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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

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very good

399 Reviews

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 828
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | 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 metter98
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense tan head that quickly died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose plus notes of caramel and toffee from the malts. These become more balanced as it warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops and especially lingers through the finish. The malty flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hoppy and bitter barleywine—something that hopheads could enjoy (especially if they drink it cold). If you are looking for something with more complexity you need to let this one fully warm up to let the malty flavors develop a little more. The alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/17/11; reviewed 11/26/12.

A: Really a nice looking beer. Rich, deep, ruby red undertones mixed with some burnt orange and mahogany. Rich head that leaves long lasting vestiges around the glass and the surface of the liquid.

S: Malt, toffee, caramel, and hints of figs and raisins.

T: Follows the nose with lots of toffee, caramel, dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins) and a strong malt backbone. Faint hints of maple syrup and molasses. Mild booze and nice subdued hops on the finish.

M: Pretty easy drinker at 10+% but I think the age has something to do with that for sure. Nice body and not overly done. No alcohol burn whatsoever. Very satisfying.

I drank one of these about 8 months post bottling and reviewed this one at about 18 months post bottling. It is for sure better now than fresher. The time really did help this one along as far as calming down the booziness and helping the alcohol and hops to meld into the caramel and toffee. Solid barleywine for sure. Glad I have 2 more 12oz to sit on for a while longer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a fat tulip glass and received about two fingers of sticky head from the initial pour. The coloring is very deep reddish/brown.

This beer smells very sweet with a lot of sticky toffee there. This is a thorough, strong barleywine. You get a lot of venous qualities. I like the heat coming from the alcohol.

This is a very good example of a barleywine. I wish I had some bottles in my basement aging for the next ten to fifteen years.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Nov 2012, if that makes a difference on the style.

A. An extremely deep brown/red color. A nice brownish foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves some lacing down the side.

S. It has a lemony and soap-ish scent. Malts.

T. There is a strong dark-fruit maltiness to it. A mild nuttiness and perhaps a banana hint.

M. It is very smooth with a tangy undertone.

O. Good and flavorful. Sometimes a barley wine can go heavy on the alcohol and feel almost like vodka was added, but this is tamed but still has an intriguing taste.

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Photo of tony223366
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really beautiful ruby color. Fantastic clarity. There's a little brown in that as well. Really rich color. Head is ok, about 2 fingers and does dissipate rather quickly. Nice lacing though. I think this is another beautiful beer. I also feel like most brewers get this right. Good job guys.

S: Awesome smelling Barley Wine. Huge toffee with some dark fruits (typical old world fruits) and some berries? Malts come in a bit chocolaty too. I do get some citrusy hops but not a lot. Smells really decadent and I'm hoping the flavor delivers!

T: The flavor delivers! So you get that classic English Barleywine sweetness at first. A lot of that caramel and rich dark fruits. It's entirely decadent... but then the finish adds just enough hop bitterness to balance and make this more than the casual sipper that English Barleywines are. Good stuff.

M: My favorite part of this! Really fluffy and smooth. It feels really nice in the mouth. Good carbonation to clean your palate with those hops.

O: Better than I remember it! I remember liking it but this is a great American Barleywine. I'm a big fan of what Uinta does!

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unequivocally, this is hoppy for a barleywine.

I wonder how it'd do after 6 months or a year?

Dates, overripe plum, dried fig. Metallic character. Something lacking in making these obvious flavors and odors pop and work together. There's clearly some off characteristic. Too much bittering, not enough flavor with the hops. A bit of pine, but some soapiness clashing with the malt.

Underwhelmed, will revisit after one sits for about 3-4 months. Kind of expected a bit more.

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Photo of kagent777
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that I had not reviewed this one until now, one of my favorite locals. 12 oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter after about 2 hrs cooling in the fridge. This particular bottle has a bottle on date of 6/01/12, so almost 4 months old.

Appearance: Gorgeous dark amber light brown with ruby edges. White cap dissipates to a film.

Smell: Caramel and citrus with a mix of pine. Nice toasted/roasted malts.

Taste: Really delicious BW. This is one of the most citrus forward BWs that I have had, followed by pine. All of this hopping without a huge amount of bitterness. Caramel sweetness blends into a bit of chocolate semisweetness. Even a touch of dried dark fruit, maybe cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and packing a wallop of flavor, with out being too heavy. This beer is lower on the carbonation, but with a big body.

Overall: I think this is an excellent example of an American BW. And a good candidate for aging (glad that I have several more bottles in my cellar :)

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Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep amber with some backlit ruby tones to it; aggressive pour yields a healthy 2" head that fades at a normal pace. some patchy lacing evident. malt-forward nose opens with notes of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, alcohol, and a touch of citrus hops in the background.

flavor packs more of the same. caramel / toffee with bready malt, a little dark fruit character and some secondary notes of citric hops and maybe a touch of molasses. alcohol is a player but it's not overbearing. tasty; not the most complex barleywine i've come across but it holds its own. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, looking like 4s across the board here and that feels about right for this one. an above average, enjoyable barleywine that just doesn't quite do enough for me to get into that upper tier. that said, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled January 2012.

A: Pours a reddish sap color with a sticky vanilla bean head.

S: Sweet old hop aroma: caramel, green apple, grape juice, slight maple.

T: Toffee, cider, moderate dry and herbal bitterness, estery spice.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation, a bit chewy.

O: Sort of a boring barleywine, not bad but not a stand-out.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6/01/12

First off, this pours beautifully. A rich amber meets stained cherry wood finish hue. Oatmeal colored head rises up an inch or so with a somewhat vigorous pour. Really impressive color.

The nose flashes me back to a favorite cereal of my childhood-Buckwheat. Reminds me of FW Abacus.

Taste comes through with more complexity. Definitely an American barleywine--the hops are ever present. I started with a biscuity malt that washed straight into whiskey barrel, with a slightly peaty---

OUCH I just got a shot of this up my nose while swirling and sniffing. (Damn, rookie move!!! Gotta laugh at yourself sometimes) But this brought the biscuity malt back to my palate.

Finishes with a little piney dryess, trailed by a mellow whiskey slickness. Not as sweet as Bourbon, but nice finish.

Overall, a very nice American Barleywine. And from Utah!!! Go figure.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 7, 2012 (purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Grossmont (San Diego, Calif.) for a 4-pack price of $9.99 on Sept. 6, 2012). One finger of head. Poured a mahogany with tan head. Very good retention on the top and on the side (foamy and fairly balanced).

Smelled a lot of different flavors. Got caramel, dark fruits, chocolate and toffee.

Taste was a bit surprising. Thought it would be a bit stronger, but it wasn’t initially. Overall it was similar to the nose. Got caramel, toffee, dark fruits and slight red wine. Big alcohol taste came late. Slight hops somewhere in there as well.

Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Made my body warm. Definitely could feel the alcohol about halfway in.

Very good barleywine. Great mix of flavors that hides the alcohol nicely.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated 2/3/11. Put a few back after the first was..well a bit of a child. Tasted like a DIPA then with an accidental malt injection that was called a Barley.
appearance: Hazy burgundy with some impressive off white legs.
smell: Still heavy grapefruit hops and heavy caramel malt that don't mesh so well.
taste: again, a not so balanced mix of DIPA and Barleywine. Both heavy bitter hops and strong malty caramel. That can be an awesome combo but here imo, an uneasy alliance. Not bad but not entirely successful.
overall: not bad but not my idea of a successful American Barleywine.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant mohogany, fluffy off white head

Citrus pine on the nose, bit of dark malt roastiness, caramel, and a bit of booze.

Taste is proedominantly of roast malt- I don't remember this in last year's. Roast, coffee, a bit of dark fruit, and booze. S'it.

Of note, MF is a bit watery- certainly not what I would expect in a barley wine. Definitely liked last year's version better, but looking forward to doing a vertical when I get 4 year's worth.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week since I never had this before. This is a style that I normally don't try but seeing that it was an anniversary beer, I bought a single and gave it a go. The dark fruit flavors helped make the rye and booze easier to stomach and this was the easiest Barleywine that I've had in a long time, if ever.

This had a nice pour to ti with an almond hue, lots of carbonation on the side of my pint glass, and a pretty fluffy head. The aroma was that of rye and sugar with dark fruit underneath. That came out more in the taste as the plum and apricot took over more and lingered after each sip. There was a bit of caramel and molasses here too but this never felt heavy or sticky. This was nicely balanced and went down relatively easily, until I started to feel a bit buzzed!

Of course, that was because of how strong the alcoholic content of this was. This faintly reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel or Tripel and fans of those styles, as well as Barleywines, will not be disappointed here. The body is certainly here and even though this didn't go down quickly, there's enough flavor and carbonation to keep this from being too heavy. I'd love to buy a few more and see how it ages.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts and some hops.

Tastes of the caramel malts layered with some hops. Caramel notes with toffee and some toasted bread come through. Fairly sweet. Some hops come in on the end and add a little pine resin quality. Ends with a bit of fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and I have found myself pleasantly surprised with Uinta in general.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition

superb barleywine -- as far as drinkability goes this is edging out bigfoot in my book right now. keep it cold, but let it warm up a little this is a great beer even in heat. 100+ today and this is very good....

pours a rich dark maple syrup amber with a nice little tan head, leaves little lacing but carbonated perfectly, as a barleywine should be.

hints of pepper in the nose and a spicy maple sugar thing.... far from Rum but a tad similar. the taste follows suit, baked cinnamon apples, prunes and maple, dried fruits, apricots.... a little boozy but not really, well rounded with good piney hops silkifying the delicious malt blend.

buy this beer. or steal me some.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This was one of the darkest Barleywines I've ever seen. Deep brown with some light red hues when held up to the light. An off-white, fluffy head receded after a couple of minutes leaving some wisps to partially cover the surface of the beer. Not much lacing.

SMELL: This smells like the typical Barleywine - bready with some banana and sweet malt aromas.

TASTE: Anything but typical. The relatively low-for-the-style IBUs are all perceived in this one, making it one of the more bitter Barleywines I've come across. Chocolate and toffee also stand strong while the more traditional flavors of the style are reserved for the background and the aroma.

MOUTHFEEL: Very dry and medium bodied, much lighter than most others in the style.

OVERALL: Strong example of the style, but it probably could use a little more malty sweetness to provide a touch greater balance. This has to be one of Utah's finest beers.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA in June 2012.

Bottles say: Bottled on: 2/3/11
4pk - $10.59
Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a deep amber/reddish color. Mostly translucent. A one finger, beige colored head that fades quickly. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - A welcoming aroma of toffee/caramel sweetness mixed with a aroma of dark fruits.

T - A beer that hits you pretty good on the initial sip. A rather noticeable booziness that is a mix of caramel, dark fruits (like raisins, figs and dates) and slighly bitter hops. This is a sipper but very tasty.

M - A heavier consistency. Light carbonation.

O - A fine example of a barley wine beer. I was surprised to see a beer on the shelf that was already aged 16 months so I don't know how much more the aging would add to the taste. As is, it was very tasty. If you come across this beer, give it a try. It's a treat. Recommended.


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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Bottled March 7, 2012.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with ruby highlights in the light. Clarity is pure for a beer this color. The head is thin, but leaves good lacing.

S - Smells of citrus rind, stale bread, and a bit of pine. Sweet dates mellow this one out and offer balance.

T - Citrus is prominent on the front. Some dark fruits, vanilla and caramel malt meld with a pine bitterness to create complexity. The high alcohol content goes unnoticed. Very good.

M - Good carbonation. The body is thick enough to support the flavors, but thin enough to keep the drinkability high.

O - This is an excellent example of the American Barleywine style. At 4 months old, it is well balanced and drinking perfectly to my taste. This is definitely a good, relatively cheap, option from an up and coming brewery that has impressed me of late.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Born on date of 1/12/12. Should of held on to it for longer, but oh well.

Appearance: The beer is a dark amber crimson red color with clarity through the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass and the one finger off white head has held up strong. Insane lacing on the glass too.

Smell: nice caramel and butterscotch up front. Pungent piney and citrus notes follow.

Taste: tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapple, tangerine, some pine, which is all followed by sweet caramel malty flavors. Very tastey and the booze is slightly noticeable too.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, boozy, dry, well balanced and easy to drink.

Overall: Solid barleywine. Will hold on to more of these in the future for aging. Very well balanced and the tropical flavors stand out the most. Happy to have opened it, but sad I could have held on to it for longer. Not disappointed one bit right now.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine NV for 2.49$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, raisins, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops, malts and caramel. There is also a lot of anise and raisins flavours. There isn't as much sweetness as I expected.. which I guess makes it very drinkable.. but of course the ABV counteracts that. It ends with a very bitter hoppy and anise aftertaste.

Overall - I would like to have a few bottles of this with some age on them to see how it mellows in the bitterness category. I'd also like a touch more sweetness to make this a true sipper taste wise. Still a very good beer, even when fresh.

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Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle : tulip snifter
bottled on 03/07/12

Pours dark red with a fizzy, light toffee colored head.

Light caramel and toffee malt, with bitter grassy, pine hops.

Pine hops, with some caramel and biscuit malts. Very faint boozy finish.

Medium body with light, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany brown beer - but produced a nice head to start, and laced the glass nicely

S: picked up toffee and caramel, but subtle; malts and hops

T: excellent taste - much dryer tasting than I expected - detected oak and hops, some roasted malt in the background balanced expertly with the hops to produce a very smooth and complex beer

M: excellent again - reminded me of whisky and wine - not a full-bodied beer - had a light character, just a hint of alcohol; great aftertaste

O: super impressed - had strong grain and wood character; I liked that it avoided the sweetness I find in a lot of other barleywines - it helped set this beer apart - it had a barrel-aged IPA-ishness to it; bet this beer would go great with a cigar

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Photo of busterthecat
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle dated 11/04/11. Picked up as a random single. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Served at cellar temp (53 degrees).

A- Pours a deep transparent amber hue from bottle that sits a great red shade in the glass when held to the light. A light foamy khaki head forms and leaves good lacing.

S- Very light fruity hops and bready sweetness upfront. Some candied fig, brown sugar. Pretty sweet aroma overall.

T- Bready and sugary malts, caramel, some light spice and earth from the hops. The there is some bitterness but it is rather restrained. Some alcohol detected in finish. The flavors aren't exactly melding together well.

M- Pretty thick & creamy body for a beer of this size and style. Flavors linger well. Feel is quite rounded. Stays moist on palate.

O- A pretty malt heavy barelywine. I understand that much of the aroma and some of the flavor hops have faded by now, but still should have more hop presence. Not a bad drink, perhaps I just tried it while it was beginning its transition to a elegant Aged Barelywine of sorts. Suggest waiting a few more months if you still have this brew.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Ruby red, clear throughout, moderate internal carbonation, pours a light foamy head which quickly becomes decent lacing

S: Dried fruits, hints of citrus and hops, moderately fragrant, some alcohol notes, but not as much as one might expect

T: Very heavy hops and citrus fruits, alcohol is certainly noticeable, but what else should one expect at 10.4% abv, some light pepper notes as well

M: Pretty smooth, but a little rough, with the high av certainly not helping, only a bit lingering, strong hops aftertaste

O: A solid barley-wine all around, nice nose and strong flavor, needs a little aging to smooth it out, though

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.