Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

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785 Ratings

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 785 | Reviews: 398
Photo of Ghenna
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark red/chestnut color. Poured a 2 finger rocky brown head that dissipated to aa skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Big malt aroma. Burnt caramel, toffee and brown sugar; a very sweet background. A little sting in the nose.

T: Definitely malt; kind of smokey, bourbony and nutty. Transitions quickly to an intense bitter that lingers into the finish. Sweetness not as prominent than in the nose. Big alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lighter feel in the finish that's dry and warm.

D: Complex nose and taste. ABV is a bit daunting.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair US barleywine with a general good sense and hopefully potential for aging.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Light cream label (with a faint harvest drawing) dominated by the roman numerals XVI noting name of brew and anniversary occasion. Notes bottling date as "Limited Early 2009 Release". Shows bottling date (02/17/10), and 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber-brown pour with a good 1/2" frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and some splashes of lacing.

S - Generic hoppy sense woven with sweet malts, pleasantly fresh but without much complexity.

T - Malty backbone, sweet, caramel and molasses... Supporting quite a resinous profile of hops, bitter with a grassy touch.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation providing a nice final kick, slightly sticky and smooth as it finishes with the bitter touch.

D - Good drink that lacks some to be taken to the next level.

Notes: The main range is there, and If this is actually a year old since bottling already... Maybe a couple of years in the cellar with soothe things out, and the initial sense is that it might be quite something else after that.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly too fresh? This had a harshness I did not expect. Alcohol was forefront, more so than other barley wines I've enjoyed. Poured brown, with little head. Aroma's of malt and alcohol. Flavor was slightly astringent, with more bitter than malt, and more alcohol burn. Finish could be smoother, again perhaps needing aging.

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour the XVII into a globe glass. Picked up recently for $2.99 and bottled on 3/22/11. Opens with a light pop and pours a deep brown with clear crimson red highlights. A half inch of tan foam offers moderate retention.

Aroma of caramel malt and some brown sugar. Rather lacking in hops for such a young barleywine, with some earthy/chocolate hops coming out with a bit of warming. Flavor follows suit with caramel, some raisin and light brown sugar notes as well as a light touch of roast. This doesn't come across as overly sweet yet manages to mask the alcohol fairly well. It is evident on the nose but less so on the tongue. Finish is fairly full bodied but rather nondescript in its delivery. Overall an enjoyable pour but a bit lacking in complexity for the style. Age may help but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed and in fact this beer warms to offer a slightly oxidized hop aroma. Still worth a visit.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. XV anniversary edition.

Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany brown with nary a head. No lacing on the glass.

Big, rich caramel malt aroma. Slightly sweet and fruity, with a trace of herbal hops. Becomes boozy as it warms.

Caramel malty upfront quickly followed by an aggressive hop bitterness that nicely balances the malt. It unexpectedly ends on the dry side, with a rather bland, flat finish.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Decent and servicable barleywine, which was enjoyable to drink. But, in the end it doesn't quite stack up against the best in the style.

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XIV Anniversary
bottled on 1/14/2008

A - very dark, with a nice, beige head
S - smells very sweet, of dark fruits - plum, tart green apple
T - sweet malts were dominant upfront, followed by burnt, very dark fruits, again plums. The hops made them self present in a bitter finish. Also, for 10.4%, this didn't seem as boozy as I was expecting.
M - pretty smooth and creamy
D - This was the first barleywine I have tried, with others in the fridge to soon follow. I was expecting something a little different, but this was good nonetheless. Overall, this was ok, it was pretty bitter and seems that, as the label suggests, it could be laid down to age for a bit to make the hops fade a bit and the malts to shine.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

XVII bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore CA

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with dark fruit scents and a touch of alcohol

T - Like the smell starts of with the dark fruit then the sweetness comes out some with some alcohol in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I had the XIV a few years a go and I remember liking it more than this vintage but overall this is a good beer worth trying if you see it

Photo of Nerudamann
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Deeply red in color, almost crimson when held up to a light. About an inch or so of foam which dissipated at a moderate speed. Somewhat low carbonation.

Smell - Seems more malty in smell, with a sweetness to it, perhaps from caramel or brown sugar. I can't detect any fruits

Taste and Mouthfeel - The aroma was a bit deceiving, as there is little maltiness in the taste. At the start, there's an intense bitterness, that mostly hits the middle of the palate, but lingers in the aftertaste, drifting further back. I'm not able to detect any fruits in the taste either, but the subtle sweetness that was in the aroma is present in the taste as well, but even fainter. The texture isn't as thick as it could be, but it definitely does still lie more toward the creamier side.

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable for a barley wine. The abv is tolerable for good sitting. Complex taste, but was expecting something a little more. Still, not a bad brew.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a slight amount of head which appears to have some retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a deep maroon with hints of garnet that appears as mix between a light orangish-crimson and a dark amber when held up to the light. A tiny bit of sheeting extends from the surface of the beer. Leaves a good amount of lacing after I drink more.

Nose- Fairly muted for a barleywine. There is the obligatory caramel followed by light hints of brown sugar and molasses but not much else. Aroma from the glass is practically non-existent. Maybe some raisin. Swirling shows a sour, akin to rye, quality.

Taste- Caramel (as in the aroma) is the dominant characteristic here. However, there is also a lot of oakiness with a lot of present which would usually be a big negative for me but it seems well rounded and well countered by the hints of brown sugar. The alcohol is apparent but not grating. The notes of caramel, oak, and brown sugar are pretty big and gives this beer a lot of presence. However, this seems to be all there is to this beer. Good presence, good balance, but lacking in what also defines most good barleywines- complexity. The caramel and brown sugar seem a little burnt in the middle and give rise to a blend of weak sourness and slight raisin. I would prefer this fresh barleywine to be messier as that would portend a brighter future. It does not appear that will be the case and I would not suggest aging- unless you want a really boring barleywine. But don't get me wrong. This is a highly accessible, high gravity beer and would be an easy introduction for the novice.

Mouthfeel- Pretty much medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation for a barleywine. Too much for me anyway.

Drinkability- If this beer were more interesting, it would be scary. But it's not. I would rather get some Bigfoot.

Overall- Above average to almost good. A boring barleywine but still pretty tasty. Worth a try. You might find you like this low-key, high alcohol offering.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color. Ok aroma-somewhat of a malty, raisen like aroma though fairly muted. Decent flavor-quite the hop bite going on. Has a fairly dominant smokiness that I simply do not care for here. Malty backbone. Good body for the style. Finishes rather dry in the end. A notch above average as far as US barleywines go for me.

Photo of wjimson
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local liquor store. I was quite glad to find something that was over 4% in this part of the state.

Although the malt profile of this beer is well balanced, it came across as a little bland: lacking in richness. The taste of candi sugar is quite evident to the tongue and throat. A winning side of this beer is the well hiden alcohol content and and low acidity. The hop profile is also nicely balanced and mild.

Even after drinking this beer on a hot-summer afternoon, I did not felt the 9.8% alcohol at work. Like all other beers I have had in this state so far, the alcohol present feels lower than the stated alcohol content on the label, even if it means 4%. The lack of richness and alcohol-feel to this beer makes it very drinkable.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with 09/08 bottled on date into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Dark ruby with chestnut browns in it. Almost no head, maybe a quarter-inch of white foam that dies almost immediately to a ring with minimal soapy dots on the glass. A finger swish brings it to life pretty easily, though.

S--Lots of Cascade hops, which to me means pine and floral, specifically rosewater type scents. This is actually a little annoying to me, not because I don't like hops, but because I expect at least some of the cloying malt to peep through on the nose. If you dig on this one and really open up the hoover nostrils you can maybe find some chicory buried in there along with a hint of almonds. But that's really pushing it.

T--Same deal as the nose. The hops are the highlight, and while I got no beef with the ingredient, I don't really need a 10 percent version of Liberty Ale. Oh well. There is a mellow pleasant alcohol warmth that makes barleywines special, and again, if you go looking for it and wait until the initial piney and floral character of the hops dies but pay attention before the resinous bitterness parches out the finish--you've got about a half second window here--then you catch a decent glimpse of more roasty nuttiness of almonds, decent chicory bitterness, and a more fully developed marriage between honeyed sweet malt and rosy hops. This is all begging to make its way to the forefront but gets squashed.

M&D--Both are fine. I think the mouthfeel may be the strongest part of this beer, as it's not heavy or fizzy, but mildly smooth and round. Drinkability would be higher but I'm not that much of a hophead.

I've never had Bigfoot, but if it's this hoppy I'm gonna be in trouble...

Photo of fastpass17
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruby, slightly diminished head, good carbonation.

S: Sappy, pine essence, citrus hops, dark brown sugar in the background.

T: Rich, chewy, Belgian-esque, alcohol heat towards the back of the mouth.

M: Coats mouth like maple syrup, lasts in the palate.

D: Small glass after dinner, any more would overwhelm the palate.

12oz dark brown bottle.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tiny, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel malts with a handful of toasted breadcrusts and a pine resin hop scent. A bit of booze lurking in there as well.

Taste: Sweetish caramel malts arrives with a bitter, resinous hop hit of pine. Slight cherry fruitiness underneath. As with the aroma, the abv is apparent. Tangy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a top tier barleywine. I, for one, could use a heft of malt and body.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta- XIV Anniversay Barleywine

Big thanks to Wasatch for this!

A- Ruddy reddish brown with a small head. Good chunky messy lacing.
S- Oily pine hops and alcohol. The nose is weak on this!?
T- Strong oily pine hops with a slight touch of dried fruits; raisin and figs.
M- This one starts off watery, sweet and bitter hops arrive midway through and ends off sweet malty and boozy.

Overall- let this warm up. Not bad although flavors seem, a bit, toned down.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter, Sixteenth Anniversary Ale, bottled on 9/10/09

A: Pours a very dark amber color with two fingers of beige colored head. Retention is very good, lacing is excellent.

S: Not a very strong aroma, I get prunes and some faded piney hops. I also get some bready malts and toffee, but they are in the background of an already weak aroma. The aroma opens up as the beer warms

T: Much better than the aroma, I get strong bready malts upfront with some toffee and a bit of prunes. Hop bitterness is moderate. This beer remains quite dry for the style.

M: Medium mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is very dry for the style, but quite nice. It's over 3 years old, but I get very little oxidation flavor. I enjoyed this.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just find this style to be overly heavy.

Photo of busterthecat
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a burnt brown color. A beige head is slow to rise, but eventually gets to two fingers. That recedes, and gobs of lace is left behind.
S: Tree sap and pine resin. Perfume like hops up front, that fades in a minute to a big malty sweetness. Maple syrup and lightly woody. From the nose, everything about this seem really viscous.
T: Again, a big piney, resinous, and oily hop flavor up front. Sticky, sweet malt comes next. Then burnt wood and caramelized sugars, and leather. Lingering bitterness.
M/D: This is a big viscous mess. Full body, again oily, and resinous. A slow sipper for sure. Fusel like alcohol. It is taking me a while to get through this.

A big abrasive barelywine. Not bad, just to much for me. Everything is pretty overwhelming here. Worth a try, but not something I am dying to come back to. Maybe I should hold on to the rest of the 4 pack for a while and see where this goes?

Photo of asabreed
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with a diminishing cinnamon-tinted residue of foam. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Heavy fermented caramel with a thread of husky malt that gives a suggestion of shoyu. No distinct smell of ethanol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry that turns more sweet after a few beats, with spirituous toffee and very dark orange citrus and cherry fruit. Fermented vinous fruit emerges in the middle and the finish is bracingly bitter, mineral, and drying with earthy tea lingering.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This big barleywine is full-flavored with malt and bitterness featured, but it threatens to fatigue the palate more than one would hope for in a beer of the style. Acidity distracts, getting in the way of what might otherwise be a pleasant, slow-sipping experience.

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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