Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
904 Ratings
Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
904
Reviews:
419
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
118
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 904 |  Reviews: 419
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of y2jrock60
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAp
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-brown with a faint ring of tan head. Relatively nondescript, almost cola-like nose. The palate delves a little more into the caramel notes of a barleywine, but the dark fruit is missing, and the toffee is highly subdued, leaving only a slightly accented cola-like flavor profile. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium/medium-thick. It's not a bad beer, and certainly more broadly appealing perhaps than most barleywine, but it seems to miss most of the truly special elements of the style.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Well it sure smells like a barleywine, and it looks like a barleywine, but it doesn't much taste like a barleywine – more just a grainy, English strong ale. Smell has hints of fermented, dark fruit and that sour mash smell you get during brewery tours, plus a hint of tobacco and ash. Taste is malty, bready, with a bitter, blandly hoppy, sharp finish that lingers a bit too long. I know why this bottle cost under $3. Not bad, just terribly mediocre, which is a shame because normally this brewery is solid.

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Photo of Darhawk
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Guppy314
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as a hazy deep amber or light copper with a creamy tan head that didn't have much staying power. Aromas of malt and indistinct citrus. Flavor is all bitter hops and sweet malts. But there are also caramel, toffee, and (of all things grapefruit). Carbonation is decent but it's more boozy versus well rounded satisfaction.

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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving just a tract of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is quite sweet and bready with the sweet being of a brown sugar and molasses smell. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of a grape and slightly herbal and grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with quite boozy taste mixed with tons of breadiness and sweet caramel and darker fruit flavors. As the taste advances even more sweetness comes to the tongue along with some lighter dank hop tastes and a rather strong grainy/grassy taste. Toward the end the booze ramps it up even more leaving one with a very sweet and bready hot taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is very thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is quite low. For the rich and thick, heavy sweet, and boozy tastes the feel is rather nice and helps keep it a slow sipper.

Overall- Ah… A bit too boozy and sweet for my liking of a barley. Not bad, but not great either in my opinion.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Attractive glass presentation with amber-orange body and white top with a finger of foam.

Smell: Citrus and syrup

Taste: Nice up front sweetness before the citrus explodes; Very smooth for such a big beer.

Feel: Creamy; slick

Overall: This is a really good beer, particularly for anyone who enjoys barleywine or DIPAs.
Uinta does a remarkable job of keeping the train on the tracks here, given that some barleywines
can be a bit unruly with respect to their overall balance and kick. This one could be part of my
regular rotation for the foreseeable future.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the cellar
12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled 1/7/13 (3 yrs 9 months old)
L- dark brown almost black, with tints of red, thick tan head that is here to stay, leaving gorgeous rings of lacing
S- sweet enticing malt, sweet dark fruits such as dates & figs, caramel and incredibly some hop bitterness as well
T- rich chocolate malt, the dark fruit on the linger, with a spicy finish that has the a slight (expected) oxidation
F- rich and full bodied, heavy carbonation, drinking exceptionally smooth without a trace of the 10.4% alcohol
O- this beer has aged incredibly well, as mentioned in the feel drinking real smooth, only slight trace of oxidation, will definitely make an effort to seek this one out again

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Photo of JeffSK
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a redolent mixture of red ale and barleywine, deep crimson hues towards the edge of the glass and a 1/3" beige cream head on the top. Lots of caramel and hops in the nose, this one is already drawing comparisons to Bigfoot ale, never a bad thing.

Taste is just drenched in caramel and C hops. Some of the dark fruit bitterness creeps into the mouthfeel. Toffee too. Retains a rather drinkable form for a barleywine. I have probably 5-6 years of these stashed in the cellar, will revisit as I drink some of the older ones.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful woody, malty aroma, Dark cola body with sheer skin of a beige head. Taste is malt, some molasses, wood, burnt toast, slight alcohol warmth, a lot less than expected. Mildly sweet finish. Overall enjoyable.

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Photo of drews240
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016-07-30
12oz bottle served in a snifter. Best before 05/12/17.

Pours a deep ruby color with a moderately large head that fades quickly to a small ring and a small amount of active carbonation. Smell is musty, woody, dark fruits like maybe plums and dates.

Taste is definitely a barleywine. Rich, hearty sweetness. A little booze. Some of the dark fruit from the nose, tastes fairly oaky.

Mouthfeel is thick but not clinging. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ctb6582
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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