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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

667 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
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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Mosman445

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-07-2012 00:31:12 | More by Mosman445
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G-Hawk

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-10-2013 22:56:20 | More by G-Hawk
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-13-2013 04:59:15 | More by pathman
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-12-2013 14:05:31 | More by carteravebrew
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-25-2013 17:29:12 | More by goldenM13
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coolandy007

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-06-2013 10:47:57 | More by coolandy007
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JJStout83

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-30-2013 05:50:40 | More by JJStout83
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-18-2013 20:45:11 | More by tbone1384
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-01-2014 21:10:26 | More by prock180
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jboyer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-22-2011 05:31:12 | More by jboyer
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-24-2013 23:14:32 | More by hollywood_15063
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-18-2011 20:01:10 | More by Rochefort10nh
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-16-2013 18:56:42 | More by comfortablynirm
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TwoBeers

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:58:28 | More by TwoBeers
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abgba121

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:07:21 | More by abgba121
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kagent777

Utah

4.48/5  rDev +17%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:21:52 | More by kagent777
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cavedave

New York

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!

Serving type: growler

03-10-2010 23:36:39 | More by cavedave
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 01:32:26 | More by atsprings
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 17:58:39 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:13:20 | More by SawDog505
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 07:12:09 | More by cokes
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BexterK

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 15:37:41 | More by BexterK
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Devil's Milk Barleywine snifter.

A - Translucent dark brownish red, thin soapy head, very minimal lacing.

S - Bitter hops, grapfruit, alcoholic fumes.

T - Tons of bitter hops, slightly medicinal cherry flavors, candied black cherry, moderately sweet and sugary, grapefruit, a hint of molasses, grapes, alcohol is pretty noticeable, but I like that in barleywines.

M - Perfect carbonation, moderately thick, powerful, alcohol warms and opens your sinuses.

O - this is one of the best barleywines I have ever had, definately in my top 3 barleywines! Very complex and powerful, thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:14:20 | More by Rickythejeweler
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:18:05 | More by wagenvolks
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acidicbassist

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter:

A - A rich, dark mahogany with 3/4" head.

S - Deep oaky and rich fruity aroma; boozy with slight nutty hints.

T - Follows well with the smell; fruity (mostly raisin) flavour with a boozy finish.

M - Not quite as thick as the colour would lead you to believe, but a nice balance of thick/creamy and light with a final bite at the end.

O - A quality beer. I've had many a barley wine, some better than this, but not many. Overall, it has everything I look for in a good barley wine with a few little surprises (Nutty hints in the smell and a very crisp finish). I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:47:39 | More by acidicbassist
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.