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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale
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BA SCORE
86
very good

748 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 63 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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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.

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4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to wasatch for this little gem.

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Belgian chalice. Label is fairly simple, parchment style paper with an X and a V. Bottled on 12/16/08.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of tan head. This settles slowly to a smattering of islands of foam, leaving behind spotty lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear and deep ruby. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet alcohol aroma, with undertones of candy sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Toffee malts upfront with hints of sweet cherries and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol makes itself known by the sweetness, but no burn.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A wondrous beer. Sipping on this through the evening as I read a good book reminds me of what I like so much about quality beer.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark reddish brown hue with very thin and lightly tan colored head that recedes quickly and leaves behind a thin lace

S: sweet and malty, some caramel notes and maybe dates and fig notes, followed by the hop presence. This is very similar to Sierra's Bigfoot, the hops are strong, certainly a west coast American barleywine

T: sweet with the fruity notes, the alcohol is mildly present but the hops and malty notes pair well to cover the bite. Bitter throughout and ends bitter.

M: medium to heavy body, well carbonated

O: a great barleywine, nice and hoppy, everything balances well to hide the alcohol level and makes it a nice and easy drinking brew.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with reddish cast, almost opaque, topped briefly by a dark beige head that subsides to floating amoebae. The look of a fine barley wine, which ain't pretty, but is the least of the characteristics IMHO.

The smell is a delirium of contrasting aromas; orange, burnt bread, caramel, floral, molasses, figs, chocolate, herbal, even some prune in there. woooaaaahhhh, talk about complex!

The taste...ummm, how to describe this. It seems the brewer of this decided to try to balance as many different beer flavors as possible into an overhopped taste that hides the alcohol, pleases the palate, and soothes the mind. Mission accomplished. I could picture many people not liking this eccentric blend. Luckily I am not one of them (I enjoy the flavors of fish eyes, armadillo, pig tongue, and fermented baby clam sauce!). It is full flavored, to say the least, starting with a blast of orange, grapefruit, burnt toast, bitter herbs, pine tar, sweet floral, caramel, even a bit of darkest chocolate, then takes off into a bitter fugue unlike any BW I've tried...make that any beer I've tried, period. Think that Uinta can't make this unholy alliance work? Think again. This ain't a brew for the pale ale crowd, this is a stick of flavor dynamite that somehow works. As it warms the flavors morph crazily, the citrus subsides, the pine explodes, the bitter gets crazy, the caramel seems to burn in the mouth, insane herbs spring from the bushes, absolute shitloads of wonderful flavor that hide the copious quantities of alcohol residing within this strong-flavor-junky's wet dream.

Mouthfeel is excellent as a barley wine can accomplish. Super low carb, natch, very viscous but somehow not sticky, drinks way too easy, and a finish that is full of sweet, yet bone dry with sere bitter (how'd they do that?).

Drinkability? Well, I am snockered now after about thirty ounces, and I swear I didn't taste a bit of alcohol the whole time.

Impression: My first Uinta brew, and if this is their modus operandi I will be on the lookout for more!

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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent deep ruby red in color. One finger head that settles within a few minutes. Laces beautifully. Very clean clear richly colored beer.

S: Not as big of a nose as most barleywines. Some citrus and oakiness. Maybe some raisin and hints of carmel.

T: This is quite hoppy for a barleywine. Delicious, but not what I was expecting at all. Citrus, some pine then the malty flavors take over. Oak, toffee, some raisin. Very little alcohol taste.

M: Quite light for this beer style. Moderate carbonation. Very balanced and a great sipper.

O: This is an excellent beer. Quite a bit hoppier than I was expecting but it balanced nicely. This is a big beer at 10.4% but drinks quite a bit lighter. If I had bought the 4 pack, I could see these being dangerous.

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4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #258
Served On: 2/25/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10.4%
Date/ Code: 11/27/12

This was a 12oz bottle from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick.

Look: super deep ruby red color with amazing clarity. The head was a thin coating of patchy tan foam. Carbonation level was low. Inconsistent lacing formed rings throughout the session.

Smell: Pungent grapefruit with sweet syrupy malts. Also come caramelized brown sugar and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Up first was the super tart grapefruit with the sweet caramelized sugar kicking in towards the middle. A warming sensation was followed by a quick roasted quality. The finish was some nutty booze balanced with a lingering licorice sweetness.

This was a very well done Barley Wine. The complexity level was slightly higher than a SN Bigfoot, probably because the hop profile seemed dialed down a bit. Also do yourself a favor and let this one get some time on it before diving in.

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4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 3/19/13. Pours a brownish ruby with a one inch off white head, that leaves behind loads of lace. Smell is toffee, caramel, biscuit, earthy hops, and hints of fig. Taste is loaded with toffee, brown sugar, fig, and a blast of caramel hangs around in the tongue. Body is fairly large, nice carbonation, a touch dry, and easy drinking for its heft. Very nice!

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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVI, bottled 2/17/10

Translucent crimson-brown with a healthy beige head that shows solid rentention and lace for a beer this size.
Burnt toffee, grilled pineapples, prunes, Sherry, stewed apples, toasted walnuts, anise, and fig jelly grab and twist the hairs in one's nostrils. Hops have mellowed a good deal from the last time I tried this (maybe 8 months ago or so) and as much as I enjoyed them, they left behind a very refined, malt-bath barleywine.
As it oozes across the tongue, it leaves a wake of burnt brown sugar, plums, prunes, raisins, and general dark fruit compote. The middle brings notions of exotic fruit, drenched in molasses and stewed. Then a bit of yeast slurry and tart cherries. Some fortified wine, alcohol and vinous suggestions, but intergrated into the dark fruit persona, and the actual strength is only accounted for by its thickness and felt in the head. Hopping still adds resins of wood and pine, with tracers of floral bitterness...just enough to maintain a bit of balance.
The carbonation gives it an airy, fleecy feel upfront, but dwindles out over time, leaving it thick, sturdy, beefy, but un-cloying.
Forget any state-associated beer-handicap, this is a rock solid barleywine, and it keeps getting better with age.

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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours deep amber with a tan head.

S. Intense caramel bready smell with a hint of tart cherries.

T. Heavy hop bite that melts into spicy caramel, sweet raisins, rounded out with alcohol in the end.

M. Medium-high carbonation. Intensifies the bite of the hops.

Overall a fairly intense barleywine. The hops really never let go of your tastebuds which makes it harder to taste the sweet malts. My tongue is slightly numb as I type this, and that's after only 1/4 of the bottle.

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4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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