More by HoustonTX
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. Thirteenth Anniversary Barley Wine with bottled on date of 01/03/07 printed on the label.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of hops, almost to the degree of an IPA along with brown sugar, caramelized malt and some dark fruit.

T: The taste has a good complexity to it. It starts out with a decent hops bite and then some sweetness comes in with flavors of brown sugar & dark fruits. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but it’s not a bad thing. There’s an alcoholic sting that comes in, but it’s not as strong as it could be given the fact that the beer isn’t as heavy as most beers with ABV pushing double figures. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, when I first started drinking it, the beer seemed like a sipper, but as I continued to drink it, I found myself drinking it quicker and quicker, which is pretty dangerous for a beer with such a high ABV. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer and enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:33:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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wjimson

Antarctica

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local liquor store. I was quite glad to find something that was over 4% in this part of the state.

Although the malt profile of this beer is well balanced, it came across as a little bland: lacking in richness. The taste of candi sugar is quite evident to the tongue and throat. A winning side of this beer is the well hiden alcohol content and and low acidity. The hop profile is also nicely balanced and mild.

Even after drinking this beer on a hot-summer afternoon, I did not felt the 9.8% alcohol at work. Like all other beers I have had in this state so far, the alcohol present feels lower than the stated alcohol content on the label, even if it means 4%. The lack of richness and alcohol-feel to this beer makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 15:56:19 | More by wjimson
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13th anniversary barleywine. This is funny, because we went to the brewpub in Park City and of course couldn't drink this because of the Utah laws on abv. I found this bottle in a store in Virginia. Pours a very dark brown with some chestnut highlights. Little to no head and just a bit of spotty lacing. Smell is slightly oaky with some tannins and a decent bit of sweetness. Yeast and dried apricots round it out. Taste is somewhat similar to the smell but quite dry and somewhat tannic. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, and a little puckery from the tannins, Not bad aat all, and nice to taste something a little stronger from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 23:11:53 | More by Georgiabeer
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 12 oz bottle of XIII Barleywine from a local State Liquor Store. Pours a deep ruby/brown color, light brown head settles very quickly, light to nonexistent carbonation.

Smells absolutely heavenly, Nice malty/hoppy balance in the aroma dept, hints of dried fruit, tobacco, leather perhaps? Hmm...

Taste is equally complex. Nice Hop bite, starts piney, fades to citrus. Lightly toasted malt is very apparent, coffee, a bit oakey even. ABV is well hidden by the hop/malt balance, which i feel is slightly skewed towards the hops....

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like to see from this beer. It's not bad, but for a barley wine i'd like it to feel a tad bit thicker.

I suppose i would rate this beer slightly higher if not for the apparent high hop bitterness. It's still really good, and i would certainly enjoy another. I bet it would age very well. I may have to pick up a case and try that out...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 06:42:01 | More by BigJTrucker
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 13th anniversary barley wine.

A- Deep garnet with a small off-white head. Nice color.

S- Lots of fruity malt; strawberry and citrus with some piney hops.

T- Some berry-like fruitiness and then a big spicy hop presence. There's a surprising amount of bitterness that's pretty nice, although it kind of takes over and masks some of the malt flavors.

M- Medium-full, pretty good.

D- Quite good, actually. I detected no hint of the 10.4% ABV. I'd consider having another.

Pretty good version of an American barleywine. If you like your barleywines hoppy, then give this one a go. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 05:11:14 | More by vtfan77
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Westsidethreat

California

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2005 vintage. Thanks to Wasatch for this beer.

A: Cloudy reddish walnut color with a nice, medium creamy sandy colored head.

S: Robust burnt caramel, bubble gum, rootbeer, pine needles and some dried cocoa.

T: Starts off with simple toffee around the sides of the tongue. A dirty bitterness pops up next with never seems to leave the through the entire process. Bit of day old coffee, chocolate milk and almond add the malty experience while raisins, dark plums and loganberry offer a fruity side. Finishes with evident alcohol, some butterscotch, marshmallow and a good amount of bitterness. And dirt.

M: Medium body, fairly hard with some syrupy aspects to it.

D: I hate dirty tasting beers. If there is one thing that can turn me off from a beer, its to have it taste like there is dirt in there. Without that aspect, it would have been a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 05:32:11 | More by Westsidethreat
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XIII Annniversary edition. A nice rich coppery bronze with a thin floating head and just a little lacing. Not too much in the smell, lots of hops, citrus, slight pine. Taste is nicely sweet, hot hops dominate the start. The malt backs it up in the finish with some caramel and dark fruits. Nice lingering hoppy, alcohol in the finish. Pretty nice example of an American Barleywine, nice thick mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 00:48:54 | More by kirok1999
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