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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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396 Reviews

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 799
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 86 | 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 Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Opaque, dark reddish brown. Inch head dissipates quickly, leaving clumpy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Very eccentric; startlingly savory. It's a deep smell of chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses, with some leather hints. It smells like a mole or BBQ or Worcestershire sauce. The smell was taking me aback the entire time. It smells good, but not what you'd expect from a beer.

Taste: Huge, somewhat piney hops up front, on par with a really hopped up DIPA. Segues into a subdued caramel sweetness, with notes of dark chocolate and plum. Finish is bitter, with no alcohol warmth. The malt sweetness is a lot weaker than in other American barley wines, but still stands up to the big hops.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and frothy. It borders on sticky, but doesn't really get there (the smell and flavor seem to imply that this would be a sticky, syrupy brew, but it really isn't). Not bad.

Drinkability: Very good. I assumed from the style that the beer was at least 8% ABV, and sure enough it's 10+%. Drinks like 5%.


All told, a very good beer, though perhaps not what I'm asking for when I ask for a barley wine. It tastes more like a barley wine influenced, smokey DIPA--which sounds like a description of a good beer to me. The savoriness of the flavor was more of a novelty than a hindrance, as the smell is ultimately enticing (and the flavor is very good). I want to get a bottle of this and cook with it.

I don't know how this beer would age, but with its IBU and ABV, it seems like it would be worth trying.

I assume that it's because this brewery is located in Utah that I've never heard of it (I live in New England). This beer definitely makes me want to sample their other offerings, because it's very adventurous for its style. (1,820 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - AWESOME HEAD! Slight yellow tint. Extreme foam head leaves awesome lacing behind. Brew is nice dark purple color with lots of browns.

S - Great scent! Big raisin! Some slight mango and pineapple.

T - Whoa. For a B-wine it's inherently smooth! Missing only a slight something...

M - No heat, shockingly. Perfect carbonation and bitterness too.

O - It's a must buy every year, I drink one and sit on three for the rest of the year... Ages super well. Great B-wine! (471 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't say how much this beer overcame my low expectations. Poured almost looking like a red ale. Aroma was pungent. Lots of comparisons to Bigfoot already.

Taste, extremely smooth for its alcohol level, hopping, not Bigfoot level, but high. Nothing was over the top, but perfectly balanced, no overt sweetness that can sometimes ruin a barleywine.

Great mouthfeel, its enjoyable, not uber bitter, maintains perfect balance throughout, great price for this beer, and very drinkable, especially for the style and ABV. (520 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel and ruby hue with a generous light brown head with good retention; lacing is great

S: After a year there is still a surprising hop presence--slightly citrusy even--but also a strong molasses and fruit aroma: apple, plums, and dates; beyond all that is an oaky almost bourbon aroma with a nice malty base--a bit of alcohol finally penetrates as well

T:An oaky malt presence approaches first followed by a dry sweetness--a touch fruity with some raisins, dates, and caramel; also a touch of burnt malts and some pleasant alcohol numbing

F: Nicely carbonated; the beer is a touch thin on the back end but a pleasant film remains on the tongue and roof of the mouth

D: For what this is, this is a very easy drinking, delicious barley wine--nice work, Uinta! (768 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: dark Amber. Thick, foamy, light brown head. Thick, sticky lacing.
Smell: molasses, fig, sweet orange peel.
Taste: dark grain, slight raisin. Dark candy sugar. Lightly roasted barley.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big, burly body. Slightly sweet, slightly dry.
Overall: pretty good barley wine. A little bitter from the roasted barley. But good. Big and heavy. (393 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

now that fall is apparently upon us, time to break out a heavy hitter, this is the XV Anniversary vintage, bottled 11/12/08

a: the beer is a dark amber, the color of grade b maple syrup, a delicately thin head graces the surface, with a ring around the edges roused with each tilt

s: rich melange of caramel and toffee, apples, figs, and raisins all baked in brown sugar, toasted nutmeat, citric hops, booze on the strong side but befitting of the style, excellent aroma with an outstanding balance, Uinta makes great use of an array of malts rather than simply inciting a caramel-hop war

m: delicate carbonation and a viscous body that cleans up well

t: caramel malt backbone thinned out with some pale and complimented with a dose of nutty toasted barley, notes of toffee as well, big citrus hop flavors pull the malts back down to earth without overtaking, moves on quickly to a pretty clean finish - citric hop bitterness of moderate strength with some lingering toffee and nutshell, almost approaches coffee

d: a sipper no doubt, but being on the drier side really gives it a boost here, a really nice bwine that kinda surprised me...sought it out while in SLC but everybody was out, glad to see it's in abundance in these parts

single from Bon Vivant, Smithfield, VA...enjoyed with a cheese from the Keswick Creamery - Beer Wash Experiment #2 bathed in Troeginator

XVI bottled 04/09/09, consumed 07/01/10: good beer, much the same as my previous review, some scores would be lower for this particular bottle, but I won't deduct from my first (1,554 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking one year later

appearance: hmmm deep dark brown, almost black, very dark barleywine, great head and lacing.

smell: good hop presence from the first sniff, sublte citrus and caramel, lots of deep roasted malt.

taste: strong hops still after a year, sublte citrus, rich and touch of caramel sweetness. very robust and charcoal undertones

mouthfeel: medium-full bodied

drinkability: smooth beer. This is close to on par with a 1 year bigfoot. nice beer! (465 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut body with ruby hues and is surprisingly transparent. The generous head is a dense, dark tan and extremely slow to dissolve leaving a scattered ring of lacing clinging to the glass.

Abundant floral hops leap from the glass as well as pine and grass notes with sweet malt and vinous notes to follow. This is certainly an American style.

The flavor is superb combining the traditional rich vinous notes of the English style with the floral and grass hop notes of the American. The resiny hop notes really coat the tongue with the pungent floral flavors that do not overwhelm and fade as the sweet malt and vinous characteristics aid the finish.

This brew is a bit chewy with medium carbonation and a puckering, pungent coating of hops on the tongue and a vinous finish.

This is a great Barleywine, absolutely delicious. One of the best I’ve had. An unbelievable malt/hop balance and so much to appreciate. (930 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Colts9016 for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Pours a clear red, dark amber with a one inch tan head consisting of foam and medium bubbles in equal measure, fair retention, leaves light lacing.

S = Smells of sweet-tart candies, light syrup (not exactly maple, though maybe ample with vanilla added or something), fresh cut wheat, light floral hints, sweet iced tea. Quite good, well balanced smells.

T = Good malt forward tastes of maple syrup, light oak, bitterness is present as a balancing feature but not overpowering like oversteeped black tea or a dark oolong, very light hints of vanilla beans, pie crust, almond, manzanilla sherry. Quite complex and well balanced.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, very nice level of carbonation feeling. Maybe a little too light bodied.

D = A good sipping beer, goes down easily. (861 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet hammer here. Appearance is a large, long lasting, tan to cream-colored, thick head, plenty of lace, and a clear, dark amber hue. Aroma is leather, dark ripe fruit, dark malt, yeast, hops, and lumber. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet being up front and bitter heavy in the finish and just right carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, but the heavy bitter yields some coarseness. Ditto for the finish, with some off flavors, though overall, I’d definitely have, just not right away. I'd be especially curious to try it with some aging. (549 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVI version: Pours deep brown amber, like dirty copper. Modest but thick light beige head. Leaves a continuous ring of lace after every sip.

From a distance, I smelled perfume. As I brought my nose closer, brown sugar and sweet malt came through. Up close, solid floral hop aroma. Great balance.

Could be a strong brown ale; could be a high-hopped barley wine; could even be a sweet porter. It has elements of all three. Again, superb balance with a multitude of flavors coming through--none of them dictating the flavor. Crystal malt up front, mild alcohol warmth, biting hop aftertaste. Heavy, almost buttery body with plenty of carbonation.

A superb beer that is worth seeking out. A complete surprise when compared to the other Uinta offerings. (751 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown copper with a thick, creamy, light tan head that left copious lace.

S-Wow--->ORANGE! Like a chocolate orange candy, well OK, like a caramel, chocolate orange.

T-Spicy orange overlies a balancing roasted caramel malt base. This one seems rather simplistic at first but it is actually really nice and becomes more complex with warming.

M-Medium bodied with long lasting spicy bitterness. Rather dry and never becomes sticky.

D-For a 10% ABV brew the alcohol is very well concealed. Rather sharp and biting, certainly hop forward. A very tasty brew that is, without question, one of the best beers I have had from Utah and I have been there! (658 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by of 5/4/15.

Randomly came across a 4-pack of this and didn't have very high expectations, but I really like this one...may even be one of my favorite non-BA barleywines that I've tried to date. It's a bit nuttier than I expected, but it works well and is balanced by a lingering hop bitterness and some heat on the back-end. Even so, the alcohol is pretty well-masked and so it isn't too boozy at all. Overall, a real solid barleywine for a reasonable price. (500 characters)

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

One bottle, given to me from my good friend in Denver!

Pours a nice dirty brown/crimson. Quickly dissipating head, doesn't really seem oily or hugely viscous... but is noticeably fairly thick.

Smells strongly of piney hops. Earthy malts, a tad sweet and a tad boozey. Maybe a very small hint of burnt caramel undertone.

Taste rushes in with a lot of earthiness and booze. There is a pleasant sweetness that is just a bit sticky. Small amount of that burnt caramel taste. There is like a toasty, nuttiness to it... like strongly toasted almonds. The beer creeps away into the piney/herbal hops that have a nice subtle bitterness that lingers. It's noticeably hoppy, but doesn't cut your tongue out like Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada.

Mouthfeel, medium to heavy I would say. The grainy carbonation helps lighten it and is really well done. It remains drinkable, it has some dryness, it has a great carbonation for the style. Just all around perfected for this kind of beer. Slightly tacky/sticky. All is where it should be I feel on the mouthfeel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I am not a big hop fan but this is definitely one of the better hoppy barley wines I have had. Bigfoot is almost too aggressive... Nogne #100 is is hopped to the point it doesn't even seem like a barley wine anymore. But this grapples it in and fits the American bill on the style. (1,361 characters)

Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A --- Deep red with nice amount of foam

S --- Malts, little hops and some sweetness

T --- Excellent blend of hops and malts with alcohol, but not over the top. Very smooth for such a strong beer.

M --- Nice body, good carbonation and smooth

O --- Excellent! I will add this to my Top 10 Barleywine Beers to get every year. Uinta Beers have just started to hit the greater Sacramento area and they are very good. I look forward to enjoying more. (448 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the XVI, obtained in an Ogden State store while visiting here in August. It's a very pretty beer; deep amber covered with a thick head. The smell is wonderful, rich and malty with some caramel notes. There are slight hints of sweetness that may overwhelm. The first taste is excellent, well balanced and not too heavy. The conditioning is very good. Just a bit of alcohol in the lingering finish. No cloying flavors at all. This seems more drinakable than most barleywines but I'd've liked a better balanced finish. (523 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I find myself in the vice presidential suite at the marriot in salt lake city - so why not drink some local brews? I like 17 year olds so this looks good.

This 12oz bottle was dated 6/17/11. Fresh for my likes.

Pours a beautiful dark copper, burnt Carmel color with a slight off white head. Smells sweet malty goodness. Vanilla notes, Carmel notes, bready pudding, slight ever so slight tobacco highlights.

Great smooth mouthfeel as she goes down. Slight sweetness makes it not quite perfectly balanced but the taste lingers on the palate with a nice hop character sticking around. Good brew. Happy 17th!!! (620 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my SS 09 Ding! This bottle is XIV Anniversary. Bottled on 1/14/08. A beer clocking in at 10.4 % ABV from Utah who would have thought it? The beer was served chilled and in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: The body of the beer is orange to dark scarlet. Some golden highlights are noted when the beer is back lit. The head of the beer is light tan / dirty biege coloration. The beer leaves a passage of foam on my glass marking its passage. The head resolves itself to a skim of foam.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is caramel, brown sugar, a bit fruity mostly cherries, alcohol is present but seems to be of the brandy nature. Hops are present but only in the citrus sense and a subdued bit of pine.

Taste: The beer is certainly sweet up front, brown sugar, caramel, nice fruity tones, I know this isnt barrel aged but getting some nice brandy type notes, bit of butterscotch, all this sweetness is checked by an underlying notes of pine bitterness. The beer never really goes to bitter. Reviewing this while drinking it lol. The beer has a nice interplay between the hops and the sweetness as the temperature warms up. Not abusive and not cloying in the least.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is full. Carbonation is low but wasnt expecting alot either. The alcohol is very mellow. The beer isnt tongue abusing nor is it overly sweet. This beer is a nice sipper. All in all a very surprising beer treat from Utah.
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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - The 16th Anniversary edition pours thick and viscous. It settles dark ruby and amber in color. Wow, just looking at the legs this one has in the glass is impressive. Not a whole lot of carbonation is present but still a nice off-white and fluffy head tops this one nicely.

Aroma - Super, super sweet fruit, caramel and brown sugar. There are faint wisps of alcohol that come out as well. Is it bad that I get a little excited by that?

Taste - Very sweet and estery but deceptively smooth. Lots of baked apple flavors along with tangy brown sugar and a decent amount of hop bite (which is still present since this one isn't too old). This is a great beer for a cold night, lots of warmth from the alcohol combines with so much flavor.

Overall - I have to say that I am impressed. Very easy drinking, regardless of the high ABV, plenty of nice fruit flavors along with a decent kick from the hops. My sinuses are tingling and my stomach is warm, a great Barley Wine from Utah! (985 characters)

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XVII Anniversary.

A-Pours clear darm ruby with a half fnger of tan head. Nice sheets of lacing left behind.

S- Nice sweet aromas with a nice maltiness and some nice bread and carmel notes.

T- For being just one year old this is has some great flavor. Great bready malt flavors that are well balanced with a sweet taste.

M- Full bodied beer but very smooth and drinkable.

O - Very nice bready barely wine, wish I would have let this sit a bit longer but it was a good representation.

Bottled 11/23/2010 (508 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale with a slight cream colored foamy head and nice lacing on the glass. Syrupy aroma with some sugar cane whiffs and bourbon. The taste is very hoppy with the bourbon coming through on the swallow and a slight burn on the way down. No sweetness at all on this. I was waiting for a sweetness kick but it never came. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. At 10.6% this went down very smoothly. I had no idea who this brewery was before I tried this at a BW festival, but after trying, I am a big fan. Great stuff. (526 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

XVI edition, bottled on 10/1/10 so about six months on it

Aroma is malt dominant more like a British b-wine than American. I get lots of caramel and some fruit like baked apples and a spicy nose probably from yeast. There is some hops in the background but no overly citrus hops. More grassy and floral and it's pretty subtle. Really nice big beer aroma that builds my anticipation of the first sip.

It's deep red and really clear. Poured with a pretty small head and it stays that way. Just a bit of lacing and small amounts of rising bubbles.

Flavor is pretty bitter right away. Lots of hop oil and resin and some woody hop flavor too. It doesn't match the aroma in that there's way more hop bitter than malty sweetness. There is a caramel and brown sugar flavor in the background but I get mostly hops. And mixed in are the citrus flavored hops too. Warming up I get a little more malt including some roasty notes. Mmmmm...add in some apple pie yeast esters too.

Mouthfeel is right in the wheelhouse for the style. A bit coating, a little light on the carbonation and a little chewy. And there's just a little bit of alcohol warmth. I can tell it's a monster but it's not killing me.

A very nice beer. I think I paid $10 for the four pack so for a barleywine of this quality, also a great value. Gonna lay two of them down for a while. (1,344 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 07/16/09 into a tulip glass.

A: Dark copper, with a 1-finger head that dwindles quickly but let's you know it's still around with a patch of carbonation.

S: Malts, barley, graham cracker, raisins, and quite a bit of booze. This guy is still young.

T: Now this is an American Barleywine. Figs, caramel, and IBU's. The sweetness gets it part at the beginning and the hops override it to leave a nice bitter end.

M: Carbonated to the point it tingles. This one is built to age. Has a nice dry finish.

D: Solid. Drinks like a DIPA more than anything at this point. How much are pints of this?

Overall, an outstanding representation of the style. Not too rich and an enjoyment to drink. (720 characters)

Photo of humanawho
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful dark dark ruby color and a nice off white head that has very strong retention and lacing

S - very hoppy on the nose, lots of earthy aromas with a slight butterscotch but dominated by the hops

T - nice hop flavors, earthy, piny, leafy, there is a strong malty base underneath with a lot of syrupy and sugary flavors going

M - mouthfeel is extra heavy which fits the beer

D - being extremely malty and extremely hoppy it is as expected not a session beer (471 characters)

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.