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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

Rich and complex, this all malt barley wine exhibits hints of dried fruits, toffee and caramel balanced by an abundance of American hops.

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

Poured a deep reddish amber with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, hop bitterness. Taste is caramel upfront with some sugar and hop bitterness coming on at the end. Malt body is good but good have bee a bit more. ABV is well hidden. Tasty for sure. Good bwine.

Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a snifter, seeing a light head and lacing that dissipates quickly and leaves traces along the glass. I notice a dark brown caramel color that becomes reddish when held up to the light.

My nose picks up a noticeable tea-like hop presence, along with sweet cherries, syrup, and a light nutty toffee. There's also a very slight alcohol sharpness behind all that. Now that's a great smell for a barleywine.

The taste is sweet and prickly on the tongue. This beer tastes a lot like it smells; brown sugar and syrup sweetness of the dark malt, offset with a little spicy hop flavor on the back-end.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and even a little chewy. A cigar would be a nice compliment right now.

While the 10.4% of alcohol bite is hidden and not always on the fore, this is a sipping beer. I took my time with this one and a plate of sharp cheddar.

A very enjoyable American barleywine, just what I expected given the style. Perhaps not a standout, but certainly very solid.

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


A - Sniftered. Pours a deep, relatively transparent brown body with amber highlights. The head is here and gone, but when it existed it was a bubbly tan. Now, all that sits is a few bubbles in the middle of the snifter, and a ring around the edge.

S - This is a particularly nice smelling barleywine, with a heavy, sweet malt base. The hops, while present, don't play a giant role in the nose. Very sweet smelling, with some caramel and toffee notes. No fusels.

T - Quite tasty, if not a little weak in terms of flavor. While I'd like it to be a little bigger, what's there is awesome. Much like the nose, it tends to stay on the sweeter side of things, with the hops basically balancing things out. The finish is slightly hoppy, yet winds up being sweet but not cloying. The dark, toasty malts really come through as it warms. Very little alcohol is noted in taste, especially for the 10.4% it's claiming.

M - A little thinner than I like in my barleywines, and the carbonation could use a slight bump. Not bad, but a slight distraction, considering the other awesome aspects of the brew.

D - Quite drinkable. I'd definitely seek this out again.

Notes: Uinta is new to me, and I'm definitely interested in trying more of their offerings. Thanks Wasatch.

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

Bottle- Courtesy of Irishboy. This is the XIV edition. Deep mahogany pour unleashes a large tan head leaving frothy lace. The nose is huge on this BW.Lots of musty wood, nuts, prune, brown sugar, pine, lemon, butterscotch. Tastes of sweet brown sugar, prunes, caramel, some smoked meat, pine and citrus, with sweet nuts and a hope bite. Oily, syrupy, and intense finish. Lingers and lingers. A solid sipper. Thanks for the bottle Richard! A pleasure as always

Photo of wl0307
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Vintage XIV - 14th Anniversary) Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; bottled on 14/01/2008, served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bulb sniffer.

A: pours a super dark brown hue, closely to black in this glass, coming with a very quiet carbonation and a thick layer of tight and creamy tan froth with superb retention.
S: richly jammy and flowery hoppy at the same time, bursting with longan-fruits, raisins, oily dark malts (sweet nut-flavoured chocolates at times, plus some gristy-nutty brown malts), dark honey, plus hints of melted dark sugar or treacle on the malty side, while the lively aroma of flowery hops serves to lift up the body from "behind" (esp. following a swirl), resulting in a dense but not cloying, nicely balanced aroma overall for a super strong ale. Alc. is very restrained, by the way.
T: at first the lubricating swallow yields lots of sweet coffee, light smokiness as of Chinese black prunes plus lightly-burned walnuts, and rich dark-fruity, jammy malt flavour (longan-fruits, black dates and black cherries all spring to mind). Quickly an undercurrent of sour dark fruits and oily flowery hops develops, before the whole palate gets immersed in a blissful, velvety, bitter-sweet nectar, naturally a great joint effort by both top quality malts and hops, with superior craftsmanship... particularly obvious is the lingering aroma of gristy brown malts and slightly tannic tea-ish bitterness. Chewy and dry in the finish, while not a single trace of alc. is detected (for my palate anyway) - unbelievable!
M&D: this barley wine is even more outstanding than Sierra Nevada "Bigfoot" tasted two days ago, thanks to its more balanced profile b/w a dark(-er) malt composition and (equally beautiful) hops, as well as a finesse texture on top of a really attenuated body for 10.4%abv. - seriously I still can't feel the impact of alc. even way past the last drop! Granted, this delicious barley wine is pronounced on hops, as the term "American Barley Wine" should guarantee, but an overall, supreme balance is the key to keep me in awe. If I see this ale - a different vintage of course - again at the BSF bar this year, I'll try to secure 2 bottles!

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 .

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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