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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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 Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Stuffed Sandwich about a year ago, 10th Anniversary from 2003, have also had a very fresh bottle of this in the past, prefer it with some age behind it, consumed 1/9/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Three Philosophers glass, color is a dark amber with a one inch off white creamy head, great carbonation for being around five years old, decent retention and light lacing, aroma is lots of bread, big caramel scent, toffee, booze, brown sugar, oranges, berries, and light milk chocolate, taste is dry at first with bread and citrus in the middle, finish is slightly warming and a little bitter, gets sweeter as time goes on, more fruit comes out along with pronounced malt, mouthfeel is sweet, dry, and hot, medium bodied, good carbonation like mentioned above, taste lingers well even for the style, could drink a few of these, alcohol could hidden better and that is my only real complaint about the drinkability, pretty smooth otherwise, only beer I have had from this brewery but it sure is a good one, a little expensive but worth it, would like to drink again, recommended

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

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a DEEP clear amber that appears almost black at times until you hold it up to the light. A thin layer of tan head sits on top, retaining around the edges and leaving a solid cascade of spotty lacing when swirled. The aroma is big with oats and grains, as well as some sticky smelling notes of caramel and maple syrup. Deep citrus tang also emerges, as does spice, floral character, and some hoppy resinous notes. Nice Barleywine aroma.

The taste once again is led by that big malt backbone. Burnt grains, chocolate and caramel malts, maybe even a little bit of dark fruit in there. Luckily, there is some equally big hop character here, with sticky, resinous bitterness evening all of that chewy sweetness out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and beefy feeling, with a lower carbonation that really makes those big malts comes out. Alcohol is very nicely hid for the size. I'm getting some gentle warmth but that's about it. Nice.

Good American Barleywine here with some nice robust character and extremely good drinkibility. A solid warm up on a chiller February evening. I dug it.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Colts9016 for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Pours a clear red, dark amber with a one inch tan head consisting of foam and medium bubbles in equal measure, fair retention, leaves light lacing.

S = Smells of sweet-tart candies, light syrup (not exactly maple, though maybe ample with vanilla added or something), fresh cut wheat, light floral hints, sweet iced tea. Quite good, well balanced smells.

T = Good malt forward tastes of maple syrup, light oak, bitterness is present as a balancing feature but not overpowering like oversteeped black tea or a dark oolong, very light hints of vanilla beans, pie crust, almond, manzanilla sherry. Quite complex and well balanced.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, very nice level of carbonation feeling. Maybe a little too light bodied.

D = A good sipping beer, goes down easily.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Poured a very deep ruby color with some white head that quickly retreated to the rim of the snifter.

S: Nice big hop nose up front with some citrus notes. Big malt backbone is there as well. Very nice American barleywine nose. Nice touch of caramel as well.

T: Sticky hops right up front with a nice sweetness from all the malt. The hops are on the piny side. Only a slight hint of the ABV when it warms. Not that complex at all but enjoyable to drink.

M: Nice medium sticky mouthfeel.

D: A boringly good barleywine. It really does not have anything that stands out to make it remarkable. That being said it is easy drinking for the style and ABV. Glad I got to try a big beer made in Utah.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. XV anniversary edition.

Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany brown with nary a head. No lacing on the glass.

Big, rich caramel malt aroma. Slightly sweet and fruity, with a trace of herbal hops. Becomes boozy as it warms.

Caramel malty upfront quickly followed by an aggressive hop bitterness that nicely balances the malt. It unexpectedly ends on the dry side, with a rather bland, flat finish.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Decent and servicable barleywine, which was enjoyable to drink. But, in the end it doesn't quite stack up against the best in the style.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a murky orange brown with thin off white head that dissipates quickly to little lacing. Nose is malty dark fruit, molasses, sugar and a hint of citrus hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and syrupy thick, and the taste picks up the fruits and sweet syrup of the nose, with the bite of the alcohol as the beer warms. Finish is warming and a little thick-mouthed. Not a bad beer overall.

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

I had recieved this one as an extra from a kind trader before I realzed we now carry this locally. No matter though it was a solid beer all around. Used this one as a nightcap and served it at cellar temp. Consumed on 01/17/2009.

The pour was nice. Rich caramel in color with light reddish tints to it. Small head of white rises up from the bottom to cap off the top of it rather nicely, no active carbonation that I could see either.

The aroma was very sweet, with lots of carmael and hints of bready malts. SOme light diffused hoppiness in it as well, but nothing that was terribly overpowering. Light alcohol notes were hiding underneath as well. The flavor was more of the same, light alcohol, some light piney hops and a touch of carmel and toffee. Nothing really huge here at all, but on the same token nothing really bad either. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a full body, this was a very nice above average barley wine.

Overall while I have certainly had better, I have certainly had worse as well. I would have no problem at all with putting a couple bottles down in the cellar, and at 2 bucks a bottle not bad at all.

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

XVth Anniversary, bottle from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. Poured into an Allagash cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark, brownish body with lighter, dull ruby hues. The head, tan and about one-finger tall, fades relatively quickly, and though it does leave some lacing, it's runny, glittery, moist, and blotchy. I was more impressed when I began, but its impressiveness fades.

Aroma: Relatively faint, though pleasant. Dark pine, spicy and herbal, mixed with estery alcohol, brown sugar and molasses

Taste: Very similar to the nose. That is, it's pretty simplistic, with pine notes, dark malts, half toasted/half roasted, with overtones of caramel and molasses, a few lighter fruity esters that come across as apple skin like, and some mildly spicy, estery alcohol. Not too terribly much to write about - it's not bad, but it's not great either.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thick, with minimal carbonation, and a slight alcohol prickle that melds well with the pine spiciness. About what you'd expect from an American barleywine, really.

Drinkability: Something was just a little lacking with this one - maybe the hop schedule, maybe the malt bill, I'm not sure. It was just a little weak in all departments, I suppose. It's still a solid beer though, just not all that it could probably be.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear deep amber with thin dark tan head. The aroma is sweet sticky crystal malts mixed with citrus and pine hops and not much else. The taste starts pine hop bitterness that becomes piney, dark fruitiness from dates, raisins and prunes and even some more fruitiness with cherry notes. Nice tasting American style barleywine. It seems to have a smooth balance between dark fruitiness and pine hops with a background of mild malt sweetness.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anniversary X - Bottled 2003

I have had this beer cellared for over 4 years now and decided that New Years Eve 2008/2009 would be just as good of time as any. I picked this up in Park City over labor day in 2004. This poured a very deep, burnished ruby color with 1 finger head that turned to a whispy film. The aroma on this is quite complex and deep on this well-aged barleywine. Massive toffee and butterscotch notes mesh with a dose of spices and grassy floral hops. A slight trace of diacytel is found, but with a twist-off bottle, it is to be expected after this long. The deep aromas are almost port-like in nature. The taste is fully layered with huge maltiness and subdued hop bitterness. The body is full, yet thinned by the carbonation. The balance has definitely improved since I first sampled this in 04 but still seems as though it would cellar well for many more years. I was glad to bring this out on such an occasion, but sad to see gone. A lot has happened in the times since I first purchased this in a basement alley liquor store in Park City. Have a safe and happy new year ahead!

Photo of hellbilly
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XV bottled on 9/29/08 by way of superdave70.

pours nearly the same color as the bottle... woody brown with coppery hues. it has a minimal tannish off white head and some light spotty lacing.

the aroma is a touch resinous and hoppy along with caramel, grass, earthy spices and citrus (grapefruit and orange) in the background.

the flavor is similar... along with some floral qualities. the sweetness is subdued and there is a mildly bittered spicy finish. medium bodied with fine soft carbonation. bitterness and hoppy dryness keep it from becoming sticky. a BW i actually can drink without cringing... impressive.

incredibly well balanced, controlled and insanely drinkable if i didn't have to go to work...

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

Bottled 9/28/08. Pours a clear dark amber-copper color creating a thin, but tight, creamy head. Exits the bottle thick and viscous. Dominant aromas of caramel candies, toasted malts and dark brown sugar are initially noted. Although described on the label as a malty barleywine a substantial amount of citrusy and piney hop aromas make their way through in the background. Some faint distracting and somewhat unwanted aromatic medicinal and oxidation notes are noted also. For such a young bottle this is quite unusual. Palate is slick, full and oily with a very fine carbonation level. Great mouthfeel for a high ABV beer. Flavors start out on the malty side with assertive notes of burnt caramel candies, toasted malts, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and a touch of sherry. A nice balance of moderately bitter pine and grapefruit rind hop flavors slide in at the finish to cut through the sweetness. Overall a pleasant, full bodied warm sipper; perfect for a chilly winter night. At $9.99 per sixer a great value also.

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

14th Anniversary (2nd bottling)
BOTTLED ON: 1/14/08
CONSUMED: 12/19/08

Appearance: Deep garnet body with good clarity and a butter toffee head. Good retention and an impressive amount of lacing caked all over the sides of the glass.

Smell: Some caramel and toffee malt notes with a spicy peppery hop infusion.

Taste: I'm loving the blend of the spicy hops with the caramel and toffee malt. I think I really caught this one at a good time. The hops are softened yet bitter when playing off the malt. The alcohol has really mellowed out too, being 95% concealed which is impressive for a 10.2% brew.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick yet a touch chewy! Medium full body with a surprising amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to down it for a 10.2% brew but it packs a wallop so you really shouldn't have too many.

This barley wine really retained a strong spicy hop profile even after nearly a year of age on it. I'm glad I let it age and would love to get my hands on a few more of these for the cellar.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark and hazy apple coloring with supporting orange hues with a quickly dissipating fizzy head.

S: a darken but sweet caramel with an apple fruitiness and dark molassess. Noticeable alcohol fusels were present but in a very pleasant and perfumy nature. Some fresh dark ripe fruit (spicy rum raisin) complimentst and completes this fine aroma.

T: The flavor was dark, dry caramel and molasses with some spicy alcohol fusels first greeting the tongue. Some dark fruit and a dry whiskey barrel woodiness soon follows. The bitterness was dry, and earthy combined with a dry alcohol fade that rounded things out. The abv of 10.0% was noticeable at times, but never overbearing, being dry and warm with a beautiful lingering fade.

M: full bodied, smooth and eloquent on the tongue. Hardly a trace of carbonation was to be found while it left a sligthy malty residue coating behind along with a dry alcohol laced presence.

D: Nice drinkability overall per style. Big and worthy of an special anniversary labeling. A nice warm slow sipper that progressively gets better as you go along.Worthy of a recommend and very smooth and easy to drink despite its high abv nature.

Photo of humanawho
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful dark dark ruby color and a nice off white head that has very strong retention and lacing

S - very hoppy on the nose, lots of earthy aromas with a slight butterscotch but dominated by the hops

T - nice hop flavors, earthy, piny, leafy, there is a strong malty base underneath with a lot of syrupy and sugary flavors going

M - mouthfeel is extra heavy which fits the beer

D - being extremely malty and extremely hoppy it is as expected not a session beer

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, creamy head and some good lacing.

S: The aroma was so dominated by hops, that not much else was detectable. Still, very pleasant.

T: Much hoppier than most barleywines. Also had citrus, caramel and other mild fruits and malts. Complex and tasty.

M: Well-carbonated with a slick finish. Full-bodied, more or less.

D: This is a drinkable, enjoyable American barleywine. It's hard to believe it has a 10.4% ABV.

Photo of UnionMade
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The fourteenth anniversary edition, bottled on January 14, 2008. Thanks to my Denver buddy MikeyS01 for giving me this bottle along with a bunch of amazing homebrews!

Dark, hazy chestnut brown, capped with a thin sheet of taupe foam.

Very malty and rich smelling, though lacking a bit of the complexity you'd find with the best of the style. Juicy pine hop scent, with notes of molasses, cherry and alcohol.

The first sip opens with heady malt sweetness up front, big and bold, moving swiftly into boisterous piny hops. The malt is a burst of caramel, with molasses and roasty darkness. Some dark fruit flavor, coming across as fig and black cherry. A hint of fruity sourness and roasted malt in the finish, along with very light booze and plenty of hop acidity. Not much heat, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Somewhat oily and slick, but not quite heavy feeling.

My bottle states that this is 10.4%. I'd have guessed somewhere in the 8% range based on taste and feel. Despite the lighter feel, this gets to be a bit much and, as the carbonation dropped, the last few sips were a challenge.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby picked up at State Line a while back. Bottled on 16th May 2008, poured into my snifter 2nd Dec 2008

A: Deep garnet red with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin, soapy film rather quickly. Reddish highlights. Retention is poor and there isn't much lacing to speak of

S: I can smell this a mile away but taking closer to my nose reveals a fairly potent citrus hop aroma and a rich malt sweetness with some fruits. Hop aroma is quite astringent and sharp. Swirling this brings out some caramel sweetness but this also brings the hops right out and they have a borderline acrid character. Decent?

T: Hoppy right off the bat with a strong citrus hop bite with a good deal of a strange, acrid taste. Mild malt sweetness with a rather thin body before a hot, medicinal alcohol finish takes over with some (more) bitterness. Eagh! Warming this up makes it a little more palatable

M: Too thin and too hoppy on the finish. Carbonation is solid and wins it some points, though. Again, warming it up increases the body a bit

D: I doubt I'll be able to finish this :-(

Photo of SilentSabre
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note *My bottle is a 14th anniv. and was bottled on the 14th of January, 2008.

Lovely deep red colour with a 2 finger head that almost reminds me of oatmeal cookie dough. Rather attractive.
Smell is sweet malts and juicy, resinous hops.
Taste is unsweeted bakers chocolate (didn't see that coming at all!) a bit of caramel, sweet toasted cereals, and finishing up with a citrusy hop bitterness. Nice. This would be spectacular with about 24 months on it to age the hops away and let the sweet toasted malt profiles shine through a bit more. Mouthfeel, of course, is a bit heavy at 10%+ abv, but right about where it needs to be, honestly. A decent barleywine that would age exceptionally well, IMO.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another state now available at State Line.

Pours a deep brown color with mahogany highlights at the edge of the glass. No head at all, only a thing ring. Lacing isn't there, either. Hmm.

The aroma is very nice, though it reminds me more of an English style Barleywine than an American one. Port, dark fruits, oak, sweet malt. Very little (ok, almost none) hop scents. That kinda disappoints, but this still smells very good.

The flavor is solid, but again closer to the English style. Sweet toffee malt is quickly overshadowed by boozy alcohol. Wine, whiskey, and women...seems like they're all in there. Black cherry, fig, plums, and a little bit of dates all make an appearance. Not bad, but where are the hops?

Heavier medium body with very little carbonation...maybe I got a bad bottle in that respect. The higher abv limits the ability to sit and enjoy these all afternoon, plus it isn't quite what many would expect when wanting an American Barleywine. Good beer, but maybe it's in the wrong category.

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

I do believe this makes it state #32 for me.

Brewed on 8/29/08. 15th anniversary edition.

Pours a clear but very dark brown that let's quite a bit of a ruby hue show. Airy alcohol nose with faint malts. Flavor delivers a slight touch of alcohol on a slight fruity malty base. Smooth overall but the alcohol bites a bit. Feel is a bit slick on liquid and the carbonation is low. Easy to drink, but not displaying any great complexities at this time.

Photo of bort11
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

14th Anniversary vintage, bottled 1/14/08. Poured into a Corsendonk fluted tulip. Light tan head edges to the rim of the glass. Very nice lacing webs stick to the glass. Color is a dark ruby red that only shows clarity when held to the light.

Smell is a bit on the hoppy side, but sweet malts keep it balanced. Taste has a cigar smoke characteristic. Leafy and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. Goes down clean, but still requires sipping. A very enjoyable barleywine.

Photo of atsprings
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13th anniversary edition bottled 11/9/06 and purchased at the Wine Cellar in Williamsburg, VA. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter a nice murky dark brown with a decent amount of sediment. The beer is topped with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is loads of dried fruits, leather and some well toasted caramel malts. The taste is a decent array of dark malts, dried fruits, molasses and leather. The beer is certainly heavy bodied with plenty of present alcohol, but makes for a decent sipper. This is one that I know will take a while to drink, but I will certainly be enjoying it.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on "8/29/08", so this little number (12 ounceer) has been in the bottle for a total of about 3 weeks! Yikes, FRESH barley wine, not sure how I should feel about that...anyway lightly cooled and into a tulip glass, this one pours a rich, glowing dark, dark shade of honey amber, clear, equally thick and rich dark tan head, that leaves plenty of coating and scattered lace. Nose of gobs of malt, bready sweetness and resiny hops in the rear. First impression of this fresh and young brew is "wow" big and bold, smooth on the tongue, goes down easy. Big smooth malts, nicely balanced by more resinous hops on the back of the mouth. This one is drinking great right now and I would assume it will only improve with some time in the bottle. My first try of any of the Uinta line (how does one pronounce that anyway?) which have just made on shore in the NYC area.I'm impressed, well worth a try now or in a few months on one of those cold winter nights.

Photo of JMBSH
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on 072108.

A - Lots of head that took sometime to settle. Left some lace on the sides as it shrank. Dark amber almost ruby in color. The final coating is still very nice and it lasted until the beer was all gone.

S - I could really smell the piney hops while pouring but afterwards had to almost put my nose in the beer to get the scent.

T - Get an intial sweetness but following shrotly behind in is the hop bitterness. And it really likes to stick around with each sip allowing it's power to grow. It lingers for sometime after each taste. I can't get much alcohol taste over the hops.

M - Some carbonation is felt in the mouth but the bitterness just seems too much. Not enough malt to balance it. Granted for hopheads this is a good thing but for others...

D - I can only see having one at night as an after dinner drink. The hops would overpower any meal though some cheeses and maybe fruit plates might be OK.

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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