Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +4.4%
(11th Anniversary, brewed: 2004; tasted 8/23/08)
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with very little head (but what would you expect from a four year old barleywine); leaves the tiniest dots and shards of lace I have ever seen, however
Smell: Rich bitter, caramel (almost like caramel with angostura bitters)
Taste: Opens with a big malt bill that grows increasingly bitter in the angostura direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors continue, with a slightly grassier edge, but linger for a lengthy finish
Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation
Drinkability: The beer has held up well over its four years and provides a nice, complex take on a barleywine; the hops have settled down and the alcohol has mellowed
08-23-2008 21:32:39 | More by brentk56
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
12 oz. bottle of XV (Fifteenth Anniversary) Barley Wine, bottled on 5/16/08, poured into a snifter glass.
Very deep ruby-brown in color with virtually no head making an appearance.
Aroma is of sweet dried fruit -- figs and perhaps some prune, with a bit of brown sugar in the nose as well.
Very thick and full-bodied (though not too much so) with a sweet maltiness up front, followed by a middle of alcohol and a somewhat bitter hoppy finish that is medium-dry. As the beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes more pronounced in the flavor.
Drinkability is severely hindered by the level of alochol, though two of these down would leave one feeling darn good without going over-the-top. The alcohol on the tongue may keep some away from downing anymore than one (or less), though for any discerning Bierliebhaber, another one down the hatch would be just a little more of heaven.
This is one very well balanced barleywine that is comparable to (and could in circumstances replace) a good wine, and comes highly recommended by this rater. I'd be interested in trying a cellared version to see how the flavors unfold.
08-18-2008 03:20:23 | More by superdedooperboy
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
A 12 oz. bottle of the XIII Anniversary Barley Wine (lists on the label at 10.4% ABV), bottled 01/03/07, consumed June 2008 (from notes). Poured to a snifter. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.
A: Warm cherry red/mahogany brown - that's a vague description, but it's somewhere in that range. Capped with a light tan, creamy ring that never builds above 1/2 finger and drops to a thin ring. Good carbonation.
S: Sweet - toffee, figs and green raisins. All covered in a bready grain. Alcohol is barely noted.
T: Lots of grain: a spicy wheat, a vague minty-ness, and a leafy green hopping. Hops are big and forward, despite at least 18-months since bottling. There's a sweet toffee and a modest bittering.
M: Muted carbonation gives a pleasing, coating creaminess. A faint alcoholic/fusel burn is forgivable; hops are still radiant but balance nicely with a chewy graininess.
D: Not a favorite among all the barley wines I've tried but good enough to have again. Since I'd not had this before, it's impossible to note how this has developed with age. Suffice to say, it's good with a year and a half of age but may have already peaked. Worth a try and definitely one I enjoyed; thanks, John.
08-05-2008 21:20:49 | More by msubulldog25
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
Served in a bottle at the Bayou in Salt Lake City, this was the 15th Anniversary version. It was a deep mahogany color with very little tan head and fragile lace rings. The aroma was malt and citrus hop and sweet wheat. The taste was solid burnt malt and toasted brown bread and plenty citrus hops. I tasted lime with a sort of charcoal in the background. Midland body, fairly drinkable but a fair alcohol feel too. Raisin was there as well and the hops did't quit. A little bit resinous. Very nice.
08-05-2008 05:25:04 | More by Durge
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
bottled on 1/14/2008
A - very dark, with a nice, beige head
S - smells very sweet, of dark fruits - plum, tart green apple
T - sweet malts were dominant upfront, followed by burnt, very dark fruits, again plums. The hops made them self present in a bitter finish. Also, for 10.4%, this didn't seem as boozy as I was expecting.
M - pretty smooth and creamy
D - This was the first barleywine I have tried, with others in the fridge to soon follow. I was expecting something a little different, but this was good nonetheless. Overall, this was ok, it was pretty bitter and seems that, as the label suggests, it could be laid down to age for a bit to make the hops fade a bit and the malts to shine.
07-24-2008 04:37:13 | More by birchstick
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks to breity for the chance to try this.
Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues, minimal head and lacing.
Nice sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of brown sugar.
Taste follows the aroma with lot's of sweet malts and brown sugar. There's also a nuttiness flavor that really adds to this beer. Almost walnut like. Faint hints of dark fruits and raisins. The alcohol warms the heart but is not over the top. Very smooth tasting.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and coats the mouth with a sweet malt syrupiness.
This one is a sipper but not too hot considering this beer is still green.
breity thanks for sending me 2 bottles as I'll lay the other one down for a year and then compare.
07-23-2008 17:35:24 | More by wcudwight
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this treat. Today is my 2nd Anniversary on this site so I figured I would go for a big Anniversary type beer. Well this is it....
XV Anniversary Batch
A: Pours a beautiful mahogany hue with brillant tones of red showing thru. There was almost head head upon the pour and the beer just lays there giving off a somewhat flat appearence.
S: Nice aroma comes from the glass. Tons of dark fruit, hints of brown sugar and roasty malt. A touch of grapefruit can be detected along with a hint of booze.
T: Taste really matches the aroma. Tons of rich sweet caramel malt right up front. Rum soaked dark fruits dominate the middle. Hints of grapefruit and pine hops come in near the end. You are left with a slight boozy burn. Very nice.
M: Thick in the mouth it comes off almost syrupy.
D: Nice tasting brew that was a real joy to sip.
07-18-2008 17:03:27 | More by tpd975
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
A 12 oz bottle of the Thirteen Anniversary (XIII) courtesy of Wasatch.
A: The barleywine is a dark ruby red color, intensely dark and resembling mahogany. A small white band around the edge of the glass is all that remains from a finger of tan-white foam.
S: Lots of malts and, surprisingly, still a strong hop profile (I've had the beer for about a year). The thick grains has molasses and ripe fruits driving it.
T: Thick grainy malts drive this beer. Green ripe fruits and brown sugar create a semi-sweet taste that retains a strong bite. Hops are still intense, bitter even through all of the malts. The year plus in the cellar has taken some of the edge of the barleywine, settled down the hoppiness and rounded out the malts. The barleywine is not transcendant but it was a good drink nonetheless.
M: The barleywine is big, strong on flavor without blinding me with its strength. The result is an accessible barleywine with has the punch.
D: At just under 10%, this is no pounder. One bottle is not quite enough but it is all I've got. If you have some extras, lay a few down as they do nicely with a few years under their belt.
07-13-2008 23:31:25 | More by akorsak
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-09-2008 04:43:08 | More by Gueuzedude
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
06-29-2008 16:19:10 | More by NJpadreFan
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-16-2008 05:29:13 | More by mentor
3.03/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
06-04-2008 04:27:57 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
05-16-2008 05:56:53 | More by a10t2
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
05-13-2008 00:58:50 | More by charlzm
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-14-2008 04:58:23 | More by rajendra82
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
04-09-2008 01:17:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
03-30-2008 06:43:30 | More by ccrida
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
03-07-2008 23:18:05 | More by wagenvolks
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
02-18-2008 11:49:48 | More by DIM
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-25-2008 09:32:38 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
01-13-2008 17:42:41 | More by jaxon53
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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).
11-30-2007 16:07:43 | More by ArrogantB
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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
11-10-2007 03:58:06 | More by tonistruth
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-27-2007 01:28:50 | More by plaid75
3.1/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
09-29-2007 00:36:59 | More by MuddyFeet
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.