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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

665 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | 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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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just picked this little baby up at a 'State Liquor Store' in Salt Lake City. This poor state has such piss poor liquor laws and because of it the brew selection is not the best. Either way I picked this one up from a local brewery and was pleasantly surprised.

The appearance is really nice, great actually for a barleywine. It comes with a nice liquor pour that produces a real foamy light brown head. The color is nice, dark dark in the center of the glass, then a lighter leather color around the thinner edges. The brew leaves a light lace around the edge of the glass.

The smell is typical of a barleywine, sweet sugar smells with a strong but silent alcohol smell. Has a great carbonation that brings out the smell very strongly with every twirl of the glass.

The taste is great. It does not contain an over liquor taste, has a smooth blend of alcohol with a great 'beer taste'. The carbonation is good, helps with the smell and mouthfeel, which hurts for a variety of reasons. Like I said with the smell, the alcohol is strong, but comes AFTER the flavor. Tastes better at room temp.

The mouthfeel gets a lower score because with most Barleywines being produced these days I am used to the kick in the mouth that they deliver. This is smooth, but needs an overwhelming characteristic that stands out on the palate to dance about. Nothing bad about the mouthfeel but most certainly not great.

The drinkability of this brew is great. Although it doesn't dance on the toungue like I would prefer, it has that smooth liquor effect. The taste is great, the alcohol is barely noticable. All around this is a surprise, and a good one at that. I will be buying more of this fine Utah gem, and I recommend you do as well.

J

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 21:01:33 | More by Jmoore50
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Algebrew

Arizona

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a DARK red wine color accompanied by a creamy brown head that left such a beautiful, fine lace.

Smell: A grainy/biscuity smell comes through with strong malt aromas. Also, a delicately sweet, fruity wine floats in the scent.

Taste: The beginning opens up with some sweet fruit and nut flavors; the middle drags the flavor down into a bitter range, bringing out more of the hops but still balanced with some tasty malt flavors; the end finishes with a strong bitterness along with hints of toffee, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It was almost chewy. Excellent carbonation, just enough, sparse. It was creamy overall and left a very nice heat after a half minute on a sip.

Overall: I celebrate the anniversary of Uinta by letting them know this was a spot on brew. I'm not even finished with it and I feel a bit toasty. After trying this and Stone's barley wine brew, I have discovered that I'm fond of this style; complexly flavored and unique. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:25:31 | More by Algebrew
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fifteenth Anniversary edition, bottled 9/29/08. Thanks to everyone who didn't buy this at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, I now have a 6-pack of an aged barleywine that I didn't have to cellar myself. Sweet. (They have more, I believe!)

Not much "ziss" when opening the cap, but it's not dead after the pour...rather it's got a bubbly beige head that takes a couple minutes to thin, and then is just a crown. The liquid is a rusty brown, almost like watered-down chocolate milk as it takes on an almost bronze hue. Dots and slashes of lace are left on the sides of the snifter.

Aroma is huge gooey caramel, a bit of toffee, the sweet/salty pairing of taffy, raisin, fig, and a fair bit of alcohol to ramp up the volume on those other characteristics.

The flavor takes the dark fruits detected in the aroma and shoves them to the front. Along with raisin and fig, there's a good bit of overripe plum, and a particularly grape-y sweetness, although not sure I'd call this vinous (despite the name of the style). Caramel; toffee. Charred oak far in the background, and a healthy hit of leather, both which provide balance against the sweetness of this beer. Alcohol is present but incorporated well. Maybe this is just playing tricks on me, considering it's been in the bottle almost two years, but this has the vibe of an English old ale as much as it does an American barleywine.

Mouthfeel is round, silky, chewy and has just the right amount of stickiness. The grassy bitterness of hops show up in the finish, and that stickiness keeps them rolling long after each sip.

Complex and balanced, I'm curious to try newer (and older) versions of this bad boy. My first bottle three days ago seemed okay; second bottle yesterday impressed a bit more; today's tasting showed me the light. A classic case of a "grower" beer. Big beer lovers, seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 22:25:24 | More by Metalmonk
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Greywulfken

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany brown beer - but produced a nice head to start, and laced the glass nicely

S: picked up toffee and caramel, but subtle; malts and hops

T: excellent taste - much dryer tasting than I expected - detected oak and hops, some roasted malt in the background balanced expertly with the hops to produce a very smooth and complex beer

M: excellent again - reminded me of whisky and wine - not a full-bodied beer - had a light character, just a hint of alcohol; great aftertaste

O: super impressed - had strong grain and wood character; I liked that it avoided the sweetness I find in a lot of other barleywines - it helped set this beer apart - it had a barrel-aged IPA-ishness to it; bet this beer would go great with a cigar

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:05:42 | More by Greywulfken
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. Thirteenth Anniversary Barley Wine with bottled on date of 01/03/07 printed on the label.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of hops, almost to the degree of an IPA along with brown sugar, caramelized malt and some dark fruit.

T: The taste has a good complexity to it. It starts out with a decent hops bite and then some sweetness comes in with flavors of brown sugar & dark fruits. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but it’s not a bad thing. There’s an alcoholic sting that comes in, but it’s not as strong as it could be given the fact that the beer isn’t as heavy as most beers with ABV pushing double figures. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, when I first started drinking it, the beer seemed like a sipper, but as I continued to drink it, I found myself drinking it quicker and quicker, which is pretty dangerous for a beer with such a high ABV. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer and enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:33:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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a10t2

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the XIV release, with a bottling date of 11/30/07, cellared since March 2008.

A: Pours a perfectly clear, dark ruby red, nearly brown. Bottle-conditioned, but the nice compact sediment stays behind. White head persists remarkably well and provides a little lacing - very impressive in a 10.4% beer.

S: Hoppy aroma, but with some malt to back it up. Citrus and pine, plus a distinctly sugary aroma, a little breadiness and a hint of alcohol.

T: Very malt-forward throughout, but the hops are nicely balanced. Some light chocolate flavor as well, then the aftertaste lingers with the hops dominant - clearly this is an insanely bitter beer. Exactly what an American Barleywine should be.

M: Maybe a little more carbonation than typical for the style, but that keeps things light. The alcohol probably helps too; even as heavy as the malt flavor there's nothing cloying about it.

D: Dangerous. After almost two years this is clearly hitting its stride.

ORIGINAL MAY 2008 REVIEW:

XIV batch, bottled 11/30/07. 10.4% ABV.

A (5.0): Slightly cloudy amber-brown with copper highlights. Beautiful thick tan head with exceptional retention and lacing. Wish I could get head like that on a 10% beer...

S (2.5): Aroma is pretty subdued, maybe because of the thick foamy cap. Primarly resinous hops with some floral notes. Very little malt sweetness, but a hint of sour cherries and just a little alcohol.

T (3.5): A big up-front load of hops, but the malt dominates the experience: fairly light and toasty, without the caramel sweetness I would expect. The alcohol is surprisingly subdued.

M (3.0): Maybe a little over-carbonated for the style, it's light over the tongue, without much of a slick or vinous quality to slow things down.

D (4.0): Probably too drinkable, I finished this pint in less than half an hour.

Notes: I dinged this half a point on smell, taste, and mouthfeel. As is it might fit better into the IIPA category, but I would imagine in a year or so it will be an exceptional BW.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 05:56:53 | More by a10t2
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for spreading the love with this exceptional brew. Pours dark brown with cherry red hues which make for spaces which are barely penetrable by the light. A slight dark tan head fades fairly quickly into a good thick stripe all along the top of the brew. A big sweet aroma initially rises to the nose, and I like it a lot. Following that are some sour dark fruits, grain, black licorice and some sweet yeast. The taste involves a big hop bitterness with sweet and sour cherries and a good sweet breadiness mixed in between it all. Now this is what I'm talkin' about. A thin layer of chocolate is also discernible. A slightly piercing but very welcome alcohol heat exists, but that's to be expected, as this is a big one. Body is medium to heavy, a little creamy up front, and a little dry going down. Beers like this are just one of the reasons trading is so worth the effort and expense.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 22:52:57 | More by stephens101
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s111

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes, Utah steps up and smacks one over the fence. A delicious surprise after so many expensive disappointments.

I've got one in front of me right now, let's dance...

ST: Poured out of a 12oz bottle (actually 1 and a half bottles) into an oversized Duvel tulip that's been beat down, chipped and filed smooth at the base several times. This ones seen three years of quality beers. My favorite chalice for sure.

A: Viscous when tilted sideways, tan moderate head bubbling down the sides, beautiful ruby color on the ends going mahogany towards the middle, pretty cool to marvel at and take a long exhale.

S: Deceivingly sweet, a malty Godzilla for sure.

T: Mmm... Roasty up front, backed off sweetness (comparatively), molasses nuance in the middle with rum raisin and black pepper on the back end. Woodiness starting to accumulate after a couple of sips... Nice.

M: Springy carbonation when freshly poured then dissipating somewhat shortly thereafter. A medium body, molten malty yumminess, but not one of those creamy ones. Slightly dry.

O: So nice to pick a winner with limited dollars. A vote of confidence for exploring the rest of the Uinta menu. Good job, brewers.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:42:05 | More by s111
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therica

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= reddish brown, modest quickly fading head.

S= bountiful floral hops and nice malts, hints of some fruits.

T= I'm not a big fan of barley wine but this one blew me away-- spectacular! Bountiful hops and bitterness, rich malts, a smoothness I've never found in a barley wine, nice fruity notes including prune and probably cherry. Extremely well balanced.

M= savory hops florals and bitters, malts, slight creamy feel on the tongue, fruity notes, light prune.

D= only the high ABV% would keep me from drinking more than 1-2 of these at a sitting, otherwise highly recommended, great with beef, ribs, maybe roasted chicken.

Bottled 8/29/2008, consumed during the 2008 holidays that December and my review was mislocated until just now.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 09:57:49 | More by therica
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drowninginhops

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/09/09 Enjoyed on 3/15/11 in a standard pint glass.

A: Dark ruby in color, 1 finger tan head that stuck with it.

S: Caramel, toffee, malt, some pine hop character with a sweet smell in the back.

T: Bitter (good), malt, caramel.

M: thin to medium carbonation, good thickness.

D: at 10.4% and with its weight it is not the kind you can drink alot of in a session.

Will be reviewing again after I age the other bottle for longer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 19:27:08 | More by drowninginhops
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Deep, nearly opaque, dark ruby hue, close to maroon, with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a razor thin cap. A one finger wall of lacing is left behind.

Sharp and piney hops sit on top of a dark fruit background. The malts add a little bit of a toasty aroma in the background.

The malts are toasted pretty well, giving off a little bit of burnt caramel. The hops are front and center, with plenty of grapefruit-like citrus and a little bit of mint. Full bodied, slightly acerbic feel. The hops linger for a very long time after each sip.

Careful with this one as the alcohol is very well hidden, and slowly becoming more obvious as the beer warms. Complex with good flavors, and not too overpowering. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:31:46 | More by BeerSox
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, creamy head and some good lacing.

S: The aroma was so dominated by hops, that not much else was detectable. Still, very pleasant.

T: Much hoppier than most barleywines. Also had citrus, caramel and other mild fruits and malts. Complex and tasty.

M: Well-carbonated with a slick finish. Full-bodied, more or less.

D: This is a drinkable, enjoyable American barleywine. It's hard to believe it has a 10.4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 13:54:13 | More by avalon07
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StoutishDan

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never tried a barley wine, so I was excited to try this one.

A - Thick. Dark reddish brown color. Small head, no lacing. It's a beast in appearance!

S - The thing that stands out to me at first is the sweet smell. toffee-like notes with carmel peaking its head up through the sweetness. Malty. Little hops.

T - The alcohol hits you up front. Nice amount of carmelly malts. Very creamy feel and taste. Maybe a little vanilla hints.

O - I just started laughing when I first tasted this beer, not because it was bad, but because it was so different. Granted it was my first barley wine. But it was a sipper, for sure. It was nice. I see myself daring a buddy to chug a glass for 10$. Something that would be worth 10$, but he wouldn't get to enjoy the beer itself. Bummer! This sucker's a beast! I couldn't and wouldn't drink more than one at a time. Two in one night would be death! Very different from others. Looking forward to trying different barley wines in the near future. In fact, I think I'm going to pick a couple next week, when I get back in town.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:34:18 | More by StoutishDan
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance:the reddish brown ale poured a half fingers worth of tan head with beautiful lacing.

Smells: a bit like cherry with a citrus note, the alcohol is there as well.

Tastes: of fruits like plum and a earthy hint in the middle. A floral finish actually when I was expecting a orange flavor which I got from the smell.

Mouthfeel: a tingle from the 10.4%, but smooth and a nice dry finish.

Overall: a good barleywine in my opinion. Picked up a a 4 pack at total wine in Riveredge, NJ for $7.99 and worth even more. I am going to get more soon, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:16:01 | More by kennylopez
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t_carterb

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Maroon with a half in., tannish head.

S: Sweet and malty followed by nice strong hops. A very west- coastish barleywine (similar to Old Ruffian or Bigfoot as the previous reviewer said).

T: Sweet with some minor caramel and a well-balanced between the malts and hops.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation.

O: One of fav. barleywines. Always what I expect it to be, and well priced which makes it tough to beat.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 19:31:19 | More by t_carterb
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on "8/29/08", so this little number (12 ounceer) has been in the bottle for a total of about 3 weeks! Yikes, FRESH barley wine, not sure how I should feel about that...anyway lightly cooled and into a tulip glass, this one pours a rich, glowing dark, dark shade of honey amber, clear, equally thick and rich dark tan head, that leaves plenty of coating and scattered lace. Nose of gobs of malt, bready sweetness and resiny hops in the rear. First impression of this fresh and young brew is "wow" big and bold, smooth on the tongue, goes down easy. Big smooth malts, nicely balanced by more resinous hops on the back of the mouth. This one is drinking great right now and I would assume it will only improve with some time in the bottle. My first try of any of the Uinta line (how does one pronounce that anyway?) which have just made on shore in the NYC area.I'm impressed, well worth a try now or in a few months on one of those cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 13:55:06 | More by Billolick
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA in June 2012.

Bottles say: Bottled on: 2/3/11
4pk - $10.59
Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a deep amber/reddish color. Mostly translucent. A one finger, beige colored head that fades quickly. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - A welcoming aroma of toffee/caramel sweetness mixed with a aroma of dark fruits.

T - A beer that hits you pretty good on the initial sip. A rather noticeable booziness that is a mix of caramel, dark fruits (like raisins, figs and dates) and slighly bitter hops. This is a sipper but very tasty.

M - A heavier consistency. Light carbonation.

O - A fine example of a barley wine beer. I was surprised to see a beer on the shelf that was already aged 16 months so I don't know how much more the aging would add to the taste. As is, it was very tasty. If you come across this beer, give it a try. It's a treat. Recommended.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 01:23:04 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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colforbin73

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition

superb barleywine -- as far as drinkability goes this is edging out bigfoot in my book right now. keep it cold, but let it warm up a little this is a great beer even in heat. 100+ today and this is very good....

pours a rich dark maple syrup amber with a nice little tan head, leaves little lacing but carbonated perfectly, as a barleywine should be.

hints of pepper in the nose and a spicy maple sugar thing.... far from Rum but a tad similar. the taste follows suit, baked cinnamon apples, prunes and maple, dried fruits, apricots.... a little boozy but not really, well rounded with good piney hops silkifying the delicious malt blend.

buy this beer. or steal me some.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:40:53 | More by colforbin73
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVII 2010 Vintage
Bottled on 11/23/10

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear dark grape color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind, and a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a nice sipper. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

Revisted: XII 2005 Vintage
Bottled 2005
Enjoyed 22 Nov 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with 5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08
Enjoyed 30 Jul 10

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Not much of a head on this one, which only leaves some nice oil slicks behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with some hop notes. Medium body, this one is kinda on the watery side. Drinkable, but not as tasty as other aged one's. I'm a bit disappointed.

Revisted: XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled 12/12/07
Enjoyed 24 Jul 10

Pours a very nice dark brownish/grapy color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacy left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, grapy notes, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, nice grape note, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 2.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled 11/09/06
Enjoyed 1 May 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 3.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice, definitely not as hot when fresh.

XVI 2009 Vintage
Bottled on 02/20/09

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a sipper for sure. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine. I believe to date, this has got to be the best one I've had fresh, well with not a year or more of cellaring.

XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled on 07/10/07

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice one-finger plus creamy/foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, putting a year on this one made it very tasty and highly recommended.

XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled on 11/09/06

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XII 2005 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XI 2004 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty decent barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 22:07:47 | More by Wasatch
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear black brown body, with a light tan collar. Juicy robust malt barleywine flavor nose -- ripe prunes. Light and flavorful. Lots of sawdust and fermented booze and grapes. Lots and lots of malts. Wide mouth bitterness -- hop edges all over the body, sharp and bitter. Medium impact barleywine and port aspects. Balanced yummy barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2005 06:40:19 | More by donnebaby
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wchesak

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15th anniversary poured into an Allagash chalice

A - dark mahogany color with a more ruby brown color towards the bottom of the glass, about a finger and a half of beige head, head fades into a lumpy rim leaving good lace

S - smells like a piece of chocolate filled with citrus fruit and caramel, hops catch the nose first, but are quickly over taken by the chocolate and caramel malt smell, as the beer warms the slightest smell of alcohol appears

T - hop bite leads to malty background then lingering hops on the sides of the tongue, quite the rollercoaster

M - good carbonation that pushes the beer to all the taste buds, smooth going down

D - have started to pick up on the alcohol about mid glass, however its more in the chest than hot in the mouth, its the only beer from this brewery I can get my hands on and I am not complaining

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:42:06 | More by wchesak
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew (last year) in a trade with Wasatch, thanks John!

14th XIV Anniversary batch, served in a snifter.

Deep brown color with a tan head that hung on as long as it could, considering this brew is a 10.4% abv sipper.
Aroma is dates/figs/raisins, you get the idea.
The taste is very good, sweet dark fruit with a wonderful dose of bitterness on the dry finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Makes for a nice nightcap/sipper.

Note: I'm glad I sat on this Barleywine for over a year, as I think it was probably a bit 'hot' when it was fresh?...
I'm not a big fan of Barleywine, but this was a good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:04:15 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with some ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized and brown sugars, grapefruit, citrus, and some pine hops, a hint of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and pine hops, some good bitterness, brown sugar, caramelized malts, a touch of dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy barleywine. Great overall balance and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:18:35 | More by ngeunit1
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aerozeppl

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Poured a very deep ruby color with some white head that quickly retreated to the rim of the snifter.

S: Nice big hop nose up front with some citrus notes. Big malt backbone is there as well. Very nice American barleywine nose. Nice touch of caramel as well.

T: Sticky hops right up front with a nice sweetness from all the malt. The hops are on the piny side. Only a slight hint of the ABV when it warms. Not that complex at all but enjoyable to drink.

M: Nice medium sticky mouthfeel.

D: A boringly good barleywine. It really does not have anything that stands out to make it remarkable. That being said it is easy drinking for the style and ABV. Glad I got to try a big beer made in Utah.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:20:46 | More by aerozeppl
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StoutHearted

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful deep red with no head. A sweet smell emanates of chicory and raisins, and the taste matches, with a dry, hoppy flavor that coats the mouth and lingers. The hoppiness and heat of the alcohol takes over the mouthfeel with a bit of boldness. Nice for savoring, but it doesn't have the advantage of other barleywines in having different tones and flavors open up as the brew adjusts to room temperature. Thus, you get a straightforward brew instead of one that changes.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:35:31 | More by StoutHearted
Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.