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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

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SaucyA

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

XV

A - Sniftered. Pours a deep, relatively transparent brown body with amber highlights. The head is here and gone, but when it existed it was a bubbly tan. Now, all that sits is a few bubbles in the middle of the snifter, and a ring around the edge.

S - This is a particularly nice smelling barleywine, with a heavy, sweet malt base. The hops, while present, don't play a giant role in the nose. Very sweet smelling, with some caramel and toffee notes. No fusels.

T - Quite tasty, if not a little weak in terms of flavor. While I'd like it to be a little bigger, what's there is awesome. Much like the nose, it tends to stay on the sweeter side of things, with the hops basically balancing things out. The finish is slightly hoppy, yet winds up being sweet but not cloying. The dark, toasty malts really come through as it warms. Very little alcohol is noted in taste, especially for the 10.4% it's claiming.

M - A little thinner than I like in my barleywines, and the carbonation could use a slight bump. Not bad, but a slight distraction, considering the other awesome aspects of the brew.

D - Quite drinkable. I'd definitely seek this out again.

Notes: Uinta is new to me, and I'm definitely interested in trying more of their offerings. Thanks Wasatch.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 02:42:38 | More by SaucyA
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RootedFool

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. Decorative heavy parchment label reads "Bottled 2003," and marks the tenth anniversary of the brewery.

Pours an incredibly dense, opaque crimson, some vague ruby highlights come through when held to the light. The head rises nearly three quarter inches, off-white, frothy, and falls fast leaving a thin collar of lace around the glass; a few islands of pea-sized bubbles remain on the surface of the brew and mingle with soapy streaks of film.

Smell is upfront cotton-candy sweet, rapidly flanked by a sharp hop kick and some warming alcohol notes; the finish is a more complex sweetness: a hint of cinnamon, golden raisins, blueberries. A bright but sharp nose.

Taste opens with a jolt of bitterness on the center of my palate, and unfolds from there: the bitterness increasing in complexity throughout the taste. The middle stretches that bitterness out, very peppery and not unpleasant, and reveals some fine tones of candied fruit in the background (rum-soaked raisins and caramel). The finish takes the peppery bitterness around to the roof of my palate, and vibrates there for a long time -- levitates! -- as the subtle malt sweetness echoes below.

Mouthfeel: not as full as I would like, but the carbonation is perfectly restrained.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 07:08:04 | More by RootedFool
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

XVII, about 3 months old, so a fresh one.

the pour is mahogany with a velvety dessert sand colored head that settles to one-finger in height and laces very well.

sweetened dark fruits (figs) and smooth caramel with some grains and a backdrop of some herbal hops.

not asfull-flavored as I expected in a 10.4%ABV Barleywine, but what is there is pleasant. sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits with some grainy bread with some piney earthy herbal hops. it goes sweet again on the finish.

sticky yet lighter bodied and boozy throughout with a slightly prickly carbonation.

overall, i like it and its one of the better deals out there. not the best barleywine, and it doesn't do anything different, but it works pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:47:09 | More by silentjay
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BierJager89

California

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark translucent ruby red with a light tan ring of head.

S: Red wine, grapes, strawberry, peach and maybe apricot in the nose.

T: Starts off with lots of dark fruit and citrus, quickly fades to citric and piney hops, finishing quite floral and predominantly hoppy. A bit earthy, almost a bit tart.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Recommended for fans of American-style barley wines. Not excellent, but it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:17:59 | More by BierJager89
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augustgarage

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seems a fitting libation to celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition with...bottled on June 1st, 2012. Poured vigorously from a 12oz bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Burgundy/cardinal body glows a bright electric crimson/raspberry when held to the light. A small upthrust of dense beige suds coats the surface and thick tears draw down a cascade of fine lacing. Very good retention.

Candied ginger and orange zest in the nose - fresh plum and ripe berries are joined by notes of honey and barley. A potent enlivening aroma with bright esters and fruity hop notes.

Deep malty palate entry - a touch sweet at first, like over-ripe cherry (with a tiny hint of cough syrup), though this quality subsides as the malt begins to take over. Very slight toast with stewed fruit and a moderately bitter spicy/citrus/pine-nettle kick from the hops. Finishes medium-dry. Warming but not hot, the alcohol is well integrated.

Weighty yet smooth, full bodied mouth-feel with good carbonation.

Not a complex barley-wine, but well balanced and decently crafted.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 06:20:56 | More by augustgarage
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonsreeb85 sent this my was as an extra! Bottled 07/16/09, Sampled 10/28/09.

A- Pours a deep crimson color with a rocky head that leaves great lacing.

S- Dark fruit and a rich malty aroma. A big whiff of alcohol and a noticeable hop presence.

T- Big bold malt flavor with a huge sting of alcohol. The flavor is almost like dark cherries and plums soaked in rum. A bit of caramel malt flavor in the finish with a slight hoppy pine bitterness.

M- Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation. A bit of a bruiser especially this young.

D- Nice full barleywine flavor but just a little boozy. This will probably do quite well with some age.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 03:51:16 | More by projectflam86
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bort11

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 04:30:02 | More by bort11
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the XVI version I've had in my cellar for a while.

Pours a deep ruby, rustic brown color. A slick white head of 1 finger. Lacing is splotchy. Looks like a barelywine fer sherr

Caramel, vanilla, leather and blackberry in the nose. A bit sharp earthy hops, which have lost their pizzazz in time of sitting. Sharp pear and apple. Booze

Rich, sweet flavor. Caramel, oak, earthy pine, vanilla leather in the flavor. Sharp bitterness cleans up the sweetness, which then comes back on the end. Nice

This is a bitter beer, but not puckering or super dry. It's welcomed since the sweetness could get out of hand quickly. Very drinkable for the abv, which isn't shy.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 07:24:15 | More by Mebuzzard
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rtaps

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

XVII

Poured rust with a small (roughly 1 cm)head. leaving spotty lacing. body looks highly carbonated.

this has a nice sweet/bready with dark malts aroma to it.

its nice on the palette pretty bready throughout, dark malts, sweet. i think I'm tasting some banana in it as-well

High carbonation, medium bodied leaves the mouth watery but it dry up very quickly.

overall it's a nice and enjoyable barley wine well with the price on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:14:27 | More by rtaps
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rye726

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. Pours a clear mahogany with a silky tan head. Nose was a little light. Some bitter hops backed by mild roasted malts and possibly some candy. The taste is a brutal explosion of big hops, bitters and rich charred malts. Nice full body is well carbonated. Definitely a sipper, but quite good. Will age well for a few years. I would call this more of an American Strong Ale or Double ESB than a Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 05:21:35 | More by rye726
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 5/19/11. This is the XVII Anniversary.

Appearance - Poured into my big brandy snifter, slightly off-white 1 1/2 finger high foamy head that sticks around a good while, slightly hazy dark brown ruby color, and nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Nice leafy, grapefruit, and spearmint hop smell to it as first (but it's not overpowering or anywhere near as hoppy as say Bigfoot), but then I get all the wonderful, molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruit/fig, sweetness, a little bit of bittersweet cocoa, and some spice that I can't quite put my finger on that reminds me a bit of cinnamon sugar. Maybe it's clove? Not sure. Really pleasant aroma, actually. I just can't help but to sniff this over and over again. As I proceed, this warms, and I do much more sniffing than drinking. Really enjoying this aroma.

Taste - Taste is very complex. What hits me first is tobacco, dark cherry and fig, and molasses, followed by lots of caramel syrup, sweetness, nice leafy, earthy, and grapefruit hop notes (that aren't huge but are certainly noticeable), and some of the spearmint hopiness as well (unless I'm misinterpreting the slight alcohol bite as that), with some smooth roasted coffee notes and more dried dark fruit on the finish. Hints of hops and smooth alcohol burn are there on the way down. Very pleasant to drink, even now in the hotter summer months. Not quite my favorite barleywine and the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's still good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and velvety consistency, round carbonation (moderate but not too high), medium body, and fairly quickly fading, dry finish.

Overall - Overall, there's not much that I don't like about this beer. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's still enjoyable. As I mentioned, not quite my favorite barleywine (Bigfoot currently holds that distinction), but it is good and has reminded me how much I enjoy sipping on a nice barleywine over a lengthy period of time. Good slow sipper. Probably even better in the colder months. Can't wait to have one of these once the weather cools down again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:01:45 | More by matttttYCE
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Bung

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Solid dark amber/mohoganny pour. Nice off white head, a descent amount of lacing. Fruity caramel aromas, some pine and citrus. Tastes was much more pine up front, at first anyway. Almost IPA-ish. Malty, caramel covered red fruits followed. Hops balance nicely without being overly bitter. The sweetness lingered with the hops through the finish. Prefer an English style, but as this warmed it was a pleasant suprise barleywine. Really improved for me as it warmed. Would recommend, was not too pricey either.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:49:31 | More by Bung
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kirkpjr

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes - 4/30/10.

Bottled on 5/15/09.

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with mahogany highlights. 1 finger of off-white head rims the glass. Thin sheets of lacing.

S: Candied malts with caramel and molasses.

T: Caramel and sweet malts. Very rich. True to the style but I would prefer maybe a few more fruits in the taste.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. Bitter, malty aftertaste (is that an oxymoron?)

D: A sipper for sure. Not the easiest to drink multiples of, but I do enjoy trying new beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 23:46:00 | More by kirkpjr
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charlzm

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/11/08 during Brewfest 08 at Barley's Casino & Brewing Co., Henderson, NV.

Almost mahogany brown with coppery highlights. No head on this one.

Aroma is grapefruit hops, dark fruits and caramel malt.

Thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy, but pleasing. Alcohol is present but muted. Substantial malt character and sweetness well-balanced against hops more traditionally associated with west coast APAs than barleywines.

Very tasty and easy to swallow quickly. Keep an eye on this one or you may wind up horizontal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 00:58:50 | More by charlzm
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/22/20111. Pours very hazy and cloudy; almost opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, pine, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, citrus zest, floral, and piney earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; but are pretty weak for a barleywine. Taste of toffee, toast, caramel, raisin, brown sugar, pine, brown bread, floral, grapefruit, orange zest, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toffee, caramel, toast, raisin, pine, brown sugar, brown bread, grapefruit, orange zest, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt complexity; with a good amount of hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:50:33 | More by superspak
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown color, almost black, with a finger and a half of cappuccino colored foam. Aromas of dried apricots, raisins, tobacco and leather. On the palate, the hops really kick in, bringing some good citrus to balance out the caramel malt. A very good beer, even better considering it's less than $8/4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:54:03 | More by emmasdad
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A- Uinta anniversary barleywine looks the part with a dark brown mahagony look with a semi dark tan head about 1/2 an inch in height. Pretty nice streaks of lace but not overly covering the glass.

S- Smell consists of a deep sweet caramel scent from the malt with other sweet candi additions. A bunch of good smelling hops also take up a good amount of smell. A lot of alcohol is underneath the malt/hop mix. Up to par for an american BW and very hoppy.

T- The hop taste is what comes first with a big pine taste plus some other resins from them. Sweet syrupy malt with some caramel while being overall sweet with sugar like tastes. Some dark fruits in the middle after the hops and then finishes with some alcohol.

M- While there is a lot of hops in the nose and taste this does not come off bitter, probably from all the sweet malt. This one is above medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Goes down sweet smooth and hot as the alcohol is noticable.

D- Very drinkable for a 10% barleywine but it's a sipper for sure. I enjoyed what this had to offer and would purchase again, thinking about aging one or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:22:18 | More by BARFLYB
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixteenth Anniversary Version -I picked this up at Brass Rail, bottle dated 2/20/09 poured chilled into my La Fin Du Monde tulip

A - A deep amber/dark copper w/ rocky tan head of 3 fingers. The cap is pale and there is plenty of lace thrown up and rings collect on the glass

S - Plenty of dark fruit and rich fruity yeast esters. Plum, cherry and woody notes w/ mildly citrus hops and hints of pine. A very deep currant and malty toast rounds out the nose

M - A crisp hopped pine element w/ mild bitterness when placed w/ a malty mild caramel note and woody texture w/ warmth of alcohol and light hoppy astringent bite. The warmth and bitternesss linger w/ a touch of residual sweetness

T - A fruity, citrusy hop flavor starts the taste off well w/ a mild piney underpinning and merges to an almost tannic plum taste. The malt is sweet w/ a mild biscuit taste bordering on graham cracker. The grassiness in the hop taste is subtle w/ mild coarseness and grapefruit notes. There is a sugary tip w/ slight peppery notes as it finishes w/ pine hops still holding on to my tongue

D - A tasty Barleywine for sure, glad I grabbed this - one of the few styles I like to cellar. I would have let it age, but I couldn't hold out 6 months. The bottle on 2/20/09 is surprising since it has so much hop flavor and is very fresh and vibrant. The American style is right on but my notes indicate 9.8% instead of the 10.4% listed here. This ranks up with some of the best West coast barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 14:20:38 | More by Slatetank
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle of the XIII Anniversary Barley Wine (lists on the label at 10.4% ABV), bottled 01/03/07, consumed June 2008 (from notes). Poured to a snifter. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

A: Warm cherry red/mahogany brown - that's a vague description, but it's somewhere in that range. Capped with a light tan, creamy ring that never builds above 1/2 finger and drops to a thin ring. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet - toffee, figs and green raisins. All covered in a bready grain. Alcohol is barely noted.

T: Lots of grain: a spicy wheat, a vague minty-ness, and a leafy green hopping. Hops are big and forward, despite at least 18-months since bottling. There's a sweet toffee and a modest bittering.

M: Muted carbonation gives a pleasing, coating creaminess. A faint alcoholic/fusel burn is forgivable; hops are still radiant but balance nicely with a chewy graininess.

D: Not a favorite among all the barley wines I've tried but good enough to have again. Since I'd not had this before, it's impossible to note how this has developed with age. Suffice to say, it's good with a year and a half of age but may have already peaked. Worth a try and definitely one I enjoyed; thanks, John.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 21:20:49 | More by msubulldog25
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SchmoTerp

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 16th anniversary.

As I poured this beer into my glass, the aroma was quite strong and sweet. The color (at least to my observation) was somewhat two-toned; mainly a dark dark red. The head was minimal, but had a relatively slow dissipation. The taste was slightly acrid but still very smooth. Full-bodied with a bit of heaviness, this has a very satisfying taste and finish.

When I'm in the mood for a barley wine, this one is always an excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:58:22 | More by SchmoTerp
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macster

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 07:27:37 | More by macster
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mcann2pu

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into glass a reddish/ chocolate color, small amount of tan/whiteish head,

S - smooth smell with some alcohol present,

T -good, just about what I enjoy in a barley wine;

M- appropriate mouthfeel,
D- high drinkability despite having a fair amount of alcohol,

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 20:43:04 | More by mcann2pu
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koopa

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 00:23:55 | More by koopa
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - dark red/brown clear mahogany, thick sheet of off white bubbles on top, cool bottle in uinta style, good lacing

S - 4 - nice sweet caramel/ bready malt smell, syrup smell
The only thing I would ask is a little more hop smell

T - 3.75 - nice caramel malt with some hop flavor, But nothing too specific, some alc taste, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch

M - 4 - medium, some alc taste, aftertaste is mild hops and malt flavors

O - 4 - good beer, tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada's barley wine, I like it

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:24:49 | More by ISmith87
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 9/20/2012 on the label. Pours a chestnut brown with red highlights when backlit. Clarity is semi-hazy and head is a quarter-inch, cream-colored and frothy. Head eventually disperses into a tight band around the shoulders with an oily slick across the surface. Sheets and clusters of lacing exhibit excellent retention during the tasting and are refreshed with each tilt of the glass. Nose expresses some malty sweetness, candied prunes and piney hops. Taste follows nose; however, the piney hops are quite forward and suppress the malty sweetness. There's also a touch of chocolate in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a pretty good small format, easily accessible American Barleywine. Alcohol is really quite well-hidden. It might be worth putting a couple of these in the cellar to see what happens as the hops character dissipates over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:34:23 | More by Jwale73
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.