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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

684 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

72 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002)
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Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13th edition. Drank out of pint glass.

Appearance- Poured a dark honey amber. Looks thick and has a very nice creamy head. Very sticky lacing.
Smell- Has a very nice malty sweetness with a light fruity background. Light warming alcohol tinge.
Taste- Wow! Has a sweet bite that tickles the tongue before you get slapped by the hops. Nice citrusy, piney hop profile that backs up the sweet malts nicely. Has that familar ol' barleywine alcohol tinge.
Mouthfeel- Fine carbonation bubbles that may be a little much for a barleywine. Very thin, unlike the looks.
Drinkability- I couldn't drink more that one of these badboys every-once-in-a-while but overall, not bad. Can't wait to try this little guys brother in 8-12 months.

younger35, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of ybnorml
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Version "XIII"
A hazey dark copper beer. Has a small tan head. Strong hop boquet with floral and piney notes and a hint of malt sweetness in the background. At first the hops overpower you ( think Bigfoot) but then on the backside of the finish some interesting coffee and chocolate notes appear. Makes me wonder what it might taste like after cellaring.

ybnorml, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of stegmakk
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown almost porter like looking. Thin tan head.

Smell of a sweet alcohol malt.

Taste was mellower than the smell. A little woody definately the sweet raisiny alcohol. Tasty stuff to say the least.

Not too watery, had as slight syrupy feel as it slid down.
Despite the alcohol in this, I could drink it again and again.

Thanks to Wasach for this. I might have to get a couple more and let them sit for a while.

stegmakk, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

WELL! First thing is to pull that “do not remove” tag from the bottle. Har ! I’m such a rebel. 13th version.

Nice pour to start, deep, deep amber with a very frothy tanish head. Very grainy and woody aroma, different. Lots of oily heading lace the NB snifter.

Quaff is also very woody for a barleywine, still very smooth and with a nice pop of malty goodness. Now, if I’m in Utah, this on my drink list, a nice sipper for a cold winter night.

Muchas Thanks to Wasatch for this Utah frosty!

Vancer, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The XIII Anniversary Edition:

Poured from the 12oz bottle(bottled 11/09/06) a clear deep amber bordering on brown with a large head of foam that quickly shrank to a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell has strong notes of malt with a good side note of fruitness.(dark fruit)

The taste has an abundance of semi sweet malt and a touch of plum up front that after a few sips, seems to calm down a bit. Don't do that!
I also get a touch of grain in the flavour as well with some sourness that is most evident in the finish. Weird tasting BWSA that, maybe, could use some aging to refine the flavours because the overall impression I'm getting is that it's a bit rough on the palate.

A few more sips in and the malt makes somewhat of a comeback and its renewed presence is most welcome. Yep. I can see some real potential in this brew so if I happen to get more samples, they're going in my "cellar" for sure. Also, for being almost 10%abv, to me, the alcohol is hidden pretty well.

I'm down to the last 3rd of my glass and the flavours seem to be more balanced and I'm finding it to be a smooth drinker. I *was* going to put a lower score on the drinkability factor but now, it's changing my mind completely. It's funny how a first sip impression can change so much after further tasting but that happens a lot with many brews....;^)

Bottom line: I like this sample from Uinta and I can only hope that they continue to push the envelope. Well done!
Thanks to Wasatch for giving me the chance to tastea BWSA from his great state of Utah!

Edit: XIV Edition, bottled 12/12/2007, tasted 04/17/2010.

A deep clear dark amber pour with a small but looks like stubborn head of offwhite foam. Lacing? You betchya. Score 4.0

Lots of aromas going on; caramel malt, lots of dark fruits with plums sticking out the most, some alcohol. Score 4.5

The taste goes along the lines of the smell with the caramel malt about as good as it can get. The dark fruit nose doesn't shine as well in the taste but is there. Some kind of bitterness on the back end, mainly pine, that grows during the session validating the fact that this is an American Barleywine. Also some alcohol but to a lesser degree than fresher samples of any year I've had. Score 4.0

It's on the low end of medium bodied with lightish carbonation. Score 3.5

Drinkability? A nice sipper of the style. Not *as* drinkable as some of the other BWs I've tried but still good. Score 4.0

XVI, bottled Feb 20, 209.

Deep and dark red colour, close to 2 fingers head of foam. Smell is all fruity and chock full of caramel malt. Very light bitterness.

The taste is pretty much superb! Caramel maltiness, toffee, some fruitiness, a light but balancing bitterness. Wow, is this good. The alcohol is there but doesn't interfere with drinking. I reckon this ould be the best of the batches. Without changing any of my scores, I'd say it's an A beer for sure and definitely one that benefits from cellaring.

Bitterbill, Jan 14, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anniversary XIII edition, bottled 2006, poured into clean bell pint glass. Bottles states 10.4% ABV.

Pours a reddish copper, thickish tan head holds nicely for a high alcohol beer, leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is sharp hoppiness, and some sweet fruit / candy smell.

Taste is solid: piney sharp hoppiness, nicely balanced with sweet malt, tangy, finishes with strong earthy grapefruit and piney hops. It still has that problematic metallic finish of Uinta's barleywines (this is about the fourth edition in a row I've tasted it in) but it's much less pronounced than in the past.

Mouth is a little sharp and highly carbonated, and a little slick for an American style barleywine.

A better beer than the ones I've had in the past... and one which I'd actually buy again. It's getting more and more like Bigfoot, which I like a lot, and away from the weird hybrid of English and American style barleywines that past editions have seemed like.

warmstorage, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVII 2010 Vintage
Bottled on 11/23/10

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear dark grape color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind, and a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a nice sipper. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

Revisted: XII 2005 Vintage
Bottled 2005
Enjoyed 22 Nov 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with 5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08
Enjoyed 30 Jul 10

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Not much of a head on this one, which only leaves some nice oil slicks behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with some hop notes. Medium body, this one is kinda on the watery side. Drinkable, but not as tasty as other aged one's. I'm a bit disappointed.

Revisted: XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled 12/12/07
Enjoyed 24 Jul 10

Pours a very nice dark brownish/grapy color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacy left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, grapy notes, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, nice grape note, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 2.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled 11/09/06
Enjoyed 1 May 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 3.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice, definitely not as hot when fresh.

XVI 2009 Vintage
Bottled on 02/20/09

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a sipper for sure. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine. I believe to date, this has got to be the best one I've had fresh, well with not a year or more of cellaring.

XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled on 07/10/07

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice one-finger plus creamy/foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, putting a year on this one made it very tasty and highly recommended.

XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled on 11/09/06

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XII 2005 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XI 2004 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty decent barleywine.

Wasatch, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of benito
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A Utah barleywine? This must be a contradiction. XII is the 2005 vintage, and while it may not be an exceptional beer, it's a great symbol of resistance against the Draconian and obsolete beer laws that hold down
Utah's craft brew potential.

It is a rusty brown with a fizzy tan head that lingers well. The bouquet has strong hop overtones and a distinct alcohol smell as well. Less mundanely, it has a nice saltiness and a slight hint of cinnamon. To its
credit, XII has a nice bitter bite up front, asserting itself as a squarely American barley wine and at the very least a distant cousin of Bigfoot. The hops meld well with a strong malt presence midway through the palate and this dance lasts until the end, where the finish is a little thin and watery. Throughout, there's a nice smokiness to back things up as well--an unexpected but delicious treat. It's also got a nice dash of pepper.

Overall, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable barley wine that would benefit from having a greater length of flavor. But, this is much better than anything I ever hope to get from Utah.

benito, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/23/06- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, X (tenth) anniversary bottled in 2003. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep copper in color, smaller 1/5th inch off white head with streaks of lace here and there.

Smell- Super dark malt with a flourish of spicy scented hops. Dark current scent as well. Appealing.

Taste- This is one of the darkest barleywines I have set my taste buds to. Almost burnt and slightly smoky malt. Actually, it tastes more like a imperial stout/barleywine combo. Hops are suprisingly lasting in a 3 year old brew. Deep caramel flavors, albeit burnt, but deep.

Mouthfeel- Long lasting bitter flavor, medium carbonation level, lightly creamy.

Drinkability- Oddball flavor, wonder what this year would have tasted like fresh? Happy I tried it and will try another years if I see it.

GClarkage, Jun 25, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelfth Anniversary Barley Wine bottled in 2005.
Listed as 10.4% A.B.V.
Poured a crystal clear crimson/brown color with a tan head that stuck around a bit and then left some nice lace.
The aroma is full of soft piney hops that don't carry the earthyness that i usually detect with high alpha hop aroma so I think that they used some really fresh hops. Sweet rich dark malts are present as well lending an almost raisin like scent and there is just a touch of alcohol as well.
The flavor begins with a smooth blend of bitternes and sweet malt that are very well balanced. I served this at 50 degrees F and it showed off an excellent balance. The hops are primarily piney with some of the more floral hop flavors playing a background role and the sweet malt having a more carmely flavor with just a touch of melanoidins that give the malt a raisiny flavor. The bitterness lingers into the finish fitting perfectly with the American style.
The mouthfeel has a bit too much Carbonic bite which takes away from the smoothness that this barleywine could express. After I let it sit for a bit it became much more balanced and expressive.
The drinkability is excellent for this brew as even this relativly young example is easy to drink and any aging would only improve the flavors.

RenoZymurgist, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tenth Anniversary Edition (bottled 2003). Dark crimson bleeding to orange and then gold at the bottom edge of the glass. The head is fantastic. It's pale tawny in color, looks like mousse and persists longer than the cap on a 10.0% beer has a right to. Sturdy pillars of foam appear on the glass as the foam slowly melts into a thick puddle on the surface of the beer.

All of the proper style elements are present and accounted for in the nose. Hops aren't overly prominent; not surprising given the three years that have passed since bottling. The aroma is nicely fruity with a fairly typical 'cherries soaked in Cherry Herring' vibe. There's quite a bit of caramel and brown sugar too, but almost nothing in the way of darker aromas. If it tastes like it smells, we're in business.

It does. The first thing that occurs to me (after, 'boy this is good') is that this beer is showing its age. That leads to a whole lot more positives than negatives in this particular case. The only negative is a lack of slap-you-silly power, in particular, that fresh hoppy bite that I love so much. Not a big deal; especially since I'm not sure that it was present immediately after bottling anyway.

The main positive is a mellowness that one doesn't often experience in a 10.0% ABV beer. I'll sacrifice a little tongue abuse (on occasion) for this degree of easy drinking civility. That's not to say that the double-digit ABV won't still sneak up and sucker punch those who aren't paying attention.

The flavor profile doesn't differ too much from the nasal profile. It's still cherry-dominant with only a little of that cough medicine character that some versions have in spades. There's also a citrus fruitiness (oranges more than lemons) that one doesn't often taste in beer of this style. This may not be the most complex barleywine on the block, but it is tastes good and that's all that matters.

I was hoping that the body would firm up a tad with warming... and it has. It's lightly creamy rather than heavily creamy and is inching into 'chewy' territory. I'd like a bit more fullness, but then I always do. This is a lovely little sipper and would be great to introduce any who are interested to the style. I can't believe that too many of the Tenth Anniversary bottles are still knocking about though.

Don't ever doubt the ability of Utah's brewers to overcome the limitations placed on them by the state legislature. This 2003 bottling of Uinta Anniversary Barley Wine is ripe for the picking if you have one (or more) stowed away and is a testament to the talent present at the best little brewery in the Beehive State.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 01, 2006
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2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11th Anniversary bottle (2004). Cellared carefully.

Dark murky caramelized garnet with a tight, dense, glass-crawling, light sandy head. Smells of butter rum Lifesavers, dates, figs, caramel. Good malt aromas (if a bit buttery), but there's only a faint hop backing. Starts with toasted fruit malt with mild caramel and leather. Okay. Quickly turns tangy/sour, and not in a good Belgian way. Astringent, nutty, and bitter toward the finish. Off. Butter throughout and this did not age well. Moderately thin body, especially for the style. Disappointing.

alexgash, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark rust. Slightly oxidized, malt melded aroma with rich malt (caramel, nuts, fruit) and a bit of resin and grapefruit. Malt accented barley wine for sure with notes of red apples, plums and hops, that show a bit of spice, resin and pine. An average barley wine.

Crosling, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2003 Bottling

Pours a dark brown with tinges of red and about half a finger of light brown head. The aroma is crammed full of malt. Notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice, and a slighty spiciness. Nice piney hop aroma with a little alcohol too. The carbonation is a little overwhelming and it's a little hard to distinguish many of the tastes. I'm getting some chocolate and toffee and some alcohol, but that's really about it. I thought from the aroma that this was going to be really good, but it was hard for the taste to break through.

nvsblman, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

XI Anniversary (year 2004). 12 oz bottle. 10.4% ABV (not 9.8% as listed). Poured into a wine glass. Even though this is my first time trying it, I bought two bottles just so I could lay one down on general principle (and the cellar, of course, is getting more out of hand by each passing week).

Appearance: I'm pretty sure the coldness of the beer completely destroyed the head in my wine glass, as the lacing seems to want to stay, and it still a bit spotty. So I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt on my mistake; the color makes up for it anyway. As with most barley wines, it's a beautiful mahogany brown.

Smell: What an odd nose, maybe one of the oddest I've ever been able to observe. There's definitely some pine and hop characterstics of course. Now the malts, as it warms a bit, are starting to open to cookie-like aromas. But there's still something odd in there, which almost smells like some sort of cleaner for grease or something. Sounds weird, I know, but it's an odd element I can't pick out, and it really detracts from possibilities. Maybe another year or two will balance out whatever needs to be balanced out.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth for all the hops. The beer has mellowed out a bit, I imagine at least, from being a year old (in the taste department at least). The hop bitterness is welcoming. It's hoppy for sure, but it starts, gets a bit smoother, and oddly enough the malt tends to finish it out on the back of the tongue with the aftertatse. Maybe another few years will really get this guy to it's full potential? Not as much discernibility with the flavors as I'd like, but you have your berries, your malts, some yeastiness. Probably the normal aspects of a still slightly green barley wine.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not crazy, as the carbonation fights that urge. Quite nice, and one of the best things about this bottle.

Drinkability: I'm still not sure about this at its early stages, though I didn't like Old Horizontal at its early stages either. Yet, I'm a huge hop fan (as far as double IPAs and IPAs go), and I love DFH Olde School, but I wasn't a big fan of Old Crustacean. So I don't know, maybe I have to come to grips with realizing that many barley wines just aren't my thing? Not sure, but either way, this isn't an expensive beer, especially for one bottle, so I'd say it's worth a shot (despite what my review says) if you're a big fan of the style.

asabreed, Sep 22, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"XV"
The "XV" is noticably smoother and more rounded & focused than the previous "X" I'd tasted (see below). I find it a bit more citrusy in the hops, and less piney (which I personally prefer). It's not as malty, but it's also not as joltingly bitter; and although I'd cellared the "X" for two years, this actually seemed far more refined with just a half-year on it. The appearance is also better, and it leaves more lace, so I've bumped it a half-point there; and I think it also deserves another half-point in drinkability. REALLY NICELY DONE! Perhaps one of the best American barleywines on the market today. Superb!

"X" Tenth Anniversary.... cellared for 2 years. 10.0% abv.

The initial pour from a longstanding bottle delivers a clear ruby-mahogany body beneath a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves some very nice lace throughout almost the entire glass.

The nose is sweet with sugar-cookie dough, brown sugar, berries, and pine. The components work well together, but also stand out on their own quite readily. Very nice!

In the mouth it's quite creamy without being overly dextrinous or full bodied, and it passes so smoothly that you barely notice it.

The flavor delivers a combination of raspy pine, juicy fruitiness (sweet red berries, juicy dark skinned fruit, orange), sweet malts (caramel, brown sugar, cookie-dough, biscuit), and a delicate note of alcohol that appears at the swallow. A bold bitterness intervenes halfway, and in combination with its resiny, piney hops, leads to a long-lingering, dry and bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit more age may soften the intensity of the piney hops, but I think not. Otherwise it's a really well rounded, soft barleywine that's a joy to drink; and in fact, at times the contrast of the raspy hops to the rounded sweet malt is quite nice. Well done.

NeroFiddled, Jul 02, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear black brown body, with a light tan collar. Juicy robust malt barleywine flavor nose -- ripe prunes. Light and flavorful. Lots of sawdust and fermented booze and grapes. Lots and lots of malts. Wide mouth bitterness -- hop edges all over the body, sharp and bitter. Medium impact barleywine and port aspects. Balanced yummy barleywine.

donnebaby, Jun 09, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep dark amber with a frothy almost tan head which rose tall and lasted low to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and malty, deeply malty in fact. The malt aromas coupled with the fruitiness were quite enticing. Some slight higher alcohol complexity caused some slight spice aromas. The malt was Munich malt and dark caramel. The fruits were hop based and slightly cirtus while still being a bit grassy.

The flavor was of all things...chocolate. The malt aroma never led to the thought of a chocolate flavor. The malt flavor was present and contained dark caramel flavors which were overpowered with chocolate. The fruit was present as were strong hop bittering and hop flavor components that were once again citrusy and slightly grassy. The bittering was strong and well done.

The finish was dry, almost bone dry with chocolate as the flavor dries quickly going into citrusy and grassy bittering long lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium full or a bit better, the carbonation was fairly high. The chocolate in the flavor was a bit unnerving, but this was a fine beer and highly drinkable. There was alcohol present at all points throughout the aroma, flavor and warming after consumption, but none detracted from the experience.

12 ounce twist off bottle. Forget where I picked this up in VA, but the price tag was $1.99. Eleventh anniversary XI, best before 02/12/05 on bottle.

GCBrewingCo, May 24, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2003 which i picked up for 2 bucks at the arcata co-op. I wish there was a place that cool 'round here. anyways i pleased to buy it aged 2 years because i sure don't have the patience or space to age beers that long

This is a by the book, great tasting barley wine. Sweet malts dominate as there is little hop flavor. Very English tasting. It is a medium reddish hue. There are alcohol and malts in the smell. I don't think i've ever had a barley wine that went this smooth and was this easy to drink. mouthfeel was a bit watery though

If you like a mellow sipping barely wine you can do much worse than this. True to style

pjwilson, May 23, 2005
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3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been sitting on this for a while. We'll see what it is like now and then crack the other one I have in a while. It pours a deep ruby, almost purple color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is piney and peppery hop with a big sweetness underneath. The flavor is pretty mellow. There is a roasty quality, almost coffee-like, that moves to a piney bitter. The feel is rather thin for a barleywine, being just at moderate. Overall, this is just an average beer. Nothing really grabs me and pulls me in to it.

kmpitz2, Apr 05, 2005
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3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new state. OK on color and aroma, but not much on taste. Low as a barleywine, a little too drying. Altogether doesn't work, with sweetness and medium mouthfeel but acidic, and too much alcohol in there. Maybe in a few years, but I won't look out for it. Radekfest #5

Sammy, Apr 03, 2005
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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... "XI" Eleventh Anniversary Barleywine, bottled in 2004.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" of tan head over the clear bright chestnut brew. Head is long-lasting, and the lacing is great for the style. Aroma is strongly of piney hops, with a sweet undercurrent. Taste starts with sweet malts and pine, goes grainy/gritty in the middle, and closes with a bitter, sour aftertaste. Certainly not what the appearance and nose were leading me towards. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not that great for the above taste issues. Maybe age would help this one, time will tell.

ppoitras, Apr 03, 2005
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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

TENTH ANNIVERSARY BARLEY WINE Bottled 2003 - 10% Alcohol.

Pours a clear dark brown brew with red color when viewed through light.

Smell is sweet and malty with an oily hop scent and a grainy background.

Taste is sweet and fairly bitter. This is lacking in secondary flavors, bland for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable but not that great a barleywine. Needs more complexity to be a great brew. For the money Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is a far better beer of this type.

Zorro, Dec 21, 2004
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orangey light brown cloak is crowned by a slight off-white ring. Beautiful biscuity malt has a profuse earthy and smoky backbone to it. At the same time, the severe alcohol bite is dwarfed by obtrusive c-hops, sharply piney, orangey, grapefruity.. Palate presents also that immature hoppy profile on a leafy platter, almost harshly so and I’m usually quite fond of leafy flavors. Suggestions of wood, pencil shavings (dusty finish), vegetal green hops, toffee. Medium body shelters a low carbonation. Nevertheless, just for being what it is (10% barleywine from Utah), this is an absolute must.

Rastacouere, Nov 21, 2004
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2003, this is the tenth anniversary version of this beer, and it just so happens to have 10.0% ABV. Isn't that cute?

Quite dark brown in color, with a moderate, creamy light tan head that leaves a decent lace down the glass. Aroma is mostly sugary at the start, but develops a somewhat fuller malt character as the beer warms. The flavor is actually quite hoppy -- perhaps overly so -- with a strong leafy character. The brown sugar sweetness is really not enough to balance. There's just not a lot of depth to the malt character of this beer -- it's too transitory, and fails to establish any serious presence in the mouth. As a result, the overall flavor is a bit harsh, even after, I guess, about one year of aging. Not objectionable, but far from my favorite barleywine.

mzwolinski, Nov 10, 2004
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.